Danby DDW1802EBLS Dish Washer Lave-Vaisselle User Manual


Danby DDW1802EBLS Dish Washer Lave-Vaisselle User Manual


Important Safety Information


When loading your dishwasher, follow basic safety precautions, including the following:

  • Read all instructions before using the dishwasher.
  • Use the dishwasher only for its intended function (normal, household use only).
  • Use only detergents or wetting agents recommended for use in a dishwasher; do not use them for hand washing. Keep them out of the reach of children.

Safety Precautions

  • Locate sharp items (i.e. forks and knives) so that they are not likely to damage the door seal or any part of the interior of the unit.
  • Load sharp knives with the handles up to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others (i.e. cutting yourself).
  • Do not wash plastic items unless they are marked “Dishwasher Safe” or the equivalent. For plastic items that are not marked, check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Do not touch the heating element during or immediately after use.
  • Do not operate the dishwasher unless all enclosure panels are properly in place.
  • Do not tamper with the controls.
  • Do not abuse, sit on, or stand on the door or dish rack(s) of the dishwasher.
  • To reduce the risk of injury, do not allow children to operate, play in or play on the dishwasher.
  • Do not allow children to play around the dishwasher when opening or closing the dishwasher door.
  • Remove the door to the washing compartment when removing an old dishwasher for service or if you are discarding it.
  • Do not spray water on the appliance, it may cause electric shock or failure of electrical parts.
  • Use only detergent and rinse additives designed for an automatic dishwasher. Never use laundry detergent, or hand washing detergent in your dishwasher. Keep these products out of the reach of children.
  • Keep children away from the detergent and rinse aid, as well as from the open door of the dishwasher, as there could still be some detergent left inside.
  • The door should not be left open, as this could present a tripping hazard.
  • During installation, the power supply must not be excessively or dangerously bent or fl attened.
  • Do not operate your dishwasher unless all enclosure panels are properly in place. Open the door very carefully if the dishwasher is operating, there is a risk of hot water spraying out.
  • Do not place any heavy objects on the door when it is open, as the appliance could tip forward.
  • When using your dishwasher, you should prevent plastic items from coming in contact with the heating element.
  • Please ensure that all packing materials have been properly disposed.
  • Use the dishwasher only for its intended function.


Dishwasher detergent is a strong alkaline and can be extremely dangerous if swallowed; avoid contact with skin and eyes and keep children away from the dishwasher when the door is open. Check that the detergent receptacle is empty at the end of each wash cycle.


Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be produced in a hot-water system that has not been used for two (2) weeks or more. Hydrogen gas is explosive! If the hot-water system has not been used for such a period, before using the dishwasher, turn on all hot-water faucets and let the water flow from each for several minutes. This will release any accumulated hydrogen gas. As the gas is fl ammable, do not smoke or use an open flame during this time.


This appliance must be grounded. In the event of a malfunction or breakdown, grounding will reduce the risk of electric shock by providing a path of least resistance for electric current. This appliance is equipped with a cord having an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.

Electrical Instructions

An electrical supply of 120V AC only, 60 Hz is required. For your personal safety, the appliance must be grounded. To minimize possible shock hazards, the unit must be plugged into a matching 3-prong (grounding type) electrical outlet. If the power cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer or a service professional, in order to reduce the risk of a hazard.

Operating Instructions


  1. ON/OFF Button: Turns ON/OFF the power supply.
  2. Display Window: Displays remaining program time, delay time and rinse aid indicator etc.
  3. Delayed Start Button: Press this button to set the delayed hours for washing. You can delay the start of a wash program by up to 24 hours. One press of this button delays the start of the wash program by one hour up to a maximum of 24 hours delayed start.
  4. Program Buttons: Used to select washing program.

Wash Cycles


Note: The longest wash cycle can take up to 2.5 hours.

Detergent Dispenser

WARNING: Dishwasher detergent is corrosive! Take care to keep out of the reach of children.

The dispenser must be refi lled before the start of each was cycle according to the instructions provided in the “Wash Cycles” table. Your dishwasher uses less detergent and rinse aid than conventional dishwashers. Generally, only one tablespoon of detergent is needed for a normal wash load. More heavily soiled items need more detergent. Always add the detergent just before starting the dishwasher, otherwise it could get damp and not dissolve properly.

Amount of Detergent to Use:

  • If your water is not that hard, you may also prevent the formation of deposits by adding detergent. The amount of detergent needed can vary due to difference in water hardness. To determine the water hardness in your area, contact your local water utility or area water softening company. The harder your water, the more detergent you may need.
  • Use only detergent specifi cally made for use in dishwasher. Keep your detergent fresh and dry. Don’t put powder detergent into the dispenser until you are ready to wash dishes.

Removing Hard Water Spots From Dishes:

Try the following:

  • Run dishes through a normal wash program.
  • Remove all metal dishware, such as cutlery, pans etc. from dishwasher.
  • Do not add detergent.
  • Pour 2 cups of vinegar into a bowl, set it face up on lower rack of dishwasher and run dishes through normal wash program.


  1. Main Wash Detergent
  2. Dispenser Lid Lever
  3. Pre-wash Detergent Compartment
  4. Rinse Aid Level Indicator
  5. Rinse Aid Compartment
  6. Detergent Compartment Lid

Rinse Aid Dispenser

Note: Using Rinse Aid is optional, however it is recommended.

  • To open the dispenser, turn the cap to the “open” (left arrow) position and lift out.
  • Pour the rinse aid into the dispenser, being careful not to over fi ll.
  • Replace the cap by inserting it aligned with “open” arrow and turning it to the “closed” (right arrow) position. The rinse aid is released during the fi nal rinse to prevent water from forming droplets on your dishes that can leave spots and streaks. It also improves drying by allowing water to “sheet” off the dishes.
  • Your dishwasher is designed to use liquid rinse aids. The rinse aid dispenser is located inside the door next to the detergent dispenser. To fill the dispenser, open the cap and pour the rinse aid into the dispenser until the level indicator turns completely black. The dispenser holds about 100 ml of liquid rinse aid.
  • Be careful not to overfi ll the dispenser, this could cause over sudsing. Wipe away any spills with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to replace the cap before you close the dishwasher door. If you have soft water, you may not need rinse aid as it may cause a white fi lm to develop on your dishes.


Rinse Aid Dispenser

A measured amount of rinse aid is released during the fi nal rinse. As with detergent, the amount of rinse aid needed for your dishes depends on the hardness of the water in your area. Too much rinse aid can result in lather or foaming and can cause cloudiness or streaks on your dishes. If the water in your area is very soft, you may not need rinse aid. If you do, you can dilute the rinse aid with an equal amount of water. The rinse aid dispenser has four (4) settings. Always start with the dispenser set on “3.” If spots and poor drying are problems, increase the amount of rinse aid dispensed by removing the dispenser lid and rotating the dial to “4.” Increase the dose of rinse aid if there are drops of water or lime spots on the dishes after washing. Reduce it if there are sticky white stains on your dishes or a blue tinged film on glassware or knife blades.

When to Refill the Rinse Aid Dispenser:

If you have a rinse aid warning light, a snowfl ake symbol will appear in the display screen when the rinse aid dispenser needs to be refi lled.


If there is no rinse aid warning light on the control panel, you can judge the amount of rinse aid by the following means. The black dot on the rinse aid dispenser indicates the amount of rinse aid in the dispenser. As the rinse aid diminishes, the size of the black dot decreases. You should never let the rinse aid get below the 1/4 full level. As the rinse aid diminishes, the size of the black dot on the rinse aid level indicator changes.


Loading Dishwasher Racks

For best performance, follow these loading guidelines. Features and appearance of racks and silverware baskets may vary from your model.

How to use the Upper Rack:

The upper rack is designed to hold more delicate and lighter dishware, such as, glasses, coffee and tea cups and saucers, as well as plates, small bowls and lightly soiled shallow pans. Position the dishes and cookware so that they do not get moved by the spray of water. The upper rack can be adjusted for height by moving the other wheels (that are already on the rack) into the rails.

How to use the Lower Rack:

We recommend that you place large items in the lower rack – pots, pans, lids, serving dishes and bowls, as shown. It is preferable to place serving dishes and lids on the side of the racks in order to avoid blocking the rotation of the top spray arm. Pots, serving bowls etc., must always be placed top down. Deep pots should be slanted to allow water fl ow. The bottom rack features fold down tine rows so that larger or more pots and pans can be loaded.


  1. Cups
  2. Saucer
  3. Glasses
  4. Serving Bowl
  5. Bowl
  6. Small Plates
  7. Serving Plate
  8. Large Plates
  9. Silverware Basket

Silverware Basket

Silverware should be placed in the silverware basket with handles at the bottom. If the rack has side baskets, the spoons should be loaded individually in the appropriate slots. Long utensils should be placed in the horizontal position at the front of the upper rack.

Warning – Do not let any item extend beyond the bottom of the basket.


  1. Salad Forks
  2. Teaspoons
  3. Soup Spoons
  4. Dinner Forks
  5. Knives
  6. Serving Spoons
  7. Serving Fork

Turning on the Appliance

Starting a Wash Cycle:

  • Make sure that the plug for the appliance is inserted into the wall socket.
  • Make sure that the water supply is turned on to full pressure.
  • Load the dishwasher (see “Loading Dishwasher Racks”).
  • Pour in the detergent (see “Detergent Dispenser”).
  • Press the ON/OFF button and choose a desired wash cycle by pressing the program button, the wash cycle will begin.

Cancelling or Modifying a Wash Cycle:

A cycle that is underway can only be modifi ed if it has only been running for a short time. Otherwise, the detergent may have already been release and the appliance may have already drained the wash water. If this is the case, the detergent dispenser must be refi lled (see “Detergent Dispenser”). Press the ON/OFF button and the ON light will turn off. Select the desired cycle setting (see “Starting a Wash Cycle”).

Forgot to Add a Dish?

A forgotten dish can be added any time before the detergent cup opens.

  • Pull the door handle.
  • Do not open the door until the water spray action stops. Steam may rise out of the dishwasher.
  • Add forgotten dish(es).
  • Push the door closed and press the program button for the program you have already chosen, the dishwasher will resume working after 10 seconds.

Filtering System


  1. Main Filter: Food and soil particles trapped by this fi lter are pulverized by a special jet on the lower spray arm and washed down the drain.
  2. Coarse Filter: Larger items, such as pieces of bone or glass, that could clog the drain are trapped in the coarse fi lter. To remove an item caught in this fi lter, gently squeeze the tabs on top of this fi lter and lift it out.
  3. Fine Filter: This fi lter holds soil and food residue in the sump area and prevents it from being re-deposited on the dishes during a cycle.



  1. Upper Rack
  2. Spray Arms
  3. Lower Rack
  4. Main Filter
  5. Detergent Dispenser
  6. Cup Shelf
  7. Silverware Basket
  8. Coarse Filter
  9. Rinse Aid Dispenser
  10. Drain Hose
  11. Junction Box
  12. Leveling Leg

Care and Maintenance


To clean the control panel, use a lightly dampened cloth then dry thoroughly. To clean the exterior use a cleaner that is appropriate for cleaning appliances. Never use sharp objects, scouring pads or harsh cleaners on any part of the dishwasher.

Protect Against Freezing:

If your dishwasher is left in an unheated place during the winter, ask a service technician to:

  • Cut off electrical power to the dishwasher and remove fuses or trip circuit breaker.
  • Turn off the water supply and disconnect the water inlet pipe from the water valve.
  • Drain the water from the inlet pip and water valve (use a pan to catch the water).
  • Reconnect the water inlet pipe to the water valve.
  • Remove the plastic sump cover in the bottom of the tub and use a sponge to soak up the water in the rubber boot.

Cleaning the Spray Arms:

It is necessary to clean the spray arms regularly, as hard water chemicals will clog the spray arm jets and bearings. To remove the spray arm, unscrew the nut and take out the washer on top of the spray arm and remove the arm. Wash the arms in soapy, warm water and use a soft brush to clean the jets. Replace after rinsing them thoroughly.

Cleaning the Filters:

  • For best performance and results, the fi lter assembly must be cleaned.
  • Inspect the fi lters for obstructions every time the dishwasher has been used.
  • By unscrewing the coarse fi lter, you can remove the fi lter system. Remove any food remnants and use a cleaning brush to clean the fi lters under running water.
  • Follow Steps 1 to 3 to remove the filter system. Follow Steps 3 to 1 to reinstall the fi lter system.

Warning – Never run the dishwasher without the fi lters in place.


Cleaning the Door:

To clean the edge around the door, you should use only a soft, warm, damp rag. To prevent penetration of water into the door lock and electrical components, do not use a spray cleaner of any kind. Also, never use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on the outer surfaces because they will scratch the fi nish. Some paper towels can also scratch or leave marks on the surface.

How to Keep your Dishwasher Running Properly

  • After Every Wash:
    After every wash, turn off the water supply to the appliance and leave the door slightly ajar so that moisture and odors are not trapped inside.
  • No Solvents or Abrasive Products:
    To clean the exterior and rubber parts of the dishwasher, do not use solvents or abrasive cleaning products. Use only a cloth and warm, soapy water. To remove spots or stains from the surface of the interior, use a cloth dampened with a warm water and vinegar solution, or a cleaning product made specifi cally for dishwashers.
  • When you go on Holiday:
    When you go on holiday, it is recommended that you run a wash cycle with the dishwasher empty and then remove the plug from the socket, turn off the water supply and leave the door of the appliance slightly ajar. This will help the seals last longer and prevent odors from forming in the appliance. Seals – One of the factors that cause odors to form in the dishwasher is food that remains trapped in the seals. Periodic cleaning with a damp sponge will prevent this from occurring.


Occasionally a problem may arise that is minor in nature and a service call may not be necessary. Use this troubleshooting guide for a possible solution. If the unit continues to operate improperly, call an authorized service depot or Danby’s toll free number for assistance.

Problem Possible Cause Solution

Dishwasher doesn’t run

  • Fuse blown or circuit breaker has tripped
  • Power supply is not turned on
  • Water pressure is low
  • Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker
  • Make sure dishwasher is turned on and door is closed. Plug in cord securely
  • Check that water supply is connected and the water is turned on

Drain pump doesn’t stop

  • Overflow
  • The system is designed to detect an overfl ow. When it does, it shuts off the circulation pump and turns on the drain pump


  • Some audible sounds are normal
  • Utensils are not secure in basket / something small has dropped into the basket
  • Motor hums
  • Sounds from soft food shredding action and detergent cup opening
  • Ensure everything is secured in the dishwasher
  • If you do not use often, dishwasher may hum, remember to fi ll and pump out the appliance every week to keep the seal moist

Suds in the tub

  • Improper detergent
  • Spilled rinse agent
  • Use only dishwasher detergent to avoid suds. If suds are present, open the door and let suds evaporate
  • Always wipe rinse agent spills immediately

Dishes are not dry

  • Rinse agent dispenser is empty
  • Make sure that the rinse agent dispenser is filled

Dishes and flatware are not clean (spots / filming)

  • Improper program selected / run
  • Improper rack loading
  • Extremely hard water
  • Select a stronger program
  • Make sure that the detergent dispenser and spray arms are not blocked by large dishware
  • Remove all metal utensils from dishwasher, see “Removing Hard Water Spots from Dishes” section

Detergent left in dispenser cups

  • Dishes blocking the detergent cups
  • Re-load the dishes properly

Water standing in the bottom of the tub

  • This is normal
  • A small amount of clean water around the outlet at the back of the tub keeps the water seal lubricated

Water doesn’t pump out of the tub

  • The drain is clogged
  • Make sure the kitchen sink is draining well. If the dishwasher drains into a disposer, run it clear

Dishwasher leaks / steams

  • Overfi lled dispenser or rinse aid spills
  • Dishwasher isn’t level
  • Steam is normal
  • Be careful not to overfi ll the rinse aid dispense. Spilled rinse aid can cause over sudsing and lead to overfl owing. Wipe away any spills with a damp cloth
  • Make sure the dishwasher is level
  • Steam coming through the vent by the door latch is normal during drying and water draining


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