Whirlpool  DU810SWPT User Instructions page 3

Built-in dishwasher use & care guide
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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 and avoid "nesting" as
Add Detergent
NOTE: If you do not plan to run a wash cycle soon, run a rinse
cycle. Do not use detergent.
Use automatic dishwashing detergent only. Add powder, liquid
or tablet detergent just before starting a cycle.
Fresh automatic dishwasher detergent results in better
cleaning. Store tightly closed detergent container in a cool, dry
A. Cover
B. Main 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 are for standard powdered detergent.
Follow instructions on the package when using other dishwasher
Main Wash
C. Cover latch
D. Pre-Wash section
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 heat 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 during the final rinse.
Rinse aid helps to reduce excess moisture on the dish racks
and interior of your dishwasher.
Check the center of the fill
indicator cap. Clear means
it needs filling.
Select a Cycle (cycles vary by model)
NOTE: Heavier cycles and options affect cycle length.
Pots and Pans
soiled, hard-to-clean items.
Heavy Wash
– Use for heavy
food soil.
Heavy Plus
– Use for heavy food
soils and lightly baked-on or
dried-on food.
– Use for normal food
soil. The energy usage label is
based on this cycle.
Rinse Only
– (no options apply to this cycle) Do not use detergent.
A rinse keeps food from drying on your dishes and reduces odor
buildup in your dishwasher until you are ready to wash a full load.
Plate Warmer
Select Options (options vary by model)
A high temperature option boosts the water temperature high
enough to enhance cleaning.
A delayed start option offers the choice to start the dishwasher
Hard Water/
automatically at a later time.
Heavy Soil
A heated dry option should be used for best drying of dishes.
Softer Water/
Lighter Soil
A no heat dry option can be used to save energy.
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. Turn
the cycle control knob to the desired cycle to start.
You can add an item anytime before the main wash starts. Lift
up the door latch to stop the cycle. Open the door slowly and
add the item. Close the door firmly until it latches. The
dishwasher resumes the cycle.
– Use for heavily
– Use to warm serving dishes or dinner plates.

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