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


Normal Operating


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






Preparing and


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


Dishwasher Dispenser


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


Factors Affecting


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


Care and


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


Connecting Portable


Dishwasher ........................


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.


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.

To avoid entrapment and/or suffocation, remove door or door latch mechanism from any dishwasher that is discarded or not in use.

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 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.

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. Each cycle begins with a pre-drain.Next, 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.

Tub Gasket page 11

Middle Spray Arm pages 7,13

Lower Spray Arm pages 8,13

Overfill Protector page 11

Prewash Detergent Cup page 9

Detergent Dispenser page 9

Rinse Aid Dispenser page 10

Vent pages 4,6,14


Nozzle and Upper Spray


(some models)


Top Rack


page 7


Serial Label


(located on right


side of tub)


Bottom Rack


page 8


Glass Trap


page 11




page 11


Heating Element


page 11


Operating Instructions



Very Important

Information—Read Before

Operating Your Dishwasher!

Normal Operating


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

Your Precision 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–ormay not– hear the 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).

Appearance may vary from your model.

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

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

4.Turn dial clockwise to select cycle (See

Cycle Chart) or number of hours for delay start.

5.Select desired energy OPTIONS (See

Energy Options). The indicator will show red when selected.

6.If using DELAY START, see "Delay Start."

7.For instructions on connecting the portable dishwasher, see “Connecting and Disconnecting the Portable/Convertible Dishwasher.”

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

9.To start, close door to latch.

Delay Start (available select models)

Allows you to delay starting the POTS & PANS cycle.

Turn dial to select number of hours.

Select HI-TEMPWASH ON option and other desired options.

Close door to latch. The DELAY START light (available select models) will come on.

Plate Warmer (available select models)

For warming dishes and serving plates before serving hot foods:

Load clean plates and dishes to be warmed.

Turn dial to PLATE WARMER.

Select HEAT DRY ON option.


Operating Instructions(continued)

Wash Cycle Selections

Note: Cycle times are approximate and will vary with options selected. Not all cycles available on all models.

Cycle Chart



To Select Cycle











Pots &

For pots, pans,

• Press MAIN CYCLES pad.



84 min.

2 washes



casseroles, and

• Select HI-TEMPWASH ON option.


imp. gal.


4 rinses


dinnerware with dried-on

• Select other desired options.







or baked-onsoils.

• Turn dial to POTS & PANS.







For heavily soiled dishes

• Turn dial to POTS & PANS/HEAVY



82 min.

2 washes


and silverware.



imp. gal.


4 rinses



• Select desired OPTIONS.







For regularly soiled dishes

• Press MAIN CYCLES pad.



78 min.

2 washes


and silverware.

• Select desired options.


imp. gal.


3 rinses



• Turn dial to NORMAL WASH.







For lightly soiled or pre-

• Press MAIN CYCLES pad.



71 min.

1 wash


rinsed dishes and

• Select desired options.


imp. gal.


3 rinses



• Turn dial to LIGHT/CHINA.







For lightly soiled china

• Press CHINA ONLY pad.



71 min.

1 wash


and crystal.

• Select drying option.


imp. gal.


3 rinses



• Turn dial to LIGHT/CHINA.








Note: HI-TEMPWASH option is not








recommended for use with this cycle.







For glasses and other

• Press MAIN CYCLES pad.



63 min.

1 wash



lightly soiled items.

• Select desired options.


imp. gal.


2 rinses



• Turn dial to GLASSES.







For rinsing dishes that will

• DO NOT USE detergent.



12 min.

1 rinse


be washed later.

• Turn dial to RINSE HOLD.


imp. gal.






• Select HEAT DRY OFF.














* Includes dry time.

Energy Options

Hi-TempWash Option (available select models)

When HI-TEMPWASH ON option is selected, the dishwasher heats the water in the main wash to approximately 140°F (60°C). Wash action will continue but timer will not advance until proper temperature is reached. The hotter water provided by this option helps activate dishwasher detergent to clean food grease and soil from dishes. HITEMP WASH ON option can be used with any cycle except RINSE HOLD and is not recommended for use with CHINA.

To turn off option, select HI-TEMPWASH OFF.

Hi-TempRinse Option (available select models)

When HI-TEMPRINSE ON option is selected, the dishwasher heats the water in the final rinse to approximately 140°F (60°C). This will speed drying and reduce spotting.HI-TEMPRINSE ON option can be used with any cycle except RINSE HOLD.

To turn off option, select HI-TEMPRINSE OFF.



Instructions (continued)

Heat Dry Option

HEAT DRY ON option provides faster drying since the heating element is on during the drying portion

of cycle.

The HEAT DRY option in combination with rinse aid will give you excellent drying results. The energy to use HEAT DRY costs pennies per cycle. You may turn off the HEAT DRY option, however you will have items in your dish load that will not be dry at the end of the cycle.

With either option, you may see water vapor coming from vent during the washing and/or drying portion of cycle. On some models, the vent is closed during washing to hold moisture and sound inside and then opens for drying.

The drying option may be changed at any time during the cycle and affects only the drying period.

Status Indicator Lights

(available select models)

When DELAY START option is selected, the Delay Start light will glow as timer counts down to begin cycle.

The WASHING LIGHT comes on at the beginning of the cycle and remains on until the end of the main wash.

CLEAN light comes on when a cycle is complete. To turn it off, turn dial slightly until light goes off.

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 dishwasher.


Preparing and Loading Dishes(continued)

Loading the Top Rack

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

Important: Do not cover the funnel when loading.

The top rack is designed for cups, glasses, small plates, saucers, bowls and plastic items.

Damage may occur to glasses and plastic items if placed in bottom rack.

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

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

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

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

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.

Do not cover funnel

Do not cover funnel


Preparing and Loading Dishes(continued)

Loading the Bottom Rack

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

Make sure tall items do not block spray arm rotation.

Place plates and platters so that they do not touch.

Place bowls, casseroles and sauce pans with the soiled surface facing down or toward the center. Tilt slightly for better drainage.

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

Loading the Silverware Basket

Mix spoons, forks and knives to prevent nesting. Mixing items gives better cleaning and drying.

For safety, load sharp knives and forks with handles up.

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.

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.


Dishwasher Dispenser & Detergents

Filling the Detergent Dispenser

The detergent dispenser has one covered and one uncovered 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.

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.

Pre Wash Cup

Cover Latch

Main 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–

Heavy Wash

(each cup–

(each cup–fillto line

(each cup–

Completely Full

1/4 full)

above "Regular")

completely full)

(water softener

Normal Wash











2 teaspoons

5 teaspoons

8 teaspoons

Main Wash Cup–


(Main Wash cup–

(Main Wash cup–fillto

(Main Wash cup–

Completely Full


1/4 full)

line above "Regular")

completely full)

(water softener














Rinse Hold

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.



Dispenser &

Detergents (continued) Rinse Aid

Rinse aid greatly improves drying and reduces water spots and filming. Water “sheets” off dishes rather than forming water droplets that cling and leave spots.

A dispenser, located next to the detergent cup, automatically releases a measured amount of rinse aid during the last rinse. If spotting and poor drying are problems, increase the amount of rinse aid dispensed by rotating the dial to a higher number. The dial is located under the dispenser cap. The indicator will be dark when full and will show clear when it is time to refill.

To add liquid rinse aid, turn dispenser cap 1/4 turn counterclockwise and lift out. Pour in rinse aid until liquid touches the indicated fill level.

Replace cap.

Do not overfill since this can cause oversudsing. Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth.

The dispenser holds enough for 35 to 140 washes, depending on setting.

Dispenser Opening


Less More

Adjustable setting

Dispenser Cap

Factors Affecting


Water Pressure

The hot water line to dishwasher must provide water pressure between 20 and 120 psi.

Low water pressure may occur when laundry or showers are in operation. Wait until water use is reduced before starting dishwasher.

Water Temperature

Hot water is needed for best dishwashing and drying results. Water entering dishwasher should be at least 120°F (49°C) to give satisfactory results.

To check water temperature entering dishwasher:

Turn on hot water faucet nearest dishwasher for several minutes to clear cool water from pipes.

Hold a candy or meat thermometer in stream of water to check the temperature.

If temperature is below 120°F (49°C), have a qualified person raise the hot water heater thermostat setting.

Important: Before starting a cycle, run hot water to clear cool water from pipe.

The HEAT DRY option in combination with rinse aid will give you excellent drying results. The energy to use HEAT DRY costs pennies per cycle. You may turn off the HEAT DRY option, however you will have items in your dish load that will not be dry at the end of the cycle.