Amana D2491E3B User Manual
Use and Care Guide
Home Laundry Automatic Dryer
KEEP THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. (If the dryerchanges
ownership, be sure this manual accompanies the dryer.)
Part No. 503276
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Date of purchase
Keep a copy of your sales receipt for future reference, in case warranty service is required.
Factory Service Centers
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Following are the Amana Factory Service Centers:
ARIZONA m Alsodispatches servicein areasof Nevada
NO. & SO. CALIFORNIA
GEORGIA m Also dispatches service in areas of Alabama, North and South Carolina and Tennessee
IOWA m Also dispatches service in areas of Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin
OHIO m Also dispatches service in areas of Michigan and Pennsylvania
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Enjoy your new dryer.
I Table of
Energy Saving Tips ......
Helps and Hints .....
Exhaust System ....
For your safety, the information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion or to prevent property damage, serious injury or death.
--Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
--WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS
•Do not try to light any appliance.
•Do not touch any 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 neighbor's phone. Follow the gas suppller's instructions.
•If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.
Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.
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To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, serious injury or death to persons when using your dryer, follow these basic precautions:
1.Read all instructions before usingthe dryer.
2.Refer to the GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS in the iNSTALLATiON manual for the proper grounding of the dryer.
3.Do not dry articles that havebeen previously cleanedin, washed in, soaked in, or spottedwith gasoline,
4.Do not allow childrento play on orin the dryer. Close supervisionof childrenis necessary when the dryer is used near children. This is a safetyrule for all appliances.
5.Before the dryer is removed fromservice ordiscarded, remove the door to the drying compartment.
6.Do not reach into the dryer if the cylinder is revolving.
7.Do not install or store the
dryer where it will be exposed to water and/or weather.
8.Do not tamper with thecontrols.
. Do not repairor replace any part of the dryer,or attempt any servicing unless specifically recommended in the
10.Do not use fabric softeners or productsto eliminate static
unless recommended by the manufacturer of the fabric
softener or product.
11.To reduce the riskof fire, DO NOT DRYplastics or articles containing foamrubber or similarly textured rubberlike materials.
12.ALWAYS clean the lint filterafter every load. A layer oflint in thefilter reduces dryingefficiency andprolongs drying time.
13.Keep area aroundthe exhaustopening and adjacent surrounding area free from the accumulationof lint, dust anddirt.
14.The interior of the dryer and the exhaust duct should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel.
15.This gas appliance contains or produces a chemical or chemicals 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 the fuel or from fuel combustion, make sure this appliance is installed, operated, and maintained according to the instructions in this booklet.
16.Dryer willnot operatewith the loading dooropen. DO NOT
switch by permitting the dryer to operate with the door open. The dryer will stop tumbling when the door is opened. Do not use the dryer if it does not stop tumbling when the door is opened or starts tumbling without pressing or turning the START mechanism. Remove the dryer fromuse and cellthe serviceman.
17.Do not put articles soiled with vegetable or cooking oil in the dryer, as these oils may not be removed during washing. Due to the remaining oil,the fabdc may catch onfire by itself.
18.To reduce the risk of fire, DO NOT put clothes which have
traces of any flammable substances such as machine
oil, flammable chemicals,thinner, etc. or anything containing wax or chemicals such as in mops and cleaning cloths, or anything
19.Use the dryer only for its intended purpose, drying clothes.
20.Always disconnect the electrical power to the dryer before attempting service. Disconnect the power cord by grasping the plug, not thecord.
21.Replace worn power cords and/or loose plugs.
22.Install this dryer according to theINSTALLATION
INSTRUCTIONS. All connections forelectrical
power, grounding and gas supply must comply with local codes and be made by licensed personnel when required. Do not do it yourself unless you know how!
23.Remove laundry immediatelyafter thedryer stops.
24.Always read and follow manufacturers instructions on
packages of laundry and cleaning aids. Heed all warnings or precautions.To reduce the risk of poisoning
or chemical burns, keep them out of reach of children at all times (preferably in a locked cabinet).
25.Do not tumble fiberglass curtains and draperies unless the label says it can be done. If they are dried, wipe out thecylinder with a damp cloth to remove particlesof fiberglass.
26.Always follow the fabriccare instructions supplied by the garment manufacturer.
27.Never operate the dryer with the front panel removed.
28.DO NOT operate the dryer with missing or broken parts.
30.Failure to install, maintain, and/or operatethis machine according to the manufacturer'sinstructions may result in conditions which canproduce bodily injuryand/ or property damage.
IMPORTANT: Have your dryer installed properly. Don'tdo it yourself unless you know how!
NOTE: The WARNING and IMPORTANT instructions appearing in this manual are not meant to cover all possible conditions and situations that mayoccur. It must be understood that
common sense, caution, and carefulness are factors which
CANNOT be built into the dryer. These factors MUST BE supplied by theperson(s) installing, maintaining, or operating the dryer.
Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent, orthe
manufacturer about any problemsor condi_ons youdo not understand.
Energy Saving Tips
•Make sure the lint filter is cleaned after each load.
•Do not overload the dryer.
•Do not overdry items.
•Remove items to be ironedwhile still damp.
Large loads of similar fabrics drythe most efficiently.
However, dry permanent press in smaller loads to prevent wrinkling.
•Use the correct FABRIC
SELECTOR setting for the type of fabric being dried.
•Locateyour dryer sothe exhaustduct is asshort and
straight as possible.
•Do not open the door during the drying cycle.
•Plan to do your laundryon lowhumidity days; yourclothes will dry faster.
Dry multiple loads of clothesone rightafter another so dryer interior does not have to be reheated for eachload.
Helps and Hints
To reduce the risk of fire, explosion, serious injury or death, clothes which have
traces of any flammable substances such as
cooking oil, machine oil, flammable chemicals, thinner, etc. must not be put into the dryer.
Regular or *Untreated Clothes A properly sorted washload is generally adryer load. Inboth washing and drying, thebulk or volume of clothes, rather than pounds, will determine the
load size. The dryer cylinder is large and isdesigned to dry a large oraverage loadat maximum
efficiency. DO NOT OVERLOAD THE DRYER
Dryer cylinder one third to one half full of wet clothes.
Loads consistingof several small pieces only, such as knit shortsor diapers, do not tumble well and may require longer drying time which could result inexcessive wrinkling. Add several towels to aid tumbling. Large and small items together make the best load for the dryer.
For the mosteven drying,fabrics in aload shouldbe of similar
weight. If mixed loads are dried, remove the lighter weight fabrics when they are dry. Avoid overdrying to prevent harshness of fabdcs, wrinkling, and possible shrinkage.
Clothing loads must be cooled properly atthe end ofthe drying cycle.Do not remove them from dryer untilit has gone through
*Treated clothes arethose itemsthat willbe labeled =FLAME
RETARDANT," =SCOTCH- GUARD",TM etc. Follow the CARELABELS on these garmentsfor the proper washing and drying.
Permanent Press and Synthetics
These toads willrequire the
following special treatmentto getthe bestresults fromtheir
Static electricity may cause garments of synthetic fibers (as in lingerie) to cling together, especially if they are
overdried. The use of a liquid fabric softener in the rinse
water of the washer will soften clothes and reduce static
Do not wash or dry clothes that shed lint in the same load
with permanent press or knit garments.
Remove permanent press loads immediately after dryerstops.
A clothes dryer produces combustible lint. To reduce the risk of fire, serious injury or death, the dryer MUST be exhausted to the outdoors.
Do not use plastic or thin foil flexible ducting.
The necessary suggestions and directions for installation
and proper exhausting are given in the INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS which are included with the dryer.
The exhaust duct should be cleaned periodically to remove any obstructions.
Check occasionally to make
sure the flapper onthe weather hood movesfreely, is not
pushed in and that nothing has been set against it. Also check that theflapper is not standing
open. If it is open, leaves or even snow could restdct it. Any restriction of the airfrom the
dryer will decrease drying efficiency.
If you have correctly sorted the items forwashing, they should be properly sorted for drying too.
Do not overload your dryer.Bulk, not weight, determines the load size. There should be space in the dryer for the clothes to tumble freely. This helps to reduce
wrinkles. Large and small pieces together make up loads which will
tumble well. The average load will fill the cylinder one third to half full when wet,
Cylinder with wet cottons and linens
No Heat Items
Low Heat Items
High Heat items
Towels, flannels,chenille, cottons, rugs,etc., shed lint. Corduroys,knits (includingsocks), permanent press, andsynthetics attract lint.
In any kind of drying, lightweight fabricswill dry faster than heavyweight fabrics. If mixed loads are dried together (such as sheets and towels), remove the lighter weightfabrics when they are dry to prevent overdrying and wrinkling. Thebest method is to dry clothes whichrequire the sametime and temperature inthe same load.
A load can be too small. Justa fewsmall pieces will nottumble
properly. They will take longer to dry and they may be wrinkled. For
small loads, add a couple of large towels ornon lint shedding items to aid in tumbling.
The temperature to be selected is determined by the fiber inthe fabric. Read thefabric care labels
on the garment for drying instructions.
Some matedals must be dded withno heat because oftheir composition. Usethe NO HEAT
setting on your dryer for thesematerials.
Set Drying Time
The length of drying timesvary according to the following:
•Size of the load.
Amount of moisture tobe removed, The type of fabric,
washer, and washer spin speed will determine this.
•Heat and moisture in the room (damp air coming intothe dryer will increase drying time).
•Type of installation (length and type of exhaustpipes, etc.)
•Electric voltage orgas pressure.
Exact drying times cannotbe givenbecause they will vary.Your own times may be different in the winter than the summer.
iN THE AUTOMATIC CYCLE, YOU NEED NOT WORRYABOUT TIME. The AUTOMATIC CYCLEwill determine the time needed. Set the dryer for the type of fabric in the load. Avoidsetting the timer for a "higher" setting than
necessary. USE THE AUTOMATIC PERMANENT PRESS/KNIT
CYCLE for loadsof permanent press, knits, and clothes made
from or containing synthetic fibers. This cycle has a longer "cool down" periodat theend of the cycle to reduce wrinkling.
How to Use Your Dryer...
The timer knob willnot advance with the sameregularity in the AUTOMATIC cycle as it does in the TIME DRY cycle.
For example, you may notice the timer knob remains in the same
position for 15 minutes before it begins to move. THE TIMER IS NOT MALFUNCTIONING. This only means it took 15 minutes for the load to become dry enough to start advancing the timer knob. The length of time it takes for the timer knob to begin advancing depends on the type and size of load being dried.
Automatic Regular and Automatic Delicate cycles
Suggested Dryer Settings
Automatic Regular and Automatic Delicate Cycles
With Low Heat"
AUTOMATIC DELICATE cycles
have a five minute
period at the end of the cycle. During that time, the loadis tumbled with no heat. This helps reduce wrinkling. Setting the timer knob in a
will result in the load being tumbled with no heat.Do not
remove load until
buzz for a short period of time atthe end of the
Use this setting for permanent press, polyester knits, heavy and medium weight synthetics that are
The COOL TUMBLE portion of this cycle is a 10 minute
(no heat) period. The end of cycle signal (if selected) will buzzfor a short period of time at the end of
Suggested Dryer Settings
Heavy and Medium
Sheers and those
labeled "Dry With
Always use the SIGNAL withthe AUTOMATICPERMANENT
PRESS/KNITS cycle. Remove load immediately uponcompleting cycle. This reduces wrinkling.
Time Dry Cycle
This cycle will operate the dryer for the number of minutes for which it
is set (up to 70) with the same drying temperature as is used for the AUTOMATIC REGULAR cycle. Use for any load desired. Use for items you might want to remove while still damp. Set Fabric Selector knob to desired setting.
Turn the timer knob for the number of minutes required for drying. This cycle has a five minute
Suggested Dryer Settings
Time Dry Cycle
Load Type (Approx.)
The times suggestedare approximate. Your loads,installation, and dryingrequirements will determine the setting you should use.
Your Time Dry cycle will have
three settings: WRINKLE OUT, LESS DRY and MORE DRY.
In the Time Dry cycle, use the
Wrinkle Out setting for clothes that have been previously driedand have becomesomewhat wrinkled fromnot being attended to promptly.
In the Time Drycycle, use the
Less Dry setting for cottons such as cotton knits, dresses,dress shirts, cotton work clothes andmixed loads.
In the Time Dry cycle, use theMore Dry setting for very heavy,
No Heat Cycle
This is a no heat cycle that tumbles and circulates room
temperature air through the loadfor 15 minutes. Usefor fluffing shag rugs,bedspreads, pillows,blankets, and other heat sensitive items that shouldnot bedried with heat. The signal (if selected) will buzzfor a short period of time at the end of the cycle.
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, serious injury or death to persons, read
the IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS, Pages 4 and 5, before operating the dryer.
To Dry Clothes
IMPORTANT: Please readinstructions before using dryer. Before using dryer for the first time, wash out the inside of the dryer cylinder with a sudsycloth, then wipe dry. Install the dryer according to the INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. KEEP THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
1.CLEAN LINT FILTER aftereach use.
2.LOAD DRYER. Open dryer door.Shake out laundry and place in dryer.
3.CLOSE DOOR. Dryerwill not operate with the door open.
4.SELECT drying temperature:
The FABRIC SELECTORcontrols the dryingtemperature.
IMPORTANT: The heat on the
DELICATE setting is not sufficient to remove wrinkles from
5.SELECT TIMER SETTING in
cycle desired: AUTOMATIC PERMANENT PRESS/KNITS, AUTOMATIC REGULAR,
AUTOMATIC DELICATE, TIME DRY or NO HEAT.
These cycles control the drying time.
The Energy Saver settings, markedwith a dot (.), show which
dryer settings will use the least energy.
6.START DRYER: Push the timer knob in.
TO STOP DRYER AT ANY
TIME, open door or turn timer knob to an OFF position.
TO RESTART DRYER, close
door, reset timerif necessary, andpush the timer knob in. Your dryer is designed so that itwill not operate if the door is open.
7.SET SIGNAL CONTROL: Rotate selector to "loud" (loudest sound) or to"off" (no
sound) or to any level in between.
Control Panel Light
An optional control panel light kit is availablefor your dryer. Thiskit will
provide additional light to your control paneland improve visibility of thecontrols ina dimly lit environment.
In the Automatic Permanent Press/Knits cycle, the signal
will buzz for a short period of time at the end of cool down. If
clothes are not removed at
that time, the timer will advance into the Cool Tumble
cycle, where the signal will buzz for a short period of time for every five minutes of the 15 minute cycle before dryer stops.
In the Automatic Regular, Automatic Delicate, Time Dry and No Heat cycles, the
signal will buzz for a short period of time at the end of the cool down.
The signalwill stopwhen the door is opened, or when the timer is advanced to an OFFposition,
To order the Control Panel Light
Kit (Part No. LFLI) contact your dealer. For more information call