Avanti BCA3281B User Manual
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Avanti Products, A Division of the Mackle Co., Inc.

P.O. Box 520604 - Miami, Florida 33172


Table of Contents


Refrigerator Safety


Important Safeguides


Help Us Help You


Parts and Features


Important Safety Instructions


Installation Instructions


Before Using Your Refrigerator


Installation of Your Refrigerator


Electrical Connection


Operating Your Appliance


Temperature Control


Care and Maintenance


Defrosting Your Refrigerator


Reversing the Door of Your Refrigerator


Cleaning Your Appliance


Moving Your Refrigerator


Energy Saving Tips


Troubleshooting Guide


Service for Your Appliance


Wiring Diagram


Your Avanti Products Warranty


Instrucciones en Español


Registration Information and Registration Card






Your safety and the safety of others are very important.

We have provided many important safety messages in this manual for your appliance. Always read and obey all safety messages.

This is the Safety Alert Symbol. This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that can kill or injure you and others. All safety messages will follow the Safety Alert Symbol and either the words” DANGER”, “WARNING” or “CAUTION”.

Danger means that failure to heed this safety statement may result in severe personal injury or death.

Warning means that failure to heed this safety statement may result in extensive product damage, serious personal injury, or death.

Caution means that failure to heed this safety statement may result in minor or moderate personal injury, property or equipment damage.

All safety messages will alert you to know what the potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the chance of injury, and let you know what can happen if the instructions are not followed.



Before the refrigerator is used, it must be properly positioned and installed as described in this manual, so read the manual carefully. To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using the refrigerator, follow basic precautions, including the following:

Plug into a grounded 3-prongoutlet, do not remove grounding prong, do not use an adapter, and do not use an extension cord.

It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only your refrigerator be provided. Use receptacles that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.

Never clean refrigerator parts with flammable fluids. These fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion. And do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.

Before proceeding with cleaning and maintenance operations, make sure the power line of the unit is disconnected.

Do not connect or disconnect the electric plug when your hands are wet.

Unplug the refrigerator or disconnect power before cleaning or servicing. Failure to do so can result in electrical shock or death.

Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your refrigerator unless it is specifically recommended in this manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.


Use two or more people to move and install refrigerator. Failure to do so can result in back or other injury.

To ensure proper ventilation for your refrigerator, the front of the unit must be completely unobstructed. Choose a well-ventilatedarea with temperatures above 60°F (16°C) and below 90°F (32°C). This unit must be installed in an area protected from the elements, such as wind, rain, water spray or drips.

The refrigerator should not be located next to ovens, grills or other sources of high heat.

The refrigerator must be installed with all electrical, water and drain connections in accordance with state and local codes. A standard electrical supply (115 V AC only, 60 Hz), properly grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances is required.

Do not kink or pinch the power supply cord of refrigerator.

The fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amperes.

It is important for the refrigerator to be leveled in order to work properly. You may need to make several adjustments to level it.

All installation must be in accordance with local plumbing code requirements.

Make certain that the pipes are not pinched or kinked or damaged during installation.

Check for leaks after connection.

Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the refrigerator.

Although the unit has been tested at the factory, due to long-termtransit and storage, the first batch of cubes must be discarded.

Do not use solvent-basedcleaning agents or abrasives on the interior. These cleaners may damage or discolor the interior.

Do not use this apparatus for other than its intended purpose.



Read this guide carefully.

It is intended to help you operate and maintain your new appliance properly.

Keep it handy to answer your questions. If you don't understand something or your need more help, please call:

Avanti Customer Service 800-220-5570

Keep proof of original purchase date (such as your sales slip) with this guide to establish the warranty period.





Write down the model and serial numbers.

You'll find them on a plate located on the inside left wall the appliance.

Please write these numbers here:


Date of Purchase


Model Number


Serial Number

Use these numbers in any correspondence or service calls concerning your appliance.

If you received a damaged appliance, immediately contact the dealer (or builder) that sold you the appliance.

Save time and money. Before you call for service, check the Troubleshooting Guide. It lists causes of minor operating problems that you can correct yourself.


We're proud of our service and want you to be pleased. If for some reason you are not happy with the service you receive, here are some steps to follow for further help.

FIRST, contact the people who serviced your appliance. Explain why you are not pleased. In most cases, this will solve the problem.

NEXT, if you are still not pleased, write all the details, including your telephone number, and send to:

Customer Service

Avanti Products

10880 NW 30 Street

Miami, FL 33172



1.Storage Shelf (2)

2.Leveling Leg

3.Door Hinge(Reversible)

4.Door Bin

5.Beverage Can Dispenser (7 Can Capacity)

6.Bottle Rack

7.Temperature Control

8.Power cord

9.Compressor equipment


Important Safety Instructions


To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock,


or injury when using your refrigerator,


follow these basic precautions:

Read all instructions before using the refrigerator.

DANGER or WARNING: Risk of child entrapment.

Before you throw away your old refrigerator or freezer: Take off the doors. Leave the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.

Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the refrigerator.

Never clean refrigerator parts with flammable fluids. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.

Do not store or use gasoline or any other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other refrigerator. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.

-Savethese instructions-


Before Using Your Refrigerator

Remove the exterior and interior packing.

Check to be sure you have all of the following parts:

2 Storage shelves (1 Large / 1 Small)

Instruction manual

Before connecting the refrigerator to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 2 hours. This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling during transportation.

Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.

Installation of Your Refrigerator

This appliance is designed to be free standing only, and should not be recessed or built-in.

Place your refrigerator on a floor that is strong enough to support the refrigerator when it is fully loaded. To level your refrigerator, adjust the front legs at the bottom of the refrigerator.

Allow 5 inches of space between the back and sides of the refrigerator, which allows the proper air circulation to cool the compressor.

Locate the refrigerator away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc.). Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical consumption. Extreme cold ambient temperatures may also cause the refrigerator not to perform properly.

Avoid locating the refrigerator in moist areas.

Plug the refrigerator into an exclusive, properly installed-groundedwall outlet. Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. Any questions concerning power and/or grounding should be directed toward a certified electrician or an authorized Avanti Products service center.

After plugging the appliance into a wall outlet, allow the unit to cool down for 2-3hours before placing food in the chiller or refrigerator compartment.


Electrical Connection


Improper use of the grounded plug can result in the risk of electrical shock. If the power cord is damaged, have it replaced by an authorized Avanti Products service center.

This refrigerator should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this refrigerator is equipped with a three-prongplug which mates with standard three prong wall outlets to minimize the possibility of electrical shock.

Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong from the power cord supplied.

This refrigerator requires a standard 115/120a/c~volt/60Hz electrical outlet with three-prongground.

The cord should be secured behind the refrigerator and not left exposed or dangling to prevent accidental injury.

Never unplug the refrigerator by pulling the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the receptacle.

Do not use an extension cord with this appliance. If the power cord is too short, have a qualified electrician or service technician install an outlet near the appliance


Setting the Temperature Control

To control the internal temperature, adjust the control dial according to the ambient temperature or purpose of use.

The first time you turn the unit on, set the temperature control to “5”.

The range of the temperature control is from position "0 to 5” . After 24 to 48 hours, adjust the temperature control to the setting that best suites your needs. The setting of “3” should be correct for home or office refrigerator use.


If the unit is unplugged, has lost power, or turned off; you must wait 3 to 5 minutes before restarting the unit. If you attempt to restart before this time delay, the refrigerator will not start.



Defrosting Your Refrigerator

Defrost the refrigerator when the frost accumulated on the evaporator is about 5mm (1/5 inch) thick. Set the thermostat dial to “0” position. Remove frozen or perishable foods. Defrosting usually takes a few hours. After defrosting, return the thermostat dial to the desired position. To defrost quickly remove all foods from the refrigerator and leave the door open. Never use a knife or other metal instrument to scrape ice/frost from the evaporator.

Reversing the Door Swing of Your Refrigerator

This appliance has the capability of the door opening from either the left or right side. The unit is delivered to you with the door opening from the left side. Should you desire to reverse the opening direction, please call service for reversal instructions.

Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Turn the temperature control to "0", unplug the refrigerator, and remove the food, shelves, and trays.

Wash the inside surfaces with a warm water and baking soda solution. The solution should be about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water.

Wash the shelves and trays with a mild detergent solution.

The outside of the refrigerator should be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water.

Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth before cleaning the area of the controls, or any electrical parts.

Wash the outside cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.

Vacation Time

Short vacations: Leave the refrigerator operating during vacations of less than three weeks.

Long vacations: If the appliance will not be used for several months, remove all food and unplug the power cord. Clean and dry the interior thoroughly. To prevent odor and mold growth, leave the door open slightly: blocking it open if necessary.

Moving Your Refrigerator

• Remove all the food.

• Securely tape down all loose items inside your refrigerator.

• Turn the leveling screws up to the base to avoid damage.

• Tape the door shut.

• Be sure the refrigerator stays secure in the upright position during transportation. Also protect the outside of refrigerator with a blanket, or similar item.

Energy Saving Tips

The refrigerator should be located in the coolest area of the room, away from heat producing appliances, and out of the direct sunlight.

Let hot foods cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. Overloading the refrigerator forces the compressor to run longer.

Be sure to wrap foods properly, and wipe containers dry before placing them in the refrigerator. This cuts down on frost build-upinside the refrigerator.

Refrigerator storage bin should not be lined with aluminum foil, wax paper, or paper toweling. Liners interfere with cold air circulation, making the refrigerator less efficient.

Organize and label food to reduce door openings and extended searches. Remove as many items as needed at one time, and close the door as soon as possible.



You can solve many common refrigerator problems easily, saving you the cost of a possible service

call. Try the suggestions below to see if you can solve the problem before calling the servicer.




Refrigerator does not operate.

Not plugged in.


The circuit breaker tripped or a blown fuse.

Turns on and off frequently.

The room temperature is hotter than normal.


A large amount of food has been added to the




The door is opened too often.


The door is not closed completely.


The temperature control is not set correctly.


The door gasket does not seal properly.


The refrigerator does not have the correct




Check to assure that the refrigerator is level.

The refrigerator seems to make too much noise.

The rattling noise may come from the flow of the


refrigerant, which is normal.


As each cycle ends, you may hear gurgling


sounds caused by the flow of refrigerant in your




Contraction and expansion of the inside walls


may cause popping and crackling noises.


The refrigerator is not level.

The door will not close properly.

The refrigerator is not level.


The door was reversed and not properly installed.


The gasket is dirty.


The shelves, bins, or baskets are out of position.



We are proud of our customer service organization and the network of professional service technicians that provide service on your Avanti refrigerators. With the purchase of your Avanti refrigerator, you can have the confidence that if you ever need additional information or assistance, the Avanti Products Customer Service Team will be here for you. Just call us toll-free.


Product Information


Whatever your questions are about our products,



help is available.

Part Orders


You may order parts and accessories that will be



delivered directly to your home by personal



check, money order, Master Card, or Visa.

In-HomeRepair Service


An Avanti Products authorized service center will



provide expert repair service, scheduled at a time



that is convenient for you. Our trained servicers



know your refrigerator inside and out.




YOUR Avanti Products WARRANTY

Staple your sales receipt here. Proof of


original purchase date is needed to obtain


service under warranty.



For one year from the date of purchase by the original owner, Avanti Products will, at its option, repair or replace any part of the refrigerator, which proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use. During this period Avanti Products will provide all parts and labor necessary to correct such defects free of charge, so long as the refrigerator has been installed and operated in accordance with the written instructions in this manual. In rental or commercial use, the warranty period is 90 days. Avanti Products will provide you with a reasonably similar replacement product that is either new or factory refurbished. All Avanti Appliances of 3.5 cubic foot capacity or less must be brought/sent to the appliance service shop for repair.


For the second through the fifth year from date of original purchase, Avanti Products will provide a replacement compressor free of charge due to a failure. You are responsible for the service labor and freight charges. In rental or commercial use, the limited compressor warranty is one year and nine months. Cost to move the refrigerator to the servicers’ shop and back to the user's home, as may be required, are the user's responsibility.


Content losses of food due to spoilage.

Incidental or consequential damages.

Parts and labor costs for the following will not be considered as warranty:

Evaporator doors, door springs, and/or frames.

Inner door panels, door shelves, door rails, and/or door supports.

Light bulbs and/or plastic housing.

Plastic cabinet liners.

Punctured evaporator that voids the warranty on the complete sealed system.

Repairs performed by unauthorized servicers.

Shipping and handling costs associated with the replacement of the unit.

Service calls that do not involve defects in material or workmanship such as customer education, door reversal, or proper installation.

Service calls that are related to external problems, such as abuse, misuse, inadequate electrical power, accidents, fire, floods, or acts of God.

Surcharges including, but not limited to, any after hour, weekend, or holiday service calls, tolls, ferry trip charges, or mileage expense for service calls to remote areas, including the State of Alaska.

Replacement of house fuses or resetting circuit breakers.

Failure of the product if it is used for other than its intended purpose.

This warranty does not apply outside the Continental USA.