Candy DFI 85 S (41003716.B)MOD-1 User Manual

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User instructions

DFI 85 S



Thank you for choosing a Candy appliance; quality dishwashers which guarantee high performance and reliability.

Candy manufacture a vast range of domestic appliances: washing machines, washer/dryers, cookers, microwave ovens, ovens and hobs, refrigerators and freezers.

Ask your dealer for the catalogue with the complete range of Candy products.

Please read this booklet carefully as it provides important information regarding the safe installation, use, and maintenance of the machine, together with some useful advice on how to achieve the best results from your dishwasher.

For future reference please keep this instruction booklet in a safe place.

Guarantee & After Sales Service

This appliance is supplied with a guarantee certificate which offers a free one year labour guarantee and a free five year parts guarantee - see the guarantee certificate for further details. Remember to post part A of the guarantee certificate within 10 days of the purchase date to register your guarantee with us.

Part B should be filled in and retained by you, to be shown to the GIAS service engineer if required. You should also keep your sales receipt.

After Sales Service

For service and repairs call your local engineer on our national number 08705 990011

Summary of manufacturers guarantee conditions

Your new appliance is fully guaranteed by the manufacturer for 12 months against electrical/mechanical breakdown excluding:

A.Any faults which occur due to bad installation or misuse of the machine.

B.Any faults which occur due to repair of, or interference with, the machine by any person not authorised by the manufacturer to carry out service.

C.Any faults which occur due to any parts which are fitted to the machine which are not the original manufacturers parts.

D.Any faults arising from non-domesticuse or unusual or abnormal use of the machine.

E.Any faults arising from operation at incorrect voltage.

F.Any faults arising from incorrect operation of the machine.

The guarantee applies to Gt Britain and Northern Ireland only, and is an addition to your statutory rights.


Safety advice



Setting up, installation



Opening the door



Water softener unit



Adjusting the upper rack



Loading the dishes



Information for test laboratories



Loading the detergent and rinse aid



Cleaning the filters



Some practical hints



Routine cleaning and maintenance



Description of the controls



Technical data



Operating the programmes and special functions






Programmes selection



Identifying minor faults



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Safety Instructions

Please read the instructions in this booklet carefully because they contain important information on how to install, use and maintain your dishwasher safely as well as containing useful tips on how to make the most of it.

Keep this booklet safe for future reference.

There are certain basic safety rules which are valid for any domestic appliance. They are the following:

-never touch the appliance when your hands or feet are wet or damp

-do not use when your feet are bare

-do not remove the plug from the mains supply socket by pulling the mains cable or the machine itself

-do not leave the appliance exposed to the elements (rain, sun etc)

-do not let children (or others incapable of operating it) use the machine without supervision

-make sure that the plug fitted to the machine is compatible with the power supply socket. If it is not, get a suitably qualified person to fit the correct type, and to make sure that the cables to the mains socket are able to cope with the power rating of the appliance

-ensure that the dishwasher does not crush power cables

-if there is a water softening device installed in the home there is no need to add salt to the water softener fitted in the dishwasher

-the dishwasher is designed for normal kitchen utensils.

Objects that have been contamined by petrol, paint, traces of steel or iron, corrosive chemicals, acids or alkalis must not be washed in the dishwasher

-if you wish to dispose of an old dishwasher be careful to remove the door to eliminate the risk of children becoming trapped inside it

-the dishwasher has been made from materials which can be recycled so that it can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way

-in general it is not advisable to use adaptors, multiple plugs and/or extension cables

-Water left in the machine or on the dishes at the end of the wash programme should not be swallowed.

-Leaning or sitting on the open door of the dishwasher could cause it to tip over.

-Cutlery is washed best if it is placed in the basket with the handles downwards; however, to avoid any injury from blades or sharp points, it can be placed with the handles upwards.

-Should it be necessary to replace the supply cord, call the Service Department.

-This appliance is be designed for domestic use only.

If the appliance breaks down or stops working properly, switch it off, turn off the water supply and do not tamper with it. Repair work should only be carried out by an approved service agent and only genuine spare parts should be fitted. Any failure to follow the above advice may have serious consequences for the safety of the appliance.

INSTALLATION (Technical notes)

Important: when the appliance is located on a carpet floor, attention must be paid to ensure that there is no obstruction to the bottom vents.

Make sure that the plug on the appliance remains accessible after installation.

This appliance complies with Directives 89/336/EEC, 73/23/EEC and following changes.

Eletrical connection

Plug your dishwasher into the power socket. If the plug we supply does not fit


You can't use it on other appliances, and the exposed wires could be dangerous if anyone plugged it in.

• Fit a suitable plug, as follows:


to the terminal in the plug

green and yellow wire

marked with the letter E,


OR marked with the Earth symbol,


OR coloured green,


OR coloured green and yellow.

blue wire

marked N


OR coloured black.

brown wire

marked L


OR coloured red.





Fuses and plugs

This appliance should be used only on a socket with a minimum rating of 13 Amp.

Our ready-fittedplug is already equipped

with a 13 amp fuse which is BS 1362 ASTA approved. Any replacement should be exactly the same.

If the fuse cover is lost, do not use the plug until it is replaced. A correct replacement fuse cover (obtainable from your dealer or Electricity Board) must be the same colour as shown or named on the insert on the base of the plug.



Water connection

The inlet and drain hoses can be directed to left or right.

The dishwasher can be connected to either cold or hot water, as long as it is no hotter than 60 °C.

Water pressure must be between 0,08 MPa and 0,8 MPa. If the pressure is below the minimum consult our service department for advice.

The inlet hose must be connected to a tap so that the water supply can be cut off when the machine is not in use (fig.1 B).

The dishwasher is fitted with 3/4" threaded connector (fig. 2).

Connect inlet hose A to water tapB with a 3/4" attachment making sure that it has been properly tightened.

If it is necessary to lengthen the inlet pipe, an extension pipe can be fitted.

If limescale deposits or sand are present in the water, it is advisable to obtain the appropriate filter, art. 9226085, from the Service Centre (fig. 3).

The filter D must be inserted between the tapB and the inlet hoseA, remembering to fit the washerC.

If the dishwasher is connected to new pipes or to pipes which have not been in use for a long time run water through for a few minutes before connecting the inlet hose. In this way no deposits of sand or rust will clog up the water inflow filter.




Connecting the outlet hose

The outlet hose should disharge into a standpipe, making sure that there are no kinks (fig. 4).

The standpipe must be at least 40 cm above floor level and it must have an internal diameter of at least 4 cm. It is advisable to fit an anti-odourair trap (fig. 4 x).

If necessary the outlet hose can be extended up to 2,6 m, provided that it is kept at a maximum height of 85 cm above floor level.

The hose can be hooked over the side of the sink (it must not be immersed in water, in order to prevent water from being syphoned back to the machine when this is in operation) (fig. 4 y).

When installing the appliance under a worktop the hose pipe clamp must be attached to the wall in the highest possible position under the worktop (fig. 4 z).

Check that there are no kinks in the inlet and outlet hoses.


Opening the door

Put your hand into the recess and push upwards.

If the machine comes open while it is working, an electrical safety device automatically switches everything off.

For the machine to work properly, the door should not be opened while it is in operation.

Closing the door

Place the baskets in the machine.

Make sure that both the spray arms are free to rotate and are not obstructed by cutlery, crockery or pans. Close the door, pressing on it to make sure it is firmly shut.



Water softener unit

Depending on the source of the supply, water contains varying amounts of limestone and minerals which are deposited on the dishes leaving whitish stains and marks. The higher the level of these minerals present in the water, the harder the water is. The dishwasher is fitted with a water softener unit which, through the use of special regenerating salt, supplies softened water for washing the dishes.

The degree of hardness of your water can be obtained from your water supply company.

Regulating the water softener with electronic programmer

The water softener can treat water with a hardness level of up to 90°fH (French grading) or 50°dH (German grading) through 6 settings.

The settings, are listed in the panel below:




Use of
























Indicator light N.1





Indicator light N.1





Indicator light N.2





Indicator light N.3





Indicator light N.4





Indicator light N.5






The softener unit is set in the factory at level 3 (Indicator light N.3) as this satisfies the requirements of the majority of users. Regulate the setting of your water softener unit according to the degree of hardness of your water as follows: open the door, keep button “E” pressed in for a few seconds and at the same time press the On/Off button I .

The indicator light of button “E” will start flashing and indicator light N.3 (the factory setting) will come on. To change the setting, press button “E”. Each time you press that button, the next indicator light will come on. When the required indicator light comes on, wait for the audible signal to confirm that the new setting has been stored in memory.





































N°1 N°2 N°3 N°4 N°5
















































Loading the salt

The dishwasher is fitted with a softener which clears the water of lime which could cause scale and damage the dishwasher.

On the bottom of the machine there is a container for the salt for regenerating the softener.

The filter medium of the softening plant must be reactivated with dishwasher water softener regenerating salt.

Other types of salt contain small quantities of insoluble particles which over a long period of time may affect and deteriorate the softener performance.

To add salt, unscrew the cap of the container on the bottom and then refill the container.

During this operation a little water will overflow; but keep adding salt until the container is full. When the container is full, clean the thread of salt residue and retighten the tap.

If it is not necessary to wash immediately, set the Prewash programme so that the salt solution which has overflowed is discharged from the washing tank.

The salt dispenser has a capacity of between 1.5 and 1.8 kg and, for efficient use of the appliance, it should be refilled from time to time according to the regulation of the water softener unit.

Salt loading indicator

This model is provided with an indicator light on the control panel which will light up when it is necessary to reload the salt container.

Important: the appearance of white stains on dishes is generally an important sign that the salt container needs filling.



Adjustment of the upper basket

If 27 cm to 31 cm plates are normally used, load them onto the lower basket after the upper basket has been placed in its upper position and proceed as detailed below:

1)Turn the front stops A outwards.

2)Take out the basket and remount it in the upper position.

3)Replace the blocks A in their original position.

Dishes that are bigger than 20 cm in diameter can no longer be loaded onto the upper basket and the mobile supports cannot be used when the basket is in the upper position.



Loading dishes

To load dishes

For good wash performance remove any debris from the dishes (bones, tooth picks, the remains of meat and vegetables) to avoid blocking the filters, water outlet and washing arm nozzles and, as a result, reducing washing efficiency.

Try not to rinse the dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

If saucepans and oven dishes are particularly encrusted with the remains of burnt or roast food, it is advisable to leave them to soak before washing.

Using the upper basket

The upper basket is provided with mobile racks hooked to the sides of the basket which can be regulated in two positions: upright and lowered. In the lowered position the racks may be used for tea and coffee cups, kitchen knives and ladles. Glasses with stems may be safely hung on the ends of the racks.

Glasses, cups, saucers and dessert plates may be loaded under the racks.

Soup plates and ordinary plates may be loaded with the rack in the upright position.

Plates should be loaded vertically with the underside of the plate towards the back of the dishwasher with a space between each plate to allow water to pass freely.

It is advisable to load plates of the same size together in order to utilize maximum basket capacity.

Plates may be loaded in a single row (Fig. 1) or on both rows (Fig. 2).

It is advisable to load large plates (approx. 27 or more cm) slightly tilted towards the rear to facilitate introduction of the basket into the machine.

Salad bowls and other plastic bowls may also be loaded on the upper basket. It is advisable to block these in place so that the jets of water do not make them overturn.

The upper basket has been designed to offer maximum flexibility in use and can be loaded with up to 24 plates on two rows, up to 30 glasses on five rows or a mixed load.

Using the lower basket

Saucepans, oven dishes, tureens, salad bowls, lids, serving dishes, dinner plates, soup plates and ladles can be loaded on the lower basket.

Place the cutlery in the plastic cutlery holder with the handles pointing upwards. Place the cutlery holder on the lower basket (fig. 3), making sure that the cutlery does not get in the way of the rotating arms.





A standard daily load is represented in Figs.



1, 2 and 3.



Upper basket (Fig. 1)



A = soup plates


B = dinner plates



C = dessert plates

D = saucers



E = cups

F = glasses








Upper basket (Fig. 2) A = soup plates

B = dinner platesC = dessert platesD = saucers

E = cups

F = glasses with stemsG = glasses

H = single section cutlery basket






Lower basket (Fig. 3)

A =medium-sizedsaucepan

B = large saucepan

C = frying pan

D = lids

E = tureens, serving dishes

F = cutlery

G = oven dishes

The correct and rational loading of dishes is essential for good washing results.

12 international place load (Ref. EN 50242).

Correct loading for the upper basket is indicated in Fig. 4 and for the lower basket in Fig. 5. Fig. 6 cutlery basket.








5 Q N














Upper basket (Fig. 4)

A = 5 + 5 + 2 glasses

IB = 12 saucers

C = 4 + 4 + 4 cupsD = small bowl

E = medium bowlF = large bowlG = 1 + 1 forks

H = 1 + 1 serving spoons

LI = 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 dessert spoonsL = 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 teaspoons

Lower basket (Fig. 5)

M = 8 + 4 soup plates

N = 11 + 1 dinner plates

O = 12 dessert plates

P = serving dish

Q = cutlery

Cutlery basket (fig. 6)

Place the side racks in the lower position and fill with 6 + 6 knives(R); in the spaces left insert cutlery with the handles down.

Take care not to load more than two different types of cutlery in the same compartment.



7 Cutlery basket (fig. 7)

The cutlery basket is made with two detachable parts which will enable various loading options.

The two parts can be detached by sliding the left section away from the right section.

Information for the test laboratories.

General programme comparison

(see programmes selection)

Ref. EN 50242 Standards:

1)Upper basket position: low

2)Normal load

3)Shine setting: 5

4)Economy button pressed

5)Amount of detergent:

8 gr for pre-wash

22 gr for wash.

Loading the detergent and the rinse aid.

Filling the detergent container

It is essential to use a detergent that is specifically designed for dishwashers either in powder, liquid or tablet form.

Finish gives very good results and can be easily obtained.

Unsuitable detergents (like those for washing up by hand) do not contain the proper ingredients for use in a dishwasher and stop the dishwasher from working correctly.

Normal wash

The detergent container is inside the door (fig. A “2”). If the lid of the container is closed press the button to open.

At the end of every wash cycle the lid is always open and ready for the next time the dishwasher is used.

The amount of detergent to be used varies according to how dirty the dishes are and on the type of dishes to be washed.

We advise using 20-30gr of detergent in the wash section of detergent compartment (1).

After pouring the detergent into the container close the lid.

Since not all detergents are the same the instructions on the boxes of detergent can vary. We should just like to remind users that too little detergent does not clean the dishes properly whilst too much detergent will not produce better results and is also a waste. Do not use an excessive amount of detergent and help to limit damage to the environment at the same time.

Wash with soaking cycle

If setting the Intensive wash programme, a second dose of about 20 gr of detergent (1table-spoon)must be added to the machine in the prewash section of detergent compartment (2).

For Normal programme add 5 gr. This dose should be placed directly in the prewash section of detergent compartment (2).



If you select a programme with a prewash cycle, the performance will be improved by adding a small amount of detergent during this part of the cycle.


If you are planning to use combined detergents i.e. those with built in salt and/or rinse agent, we would advise the following:

-read carefully and follow the manufacturer’s instructions given on the packaging;

-some combined detergents, particularly those with built in rinse agent, provide best results when used with specific programmes;

-the effectiveness of detergents containing the built in water softener/salt depends on the hardness of your water supply. Check that the hardness of your water supply is within the effective range given on the detergent packaging.

In certain circumstances use of combined detergents can cause:

-limescale deposits on dishes or in the dishwasher;

-a reduction in washing and drying performance.

Should this occur, we would recommend using traditional separate products – salt, detergent and rinse agent. This will ensure that the water softener in the dishwasher operates correctly.

Please note that on return to the use of conventional salt, a number of cycles will be required before the system becomes fully efficient again.


Any problems which arise as a direct result of the use of these products are not covered by our warranty.





Filling the rinse aid container

The rinse aid container can be found to the right of the detergent container: it has a capacity of about 130 ml (fig. A "3").

Turn the cap (3) anticlockwise and pour enough liquid to last several washes, up to the maximum level shown. Replace the cap.

The rinse aid, which is automatically released during the last rinsing cycle, helps the dishes to dry quickly and prevents spots and stains forming.

It is always advisable to use rinse aid.

Check the rinse aid level through the indicator eye which is situated in the centre of the dispenser (4).


Regulating the rinse aid from 1 to 6



The regulator is placed under the cap (3) and can be


turned using a coin. The recommended

position is 3.


The limestone content of the water considerably affects the


formation of limescale and the drying performance.

It is therefore important to regulate the

quantity of rinse

aid to achieve good washing results.

If, after the wash, streaks occur on the dishes, decrease the amount by one position. If whitish spots occur, increase the amount by one position.

Cleaning the filters




The filter system (fig.A “4”) consists of:

a central container that traps the larger particles.

a flat gauze that continuously filters the wash water

a micro filter, located beneath the gauze, that traps the tiniest particles ensuring a perfect rinse.

To achieve excellent results every time, the filters should be checked and cleaned after each wash.

To remove the filter unit, simply turn the handle anticlockwise (fig. 1).

For ease of cleaning, the central container is removable (fig. 2).

Remove the gauze filter (fig.3) and wash the whole unit under a jet of water. If necessary a small brush can be used.

With the Self-cleaningMicro filter, maintenance is reduced and the filter unit need only be checked every two weeks. Nevertheless, after each wash it is advisable to check that the central container and the gauze filter are not clogged.

NB: after cleaning the filters, make sure that they are correctly reassembled and that the gauze filter is properly positioned at the bottom of the dishwasher.

Make sure that the filter is screwed back, clockwise, into the gauze, as poor seating of the filter unit could have an adverse effect on the efficiency of the appliance.

Warning: never use the dishwasher without the filters.



General hints

Selecting the programme

This dishwasher offers you a wide range of wash programmes so that you can choose the most suitable according to the type of dishes and how dirty they are.

Refer to the PROGRAMME LIST to choose the most suitable programme.

Useful hints

In order to avoid any dripping from the top rack, remove the lower rack first.

If the dishes are to be left in the machine for some time, leave the door ajar, to let some air circulate and to improve the drying performance.

How to make SAVINGS

1)If you want the dishwasher to give a complete wash, place the dishes in the dishwasher at the end of each meal and if necessary turn on the COLD PRE-WASHcycle to soften the food remains and remove bigger particles of food from the new load of dishes. When the dishwasher is full start the complete wash cycle programme.

2)If the dishes are not very dirty or if the baskets are not very full select an ECONOMY programme, following the instructions in the program list.

How to get really good wash RESULTS

1)Place the dishes face downwards.

2)Try to place the dishes in such a way that they are not touching one another. If they are loaded properly you will get better results.

3)Before placing the dishes in the dishwasher remove any remaining food (bones, shells, pieces of meat or vegetables, coffee grounds, skin of fruit, cigarette ash etc. that could clog up the outflow and the washing arm jets.

4)After loading the dishes check that the washing arms can rotate freely.

5)Pans and other dishes that have particularly persistent food particles or remnants of burnt food should be left to soak in water with dishwasher detergent.

6)To wash silver properly:

a)rinse the silver immediately after use, especially if it has been used for mayonnaise, eggs, fish etc.

b)do not sprinkle detergent onto it

c)keep it separate from other metals

What to DO if

1) You want to stop the dishwasher to put in more dishes whilst it is in the middle of a wash.

Open the door only after pressing the O/I button so that the dishwasher is in OFF. After closing the door, wait 3 minutes before starting up the machine again.

What not to wash

It should also be remembered that not all dishes are suitable for washing in a dishwasher.

We advise against using the dishwasher to wash items in thermoplastic, cutlery with wooden or plastic handles, saucepans with wooden handles, items in aluminium, crystal, leaded glass unless otherwise stated.

Certain decorations may fade. It is therefore a good idea before loading the whole batch to wash just one of the items first so as to be sure that others like it will not fade. It is also a good idea not to put silver cutlery with non-stainlesssteel handles into the dishwasher as there could be a chemical reaction between them.


When buying new crockery or cutlery always make sure that they are suitable for washing in a dishwasher.

Cleaning and maintenance

The outside of the cabinet can be cleaned with a non-abrasivecleaning agent suitable for a gloss finish.

The dishwasher does not require special maintenance, because the tank is selfcleaning. Regularly wipe the door gasket with a damp cloth to remove any food remains or rinse aid. It is advisable to remove limestone deposits or dirt periodically, by doing an empty wash; pour a glass of vinegar on the bottom of the tank and select the light wash.

If, in spite of the routine cleaning of the filters, you notice that the dishes or pans are not properly washed or rinsed, check that all the spray heads on the rotor arms (fig. A “5”) are clear.

If they are blocked, clean them in the following way:

To remove the upper rotor arm, turn it until it lines up with the stop marked by the arrow (fig. 1b). Push it upwards and, keeping it pushed in, unscrew it in a clockwise direction. To reassemble it repeat the same operation, but turn it anticlockwise.

The lower rotor arm can be removed simply by pulling it upwards (fig. 2).

wash the rotor arms under a jet of water to clear any blockage in the spray heads.

When you have finished, refit the rotor arms in the same position, remembering to re-alignthe arrow and screw into position.

1 1b 2