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If the unit jams/hums...

1. Turn the unit off. After turning the unit off, remove anything that has fallen into the grinding chamber.

2. Turn the unit off. After turning the unit off, insert an "unjamming" tool, (if originally supplied with your unit) into the bottom and turn clockwise. Once the tool turns freely, remove whatever was causing the jam.

3. If the unit is dead, press the red reset button located on the bottom of the disposal - if the unit begins to hum and the reset trips again, it is still jammed. Repeat step #2 and #3.


If the clothes are not getting dry...

1. Make sure the dryer is not pushed back against the rear exhaust duct causing an air flow restriction.

2. Make sure the clothes are coming out of the washer spun damp dry. If the washer is not spinning the clothes damp dry, the dryer will not dry the clothes in a normal amount of time.

3. Turning your clothes inside out and using the delicate cycle can reduce the pilling effect on certain fabrics.


If machine is dead...

1. Make sure the lid is closed properly.

2. Make sure the timer and all of the controls are set properly.

3. Make sure both water faucets are turned on.


If the dishes are not getting clean...

1. Make sure the water is hot enough. It should be at least 140 degrees, which is hot enough to burn you - VERY HOT! If it is not hot enough, turn the hot water heater thermostat up to a higher setting.

2. Make sure the lower spray arm is unobstructed and turning freely.

3. Make sure the bottom inside the dishwasher is clean and free of debris.


Electric - If your burners are not heating...

1. Make sure they are sitting straight in their proper positions. Electric - If your oven is not heating...

2. Make sure the clock is set on manual cycle and not the automatic time bake cycle. Gas - If the top burners are not lighting...

3. Wipe off the burner with a hot, damp rag and then dry completely. Gas - If your oven is not heating...

4. Make sure the clock is set on the manual and not the automatic cycle.

5. Raise up the top and keep the area clean and free of grease build-up.


If your refrigerator is not running or is not cold enough...

1. Turn the thermostat up to the next highest setting. If it comes on, let it run for 24 hours and check temperature to confirm it is working properly.

2. Clear and/or remove anything blocking the air flow around the outside of the refrigerator (on top, underneath, behind, beside, in front of, etc.). Allow 3" of clearance all the way around.


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