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Drying cycle options

Details how to use the delay start feature as well as customize dryer cycles and do a factory reset.

Timed programmes (Time Dry)

The dryer dries for the selected time regardless of the level of moisture in your clothes. It is important to check the clothes throughout the timed programmes to avoid over drying.

To select the length of time for the cycle press ‘Delay Start 2017-07-18_1518.png’ (DE7060M and DE5060M) or ‘Time Dry’ (DE4060M) to scroll through the time selections available.

Drying cycles

All drying cycles default to the recommended options for that cycle based on the average expected load to be dried using that cycle. You can vary the options for the DE7060M and the DE5060M models only (eg ‘Dryness Level’, ‘Dry Temp’) to create your desired cycle. Note: some options are not available on some cycles, for clothes care reasons, or because the option is not appropriate for the cycle.

To change a drying cycle you have selected after a cycle has started, press 2017-07-18_0948.png and select your new cycle, then press 2017-07-18_0948.png again to resume drying. 

Dryness Level (DE7060M and DE5060M models only)

Your dryer takes the guess work out of choosing drying times by sensing the dryness of the load. When your dryer senses that the clothes have dried to the dryness level you have selected, the dryer will automatically finish the cycle.

The dryer has three dryness levels from ‘Damp’ through to ‘Extra Dry’. Choose the dryness level to suit your load depending on how dry you wish for your clothes to be. If you find the load is not dry enough, select the next dryness level up. The higher the level, the longer the drying time and the drier your clothes will become.


Dryness Level

Airing/Cool down (Cooling)

When the dryer has sensed that the load is dry it will automatically go into an airing or cool down cycle. During ‘Cooling’ the drum tumbles and cool air is blown through the clothes. This cools the load to reduce creasing if the clothes are left in the dryer.


Cool down mode

Dry Temp (DE7060M and DE5060M only)

There are four drying temperatures you can choose from:

  • High: Clothes temperatures reach up to 80°C.
  • Medium: Clothes temperatures reach up to 70°C.
  • Low: Clothes temperatures reach up to 45°C.
  • No heat: Cool air is blown through the dryer for the period selected.

Press the ‘Dry Temp’ button until the light next to your desired drying temperature is illuminated.


Dry Temp

Indicator lights

The lint filter light will flash when the machine is switched on as a reminder to clear the lint filter before each cycle.





This option enables you to deactivate the buttons on the display panel, except for the ‘POWER’ 2017-07-18_1540.png and 2017-07-18_1540_001.png buttons. This option helps prevent accidental button presses.

To turn Keylock mode ON or OFF, at any time when the dryer is powered on:

  • Press and hold the 2017-07-18_1540_001.png button for 2 seconds.

When activated, the light above the 2017-07-18_1540_001.png button is illuminated.

If Keylock mode is activated and the dryer is powered off:

  • To turn your dryer on, press the ‘POWER’ button, then press and hold the 2017-07-18_1540_001.png button for two seconds to turn Keylock off. Select your drying cycle, any options and then press Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 10.26.42 AM.png to start the cycle.

Delay Start (DE7060M and DE5060M only)

The ‘Delay Start’ option enables you to delay the start of the drying cycle from between 5 minutes and 12 hours. Times you can select are 5 min, 15 min, 30 min, 1 hour, then hourly up to 12 hours. This can be useful to time your drying to finish when you arrive home from work, or to start when power rates are lower.

To programme a ‘Delay Start’, simply press the Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 11.18.37 AM.png button to cycle through the delay start times available. To decrease or turn off ‘Delay Start’ continue to cycle through the time options. Press Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 10.26.42 AM.png to confirm your selection and start the countdown. Once the ‘Delay Start’ has been started, the time will count down on the digital display in one minute increments, the ‘Delay Start’ light will flash and Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 10.26.42 AM.png the light will stop flashing and remain lit.

The ‘Delay Start’ option is not available on the ‘Time Dry’ cycle.


We suggest that you avoid using ‘Delay Start’ for damp, non-colourfast items as this may cause dye run to occur.

Customising dryer cycles (DE7060M and DE5060M models only)

After using your dryer a few times you may discover there are some drying options you prefer for some cycles.

You can programme your dryer to remember the drying options you prefer for each drying cycle. For instance, you may want to set the ‘Everyday’ cycle to a lower drying temperature.

To customise a cycle:

  1. Press ‘POWER’ Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 10.26.34 AM.png to turn the dryer on.
  2. Select the cycle you wish to customise.
  3. Press and hold any of the drying options buttons for 3 seconds. The lights will flash on and off and the display will show Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 11.23.06 AM.png to indicate that the dryer is in cycle adjustment mode.
  4. Select the drying options you prefer by pressing the relevant option button.
  5. Press and hold Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 11.19.32 AM.png for 3 seconds to save the selected settings. The dryer will then beep to indicate your customised cycle has been saved.

Factory reset

You can reset your dryer to the default settings it left the factory with:

  1. Press and hold the ‘Keylock’ and ‘Delicate’ buttons together for three seconds.
  2. Your dryer will now be reset to the default settings.
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