Amana W10310515A, ADB1400AW User Manual

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THANK YOU for purchasing this high-quality product. If you should experience a problem not covered in TROUBLESHOOTING, please visit our website at for additional information. If you still need assistance, call us at 1-800-843-0304. In Canada, visit our website at or call us at 1-800-807-6777.

You will need your model and serial number located near the door on the right-hand or left-hand side of the dishwasher interior.

Para obtener acceso a “Instrucciones para el usuario de la lavavajillas” en español, o para obtener información adicional de su producto, visite:

Tenga listo su número de modelo completo. Puede encontrar su número de modelo y de serie en la etiqueta ubicada cerca de la puerta al lado derecho o izquierdo del interior de la lavavajillas.

Table of Contents


DISHWASHER SAFETY .............................................................


QUICK STEPS ............................................................................


DISHWASHER USE....................................................................


DISHWASHER CARE .................................................................


TROUBLESHOOTING ................................................................


WARRANTY ................................................................................


Dishwasher Safety


Your safety and the safety of others are very important.

We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance. Always read and obey all safety messages.

This is the safety alert symbol.

This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that can kill or hurt you and others.

All safety messages will follow the safety alert symbol and either the word “DANGER” or “WARNING.” These words mean:



You can be killed or seriously injured if you don't immediately follow instructions.

You can be killed or seriously injured if you don't follow instructions.

All safety messages will tell you what the potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the chance of injury, and tell you what can happen if the instructions are not followed.



WARNING: When using the dishwasher, follow basic precautions, including the following:

Read all instructions before using the dishwasher.

Use the dishwasher only for its intended function.

Use only detergents or rinse agents recommended for use in a dishwasher, and keep them out of the reach of children.

When loading items to be washed:

1)Locate sharp items so that they are not likely to damage the door seal; and

2)Load sharp knives with the handles up to reduce the risk of cut-type injuries.

Do not wash plastic items unless they are marked “dishwasher safe” or the equivalent. For plastic items not so marked, check the manufacturer's recommendations.

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

Do not operate the dishwasher unless all enclosure panels are properly in place.

Do not tamper with controls.

Do not abuse, sit on, or stand on the door, lid, or dish racks of the dishwasher.

To reduce the risk of injury, do not allow children to play in or on the dishwasher.

Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be produced in a hot water system that has not been used for two weeks or more. HYDROGEN GAS IS EXPLOSIVE. If the hot water system has not been used for such a period, before using the dishwasher turn on all hot water faucets and let the water flow from each for several minutes. This will release any accumulated hydrogen gas. As the gas is flammable, do not smoke or use an open flame during this time.

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



For a grounded, cord-connected dishwasher:

The dishwasher must be grounded. In the event of a malfunction or breakdown, grounding will reduce the risk of electric shock by providing a path of least resistance for electric current. The dishwasher is equipped with a cord having an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.

WARNING: Improper connection of the equipmentgrounding conductor can result in a risk of electric shock.

Check with a qualified electrician or service representative if you are in doubt whether the dishwasher is properly grounded. Do not modify the plug provided with the dishwasher; if it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.

For a permanently connected dishwasher:

The dishwasher must be connected to a grounded metal, permanent wiring system, or an equipment-grounding conductor must be run with the circuit conductors and connected to the equipment-grounding terminal or lead on the dishwasher.



Tip Over Hazard Do not use dishwasher until completely installed.

Do not push down on open door.

Doing so can result in serious injury or cuts.



Quick Steps


Prepare and load


Select a cycle and option.

1 dishwasher.


Add detergent


Start dishwasher.

2 for cleaning and


rinse aid for drying.

Dishwasher Use


Prepare and Load the Dishwasher

IMPORTANT: Remove leftover food, bones, toothpicks and other hard items from the dishes. Remove labels from containers before washing.






























































































































































Upper rack





Lower rack




Add Detergent

NOTE: If you do not plan to run a wash cycle soon, run a rinse cycle. Do not use detergent.

Use automatic dishwasher detergent only. Add powder, liquid or tablet detergent just before starting a cycle.

Fresh automatic



dishwasher detergent




results in better

Hard Water

Hard Water

cleaning. Store tightly

Soft Water

Soft Water


closed detergent



container in a cool,





dry place.




A. Cover latch


Make sure nothing keeps spray arm(s) from

spinning freely. It is important for the water spray to reach all soiled surfaces.

Make sure that when the dishwasher door is closed no items are blocking the detergent dispenser.

Items should be loaded with soiled surfaces facing down and inward to the spray as shown. This will improve cleaning and drying results.

Avoid overlapping items like bowls or plates that may trap food.

Place plastics, small plates and glasses in the upper rack. Wash only plastic items marked “dishwasher safe.”

To avoid thumping/clattering noises during operation: Load dishes so they do not touch one another. Make sure lightweight load items are secured in the racks.

When loading silverware, always place sharp items pointing down. Mix some of the items pointing up and some pointing down.

B. Main Wash section

C. Pre-Wash section

The amount of

detergent to use depends on:

How much soil remains on the items - Heavily soiled loads require more detergent.

The hardness of the water - If you use too little in hard water, dishes won't be clean. If you use too much in soft water, glassware will etch.

Soft to Medium Water (0-6 grains per U.S. gallon) [typical water softener water and some city water]

Medium to Hard Water (7-12 grains per U.S. gallon) [well water and some city water]

Depending on your water hardness, fill the Main Wash section of the dispenser as shown. Fill the Pre-Wash section to the level shown, if needed.

NOTE: Fill amounts shown

Hard Water


are for standard powdered


Soft Water

Hard Water

detergent. Follow instructions

Soft Water


on the package when using

Main Wash


other dishwasher detergent.

Add Rinse Aid

Your dishwasher is designed to use rinse aid for good drying performance. Without rinse aid your dishes and dishwasher interior will have excessive moisture. The Heated Dry option will not perform as well without rinse aid.


Rinse aid keeps water from forming droplets that can



dry as spots or streaks. They also improve drying by





allowing water to drain off of the dishes after the final






Rinse aid helps to reduce excess moisture on the



dish racks and interior of your dishwasher.




Check the rinse aid indicator. Add rinse aid when indicator drops to “Add” level or, when rinse aid indicator looks light. A light visual indicator means to add rinse aid, and a dark visual indicator means that there is sufficient rinse aid in the dishwasher.

Dispenser with one lid - To add








rinse aid, turn the dispenser











cap to “Refill” and lift off. Pour










rinse aid into the opening until

































the indicator level is at “Full.”










¹⁄ turn



















Replace the dispenser cap and










to lock










turn to “Lock.” Make sure cap


























is fully locked.






















Dispenser with two lids - To add rinse aid, press the cover release button to open the cover. Fill the dispenser with rinse aid up to the dotted line. Close the cover.

NOTE: For most water conditions, the factory setting of 2 will give good results. If you have hard water or notice rings or spots, try a higher setting. Turn the arrow adjuster inside the dispenser by either using your fingers or inserting a flat-blade screwdriver into the center of the arrow and turning.


Select a Cycle


A. Cover release button








































































NOTE: Heavier cycles and options affect cycle length. Some cycles and options will take up to 3¹⁄ hours to complete.

Heavy – Use for heavily soiled, hard-to- clean items.

Normal – Use for normal food soil. The energy usage label is based on this cycle.

1-Hour Wash – Use for lightly soiled items. For fast results, 1-Hour Wash will clean using slightly more water and energy.

Select Options

You can customize your cycles by pressing the options desired.

Hi-Temp Wash – (use only with Heavy and Normal wash cycles) heats the water during the wash portions of the cycle.

Heated Dry – (automatic with all except rinse cycle) use for best drying results. Turn off by pressing HEATED DRY so that the light goes off.

4-Hour Delay – (any cycle) offers the choice to start the dishwasher automatically at a later time. Select a wash cycle and options. Press START/RESUME. Close the door firmly.

Locked – (on 4-Hour Delay button) use to avoid unintended use of your dishwasher. When Control Lock

is lit, all buttons are disabled. The dishwasher door can be opened while the controls are locked.

To turn on Lock:

Press and hold 4-HOUR DELAY for 3 seconds. The Locked light glows. If you press any pad while your dishwasher is locked, the light flashes 3 times.

To turn off Lock:

Press and hold 4-HOUR DELAY for 3 seconds. The Control Lock light turns off.


Start or Resume a Cycle

Run hot water at the sink nearest your dishwasher until the water is hot. Turn off water.

Push door firmly closed. The door latches automatically. Select the wash cycle and options desired OR press START/RESUME to repeat the same cycle and options as in the previous wash cycle.

You can add an item anytime before the main wash starts. Open the door slowly and add the item. Close the door firmly. Press START/RESUME.

Cycle status indicators allow you to follow the

progress of your dishwasher cycle. Clean indicator glows when the cycle is finished.


Dishwasher Care

Cleaning the Dishwasher

Clean the exterior of the dishwasher with a soft, damp cloth and mild detergent. If your dishwasher has a stainless steel exterior, a stainless steel cleaner is recommended - Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish Part Number 31462.

Clean the interior of the dishwasher, with a paste of powdered dishwasher detergent and water or use liquid dishwasher detergent on a damp sponge to clean the cooled-down interior.

A white vinegar rinse may remove white spots and film. Vinegar is an acid, and using it too often could damage your dishwasher.

Put 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar in a glass or dishwasher-safe measuring cup on the bottom rack. Run the dishwasher through a complete washing cycle using an air-dry or an energy-saving dry option. Do not use detergent. Vinegar will mix with the wash water.

If you have a drain air gap, check and clean it if the dishwasher isn't draining well.

Storing the Dishwasher

If you will not be using the dishwasher during the summer months, turn off the water and power supply to the dishwasher. In the winter, if the dishwasher could be exposed to near freezing temperatures or is left in a seasonal dwelling such as a second home or vacation home, avoid water damage by having your dishwasher winterized by authorized service personnel.


First try the solutions suggested here or visit our website and reference FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to possibly avoid the cost of a service call.

In the U.S.A., In Canada,

Dishwasher is not operating properly

Dishwasher does not run or stops during a cycle

Is the door closed tightly and latched? Is the right cycle selected?

Is there power to the dishwasher? Has a household fuse blown, or has a circuit breaker tripped? Replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker. If the problem continues, call an electrician.

Has the motor stopped due to an overload? The motor automatically resets itself within a few minutes. If it does not restart, call for service.

Is the water shutoff valve (if installed) turned on?

It is normal for certain cycles to repeatedly pause for several seconds during the main wash.

Clean light is flashing

Call for service.

Dishwasher will not fill

Is the overfill protection float able to move up and down freely? Press down to release.

Dishwasher seems to run too long

The dishwasher can run up to 3¹⁄ hours depending on soil level, water temperature, cycles and options.

Is the water supplied to the dishwasher hot enough? The dishwasher runs longer while heating water.

Is the dishwasher cycle time within the cycle times? See cycle sections wash times. A delay automatically occurs in some wash and rinse cycles until the water reaches the proper temperature.

This dishwasher is equipped with an optical sensor wash that detects water temperature, soil and detergent amount. Wash cycles are adjusted based on what is sensed.

IMPORTANT: The very first wash cycle after installation in your home will be adjusted to include an additional 2 rinses. This cycle must not be interrupted for proper sensor adjustment. If this adjustment cycle is canceled or stopped before the Clean light comes on at the end of the cycle, the next wash cycle will repeat this sensor adjustment.

Water remains in the dishwasher

Is the cycle complete?

Detergent remains in the covered section of the dispenser

Is the cycle complete?

Is the detergent lump-free? Replace detergent if necessary.

Is the dispenser door blocked by dishes or cookware when the dishwasher door is closed?

White residue on the front of the access panel

Was too much detergent used?

Is the brand of detergent making excess foam? Try a different brand to reduce foaming and eliminate buildup.

Odor in the dishwasher

Are dishes washed only every 2 or 3 days? Run a rinse cycle once or twice a day until you have a full load.

Does the dishwasher have a new plastic smell? Run a vinegar rinse as described in “Dishwasher Care.”

Condensation on the kitchen counter (built-in models)

Is the dishwasher aligned with the countertop? Moisture from the vent in the dishwasher console can form on the counter. Refer to the Installation Instructions for more information.

Dishes/silverware do not dry completely

Dishes do not dry completely

Did you use a rinse aid? Your dishwasher is designed to use rinse aid for good drying performance. Without rinse aid your dishes and dishwasher interior will have excessive moisture. The heat dry option will not perform as well without rinse aid.

Dishes are not dry

Did you load your dishwasher to allow proper water drainage? Do not overload. Use a liquid rinse aid to speed drying.

Are the plastics wet? Plastics often need towel drying. Is the rinse aid dispenser empty?

Did you use an air-dry or energy-saving dry option? Use a heated drying option for dryer dishes.

Try adding the “Hi Temp” option for further improved drying performance.

Use a more aggressive cycle, such as “Heavy” cycle, for improved drying performance.


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