Frigidaire's line of front-loading washers offer multiple cycles and wash options that allow you to adjust the spin speed, temperature and soil level based on your needs. Other features include a balance-control system to ensure quiet operation, and an advanced rinse technology which uses freshwater in the rinse cycle to reduce allergens and brighten white fabrics.
Frigidaire Washer Use
Balance the load with a mixture of large and small items. Washing a single item may cause the washer to become out-of-balance; add one or two similar items before beginning the wash.
The detergent drawer has receptacles for laundry detergent, liquid bleach and fabric softener. Choose a low-sudsing detergent specifically made for front-loading machines. This will be indicated on the detergent's label by the symbol "he," which stands for "high efficiency." Use either powdered or liquid detergent, but do not mix the two.Do not to exceed the maximum fill line for either receptacle. Close the detergent drawer gently, to ensure that the detergents are not prematurely dispensed.
While the cycle options vary by model, several are common to most machines. Choose the "Deep Clean/Sanitize" cycle for sturdy, colorfast items like towels or bedding. This cycle combines very hot water and a fast tumbling speed to kill bacteria and aid in stain removal. Set your water heater to 120F to ensure the proper functioning of this cycle. The "Whitest Whites" cycle combines a tumble-action wash in hot water with two rinses, and "Delicate/Hand Wash" uses a reversing-wash action to protect finer items.
Further refine your cycle choices with the "Soil Level" button, which increases the wash time, and the "Options" button, which lets you select an extra rinse, extended spin or energy saver mode.
Cleaning and Care
To keep the inside of the washer free from odors and mildew, perform a System Clean Cycle about once a month. Simultaneously press the "Spin Speed" and "Options" buttons until the cycle status display reads "Cln." Then, add either one cup of liquid chlorine bleach or one pouch of Tide Washing Machine Cleaner to the detergent receptacle. Press "Start" to begin the cycle.
Clean the exterior of the unit with mild soap and a damp cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaners on the washer; remove stains with diluted chlorine bleach
Clean the detergent drawer when fabric softener or detergent residue builds up. Remove the drawer from the unit and release the detergent inserts. Clean both the drawer and the inserts with diluted chlorine bleach; rinse with warm tap water.
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