Amana DRS2462BB User Manual

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Owner's Manual

Covering ® and ® Models

Side by Side


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Amana Appliances

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Amana, Iowa 52204

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Introduction ............................................................


Important Safety Information .................................


Installing Your Refrigerator ....................................


How to Remove the Doors and Hinges ............


How to Install the Handles ................................


How to Connect the Water Supply .....................


How to Level Your Refrigerator ..........................


How to Adjust the Temperature Controls ..........


About Your Filtration System .................................


Fresh Food Features .............................................


Interior Shelves ..................................................


Door Storage ....................................................


Drawers ...........................................................


Freezer Features .................................................


Primary Features .............................................


Shelves ............................................................


Door Storage ....................................................


Dispenser Features ............................................


Primary Features .............................................


Water Dispenser Operation ............................


Control Features ..............................................


Hints and Care ....................................................


How to Clean Your Unit ....................................


How to Remove and Replace Light Bulbs ......


Trouble Shooting .................................................


Water Filter Data ..................................................


Warranty ...............................................................


As an Energy Star® Partner, Amana® has determined that thisproduct* meets the Energy Star® guidelines for energy efficiency.

Part No. 12591305

Ó 2001 Amana Appliances

Printed in U.S.A. 05/01

Amana, Iowa 52204

Thank you for buying an Amana refrigerator!

Please read this Owner's Manual thoroughly. This manual provides proper maintenance information.

Complete registration card and promptly return. If registration card is missing, call the Consumer Affairs Department.

Warranty service must be performed by an authorized servicer. Amana also recommends contacting an authorized servicer if service is required after warranty expires. To locate an authorized servicer, call 1-800-NAT-LSVC(1-800-628-5782), or call 1(319)622-5511if outside the U.S.A. You may also contact us on the web at

When contacting Amana, please provide the following information. Product information is on the serial plate, located on ceiling of fresh food section.

Model Number _____________________________________________________

'P' Number ________________________________________________________

Serial Number _____________________________________________________

Purchase Date _____________________________________________________

Dealer Name ______________________________________________________

Dealer Address ____________________________________________________

Dealer Phone ______________________________________________________

Features at a Glance


Service Plan

Amana offers long-termservice protection for this new refrigerator.

Asure™ Extended Service Plan is specially designed to supplement Amana’s strong warranty. This plan covers parts, labor, and travel charges. Call 1(800)528-2682, or contact us at www.amana.comfor more information.

Before Calling Service...

If something seems unusual, please check “Trouble Shooting” section, which is designed to help you solve problems before calling service.

What if These Features are Different from Mine?

This book is intended to show the variety of features that are available in the product line. If your refrigerator does not have all the options that are shown, many of these options may be purchased by contacting the Consumer Affairs Department. See contact information on the cover of your manual.









































1.Temp Assure® controls (pg. 7)

2.Spill Saver™ shelf (pg. 9)

3.Spill Saver™ Easy Glide™ shelf (pg. 9)

4.Side Glide™ shelves–notshown (pg. 9)

5.Rear shelf extensions (pg. 9)

6.Deli/Crisper drawer (pg. 11)

7.Snack drawer (pg. 11)

8.Crisper drawer (pg. 11)

9.Beverage Organizer™ (pg. 11)

10.Dairy center (pg. 10)

11.Door buckets (pg. 10)

11a. Bucket grippers–notshown (pg. 10)

12.Tilt-outbucket (pg. 10)

13.Beverage Chiller™ (pg. 10) 13a. Mini-BeverageChiller ™ (pg. 10) 13b. Kid Zone™–notshown (pg. 10)

14.Ice storage bin (pg. 12)

15.Ice maker–notshown (pg. 12)

16.Quick Chill Zone™ (pg. 12)

17.Stor-Mor® system (pg. 13)

18.Hanging wire shelf–notshown (pg. 13)

19.Fixed freezer shelf (pg. 13)

20.Water filter–notshown (pg. 8)

21.Air filter–notshown (see LCD dispenser instructions)

22.Lights–notshown (pg. 17)

Upper fresh food (pg. 17)

Lower fresh food (pg. 17)

Freezer (pg. 17)

Dispenser (pg. 17)


Important Safety Information

Recognize Safety Symbols, Words, Labels


DANGER—Immediatehazards whichWILL result in severe personal injury or death.


WARNING—Hazardsor unsafe practices whichCOULD result in severe personal injury or death.


CAUTION—Hazardsor unsafe practices whichCOULD result in minor personal injury or product or property damage.

What You Need to Know about Safety Instructions

Warning and Important Safety Instructions appearing in this manual are not meant to cover all possible conditions and situations that may occur. Common sense, caution, and care must be exercised when installing, maintaining, or operating refrigerator. Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent, or manufacturer about problems or conditions you do not understand.


To reduce risk of fire, electric shock, serious injury, or death when using your refrigerator, follow these basic precautions, including the following:

1.Read all instructions before using refrigerator.

2.Observe all local codes and ordinances

3.Be sure to follow grounding instructions.

4.Check with a qualified electrician if you are not sure this appliance is properly grounded.

5.DO NOT ground to a gas line.

6.DO NOT ground to cold water pipe.

7.Refrigerator is designed to operate on a separate 103 to 126 volt, 15 amp., 60 cycle line. DO NOT modify plug on power cord. If plug does not fit electrical outlet, have proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.

8.DO NOT use a two-prongadapter, extension cord or power strip.

9.DO NOT remove warning tag from power cord.

10.DO NOT tamper with refrigerator controls.

11.DO NOT service or replace any part of refrigerator unless specifically recommended in owner's manual or published user-repairinstructions. DO NOT attempt service if instructions are not understood or if they are beyond personal skill level.

12.Always disconnect refrigerator from electrical supply before attempting any service. Disconnect power cord by grasping the plug, not the cord.

13.Install refrigerator according to Installation Instructions. All connections for water, electrical power, and grounding must comply with local codes and be made by licensed personnel when required.

14.Keep your refrigerator in good condition. Bumping or dropping refrigerator can damage unit or cause unit to malfunction or leak. If damage occurs, have refrigerator checked by qualified service technician.

15.Replace worn power cords and/or loose plugs.

16.Always read and follow manufacturer's storage and ideal environment instructions for items being stored in refrigerator.


To reduce risk of injury or death, follow basic precautions, including the following:

Proper Disposal of Your Refrigerator

IMPORTANT: Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned refrigerators are stilldangerous–evenif they sit out for "just a few days". If you are getting rid of your old refrigerator, please follow the instructions below to help prevent accidents.


Take off the doors.

Leave the shelves in place so children may not easily climb inside.

Save These Instructions


Installing Your Refrigerator

These instructions were provided to aid you in the installation of your unit. Amana cannot be responsible for improper installation.

How do I measure an opening to insure proper fit?

This refrigerator was designed to fit a 69" tall opening to allow for proper ventilation, leveling, and door adjustments.

Subflooring or floor coverings (i.e. carpet, tile, wood floors, rugs) may make your opening smaller than anticipated.

Some clearance may be gained by using the leveling procedure under How to Level Your Refrigerator.

IMPORTANT: If unit is to be installed into a recess where top of unit is completely covered, use dimensions from floor to top of hinge cap to verify proper clearance.

How to Transport Your Unit

Follow these tips when moving the unit to final location:

NEVER transport unit on its side. If an upright position is not possible, lay unit on its back. Allow unit to sit upright for approximately 30 minutes prior to plugging unit in to assure oil return to the compressor. Plugging unit in immediately may cause damage to internal parts.

Use an appliance dolly when moving unit. ALWAYS truck unit from its side– NEVER from its front or back.

Protect outside finish of unit during transport by wrapping cabinet in blankets or inserting padding between the unit and dolly.

Secure unit to dolly firmly with straps or bungee cords. Thread straps through handles when possible. DO NOT overtighten. Overtightening restraints may dent or damage outside finish.

How to Select the Best Location


A = Floor to top of cabinet

(68 ¾")

B = Floor to top of top hinge assembly

(70 1/8")

C= Back of unit with ¼" tilt to back (68 ½")

Observe these points when choosing the final location for your unit:

DO NOT install refrigerator near oven, radiator, or other heat source. If not possible, shield unit with cabinet material.

DO NOT install where temperature falls below 55°F (13°C). Malfunction may occur at this temperature.

Make sure floor is level. If floor is not level, shim rear wheels of unit with a piece of plywood or other shim material.

Allow a minimum of 1/2" clearance along top and back of unit for proper ventilation.

To assure proper door closure, verify that the unit is leveled with a ¼" tilt to the back.

How to Remove the Doors and Hinges

Some installations require door removal to get refrigerator to final location.


To avoid electrical shock which can cause severe personal injury or death, observe the following:

Disconnect power to refrigerator before removing doors. Connect power only after replacing doors.

Green ground wire must be attached to top hinge while performing door removal and replacement.


To avoid damage to walls and flooring, protect soft vinyl or other flooring with cardboard, rugs, or other protective material.

1 Remove Toe Grille andBottom Hinge Covers

• Open both doors 180°, or as wide as possible, to remove.

3Remove top hinge cover by removing Phillips screw.

2 Unscrew union nut to detach water tube

(dispensing models only)

4Unscrew 5/16" hex head screws from top hinges.

For dispensing models only

DO NOT remove either green ground wire or wire connecting center screw.


Installing Your Refrigerator

How to Remove the Doors and Hinges continued

5 Detatch main wire connector harness.

(dispensing models only)

• Use a flat blade screwdriver or fingernail to press junction

point between two connectors to release.

Detatch red wire harness

(some models).

• Press tab on underside of connector to release.

6 Remove top hinges alongwith doors.

7 Remove bottom hinges with a

3/8" hex head driver.

How to Replace the Doors

• To replace doors, follow the steps in How to Remove the Doors and Hinges in reverse order.

How to Install and Remove Handles

Handles are located within fresh food section of refrigerator. Trim, plugs, and accent pieces will be located within the literature assembly.

LCD and 5-buttonDispenser Models(non-stainlesssteel)

1 Remove two1/4" hex nut screws from bottom of refrigerator and freezer door.

2 Align door handles with top and bottom sets of door clips, and slide down until screw holes on bottom of handles match with door screw holes.

3Insert screws removed in step 1 into screw holes at bottom of handle section.

4Snap trim over bottom portion of handles and retainers on bottom of door

To remove after initial install...

Follow steps 3 through 4 in reverse order.

NOTE: Fit may be tight. When removing handle, pull up and out.

Distinctions 3-buttonDispenser Models

1Remove four 1/4" hex nut screws from top and bottom of doors.

2Align door handles with screw holes and insert screws removed in step 1.

3 Snap colored handle trim over screw holes at top and bottom of handles.

• Snap in trim by inserting large round end first.

To remove after initial install...

Handles may need to be removed if transporting unit through tight spaces.

• Follow steps 2 and 3 in reverse order.

IMPORTANT: To avoid damage to handle, use aflat blade screwdriver edge wrapped in maskingtape to remove colored handle trim.


Installing Your Refrigerator

How to Install the Handles continued

Stainless Steel Models

1 Loosen lower door clip on refrigerator door with1/4" hex nut driver.

2 Locate predrilled hole at base of handle, and fithollow end of handleover lower door clip.

3 Fit other end of handle over upper door clip and slide up as far as possible.

NOTE: If top of handle does not fit over top clip, loosen lower clip further until fit can be accomplished.

4 Insert1/4" hex nut driver into predrilled hole at base of handle and tighten screw.

5 Insert screw plug into predrilled hole, as illustrated.

6 Repeat steps 2 through 5 to install freezer handle.

To remove after initial install...

Follow steps 2 through 5 in reverse order.

IMPORTANT: To avoid damage to unit, use a flat blade screwdriver edge wrapped in masking tape to remove screw plugs.

How to Connect the Water Supply


To avoid electrical shock which can cause severe personal injury or death, disconnect power to refrigerator before connecting water supply. After connecting water supply, connect power.


To avoid property damage, observe the following:

Consult a plumber to connect copper tubing to household plumbing to assure compliance with local codes and ordinances.

Confirm water pressure to water valve is between 20 and 100 pounds per square inch. If water filter is installed, water pressure to water valve must be a minimum of 35 pounds per square inch.

DO NOT use a self-piercing,or3/16" (4.8 mm) saddle valve. Both reduce water flow, become clogged with time, and may cause leaks if repair is attempted.

Tighten nuts by hand to prevent cross threading. Finish tightening nuts with pliers and wrenches. Do not overtighten.

Wait 24 hours before placing unit into final position to check and correct any water leaks.

Materials Needed

1/4" (6 mm) outer diameter flexible copper tubing

NOTE: Add 8' (2 m) to tubing length needed to reach water supply for creation of service loop.


1 Remove plastic cap (A) fromwater valve inlet port (B).

Brass nut and sleeve (see literature pack)

Shut-offvalve (requires a1/4" or 6 mm hole to be drilled into water supply before valve attachment)

Adjustable wrench

2Place brass nut and sleeve on copper tube end and insert tube into valve inlet port.

• Attach nut on copper tubing to valve inlet port.


Installing Your Refrigerator

How to Connect the Water Supply continued

3 Confirm secure attachment by pulling on4 Turn on water supply and

tubing. correct any leaks.

• Create service loop with remaining tubing and attach to unit with "P"

clamp as illustrated. Avoid kinks.

How to Level Your Refrigerator


To avoid damage to walls and flooring, protect soft vinyl or other flooring with cardboard, rugs, or other protective material.

To avoid damage or breakage to adjusting bolt, do not use power tools to correct leveling.

DO NOT adjust unit to be any shorter than 68 ½" inches tall (minus hinge and cap). Doing so may damage underside components.

Materials Needed

3/ " hex head driver

• Level




1 Remove toe grille and bottom hinge covers

(see previous instructions).

2 Turn both front adjustment screws (A) clockwise to raise and counterclockwise tolower.

What if my doors are not aligned?

Locate the higher door, and turn front adjustment screw counterclockwise. Continue until doors are level.

If bottom of adjustment range is reached, and doors are not level–raiseopposite door by turning front adjustment screw clockwise.

Replace toe grille

3 Turn both rear adjustment screws (B) clockwise to raise and counterclockwise tolower.

4Check with level to verify 1/4" tilt to the back for proper door closure.

If unit is aligned and stable, replace toe grille.

What if my unit rocks?

Turn rear adjustment screw clockwise to raise rocking corner.

Replace toe grille.

How to Adjust the Temperature Controls

This refrigerator is designed to operate at a household temperature of 55° to 110°F (13° to 43° C).


1Locate refrigerator and freezer controls on upper left wall of fresh food section, and

set both controls to 4.

IMPORTANT: Neither section will cool if freezer control is set toOff.







Check to see that fresh food section



4 is 38° to 40° F (3° to 4° C).




Turn control to next highest number if too warm.

Turn control to next lowest number if too cold.

Allow 5 to 8 hours for adjustments to take effect.

2 Allow 24 hours for temperatures to stabilize.

IMPORTANT: Due to design of unit, always start temperature adjustments with freezer section.

3Check to see if freezer temperature is 0° to 2° F (-17°to-16°C).

Turn control to next highest number if too warm.

Turn control to next lowest number if too cold.

Allow 5 to 8 hours for adjustments to take effect.

5 Repeat process, as necessary.

How do I perform a temperature test?

Materials needed

• 2 thermometers measuring -5°to 50°F(-21°to 10°C)

• 2 drinking glasses

For Freezer

For Refrigerator

• Place thermometer in glass

• Place thermometer in glass

of vegetable oil in middle

of water in middle of unit

of freezer and continue

and continue with step 3

with step 3 of Temperature

of Temperature Adjustment

Adjustment section.



About Your Filtration System...

Water Filter Removal and Installation


To avoid serious illness or death, do not use unit where water is unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate disinfection before or after use of filter.


Bypass cartridge DOES NOT filter water. Be sure to have replacement cartridge available when filter change is required.

If water filtration system has been allowed to freeze, replace filter cartridge.

If system has not been used for several months, and water has an unpleasant taste or odor, flush system by dispensing 2–3glasses of water. If unpleasant taste or odor persists, change filter cartridge.

Initial Install of Water Filter

1 Remove blue bypass cap and retain for later use.

Replacing Water Filter

IMPORTANT: Air trapped in system may cause water and cartridge to eject. Use caution when removing.

1Turn filter counterclockwise until it releases from filter head.

2 Remove sealing label from end of filter and insert into filter head.

Rotate gently clockwise until filter stops and snap filter cover closed.



Drain water from filter into sink or toilet, and dispose in normal household garbage.

Wipe up excess water in filter cover and continue with installation steps 2 and 3.

3 Reduce water spurts by flushing air from system. Run water continuously (approximately 2 minutes) through dispenser until water runs steady.

Additional flushing may be required in some households where water is of poor quality.

I'm trying to dispense water toflush the system. Where's the water?

During initial use, allow about a 1 to 2 minute delay in water dispersal to allow internal water tank to fill.

What if I choose not to use the water filtration system?

Dispenser feature may be used without water filter cartridge. If you choose this option, replace filter with blue bypass cap.

When do I change the water filter?

Select dispenser models feature a water filter change indicator. For instructions on how to operate and reset this feature, refer to the dispenser features section in your manual, or the LCD dispenser booklet for LCD-styledispensers.

For units without indicator feature, filter should be changed approximately every 6 months.

IMPORTANT: Condition of water and amount used determines life span of water filter cartridge. If water use is high, or if water is of poor quality, replacement may need to take place more often.

How do I order a replacement filter cartridge?

Amana® Replacement Water Filter cartridge model WF 50 is available through Amana® dealers and servicers. You may also order through Amana® Consumer Affairs by using the information on the cover of your manual.


Fresh Food Features

What if These Features are Different from Mine?

This book is intended to show the variety of features that are available in the product line. If your refrigerator does not have all the options that are shown, many of these options may be purchased by contacting the Consumer Affairs Department. See contact information on the cover of your manual.

Interior Shelves


To avoid personal injury or property damage, observe the following:

Confirm shelf is secure before placing items on shelf.

Handle tempered glass shelves carefully. Shelves may break suddenly if nicked, scratched, or exposed to sudden temperature change.

Side Glide™ Shelves (some models)

Spillsaver™ Easy Glide™

Side Glide™ shelves hook onto a rear

(some models)

double-crossbarassembly. Shelves may be aligned side

Spillsaver™ Easy Glide™

by side to create a full width level surface,

shelves feature the convenience

or if attached to separate crossbars, the

of easy cleaning with a pull-out

shelves may slide left or right to

design to reach items in the

accommodate storage needs.

back. For ease of cleaning,

To remove and install shelf:

glass shelf may be removed by pulling to full

extension and lifting out of frame.

• To remove shelf, raise shelf

• To remove shelf and frame, see instructions for

10° to unhook from double crossbar and lift out.

• To install, reverse above procedure.

Spillsaver™ stationary shelves.


To slide shelves:


• Lift front of shelf slightly

and slide left or right.

Spillsaver™ stationary shelves

To remove and install

hold simple spills for easier



• To remove shelves, lift up and out.

• To remove, slide assembly

• To install shelves, reverse above

up to unhook from metal




To install, reverse above procedure.

Rear Shelf Extensions (some models)

Rear shelf extensions help prevent articles from falling off the back of the shelf.

To remove and install shelf extension:

To remove, pull extension

straight up from rear of shelf.

• To install, insert posts of the shelf extension into holes in the shelf frame.


Fresh Food Features

Door Storage

Dairy Center

The dairy center provides convenient storage for items such as butter, yogurt, cheese, etc.

This compartment is an adjustable feature located in the door. It can be moved to several different locations to accommodate storage needs.

To remove, slide dairy center up and pull straight out.

To install, reverse above procedure.

Kid Zone™ (some models)

The Kid Zone™ provides adjustable storage for your child's preferred snacks and beverages.

• To remove, slide Kid Zone™ assembly up and pull straight out.

To install, reverse above procedure.

Tilt-OutDoor Buckets (some models)

The Tilt-OutBucket assembly consists of a bucket and frame, providing adjustable, convenient storage for food items in door. The bucket assembly tilts forward for easy access of items, and lifts out for ease in cleaning and adjusting.

To remove and install bucket:

• To remove bucket, tip bucket forward and pull straight out to remove.

To install bucket, slide bucket into bucket frame and push

bucket upright.

To adjust bucket frame:

• Remove bucket per above instructions.

Lift frame off door support and place in desired door location.

Beverage Chiller™/ Mini-Chiller™(some models)

The Temperature-ControlledBeverage Chiller™ andTemperature-ControlledMini Beverage Chiller™ keep beverages and other items up to 5°F(3°C) colder than the rest of the fresh food section. Air inlet allows air from the freezer section to pass to Beverage Chiller™.

The Beverage Chiller™ control is located on the left wall of fresh food section. Control adjusts amount of air circulating in Beverage Chiller™. Turn control toward the

large snowflake icon for colder temperature.

To remove and install Beverage Chiller™:

• If located directly above Chiller, dairy center or door bucket may need to be removed. Refer to appropriate instructions and remove item. Slide Beverage Chiller™ assembly up and pull straight out.

• To install, align one of the Beverage Chiller™ cold air intake holes (A) with one of the two air inlets(B) in door liner. Push assembly down onto door liner retainer until it stops.

IMPORTANT: Beverage Chiller™ will not operate properly if air intake holes are not aligned with air inlet in door liner.

Door Buckets

Door buckets adjust to meet individual storage needs.

To remove, slide bucket up and pull straight out.

• To install, reverse above procedure.

Grip Pads

The Grip Pads prevents objects from sliding in the door

bucket. Grip Pads are removable and are top-rackdishwasher safe for easy cleaning.