Frigidaire GLRT218WDQ7 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.

Model Number:

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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


Looking Inside - (continued)


The crispers, located under the bottom refrigerator shelf, are designed for storing fruits, vegetables, and other fresh produce. Wash items in water and remove excess water before placing them in the crispers. Items with strong odors or high moisture content should be wrapped before storing.


Some models are equipped with a Deli Drawer for storage of luncheon meats, spreads, cheeses, and other deli items.

Deli Drawer

Crisper Drawer


The Humidity Control, present on some models with crisper drawers, allows you to adjust the humidity within the crisper. This can extend the life of fresh vegetables that keep best in high humidity.

NOTE: Leafy vegetables keep best when stored with the Humidity Control set onHigh Humidity, or in a drawer without a Humidity Control. This keeps incoming air to a minimum and maintains maximum moisture content.


The Wine Rack stores bottles of wine, or single two-literplastic bottles of juice or soda pop.To install, slide the Wine Rack onto the shelf with the curve facing in. To remove, slide the Wine Rack out. Install on either side of shelf.

Wine Rack

Crisper Humidity Control


Water Dispenser & Ice Service


Your refrigerator includes an automatic water dispenser on the front of the refrigerator door. The dispenser is designed to accommodate containers up to 7½ inches high.





Dispenser Lock

The water dispenser includes a switch that allows you to disable the water dispenser.You can use this lock to prevent accidental spills, such as those caused by children pressing the dispensing button without a glass. The switch is located below the locked/unlocked symbols on the dispenser face plate.


Lock Dispenser Lock

Drip Tray

Water Dispenser

Dispensing Water

To operate the water dispenser, press a drinking glass against the dispensing button. Hold the glass as far up as possible, ensuring that the water dispensing spout is inside the lip of the glass.

To stop dispensing water, pull the glass away from the dispensing button. For colder water, first add ice to your drinking glass.

Drip Tray

The drip tray located at the base of the dispenser catches small spills and allows them to evaporate. This tray is removable for easy cleaning.

NOTE: Please do not pour excess water or ice into the drip tray. It does not have a drain.

How the Water Dispenser Works

The water tank, located inside the refrigerator door, automatically fills as water is dispensed. For proper dispenser operation, the recommended supply water pressure should fall between 20 psi and 100 psi.

Water pressure must not exceed 100 lbs. Excessive pressure may cause water filter to malfunction.

After the refrigerator is connected to the water supply, fill the water tank by drawing one glass of water. It may take about 1½ minutes after activating the dispenser button before water begins to fill this first glass. Continue flushing the system for 3 minutes to rid the tank and plumbing connections of any impurities.


Water Dispenser & Ice Service (continued)


If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker, it will provide a sufficient supply of ice for normal use. During the initial startup of your refrigerator, however, no ice will be produced during the first 24 hours of operation. Automatic ice makers are also optional accessories that may be installed in most models at any time. Call your local dealer for information.

The ice maker produces 2 to 5 pounds of ice every 24 hours depending on usage conditions. Ice is produced at a rate of 8 cubes every 80 to 160 minutes.

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.

New plumbing connections may cause the first production of ice cubes to be discolored or have an odd flavor. These first cubes should be discarded

until the cubes produced are free of discoloration and taste.

Ice Maker

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. If your model has an adjustable freezer shelf, place the shelf in the lower position, so that the wire signal arm will hit the ice when the container is full.

IMPORTANT: Your ice maker is shipped with the wire signal arm in the ON position. To ensure proper function of 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.

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.

Ice Maker Tips

Ice cubes stored too long may develop an odd flavor. Empty the ice container and ensure that the wire signal arm is in its “down” or ON position. The ice maker will then produce more ice.

Occasionally shake the ice container to keep ice separated.

Keep the wire signal arm in its “up” or OFF position until the refrigerator is connected to the water supply or whenever the water supply is turned off.

The following sounds are normal when the ice maker is operating:

Motor running

Ice loosening from tray

Ice dropping into ice container

Running water

Water valve opening or closing

NOTE: For more information on these operations, see theNormal Operating Sounds and Sights section.

Do Not place the ice container in your dishwasher.

Wash the ice container in warm water with mild detergent. Rinse well and dry.

Stop the ice maker when cleaning the freezer and during vacations.

If the ice maker will be turned off for a long period of time, turn the water supply valve to the closed position.


Water Dispenser & Ice Service (continued)

PureSource TM * ICE AND WATER FILTER (some models)

NOTE: If you purchased a refrigerator with a PureSource TM * Ice and Water filter, please read the following use and care information.This ice and water filter system filters water to your ice maker and water dispenser. It is located in the upper right back corner of the fresh food compartment.

System Startup:

Water supply does not need to be turned off, however, do not use ice and water dispenser while installing filter. The filter cartridge has already been installed in the filter housing at the factory. Refer to the How The Water Dispenser Works section to properly fill the system with water.

Order new filter cartridges through the dealer where you bought the refrigerator, contact the Customer Care Center at1-800-944-9044,or go to our web site It might be good to order some filter cartridges when you first install your refrigerator. Be sure to ask forthe RG-100PureSource™* replacement cartridge.

The PureSource™* NGRG-

2000 Ice and Water Filter System with the RG-100cartridge is tested and certified by NSF International, the

nationally recognized and respected, not for profit, certification organization for public health safety.The PureSource™* system is tested and certified to ANSI/NSF Standard 42. See performance data sheet for specifications. This system should not be used on water that is microbiologically unsafe or with water of unknown quality unless the water has been adequately disinfected before or after traveling through the filtration system.

Rated Capacity - 400 gallons

Rated service flow - .5GPM

Maximum Rated Pressure - 100 PSI

Maximum Operating Temp. - 100° F

Changing the Filter:

Water conditions vary throughout the world, but changing the water filter every 6 - 9 months normally will ensure the highest possible water quality. If the filter has been in a refrigerator that has not been in use for awhile (during moving for example), change the filter before reinstalling the refrigerator. The dispenser system will also operate without filtration (with filter cartridge removed).

To change filter:

It is not necessary to turn the water supply off to change the filter.

1.Set ice maker wire signal arm to the OFF (up) position (See illustration on page 13). Turn dispenser lock to the locked position.

2.Hold filter cup firmly, and unscrew towards left (Some water could

leak out as you remove cup. This is normal.). Filter cartridge should come down with cup. If cartridge remains in housing, pull down gently, while twisting filter back and forth.

3.Rinse out cup under running water.

4.The large o-ringthat seals the filter system sets in theo-ringgroove down inside the cup. Should theo-ringfall out during filter cartridge

replacement, simply place it back in the groove prior to screwing the cup back in place. If the o-ringbecomes damaged, you will need to order one from theConsumer Assistance Center.

5.Discard old filter cartridge.

6.Remove new filter cartridge from packaging and place in cup. The end with the small o-ringshould be up, out of the cup.

7.Screw cup, with filter, back onto housing. Do Not Use Wrench To Reinstall Cup. Filter cartridge willself-alignas cup is tightened. Be sure cup is completely tightened withPureSource™ logo facing outward.Do Not

Tighten Past Stop.

8.Set ice maker wire signal arm to the ON (down) position.

9.Check for leaks. Open refrigerator door. Wipe any water droplets from the filter cup. Fill a glass with water. If there is a leak, unscrew filter cup, and reinsert the filter cartridge. Check placement of large O-ring.Reinstall filter cup, making certain it is tightened completely.

10.To condition filter system and purge air from water line, fill a glass with water. Continue flushing the system for approximately 3 minutes to assure that the purest water possible is stored in the water tank.

Filter Replacement Reminder Stickers

There is a set of Reminder Stickers included in the envelope that the Use & Care Guide came in. Choose a dated sticker that indicates 6 - 9 months (depending on your water quality and usage) from the date of installation. Place the sticker on the front of the filter cup to remind you when it is time to change the filter.

* White Westinghouse uses the name CrystalClear instead of PureSource, but they are the same filter


Food Storage & Energy Saving Ideas


Fresh Food Storage

The fresh food compartment should be kept between 34° F and 40° F with an optimum temperature of 37° F.

Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator shelves. This reduces the circulation of air around the food and results in uneven cooling.

Fruits and Vegetables

Storage in the crisper drawers traps moisture to help preserve the fruit and vegetable quality for longer time periods.


Raw meat and poultry should be wrapped securely so leakage and contamination of other foods or surfaces does not occur.

Frozen Food Storage

The freezer compartment should be kept at 0° F or lower.

A freezer operates most efficiently when it is at least 2/3 full.

Packaging Foods for Freezing

To minimize dehydration and quality deterioration, use aluminum foil, freezer wrap, freezer bags or airtight containers. Force as much air out of the packages as possible and seal them tightly. Trapped air can cause food to dry out, change color, and develop an off-flavor(freezer burn).

Wrap fresh meats and poultry with suitable freezer wrap prior to freezing.

Do not refreeze meat that has completely thawed.

Loading the Freezer

Avoid adding too much warm food to the freezer at one time. This overloads the freezer, slows the rate of freezing, and can raise the temperature of frozen foods.

Leave a space between the packages, so cold air can circulate freely, allowing food to freeze as quickly as possible.

Avoid storing hard-to-freezefoods such as ice cream and orange juice on the freezer door shelves. These foods are best stored in the freezer interior where the temperature varies less.


Locate the refrigerator in the coolest part of the room, out of direct sunlight, and away from heating ducts or registers. Do not place the refrigerator next to heat-producingappliances such as a range, oven, or dishwasher. If this is not possible, a section of cabinetry or an added layer of insulation between the two appliances will help the refrigerator

operate more efficiently.

Level the refrigerator so that the doors close tightly.

Refer to this Use & Care Manual for the suggested temperature control settings.

Do not overcrowd the refrigerator or block cold air vents. Doing so causes the refrigerator to run longer and use more energy.

Cover foods and wipe containers dry before placing them in the refrigerator. This cuts down on moisture build-upinside the unit.

Organize the refrigerator to reduce door openings. Remove as many items as needed at one time and close the door as soon as possible.


Normal Operating Sounds & Sights


Your new high-efficiencyrefrigerator may make unfamiliar sounds.These are all normal sounds and soon will become familiar to you. They also indicate your refrigerator is operating as designed. Hard surfaces, such as vinyl or wood floors, walls, and kitchen cabinets may make sounds more noticeable. Listed below are descriptions of some of the most common sounds you may hear, and what is causing them.

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

A. Evaporator

The flow of refrigerant through the evaporator may create a boiling or gurgling sound.

B. Evaporator Fan

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

C. Defrost Heater

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

IMPORTANT: 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.

D. Automatic Ice Maker

If your refrigerator is equipped with an automatic ice maker, you will hear ice cubes falling into the ice bin.

E. Cold Control & Defrost Timer or Automatic Defrost Control

These parts can produce a snapping or clicking sound when turning the refrigerator on and off. The timer also produces sounds similar to an electric clock.

F. Condenser Fan

If condenser coils are located underneath your refrigerator as shown in the drawing at the left, you have a condenser fan. You may hear air being forced through the condenser by the condenser fan.


Modern, high-efficiencycompressors operate much faster than older models. The compressor may have ahigh-pitchedhum or pulsating sound.

H.Water Valve

If your refrigerator is equipped with an automatic ice maker, you will hear a buzzing sound as the water valve opens to fill the ice maker during each cycle.

I. Drain Pan (Nonremovable)

You may hear water running into the drain pan during the defrost cycle.

J. Condenser

May create minimal sounds from forced air.


Care & Cleaning

Keep your refrigerator and freezer clean to prevent odor build-up.Wipe up any spills immediately and clean both sections at least twice a year.Never use any type of metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or strong alkaline solutions on any surface.Do not wash any removable parts in a dishwasher.Always unplug the electrical power cord from the wall outlet before cleaning.

When moving the refrigerator, pull straight out. Do not shift the refrigerator from side to side as this may tear or gouge the floor covering. If the refrigerator has an automatic ice maker, be careful not to move the refrigerator beyond the plumbing connections.

Damp objects stick to cold metal surfaces. Do not touch refrigerated surfaces with wet or damp hands.

Never use CHLORIDE to clean stainless steel.


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

Do not use razor blades or other sharp instruments which can scratch the appliance surface when removing adhesive labels. Any glue left from tape or labels can be removed with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent, or, touch the glue residue with the sticky side of tape you have already removed. Do not remove the serial plate.

Care & Cleaning Chart



What To Use





Tips and Precautions










Soap and water

Use 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Be sure to wring


excess water out of sponge or cloth before cleaning around controls,

Baking soda and water


light bulb or any electrical part.












Door Gaskets

Soap and water

Wipe gaskets with a clean soft cloth.










Soap and water

Do not wash any removable items (bins, drawers, etc.) in dishwasher.











Glass Shelves

Soap and water

Allow glass to warm to room temperature before immersing in warm water.

Glass cleaner













Mild liquid sprays






Toe Grille

Soap and water

Vacuum dust from front of toe grille. Remove toe grille (See illustration on


Mild liquid sprays

page 4). Vacuum backside and wipe with sudsy cloth or sponge. Rinse and


Vacuum attachment


Exterior and

Soap and water

Do not use commercial household cleaners, ammonia, or alcohol to clean

Non Abrasive Glass

handles. Use a soft cloth to clean smooth handles. Do Not use a dry cloth to





clean smooth doors.

Exterior and

Soap and water





Never use CHLORIDE to clean stainless steel.
























(Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Cleaners

Clean stainless steel front and handles with non-abrasivesoapy water and a



dishcloth. Rinse with clean water and a soft cloth. Wipe stubborn spots with an

Models Only)



ammonia-soakedpaper towel, and rinse. Use anon-abrasivestainless steel




cleaner. These cleaners can be purchased at most home improvement or




major department stores. Always follow manufacturer's instructions.




NOTE: Always clean, wipe and dry with the grain to prevent cross-grain




scratching. Wash the rest of the cabinet with warm water and mild liquid




detergent. Rinse well, and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.










Care & Cleaning (continued)


Both the freezer and fresh food compartments of your refrigerator include light bulbs that will need replacing from time to time. Some lights have covers that you will need to remove before replacing the light bulbs. Always use bulbs that are designed for appliance lighting.

Wear gloves when replacing light bulbs to avoid cuts.

To Replace Light Bulbs (some models)

1.Unplug refrigerator.

2.Wear gloves as protection against possible broken glass.

3.Unsnap light shield as shown.

4.Unscrew and replace old bulb with an appliance bulb of the same wattage.

5.Replace light shield.

6.Remember to plug the refrigerator back in.


Your refrigerator is equipped with a condenser that never needs cleaning under normal operating conditions.

Freezer Light Cover Removal

Refrigerator Mid-LevelLight Cover Removal


Vacation and Moving Tips




Leave refrigerator operating during vacations of 3 weeks or less.


Use all perishable items from refrigerator compartment.


Turn automatic ice maker off and empty ice bucket, even if you will only be


gone for a few days.




Remove all food and ice if you will be gone one month or more.


Turn controls to "O" ( the OFF position) and disconnect power.


Turn off automatic ice maker and turn water supply valve to closed position.


Clean interior thoroughly.


Leave both doors open to prevent odors and moldbuild-up.Block doors open if






Remove all food and ice.


If using handcart, load from side.

Adjust rollers all the way up to protect them during sliding or moving.



Pad cabinet to avoid scratching surface.













Warranty Information








































Your refrigerator is protected by this warranty




















































One year from original

Pay all costs for repairing or replacing any parts of this

Costs of service calls that are listed under NORMAL






purchase date

appliance which prove to be defective in materials or










workmanship. Excludes original and replacement Ice










& Water filter cartridges (if equipped). Original and










replacement cartridges are warranted for 30 days










(parts only).















Second through fifth

Repair or replace any parts in the cabinet liner or

Costs for pick up and delivery of the appliance required because






years from original

Sealed Refrigeration System (compressor, condenser,

of service. Costs for labor, parts and transportation other than





(Cabinet Liner and

purchase date

evaporator, drier and tubing) which prove to be

with respect to the cabinet liner or Sealed Refrigeration System.





Sealed System)


defective in materials or workmanship.















Time periods listed

All of the provisions of the full warranties above and

Costs of the technician's travel to the home and any costs for







the exclusions listed below apply.

pick up and delivery of the appliance required because of





(Applicable to the








State of Alaska)
















In the U.S.A., your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Home Products , Inc. We authorize no person to change or add to any of our obligations under this warranty. Our obligations for service and parts under this warranty must be performed by us or an authorized Electrolux Home Products, Inc. servicer. In Canada, your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Canada Corp.





This warranty applies only to products in ordinary household use, and the consumer is responsible for the items listed below:

1.Proper use of the appliance in accordance with instructions provided with the product.

2.Proper installation by an authorized servicer in accordance with instructions provided with the appliance and in accordance with all local plumbing, electrical and/or gas codes.

3.Proper connection to a grounded power supply of sufficient voltage, replacement of blown fuses, repair of loose connections or defects in house wiring.

4.Expenses for making the appliance accessible for servicing, such as removal of trim, cupboards, shelves,etc., which are not a part of the appliance when it was shipped from the factory.

5.Damages to finish after installation.

6.Replacement of light bulbs and/or fluorescent tubes (on models with these features).

This warranty does not cover the following:



NOTE: Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

2.Service calls which do not involve malfunction or defects in workmanship or material, or for appliances not in ordinary household use. The consumer shall pay for such service calls.

3.Damages caused by services performed by servicers other than Electrolux Home Products, Inc., Electrolux

Canada Corp. or its authorized servicers; use of parts other than genuine Electrolux Home Products, Inc. parts; obtained from persons other than such servicers; or external causes such as abuse, misuse, inadequate power supply or acts of God.

4.Products with original serial numbers that have been removed or altered and cannot be readily determined.

Keep your bill of sale, delivery slip, or some other appropriate payment record. The date on the bill establishes the warranty period should service be required. If service is performed, it is in your best interest to obtain and keep all receipts. This written warranty gives you specific legal rights.You may also have other rights that vary from state to state. Service under this warranty must be obtained by contacting Electrolux Home Products, Inc. or Electrolux Canada Corp.

This warranty only applies in the 50 States of the U.S.A., in Puerto Rico, and in Canada. Product features or specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice. All warranties are made by Electrolux Home Products, Inc. In Canada, your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Canada Corp.


01-U-RE-02(Rev. 01/2002)







Electrolux Home Products, Inc

Electrolux Canada Corp.

P.O. Box 212378

6150 McLaughlin Road

Augusta, GA 30917

Mississauga, Ontario


L5R 4C2



To Properly Install Your Refrigerator

See “Installation” Section On Pages 4-5

Before You Call


Before calling for service, review this list. It may save you time and

expense. This list includes common occurrences that are not the result of


defective workmanship or materials in this appliance.




Ensure plug is tightly pushed into electrical outlet.


Check/replace fuse with a 15 amptime-delayfuse. Reset circuit

Refrigerator does not run.




The temperature control is turned to "O".


Refrigerator may be in defrost cycle. Wait 20 minutes and check again.




Freezer temperature too cold.

Set freezer control to a warmer setting until freezer temperature is

Refrigerator temperature is


satisfactory. Allow 24 hours for the temperature to stabilize.







Refrigerator temperature too cold.

Set refrigerator control to a warmer setting. Allow 24 hours for

Freezer temperature is


temperature to stabilize. Then check freezer temperatures and adjust



as needed.



* Refrigerator is noisy or vibrates.

The cabinet is not level.

Floor is weak.




Odors in refrigerator.

Interior needs to be cleaned.

Foods that produce odors should be covered or wrapped.






Replace light bulb.

Cabinet light not working.

Ensure plug is tightly pushed into electrical outlet.

Light switch may be stuck. Push in light switch, located on the




refrigerator control box, to release.




Ensure the Wire Signal Arm is not in UP position.

Automatic ice maker not working.

Ice maker should produce 4 to 5 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period.

Water supply is turned off.

(some models)

Water pressure is too low.



The freezer is not cold enough.







* See Normal Operating Sounds and Sights.