Frigidaire 1400 User Manual

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Instructions ........................


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


Normal Operating


Sounds ...............................




Instructions ......................


Preparing and


Loading Dishes ...............


Dishwasher Dispenser


and Detergents ..............


Factors Affecting


Performance ......................


Care and


Cleaning ............................


Solutions to Common Dishwashing Problems...13-15

Consumer Services


Warranty & Service ...............................


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Important Safety Instructions

This symbol will help alert you to such dangers as personal injury, burns, fire, and electrical shock.

To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury when using your dishwasher, follow basic precautions including the following:

Read all instructions before using your dishwasher.

Use your dishwasher only as instructed in this Use and Care Manual.

This Manual does not cover every possible condition and situation that may occur. Use common sense and caution when installing, operating and maintaining any appliance.

NSF certified residential dishwashers are not intended for licensed food establishments.

DISHWASHER MUST BE ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED. Read the Installation Instructions for details.

This dishwasher is designed to operate on regular house current (120 V, 60 Hz). Use a circuit equipped with a 15 ampere fuse or circuit breaker. Use a 20 ampere fuse if dishwasher is connected with a food waste disposer.

Do not operate dishwasher unless all enclosure panels are in their proper place.

Remove the door to the washing compartment when removing an old dishwasher from service or discarding it.

Keep young children and infants away from dishwasher when it is operating.

Do not let children abuse, sit, stand or play on door or racks of a dishwasher.

Use only detergents and rinse agents recommended for use in a dishwasher.

Store dishwasher detergent and rinse agents out of the reach of children.

Do not wash plastic items unless marked “dishwasher safe” or the equivalent. Check with manufacturer for recommendations, if not

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marked. Items that are not dishwasher safe may melt and create a potential fire hazard.

If the dishwasher drains into a food disposer, make sure disposer is completely empty before running dishwasher.

Disconnect electrical power to dishwasher before servicing.

Repairs should be done by a qualified technician.

Do not tamper with controls.

Do not touch the heating element during or immediately after use.

Use care unloading the dishware when the SANITIZE option has been selected. Contents may be hot to the touch immediately after the end of cycle.

Water vapor from the vent may be hot to the touch when the SANITIZE option has been selected. Use care and do not let small children play around or touch the vent area of the dishwasher.

When loading items to be washed:

-Locate sharp items and knives so that they are not likely to damage the door seal or tub.

-Load sharp items and knives with the handles up to reduce the risk of cut-typeinjuries.

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 hot water system has not been used for such a period, before using dishwasher, turn on all hot water faucets and let 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.

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



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Dishwasher Features

Your dishwasher cleans by spraying a mixture of hot water and detergent through the spray arms against soiled surfaces. First, the dishwasher fills with water covering the filter area. Water is then pumped through the filter and spray arms. Soil particles go down the drain as the water is pumped out and replaced with clean water. The number of water fills will vary with the cycle being used.

Cup Shelves pages 8

(on some models)

Middle Spray Arm pages 14

Lower Spray Arm pages 14

Overfill Protector page 12

Detergent Dispenser page 10

Rinse Aid

Dispenser page 11

Vent pages 4,14


Top Rack

pages 7,8


Tub Gasket page 14

Serial Label

(located on right side of tub)

Bottom Rack page 8

Silverware Basket page 9

Glass Trap page 12


page 12

Heating Element page 12

Appearance may vary from your model.


Operating Instructions

Appearance may vary from your model.

Very Important

Information—Read Before

OperatingYour Dishwasher!

Normal Operating


This dishwasher does not sound like most dishwashers—IT'SQUIETER.

Your Precision Direct Wash System® dishwasher uses energy efficient motors for the wash and drain portions of the cycle you select. Each cycle has a series of water fills and drains for washing and rinsing dishes. As each cycle begins, you may–ormaynot–hearthe drain motor.

The next sound you will hear is the splashing water as it enters the tub. Then the lower arm rotates and circulates water. This is followed by a pause and a slightly different sound as the middle arm sprays water. If you listen closely, you will hear the change in sound as the wash action switches from one arm to the other.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you compare this dishwasher to previous models, you may be surprised at what you DON'T hear!

Getting Started

1.Load dishwasher (See Preparing and Loading Dishes).

2.Add detergent (See Dishwasher Dispenser & Detergents).

3.Add rinse aid, if needed (See Rinse Aid).

4.Close door to latch.

5.Select desired CYCLE (See Cycle Chart). The indicator light above the pad will glow when selected.

6.Select desired OPTIONS (See Energy Options). The indicator light above the pad will glow when selected.

7.Run hot water faucet nearest dishwasher until water is hot. Turn water off.

8.To start, press START/CANCEL pad.

Wash Cycle Selections

Note: Cycle times are approximate and will vary with options selected. Hot water is necessary to activate dishwasher detergent and melt fatty food soils. An automatic sensor will check the incoming water temperature and, if it is not hot enough, the timer will be delayed for automatic water heating in the main wash of all cycles. This happens even whenHI-TEMPWASH option has not been selected. WhenHI-TEMPWASH is selected, an even higher temperature will be guaranteed to handle heavier soil loads.


Operating Instructions(continued)

Cycle Chart



To Select Cycle

















Pots & Pans

Select POTS & PANS and





2 washes


For pots, pans, casseroles



imp. gal.


5 rinses


and dinnerware with



















automatically be provided.
















Normal Wash



6.1 to



2 washes


For regularly soiled dishes






3 rinses


and silverware.

and desired OPTIONS.


5.1 to







7 .0

imp. gal.















23.1 to























Eco Wash






2 wash


For lightly soiled and

Select ECO WASH and



imp. gal.


2 rinses


pre-rinseddishes and

desired OPTIONS.

























Upper Rack






2 wash


For lightly soiled or pre-rinsed




imp. gal.


1 rinses









dishes and silverware when

and desired OPTIONS.






you do not have a full load.


















Rinse Only






2 rinses





imp. gal.


For rinsing dishes that will













be washed later.

DO NOT USE detergent.
















* Includes drying time.


Operating Instructions

Options Selections


When HI-TEMPWASH option is selected the dishwasher adds temperature, time, and water to the cycle. The dishwasher heats water in the main wash to approximately 140°F (60°C).

This increase in water temperature helps dishwasher detergent remove food grease and soil from dishes more effectively and aids in drying. HITEMP WASH option can be used with all cycles except UPPER RACK, and RINSE ONLY. HITEMP WASH is automatically provided when POTS & PANS cycle is selected.

When HI-TEMPWASH option is selected, the light above the pad will come on and remain on until end of cycle. To turn off theHI-TEMPWASH option, press the pad a second time. The light above the pad will turn off.

Sanitize Option

To sanitize your dishes and glassware, select the SANITIZE option. When selected, the light above the pad will come on and remain on until end of cycle. The water temperature in the final rinse will be raised to 155°F (68°C) and will maintain that temperature for 9 minutes. This option is available in POTS & PANS, NORMAL and ECO WASH cycles. Only these sanitization cycles have been designed to meet NSF requirements.

The cycle time will be extended until the proper water temperature is reached. Washing action will continue during the water heating delay. For best results, the incoming water temperature should be at least 120°F (49°C).

The sanitize criteria may not be satisfied if there is an interruption of the cycle, power failure or if the incoming water temperature is below 120°F (49°C).

To turn off the SANITIZE option, press the pad a second time. The light above the pad will turn off.

Heat Dry

The HEAT DRY option in combination with rinse aid will enhance drying performance. The energy required to use the HEAT DRY option costs pennies per cycle. You may choose not to select the HEAT DRY option; however you will have items in your dish load that will not be completely


dry at the end of the cycle.

You may see water vapor coming from the vent during the drying portion of cycle. The vent is closed during washing to hold moisture and sound inside. The vent opens during the last few minutes of the final rinse and remains open for drying. The drying option may be changed at any time during the cycle and affects only the drying period.

Opening the door longer than one minute during the dry cycle cancels the selected dry program.

Delay Start

The DELAY START option allows you to automatically delay starting your dishwasher from 1-3or2-4-6hours depending on your model.

On models with 2-4-6hour delay, press the pad once for a 2 hour delay, twice for 4 hours and three times for 6 hours. A light will come on

indicating the delay start hours and will remain on until cycle starts.

To cancel the DELAY START option and begin the cycle before the delay period is over, press the


To Cancel a Cycle

You can cancel a cycle anytime during the cycle. Press START/CANCEL pad and the dishwasher will start a 90 second drain. At the end of the drain, select the desired cycle.

Status Indicator Lights

The WASHING light (some models) comes on at the beginning of cycle and remains on until the end of the main wash.

The DRYING light (some models) indicates the drying portion of the cycle. The light will come on when either drying option is selected.

When the SANITIZE option is selected, the SANITIZED light will glow when the SANITIZE cycle is finished. If the dishwasher did not properly sanitize the dishes, the light will not come on. This can happen if the cycle is interrupted. The light will remain on until the door is opened.

The CLEAN light (some models) will come on at end of cycle and remain on until door is opened.


Preparing and Loading Dishes

Dish Preparation

Scrape away large pieces of food, bones, pits, toothpicks, etc. The continuous filtered wash system will remove remaining food particles. Burned-onfoods should be loosened before loading. Empty liquids from glasses and cups.

Foods such as mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice and tomato based products may cause discoloration of stainless steel and plastics if allowed to sit for a long period of time. Unless the dishwasher is to be operated at once, it is best to rinse off these food soils.

Load racks so that large items do not

prevent the detergent dispenser from opening.

Check manufacturer's recommendations before washing items in question.

If the dishwasher drains into a food disposer, be sure disposer is completely empty before starting


Loading the Top


Features and appearance of racks and silverware basket may vary from your model.

The upper rack is designed for flexibility in loading a wide variety of items including cups, glasses, stemware, small plates, bowls, etc.

Load glasses in top rack. Damage may occur if placed in bottom rack.

Load plastic items in top rack only. Melting may occur if placed in bottom rack.

Load items with open ends facing down for better cleaning and draining.

Damage may occur if delicate items touch each other during dishwasher operation.

Long-handledknives and utensils can be placed in top rack.

Be sure nothing protrudes through the bottom of the rack to block rotation of middle spray arm.

10 place settings standard loading pattern.

12 place settings standard loading pattern.

Some models have a fold-downcup shelf or a cup shelf/stemware holder. They can be used to load two levels of cups, juice glasses, and other short items. Stagger items on upper level so that water can reach all inside surfaces. Fold up to load tall glasses.


Preparing and Loading Dishes(continued)

Upper Rack Option

The UPPER RACK option can be used to wash a wide assortment of items when you don't have a full load. Also, when the upper rack fills up with glasses and the lower rack is still empty, you don't have to wait anymore for clean glasses.

STEMWARE HOLDER/CUPSHELF not available on all models.

Loading the Bottom Rack

Features and appearance of racks and silverware basket may vary from your model.

The lower rack is best for plates, saucers, bowls, and cookware. Large items should be placed along the edge so they do not block the spray arm rotation. For best results, place bowls, casseroles, and sauce pans with soiled surface facing down or toward the center. Tilt slightly for better drainage.

Make sure tall items do not block spray arm rotation.

Be sure pan handles do not protrude through the bottom of the rack and block the spray arm rotation.

10 place settings standard loading pattern.

12 place settings standard loading pattern.


Preparing and Loading Dishes(continued)

Loading the Silverware Basket

Cut Injury

Load sharp items (knives, skewers, etc.) pointing down.

Failure to do so may result in injury.

Features and appearance of racks and silverware basket may vary from your model.

Load the silverware basket while it is in the bottom rack or take the basket out for loading on a counter or table.

In some models small items like baby bottle caps, jar lids, corn cob holders, etc.,can be placed in a covered section. Close the cover to hold small items in place.

When covers are up, mix items in each section of the basket with some pointing up and some down to avoid nesting. Water spray cannot reach nested items.

Adding a Dish

To add or remove items after wash cycle starts:

Unlatch door and wait a few seconds until wash action stops before opening.

Add the item and wait a few seconds to allow cold air to slowly expand inside dishwasher.

Close door firmly to latch and resume cycle.

Use suggested loading patterns, as shown, to increase washability of your silverware.

Be sure nothing protrudes through bottom of basket or rack to block the spray arm.

Do not mix silver and stainless to avoid damaging the silver finish.


Dishwasher Dispenser & Detergents

Filling the Detergent Dispenser

The detergent dispenser has one main wash and one prewash cup. Detergent in the uncovered cup falls into the dishwasher when the door is closed. The covered cup opens automatically to release detergent.

Use only fresh automatic dishwashing detergent. Other detergents will cause oversudsing.

When using automatic dishwashing detergent tabs, place one tab in main wash cup and close.

Add detergent just before starting cycle.

Store detergent in a cool, dry location. Moist or caked detergent will not dissolve properly.

The use of industrial grade detergent can damage the heating coil and other parts of the dishwasher leading to damage to the unit and surroundingproperty. Useonlyhouseholdgrade automatic dishwasher detergents.

How much Detergent to use

The amount of detergent to use depends on the water hardness. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon. Using too little detergent can result in poor cleaning and hard water filming or spotting. Using too much detergent in soft water can cause a permanent film called etching. Your local water company, water softener company or county extension agent can tell you the water hardness in your area.


Main Wash Cup

Cover Latch

Pre Wash Cup

Note: If the cover is closed on the Main Wash Cup, open by pressing the cover latch.

Detergent Usage Guide


Soft Water

Medium Hard Water

Hard Water

Very Hard Water*





(over 12 grains)






Pots & Pans

2 teaspoons

5 teaspoons

8 teaspoons

Each Cup–


(each cup–

(each cup–fillto line

(each cup–

Completely Full

Normal Wash

1/4 full)

above "Regular")

completely full)

(water softener














Eco Wash

2 teaspoons

5 teaspoons

8 teaspoons

Each Cup–


(each cup–

(each cup–fillto

(each cup–

Completely Full

Upper Rack

1/4 full)

line above "Regular")

completely full)

(water softener











Rinse Only

No Detergent

No Detergent

No Detergent

No Detergent





(water softener






*Note: For very hard water, detergent alone may not be enough. A water softener is recommended to improve water quality and dishwashing performance. Try adding more detergent at the beginning of the main wash portion of the cycle. As a rule, use 1 teaspoon for each grain above 12. Unlatch the door, open slowly and add detergent to the bottom of the tub. Close the door to latch and the dishwasher will continue through the cycle.