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How to use the Cycles, Options, and Modifiers on my Washer (Controls on the Washer Lid)

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(1)  Select from the console "What to Wash" and "How to Wash" based on the items being laundered (#2 on picture below). Always select "What to Wash" first, as the selections may change if you select "How to Wash" before selecting "What to Wash". 

For best fabric care, choose the cycle that best fits the load being washed. See your Use and Care Guide for the best explanation of the cycles.

NOTE: The washer will automatically use the last cycle chosen if no new selections are made. These can be changed if preferred.


CLICK HERE to watch a video about "What to Wash" and "How to Wash" for your new washer.

Selecting Options and Modifiers

(1)  Select from the console any options that you may want for the load being laundered (#5 on picture above).

(2)  Next select any modifiers based on how you want the items to be laundered (#6 on picture above). Changing the modifiers will add or subtract time from your cycle. The control will skip a selection if it is not available for the cycle you have selected.

See descriptions below of both options and modifiers.

NOTE: The washer will automatically use the last cycle chosen if no new selections are made. These can be changed if preferred.


You may add or remove options for each cycle. Not all options can be used with all cycles, and some are preset to work with certain cycles.

DELAY START: Touch Delay Start to delay the start of the wash cycle up to 12 hours (12h). Touch Delay Start until a “0h” appears in the status display to turn off, or touch POWER.

PRESOAK: Use this option to add an extra soak period to any cycle to help loosen tough stains. The washer will fill and then pause to soak, and then begin the selected cycle.

AUDIO LEVEL: Use this to turn the button sounds and/or signal indicating the end of a wash cycle to low, medium, high, or off. NOTE: You may also turn off the tones that sound when a feature, setting, or option is touched.

LOAD & GO™ OPTION: The Load & Go™ option gives you the convenience of storing a large amount of HE liquid detergent, which will automatically dispense to the wash load at the proper time over the course of multiple cycles.

  • NOTE: With the machine on, press and hold the LOAD & GO™ button for three seconds to set the concentration level of the detergent being used.

ADDITIVES - OXI & FABRIC SOFTENER: Select the Oxi and/or Fabric Softener option so that the desired product is added to the load at the correct time.


  • Clean Washer - Use this every 30 washes to keep the inside of your washer fresh and clean. This cycle uses a higher water level. Use with affresh® Washer Cleaner tablet or liquid chlorine bleach to thoroughly clean the inside of your washer. This cycle should not be interrupted. This also optimizes load sensing for optimal wash performance. See “Washer Care” section in your Use and Care Guide.  IMPORTANT: Do not place garments or other items in the washer during the Clean Washer cycle. Use this cycle with an empty wash tub.
  • Rinse & Spin - Combines a rinse and high speed spin for loads requiring an additional rinse cycle. Also use this option for loads that require rinsing only. If you want Drain & Spin, select Rinse & Spin and then deselect Extra Rinse.


When you select a cycle, its default settings or the previous cycle selection used will light up.

TEMPERATURE: Temperature control senses and maintains uniform water temperatures by regulating incoming hot and cold water. Select a wash temperature based on the type of fabric and soils being washed. For best results and following the garment label instructions, use the warmest wash water safe for your fabric.

• On some cycles, warm and hot water may be cooler than your previous washer.

• Even for cold wash settings, some warm water may be added to the washer to maintain a minimum temperature.

SOIL LEVEL: Soil Level (wash time) is preset for each wash cycle. As you touch the Soil Level pad, the cycle time (minutes) will increase or decrease in the Estimated Time Remaining display and a different wash time will appear. 

SPIN SPEED:  This washer automatically selects the spin speed based on the cycle selected. The preset speeds can be changed. Not all spin speeds are available with all cycles.  Faster spin speeds mean shorter dry times, but may increase wrinkling in your load. Slower spin speeds mean less wrinkling, but will leave your load more damp.

STEAM CLEAN: The Steam Clean option adds additional soak and wash time to many cycles to help remove tough stains, as well as a steam boost for added cleaning power. Steam Clean uses a heater within the washer to maintain the selected temperature setting throughout the wash period. Steam Clean may be selected as an option with other cycles. Note: The Steam Clean option may increase the selected temperature.

EXTRA RINSE: This option can be used to automatically add a second rinse to most cycles. 

See the "Cycle Guide" in the Use and Care Guide for specifics on the items you are washing.


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