Fisher & Paykel WA70T60FW1, WA80T65FW1 Installation and Operating Instructions

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FabricSmart™ clothes washer

Installation instructions


and User guide


Intelligence working for you

The FabricSmart™ washer is born from 75 years of Fisher and Paykel laundry innovation. With sophisticated electronics and a revolutionary direct drive motor, it cleans and cares for your clothes as never before.

Unlike conventional machines, FabricSmart™ clothes washers use intelligence to continually adapt the wash action and water levels to save on water and electricity use; making it kinder on your wallet and the environment.

Intelligent electronics

Two powerful microprocessors control every aspect of the FabricSmart™ washer, allowing it to continually monitor and respond to each wash. This intelligence is the result of many years of testing and fine-tuning, giving you the best possible performance.

Energy conservation

The unique wash action means a typical load uses only the same amount of electricity as a 100-watt light bulb left on for an hour.

Direct drive motor

Our revolutionary direct drive motor is capable of infinite wash actions, continuously adjusting its speed to the movement of your clothes, removing dirt while caring for the fabric, delivering the ultimate wash.


FabricSmart™ has no mechanical brake, pulleys or gears, which means fewer moving parts and greater reliability.

Eco Activewash system

The FabricSmart™ washing method uses a combination of front loader and top loader washing technologies – boosting dirt and soil removal while conserving energy.


Flexible fins on the agitator work in conjunction with the motor to understand your wash. Delicate fabrics will slither around the fins, whereas heavy fabrics will move with more resistance. Sensors in the motor measure this resistance to effectively “feel” the load, sensing the type of fabric in the load.

The Eco (Save Water++) option

Designed to make every drop count, using up to 25% less water than the traditional Water Saver rinse, without compromising on wash performance.







Installation instructions



Before you do your first wash



Getting started quickly



Wash options



How Dirty, Washer feedback



Eco Active™ wash



Lid lock



Water consumption



The Lifestyles/Options button



Selecting, Customising






Temperature, Water Level



Wash Advance, Spin, How Dirty, Delay Start, Drip Dry, Soak, Save Time



Save Water, Traditional Wash, Settings



Adjusting the wash settings



Wash Temp, Auto Water Level



Default Rinse, Easy Iron Spin Speed, Out Of Balance Recovery



End of Cycle Beeps, Re-set Defaults, Display



Lifestyles cycles



Wash Advance and Temperature



Sorting and loading



Washing difficult items






Fabric softener



Caring for your clothes washer



Machine information



If your FabricSmart™ beeps for help



Operating problems



All about wash problems



Manufacturer’s Warranty



Customer Care





The models shown in this User Guide may not be available in all markets and are subject to change at any time. For current details about model and specification availability in your country, please visit our local website listed on the back cover or contact your local Fisher & Paykel dealer.

2 Installation instructions


To ensure the best performance from your new FabricSmart™ washer please follow the instructions below.

Removing the packaging

1Remove the outer packaging.

2Tilt the machine backwards and walk it off the bottom packer one foot at a time.

3Remove the bottom packer from under the machine by pulling it out the front.

4Lift the lid and remove the bowl packer from the bowl.

5Remove the hoses and accessories.

6Keep the bottom packer and bowl packer in case they are required for future transit.


Fig.1 Tilt washer backwards to remove bottom packer

Please ensure that the bottom packer has been removed before operating your machine.


Your washer must be installed on a level surface, and not on any textured floor coverings (eg carpet, rugs) to ensure that the opening at the bottom of the machine is not obstructed.

In your clothes washer you will find:

■■1 hose guide.

■■2 inlet hoses.

Drain hose

1Carefully pull the grey drain hose out from the back of the machine by pulling the exposed part of the hose downwards and outwards.

2To guide the drain hose over the tub or standpipe the hose guide MUST be fitted to the drain hose.

To prevent siphoning:

The drain hose should not extend more than 20 mm from the end of the guide.

The height of the standpipe or tub should be between 850 – 1200 mm.

The drain hose can be trimmed to length.

3Place the drain hose in the tub or standpipe.

Pull hose through guide


(20 mm)




850 – 1200 mm

Flex hose



guide apart


Fig.2 Fitting the drain hose guide



Installation instructions


Inlet hoses

Note: new hose sets provided with the machine are to be used to connect the washer to the water mains. Old hose sets should not be re-used.

1Connect the straight ends of the inlet hoses to the taps (there are washers fitted in both ends). Connect the red connector hose to hot, and blue connector hose to cold (if your hoses are colour-coded).

2 Connect the elbow ends of the inlet hoses to the corresponding machine

Tap end Machine end

inlet valves.


Fig.3 Inlet hose ends

Inlet valves are marked on the back of the machine.

H = Hot

C = Cold


Minimum height of taps to clear the top of the machine is 1150 mm.

Cold supply only:

If you only have a cold water supply, an inlet valve cap (blanking cap) MUST be connected to the hot inlet valve. The cap prevents water leaking out of the hot valve. The cap is available from your Fisher & Paykel Dealer or Authorised Repairer, Part No. 388491p. This appliance incorporates backflow protection complying with AS3500.1. No further backflow protection is required for connection to the water supply.

Note: your washer does not have an internal heater to heat water.

Inlet hose replacement

We recommend replacing the inlet hoses every 5 years. Hoses should be checked from time to time and replaced if any wear, cuts, bulges or kinks are identified, or leaks are found.

Levelling your machine


It is IMPORTANT to level the machine to ensure






even spin performance.






Move the machine to its final position (we suggest


Corner cabinets



a minimum clearance of 20 mm each side).







Adjustable feet


Adjust the feet (by winding down or up to suit)


Rubber insert


so the machine is level and does not rock.

Fig.4 Adjusting the levelling feet



To check if your machine is level:

Look down on the wash bowl and make sure it sits slightly forward of centre (see Diagram 1). Close the lid. Visually check that the lid fits evenly on both sides. If it does not look like the diagram in the middle, adjust one of the feet slightly until it matches. The diagram on the top and bottom are not correct (see Diagram 2).


Diagram 1

Lid alignment

Diagram 2




Wind left foot down
















(out) to correct


















































Wind right foot down






(out) to correct















To check levelling look

















down on the wash bowl

Fig.5 To assess levelling, check lid alignment

4Turn on the water and check all hose connections for leaks. Check for leaks again after 24 hours. Make sure there are no kinks in the hoses.

5Uncoil the power cord, remove and discard the plastic pin cover, and plug into the wall socket.

Fisher & Paykel WA70T60FW1, WA80T65FW1 Installation and Operating Instructions

4 Installation instructions

Water supply

■■For best operating conditions your hot water should be approximately 65°C. Your hot water should not exceed 75°C or your cold water exceed 35°C. Temperatures above these may cause the machine to fault or cause damage to the machine.

■■If you have an uncontrolled water-heating source (eg a wet back or solar heating) you should have a tempering device fitted. This will ensure the hot water temperature remains within safe limits. For the most suitable type of tempering device we recommend you contact a local plumber or plumbing supply merchant.

■■Inlet water pressure: Max. 1MPa (150 psi) Min. 34Pa (5 psi)

■■Inlet water flow rate: Min. 3 litres/min

■■Minimum height of taps to clear the top of the machine is 1150 mm.


■■Regularly check that your standpipe or tub is free from lint or other obstructions, which may affect how your machine works or may cause flooding.

■■In multi-storey apartments or any upper floor, the machine should be installed on a drained floor.

■■Draining must comply with local by-laws.

Clothes washer safety

■■This clothes washer is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or those lacking experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction about use of the washer by a person responsible for their safety.

■■Your FabricSmart™ can be opened while it is filling and agitating. Once agitation is complete, the lid will be locked. Please supervise young children around the washer.

■■Supervise children at all times to ensure they do not play with the washer.


Electrical Shock Hazard

If you are using an extension cord or a portable electrical outlet device (eg multi-socket outlet box), ensure that it is positioned so that it does not come into contact with water or moisture.

Failure to do so may result in death or electrical shock.

Accessories and spare parts

Available from your Fisher & Paykel Dealer or Authorised Repairer.

Inlet Valve Cap

Hose Inlet Long (2 m) Hose Inlet Large Bore Drain Hose Extension Power Cord

Part No. 388491p

Part No. 422680p

Part No. 426123p

Part No. 425627p

If the power cord of your clothes washer is damaged it must be replaced by a Fisher & Paykel Authorised Repairer, in order to avoid a hazard, as it is not a standard power cord.

Before you do your first wash 5

Thank you for buying a Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart™ washing machine. We are very proud of this washer and trust it will serve you well for many years.

At Fisher & Paykel we aim to provide innovative products that are simple to use, ergonomic and energy efficient. Thousands of tonnes of washing and 75 years of laundry experience have been programmed into your washing machine to help give you the best possible performance.

We hope you enjoy your new washing machine, we have certainly enjoyed designing it.

Before you do your first wash

You owe it to yourself and your FabricSmart™ to have it installed correctly by a technician from a Fisher & Paykel Authorised Repairer.

Before you start, it is a good idea to go through the following checklist:

1Has the basepacker been removed?

2Is the hot hose connected to the hot valve marked ‘H’? Is the cold hose connected to the cold valve marked ‘C’?

3Is the drain hose threaded through the ‘U bend‘ (with no more than 20 mm extended) and onto your standpipe?

4Are the rubber inserts secured into the feet on the base of your machine and is the machine levelled? Refer to Installation Instructions, page 3.

Washer capacities

Machine Size

Capacity (dry weight)


8 kg


7 kg

Note: WA10T65F/WA85T60F models have different capacity specifications based on country standards. Refer to the serial plate on back of the product.

To check what size your washer is look on the back of the topdeck. The word “Large” or “Medium” will be embossed.

Fig.6 FabricSmart™ washer

6 Getting started quickly

■■Place load evenly around the agitator (refer to Sorting and Loading, page 23).

■■Remove the fabric softener dispenser.

1 Detergent


Follow the instructions on the detergent package.







Use the mark on the agitator nearest to the top of the







clothes as a guide to the correct amount of detergent




to use.




Pour the detergent down the centre of the agitator stem.







Replace the fabric softener dispenser (this stops small







articles falling down the centre of the agitator). Refer to




Detergent, page 25.







2Touch to activate your FabricSmart™ washer.

3The screen in the middle of the panel will display the wash cycles and options available, your wash selections, wash progress during the cycle, and how long the wash has to go.

The first screen to appear after the Welcome screen is “How Dirty?”

4Use the scroll ( ) buttons to select the soil level that best suits your load.

Note: these buttons are also used to navigate through the wash cycle and option menus.

5Touch and let FabricSmart™ do the rest for you.

6To choose a cycle other than the default, and/or any wash options, use the button.

7Use the button to confirm your selection.

8Use the button to go back to the previous step.

Getting started quickly


Wash progress

As the washer progresses through the cycle the following symbols will be shown on the display screen to indicate progression





































Fig.7 FabricSmart™ clothes washer control panel

Wash cycles

There are four Fabric Care cycles and 13 specially designed Lifestyles cycles to make washing simpler and easier.

Fabric Care












Auto Sensing

Save your

Nappy Rinse



Bowl Clean

Easy Iron

favourite wash




Max Wash

settings to



Sports Shoes



create your








ideal cycle


Beach Gear



Refer to pages 19 – 22 for more information about these cycles.

8 Wash options

How Dirty?

Your FabricSmart™ washer will automatically choose the medium soil level (three HOW DIRTY bars). This setting has been designed for your average, everyday load. However, some loads may need more or less washing depending on

the amount of soil on the clothes. For example, Fig.8 Choosing the soil level a load of dirty jeans will need the soil level

increased while a bath towel used only once will only need a low soil level.


This is a special wash action that alternates washing with four short soaks to help remove stains from your garments (eg three minutes agitation, four minutes soak, three minutes agitation, etc). STAINED will use a medium soil level agitation.

Note: this cycle is for general stains, if you have a specific stain (ie blood, grass, fruit, wine, chocolate or tomato) use one of the STAINS cycles (refer to pages 21 and 22).

Once you have selected the soil level all you need to do is touch to begin the wash. The machine will automatically sense the correct water level and wash action for your load (the default cycle is AUTO SENSING). We recommend letting the machine do the thinking for you!

However, if you wish to customise some wash options, please refer to pages 12 – 15.

Washer feedback

Your FabricSmart™ washer will display which stage of the cycle the machine is at and how many minutes the wash cycle has to go, so you can tell at a glance when your washing will be finished. The number of minutes to go is displayed from the beginning of the agitation wash, as the load size and fabric type have to be determined before the cycle time can be calculated.

A series of symbols are also displayed on the screen to indicate where in the cycle the washer is up to (refer to page 7).

Eco Activewash 9

Eco Activewash

The Eco Active™ wash, is a unique washing method that uses a combination of front loader and top loader washing technologies. This dual action wash gives excellent wash performance and means you retain the convenience and capacity of a top loading machine while introducing the gentle cascade wash action and energy efficiency of a front loader.

Wash 1 – Detergent activating wash (front-loader type wash)

The FabricSmart™ washer fills the bowl at the selected temperature with just enough water so that your clothes are 100% saturated. This small amount of sudsy water flows through the clothes, up a specially designed portal and back onto the clothes in a cascade effect. This wash action thoroughly dissolves and activates the detergent.

The concentrated solution of detergent and


water rapidly targets stains and soils at the fibre


level, boosting soil removal and accelerating the

Fig.9 Eco Active™ wash

wash process.


Wash 2 – Agitation wash (top-loader type wash)

After recirculating the sudsy water through the clothes for 2 – 5 minutes, your FabricSmart™ washer will fill with just enough cool water to suspend the clothes

in solution. Your washer will then sense the average fabric type of the load and begin the agitation wash. Agitating massages the soil off the fibres and away from the clothes. Due to its concentrated headstart the clothes require less agitation than a conventional top loader washer.

Note: the detergent activating wash is the only time

Fig.10 Agitation wash

during the cycle that hot water is used (when the


machine is completely full the water will be lukewarm).


If you are wanting hot water in the agitation wash,


you will need to choose a TRADITIONAL WASH in the


OPTIONS menu (refer to page 15).


10 Lid lock

Your FabricSmart™ has a lid lock, which locks when your machine is spinning. This ensures the lid cannot be opened during hazardous parts of the cycle, providing added safety for

you and your family.

Fig.11 Lid lock in use

A Lid lock symbol ( ) appears in the corner of the screen when locked (it disappears when unlocked), letting you know at a glance if you can open the lid or not.

In short, it means you can open the lid while your FabricSmart™ is filling, agitating and draining, but not while it is spinning, allowing you to add or remove clothes, dissolve detergent or add fabric softener (that is if you do not want to use the Automatic Fabric Softener Dispenser).

The chart below shows the stages when the lid is locked/unlocked.

Eco Active™












Spray Rinse




Deep Rinse






Fig.12 Lid lock mechanism


■■If the lid is left open, the machine will be unable to lock the lid and the cycle will be halted. The machine will beep and a message will appear in the display screen saying “Help! I can’t LOCK THE LID. Close lid and press START”.

■■Do not put anything down the slot in the top deck.

■■Do not try to disable the lid lock.

Keep children away from the machine especially when you are using hot water as the lid can be opened during fill and agitate.

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