Frigidaire STACKIT4X User Manual

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All about the

Use&Care

of your Washer

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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Stain Removal Guide ......................................

20-21

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

22-25

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

26-30

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

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

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

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Español ..............................................................

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

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

(1112) 137502100A

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING

Please read all instructions before using this washer.

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.

Product Record

Record Your Model and Serial Numbers

The model and serial numbers of your washer are found on the washer serial plate located on the inside of the door. Record and retain these numbers.

Model Number _____________________

Serial Number _____________________

Purchase Date _____________________

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 washer. It also contains information about features for several other models. Your washer may not have every feature included.

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

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.

IMPORTANT

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

Save these instructions for future reference.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Do not continue to use the washer 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.

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.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

PREVENT INJURY

To prevent shock hazard and assure stability during operation, the laundry center 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 laundry center is moved to a new location, have it checked and reinstalled by a qualified service person.

To prevent personal injury or damage to the laundry center, 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.

Follow package directions when using laundry products. Incorrect usage can produce poisonous gas - resulting in serious injury or death.

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

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

WARNING

FIRE/ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD

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.

PREVENT INJURY AND DAMAGE TO THE APPLIANCE

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 Use & Care 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.

Do not install on carpet. Install washer on a solid floor. It may be necessary to reinforce the floor to prevent vibration or movement.

Do not sit on, step on or stand on the washer. Do not rest heavy loads on top. The washer is not meant to support weight.

To reduce the risk of electric shock, disconnect this appliance from the power supply before attempting any user maintenance. Canceling a cycle or turning the power off at the console does not disconnect this appliance from the power supply.

To prevent injury, do not reach into the laundry center while parts are moving. Before loading, unloading or adding items, push in the cycle selector knob to stop the cycle. Allow the wash tub or dryer drum to coast to a complete stop before reaching inside.

This washer is equipped with an electrical overload protector. The washer motor will stop if it becomes overheated.

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

Grounding type wall receptacle

Do not, under

any circumstances, cut, remove,

or bypass the grounding prong.

WARNING

HARMFUL VAPOR HAZARD

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

Power cord with 3-pronggrounded plug

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Cycle Selector

Laundry Product

Dispenser Drawer

Door Striker

Inner glass with small article redistribution ramp

Stainless Steel

Wash Drum

LCD Display

Adjustable

Leveling Legs

FEATURES

Control Lock

Drum Light*

Door Latch with

Safety Lock

Vent Latch

Cascading

Wash Vanes

As an ENERGY STAR® Partner, Electrolux Major Appliances has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency.

*Not all models are available with drum light.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Normal Operating Sounds

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

A.DRAIN HOSE The washer has a flexible drain hose to carry water from the washer to the stand pipe of your home. You will hear water flowing into your stand pipe. This is a normal part of the operation of the washer.

B.WATER VALVES/DISPENSER As water enters the dispenser system, it is common to hear a water flowing sound. This normal sound will vary slightly based on the water pressure in your home.

C.DRAIN PUMP Your washer is equipped with a high velocity drain pump. It is normal to hear humming and gurgling sounds as water is pumped from the washer. Both of these sounds are normal and indicate that your pump is functioning correctly.

D.HIGH SPEED MOTOR A powerful motor is used to drive the drum to high spin speeds to extract water from your load. You will hear a sound associated with these higher spin speeds. This sound is normal and will vary slightly as the spin speed varies with load size and cycle selected.

A

B

D

C

CAUTION

Abnormal, on-goingsounds may be an indication of a pending washer failure and should be investigated by a qualified technician.

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Operating Your Washer

WARNING

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or injury to persons, read the IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS in this Use and Care Guide before operating your washer.

1 Sort laundry into loads that can be washed together.

WHITES

CASUAL

• Sort items

by recom-

T

OWELS

C

 

 

OLORS

mended cycle

and water temperature.

• Separate white, light and colorfast items from dark and non-colorfastitems.

• Separate items that shed lint from items that attract lint. Casual, 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, loosely knit, or delicate items from durable items.

• Do not machine wash items containing fiberglass. Small particles of fiberglass left in the drum may transfer to fabrics in other loads and cause skin irritation.

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 non-washabletrims and ornaments.

Mend rips and tears to prevent further damage during washing.

Turn knit items inside out to prevent pilling.

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

• Place delicate and small items such as bras, hosiery and baby socks in a mesh bag.

(Mesh bag not included.)

3Pretreat stains and heavy soil.

• See Stain Removal Guidein this guide

for safe, successful stain removal instructions.

4 Add laundry load to washer.

Combine large and small items in a load.

Load large items first. Large items should not be more than half the total wash load.

Washing single items such as a sweater, towel or jeans is inefficient and may cause an out-of-bal-ance load. Add 1 or 2 similar items to help balance the load.

Wash a single heavy item such as a king-sizedcomforter, bedspread or sleeping bag separately.

The washer can be fully loaded, but the items should not be tightly packed. The door should close easily.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Operating Your Washer, continued

5 Add laundry products to the dispenser.

For best results

Use a low-sudsing,high efficiency detergent to prevent oversudsing in front load washers. Look for this symbol on the detergent label:

Detergent, liquid chlorine bleach and liquid fabric softener will be dispensed at the proper times in the cycle.

IMPORTANT

Open and close the dispenser drawer slowly. Closing the drawer too quickly could result in early dispensing of the bleach or fabric softener.

Use the cap or scoop provided by the detergent manufacturer to measure the amount recommended. Detergent dosage may need to be adjusted for water temperature, water hardness, load size and soil level.

NOTE

Some models that include a Prewash dispenser compartment also are supplied with a“Main Wash - liquid only” cup. See all of the following instructions for using this cup. If your model does not have aPrewash compartment, add either powder or liquid detergent to your Main Wash compartment.

Liquid Detergent

Add the recommended amount of a high efficiency liquid detergent to the “Main Wash - liquid only” cup.

Do not exceed the MAX fill line.

Liquid detergent can also be added directly to the “Main Wash” chamber when not using thePre-Washoption.

NOTE

From time to time you may see water in the “Main Wash - liquid only” chamber. This is part of the normal operation of the washer.

Powder Detergent

To use a high efficiency powder detergent, remove the “Main Wash - liquid only” cup and add the powder directly to the “Main Wash” detergent chamber.

IMPORTANT

Save the liquid cup insert for future use. DO NOT discard it while you are using powder detergent.

If included with purchase, insert liquid cup whenusing liquid detergent.

If included with purchase, remove liquid cup when using

powder detergent! DO NOT pour powder detergent

into liquid cup. It will not dispense correctly!

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Operating Your Washer, continued

Other Wash Products

Water conditioner, detergent booster and enzyme products may be added with the detergent.

Put liquid products with liquid detergent in the “Main Wash - liquid only” chamber (on select models) or powder products with powder detergent in the “Main Wash” detergent chamber.

IMPORTANT

Do not mix liquids and powders.

IMPORTANT

Use of multi-product(detergent plus softener) sheets orcolor-absorbingsheets NOT recommended. They could disable your machine and result in unwarranted repair costs.

Detergent for Prewash

For heavily soiled or stained loads, select the Prewash (on select models) option and add the recommended amount of detergent to thePre-Washdetergent cup.

NOTE

From time to time you may see water in the “Main Wash - liquid only”, “Liquid Bleach” and “Fabric Softener” chambers. This is part of the normal operation of the washer.

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Liquid Chlorine Bleach

If desired, add liquid chlorine bleach to the cham-

ber labeled “Liquid Bleach” and marked with this symbol:.

Fill to the MIN line for small loads or theMAX line for large loads. DO NOT fill above the maximum fill line.

Add color-safebleach with the detergent.

IMPORTANT

To prevent fabric damage, do not overfill the “Liquid Bleach” chamber or pour liquid chlorine bleach directly onto the load.

Liquid Fabric Softener

If desired, pour the recommended amount of liquid

fabric softener into the chamber labeled “Fabric Softener” and marked with this symbol:.

Fill to the MIN line for small loads or theMAX line for large loads.

DO NOT fill above the maximum fill line.

NOTE

To prevent staining, do not overfill the “Fabric Softener” chamber or pour liquid fabric softener directly on the wash load.

Use of a fabric softener-dispensingball is not recommended in tumble action washers.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Operating Your Washer, continued

6Select the appropriate cycle and settings for the load.

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

The estimated cycle time, suitable wash and rinse water temperatures, final spin speed, soil level, and options for each cycle will be indicated for the cycle selected. See the “Washer Settings Chart” for more details.

To change the settings, press the auto temp,spin speed andsoil level buttons to scroll to the desired settings.

To select or delete an option, press the button for that option. The indicator will be illuminated when the option has been selected. The indicator will no longer be lighted when the option has been deleted.

NOTE

To provide the best care for your laundry, not every setting or option is available with every cycle. If a setting or option is not available for the cycle selected, the indicator will not light.

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

To return to factory settings, press these two buttons at the same time and

hold until the signal sounds.

7Start the washer.

Close the door and press START. The washer will not operate with the door open. “DOOR OPEN” will be displayed as a reminder to close the door.

Select delay start to delay the beginning of the cycle, if desired.

As a safety measure, the door will automatically lock during the entire wash cycle.

To add a forgotten item to the washer any time during the wash portion of the cycle, press pause. When the door unlocks, open the door, add the item, close the door and pressSTART to resume the cycle

If changes to the settings or options are attempted after the cycle starts, you will hear several beeps

when the buttons are pressed. To change the settings or options, press pause, make the new selections and pressSTART again.

To change the cycle once the cycle has begun, press cancel, select a new cycle, and pressSTART again. Just turning the cycle selector knob will not change the cycle.

To stop the cycle, press cancel.

NOTE

If the cycle is interrupted during spin, it will take approximately 2-3minutes for the door lock to release. DO NOT force open the door.

A signal will sound at the end of the cycle if the chime option has been selected.

Remove items from the washer when the cycle ends and place in dryer, line dry or dry flat as directed on the fabric care label.

For best results

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

Excess wrinkling, color transfer or odors may develop in items left in the washer after the cycle has ended, if not removed promptly.

CAUTION

ENTRAPMENT and TIP-OVERHAZARD

Do not leave the door open if there are small children or pets present. An open door could entice children to hang on the door or crawl inside the washer. If there are no small children present, you may leave the door ajar to prevent odor build up.

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