GE DWSR405EB1WW Electric Dryer Owner's Manual

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GE DWSR405EB1WW Electric Dryer Owner's Manual | Manualzz

Safety Instructions ........


Operating Instructions

Control Panels ...............


Control Settings ..............

Dryer Features ...............

Loading and Using the Dryer . . .9

Reversing the Door ...........


Venting the Dryer ...........




Troubleshooting Tips ....

11, 12





Product Registration

Warranty ..................

Back Cover


13, 14




Write the modeland serial numbershere:

Model #

Serial #

You can find them on a label on the front of the dryer behind the doo_:

175D1807P355 49-90093 06-01 JR 500A277P039





Foryour safety,the information in this manual mustbe followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion, electric shock, or to prevent property damage,personal injury, or death.

Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vaporsand liquids in the vicinily of this or any other appliance.

Installation and service mustbe performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.


]Do not try to light a match, or cigarette, or turn on any gas or electrical appliance.

]Do not touchany electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building.

] Clear the room,building or area of all occupants.

[]Immediately call your gas supplier from

a neighbors phone. Follow the gas supplier'sinstructionscarefully,

[] ff you cannot reach yourgas supplier, call the fire department

Califomia Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act

This act requires file governor birth defects or other reproductive to such substances.

of California to publish harm and requires a list of substances businesses to warn known to the customers state to cause of potential cancel; exposure

Gas appliances can cause minor exposure to four of these substances, namely benzene, carbon monoxide, tormaldehyde and soot, caused primarily by" the incomplete combustion of natural gas or LP fuels.

Properly adjusted dryers will minimize incomplete combustion.

Exposure to these substances can be minimized further by properly venting the dwer to the outdoors.

This dryer must be properly installed and located in accordance with the Installation Instructions before it is used. If you did not receive an Installation Instructions sheet, you can receive one by visiting, or by calfing 800.GE.CARES (800.432.2737).

Exhaus#Ducting: Properly ground dwer to conform with all governing codes and ordinances.

Follow derails in Installation lnstmctiolls.

Illstall or store where it will not be exposed to temperatures below fi'eezing or exposed to

the weathmt

Connect to a properly rated, protected and sized power supply circuit to avoid electrical overload.

Remove all sharp packing items and dispose of all shipping materials properly.


[] diTers MUSTbe exhausted to the outside.

[Exhausting electric diTers to the outside is

strongly roeommondod to prevent large amounts of moisture and lint from being blown into the room.

Use only rigid metal or flexible metal 4" diameter ductwork inside the &Ter cabinet or for exhausting to the outside.



For complete details, follow the Installation lnstmctioils.


and around your appliances free of combustible mamrials

(lint, papm; rags, etc.), gasoline, chemicals and other flammable vapors and liquids,

• Keep the floor around your appliances clean and dry to reduce tim possibility" of slipping.

• Close supervision is necessary if this appliance is used by or near children.

Do not allow children to play on, widl or inside tiffs or any other appliance.


• Keep all laundry aids (such as detergents, bleaches, etc.) out of the reach of children, preferably" in a locked cabinet. Observe all warnings on container labels to avoid injury:

• Never climb Oil or stand Oil the dryer top.

• Never reach into the dryer while the drum is moving. Betore loading, unloading or adding clothes, wait until the dram has completely stopped.

• Clean the lint filter before each load to prevent lint accumulation inside the dryer or in the room.


• Do not wash or dry articles that have been cleaned in, washed in, soaked in, or spotted with combustible or explosive substances (such as wax, oil, paint, gasoline, degreasers, dry-cleaning solvents, keromne, etc.) which may ignite or explode.

Do not acid these substances to the wash water.

Do not use or place these substances around your washer or dryer during operation.

• Do not place items exposed to cooking oils in your dryer. Items contaminated with cooking oils may contribute to a chemical reaction that could cause a clothes load to catch fire.

• :Mly article on which you have umd a cleaning solvent or that contains flammable materials

(such as cleaning cloths, mops, towels used in beauty" salons, restaurants or barber shops, etc.) must not Ix- placed in or near the dryer until solvents or flammable materials have been removed. There are many highly flammable items used in homes such as acetone, denatured alcohol, gasoline, kerosene, some household cleanm.'s, some spot removers, turpentines, waxes, ,a-ax removers and products conVaining petroleum distillates.

• The lmmdry process can reduce the flame retardancy of fabrics. To avoid such a result, carefully follow the garment manufacturer's care instructions.

• Do not dry articles containing rubber, plastic, foam, or similar materials such as padded bras, tennis shoes, ,galoshes, bath mats, rags, bibs, baby pants, plastic bags, pillows, etc., that may melt or bum. Some robber materials, when heated, can under certain circumstances produce fire by spontaneous combustion.

• Do not store plastic, paper or clothing that may burn or melt on top of tim dryer during operation.

• Garments labeled DryAway from Hoator Do Not

Tumblo Dry (such as lite jackets conVaining Kapok) must not Ix- put in your dryer.

• Do not dry fiberglass articles in your dryer.

Skin irritation could result from the remaining particles that may Ix- picked up by clothing during subsequent dryer uses.

• To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug this appliance from the power supply" or disconnect tim dryer at the household distribution panel by"removing the fuse or switching off the circuit breaker before atmmpting any maintenance or cleaning

(except the removal and cleaning of the lint filter). NOTE:Turning the Cycle Selector knob to an offposition, or pressing PAUSE does NOT disconnect the appliance from the power supply:





• Never attempt to operate this appliance if it is damaged, malfimctioning, partially disassembled, or has missing or broken parts, including a damaged cord or plug.

• The interior of the machine and the exhaust duct connection inside the dryer should be cleaned at least once a year by a qualified technician. Seethe Loadingand Using the Dryer section.

• If yours is a gas dryer, it is equipped with an automatic electric ignition and does not have a pilot light.



Burns may result from having your hand ill the vicinity of the burner when the automatic ignition turns on.

• You may wish to soften your [mmdered fabrics or reduce the static electricity" in them by using a dryer applied fabric softener or an anti-static conditioner.

We recommend you use eiflmr a fabric softener in the wash cycle, according to the manut:acturer's instructions for those products, or try a dryer-added product fbr which the manut:actorer gives written assurance on the package that their product can be safely used in your dryer. Service or performance problems cruised by use of these products are the responsibility of the manufacturers of those products and are not covered under the warranty to this appliance.

• Grasp the plug firmly" when disconnecting appliance to avoid damage to the cord while this pulling.

Place the cord away from traffic areas so it will not be stepped on, nipped over or sul_ected to damage.

• Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of this appliance or attempt any servicing unlms specifically recommended in this Owner's Manual or in published user-repair instructions that you understand and have the skills to carry out.

• Before discarding a dryer, or removing it fi'om service, remove the dryer door to prevent children fi'om hiding inside.

• Do not tamper with controls.




About the dryer controlpanel

You can locate your model number on the label on the front of the dryer behind the door.

Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.

Model DWSR405




C01_0N$ EAliYC_VE


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+ii_ _ _ EASY CARE



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Model DWXR485










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About the control settings.

IMPORTANT: Clean the lint filter each time you use the dryer.

H Fabric Care

COTI'ONS Forregularto heawcottons.



FLUFF Forfluffing itemswithoutheat.Usethe TIMEDDRYcycle.


DELICATESFordelicates,syntheticsanditemslabeledtumble dry low.



cycles automatically determine fhbric &Tness. Select LESSDRYif you want your clothes slightly damp at the end of the drying cycle. Select MOREDRYif you want them to feel drier. Timed cycles run for tim selected time.

COTI'ONS Forcottonsandmostlinens.FormostloadsselectOPTIMUMDRY.

EASYCARE Forwrinkle-free,permanentpressanddelicateitems,andknits.

TIMED DRY SettheCycleSelectorat thedesireddryingtime.

DAMP DRY Forleavingitemspartiallydamp.

DE'WRINKLEForremovingwrinklesfromitemsthat arecleananddryor that areverylightlydamp.

QUICKFLUFF Forfresheningor fluffingupalreadydryclothing,fabric,linensandpillows.Usewith FLUFFNOHEAT

Provides10minutesof no-heattumbling.

[] Sta_ Close the dwer door. Select START Opening the door during operation will stop tim dwer.

To restart tim dryer, close the door and select STARTto complete tim cycle.

NOTE: Drying times will vary according to the type of heat used (Electric, Natural or LP gas), size of load, types of fabrics, wetness of clothes and condition of exhaust ducts.

Color Logic

Select the correct FABRICCARE setting.

Match the particular color below the words with the same color on the Cycle Dial.

Example:Drying a load of clothing labeled permanent press.

-]] Choose the FABRIC CARE setting--for this load it would be the EASY CARE

MED. HEAT (which is a particular color).

r2--] Turn the Cycle Dial to the area that has the same color as the FABRIC CARE setting you have chosen--for this load it would be the EASY CARE AUTOMATIC,

About the dryer features.


Wrinkle Care

Use this option to minimize the wrinkles in clothes.

It provides approximately

15 minutes of no-heat tumbling after the clothes are dry:

This option can only be used with the

COTTONS,EASYCARE and DELICATES cycles. If you are using the CYCLESIGNAL and you select the WRINKLECAREoption, a signal will sound at the end of the drying time and several times during the

WRINKLECAREcycle. This will remind you that it is time to remove the clothes.

If WRINKLECARE is not ON, the dryer will stop once the timer reaches the WRINKLE

CAREmark on the cycle dial.


(appearance may vary)

End of Cycle Signal

This signal will sound just before the end of the cycle to remind you to remove the clothes.

On some models, the signal sound level can be adjusted.

If you selecmd the WRINKLE CAREopdon, the signal will sound at the end of the drying time and will sound several times during the WRINKLECAREcycle. This will remind you that it is time to remove the clothes.


Removegarmentspromptlyat the sound of the signal Place clotheson hangers so wrinkles won't set in.

Use the END OFCYCLESIGNALespecially when dryingfabrics like polyesterknits and permanentpress. Thesefabrics should be removedso wrinkles won't set in.


Sensor Cycle

Dryness Sensor Cycle (onsomemodels)

This feature is only activated in the


The Dryness Sensor provides greater drying accuracy than standard machines, resuhing in shorter dry times and better clothes care.

As the clothes tumble, they touch a moisture sensor.

The sensor will stop the heating cycle as soon as the clothes have reached the selected dryness.

Drum Lamp

Before replacing the light bulb, be sure to unplug the dryer power cord or disconnect the dryer at the household distribution panel by"removing the filse or switching off the circuit breaken Reach above dryer opening from inside the drum. P,emove the bulb and replace with the same size bulb.

Drying Rack (on some models)

A handy drying rack may be used fbr drying delicate items such as washable sweaters.

Hook the rack over the lint filter so the rack extends into the dryer drum.


• The drying rack must be used with the


• Do not use this drying rack when there are other clothes in the drye_



About reversing the door.

Reversing the Door




• Tape-tipped putty knife

[]Open the door and remove the filler plugs opposite the hinges.

With the door completely open, remove the bottom screw from each hinge on the dryer face.

Insert these scre,a_ about halfway into the TOPholes, for each hinge, on the opposite side (where you removed the filler plugs).

Apply firm pressure to get the screw started in new holes.

[]Loosen top screw from each hinge on the &Ter face halfway: With one hand holding the top of the door and the other hand holding the bottom, remove the door from the dl3,er by lifting it OPand OUT


[]Rotate the door 1807 Insert it on the opposite side of the opening by" moving the door//Rand OOWN until the top hinge and the bottom hinge are resting on the top screws inserted in step 1.

[]Remove the remaining screws from the side of the opening from which the door was removed.

With these screws secure each hinge at the bottom.

Tighten the two top scre,a_ of each hinge.

Reinsert the plastic plugs on the side from which the door was removed.

About loading and usingthe dryer.

Always follow the fabric manufacturer's care label when laundering.


As a general rule, if clothes are sorted properly for the washer, they are sorted properly for the drym_

Do not add fabric softener sheets once the load has become warm. They may cause fabric softener

stains. Bounce® Fabric Conditioner Dryer Sheets

have been approved for use in all GE Dryers when

used in accordance with the manufacturer's ins_uctions.


Do notovedoa_Thmwastes energy and causes wrinkfing.

Do not dry the following items:fiberglass items,

woolens,rubber-coated items, plastics, items with plastic trim and foam-filled items.


and Cleaningof the Dryer

The Exterior:Wipe or dust any spills or washing compounds with a damp cloth.

Dryer control panel and finishes may be damaged by some laundry pretreatment soil and stain remover products.

Apply these products away fi'om the dryeE The fabric may then be washed and dried normallT¢: Damage to your dryer caused by" these products is not covered by your warrantT¢:

The Lint Filter: Clean the lint filter before each use.

Moisten your fingers and reach into the filter opening.

Run your fingers across the fihen

Have a qualified technician vacuum the lint fi'om the dryer once a yeas:

The Exhaust Duct: Inspect and clean the exhaust ducting at least once a year to prevent clogging.

A partially clogged exhaust can lengthen the drying time.

Follow these steps:

_Turn off electrical supply by disconnecting the plug from the wall socket.

[_ Disconnect the duct from the dryer.

_ Vacuum the duct with the hose attachment and reconnect the duct.

The ExhauMHood:Check with a mirror that the inside flaps of the hood move freely when operating.

Make sure dmt there is not wildlife

(birds, insects, etc.) nesting inside the duct or hood.




Below are fabric care label "symbols" that affect the clothing you will be laundering.


Machine _wash _ wdnk]ecesi_ar_

Water temperature



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_i_h M_a_m L_w Noh_a_a_ instructions


Bleach _ Z_ ._


About ventingthe dryer.

For the best drying performmlce the dryer needs to be properly vented.

The dryer will use more energyand run longerif it is not vented to the below specifications.Carefully

follow the details on Exhaustingin the Installation Instructions.

Use only rigid metal or flexible metal 4" diameter ductwork inside the dryer cabinet or for exhausting to the outside.

• Do not use plastic or other combustible ductwork.

• Use the shortest length possible.

• Do not crush or collapse.

• Avoid resting the duct on sharp objects.

Ventingmustconformto local building codes.






Before you call for service...

Troubleshooting 77ps

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Dryer doesn't start

Dryer doesn't heat

Dryer shakos or makes noise

Greasy spots on clothes

Lint on clothes

Static occurs

Inconsistent drying times

Possible Causes

Dryer is unplugged

Fuse is blown/circnlt breaker is tripped

Fuse is blown/circnlt breaker is tripped, the dryer may tumble but not heat

Gas service is off

Some shaking/noise is normal.

Dryer may be sitting unevenly

Improper use of fabric softener

Drying dirty items with dean ones

Clothes were not completely clean

Lint Filter is full

Improper sorting

Static dectridty can attract lint


Paper, tissue, etc., left in pockets

No fabric softener was used


What To Do

* Make sm'e dm dryer plug is pushed completely into

tim outlet.

• Check the house fuse/circuit breaker box and replace filse or reset breakel: NOTE:Most electric dryers use two fuses/breakers.

• Check the house fuse/circuit breaker box and replace both filses or reset tx_th breakers.

Your dryer may" tumble if only one fuse is blovm or one breaker is tripped.

• Make sure gas shutoff at dryer and main shutoff are fiflly open.

• Move dryer to an even floor space, or adjust leveling legs as necessary until even.

• Follow directions on fabric softener package.

• Use your dry'or to dry only clean items.

Dirty items can stain clean imms and the dryeE

• Sometimes stains which cannot be seen when dm clothes are wet appearafter drying.

Use proper washing procedures before drying.

• Clean lint screen [x-fbre each load.

• Sort lint producers (like chenille) fi'om lint collectors

(like corduroy).

• See suggestions in this section under STATIC.

• Separate large loads into smaller ones.

• Empty all pockets before, laundering clothes.

• 'fit a fabric softenel:

• Bounce® Fabric Conditioner Dryer Sheets have been approved for use in all GE Dryers when used in accordmace with the manuihcmrer's insmmtions.

• 'fit a fabric softenel:

• Adjust setting to LESS DRY or DAMP DRY.

• 'l)Tr"a fabric softener.

Synthetics, permanent press and blends can cause static

Type of heat • Automatic drying times will vary" according to the type of heat used (electric, natural or LP gas), size of load,

types of fabrics, wemess of clothes and condition of" exhaust ducts.


Before you call for service...


Clothestake toolong


Clothesare wrinkled


Possible Causes

Improper sorting

Large loads of heavy fabrics

(like beach towels)

Controls improperly set

Lint filter is full

Improper or obstructed duc_ag

Blown fuses or tripped circuit breaker


Underloadlng loads

What To Do

* Separate heavy items from lightweight items (generally; a welMorted washer load is a welMorted dryer load).

* Large, heavy fabrics contain more moisture and take longer m dry: Separate. large, heavy iZabricsinto smaller loads to speed drying time.

• Match control settings to the load you are drying.

• Clean lint filter before every"load.

• Check installation instructions for proper ducting/veming.

• Make sure ducting is cleaal, free of kinks and unobstructed.

• Check to see if outside v_dl damper operates easily:

• Check the Installation Instructions to make sure the dryer venting is correct.

• Replace fhses or reset circuit breakers. Since most dryers use 2 fuses/breakers, make sure both are operating.

• Do not put more than one washer load in the dryer at a time.

• lfyvm are drying only one or two items, add a fbw items to ensure proper rambling.


Letting items sit in dryer after cycle ends

• Select a shorter drying time.

• Remove items while they still hold a slight amount of moisture. Select a LESSDRYor DAflllPDRYsetting.

• Remove items when cycle ends and fold or hang immediately:

Some fabrics will naturally shrink • _ib avoid shrinkage, follow garment care labels exactly:

when washed. Others can be safely washed, but will shrink in the dryer

• Some items may be pre._sed back into shape after drying.

• lfy_u are concerned about shrinkage in a particular item, do not machine wash or ramble dry"it.


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