Whirlpool Dishwasher Instructions

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Whirlpool Corp. is not only responsible for marketing various appliance brands all over the world, it also manufacturers its own line of home appliances, including dishwashers. This Fortune 500 Company has been manufacturing home appliances since 1911 and has several dishwasher models on the market. Whirlpool distributes user and care manuals with its dishwashers to explain model-specific operating instructions. Although no two models of Whirlpool dishwashers are exactly the same, there are some general operating instructions that apply to all of them.


Step 1

Unlatch the dishwasher's door and pull it open. Place your soiled dishes inside the Whirlpool dishwasher, positioning the soiled sides to face the middle of the dishwasher compartment. Add the dishwasher detergent to the dispenser located on the inside of the door and turn the cover on the dispenser to the lock it into position.

Step 2

Close the dishwasher door and latch it into place. Select the cycle you would like to use on the dishwasher load, which will vary depending on the dishwasher model. Adjust the default washing, rinsing and temperature options as desired. Press the Start/Pause button to begin the cycle.


Step 3

Return to the Whirlpool dishwasher when you hear the buzzer or chime indicating the dishes are finished. Unlatch the door and open it. Stand back if there is steam coming from the dishwasher.

Step 4

Remove the dishes from the washer. Check the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher for debris from the cycle, such as food particles. Use a damp wash rag to wipe it out if necessary.


You don’t have to rinse your dishes in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher but scrape any solid or large food particles from the dishes to improve the efficiency of your dishwashing cycle.

If you have any question about whether a dish is dishwasher safe, consult the packaging the dish came in or the manufacturer before attempting to put it into the dishwasher.

Do not use your Whirlpool dishwasher to wash pewter, brass or bronze dishes to avoid discoloring or pitting the finish on those items. Do not try to wash disposable plastic dishes because the hot water can melt them. Don’t wash tin or iron items in the dishwasher either because these items will rust.

Cycle options may vary depending on the Whirlpool dishwasher model. Use the Pots and Pan cycle for heavily soiled or hard to clean dishes because it will often include a longer wash time. Use the Rinse cycle for delicate, lightly soiled dishes because it doesn’t. Use the Normal cycle for all others.


Without knowing the exact model number of your Whirlpool dishwasher, it’s difficult to give model specific information. Instructions can vary slightly depending on the model in question. If you have any questions about using your Whirlpool dishwasher, consult the use and care guide for your specific model or contact Whirlpool customer service.


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