Danby DDW1809W 8 Place Setting Dish Washer User Manual


Danby DDW1809W 8 Place Setting Dish Washer User Manual



WARNING: 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, and keep them out of the reach of children.

When loading items to be washed:

  • Locate sharp items (e.g. forks or knives) so that they are not likely to damage the door seal.
  • Load sharp knives with the handles up to reduce the risk of cut-type injuries.
  • Do not wash plastic items unless they are marked “dishwasher safe” or the equivalent. For plastic items not so marked, check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Do not touch the heating element (located under the filter) 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 of the dishwasher.
  • To reduce the risk of injury, do not allow children to operate (or play in or 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 from service or discarding it.
  • Do not spray water on the appliance (it may cause electric shock or failure of electrical parts).




Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be produced in a hot-water system that has not been used for two 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 flammable, do not smoke or use an open flame during this time.


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 it 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 service agent, or a similarly qualified person in order to reduce the risk of a hazard.


  • Do not abuse, sit or stand on the door or dishrack of the dishwasher.
  • Do not touch the heating element during or immediately after use.
  • Do not wash plastic items unless they are marked dishwasher safe. For unmarked plastic items, check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • 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, and from the open door of the dishwasher, as there could still be some detergent left inside.
  • The door should not be left in the open position as this could present a tripping hazard.
  • During installation, the power supply must not be excessively or dangerously bent or flattened.
  • To reduce the risk of injury, do not allow children to play in or on a dishwasher.
  • 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 water spraying out.
  • Do not place any heavy objects on the door when it is open. The appliance could tip forward.

When loading items to be washed:

  • Load sharp items so that they are not likely to damage the door seal.
  • Load sharp knives with the handles up to reduce the risk of cuts.
  • When using your dishwasher, you should prevent plastic items from coming in contact with the heating element.
  • Please dispose of packing materials properly.
  • Use the dishwasher only for its intended function.
  • Remove the door to the washing compartment when removing an old dishwasher from service or discarding it.



  1. Pre-Rinse Light: Illuminates during Pre-Rinse Cycle.
  2. Wash Light: Illuminates during Wash Cycle.
  3. Rinse Light: Illuminates during Rinse Cycle.
  4. Drying Light: Illuminates during Drying period.
  5. Door Handle: Pull to open the door.
  6. START/PAUSE Button: Press this button to start or pause dishwasher; light will illuminate when starting.
  7. Wash Program Selector: Turn the knob clockwise to select wash cycles.
  8. ON/OFF Button: To turn on/off the power supply.
    Note: This model as a “Program Memory” function; Cutton off power supply during washing will not reset the current wash program. To cancel a program see “Cancelling or Modifying a Wash Cycle Setting” pg. 6.
  9. Power Light: Illuminates when ON/OFF button is pressed.
  10. Salt Aid Warning Light: Illuminates when softener dispenser needs refilling.
  11. Rinse Aid Warning Light: Illuminates when rinse aid dispenser needs refilling.




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

The dispenser must be refilled before the start of each wash cycle according to the instructions provided in the “Wash Cycles” table on the previous page. 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 dishwasher, otherwise it could get damp and not dissolve properly.

Amount of Detergent to Use:

  • If your water is not too hard, you may also prevent the formation of deposits by adding detergent. The amount of detergent needed can vary due to differences 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 specifically made for use in dishwashers. 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. Prewash Detergent Compartment
  4. Rinse Aid Level Indicator
  5. Rinse Aid Compartment
  6. Detergent Compartment Lid


  • 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 overfill.
  • 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 final 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 overfill the dispenser, because 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 film to develop on your dishes.


A measured amount of rinse aid is released during the final 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 dilutethe rinse aid with an equal amount of water. The rinse aid dispenser has six settings. Always start with the dispenser set on ” 1 “. If spots and poor drying are problems, increase the amount of rinse aid dispensed by removing the dispenser lid and rotating the dial to “2”. If the dishes still are not drying properly or are spotted, adjust the dial to the next higher number until your dishes are spot-free. We suggest the setting of “4”.


When to Refill the Rinse Aid Dispenser: 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 1 / 4 full. As the rinse aid diminishes, the size of the black dot on the rinse aid level indicator changes:



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


The upper rack is designed to hold more delicate and lighter dishware such as glasses, coffee and tea cup 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 byputting wheels of different height into the rails.


  1. Cups
  2. Small Serving Bowl
  3. Large Serving Bowl
  4. Glasses
  5. Saucers
  6. Dish
  7. Plates


We recommend that you place large items in the lower rack: pots, pans, lids, serving dishes and bowls, as shown below. 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 flow. The bottom rack features fold down tine rows so that larger or more pots and pans can be loaded.


  1. Oval Platter
  2. Dinner Plates
  3. Soup Plates
  4. Dessert Dishes
  5. Silverware Basket


Silverware should be placed in the silverware basket with handles at the bottom: If the rack has side baskets, the spoon 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. Forks
  2. Soup Spoons
  3. Dessert Spoons
  4. Teaspoons
  5. Knife
  6. Serving Spoon
  7. Gravy Ladle
  8. Serving Fork


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”on previous page).
  • Pour in the detergent (see “Detergent Dispenser” on page 3).
  • Turn the dial located on the right of the control panel in the clockwise direction until the number or the symbol for the cycle setting is aligned with the reference mark (see “Wash Cycles” on page 2).
  • Press the ON/ OFF button, and the ON/OFF light will turn on. At this point, the wash cycle will begin.

Cancelling or Modifying a Wash Cycle Setting…

A cycle that is underway can only be modified if it has only been running for a short time. Otherwise, the detergent may have already been released, and the appliance may have already drained the wash water. If this is the case, the detergent dispenser must be refilled (see “Detergent Dispenser” on page 3). Press the ON/OFF button, and the ON light will turn off. Rotate the dial in the clockwise direction to the desired cycle setting (see ” Starting a wash cycle. . . ” above). Then, turn the dishwasher back on using the ON/OFF button.

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. 3) Add forgotten dish(es). 4) Push the door closed. When the door is properly closed, a click will sound. Press “START” to begin.



  1. MAIN FILTER: Food and soil particles trapped by this filter 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 filter. To remove an item caught in this filter, gently squeeze the tabs on top of this filter and lift it out.
  3. FINE FILTER: This filter holds soil and food residue in the sump area and prevents it from being redeposited on the dishes during a cycle.



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



To clean the control panel use a lightly dampened cloth then dry thoroughly. To clean the exterior use a good appliance polish wax. Never use sharp objects, scouring pads or harsh cleaners on any part of the dishwasher.


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

  • Cut off electrical power to the dishwasherand 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 pipe 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 tub the bottom and use a sponge to soak up the water in rubber boot.


  • 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, screw off the nut to 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.


  • For best performance and results, the filter assembly must be cleaned.
  • The filter efficiently removes food particles from the wash water, allowing it to be recirculated during the cycle. For this reason, it is a good idea to remove the larger food particles trapped in the filter after each wash cycle by rinsing the semicircular filter and cup under running water.
  • To remove the filter assembly, pull on the cup handle in the upward direction. The entire filter assembly should be cleaned at least once a month.
  • To clean the coarse filter and the fine filter, use a cleaning brush. Then, reassemble the filter parts as shown in the figure at left and reinsert the entire assembly in the dishwasher, positioning in its seat and pressing downward.
  • The dishwasher must never be used without the filters. Improper replacement of the filter may reduce the performance level of the appliance and may damage dishes and utensils.



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 finish. Some papers towels can also scratch or leave marks on the surface.


Something will occasionally move into the filters and the drain pump. If this occurs, the drain pumps employed in our dishwashers are designed to automatically reverse, ejecting the item back into the sump area or down the drain. If you have to remove an obstacle from the drain pump, before you remove the filters, you should turn off the power; Then  remove the small black insert from the sump area. (You might want to remove any standing water first). Scoop out the item that is probably in the sump area and causing the obstruction. Remember to replace the black insert before replacing the filters.


How to Keep Your Dishwasher Running Properly...

  • After Every Wash- After every wash, turn off the water supply to the applianceand leave the door slightly ajar so that moisture and odorsare not trapped inside.
  • No Solvents or Abrasive Cleaning 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 warm water and a little white vinegar, or a cleaning product made specifically 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.


  • Dishwasher doesn’t run
  • Fuse blown or circuit breaker 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 overflow. When it does, it shuts off the circulation pump and turns on the drain pump.
  • Noise
  • Some audible sounds are normal.
  • Utensils are not secure in basket / something small dropped into basket.
  • Motor hums.
  • Sound 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 fill and pump out 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 dispener 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” pg 3.
  • Detergent left in dispenser cups
  • Dishes blocking 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 on the tub button at the back of the tub keeps the water seal lubricated.
  • Water doesn’t pump out of the tub
  • Drain is clogged.
  • Make sure the kitchen sink is draining well. If the dishwasher drains into a disposer, run it clear.
  • Dishwasher leaks / steamsOverfill dispenser or rinse aid spills.
  • Dishwasher isn’t level.
  • Steam is normal.
  • Be careful not to overfill the rinse aid dispenser. Spilled rinse aid could cause oversudsing and lead to overflowing. 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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