Frigidaire GLRT188WDSB User Manual

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Welcome & Congratulations

Congratulations on your purchase of a new refrigerator! We here at Electrolux Home Products, Inc. are very proud of our product and we are completly committed to providing you with the best service possible. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority.

Please read this Use & Care Manual very carefully. It contains valuable information on how to properly maintain your new refrigerator.

We know you’ll enjoy your new refrigerator and ThankYou for choosing our product.We hope you consider us for future purchases.


This Use & Care Manual provides specific operating instructions for your model. Use your refrigerator only as instructed in this manual. These instructions are not meant to cover every possible condition and situation that may occur. Common sense and caution must be practiced when installing, operating and maintaining any appliance.

Please record your model and serial numbers below for future reference. This information is found on your serial plate located inside the refrigerator compartment.

NOTE: Use only soap and water to clean serial plate.

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Important Safety Instructions

WARNING: Please Read All Instructions Before Using This Refrigerator.


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.


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.


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.

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.


The refrigerator must be plugged into its own dedicated 115 Volt, 60 Hz., AC only electric outlet.

The power cord of the appliance is equipped with a three-pronggrounding plug for your protection against electrical shock hazards. It must be plugged directly into a properly groundedthree-prongreceptacle. The receptacle must be installed in accordance with local codes and ordinances. Consult a qualified electrician.

Do not use an extension cord or adapter plug.

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

If the power cord is damaged, it should be replaced by the manufacturer, service technician or a qualified person 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 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 outlet controlled by a wall switch or pull cord to prevent the refrigerator from being turned off accidentally.

Avoid connecting refrigerator to a Ground Fault Interruptor (GFI) circuit.



This Use & Care Manual provides specific operating instructions for your model. Use the refrigerator only as instructed in this Use & Care Manual. 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 or water dispenser.


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.

Installation Clearances

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

Sides & Top ---------------


Back ------------------------



NOTE: 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.

Your refrigerator should be positioned to allow easy access to a counter when removing food.


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

To Level Your Refrigerator:

1. Remove toe grille.

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

NOTE: Raise the front of the refrigerator enough so the doors close freely when opened halfway. The refrigerator should slope ¼” to ½” fromfront-to-back.Then level the refrigerator from side to side.


The drip tray for your refrigerator’s water dispenser comes from the factory detached. Its removal also allows easy cleaning. To

install the drip tray, fit it into the bottom of the dispenser bay and snap into place.


Installation - Connecting To 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 tubing is recommended for the water supply line. Water supply tubing made of ¼” plastic is not recommended since it greatly increases the potential for water leaks. Manufacturer will not be responsible for any damage if plastic tubing is used for 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.

IMPORTANT: 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 20 and 100 psi.

A water supply line made of ¼ inch (6.4 mm) OD, copper tubing. To determine the length of copper tubing needed, you will need to 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 aself-piercingtype shutoff valve.

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

NOTE: Water line kit number 5303917950, available from your appliance dealer at additional cost, contains 25 feet (7.6 meters) of ¼ inch OD copper tubing, a saddle type shutoff valve (nonpiercing), (2) ¼ inch brass compression nuts, (2) ferrules/sleeves, and instructions for installing a water supply line.

To Connect Water Supply Line To Inlet Valve

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 shut off valve.

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

4. Slide brass compression nut, then ferrule (sleeve) onto water supply line, as shown.

5. Push water supply line into water valve inlet as far as it will go (¼ inch). Slide ferrule(sleeve) into valve inlet and finger tighten compression nut onto valve. Tighten another half turn with a wrench; DO NOT over tighten.

6. With steel clamp and screw, secure water supply line to rear panel of refrigerator as shown.

7. Coil excess water supply line (about 2½ turns) behind refrigerator as shown andarrange coils so they do not vibrate or wear against any other surface.

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

9. Reconnect refrigerator to electrical power source.

10.To turn ice maker on, lower wire signal arm (see ice maker front cover for ON/ OFF position of arm).

IMPORTANT: It takes approximately 24 hours for the ice maker to begin producing ice. Air in new plumbing lines may cause ice maker to cycle two or three times before making a full tray of ice. New plumbing may cause ice to be discolored or have poor flavor. Discard ice made during the first 24 hours.


Door Removal Instructions

Top Hinge


Top Hinge





Tube Cable Bracket

Wood Block

Shim Pin




If your refrigerator will not fit through an entrance area, you can reduce its size by removing the doors. Check first by measuring the entrance.

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

1.Disconnect electrical supply.

2.Remove toe grille (see page 4 to learn how).

To remove freezer door:

1.Remove top hinge cover and screws.

2.Trace around the hinge with a soft lead pencil. This makes reinstallation easier.

3.Remove top hinge and lift door off bottom hinge pin.

4.Reverse this procedure to reinstall freezer door.

To remove refrigerator door:

1.Place wood block under door to support its weight.

2.Unfasten the multi-wirecable bracket by removing its screw from the cabinet.

3.Detach the multi-wirecable connector located below the door.

Place your thumbs on flat sides of each connector, grasp firmly, and bend both ends back and forth while pulling apart.

NOTE: You may need to insert a flat screwdriver between the connector ends to release the locking tab (see illustration).

4.Detach the water tube from the connector located below the door. The connector releases when you press its outer sleeve inward.

NOTE: If refrigerator has been used, have a container ready to catch excess water from tube.

5.Remove the bottom hinge screws and hinge, holding the door as its weight rests on the wood block. Lay the door on its side to avoid damage to cable and tube.

6.Remove the center hinge screws and hinge. Ensure plastic washer stays on hinge pin.

7.Reverse this procedure to reinstall refrigerator door. When both doors are reinstalled, connect water line by inserting tube and pushing until mark touches face of fitting. Connect cable, replace toe grille, and plug in electrical power cord.


Features At A Glance

Features may vary according to model


Temperature Controls


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.


NOTE: When changing control settings, wait 24 hours before making additional adjustments.



NOTE: When first turning refrigerator on, move refrigerator


and freezer controls to


which is the recommended


initial setting.After 24 hours, adjust the controls as needed.


Adjust temperature gradually: move the knob in


small increments, allowing the temperature to






• For colder temperatures, turn the knob towards Colder.


• For warmer temperatures, turn the knob towards Cold.

Freezer Control (some models)

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.





Refrigerator Control (some models)




* IMPORTANT: Turning




the refrigerator temp-




erature control to “0”




turns off the com-




pressor, 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.

Refrigerator & Freezer Control (some models)


If Refrigerator compartment Is Too Warm

Turn Refrigerator Control Slightly Towards Colder.



If Refrigerator compartment Is Too Cold

Turn Refrigerator Control Slightly Towards Cold.



If Freezer compartment Is Too Warm

Turn Freezer Control Slightly Towards Colder.



If Freezer compartment Is Too Cold

Turn Freezer Control Slightly Towards Cold.



* To Turn Refrigerator Off

Turn Refrigerator Control To 0.




Looking Inside

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.


Refrigerator shelves are easily adjusted to suit individual needs. Before adjusting the shelves, remove all food.

To adjust sliding shelves:

1Remove shelf by pulling forward to stop position.

2Lift front edge up and pull out.

Replace the shelf on any pair of rails by reversing this procedure.

To adjust cantilever shelves:

NOTE: Cantilever shelves are supported at the back of the refrigerator. Cantilever shelves are available in either glass or wire.

1Lift front edge up.

2Pull shelf out.

Replace the shelf by inserting the hooks at rear of the shelf into the wall bracket. Lower the shelf into the desired slots and lock into position.

SpillSafeTM glass shelves (some models) catch and hold accidental spills. In some models, theSpillSafeTM shelves slide out for easy access to food and for fast cleaning. The shelves slide out independently of the cantilever brackets. Just pull the front of the shelf forward. The shelf can be extended as far as the stopper will allow but it isnot removable from the cantilever bracket.

Sliding Wire Shelf

Sliding Glass Shelf

Full Width Cantilever Glass Shelf

Cantilever Glass Shelf - Fixed and Sliding


Looking Inside (continued)


Door bins, shelves, and racks are provided for convenient storage of jars, bottles, and cans. Frequently used items can be quickly selected.

Some models have door racks or bins that can accommodate gallon-sizedplastic drink containers andeconomy-sizedjars and containers. Some racks are adjustable for maximum storage capacity.

The dairy compartment, which is warmer than the general food storage section, is intended for short term storage of cheese, spreads, or butter.

Door Rack


Some models have adjustable door bins that can be moved to suit individual needs.

To move door bins

1.Lift bin straight up.

2.Remove bin.

3.Place bin in desired position.

4.Lower bin onto supports until locked in place.


The Tall Bottle Retainer keeps tall containers in the bin from falling forward when opening or closing the refrigerator door. To install, hold the retainer at the top, and slide it over the outside wall of the bin, as shown in the diagram.The Tall Bottle Retainer works best with a Bin Snugger.

Tall Bottle Retainer (left) and Bin Snugger (right)


The innovative design of the Special Item Rack allows you to store a six-packof 12 ounce drink cans, a bottle of wine, atwo-litersoft drink bottle, or a carton of eggs.The Special Item Rack mounts on the left side of your refrigerator. To install, just slide the Special Item Rack onto any shelf as shown in the drawing.

Special Item Rack

Adjustable Door Bin