Frigidaire 131843000C User Manual

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Owner's Guide

Versión en español .................................................


Product Registration..........................................


Important Safety Instructions .............................


Washing Procedures .........................................


Stain Removal ...................................................


Common Washing Problems .............................


Care and Cleaning............................................


Avoid Service Checklist .....................................


Warranty and Service ........................................




P/N 131843000C (0407)

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Frigidaire Home Products

P. O. Box 212378

Augusta, GA 30917

Important Safety Instructions

Read all instructions before using this washer.

To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons when using this washer, comply with the basic warnings listed below.

Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.

Product Registration

Thank you for choosing this washer. This owner's guide will explain proper operation and care.

Record Your Model and Serial Numbers

Record below the model and serial numbers found on the washer serial plate located on the underside of the washer lid. Keep these numbers for future reference.

Model Number __________________

Serial Number ___________________

Date of Purchase ________________

Register Your Product

The self-addressedPRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD should be filled in completely, signed and returned.

This Owner's Guide provides general operating instructions for your washer. It also contains information about features for several other models. Your washer may not have every feature included here.

Use the washer only as instructed in this Owner's Guide and the

Operating Instructions card included with your washer.


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

©1999 White Consolidated Industries, Inc.

All rights reserved.

Prevent Fire

Do not wash items that have been previously cleaned in, soaked in,

or spotted with gasoline, cleaning solvents, kerosene, cooking oils, waxes, etc. Do not store these items on or near the washer. These substances give off vapors or chemical reactions that could ignite or explode.

Do not put oily or greasy rags or clothing on top of the washer. These substances give off vapors that could ignite the materials.

Do not add gasoline, cleaning solvents, or other flammable or explosive substances to the wash water. These substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.

Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be produced in a hot water system that has not been used for 2 weeks or more.HYDROGEN GAS IS EXPLOSIVE. If the hot water system has not been used for such a period, before using the washer, turn on all hot water faucets and let the water flow from each for several minutes. This will release any accumulated hydrogen gas. Hydrogen gas is flammable; do not smoke or use an open flame during this time.

Failure to comply with these warnings could result in fire, explosion, serious bodily injury and/or damage to the rubber or plastic parts of the washer.

Protect Children

Do not allow children to play on or in the washer. Close supervision

of children is necessary when the washer is used near children. As children grow, teach them the proper, safe use of all appliances.

Destroy the carton, plastic bag and other packing materials after the washer is unpacked. Children might use them for play. Cartons covered with rugs, bedspreads or plastic sheets can become airtight chambers.

Keep laundry products out of children's reach. To prevent personal injury, observe all warnings on product labels.

Before the washer is removed from service or discarded, remove the washer lid to prevent accidental entrapment.

Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.

Printed in U.S.A.


Important Safety

Instructions (continued)

Avoid fire hazard or electrical shock. Do not use an adaptor plug or extension cord or remove grounding prong from electrical power cord. Failure to followthiswarningcancauseserious injury, fire or death.


Use this way ONLY

Do not use or mix liquid chlorine bleach with other household chemicals such as toilet cleaners, rust removers, acid or productscontainingammonia.These mixtures can produce dangerous fumes which can cause serious injury or death.

Note: The instructions appearing in this Owner's Guide are not meant to cover every possible condition and situation that may occur. Common sense and caution must be practiced when installing, operating and maintaining any appliance.

Prevent Injury

To prevent shock hazard and assure stability during operation, the washer must be installed and electrically grounded by a qualified service person in accordance with local codes. Installation instructions are packed in the washer for installer's reference. Refer to INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for detailed grounding procedures. If the washer is moved to a new location, have it checked and reinstalled by a qualified service person.

To prevent personal injury or damage to the washer, the electrical power cord of the washer must be plugged into a properly grounded and polarized3-prongoutlet.The third grounding prong must never be removed. Never ground the washer to a gas pipe. Do not use an extension cord or an adaptor plug.

Follow package directions when using laundry products. Incorrect usage can produce poisonousgas--resultingin serious injury or death.

Do not combine laundry products for use in 1 load unless specified on the label.

Do not mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or acids such as vinegar.

To prevent serious personal injury and damage to the washer:

All repairs and servicing must be performed by an authorized servicer unless specifically recommended in this Owner's Guide. Use only authorized factory parts.

Do not tamper with controls.

Do not install or store the washer where it will be exposed to the weather.

ALWAYS disconnect the washer from the electrical supply before attempting any service or cleaning. Failure to do so can result in electrical shock or injury.

To prevent injury, do not reach into the washer while parts are moving. Before loading, unloading or adding items, push in the cycle selector knob and allow the tub to coast to a complete stop before reaching inside.

Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.

This washer is equipped with an electrical overload protector. The motor will stop if it becomes overheated. The washer will automatically restart after a cool down period of up to 30 minutes, if the washer has not been manually turned off during this time.



Washing Procedures

Follow the guidelines below for preparing the wash load.

Read the Operating Instructions card for operating your specific model.



Always read and follow fabric care and laundry product labels.

To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons, readImportant Safety Instructions, pages2-3,before operating this washer.

1. Sort laundry into loads that can be washed together.

Sort items by recommended water temperatures, wash time, and agitate/spin speeds.

Separate white, light, and colorfast items from dark and noncolorfast items.

Separate items which shed lint from items which attract lint. Permanent press, synthetic, knit and corduroy items will pick up lint from towels, rugs and chenille bedspreads.

Separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled items.

Separate lacy, sheer and loosely knit items from sturdy items.




2.Prepare items for washing.

Empty pockets.

Brush off lint and dirt. Shake out rugs and beach towels.

Close zippers, fasten hooks, tie strings and sashes, and remove nonwashable trims and ornaments.

Remove pins, decorative buttons, belt buckles, and other objects which could be damaged. This also helps protect other items in the wash load.

Mend rips and tears to prevent further damage during washing.

Place delicate items such as bras, shoulder pads, hosiery, and belts in a mesh bag to prevent tangling during the wash cycle.

Turn knit items inside out to prevent pilling.

3.Pretreat stains and heavy soil.

See Stain Removal, pages6-7,for details.

4. Add a measured amount of detergent to the wash tub before adding the laundry load.

Follow detergent manufacturer's directions. The amount required depends on type of detergent, load size and soil level, and water hardness.

5.If desired, add liquid bleach to Bleach Dispenser (some models).

Before adding the wash load, add liquid bleach to bleach dispenser located in left front corner under the lid:

3/4 cup (180 ml) for small loads

1 cup (240 ml) for large loads

1-1/4cups (300 ml) forextra-largeloads.

Then add 1 cup (240 ml) water to flush the dispenser.

Do not use powdered bleach in the bleach dispenser.

For models without a bleach dispenser, dilute the recommended amount of liquid chlorine bleach in 1 quart (.95 L) water. Add it to wash water after

a few minutes of agitation. Do not pour bleach directly on wash load.


Washing Procedures


Donotloaditemsabove toprowofholesinwashtub.



6.Add laundry load to washer.

Dry load level should not be higher than top row of holes in wash tub.

Do not overload washer.

Do not put items on top of agitator or wrap them around it. Load items evenly.

Combine large and small items in a load. Load large items first. Large items should not be more than half the total wash load.

When washing a single heavy item, add 1 or 2 towels to balance the load.

7.If desired, add liquid fabric softener to Fabric Softener Dispenser (some models).

For models with a built-indispenser (see picture to the left):

1.Add liquid softener to the dispenser, following fabric softener label directions.

2.Add water to bring liquid level to fill line on dispenser cap.

3.Remove the dispenser from the agitator after each use. Rinse both cap and cup with warm water. Replace dispenser in the agitator.

NOTE: To separate cap from cup, put thumb into dispenser and push against side of cup (see picture to the left). After cleaning, push cap and cup firmly together. Replace dispenser by lining up the ribs and grooves and snapping it into position.

Fabric softener will be flushed from area under the built-infabric softener dispenser when Large Load Water Level is selected. If abuild-upof fabric softener occurs, clean with hot water.DO NOT REMOVE SERVICE CAP.



For models with a removable dispenser (see picture below to the left):

1.Attach fabric softener dispenser to top of agitator by pressing down gently.

2.Add softener to the dispenser, following fabric softener label directions.

3.Add water to bring liquid level to top of the peg in the center of the cup.

4.Remove the dispenser from the agitator after each use. Rinse both lid and bowl thoroughly with warm water. Reassemble and place dispenser on agitator or store it nearby.

For models without a fabric softener dispenser, follow fabric softener label directions. Add diluted fabric softener to the final rinse. Do not pour fabric softener directly on the wash load.



8.Set cycle selector knob and washer controls according to type, size, and soil level of each load, and detergent used.

See Operating Instructions card for your specific model controls.


Washing Procedures

9. Start the washer.


Close the washer lid and pull out the cycle selector knob. Washer will fill and

agitate with the lid open. The tub will not spin unless the lid is closed.



• To stop the washer, push in the cycle selector knob.


• Do not stop and restart washer during a spin when using the fabric softener




• To change a cycle, push in the cycle selector knob. Turn it clockwise to the


desired setting. Pull out the knob to restart the washer.


10. Remove items when the cycle is completed.


For your safety, the lid locks when the tub is spinning. It will remain locked for


about 1 minute after the tub stops spinning.


• To open the lid during a spin, push in the cycle selector knob and wait about


1 minute for the lid lock to release. Do not force open the locked lid.


Place washed items in automatic dryer, line dry, or dry flat as directed by fabric


care label. Excess wrinkling, color transfer or odors may develop in items left in


the washer after the cycle has ended.

To avoid serious personal injury, do not operate washer if safety lid lock is missing or damaged.

Stain Removal



Safe Stain Removal Procedures

To reduce the risk of fire or serious injury to persons or property, comply with the basic warnings listed below:

Read and comply with all instructions on stain removal products.

Keep products in their original labeled containers and out of children's reach.

Thoroughly wash any utensil used.

Do not combine stain removal products, especially ammonia and chlorine bleach. Dangerous fumes may result.

Never wash items which have been previously cleaned in, washed in, soaked in or spotted with gasoline, dry cleaning solvents or other flammable or explosive substances because they give off vapors that could ignite or explode.

Never use highly flammable solvents, such as gasoline, inside the home. Vapors can explode on contact with flames or sparks.

For successful stain removal:

Remove stains promptly.

Determine the kind of stain, then follow recommended treatment in the stain removal chart on the next page.

To pretreat stains, use a prewash product, liquid detergent, or a paste made from granular detergent and water.

Use cold water on unknown stains because hot water can set stains.

Check care label instructions for treatments to avoid on specific fabrics.

Check for colorfastness by testing stain remover on an inside seam.

Rinse and wash items after stain removal.



Stain Removal





Adhesive tape, chewing

Apply ice. Scrape off excess. Place stain face down on paper towels. Saturate with prewash stain remover or

gum, rubber cement

nonflammable dry cleaning fluid.



Baby formula, dairy

Use product containing enzymes to pretreat or soak stains. Soak for 30 minutes or more. Wash.

products, egg




Beverages (coffee, tea,

Pretreat stain. Wash using cold water and bleach safe for fabric.



juice, alcoholic beverages)





Rinse with cold water. Rub with bar soap. Or, pretreat or soak with product containing enzymes. Wash using


bleach safe for fabric.



Candle wax, crayon

Scrape off surface wax. Place stain face down between paper towels. Press with warm iron until wax is absorbed.


Replace paper towels frequently. Treat remaining stain with prewash stain remover or nonflammable dry cleaning


fluid. Hand wash to remove solvent. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.




Pretreat or soak in warm water using product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.



Collar or cuff soil, cosmetics

Pretreat with prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap.



Dye transfer on white

Use packaged color remover. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.






Pretreat or soak in warm water using product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.



Grease, oil, tar (butter, fats,

Scrape residue from fabric. Pretreat. Wash using hottest water safe for fabric. For heavy stains and tar, apply

salad dressing, cooking oils,

nonflammable dry cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace towels under stain frequently. Rinse thoroughly. Wash

car grease, motor oils)

using hottest water safe for fabric.




Some inks may be impossible to remove. Washing may set some inks. Use prewash stain remover, denatured


alcohol or nonflammable dry cleaning fluid.



Mildew, scorch

Wash with chlorine bleach if safe for fabric. Or, soak in oxygen bleach and hot water before washing. Badly


mildewed fabrics may be permanently damaged.




Brush off dry mud. Pretreat or soak with product containing enzymes.



Mustard, tomato

Pretreat with prewash stain remover. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.



Nail polish

May be impossible to remove. Place stain face down on paper towels. Apply nail polish remover to back of stain.


Repeat, replacing paper towels frequently. Do not use on acetate fabrics.



Paint, varnish

WATER BASED: Rinse fabric in cool water while stain is wet. Wash. Once paint is dry, it cannot be removed. OIL


BASED AND VARNISH: Use solvent recommended on can label. Rinse thoroughly before washing.




Use prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap. Rinse. Wash using nonchlorine bleach in hottest water safe for





Rust, brown or yellow

For spots, use rust remover safe for fabric. For discoloration of an entire load, use nonchlorine bleach. Do not use


chlorine bleach because it may intensify discoloration.



Shoe polish

LIQUID: Pretreat with a paste of granular detergent and water. PASTE: Scrape residue from fabric. Pretreat with


prewash stain remover or nonflammable dry cleaning fluid. Rinse. Rub detergent into dampened area. Wash using


bleach safe for fabric.



Urine, vomit, mucus, feces

Pretreat or soak in product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.




Common Washing Problems

Many washing problems involve poor soil and stain removal, residues of lint and scum, and fabric damage. For satisfactory washing results, follow these suggestions provided by The Soap and Detergent Association.




Blue stains •Detergent or liquid fabric softener did not dissolve or disperse.

•If caused by detergent, mix 1 cup (240 ml) white vinegar with 1 quart (.95 L) water in a plastic container. Soak item 1 hour. Rinse.

•If caused by fabric softener, rub stains with bar soap. Wash.

•Add detergent before wash load. Then start washer.

•Dilute fabric softener with water.


•Not enough detergent.

•Rewash with correct amount of


•Wash water temperature too low.

detergent and hottest water safe for


•Incorrect sorting.

fabric. Add bleach safe for fabric.

•Sort items by soil level and color.

•Use correct amount of detergent, hottest water and bleach safe for fabric.

Greasy, oily stains •Not enough detergent.

•Treat with prewash stain remover or

•Undiluted liquid fabric softener

liquid detergent.

poured directly on fabric.

•Increase detergent and water


temperature. Rewash.


•Rub fabric softener stains with bar soap.

•Use correct amount of detergent and hottest water safe for fabric.

Do not pour liquid fabric softener directly on fabric.See package directions or Washing Proceduresfor proper diluting.

Holes, tears, or •Incorrect use of chlorine bleach.snags •Unfastened zippers, hooks,


•Rips, tears and broken threads. •Overloading the washer. •Degradation of fabric.

•May be irreversible if rips, tears and seams cannot be mended.

•Never pour chlorine bleach directly on fabric.

•Check condition of items before washing. See Washing Procedures for preparing and loading the wash load.


•Incorrect sorting.

•Reduce load size. Rewash using correct


•Tissues left in pocket.

water temperature, water level, and


•Overloading the washer.

amount of detergent.


•Not enough detergent.

•Add nonprecipitating water conditioner


•Undissolved detergent has left

to wash water.



• Add liquid fabric softener to final rinse.


•Static cling is attracting lint.

•Dry load in dryer.


•Load washed too long.

•Remove lint with lint brush or roller.

•See Washing Proceduresfor sorting and preparing the wash load.

•Do not overload washer.

•Use correct amount of detergent, water temperature and water level.


(Fibers break off, ball up and cling to fabric)

•Pilling is normal with synthetic and

•Use a lint brush or shaver to remove pills.

•Use fabric softener in the washer to

permanent press fabrics. This is due


lubricate fibers.

to abrasion from normal wear.


•When ironing, use spray starch or fabric



finish on collars and cuffs.



•Turn items inside out to reduce abrasion.

Residue or powder •Undissolved detergent.

•Reduce load size.

on dark items;

•Some nonphosphate granular

•Add dissolved detergent to tub . Rewash

Stiff, harsh fabrics. detergents can combine with hard



water minerals to form a residue.

•Mix 1 cup (240 ml) white vinegar to 1



gallon (3.8 L) warm water in plastic



container. Soak item. Rinse and rewash.

•Increase water temperature using hottest water safe for fabric.

•Do not overload washer.

•Use liquid detergent or use nonprecipitating water conditioner with nonphosphate granular detergent.


•Overloading the washer.

•Reduce load size.



•Rinse in cold water with liquid fabric




•Do not overload washer.

•Remove items from washer as soon as cycle is completed.

•Use liquid fabric softener.

Yellow buildup of

•Agitation time too short.

•Soak in detergent booster or product

body soil on

•Wash water temperature too low.

containing enzymes.

synthetic fabrics

•Not enough detergent.

•Wash in hot water (120°F/49°C) using full



permanent press cycle. Increase






Add bleach safe for fabric.



•Or, treat with color remover.

•Wash synthetics frequently using water at least 100°F (37°C ) and correct water level.

Yellow or brown •Iron or manganese in water supply,rust stains water pipes, or water heater.

•To restore discolored load of whites, use rust remover safe for fabric.

Do not use chlorine bleach to remove rust stains. It may intensify discoloration.

•Use nonprecipitating water softener. •Before washing, run hot water for a few

minutes to clear lines.

•Drain water heater occasionally.

•For an ongoing problem, install an iron filter in your water supply system.


Care and Cleaning

Use care with laundry products. They can damage finish on the washer.

Follow Winterizing Instructions for cold weather care.


Remove items from the washer as soon as the cycle ends. Excess wrinkling, color transfer, and odors may develop in items left in the washer.

Dry the washer top, the area around the lid opening, and the underside of the lid. These areas should always be dry before the lid is closed.

Before cleaning the washer interior, unplug the electrical power cordto avoid electrical shock hazards.

When extremely soiled items have been washed, a dirty residue may remain on the tub. Remove this by wiping the tub with a nonabrasive household cleanser. Rinse thoroughly with water.

The agitator or tub may become stained from fabric dye. Clean these parts with a nonabrasive household cleanser. This prevents dye transfer to future loads.


When washing is completed, wipe top and sides of washer with a damp cloth. Turn water faucets off to prevent pressure build-upin the hoses.

As needed, clean the cabinet with mild soap and water. Never use harsh, gritty or abrasive cleansers. If top or lid becomes stained, clean with diluted chlorine bleach [1/2 cup (120 ml) in 1 quart (.95 L) water]. Rinse several times with clear water.

Remove glue residue from tape or labels with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Or, touch residue with the sticky side of the tape or label.

Before moving the washer, place a strip of cardboard or thin fiberboard under the front leveling legs to prevent floor damage.

Winterizing Instructions

If the washer is stored in an area where freezing can occur or moved in freezing temperatures, follow these winterizing instructions to prevent damage to the washer:

1.Turn off water supply faucets.

2.Disconnect hoses from water supply and drain water from hoses.

3.Plug electrical cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet.

4.Add 1 gallon nontoxic recreational vehicle (RV) antifreeze to empty wash tub. Close lid.

5.Set cycle selector knob at a spin setting. Pull out knob and let washer spin for 1 minute to drain out all water. Not all of the RV antifreeze will be expelled.

6.Push in knob, unplug electrical power cord, dry tub interior, and close lid.

7.Store washer in an upright position.

8.To remove antifreeze from washer after storage, run empty washer through a complete cycle using detergent. Do not add wash load.


Avoid Service


Before calling for service, review this list. It may save both time and expense. The list includes common concerns that are not the result of defective workmanship or materials in this washer.











A certain amount of "clunking" or gear

This is normal.

gear sounds.

sounds are normal in a heavy-duty








Rattling and clanking


Foreign objects such as coins or safety



pins may be in tub or pump.




Stop washer and check tub. If noise continues after washer is restarted, objects may be in pump. Call your authorized servicer.

Belt buckles and metal fasteners are hitting wash tub.

To prevent unnecessary noise and damage to tub, fasten fasteners and turn items inside out.

Squealing sound or hot Washer is overloaded.

Do not overload washer. Stop washer and reduce

rubber odor.




Thumping sound. Heavy wash loads may produce a thumping sound.

This is usually normal. If sound continues, washer is probably out of balance. Stop washer and redistribute wash load.

Vibrating noise. Washer is not resting firmly on floor.

Move washer so it rests firmly on floor. Adjust leveling legs. See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for details.

Shipping bolt and block have not been removed during installation.

See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for removing shipping bolt and block.


Wash load unevenly distributed in tub.

Stop washer and rearrange wash load.

Washer does not start.

Electrical power cord may not be plugged

Make sure plug fits tightly in wall outlet.


in or connection may be loose.


House fuse blown, circuit breaker tripped, or a power outage has occurred.

Reset circuit breaker or replace fuse. Do not increase fuse capacity. If problem is a circuit overload, have it corrected by a qualified electrician. If problem is a power outage, call local electric company.



Water supply faucets are not turned on.

Turn on water supply faucets.







Cycle selector is not in correct position.

Move indicator clockwise slightly. Pull out knob.







Motor is overheated.

Washer motor will stop if it becomes overheated. It




will automatically restart after a cool down period of




up to 30 minutes (if washer has not been manually




turned off).






Washer won't spin.

Lid is not completely closed.

Close lid completely.






Residue left in tub.

Heavily soiled items.

Wipe tub with a nonabrasive household cleanser, then




rinse. Shake or brush excess dirt and sand from items




before washing.