Frigidaire FFHT2126LM User Manual

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All about the


of your Refrigerator


Important Safety Instructions.




Door Removal Instructions......................................


Handle Installation.................................................


Connecting Water Supply.......................................


Ice Service...........................................................




Normal Operating Sounds and Sights....................


Care and Cleaning................................................


Before you Call....................................................


Major Appliance Warranty.....................................


2010) (July 242063801 USA 1-800-944-9044 Canada 1-800-265-8352

Important Safety Instructions


Please read all instructions before using this refrigerator.

For your Safety

DO NOT store or use gasoline, or other flammable liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. Read product labels for warnings regarding flammability and other hazards.

DO NOT operate the refrigerator in the presence of explosive fumes.

Avoid contact with any moving parts of automatic ice maker.

Remove all staples from the carton. Staples can cause severe cuts, and also destroy finishes if they come in contact with other appliances or furniture.


This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.


DANGER indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.


WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

Installation Checklist


Handles are secure and tight

Door seals completely to cabinet on all sides

Freezer door is level across the top


Refrigerator is level, side-to-sideand tilted 1/4” (6mm)front-to-back

Toe grille is properly attached to refrigerator

Cabinet is setting solid on all corners

Electrical Power

House power turned on

Refrigerator plugged in

Ice Maker

House water supply connected to refrigerator

No water leaks present at all connections - recheck in 24 hours

Ice maker is turned ON

Ice & water dispenser operates correctly

Front filter must be flush with filter housing

(select models)

Final Checks

Shipping material removed

Fresh food and freezer temperatures set

Crisper humidity controls set

Registration card sent in


CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.


IMPORTANT indicates installation, operation or maintenance information which is important but not hazard-related.


Important Safety Instructions

Child Safety

Destroy or recycle the carton, plastic bags, and any exterior wrapping material immediately after the refrigerator is unpacked. Children should never use these items to play. Cartons covered with rugs,

bedspreads, plastic sheets or stretch wrap may become airtight chambers, and can quickly cause suffocation.

Proper Disposal of your Refrigerator or Freezer

Risk of child entrapment

Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned refrigerators or freezers are still dangerous – even if they will sit for “just a few days”. If you are getting rid of your old refrigerator or freezer, please follow the instructions below to help prevent accidents.

Proper Disposal of Refrigerators/Freezers

We strongly encourage responsible appliance recycling/ disposal methods. Check with your utility company or visit for more information on recycling your old refrigerator.

Before you throw away your old refrigerator/ freezer:

Remove doors.

Leave shelves in place so children may not

easily climb inside.

Have refrigerant removed by a qualified service technician.


These guidelines must be followed to ensure that safety mechanisms in this refrigerator will operate properly.

Electrical information

The refrigerator must be plugged into its own dedicated 115 Volt, 60 Hz., 15 Amp, AC only electrical outlet. The power cord of the appliance is equipped with a three-prong grounding plug for your protection against electrical shock hazards. It must be plugged directly into a properly grounded three prong receptacle. The receptacle must be installed in accordance with local codes and ordinances. Consult a qualified electrician.

Avoid connecting refrigerator to a Ground

Fault Interrupter (GFI) circuit. Do not use an extension cord or adapter plug.

If the power cord is damaged, it should be replaced by an authorized service technician to prevent any risk.

Never unplug the refrigerator by pulling on the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly, and pull straight out from the receptacle to prevent damaging the power cord.

Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning and before replacing a light bulb to avoid electrical shock.

Performance may be affected if the voltage varies by 10% or more. Operating the refrigerator with insufficient power can damage the compressor.

Such damage is not covered under your warranty.

Do not plug the unit into an electrical outlet controlled by a wall switch or pull cord to prevent the refrigerator from being turned off accidentally.


Pressing and holding the On/Off button for three (3) seconds, located on the left side of the temperature control panel (Electronic controls), or turning the Freezer and Fresh Food controls to “0” (Mechanical controls) will disable your refrigerator’s cooling system, but does not disconnect the power to the light bulb and other electrical components. To turn off power to your refrigerator you must unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.


To avoid personal injury or property damage, handle tempered glass shelves carefully. Shelves may break suddenly if nicked, scratched, or exposed to sudden temperature change.



This Use & Care Guide provides general operating instructions for your model. Use the refrigerator only as instructed in this Use & Care Guide. Before starting the refrigerator, follow these important first steps.


Choose a place that is near a grounded electrical outlet. Do Not use an extension cord or an adapter plug.

If possible, place the refrigerator out of direct sunlight and away from the range, dishwasher or other heat sources.

The refrigerator must be installed on a floor that is level and strong enough to support a fully loaded refrigerator.

Consider water supply availability for models equipped with an automatic ice maker. If you do not hook up water to the refrigerator, remember to turn the ice maker off.


Do Not install the refrigerator where the temperature will drop below 55°F (13°C) or rise above 110°F (43°C). The compressor will not be able to maintain proper temperatures inside the refrigerator.

Do Not block the toe grille on the lower front of your refrigerator. Sufficient air circulation is essential for the proper operation of your refrigerator.


All four corners of your refrigerator must rest firmly on a solid floor. Your refrigerator is equipped with adjustable front rollers or front leveling screws to help level your unit.

To level your refrigerator: 1 Remove toe grille.

2Use flat-bladescrewdriver or 3/8” socket wrench to adjust front rollers. Use adjustable wrench to adjust leveling screws.


Raise the front of the refrigerator enough so the doors close freely when opened halfway. The refrigerator should slope 1/4” to 1/2” from front to back. Then level the refrigerator from side-to-side.


Installation clearances

Allow the following clearances for ease of installation, proper air circulation, and plumbing and electrical connections:

Sides & Top

3/8 inch


1 inch


If your refrigerator is placed with the door hinge side against a wall, you may have to allow additional space so the door can be opened wider.






















































Adjustable Front Roller

Stationary Front Roller


(some models)

with Leveling Screw








(some models)


Door Removal Instructions

Top Hinge

Top Hinge

Tools Necessary:

Cover Front

Cover Rear
























3/8” Fixed








Wrench Set




The direction in which your refrigerator doors open (door swing) can be reversed, from left to right or right to left, by moving the door hinges from one side to the other. Reversing the door swing should be performed by a qualified person.


Before you begin, turn the refrigerator temperature control to “0” and remove the electrical power cord from the wall outlet. Remove any food from door shelves.

Top Hinge


Top Hinge

Door Stop



















Door removal and reversal instructions:

1 Remove toe grille.

2Remove top hinge cover. Trace around the hinge with a soft lead pencil. This makes reinstallation easier. Remove top hinge and lift door off center hinge pin. Set door aside.

3Unscrew center hinge pin using adjustable wrench and save for reassembly. Ensure plastic washer stays on hinge pin.

4Lift refrigerator door off of bottom hinge and set aside.

5Remove center hinge and shim by removing inside screw and loosening two outside screws enough to allow hinge and shim to slide out. Tighten screws.

6Loosen two outside screws on opposite side of refrigerator, remove inside screw and install center hinge.

7Remove two screws on bottom hinge with 3/8” socket wrench.

8Install bottom hinge on opposite side with the two screws removed from step 7.

9Unscrew bottom hinge pin using adjustable wrench. Move hinge pin to other hole in hinge and tighten with adjustable wrench.

10Reverse door handles (see instruction on next page).

11Move freezer and refrigerator door stops to opposite side. Before starting screws, use an awl to puncture the foam.

12Position refrigerator door onto bottom hinge pin and screw center hinge pin through center hinge into top of door. Close refrigerator door to help align hinge hole.

13Tighten center hinge pin with adjustable wrench.

14Remove cabinet and hinge hole plugs and move to opposite side.

15Lower freezer door onto center hinge pin.

16Close freezer door. Have an assistant lift up on opposite side of door while tightening screws to install top hinge.

17Flip toe grille and reinstall.

18Plug in electrical power cord and turn refrigerator temperature control to center position. Adjust setting as necessary.


Handle installation


Wear gloves and use extreme CAUTION when installing these handles. The rounded end of the handles may be sharp.


To ensure proper installation of handles, please review these instructions and illustrations thoroughly prior to installing the handles.

Additionally, before installing the door handles, make sure the door swing is correct. Your model will have either a right hand or left hand door swing. Follow instructions in the Use & Care Guide to reverse the doors, if necessary.

To attach metal refrigerator handle:

1Place rounded part of handle onto shoulder screw on face of door and align the two (2) holes in top of handle with the two (2) holes in top of door. Do not tighten the set screw yet.

2Install the two (2) screws into the top of the handle.

3Tighten the set screw on the rounded part of the handle until the handle is flush with the door, then tighten another 1/2 turn.

To attach metal freezer handle:

1Place rounded part of handle onto shoulder screw on face of door and align the two (2) holes in bottom of handle with the two (2) holes in bottom of door. Do not tighten the set screw yet.

2Install the two (2) screws into the bottom of the handle.

3Tighten the set screw on the rounded part of the handle until the handle is flush with the door, then tighten another 1/2 turn.

Stainless Steel Models


Stainless steel handles and doors are not reversible.


To attach plastic refrigerator handle:

1Place top of handle over dovetail screw, pull handle straight down until handle is aligned with screw holes on top of door.

2Secure top of handle with two screws.

To attach plastic freezer handle:

1Place top of handle over dovetail screw, pull handle straight up until handle is aligned with screw holes on bottom of door.

2Secure bottom of handle with two screws.

Handle installation

To reverse refrigerator/freezer handles:

Handles may be easier to reverse while doors are off. Reverse freezer and refrigerator handles as shown.


Be sure doors are set aside in a secure position where they cannot fall and cause personal injury.


Connecting the Water Supply


To avoid electric shock, which can cause death or severe personal injury, disconnect the refrigerator from electrical power before connecting a water supply line to the refrigerator.


To Avoid Property Damage:

Copper or Stainless Steel braided tubing is recommended for the water supply line. Water supply tubing made of

¼ inch plastic is not recommended to be used. Plastic tubing greatly increases the potential for water leaks, and the manufacturer will not be responsible for any damage if plastic tubing is used for the supply line.

DO NOT install water supply tubing in areas where temperatures fall below freezing.

Chemicals from a malfunctioning softener can damage the ice maker. If the ice maker is connected to soft water, ensure that the softener is maintained and working properly.


Ensure that your water supply line connections comply with all local plumbing codes.

Before Installing The Water Supply Line,You Will Need:

Basic Tools: adjustable wrench, flat-bladescrewdriver, and PhillipsTM screwdriver

Access to a household cold water line with water pressure between 30 and 100 psi.

A water supply line made of ¼ inch (6.4 mm) OD, copper or stainless steel tubing. To determine the length of tubing needed, measure the distance from the ice maker inlet valve at the back of the refrigerator to your cold water pipe. Then add

approximately 7 feet (2.1 meters), so the refrigerator can be moved out for cleaning (as shown).

A shutoff valve to connect the water supply line to your household water system. DO NOT use a self-piercingtype shutoff valve.

A compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) for connecting a copper water supply line to the ice maker inlet valve.


Check with your local building authority for recommendations on water lines and associated materials prior to installing your new refrigerator. Depending on your local/state building codes, Frigidaire recommends for homes with existing valves its Smart Choice® water line kit 5305513409 (with a 6 ft. Stainless Steel Water Line) and for homes without an existing valve, Frigidaire recommends its Smart Choice water® line kit 5305510264 (with a 20 ft. Copper Water Line withself-tappingsaddle valve). Please refer to for more information.

To Connect Water Supply Line To Ice Maker InletValve

1.Disconnect refrigerator from electric power source.

2.Place end of water supply line into sink or bucket.

Turn ON water supply and flush supply line until water is clear. Turn OFF water supply at shutoff valve.

3.Remove plastic cap from water valve inlet and discard cap.

4.If you use copper tubing - Slide brass compression nut, then ferrule (sleeve) onto water supply line. Push water supply line into water valve inlet as far as it will go (¼ inch / 6.4 mm). Slide ferrule (sleeve) into valve inlet and finger tighten compression nut onto valve. Tighten another half turn with a wrench; DO NOT over tighten. See Figure 1.

If you use stainless steel tubing - The nut and ferrule are already assembled on the tubing. Slide compression nut onto valve inlet and finger tighten

compression nut onto valve. Tighten another half turn with a wrench; DO NOT over tighten. See Figure 2.

5.With steel clamp and screw, secure water supply line (copper tubing only) to rear panel of refrigerator as shown.

6.Coil excess water supply line (copper tubing only), about 2½ turns, behind refrigerator as shown and arrange coils so they do not vibrate or wear against any other surface.

7.Turn ON water supply at shutoff valve and tighten any connections that leak.

8.Reconnect refrigerator to electrical power source.

9.To turn ice maker on, lower wire signal arm (side mounted) or set the ice maker’s On/Off power switch to the “I” position (rear mounted).



Water Tubing


to Ice Maker


Fill Tube












water line


Water Valve




Valve Inlet


Water Valve

Copper water line

from household water supply

(Include enough tubing in loop to allow

moving refrigerator out for cleaning.)

Figure 1

Figure 2


After connecting the water supply, refer to “How to Prime the Water Supply System” for important information about priming an empty water supply system.

Your refrigerator’s water supply system includes several tubing lines, a water filter, a water valve, and a water tank. To ensure that your water dispenser works properly, this system must be completely filled with water when your refrigerator is first connected to the household water supply line.


Ice service




If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker, no ice will be produced during the first 24 hours of operation. Air in new plumbing lines may cause the ice maker to cycle two or three times before making a full tray of ice. With no usage, it will take approximately one to two days to fill the ice container.

New plumbing connections may cause the first production of ice cubes to be discolored or have an odd flavor. Discard ice made during the first 24 hours.


Automatic ice makers are also optional accessories that may be installed in most models at any time. Call your local dealer for information.

Turning your Ice Maker On

After the plumbing connections have been completed, the water

supply valve must be opened. Place the ice container under the ice

maker, pushing it as far back as possible. Lower the wire signal

arm to its “down” or ON position.

Turning your Ice Maker Off

To stop the ice maker, lift the wire signal arm until it clicks and locks in the “up” or OFF position. The ice maker also turns off automatically when the ice container is full.


Your ice maker is shipped from the factory with the wire signal arm in the ON position. To ensure proper function for your ice maker, hook up water supply immediately or turn ice maker OFF by lifting the wire signal arm until it clicks and locks in the UP position.

If the ice maker is not turned off and the water supply is not connected, the water valve will make a loud chattering noise.

Cool Down Period

To ensure safe food storage, allow the refrigerator to operate with the doors closed for at least 8 to 12 hours before loading it with food.

Refrigerator & Freezer Controls


When first turning refrigerator on, move refrigerator and freezer controls to Normal. This is the recommended initial setting. After 24 hours, adjust the controls as needed.
































































Freezer Control


Refrigerator Control


Temperature Adjustment

Adjust temperature gradually: move the knob in small increments, allowing the temperature to stabilize.

Turning the refrigerator control will change temperatures in both compartments. For example, if the refrigerator control is turned to a colder setting, the freezer

control may have to be adjusted to a warmer setting. Turning the freezer control will change only the freezer temperature.

To maintain temperatures, a fan circulates air in the refrigerator and freezer compartments. For good circulation, do not block cold air vents with food items.


Turning the refrigerator temperature control to “0” turns off the compressor and prevents the refrigerator from cooling, but does not disconnect the power to the light bulb and other electrical components. To turn off power to your refrigerator, you must unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.


Normal Operating Sounds and sights

Understanding the Sounds you may Hear

Your new, high-efficiencyrefrigerator may introduce unfamiliar sounds. These sounds normally indicate your refrigerator is operating correctly. Some surfaces on floors, walls, and kitchen cabinets may make these sounds more noticeable.


Rigid foam insulation is very energy efficient, but is not a sound insulator.

Following is a list of major components in your refrigerator and the sounds they can cause:

AEvaporator Refrigerant through the evaporator may create a boiling or gurgling sound.

BEvaporator fan You may hear air being forced through the refrigerator by the evaporator fan.

CDefrost heater During defrost cycles, water dripping onto the defrost heater may cause a hissing or sizzling sound. After defrosting, a popping sound may occur.


During the automatic defrost cycle, you may notice a red glow in the vents on the back wall of your freezer compartment. This is normal during the defrost cycle.

DAutomatic ice maker When ice has been produced, you will hear ice cubes falling into the ice bin. The ice maker will produce 2.5 to 3

pounds of ice every 24 hours depending on usage conditions.

EElectronic control & automatic defrost control These parts can produce a snapping or clicking sound when turning the cooling system on and off.

FCondenser fan You may hear air being forced through the condenser.

GCompressor Modern,high-efficiencycompressors run much faster than in the past. The compressor may have ahigh-pitchedhum or pulsating sound.

HWater valve Makes a buzzing sound each time it opens to fill the ice maker.

IDrain pan (not removable) You may hear water dripping into the drain pan during the defrost cycle.

JCondenser May create minimal sounds from forced air.