August 22, 2011
This is Michelle with GE and I am happy to answer your question.
This washer model # GTWN4000MWS has the RainShower rinse feature which is designed to use less water, providing rinse performance similar to a high-efficiency washer. Rather than a washtub full of water, this feature allows every load of laundry to get "showers", rinsing clothes clean while minimizing water usage.
Because of this RainShower feature, this washer has 2 options on the SETTINGS knob that affect the way the rinse cycle operates. If the SETTINGS knob is set to the OFF, the washer will fill for the wash cycle and agitate. At the end of the wash cycle, it goes through a 3-minute pump out. For the rinse cycle, it goes through 8 spray rinses (pump is on, so no water is accumulated for a "fill") and then it goes through a final spin.
Since fabric softeners require a certain amount of water for proper dilution, it is recommended to turn the SETTINGS knob to the FABRIC SOFTENER setting (which must be selected when using fabric softener). With this setting, the rinse cycle starts with the 8 spray rinses then it will do a high speed spin to dispense the fabric softener. Next, the washer will add water to the selected load size (corresponding wash level) for a deep fill rinse. The washer will agitate for 3 minutes, and then pump and go through the final spin.
Thank you for your interest in this GE washer. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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