Amana 40091502 User Manual

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Owner's Manual



Important Safety Information ...............


Drying Clothes ...................................


Features, Hints, and Care ..................


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


Drying Guide ......................................


Trouble Shooting ................................


Amana Dryer Warranty.......................


Gas and Electric Dryer

Keep instructions for future reference. Be sure manual stays with dryer.

Part No.40091502

© 2000 Amana Appliances

Printed in U.S.A. 06/00

Amana, Iowa 52204

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If something seems unusual, please check “Trouble Shooting” section, which is designed to help you solve problems before calling service. If you have a question, write or call us (include model number and phone number) at:

Consumer Affairs Department

Amana Appliances

2800 - 220th Trail

Amana, Iowa 52204

Ph# 1-800-843-0304

What You Need to Know about Safety Instructions

Warning and Important Safety Instructions appearing in this manual are not meant to cover all possible conditions and situations that may occur. Common sense, caution, and care must be exercised when installing, maintaining, or operating dryer.

Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent, or manufacturer about problems or conditions you do not understand.

Recognize Safety Symbols, Words, Labels


DANGER— Immediate hazards whichWILL result in severe personal injury or death.


WARNING— Hazards or unsafe practices whichCOULD result in severe personal injury or death.


CAUTION— Hazards or unsafe practices whichCOULD result in minor personal injury or product or property damage.


Important Safety Information


To reduce risk of fire, electric shock, serious injury, or death when using your dryer, follow these basic precautions:

1.Read all instructions before using dryer.

2.Install dryer according to Installation Instructions. Refer to the Grounding Instructions in the Installation Instructions for proper grounding of the dryer.

3.Do not dry articles that have been cleaned in, washed in, soaked in, or spotted with gasoline, dry-cleaningsolvents, or other flammable or explosive substances. Vapors could ignite or explode.

4.Do not use dryer to dry clothes which have traces of any flammable substance, such as vegetable oil, cooking oil, machine oil, flammable chemicals, thinner, etc., or anything containing wax or chemicals, such as mops and cleaning cloths. Flammable substances may cause fabric to catch fire by itself.

5.Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids near this or any other appliance.

6.Do not allow children to play on or in dryer. Close supervision of children is necessary when dryer is used near children, a safety rule for all appliances.

7.Before dryer is removed from service or discarded, remove door to drying compartment.

8.Do not reach into dryer if cylinder is revolving.

9.Do not install or store dryer where it will be exposed to water and/or weather.

10.Do not tamper with dryer controls.

11.Do not repair or replace any part of dryer or attempt any service, unless specifically recommended in user-maintenanceinstructions or in publisheduser-repairinstructions that you understand and have skills to carry out.

12.To reduce risk of electric shock or fire, do not use extension cords or adapters to connect dryer to electrical power source.

13.Use the dryer only for its intended purpose, drying clothes.

14.Always disconnect dryer from electrical supply before attempting any service. Disconnect power cord by grasping the plug, not the cord.

15.Do not use heat to dry articles containing foam rubber or similarly textured rubberlike materials.

16.Always clean the lint filter after every load. A layer of lint in the filter reduces drying efficiency and prolongs drying time.

17.Use only fabric softeners or products to eliminate static that are appropriate for automatic dryers.

18.Keep your dryer in good condition. Bumping or dropping dryer can damage safety features. If damage occurs, have dryer checked by qualified service technician.

19.Replace worn power cords and/or loose plugs.

20.Do not tumble fiberglass curtains and draperies unless the label says it can be done. If they are dried, wipe out the cylinder with a damp cloth to remove particles of fiberglass.

21.Always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions on packages of laundry aids. Heed all warnings or precautions. To reduce risk of poisoning or chemical burns, keep products away from children at all times, preferably, in a locked cabinet.

22.Never operate dryer with guards and/or panels removed.

23.Do not operate dryer with missing or broken parts.

24.Do not bypass safety devices.

25.Keep area around the exhaust opening and adjacent surrounding areas free from accumulation of lint, dust, and dirt.

26.Interior of dryer and exhaust duct should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel.

27.Dryer will not operate with loading door open. DO NOT bypass door safety switch by permitting dryer to operate with door open. Dryer will stop tumbling when door is opened. Do not use dryer if it does not stop tumbling when door is opened or starts tumbling without pressing or turning the START mechanism. Remove the dryer from use and call

the service person.

28.Remove laundry immediately after the dryer stops.

29.ALWAYS follow the fabric care instructions supplied by the garment manufacturer.

California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65)—GasDryers Only

The Governor of California is required to publish a list of substances known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm and requires business to warn customers of potential exposures to such substances.

Gas appliances contain or produce substances which can cause death or serious illness and which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. To reduce the risk from substances in fuel or from fuel combustion, make sure this appliance is installed, operated, and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Drying Clothes

If These Controls

are Different from


These controls are intended to show the variety of features that are available in the product line. If your dryer does not have all the options that are shown, it is not a mistake. The information provided applies to several of the models in the product line.



IMPORTANT: Lint filter must be in place in door opening when using dryer or loading and unloading dryer. If filter is not in place, clothing could fall into front air duct.

1. Sort clothes for drying

Properly dried clothes will need a minimum of care when removed from the dryer. Clothes properly sorted for washing should be properly sorted for drying also. Follow the examples below.





Dark and Light

Separate light clothes from dark clothes.





Lint Shedding

Towels, flannels, chenille, cottons, rugs



Lint Receiving

Corduroys, knits (including socks),


permanent press, and synthetics



Heavy and Light

Lightweight fabrics dry faster than heavyweight

weight Fabrics

fabrics. If mixed loads are dried together (such


as sheets and towels), remove the lighter


weight fabrics when they are dry to prevent


over drying and wrinkling.



2. Clean the lint filter before each use

A clean lint filter ensures efficient drying and clothes will remain lintfree when unloading dryer. A layer of lint on the screen will reduce air flow through the dryer and lengthen drying time. Lint screen may be washed if needed.

Lint filter is located at front of the dryer in the lower part of door opening.

Replace lint filter in door recess and push in firmly. Words on filter should face front of dryer.

Add clothes loosely into dryer drum. Add fabric softener sheet, if desired.Close loading door. Dryer will not operate with the door open.

3. Select FABRIC SELECTOR setting

Set FABRIC SELECTOR knob to most appropriate temperature for type of fabric in load. Follow garment manufacturer’s care label for recommended temperature settings. See chart below.






Automatic Regular

Approximately 160ºF

Use for sturdy items like play or work clothes.



Perm. Press Regular/

Automatic Regular/Perm

Med. High

Use for sturdy items like play or work clothes,

(some models)

permanent press items, and synthetics.

Approximately 155ºF




Perm. Press/Medium

Automatic Permanent Press/Knits

Approximately 150ºF

Use for permanent press and synthetic items.




Automatic Delicate

Approximately 129ºF

Use for delicate items.



Fluff/No Heat

Any Cycle

No heat




Time Dry cycle can be used with all Fabric Selector settings.


Drying Clothes (cont'd)

4. Select SIGNAL volume (some models)

If a volume level is selected, the signal will let you know when the cycle is done. Signal will stop when the door is opened, or when the timer is advanced to an OFF position.

5. Select EXTENDED TUMBLE, if desired (some models)

On Automatic cycles only, EXTENDED TUMBLE cycle helps to reduce wrinkling after the normal drying cycle. After COOL DOWN portion of the cycle, it continues to tumble clothes without heat for 40 minutes, until the dryer door is opened, or the switch is turned to the OFF position.

6. Turn timer to desired setting

The cycles control the drying time. The ENERGY SAVER setting, marked with a dash (–),shows which dryer settings will use the least energy and will leave items damp for easier ironing.

The AUTOMATIC cycles will automatically determine the time needed to dry your clothes and will work on any FABRIC SELECTOR setting.

Set the timer for the type of fabric in the load.

TIME DRY cycle will operate dryer for up to 75 minutes. Cottons and heavyweight items dry best between 50 and 75 minutes, lightweight items dry best between 20 and 40 minutes.

AUTOMATIC WRINKLE OUT cycle (some models) helps remove wrinkles from slightly wrinkled items that may have been sitting in a dryer or laundry basket overnight. The cycle has a short heat setting followed by a 5 minute COOL DOWN.



7. Push in timer knob to start

To stop dryer at any time, open door or turn timer knob to the OFF position. To restart dryer, close door, reset timer if necessary, and push in the timer knob.


Features, Hints, and Care

Follow the Colors

Your dryer control panel is color coordinated for your convenience. When you set your controls, notice which colors are the same. They will help guide you through setting the controls.

Drying Times

It is impossible to give exact drying times. Conditions from home to home vary and directly affect drying times. The length of time it takes to dry loads will depend on several variables.

Load size

Type of fabric, washer, and spin speed will determine moisture in the fabric.

Heat and moisture in the room. Damp air coming into the dryer will increase drying time.

Installation (length of exhaust duct, etc.).

Electric voltage or gas pressure.

If you have an automatic cycle, you need not worry about time. The automatic cycle will determine the time needed. Set the timer for the type of fabric in the load. See the operating instructions provided with your dryer. Do not set the timer for a “higher” setting than necessary. If you have a permanent press, knit cycle, use it for loads of permanent press, knits and for clothes made from or containing synthetic fibers. This cycle has a longer COOL DOWN period at the end of the cycle to reduce wrinkling.

Optional Drying Rack


(some models)


Drying Rack, Part No. 504105, is useful for


drying items that require no-tumbledrying,


such as tennis shoes, sweaters, stuffed


toys or other delicate items.


General Dryer Care

Drying Rack



Ordinarily, dryer cylinder will need no care.

Wipe dryer cabinet as needed. If detergent, bleach or other washing products have been spilled on the dryer, wipe immediately. Some products will cause permanent damage if spilled on the cabinet.

Do not allow sharp or rough objects to lean against the dryer. The finish could be damaged.

Use only a damp or sudsy cloth for cleaning the control panel. Some spray prewash products may harm the finish on the control panel.

Lint Filter

Clean lint filter after drying each load. A clean lint filter ensures efficient drying and clothes will remain lint-freewhen unloading dryer. A layer of lint on the screen will reduce air flow through the dryer and lengthen drying time. Lint screen may be washed with soap and water if needed.


All moving parts are sealed in a permanent supply of lubricant or are equipped with oilless bearings. Additional lubrication will not be necessary.

Exhaust System

The exhaust duct should be inspected after one year of use and cleaned if necessary. Inspect and clean exhaust duct every one to two years as required thereafter.

The weather hood should be checked frequently to make sure the dampers move freely, dampers are not pushed in and that nothing has been set against them.

Keep dryer area clear and free from combustible materials, gasoline and other flammable vapors and liquids.

Do not obstruct the flow of combustion (gas dryers) and ventilation air.

How to Remove Ball Point Pen Ink Marks from the Dryer Drum

If the ink stain is fresh, place dry rags in the dryer. Using the hottest heat setting, run the dryer for one hour to absorb the ink.

If the stain is not fresh, apply household spray or cream cleaner to a soft cloth, and rub the stain. Then, place wet rags in the dryer. Using the hottest heat setting, run the dryer for one hour to remove any cleaner residue.


Reversing the Door

To reverse doors perform the following steps:

1.Remove four hinge attaching screws.

2.Remove all 9 screws from door and hinges.

3.Pull bottom of door liner out (A), then pull down (B), removing door liner from door panel.

4.Rotate door panel 180° as shown.

5.Remove door strike from door liner and reinstall on opposite side.

6.Insert liner under flange on bottom of door (A), then push top of door liner into place (B)

7.Reinstall 9 screws removed in Step 2.

8.Using a screwdriver, remove two door plugs and reinstall on opposite side of door opening.

9.Reinstall four hinge attaching screws removed in Step 1.















Drying Guide



Special Instructions






Choose heat for the type fabric used. Dry one double or two single spreads at once. Chenille and



tufted spreads will shed lint and should be dried alone. New spreads will contain loose lint. Tumble



new spreads on NO HEAT setting before washing to remove loose lint. These spreads may be dried









DELICATE or NO HEAT cycles. If the manufacturer recommends drying the blanket in the dryer, follow



the “Wool” instructions below. Do not stretch the blanket because of the wiring. Some electric blankets



may have insulation on the thermostats or on the wiring which will not withstand dryer heat. Do not dry



in dryer unless the blanket manufacturer says it can be done.





Synthetic Fibers

DELICATE or NO HEAT cycles. Some of these blankets are fluffy and will shed lint. Tumble on NO



HEAT setting before washing to remove loose lint. Use a gentle wash method, then dry in dryer until



just dry. The lint filter may need to be cleaned during the drying.















Agitation and tumbling contribute to the shrinkage and felting of wool. We cannot guarantee that wool



will not shrink. However, if care is taken and the blanket manufacturer’s instructions are followed,



satisfactory results should be obtained. Wash by the soak method with as little agitation as possible.



After washing, stretch blanket gently in both directions. Use approximately five dry bath towels and



place them between folds in blanket. This will "cushion” it to lessen the tumbling. Set dryer for 20



minutes on the TIME DRY cycle. Use REGULAR heat setting, if it is available on your dryer. Check



blanket when timer reaches 10. Wool blankets must be removed from the dryer when damp. Stretch



gently to shape and finish drying over two clotheslines or in a flat position.






Choose heat and cycle for fabric. Filling and cover must be completely washable. Old quilts may be too



fragile to machine wash or dry. Quilts filled with cotton may become lumpy. Quilting should be close



together. Remove from dryer slightly damp and stretch gently to shape. Quilted articles may shrink if



over dried.




Mattress Pads


Material in mattress pads is made of either cotton or synthetic fibers. Read fiber content label, found on



your mattress pad, to determine what type of fiber was used to manufacture the pad. READ AND



CAREFULLY FOLLOW the fabric care instructions supplied by the mattress pad manufacturer. Some



pads made of synthetic fibers are very heat sensitive. These pads can be flammable if over-heatedor



over-dried.TO AVOID A FIRE HAZARD, DO NOTOVER-DRYmattress pads. Remove pads from the



dryer while they are still damp.




Slip Covers


Choose heat for fabric. Close zippers. Dry one couch cover, two chair covers or five or six pillow covers



at one time. Remove from dryer when slightly damp. Press pleats if necessary and replace on furniture



immediately. Stretch fabrics and knits should be dried completely so they will fit snugly when replaced



on furniture.





Feather and

Ticking must be strong and seams secure. If in doubt, sew pillow into a case or use a zippered



pillowcase to prevent feathers from coming out. After washing, shake pillow to fluff feathers. Dry one



large or two smaller pillows. Use TIME DRY cycle. Use LOW or MEDIUM heat setting if it is available



on you dryer. Shake and reposition pillows several times during drying. Pillows must be dry in the



center to prevent mildew. Drying may take two hours or longer. Reset dryer timer if necessary. The



odor of wet feathers is not pleasant. However, the odor will disappear once the pillows dry.






Follow manufacturer’s directions.








Foam Rubber

Do not dry in the dryer.






AUTOMATIC REGULAR or TIME DRY cycles. Remove damp items for ironing or dry completely, then



steam iron.






DO NOT DRY IN THE DRYER unless recommended by the manufacturer. Fiberglass may shred.



Particles may remain in the dryer and rub off on the next load. This could irritate the skin. “Beta”



fiberglass may be dried in the dryer if recommended by the manufacturer.






DELICATE or NO HEAT cycles. Allow room for tumbling to prevent wrinkling. Delicate or sheer



curtains must be dried by themselves so they will not be snagged by hooks or crushed by other clothes



in the load. Some sheer curtains are heat sensitive. Dry 10 minutes only, plus the cool down period.



Remove from dryer immediately and hang. If the dryer has been heated from a previous load, NO



HEAT setting may be sufficient.






Remove hooks and weights before washing. Choose heat for fabric and allow space in the dryer for



tumbling. Some draperies may be removed when slightly damp and hung immediately. Lined draperies



should be dry-cleanedbecause they have a tendency to pucker.







Drying Guide (cont'd)



Special Instructions





Knit articles

All Knits

Knit fabrics are usually manufactured under tension (stretching). Cotton knits especially may relax or draw



together if every bit of moisture is removed form them. It is best to take them out of the dryer with a trace



of moisture remaining, then stretch to shape. If they do shrink from overdrying, rewet them and dry









AUTOMATIC REGULAR or TIME DRY cycle. Remove slightly damp to minimize ironing. Reshape,



smooth seams and pockets, etc.





Synthetic Fibers

AUTOMATIC REGULAR or AUTOMATIC PERMANENT PRESS cycle. Turn inside out to prevent “pilling”


(nylon, orlon,

(rolling up of the fiber ends from friction). Dry sweaters only with similar things because they tend to


polyester etc.)

attract lint. Make sure the load is large enough for tumbling. Dry completely and remove from dryer



immediately to minimize wrinkling.






DELICATE or NO HEAT cycle. For wool labeled “machine washable” follow manufacturer’s directions. For



other wool, use wool blanket method. Do not dryer loosely knit wool or hand knits. Dry these flat and



stretch to shape from a pattern drawn before washing.












Body oils can cause elastic to deteriorate. Wash garments containing elastic frequently. Elastic in such



things as shorts may be dried, however avoid overdrying.





Foam Rubber

Bras, bathing suits, sun suits, etc, DO NOT DRY THESE ITEMS IN THE DRYER WITH HEAT, FIRE MAY



RESULT. NO HEAT setting may be used.





Stretch Fabrics

Choose heat for the most delicate fiber. These may be dried completely as they will stretch into shape.



Avoid drying with lint-sheddingfabrics.





Synthetic Fibers

TIME DRY cycle. Use a DELICATE or LOW HEAT setting, if it is available on dryer. Some sheer fabrics,



especially sheer knits, can be heat sensitive. Dry these until they are just dry (about 10 minutes) and



remove from dryer immediately. Sheer fabrics should not be washed and dried with garments containing



hooks or zippers. Synthetic fabrics will create static electricity if overdried. TO prevent this use fabric



softener and avoid overdrying.






AUTOMATIC REGULAR cycle. Dry completely and remove from dryer when seams are slightly wet to



minimize shrinkage.





Cotton with

AUTOMATIC REGULAR or TIME DRY cycles. Dry one large or several small rugs. For one small rug



only, add towels for buffers.









Hot water and heat tend to deteriorate many types of rubber. Some types of rubber-likematerials are



flammable under certain conditions. DO NOT DRY FOAM RUBBER AND RUBBER-LIKEMATERIALS









DELICATE or NO HEAT cycles. Follow manufacturer’s suggestions. Some of these rugs are heat



sensitive and should be removed from the dryer when damp or dried with no heat.




Stuffed Animals


Make sure the filling and covering is washable and can be dried in the dryer. Cotton filling may become

and Toys


lumpy. Protect glass eyes by covering with a stocking or tie toy into a pillowcase. Choose heat for most



sensitive fiber. Dry enough clothes in the load for good tumbling. DO NOT DRY TOYS STUFFED WITH







Tennis Shoes


DELICATE or NO HEAT cycle. Use a drying rack or tumble with at least four old bath towels.





Trouble Shooting

You may save time and money by checking items below before calling for service. List includes common concerns that are not the result of defective workmanship or materials. If your question is not explained below, contact Amana Consumer Affairs Department at 800-843-0304.
















Vibrating noise


Dryer may not be resting firmly on floor

Some vibration is normal. Adjust leveling legs so dryer









rests firmly on floor. See Installation Instructions for









leveling details.










Thumping, rattling, or


Loose objects, such as coins or pins

Stop dryer and check for loose objects. Remove loose

clanking noise



objects if possible.

















Belt buckles, metal fasteners hitting drum

Close zippers, buttons, and fasteners. Clothing with









buckles should be turned inside out.










Whirling sound


As air moves through the dry, a whirling









sound may be noticed











Pulsating sound


When the drum rotates, it may create a









pulsating sound











Clicking sound


Many of the parts, such as the timer, click as









they operate






























































Dryer does not run


Electrical power cord may not be plugged in,

Make sure plug from power cord fits tightly into wall outlet.








or connection may be loose


















Fuse blown, circuit breaker tripped, or power

Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker. Do NOT increase








outage occurred

fuse capacity. Call qualified electrician to correct circuit









overload problem. Call local utility company to correct









power outage.

















Dryer door is not closed

Push door closed.

















Timer knob must be pushed in to restart

If dryer door was opened during a cycle, the timer knob









must be pushed in to restart the cycle.










Dryer does not heat


Dryer set to FLUFF/NO HEAT setting


















Damper on weather hood is stuck closed or

Severely restricted airflow will cause dryer to stop heating.









Check weather hood and exhaust system for restrictions.

















Gas supply is shut off (Gas Dryers Only)

Check other gas appliances in house for gas supply.

















































Screen in back of drum

Heat causes the metal to darken

Normal. Will not affect performance.




Dryer drum becomes stained Fabric dyes that are not set can stain the

Make a paste from powdered detergent and rub on stain.

dryer drum

Though you may not be able remove stain immediately, the


stain may fade and disappear over time.