GE® 7.8 cu. ft. capacity aluminized alloy drum gas dryer GTD81GSSJWS user guide

7.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity Dryer.
Select drying cycle

Add clothes

Shut door

Push Start

Start and Pause

Display and Status Lights

Press to wake up the display. If the display is active, press to put the dryer into idle mode.

NOTE: Pressing Power does not disconnect the appliance from the power supply.

Press Start to begin the cycle. NOTE: The door must be closed for the dryer to start the cycle. Pressing Start again will pause the cycle, the Start light will blink and PAUSE will scroll across the LCD.

To continue the cycle, press Start again.

The display shows the approximate time remaining until the end of the cycle.

In addition, this display will, scroll the dryer status:

The message PAUSE will scroll across the display when the dryers cycle is paused. The cycle may be re-started by pressing the Start button.

The message door will be displayed when the door is opened during the dryers cycle.

The message CyCLE will be displayed when the clothes are dry and the dryer is recommending a preferred cycle for the next load (see CleanSpeak section).

The message dELAY will be displayed when the Delayed Dry is initiated. It will be replaced with the estimated time when cycle starts.

Cycle status lights

Shows whether the dryer is in the DRYING, DAMP, or COOL DOWN cycle.

Feature status lights indicate:

A delay dry time is set.

Locked Controls The dryer controls are locked - will blink once if you press any button or turn the cycle knob.

Clean Lint Filter

Light will stay on for 15 seconds after the cycle stops.

Drying Cycles-Sensor cycles automatically determine fabric dryness.

Timed cycles run for the selected time.

Mixed Loads


Bulky Items

For small loads that are needed in a hurry, such as sport or school uniforms. Can also be used if the previous cycle left some items damp, such as collars or waistbands. NOTE: On some models, the time remaining in the cycle will show counting down in the display.

For wrinkle-free, permanent press, delicate items and knits.

For delicate items, special-care fabrics and knits.

For jeans.

For cottons and most linens. Note: ENERGY STAR models are tested on Cottons with default settings.

For loads consisting of cottons and poly-blends.

For most towels and linens.

For large coats, bed spreads, mattress covers, sleeping bags and similar large/bulky items such as blankets, comforters, jackets, and small rugs.

For freshening or fluffing up already dry clothing, fabric, linens and pillows.

Provides 10 minutes of no-heat tumbling.

Tumble for a short time with heat shown on Temp continues to tumble with no heat periodically sounding signal until door is opened.

Set the cycle selector at the desired drying time.

Operating instructions

Individual settings for Timed Dry cycle minutes (Time), dryness level (Level), and temperature (Temp) can be set from the minimum (lowest in column) to maximum (highest in column). In general, the higher up the column, the more energy will be used.

Time - Selection only for Timed cycles.

Each setting allows you to specify a lower (1 tap) or an upper (2 taps) time working your way from a minimum 10 minute to a maximum 99 minute dry time (10, 20, 30, 40, . . . 80, 90, 99, 10 . . .)

Dryness Level - Selection only used for Sensor cycles. Timed cycles run for the selected time.

Use for heavy-duty or mixed type fabrics.

Use for a normal dryness level suitable for most loads. This is the preferred cycle for energy savings.

Use for lighter fabrics.

For leaving items partially damp.


For regular to heavy cottons.

For synthetics, blends, delicates and items labeled permanent press.

For delicates, synthetics and items labeled tumble dry low.

For delicates, synthetics and items labeled tumble dry low.

As the Delay Dry button is repeatedly pressed, the delay time sets to from 1 to 9 hours, and back to clear (0). After selecting the delay time, press Start and the delay time will count down the time remaining until the cycle starts.

If the Delay Dry button is pressed for 3 seconds, it clears (regardless of the delay time) or terminates a delaying cycle.