Frigidaire 137186200B User Manual

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All about the

Use&Care

of your Dryer

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S

Important Safety Instructions

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Features ...............................................................

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Operating Instructions ......................................

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Dryer Settings Chart ............................................

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

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Solutions to Common Problems .......................

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

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Notes ............................................................

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Français..............................................................

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www.frigidaire.com USA 1-800-944-9044

www.frigidaire.ca Canada 1-800-265-8352

(0907) 137186200B

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING

Please read all instructions before using this dryer.

Recognize safety symbols, words and labels

Safety items throughout this manual are labeled with a WARNING or CAUTION based on the risk type as described below:

Definitions

This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety

messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.

DANGER

DANGER indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

WARNING

WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION

CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.

IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT indicates installation, operation or maintenance information which is important but not hazard-related.

WARNING

For your safety the following information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion or to prevent property damage, personal 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 supplier’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.

Read all instructions before using this appliance. This book contains valuable information about:

Operation

Care

Service

Keep it in a safe place.

This Use and Care Guide provides general operating instructions for your dryer. It also contains information about features for several other models. Your dryer may not have every feature included.

Use the dryer only as instructed in this Use & Care Guide.

Save these instructions for future reference.

Product Record

Record Your Model and Serial Numbers

The model and serial numbers of your dryer are found on the dryer serial plate located at the top of the door opening. Record and retain these numbers.

Model Number _____________________

Serial Number _____________________

Purchase Date _____________________

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

240 v Electric Dryer

120 v Gas Dryer

10-30R

3-wire

(fused 30 amp)

14-30R

4-wire

(fused 30 amp)

UL-approvedservice cord must be installed on electric dryers (not provided with unit except those manufactured for sale in Canada).

Grounding typewall receptacle

Do not, under

any circumstances, cut, remove,

or bypass the grounding prong.

Powercord with 3-pronggrounded plug

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 follow this warning can cause serious injury, fire or death.

WARNING

To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons when using this dryer, comply with the basic warnings listed below. Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.

You can be killed or seriously injured if you don’t follow these Important Safety Instructions:

PREVENT FIRE

Do not dry items that have been previously cleaned in, soaked in, or spotted with gasoline, cleaning solvents, kerosene, waxes, etc. Do not store these items on or near the dryer. These substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.

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

Do not dry articles containing rubber, plastic or similar materials such as bras, galoshes, bath mats, rugs, bibs, baby pants, plastic bags and pillows that may melt or burn.

Some rubber materials, when heated, can under certain circumstances produce fire by spontaneous combustion.

WARNING

FIRE HAZARD

A clothes dryer produces combustible lint. The dryer must be connected to an outdoors exhaust. Regularly inspect the outdoor exhaust opening and remove any accumulation of lint around the opening and in the surrounding area.

Clean the lint screen before or after each load. The interior of the dryer, lint screen housing and exhaust duct should be cleaned approximately every 18 months by qualified service personnel. An excessive amount of lint build-upin these areas could result in inefficient drying and possible fire. See Care and Cleaning.

Do not operate the dryer if the lint screen is blocked, damaged or missing. Fire hazard, overheating and damage to fabrics can occur.

Do not obstruct the flow of ventilating air. Do not stack or place laundry or throw rugs against the front or back of the dryer.

Do not spray any type of aerosol into, on or near dryer at any time.

Do not use fabric softeners or products to eliminate static unless recommended by the manufacturer of the fabric softener or product.

Do not continue to use the dryer is you hear squeaking, grinding, rubbing or other unusual noises. This could be a sign of mechanical breakdown and lead to fire or serious injury. Contact a qualified technician immediately.

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 dryer.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

PROTECT CHILDREN

Do not allow children to play on or in the dryer. Close supervision of children is necessary when the dryer 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 dryer 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 dryer is removed from service or discarded, remove the dryer door to prevent accidental entrapment.

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

PREVENT INJURY

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

To prevent personal injury or damage to the dryer, the electrical power cord of a gas dryer must be plugged into a properly grounded and polarized 3-prongoutlet. The third grounding prong must never be removed. Never ground the dryer to a gas pipe. Do not use an extension cord or an adaptor plug.

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

Do not use any type spray cleanser when cleaning dryer interior. Hazardous fumes or electrical shock could occur.

To prevent injury, do not reach into the dryer if the drum is moving. Wait until the dryer has stopped completely before reaching into the drum.

PREVENT INJURY AND DAMAGE TO THE DRYER

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 dryer where it will be exposed to the weather.

A thermal limiter switch automatically turns off the motor in the unlikely event of an overheated situation (electric dryers only). A service technician must replace the thermal limiter switch after correcting the fault.

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

CAUTION

The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act requires the Governor of California to publish a list of substances known to the state to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to warn customer of potential exposure to such substances. Included in this list are soot and carbon monoxide, both of which may be produced by the use of this product.

NOTE

The instructions appearing in this Use and Care 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.

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FEATURES

Cycle Selector

LED Display

Drum Light

Large Surface

Moisture Sensor

Door Latch

Exhaust Channel

Outlet

Adjustable

Leveling Legs

Lint Filter

Stacking Kit for Mounting on Matching Washer*

Control Lock

Reversible Door

Door Strike

Heavy Duty

Drying Rack*

*Not all models come with drying rack and stacking kit from the factory. They may be purchased as accessories.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Normal Operating Sounds

You may or may not hear the following sounds from your new dryer:

A.SUSPENSION ROLLERS The dryer drum is supported by a set of suspension rollers. At times there may be a thumping or rolling sound when the dryer starts. This may happen if the dryer has not been in use for a period of time, or after a heavy load has remained in the dryer drum for an extended period, creating a temporary flat spot on the edge of the roller. The noise should dissipate as the dryer operates and the flat spots smooth out.

B.AIR FLOW SYSTEM Your dryer is equipped with a high volume air handling system. In some installations there may be some sounds associated with air movement throughout the dryer, including the air duct, blower, and exhaust system. This is normal and can vary with load size and type.

C.GAS VALVE (Gas models only.) The flow of gas is controlled by electric solenoids. During operation there may be a clicking sound as the valve opens and closes to control the gas flow.

D.GAS BURNER (Gas models only.) When the burner is operating, there may be sounds generated as the air flow mixes with the gas flame. This noise is normal and will only occur when the gas is ignited in the combustion tube.

A

D

C

B

CAUTION

Do not continue to use the dryer if you hear squeaking, grinding, rubbing or other unusual noises. This could be a sign of mechanical breakdown and lead to fire or

serious injury. Contact a qualified technician immediately.

Operating Your Dryer

 

 

1 Prepare load for drying.

 

WARNING

 

• Dry items of similar fabric, weight and construction

 

 

in the same load.

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or injury to

• Separate dark items from light-coloreditems. Sepa-

persons, read the IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

rate items that shed lint from those that attract lint.

in this Use and Care Guide before operating your dryer.

• Check for stains which may not have been removed

 

 

in washing. Repeat stain removal process and wash

 

 

 

 

again before drying. Dryer heat may permanently

 

 

set some stains.

 

 

• Place delicate or small items in a mesh bag.

 

 

• Be sure buckles, buttons and trim are heatproof

 

 

and won’t damage the drum finish. Close zippers;

 

 

fasten hooks and Velcro®-likefasteners. Tie strings

 

 

and sashes to prevent snagging and tangling.

 

(Mesh bag not included.)

 

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Operating Your Dryer, continued

2 Check that the lint filter is clean and in place.

3Load the dryer and close the door.

Load items loosely. The average wet load will fill the drum 1/3 to 1/2 full. Items need room to tumble freely for even drying and less wrinkling.

If desired, place a dryer fabric softener sheet on top of the load at the beginning of the cycle.

To save energy and time and avoid uneven drying and wrinkling, do not overload the dryer.

When drying large items, dry only two or three items at a time. Fill out the load with small and medium sized items.

For delicate or very small loads, add two or three similar items to improve tumbling action.

4Select the appropriate cycle and settings for each load.

NOTE

Over-dryingcan cause wrinkles, shrinkage, lint, harshness and a build up of static electricity.

Turn the cycle selector knob in either direction to select the cycle desired. The indicator for that cycle will be illuminated.

The estimated drying time for Auto Dry cycles or the actual drying time for Timed Dry cycles will be displayed.

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

A suitable drying temperature, dryness level and options will automatically be indicated for the cycle selected. See the “Dryer Settings Chart” for more details.

To change the drying temperature and dryness level, press the Temperature or Dryness buttons to scroll to the desired settings.

To select or delete an option, press Options; then, while the indicator is blinking, press Select. The indicator will light when the option has been selected. It will no longer be lighted when the option has been deleted.

NOTE

If a setting is not available for the cycle selected, the indicator will not light.

Adjustments made to a cycle will be remembered and recalled each time that cycle is selected in the future.

To return to factory settings, press the Start/Pause and Select buttons at the same time and hold until the signal sounds.

Press and hold both for ten seconds to return to factory settings.

5Start the cycle.

To add or remove items when the dryer is running, open the door. The dryer will stop when the door is opened. Allow the drum to come to a complete stop before reaching inside.

Close the door and press Start to resume the cycle.

6When the cycle ends, remove items immediately and hang or fold.

IMPORTANT

Clean the lint filter after every load.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

This manual covers many models and not all cycles, options, or features listed are available on every model. Console shown above for reference only. Your model may differ.

Cycle Selection

Turn the cycle selector in either direction to the cycle desired. The indicator for that cycle will be illuminated.

For best results

Follow the fabric care label instructions on items to be dried.

To change the cycle once it has begun, press the cancel button before selecting a new cycle. Just turning the cycle selector knob to another selection will not change the cycle. If the selection is changed after the cycle starts, the indicator lights will blink, the signal will beep and “Err” will be displayed. The signal will beep and the status lights will flash, but the original cycle will continue.

Auto Dry Cycles

Auto Dry cycles take the guesswork out of selecting the correct drying time for each load. Moisture sensing bars at the back of the dryer drum sense the moisture level of the load as it tumbles through the heated air. With Auto Dry cycles, the load will automatically be dried at the selected temperature to the desired dryness level. Auto Dry cycles save time and energy and protect fabrics.

The estimated drying time will be displayed for about 5 minutes. Then the outside of the display will light up in a circular track to indicate the drying time is automatically being determined by the sensors. When the load has reached the selected dryness level, it will continue to tumble during a cool down period. This helps reduce wrinkling and makes items easier to handle during unloading.

Drying time varies depending on size and dampness of load and fabric type. If the load is too small or almost dry, the moisture sensing bars may not detect enough moisture to continue the cycle and the cycle may end after a few minutes. If this occurs, select a Timed Dry cycle.

Room temperature and humidity, type of installation and electrical voltage or gas pressure can also affect drying time.

Towels/Bedding

Select this Auto Dry cycle for towel loads.

Heavy

Select this Auto Dry cycle for sturdy work clothes.

Normal

Select this Auto Dry cycle for cotton items.

Casual

Select this Auto Dry cycle for cottons and blends with a no-ironfinish.

Delicates

Select this Auto Dry cycle for knits and delicate items.

Timed Dry Cycles

WARNING

FIRE HAZARD

To avoid fire hazard, do not use heat to dry items containing feathers or down, foam rubber, plastics similarly textured, rubber-likematerials. Use the Timed Dry cycle and the Air Fluff/No Heat setting.

Quick

Select this timed cycle to quickly dry small loads in 25 minutes.

Timed Dry

To manually select the drying time for any load, turn the knob to Timed Dry. Drying times from 15 to 90 minutes can be selected by continuing to turn the knob. Drying time will be displayed. You will not be able to select a Dryness level.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

This manual covers many models and not all cycles, options, or features listed are available on every model. Console shown above for reference only. Your model may differ.

Cycle Selection, continued

Sanitize Your Laundry with Timed Dry

Select 90 minute Timed Dry with Sanitize heat to remove harmful bacteria from your laundry. Use this cycle for clothing or other items where sanitization is desired.

NOTE

The Sanitize option has been certified by NSF International®, an independentthird-partytesting and certification organization dedicated to public health, safety and environmental protection.

NSF Protolcol P154

Sanitization Performance of

Residential Clothes Dryers

This Timed Dry cycle will kill 99.9% of bacteria with no carryover of bacteria between loads. A higher temperatures is required. Please check fabric care labels to prevent damage.

Cycle Settings

For best results

Follow the fabric care label instructions on items to be dried.

Appropriate drying Temperature, Dryness Level and Options will automatically be displayed for each cycle. The settings can be changed before the cycle is started.

If changes are attempted after the cycle starts, the lights will blink, the signal will beep and “Err” will be displayed.

Drying Temperature

To change the preset temperature, press the Temperature button to scroll to the desired setting.

To protect your fabrics, not all temperatures are available with every cycle.

The temperature selected for the cycle will be remembered and recalled each time that cycle is selected in the future. To

return to factory settings, press the Start/Pause and Select buttons at the same time and hold until the signal sounds.

NOTE

To change the Temperature after the cycle starts, press Start/Pause, adjust the setting and press Start/Pause to resume the cycle.

Sanitize

Recommended for durable fabrics and towels.

NOTE

The Sanitize option has been certified by NSF International®, an independentthird-partytesting and certification organization dedicated to public health, safety and environmental protection.

NSF Protolcol P154

Sanitization Performance of

Residential Clothes Dryers

This option will kill 99.9% of bacteria with no carryover of bacteria between loads. A higher temperatures is required. Please check fabric care labels to prevent damage.

High

Recommended for most cotton fabrics.

Medium

Recommended for wrinkle free, easy care, lightweight fabrics and bulky loads.

Low

Recommended for delicate fabrics.

Air Fluff/No Heat

This setting (no heat) should only be used with a Timed Dry cycle to dry items containing feathers, down, foam rubber, plastics or rubber-likematerials; to refresh clothing, stuffed animal, pillows or blankets; and to dust draperies.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

This manual covers many models and not all cycles, options, or features listed are available on every model. Console shown above for reference only. Your model may differ.

Cycle Settings, continued

Dryness Level (Auto Dry)

To change the preset level, press the Dryness button to scroll to the degree of dryness desired.

To protect your fabrics, not all dryness levels are available with every cycle. If a Dryness level is not appropriate for the cycle, it cannot be selected.

The Dryness level selected for the cycle will be remembered and recalled each time that cycle is selected in the future. To return to factory settings, press the Start/Pause and Select buttons at the same time and hold until the signal sounds.

NOTE

To change the Dryness level after the cycle starts, press Start/Pause, adjust the setting and press Start/Pause to resume the cycle.

Select the Normal dryness level for most Auto Dry cycles.

Occasionally a load may seem too damp or over-driedat the end of the cycle. To increase drying time for similar loads in the future, select More Dry. For loads requiring less drying time, select Less Dry.

Select Damp Dry for items you wish to partially dry before hanging or ironing.

Options

To select an option, press Options until the indicator for the desired option flashes, then press Select. If an option is not available for a cycle, the indicator will not light. Follow the same steps to delete an option.

NOTE

To change the Options after the cycle starts, press Start/Pause, adjust the setting and press Start/Pause to resume the cycle.

Shrink Guard

Select Shrink Guard to lower the initial drying temperature to protect fabrics from overdrying.

Extended Tumble

Select Extended Tumble if the dried load might not be removed promptly at the end of the cycle. The dry

load will continue tumbling without heat to help reduce wrinkling. When the Signal is selected, a beep will be heard periodically. The load may be removed any time during Extended Tumble.

Signal Volume

A signal will sound at the end of the cycle (and periodically during Extended Tumble) if this option is selected. The signal has an adjustable volume level or can be turned off.

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