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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...15-17

Consumer Services


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


Versión en español

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Care Manual, Electrolux Home Products North America, P.O. Box 212378, Augusta, GA 30917.


P/N 154575701 (0608)

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.

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

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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 HITEMP 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 HI-TEMPoption 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. 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.

Upper Spray Arm

Top Rack


Cup Shelves

Middle Spray Arm

Lower Spray Arm

Detergent Dispenser

Rinse Aid

Tub Gasket

Serial Label

(located on right side of tub)

Bottom Rack



Glass Trap


Heating Element



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 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 spray arms rotate and circulate water.

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.

Note: The dishwasher is programmed to remember your last cycle so you do not have to reset each time. To start the dishwasher using the same cycle and options selected on the previous wash, just press the 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 time will vary based on the options selected and the incoming water temperature. Note: Not all cycles available on all models.


Cycle Chart






To Select Cycle

















Pots & Pans

Select POTS & PANS




2 washes


For pots, pans, casseroles


imp. gal.


5 rinses

and dinnerware with

and desired OPTIONS.














automatically be provided.













Normal Wash





2 washes

For regularly soiled dishes



imp. gal.


4 rinses

and silverware.

and desired OPTIONS.












China Crystal





1 wash

For lightly soiled china and



imp. gal.




and desired OPTIONS.













Energy Saver





1 wash

For lightly soiled or pre-rinsed


imp. gal.


2 rinses

dishes and silverware.

and desired OPTIONS.



















Rinse Only





2 rinses

For rinsing dishes that will



imp. gal.




be washed later.

DO NOT USE detergent.
















* Includes dry time.


Operating Instructions

Options Selections


When HI-TEMPWASH option is selected, 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 CHINA CRYSTAL (some models) and RINSE and HOLD. HI-TEMPWASH 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.

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 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 1-24hours.

On models with 1-24hour delay, press the DELAY START pad until the desired delay time shows in the STATUS window. 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 60 second drain. At the end of the drain, select the desired cycle.


Operating Instructions(continued)

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.

The LOW RINSE light (some models) comes on at the end of a cleaning cycle when the rinse agent reservoir is low. The light will remain on through 5 successive cycles or until the reservoir is filled.

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

Child Lock Controls

To prevent children from accidently changing the dishwasher cycle or starting the dishwasher, lock the dishwasher controls by pressing and releasing the or the NO HEAT DRY pad for 3 seconds while the door is latched. An indicator light on the lock graphic pad will illuminate when the controls

are locked and no new selections can be made until the lock is released. To unlock the controls, press the NO HEAT DRY pad until the indicator light goes out.

Status Window

The STATUS window, indicates the following activity:

1H-24H……….. Number of delay start hours. The last hour will count down in minutes.

CL……………… Close dishwasher door. The status indicator lights will also flash to indicate current cycle status.

Hd...........…..… Indicates a water heat delay.

MINUTES…...… Number of minutes left in cycle(1-99).If cycle is longer than 99 minutes, a small light will appear in the lower right corner and remain on until time counts below 99.

PF……………… Appears in window when dishwasher is first installed, or when power has been interrupted.HI-TEMPWASH and NO HEAT DRY indicator lights will also flash. To clear, touch START/CANCEL pad.


Appears in window when the


rinse aid dispenser is low and


needs to be refilled.


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.

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.


Preparing and Loading Dishes(continued)

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.

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.

12 place settings standard loading pattern.

10 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.

Place small items like baby bottle caps, jar lids, corn cob holders, etc., in a covered section. Close the cover to hold small items in place.

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.

The silverware basket can be separated and placed in several locations in the bottom rack. Load silverware in all sections or just one, depending on your load.

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.

To remove small basket:

Hold the center basket and one small basket. Slide the small basket back to release the tabs from the corresponding slots.

Pull the baskets apart.

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.