The washing cycle is shorter / longer than indicated on the display

Last updated 21/01/2022 12:15


  • Washing time changes on the display
  • The washing cycle is shorter than indicated on the display
  • The washing cycle is longer than indicated on the display
  • The washing cycle is too long or too short

Applies to

  • washing machine
  • washer dryer


If your Washing Machine or Washer Dryer has a digital display, the estimated time of the wash will appear in the display when the program is selected.

After the wash starts, the Auto Adjust system will use sensors to calculate the amount of clothes in the drum, the sensors will calculate how long to wash for and how much water to use, based on the load within the drum and this can reduce or increase the length of that washing cycle.

This will ensure that the clothes are washed for the correct amount of time and using the correct amount of water, reducing over washing of the clothes.

The average length of time for the main programmes is listed in your user manual, you can download the user manual for your washing machine or washer dryer with the link below.

For Quicker Washes:

On our current range of Zanussi Washing Machines and Washer Dryers, you will have a Flexi Time Option. This can be used when you would like to decrease the wash program time, each time you press the Flexi Time Button the duration of the program is reduced. It can be pressed twice or three times (depending on the model). The Flexi Time button is great to use when clothes are lightly soiled and do not need a long program.

The Flexi Time Button is located between the Start / Pause Button (upper right hand side of the control panel) on some models see below:

Or on some models the Flexi Time Button can be to the left of the delay start button on the lower right of the Control Panel, see below.

To use the Flexi Time Option:

    Select the Program (Flexi Time can be used on Eco 40- 60, Cottons, Synthetics, Delicates and Dark Colours).

    Press the Flexi Time Button (the time in the display will reduce), if you would like a further time reduction press the Flexi Time button again.

    Press Start.

If your washing machine or washer dryer does not have Flexi Time, it may have a Quick Wash setting in the Options on the control Panel.

This option can be used on Cottons, Synthetics and Delicates, it can be pressed once to decrease the wash time, again select the program, choose the Quick Wash Option and the time in the display will decrease and press Start. 

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