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Use & Care Manual

Freezer

Product Registration

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Energy Saving Ideas

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Important Safety Instructions

2-3

First Steps

3 - 4

Setting

4

the Temperature Control

Freezer Optional Features

4 - 6

Care and Cleaning

7 - 8

Power Failure/Freezer Failure

8

Avoid Service Checklist

9 - 10

Warranty

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P/N 297079200 (Feb 2006)

Product Registration

The information contained in this Use and Care Guide will instruct you on how to properly operate and care for your product. Please read through the information contained in your literature pack to learn more about your new freezer.

Record your Model and Serial Numbers

Record the model number and serial number of this freezer in the space provided below.

Model No.

Serial No.

Register Your Product

The self-addressedPRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD (shown above) should be filled in completely, signed and returned to Electrolux Home Products.

This Use and Care Guide provides operating instructions for your model. Use your freezer only as instructed in this Use and Care Guide.

Energy Saving Ideas

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

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Electrical Information

These guidelines must be followed to ensure that safety mechanisms in the design of this freezer will operate properly.

Avoid fire hazard or electric shock. Do not use an extension cord or an adapter plug. Do not remove any prong from power cord.

Refer to the serial plate for correct electrical rating. The power cord of the freezer is equipped with a three-prong grounding plug for protection against shock hazards. It must be plugged directly into its own properly grounded three-prong receptacle, protected with a 15 amp time delay fuse or circuit breaker. The receptacle must be installed in accordance with the local codes and ordinances. Consult a qualified electrician. Receptacles with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are NOTRECOMMENDED.DONOTUSEANEXTENSIONCORDOR

ANADAPTERPLUG.

If the voltage varies by 10 percent or more, freezer performance may be affected. Operating the freezer with insufficient power can damage the motor. Such damage is not covered under the warranty. If you suspect your voltage is high or low, consult your power company for testing.

To prevent the freezer from being turned off accidentally, do not plug the unit into an outlet controlled by a wall switch or pull cord.

Do not pinch, knot, or bend the power cord in any manner.

Other Precautions

To defrost, always unplug unit first.

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

Turning the control to “OFF” turns off the compressor but does not disconnect power to other electrical components.

First Steps

Before starting the freezer, follow these important first steps.

Installation / Freezer Placement

Choose a place that is near a grounded electrical outlet.

The freezer should be located where surrounding temperature will not exceed 110ºF (43ºC). Temperatures of 32ºF (0ºC) and below will NOT affect freezer operation. Additional compressor heaters are not recommended.

Allow space around the unit for good air circulation. Leave a 3 inch (75mm) space on all sides of the freezer for adequate circulation.

3" AIR SPACE

3"

3"

3"

1"

Installation

Leveling

The freezer must have all bottom corners resting firmly on a solid floor. The floor must be strong enough to support a fully loaded freezer. It is VERY IMPORTANT for your freezer to be level in order to function properly. If the freezer is not leveled during installation, the door/lid may be misaligned and not close or seal properly, causing cooling, frost or moisture problems.

To level Upright Units:

After discarding crating screws and wood base, use a carpenter’s level to level the freezer from front to back. Adjust the plastic leveling feet in front, ½ bubble higher, so that the door closes easily when left halfway open.

To level Chest Units:

If needed, add metal or wood shims between feet pads and floor.

Unpacking and Leveling - Upright Freezers

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Door Removal (Upright Models)

Unplug the unit

Gently lay freezer on its back, on a rug or blanket.

Remove two base screws and base panel. Remove wire from clips on bottom of cabinet, if required.

Unplug connector, if required, by holding the cabinet connector in place and pulling the door connector out.

Remove the bottom hinge screws.

Remove the plastic top hinge cover.

Remove the screws from the top hinge.

Remove the top hinge from the cabinet.

Remove the door and bottom hinge from the cabinet.

To replace door, reverse the above procedures and securely tighten all screws to prevent hinge slippage.

Base

 

Panel

Base Panel Screws

 

Hinge Screws

Wire

Door Connector

Clips

Cabinet Connector

Electromechanical Control

Figure 1

Standard Electronic Temperature Control (Some Upright Frost Free Models)

The standard electronic temperature control is located inside the freezer on upright models (see Figure 2). Temperature is factory preset to provide satisfactory food storage temperatures. To adjust the temperature setting, move the UP ( ) button for warmer temperature and DOWN ( ) button for colder temperature on the control panel. Allow several hours for the temperature to stabilize between adjustments.

Standard Electronic Temperature Control

Lid Removal (Chest Models)

See lid removal instructions on the back of the cabinet.

Setting the Temperature Control

Cool Down Period

For safe food storage, allow four (4) hours for freezer to cool down completely. The freezer will run continuously for the first several hours. Foods that are already frozen may be placed in the freezer after the first few hours of operation. Unfrozen foods should NOT be loaded into the freezer until freezer has operated for four (4) hours.

When loading freezer, freeze only three (3) pounds of fresh food per cubic foot of freezer space at one time. Distribute packages to be frozen evenly throughout the freezer. It is not necessary to turn the control knob to a colder setting while freezing food.

Electromechanical Temperature Control (Chest and Some Upright Models)

The electromechanical temperature control is located inside the freezer on upright models, and on the left exterior wall on chest models (see figure 1). The temperature is factory preset to provide satisfactory food storage temperatures. However, the temperature control is adjustable to provide a range of temperatures for your personal satisfaction. To adjust the temperature setting, turn the temperature control knob clockwise or counter clockwise. Allow several hours for the temperature to stabilize between adjustments.

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Figure 2

Deluxe Electronic Temperature Control (Some Upright Frost Free Models)

Refer to the Electronics Control Guide supplied when you purchase a deluxe electronic upright model. See Figure 3 for deluxe electronics control panel.

 

Freezer Temp

Extreme Freeze

Temp Alarm

On/

Reset

Off

 

Deluxe Electronic Temperature Control

Figure 3

Freezer Optional Features

Your freezer may have some or all of the features listed below. Become familiar with these features and their use and care.

Power On Light

The power on light indicates that the freezer is properly connected to an electrical power. The light glows even when the temperature control is turned to “OFF”. If the light goes out, refer to “Freezer does not run” in the Avoid Service Checklist section.

Electromechanical Temperature Alarm (Audible Only or Audible with Warning Light)

This feature is designed to provide a warning of a possible malfunction. If the temperature of the food rises to a level unsafe for long-termstorage, the buzzer will sound. The red light, if equipped, will also glow. The Temp Alarm feature operates on household electricity. If power fails, the alarm will not function. An ON/OFF switch allows you to deactivate the Temp Alarm when not wanted. The freezer is shipped with the Temp Alarm in the “OFF” position (if equipped). After the freezer has run approximately four

(4) hours, the red light, if equipped, will go off. Then you may activate the Temp Alarm without the alarm sounding.

Press the “ON” switch to activate the Temp Alarm feature. To deactivate, press the “OFF” switch.

If the alarm sounds, be sure freezer is properly leveled, and the door/lid closes freely and seals properly. If you suspect a technical malfunction, call an authorized service personnel immediately.

Electronic Temperature Alarm (Some Electronic Chest Models)

This feature is designed to provide a warning if the inside temperature reaches an unsafe level. The Temp Alarm feature operates on household electricity. It will not function if household electricity is interrupted.

When the freezer is initially plugged in, the red Temp Alarm indicator light blinks. The indicator light will continue to blink until the freezer has reached a safe freezing temperature. If a malfunction causes an unsafe temperature inside the freezer, the red light will blink and the buzzer will sound. To silence the buzzer, press the ALARM OFF button. The indicator light will continue to blink until a safe freezing temperature is again reached. If the problem is not solved within twelve (12) hours, the buzzer will turn on again. If the ALARM OFF button is not pressed, the buzzer will turn itself off automatically after 48 hours, but the red Temp Alarm light will continue to blink.

Electronic Temperature Alarm (Some Electronic Upright Models)

Refer to the Electronics Control Guide supplied when you purchase a deluxe electronic upright model.

 

Freezer Temp

Extreme Freeze

Temp Alarm

On/

Reset

Off

 

Slide-OutBasket (Some Upright Models)

The slide-outbasket, located at the bottom of the freezer provides separate storage space for items that are difficult to store on freezer shelves. To remove the basket, pull out and lift up.

Security Lock with Pop-outKey

This security lock fastens the door/lid snugly, ensuring that stored food is secure. To lock or unlock the freezer, push the key into the lock and turn. The key pops out of the lock after it has been turned.

Interior Light

The light comes on automatically when the door/lid is opened. To replace the light bulb, turn the temperature control to “OFF” and unplug the electrical cord. Replace the old bulb with a bulb of the same type and wattage.

Adjustable Shelf (Some Upright Models)

This shelf can be moved to one of two positions. Lift the shelf up and out to move to the desired position.

Slide-AsideBasket (Chest Models)

This basket helps organize odd-shapeditems. To reach other packages in the freezer, slide the basket aside or lift out.

Slide-AsideBasket

Fast Freezing Shelves (Manual Defrost Upright Models)

These shelves contain cooling coils to freeze foods quickly and allow cold air to constantly circulate throughout the freezer. Do not use sharp metal objects such as ice picks or scrapers to clean the shelves. This could damage the shelves and reduce their cooling ability. These shelves are not adjustable.

Tilt-OutShelf (Some Upright Models)

This shelf is located inside on the freezer door and provides additional storage space. To access an item, tilt the top of the “basket” shelf down.

Tilt-OutShelf

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bottom of the freezer, provides a irregular shaped items. Lift the

Models)

Models)

extra-largeboxes of frozen pizza out from beneath a pile of other location of the pizza shelf: support with one hand and use your other tab outward until they have all the shelf and the liner wall. It may slightly to the side opposite that tabs in order to get a larger gap

shelf and the liner wall.

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Chest Divider (Some Chest Models)

Use these clever dividers to custom-arrangea variety of differentsized storage bins in the bottom of your chest freezer. Use thepeel-n-sticklabels found in your literature packet to help remind you which items are stored where. If you have an item that isn’t already covered by one of thepre-printedlabels then use one of the blank labels and a permanent marking pen to make your own custom label. Labels can be peeled off when no longer needed and replaced by new and different ones.

Examples of Chest Divider Configurations:

Compressor Mounted Drain Pan (Most Upright Frost Free Models)

Most upright frost free freezers are equipped with a compressor mounted drain pan that collects condensate during each defrost cycle. This compressor mounted drain pan takes advantage of the heat generated by the compressor to evaporate condensate water so there is no need to empty the pan during each defrost cycle.

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Care and Cleaning

Damp objects stick to cold metal surfaces. DO NOT touch interior metal surfaces with wet or damp hands.

The freezer must be unplugged (to avoid electrical hazard) from power source when defrosting the unit.

Some upright and chest freezers are frost free and defrost automatically, but should be cleaned occasionally.

Between Defrostings

To avoid frequent defrosting, occasionally use a plastic scraper to remove frost. Scrape with pulling motion. NEVER use a metal instrument to remove frost.

Defrosting

It is important to defrost and clean the freezer when ¼ to ½ inch of frost has accumulated. Frost may tend to accumulate faster on the upper part of the freezer due to warm, moist air entering the freezer when the door/lid is opened. Remove food and leave the door/lid open when defrosting the freezer.

To Defrost Upright Models with Defrost Drain:

Remove the drain plug on the inside floor of the freezer by pulling it straight out.

To access external drain tube on models with a base panel, first remove the two screws from the base panel. Locate the drain tube near the left center under the freezer.

Place a shallow pan under the drain tube. Defrost water will drain out. Check the pan occasionally so water does not overflow (see figure 1).

A ½ inch garden hose adapter can be used to drain the freezer directly into a floor drain. If your model is not equipped with an adapter, one can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Replace the drain plug when defrosting and cleaning are completed. If the drain is left open, warm air may enter the freezer.

To Defrost Chest Models with Defrost Drain:

Place a shallow pan or the Divider/Drain Pan (if equipped) beneath the drain outlet. Pull out the outside drain plug (see figure 2). A ½ inch garden hose adapter can be used to drain the freezer directly into a floor drain (see figure 3). If your model is not equipped with an adapter, one can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Pull out the drain plug inside the freezer (see figure 4). Defrost water will drain out. Check pan occasionally so water does not overflow.

Replace the drain plugs when defrosting and cleaning are completed. If the drain is left open, warm air may enter the freezer.

To Defrost Models without Defrost Drain:

Place towels or newspapers on the freezer bottom to catch the frost. The frost will loosen and fall.

Remove the towels and/or newspapers.

If the frost is soft, remove it by using a plastic scraper. If the frost is glazed and hard, fill deep pans with hot water and place them on the freezer bottom.

Close the freezer door/lid. Frost should soften in about fifteen

(15)minutes.

Repeat this procedure is necessary.

Drain Tube

Drain Pan

Figure 1

DEFROST

PAN

DRAIN

 

PLUG

Figure 2

 

 

HOSE

 

ADAPTOR

DEFROST

DRAIN

PLUG

Figure 3

Figure 4

Cleaning The Inside

After defrosting, wash inside surfaces of the freezer with a solution of two (2) tablespoons of baking soda in one (1) quart (1.136 liters) warm water. Rinse and dry. Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth when cleaning in the area of the controls, or any electrical parts.

Wash the removable parts with the baking soda solution mentioned above, or mild detergent and warm water. Rinse and dry. NEVER use metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or alkaline solutions on any surface.DO NOT wash removable parts in a dishwasher.

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Cleaning The Outside

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

Do not use razor blades or other sharp instruments, which can scratch the freezer surface when removing adhesive labels. Any glue left from the tape can be removed with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent, or touch the residue with the sticky side of the tape already removed. DO NOT REMOVE THE SERIAL PLATE.

Power Failure / Freezer Failure

Risk of Child Entrapment

If leaving the freezer door/lid open while on vacation, make certain that children cannot get into the freezer and become entrapped. DO NOT open freezer door/lid unnecessarily if freezer is off for several hours.

Vacation and Moving Tips

Short Vacations:

Leave the freezer operating during periods of non-useof less than three (3) weeks.

Long Vacations:

If the freezer will not be used for several months:

Remove all food and unplug the power cord.

Clean and dry the interior thoroughly.

Leave the freezer door/lid open slightly, blocking it open if necessary, to prevent odor and mold growth.

Moving:

When moving the freezer, follow these guidelines to prevent damage:

Disconnect the power cord plug from the wall outlet.

Remove foods, then defrost, and clean the freezer.

Secure all loose items such as base panel, baskets, and shelves by taping them securely in place to prevent damage.

In the moving vehicle, secure freezer in an upright position to prevent movement. Also, protect outside of freezer with a blanket or similar item.

IFAPOWERFAILUREOCCURS:

Frozen foods will stay frozen for at least 24 hours if the freezer is kept closed. If the power failure continues, pack seven or eight pounds of dry ice into the freezer every 24 hours. Look in the Yellow Pages under “Dry Ice”, “Dairies”, or “Ice Cream Manufacturers” for local dry ice suppliers. Always wear gloves and use caution when handling dry ice.

If the freezer has stopped operating, see the “Freezer does not run” section in the Avoid Service Checklist section of this use and care guide. If you cannot solve the problem, call an authorized service personnel immediately.

If the freezer remains off for several hours, follow the directions above for the use of dry ice during a power failure. If necessary, take the food to a local locker plant until the freezer is ready to operate. Look in the Yellow Pages under “Frozen Food Locker Plants”.

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AVOID SERVICE

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

CHECKLIST

appliance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROBLEM

 

CAUSE

 

CORRECTION

FREEZER DOES NOT RUN.

 

 

 

Freezer does not run.

*

Freezer is plugged into a circuit that

*

Use another circuit. If you are unsure about the outlet,

 

 

has a ground fault interrupt.

 

have it checked by a certified technician.

 

*

Temperature control is in the "OFF"

*

See Thermostat Setting.

 

 

position.

 

 

 

*

Freezer may not be plugged in, or

*

Ensure plug is tightly pushed into outlet.

 

 

plug may be loose.

 

 

 

*

House fuse blown or tripped circuit

*

Check/replace fuse with a 15 amp time delay fuse.

 

 

breaker.

 

Reset circuit breaker.

 

*

Power outage

*

Check house lights. Call local Electric Company.

Freezer runs too much or

*

Room or outside weather is hot.

*

It's normal for the freezer to work harder under these

too long.

 

 

 

conditions.

 

*

Freezer has recently been

*

It takes 24 hours for the freezer to cool down

 

 

disconnected for a period of time.

 

completely.

 

*

Large amount of warm or hot food

*

Warm food will cause freezer to run more until the

 

 

have been stored recently.

 

desired temperature is reached.

 

*

Door/lid is opened too frequently or

*

Warm air entering the freezer causes it to run more.

 

 

kept open too long.

 

Open the door/lid less often.

 

*

Freezer door/lid may be slightly

*

See "Door/lid Problems".

 

 

open.

 

 

 

*

Temperature control is set too low.

*

Turn control knob to a warmer setting. Allow several

 

 

 

 

hours for the temperature to stabilize.

 

*

Freezer gaskets are dirty, worn,

*

Clean or change gasket. Leaks in the door/lid seal will

 

 

cracked or poorly fitted.

 

cause freezer to run longer in order to maintain

 

 

 

 

desired temperature.

Interior freezer temperature

*

Temperature control is set too low.

*

Turn control knob to a warmer setting. Allow several

is too cold.

 

 

 

hours for the temperature to stabilize.

Interior freezer temperature

*

Temperature control is set too

*

Turn control knob to a colder setting. Allow several

is too warm.

 

warm.

 

hours for the temperature to stabilize.

 

*

Door/lid is opened too frequently or

*

Warm air entering the freezer causes it to run more.

 

 

kept open too long.

 

Open the door/lid less often.

 

*

Freezer door/lid may be slightly

*

See "Door/lid Problems".

 

 

open.

 

 

 

*

Large amount of warm or hot food

*

Wait until the freezer has had a chance to reach its

 

 

have been stored recently.

 

selected temperature.

 

*

Freezer has recently been

*

Freezer requires 24 hours to cool down completely.

 

 

disconnected for a period of time.

 

 

Freezer external surface

*

The external freezer walls can be

*

This is normal while the compressor works to transfer

temperature is warm.

 

as much as 30ºF warmer than room

 

heat from inside the freezer cabinet.

 

 

temperature.

 

 

SOUND AND NOISE

 

 

 

 

Louder sound levels

*

Modern freezers have increased

*

This is normal. When the surrounding noise level is

whenever freezer is on.

 

storage capacity and more stable

 

low, you might hear the compressor running while it

 

 

temperatures. They require high

 

cools the interior.

 

 

efficiency compressors.

 

 

Louder sound levels when

*

Freezer operates at higher

*

This is normal. Sound will level off or disappear as

compressor comes on.

 

pressures during the start of the ON

 

freezer continues to run.

 

 

cycle.

 

 

Popping or cracking sound

*

Metal parts undergo expansion and

*

This is normal. Sound will level off or disappear as

when compressor comes

 

contraction, as in hot water pipes.

 

freezer continues to run.

on.

 

 

 

 

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PROBLEM

 

CAUSE

 

CORRECTION

SOUND AND NOISE (Cont.)

 

 

 

Bubbling or gurgling sound,

*

Refrigerant (used to cool freezer) is

*

This is normal.

 

 

circulating throughout the system.

 

 

Vibrating or rattling noise.

*

Freezer is not level. It rocks on the

*

Level the freezer by putting wood or metal shims

 

 

floor when it is moved slightly.

 

under part of the freezer.

 

*

Floor is uneven or weak.

*

Ensure floor can adequately support freezer. Level

 

 

 

 

the freezer by putting wood or metal shims under part

 

 

 

 

of the freezer.

 

*

Freezer is touching the wall.

*

Re-levelfreezer or move freezer slightly.

WATER / MOISTURE / FROST INSIDE FREEZER

 

 

Moisture forms on inside

*

Weather is hot and humid, which

*

This is normal.

freezer walls.

 

increases internal rate of frost build-

 

 

 

 

up.

 

 

 

*

Door/lid is slightly open.

*

See "Door/lid Problems".

 

*

Door/lid is kept open too long or is

*

Open the door/lid less often.

 

 

opened too frequently.

 

 

WATER / MOISTURE / FROST OUTSIDE FREEZER

 

 

Moisture forms on outside

*

Door/lid is slightly open.

*

See "Door/lid Problems".

freezer walls.

 

 

 

 

ODOR IN FREEZER

 

 

 

 

Odors in freezer.

*

Interior needs to be cleaned.

*

Clean interior with sponge, warm water, and baking

 

 

 

 

soda.

 

*

Foods with strong odors are in the

*

Cover the food tightly.

 

 

freezer.

 

 

DOOR/LID PROBLEMS

 

 

 

 

Door/lid will not close.

*

Freezer is not level. It rocks on the

*

Level the freezer by putting wood or metal shims

 

 

floor when it is moved slightly.

 

under part of the freezer.

 

*

Floor is uneven or weak.

*

Ensure floor can adequately support freezer. Level

 

 

 

 

the freezer by putting wood or metal shims under part

 

 

 

 

of the freezer.

LIGHT BULB IS NOT ON

 

 

 

 

Light bulb is not on.

*

The fluorescent lamp or light bulb is

*

See "Fluorescent Lamp" or "Interior Light" on

 

 

burned out.

 

Features Section.

 

*

No electric current is reaching the

*

See "Freezer Does Not Run".

 

 

appliance.

 

 

AUTOMATIC ICE MAKER NOT WORKING (IF EQUIPPED)

 

 

Automatic ice maker not

*

Ensure the Wire Signal Arm is not in the "UP" position.

working (some models).

*

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

 

*

Water supply is turned off.

 

 

 

*

Water pressure is too low.

 

 

 

*

The freezer is not cold enough.

 

 

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