Important safety instructions – Maytag SL-3 User Manual

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Important Safety Instructions


To reduce the risk of fire, explosion, electric shock, property damage or injury

to persons when using your appliance, follow basic precautions, including the following;

1. Read all instructions before using the appliance.

2. To avoid the possibility of fire or explosion:

a. Do not wash or dry items that have been previously

cleaned in, washed in, soaked in, or spotted with gaso­
line, dry-cleaning solvents, other flammable or explo­
sive substances as they give off vapors that could ignite
or explode. Hand wash and line dry any items contain­
ing these substances.

Any material on which you have used a cleaning sol­
vent, or which is saturated with flammable liquids or
solids, should not be placed in the appliance until all
traces of these liquids or solids and their fumes have
been removed.

These items include acetone, denatured alcohol, gaso­
line, kerosene, some liquid household cleaners, some
spot removers, turpentine, waxes and wax removers.

b. Do not add gasoline, dry-cleaning solvents, or other

flammable or explosive substances to the wash water.
These substances give off vapors that could ignite or

c. Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be pro­

duced in a hot water system that has not been used for
2 weeks or more. HYDROGEN GAS IS EXPLO­
SIVE. If the hot water system has not been used for
such a period, before using a washing machine or
combination washer-dryer, 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.

d. Items containing foam rubber (may be labeled latex

foam) or similarly textured rubber-like materials must

not be dried on a heat setting. Foam rubber materials
when heated, can under certain circumstances produce

fire by spontaneous combustion,

e. Do not place items exposed to cooking oils in your

dryer. Items contaminated with cooking oils may con­
tribute to a chemical reaction that could cause a load
to catch fire.

3. Do not allow children to play on or in the appliance.

Close super\’ision of children is necessary when the
appliance is used near children.


Before the appliance is removed from seiv-ice or discard­

ed, remove the door to the clothes washer and clothes
dryer compartment.


Do not reach into the appliance if the tub or drum is mov­



Do not install or store this appliance where it will be

exposed to the weather.

7. Do not tamper with controls.


Do not repair or replace any part of tire appliance or

attempt any serrfcing unless specifically recommended
in published user-repair instructions that you understand
and have the skills to carry out.


Do not use fabric softeners or products to eliminate stat­

ic unless recommended by the manufacturer of the fabric
softener or product.

10. Clean the dryer lint screen before or after each load.

11. Keep the area around the exhaust opening and surround­

ing areas free from lint accumulation, dust and dirt.

12. The interior of the dryer and exhaust duct should be

cleaned yearly by qualified sendee personnel.

13. This appliance must be properly grounded. Never plug

the appliance cord into a receptacle which is not ground­
ed adequately and in accordance with local and national
codes. See Installation Instructions for grounding this

14. Unplug power supply cord before attempting to service

your appliance.

15. Store laundry aids and other material in a cool, dry place

where children cannot reach them.

16. Do not use chlorine bleach and ammonia or acids (such

as vinegar or rust remover) in the same wash. Hazardous
fumes can form.

17. Do not machine wash fiberglass materials. Small parti­

cles can stick to fabrics washed in following loads and
cause skin irritation.

18. Install and level washer on a floor that can support the


19. As with any equipment using electricity and havring mov­

ing parts, there are potential hazards. To use this appli­
ance safely, the operator should become familiar with the
instructions for operation of the appliance and always
exercise care when using it.