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Fisher & Paykel Product Help

Wash Options


Wash Level

Auto Water Level

Your washer has the ability to automatically select the most efficient water level for the load. 

  1. Place your clothes in the machine.
  2. Select the wash cycle (and select AUTO water level if not automatically selected).
  3. Touch START/PAUSE. The machine will automatically fill to the correct water level for the load, for both phases of the wash and the rinse.
  • When washing an unusual load, eg large bulky garments, water-proof or water resistant items or pillows, we recommend you manually select the most suitable water level, and select the DELICATE cycle.
  • If there is already water in the basket, it is best to manually select the water level.
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Fig. 24 selecting Auto 
water level

Manual Water Level Selection

The agitator has five levels marked on its stem that can be used to help you select the correct water level. Select the correct water level by using the mark nearest to the top of the load.

  • The levels marked on the agitator do not correspond exactly to the level of the water. They indicate the level of dry clothes suitable for the water level.
  • Your washer may occasionally add water during agitation. This is to maintain the water level due to the release of
  • air trapped in the garments.
  • Out of balance loads, tangling or splash-over can be caused by selecting a water level that is too high.
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Fig. 25 Water level
guide on agitator

Wash Temp

The water temperature is monitored by a sensor which controls hot and cold water inputs to deliver uniform wash temperatures.

Touch the WASH TEMP button to increase or decrease the wash temperature selected. The wash temperature selected is used in the Eco ActiveTM part of the wash (refer to page 20); the temperature will be lower for the remaining part of the wash (with the exception of the ALLERGY cycle where the basket fills with water at the temperature selected).

The temperature of cold faucet water varies widely depending on your location and the season. We have developed CONTROLLED COLD, which adds a small amount of warm water, when necessary, to raise your cold water wash to 68°F (20°C) for a more effective wash. Refer to pages 32 – 34 for detail on how to set CONTROLLED COLD as the default temperature for your cold water wash.

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Fig. 26 Wash Temperature

We recommend selecting the most suitable wash temperature for the fabric and the type of soil to be removed. Always refer to the item’s care label for the manufacturer’s recommended washing instructions.

Spin Speed

Your washer offers 3 spin speeds: FAST (maximum 1100 rpm), MEDIUM (670 rpm) and SLOW (330 rpm), plus an additional NO SPIN option. The default spin speed for each cycle can be changed. Simply increase or decrease your spin speed by touching the SPIN SPEED button.

Not all spin speed options are available on some cycles for best clothes care (eg DELICATE cycle).

Use the NO SPIN option to:
Remove drip dry garments from a mixed load before you proceed the washer to its final spin.
Minimize the clothes wrinkling when they are left to sit in the bottom of the basket at the end of the cycle.

When you have selected NO SPIN, the cycle will end after the rinse, allowing you to remove drip dry items. Once drip dry items have been removed, touch POWER, select the SPIN cycle (change the SPIN SPEED if necessary, eg select SLOW for delicate or creasable items) and touch START/PAUSE.

Your washer will optimize the spin speed according to the level of out of balance in the load.

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Fig. 27 Selecting the
NO SPIN option 

Wash Advance

Sometimes you may not need to run a full wash cycle. Use WASH ADVANCE to advance the current cycle or to start a cycle at a particular stage, ie to complete a rinse and spin, or to perform a spin only.

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Fig. 28 Advancing
the wash cycle



If you wish to use bleach, ensure the BLEACH option is selected. Your washer will adjust the cycle so that the bleach is used correctly and safely (refer to page 23).


If you wish to use fabric softener, ensure the SOFTENER option is selected. This will adjust the rinse part of the cycle so that softener is dispensed correctly (refer to page 23).


Use the SOAK option to soak clothes at the middle of the wash phase. Ensure items are colorfast before using SOAK.
When you select the SOAK option your washer will soak your wash load for a period of 2 hours before completing RINSE and SPIN. During SOAK your washer will agitate for a few seconds every minute.
If you select both the SOAK option and the QUICK cycle at the same time, soak time will be reduced to 1 hour.
To exit SOAK, touch START/PAUSE and select RINSE (using the WASH ADVANCE button). Change the spin speed if necessary (eg select SLOW if washing delicate or creasable items) and touch START/PAUSE.

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Fig. 29 Options button

DO NOT use your washer to soak items in bleach or sanitizer, and if you’ve soaked items in a bucket, do not tip the contents of the bucket into your machine. The chemicals in these products are very corrosive to metal and plastic surfaces and can damage your washer. Rinse and wring items out thoroughly before placing them in your machine.

Delay Start

The DELAY START option can delay the start of the wash cycle by 5 minutes up to 18 hours. This can be useful to time your washing to finish when you arrive home from work, or to start once you have finished in the shower. Simply touch the MORE button to scroll through to your desired delayed start time, or to turn delay start off. Touch START/PAUSE to confirm your selection and start the countdown.

We suggest that you avoid using DELAY START for damp, non-colorfast items as this may cause dye run to occur.

Clothes Care Safeguards

To avoid accidentally damaging your clothes there are a few options that your washer will not accept. For example, you cannot select a HOT wash on the DELICATE or EASY IRON cycles.

Washing Bulky Items

Forcing large items into the machine may result in them being damaged during washing. Make sure there is enough room in the machine for items to move when being washed.

Some items float up during the wash (eg comforters, water-proof and water-resistant items and pillows). If they sit too high they may touch stationary parts of the machine during agitate or spin. To minimize the chance of this happening, ensure bulky items are pushed back down into the water after fill, and pushed down again to sit below the medium high water level mark on the agitator before spinning. Select a SLOW spin.

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Fig. 30 Bulky items should sit below
the medium high water level mark

To prevent an out of balance load or splash-over we recommend washing all bulky items, including water-proof and water-resistant items, on the DELICATE cycle.

If you wish to re-spin the load at a faster speed make sure the load is sitting below the medium-high mark before spinning

Washing Woolens

Many woolen items carry a “Machine Washable” care claim. The fibers of these woolens have been treated to prevent felting when they are machine washed.

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  • Check the care label.
  • Use a wool detergent.
  • Use the specially designed DELICATE cycle. For your more durable woolens you may want to use the EASY IRON cycle.
  • Hand washed woolens may be spun in your washer (select SLOW spin speed).
  • To dry woolens lie them flat on a towel and pat into shape. Dry out of direct sunlight.

Most handcrafted garments are not made of machine washable wool and we recommend that you wash them by hand only.

Some wool underlays and sheepskin products can be washed in a washing machine but could produce excessive amounts of lint that may cause pump blockages.

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