Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart User Manual

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Important Safety Information 5 Installation – Four Essential Requirements 7 Moving or Storing Your Refrigerator 9
Active Smart™ Operating Instructions 10 Active Smart™ Special Features 12 Active Smart™ Maintenance 13
Cleaning Care 14 Storing Food in Your Refrigerator 17 Storing Food in Your Freezer 19 Problem Solving Checklist 21 Limited Warranty 23
Instrucciones importantes de seguridad 26 Instalación – Cuatro Requisitos Esenciales 28 Mover o Almacenar su Refrigerador 30 Instrucciones de Operación del ‘Active Smart™’ 31 Características Especiales del ‘Active Smart™’ 33 Mantenimiento del ‘Active Smart™’ 34 Cuidados de Limpieza 35 Guardar Comida en su Refrigerador 38 Guardar Comida en su Congelador 40 Lista de comprobación para solucionar problemas 42 Garantía limitada 44
Table des matières
Consignes de sécurité importantes 47 Installation – quatre exigences essentielles 49 Déplacement ou entreposage du réfrigérateur 51 Procédures de mise en marche de l’Active Smart™ 52 Caractéristiques spéciales de l’Active Smart™ 54 Entretien de l’Active Smart™ 55 Nettoyage 56 Conservation des aliments au réfrigérateur 59 Conservation des aliments au congélateur 61 Un problème! Que faire? 63 Garantie limitée 65
Important Safety Information
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons read the IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS before operating this appliance.
Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this User Guide.
When using this appliance always exercise basic safety precautions including the following:
This appliance is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without supervision.
Young children should be supervised to ensure they do not play with the appliance.
Risk of child entrapment. Before you throw away your old refrigerator or freezer: –Take off the doors –Leave the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
Extreme care must be taken when disposing of your old appliance to avoid hazards. The
refrigerant gas must be safely removed and for the safety of young children, remove doors.
Your Fisher & Paykel Appliances Authorised Service Center will be able to give advice on
environmentally friendly methods of disposing of your old refrigerator or freezer.
This appliance must be properly installed in accordance with the installation instruction before it
is used.
Never unplug your refrigerator by pulling on the power cord.
Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the outlet.
Do not plug in any other appliance at its power point or use extension cords or double adapters.
Repair or replace immediately all electric service cords that have become frayed or otherwise
damaged. Do not use a cord that shows cracks or abrasion along its length or at either the plug
or appliance end. If the power supply cord is damaged, it must only be replaced by your Fisher & Paykel Appliances
Authorised Service Center because special purpose tools are required.
When moving your appliance away from the wall, be careful not to roll over or damage the
power cord.
Unplug your refrigerator before cleaning or replacing the lightbulb.
Important Safety Information
Storing Food and Drinks
Never store volatile or flammable materials in your refrigerator or freezer as they may explode. Never freeze liquids in glass containers. Liquid expands during freezing, which may cause the container to explode. Never freeze carbonated drinks. They may explode. Do not consume food if it is too cold. Food removed from the freezer compartment may be cold enough to cause damage when brought into contact with bare skin e.g. frozen ice cubes.
Power Failure – Food Safety
Do not refreeze frozen foods that have thawed completely. Follow the recommendations below if you discover food in your freezer has thawed:
1) Ice crystals still visible – food may be refrozen but should be stored for a shorter period than recommended.
2) Thawed but refrigerator cold – refreezing generally not recommended. Fruits and some cooked food can be refrozen but use as soon as possible. Meat, fish, poultry – use immediately or cook then refreeze. Vegetables – discard as they usually go limp and soggy.
3) Thawed but warmer than 4˚C /40˚F. Red meat can be cooked immediately and refrozen but use as soon as possible. Discard all other frozen foods. Do not refreeze frozen foods that have thawed completely. The food may be dangerous to eat.
Many commercially available cleaning products contain solvents which may attack plastic components of your refrigerator or freezer and cause them to crack. Please refer to the cleaning care section of this booklet for further advice.
Installation - Four Essential Requirements
Please follow the steps for installation to ensure your appliance operates correctly.
1. Power
The appliance must be installed so the plug is accessible. To ensure that the appliance is not accidentally switched off, connect your refrigerator or freezer to its own power point. Do not plug in any other appliance at this power point or use extension cords and double adaptors, as the combined weight of both power cords can pull the double adaptor from a wall outlet socket. For power requirements, refer to the information on the serial plate located at the front bottom right-hand side of the refrigerator when the door is open. It is essential that the appliance be properly grounded (earthed).
2. Location
Your refrigerator or freezer should not be located in direct sunlight or next to any heat generating appliance such as a range or dishwasher.
3. Stability
It is important that all four corners of the refrigerator or freezer base are supported firmly on the floor to eliminate any cabinet movement. Installing the appliance on a soft or uneven or unlevel floor may result in twisting of the cabinet and poor sealing of the doors. If the doors do not seal properly, warm air will enter the food storage areas causing the temperature to increase, resulting in food spoilage and food loss. Before moving your refrigerator or freezer into its position, ensure that the adjustable front feet are fully retracted by turning them anticlockwise (counter-clockwise), ie. towards the right of the cabinet. Position your refrigerator or freezer. Turn the adjustable feet clockwise, ie. to the left, to lower the adjustable front feet and raise the front of the appliance until it is level and stable. The front levelling foot on the hinge side should take the majority of the weight of the cabinet and the cabinet should be stable, i.e. cabinet should not rock or wobble.
Installation - Four Essential Requirements
4. Ventilation and Installation
To ensure adequate ventilation for your refrigerator or freezer, allow a minimum of 2” (50mm) of airspace above the cabinet, 1” (20mm) on each side, and 1 ⁄” (30mm) at the rear. (See diagram 1). The appliance is intended to be placed against a wall with a free distance not exceeding 3” (75mm). If building the appliance into a cupboard, follow installation instructions provided with the integration kits. Ensure the front face of the bench is aligned to the front corner edge of the refrigerator door. This will allow the door to fully open. (See diagram 2). If placing the refrigerator in a corner allow 5 ⁄” (140mm) clearance for the door to be able to open. (See diagram 3).
Before Placing Food in the Fresh Food or Freezer Compartments
Remove all packaging. Ensure that all transit clips are removed from the refrigerator. These are small rubber stops located at the back of the shelves. Allow the refrigerator and freezer to run empty for 2 – 3 hours to allow each compartment to cool to the appropriate temperature. Clean the inside of the appliance with warm water and a little liquid detergent to remove manufacturing and transportation dust. The appliance may have an odor on its initial operation, but this will go when the refrigerator and freezer have cooled sufficiently.
Energy Efficiency
Do not cover your appliances with any material that will prevent air from flowing around the cabinet sides. Do not leave the door open for any longer than is necessary. Allow good clearances in front of the air ducts within the cabinet for maximum cold air distribution.
Moving or Storing Your Refrigerator
If your refrigerator or freezer is turned off for any reason, wait 10 minutes before turning it back on. This will allow the refrigeration system pressures to equalise before restarting.
Moving Your Refrigerator
Turn off the appliance and unplug from the power point. Remove all food. Turn the adjustable feet to the right as far as they will turn (see page 7). Ease the refrigerator out of its position. Tuck the power cord away and tape the doors closed. Tape the shelves in place. If the cabinet needs to be placed at an angle or laid down, carefully lay it on its side (the right hand side when viewed from the front). Relocate and install. If the appliance has been left on its side for any length of time, leave it standing upright for at least 10 minutes before turning on.
Storing Your Refrigerator or Freezer
When storing your cleaned appliance, leave the door(s) open. This allows air to circulate and prevents the build up of bacteria and moulds. Before using again, clean well using a mixture of warm water and baking soda (add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to each 1 pint (500 ml) of water). Rinse with clean water.
Vacation Time
We recommend you leave your refrigerator or freezer operating while you are on vacation.
Active Smart™ Operating Instructions
Temperature Control
When the refrigerator is first turned on, the powerful cooling system will automatically cool both refrigerator and freezer compartments to their set temperatures. This will take between 2 – 3 hours depending on the temperature and humidity of the environment. The two compartment temperatures are accurately and independently controlled and do not change with the temperature or humidity of the surroundings; whether summer or winter. If you wish to alter the temperature of either the fresh food compartment or freezer compartment, this can be easily done by using the Control panel located at the back of the fresh food compartment.
Control Panel To adjust temperatures
Fresh food and freezer compartment indicator
Compartment select button
Fresh Food Compartment
The fresh food compartment light on the refrigerator diagram will be showing. The temperature indicator illustrated by a thermometer will show the temperature setting for this compartment as a series of lights. The temperature may be altered by pressing the increase temperature or decrease temperature buttons. One press on either of these buttons will produce a dimmer light which indicates a small change in temperature. Pressing either button twice gives a brighter light and indicates a greater change in temperature. Fewer lights on the thermometer means a cooler temperature for the compartment selected.
Increase temperature button
Decrease temperature button
Temperature indicator (thermometer)
Freezer Foods Compartment
To adjust the freezer temperature press the compartment select button until the light flashes on the freezer compartment indicator. The freezer temperature can be altered by pressing the increase or decrease temperature buttons. One press on either of these buttons will produce a dimmer light which indicates a small change in temperature. Pressing either button twice gives a brighter light and indicates a greater change in temperature.
Note: Successively pressing the compartment select button will automatically select between the
compartments, a return to the fresh food compartment will be accompanied by a longer beep. When the door is reopened the control panel will return automatically to the fresh food compartment setting.
Active Smart™ Operating Instructions
Sabbath Mode
To activate the Sabbath mode press the compartment select button on the temperature control panel for 10 seconds.
When the Product is in Sabbath Mode:
The light will not operate when the door is opened. The door alarm will not operate. The display will not be illuminated. Opening the door will not affect the compressor or fans.
If the power to the refrigerator is turned off whilst in this mode, the product will continue in Sabbath mode when the power is restored. Sabbath mode will automatically de-activate 80 hours after activation. To de-activate earlier than 80 hours press the compartment select button on the temperature control panel for 10 seconds.
Normal Refrigerator Sounds
Active Smart™ refrigerators, with their excellent energy ratings and cooling performance, can produce sounds somewhat different to your old refrigerator.
Normal Operational Sounds Include:
Fan air flow sound. Active Smart™ refrigerators have fans which change speed depending on demand. During cooling periods, such as after frequent door openings, fans circulate the cold air in the refrigerator and freezer compartments producing some air flow sound. This is quite normal. Cracking or popping which may sound like ice coming off the evaporator. This occurs when the defrost function is operating. Running water sound. This is the liquid refrigerant in the system and can be heard as a boiling or gurgling noise. An audible hissing sound after closing the freezer door. This is due to the pressure difference between the warm air that has entered the cabinet and suddenly cooled, and the outside air pressure.
Other strange sounds may be heard for the following reasons: – Cabinet not level – Floor uneven or weak – Bottles or jars rattling on shelves
Active Smart™ Special Features
Fruit and Vegetable Bins and Humidity Control Cover
The vegetable bins feature a unique cover which provides two functions: The humidity cover seals the bins and provides a humid microclimate to extend storage times of fruits and vegetables. The humidity cover prevents condensation, which forms at high humidities from dripping down onto the fruit and vegetables. The ability to retain high humidity in the fruit and vegetable bin may produce small amounts of water in the bottom of the fruit and vegetable bins. This can be wiped out as required.
Fruit and Vegetable Bins and Humidity Slide
Each fruit and vegetable bin has a humidity adaptor control that can be adjusted to fruit or vegetables depending on what is stored in the bins. If possible try to store fruit and vegetables separately. This will help extend their storage life. If there is a mixture of fruit and vegetables in the bin adjust the position of the control to the centre. If there is too much water in the bins the control can be adjusted towards the setting with fewer drips. Remember a small amount of water in the bins is beneficial for fruit and vegetable storage.
Ice Trays and Lid
To empty the ice cubes into the lid, hold the tray and lid together and twist to dislodge the cubes. Refill the ice tray with water, place lid containing ice cubes on top and store in the freezer. Ice cubes are best stored in a closed container or plastic bag as they readily absorb odors and tastes from other foods.
Door Alarms
If the fresh food compartment door is left open the refrigerator will beep after 90 seconds. If the freezer door is left open the refrigerator will beep after 60 seconds. While either door remains open, subsequent beeps will sound every 30 seconds for 5 minutes. A continuous alarm will sound if the door has been left open for 5 minutes or longer and the interior light will turn off. The alarm will stop when the door is closed.
Fault Alarms
If the electronic controller detects a fault from which it is unable to recover an alarm will sound. When the fresh food compartment door is opened a fault code (specific pattern of lights) will flash red and green on the Control panel to alert you to the fault. The audible alarm will stop when any button is pressed but the lights will remain flashing. If such a fault occurs, call your Fisher & Paykel Appliances Authorised Service Center immediately; the fault code will help the service person find and remedy the cause of failure.
Active Smart™ Special Features
Divider Instructions (Where Fitted)
To fit the divider, insert divider into bin on an angle, straighten and slot into place. To adjust the
divider, fully extend the bin, partially lift the divider, slide sideways and re-slot into position.
Active Smart™ Maintenance
Replacement of the Interior Light (Halogen Light Bulb)
Turn the power off at the wall socket before replacing the bulb. The light bulb is located on the
top roof of the cabinet at the front.
Remove the lens cover using a small screwdriver. Insert the screwdriver in the front center of the
lens cover and gently lever down. Pull out old bulb.
Do not touch the new bulb with your hand. Leave it in the plastic bag whilst slotting into position.
Remove plastic bag when bulb is in position.
Replace lens cover.
Turn power on. Light bulb should now glow.
The replacement halogen bulb
must not exceed 12 Volt/10 Watt.
Bulbs are available from your
Fisher & Paykel Appliances
Customer Care Center.
Your refrigerator is designed to operate for many years without the need for service checks. However, if your refrigerator is malfunctioning, have it attended to by your Fisher & Paykel Appliances Authorised Service Center as soon as possible. All electrical repairs must be carried out by an adequately trained service technician or qualified electrician.
Cleaning Care – Interior/Exterior
It is important to keep the interior of the refrigerator and freezer clean to help prevent food from becoming contaminated during storage. The amount and types of food stored determines how often cleaning should be carried out (ideally once every 1 to 2 weeks) in the refrigerator. Remove the shelves from cabinet and door. Wash shelves and storage bins in warm water and detergent; rinse in clean water and dry before replacing. Wipe over the interior surfaces with warm water and detergent or baking soda dissolved in warm water (add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to each 1 pint (500mls) of water). Rinse with clean water. To help remove “old stale refrigerator” smells add a few drops of vanilla essence or vinegar to the water before cleaning. Clean exterior surfaces with warm water and detergent. Use a toothbrush for the magnetic door gasket. Do not use harsh, abrasive cloths or cleaners or highly perfumed, strong smelling cleaners or solvents on any part of the refrigerator or freezer.
Exterior Stainless Exterior Door
It is important when cleaning the exterior door surface of your refrigerator, to only use liquid dishwashing detergent dissolved in warm water. Dry the door with a clean, lint free cloth. The use of any abrasive or stainless steel cleaners and solvents will damage the door surface.
Other Exterior Surfaces
Clean all other exterior surfaces with warm water and detergent. If necessary, clean the magnetic door gasket with an old toothbrush, warm water and detergent.
Water Evaporator Tray
The water evaporator tray is found above the compressor at the back of the refrigerator or freezer. The tray may require infrequent cleaning. Carefully move the refrigerator or freezer out from the wall. Switch off the appliance. If the tray is full, have one person support the tray while another person unscrews the fasteners. Take care not to spill any liquid over the electrical components. Empty trays may have the fasteners loosened and the tray slipped over through the keyhole. (Reverse order to reassemble). Wipe out with warm water and detergent or disinfectant. Reassemble taking care not to over-tighten the fasteners. Switch on the appliance.
Cleaning Care – Special Features
To Remove Trays
For ease of removal, empty food from tray/bin first.
Hold the centre front of the tray/bin handle.
Lift vertically to unclip from the runners and pull tray/bin towards you to remove.
Push runners back into refrigerator.
To Replace Trays
With the runners pushed back into the refrigerator, place the tray/bin on top of the runners.
Push the tray/bin back slowly until you feel it clip back onto the runners.
Important Note: Ensure that trays and bins are securely clipped onto the runners before use.
Important Note: Bin and tray runners are pre-lubricated, and will not need to be re-lubricated during their life. Do not attempt to clean grease from the runners, as this will affect their ability to function. Do not immerse runners in water.
Glass Shelves
Clean with warm water and detergent or a glass cleaner. If cleaning the shelves without
removing from the cabinet use only warm water and detergent as a glass cleaner can damage
the plastic components of your refrigerator.
Important Note: Many commercially available cleaning products contain solvents that may attack the plastic components of your freezer and cause them to crack. It is important to use only warm water and a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent on any plastic components inside and outside your freezer. Avoid using anti-bacterial cleaning products on either the interior or exterior of the cabinet as they may cause rusting of metal components and cracking of plastic components.
Cleaning Care – Special Features
Humidity Control System
Important Note: When cleaning the shelf above the vegetable bins, we recommend that you do not disassemble the Humidity Control System from the shelf.
In the event that the plastic lid and humidity slides become separated from the glass shelf, follow these instructions to reassemble.
Turn shelf upside down
To attach humidity slides onto shelf
front corners, fit bottom clips into shelf front trim. Next, slide sideways towards shelf until arm clips onto glass.
Humidity Slides
To attach humidity control lid – with
text facing you, align lid with front of shelf. Hold lid vertically and fit front end into retainer on shelf. Ensure lid fits into retainer as well as underneath humidity slides.
At the sides of the shelf, adjust
humidity slide tabs so that the plastic lid is between the shelf and the tabs.
If clips on back of shelf are present,
fasten lid with rear clips. Ensure that the cover is fully secure at front and back of shelf.
Storing Food in Your Refrigerator
Storing fresh, perishable foods in your refrigerator helps to extend storage times. The cold
temperatures slow down the major causes of food spoilage – namely, the growth of bacteria,
moulds and yeasts, and chemical and physical reactions.
Fresh Food Care
The quality of food before it is placed in the refrigerator is critical to successful storage. For
best results:
Select foods that are very fresh and of good quality.
Buy only the amount that you will use within the recommended storage time. If you buy extra,
plan to freeze it.
Ensure that food is well wrapped or covered before it is stored. This will prevent food from
dehydrating, deteriorating in color or losing taste and will help maintain freshness. It will also
prevent cross-flavoring. Vegetables and fruit need not be wrapped provided they are stored in
the vegetable bins of the refrigerator.
Make sure that strong smelling foods are wrapped or covered and stored away from foods such
as butter, milk and cream which can be tainted by strong odors.
Refrigerate fresh, perishable foods as soon as possible after purchase. If left at room temperature
for any length of time the rate of deterioration will be accelerated.
Avoid placing food directly in front of air outlets, as it may freeze. Cold air needs to circulate to
maintain safe food storage. Do not open the refrigerator door unnecessarily.
Cool hot foods down before placing them in the refrigerator. This should be done quickly.
It can be aided by placing the container of food in a bowl of ice and water; renew the ice as
necessary. (Note also that hot containers may damage shelves and wall of the refrigerator).
Store raw and cooked food in separate containers or packaging to prevent cross contamination.
In addition:
Keep the refrigerator clean. Wipe the inside walls and shelves frequently (refer to Cleaning Care)
and place only clean containers in the refrigerator.
Keep a close check on the quality of food in your refrigerator. Discard any food that shows
signs of spoilage. Pay particular attention to meat, fish and poultry, as these foods are highly
perishable. Use food within the recommended storage times.
Dairy Foods and Eggs
Most pre-packed dairy foods have a recommended use by/best
before/best by’ date stamped on them. Store them in the refrigerator
and use within the recommended time.
Butter can become tainted by strongly flavored foods so it is best
stored in a sealed container.
Eggs should be stored in the refrigerator. For best results, especially
when baking, remove the eggs from the refrigerator two hours
before they are to be used.
Storing Food in Your Refrigerator
Red Meat
Place fresh red meat on a plate and loosely cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap or foil. Store cooked and raw meat on separate plates. This will prevent any juices lost from the raw meat from contaminating the cooked product. Delicatessan meats should be used within the recommended storage time.
Fresh whole birds should be rinsed inside and out with cold running water. Dry and place on a plate. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or foil. Poultry pieces should also be stored this way. Whole poultry should never be stuffed until just before cooking, otherwise food poisoning may result. Cool and refrigerate cooked poultry quickly. Remove stuffing from poultry and store separately.
Fish and Seafood
Whole fish and fillets should be used on the day of purchase. Until required, refrigerate on a plate loosely covered with plastic wrap, waxed paper or foil. If storing overnight or longer, take particular care to select very fresh fish. Whole fish should be rinsed in cold water to remove loose scales and dirt and then patted dry with paper towels. Place whole fish or fillets in a sealed plastic bag. Keep shellfish chilled at all times. Use within 1 – 2 days.
Precooked Foods and Leftovers
These should be stored in suitable covered containers so that the food will not dry out. Keep for only 1 to 2 days. Reheat leftovers only once and until steaming hot.
Fruit and Vegetable Bins
Although most fruit and vegetable varieties store best at low temperatures, take care not to store the following at temperatures of less than 47˚F (7˚C) for long periods.
Citrus fruit Melons Eggplant
Courgettes Passionfruit Cucumber Peppers Tom atoes Undesirable changes will occur at low temperatures such as softening of the flesh, browning and/or accelerated decaying. Do not refrigerate avocados (until they are ripe), bananas, mangoes or pepinos. If possible store fruit and vegetables separately. ie. fruit in one bin and vegetables in the other.
Pineapple Paw Paw
Storing Food in Your Freezer
The use of temperatures of 0˚F (-18˚C) or colder to store food means that the food can be kept for longer periods than when refrigeration temperatures are used. This is because the growth of bacteria, moulds and yeasts are stopped, and chemical and physical reactions are severely restricted at very low temperatures.
Frozen Food Care
For best results:
Choose only high quality foods that freeze well. Store at 0˚F (-18˚C) or colder. Take care to maintain this low storage temperature e.g. try to avoid opening the freezer door unnecessarily. If your ice cream is soft you are running your freezer too warm. Leave space at the top of containers, glass jars or plastic bags containing liquids or semi-solid foods. These expand as they freeze. Usually 1” (2 – 5cm) head space is recommended. Seal. Ideally, remove all the air from the package after food is frozen. Packages or containers of solid foods should have the air removed from them and be sealed tightly before freezing. Freeze immediately and as quickly as possible. Freeze only small quantities of food at any one time. For best results we recommend that only 2.2lb (1kg) of food be frozen per 0.9 cu. ft (25 L) freezer capacity. (About 7 lb (3 kg) in small freezers and 9 lb (4kg) in larger freezers). For faster freezing, we recommend that fresh food is placed at the top of the freezer compartment close to the air vent. Do not pile frozen food around the fan cover. It can prevent adequate air circulation. Thaw foods preferably in a refrigerator, or using a microwave oven or multifunction oven. Keep a constant turnover of food. Use older items of food first. Do not exceed recommended storage times. Use good quality freezer proof packaging to maintain food quality. If food is only covered in plastic film place inside a freezer-proof plastic bag.
Recommended Freezer Storage Times
These times should not be exceeded.
1Bacon, casseroles, milk
2Bread, ice-cream, sausages, pies – (meat and fruit),
prepared shellfish, oily fish
3Non oily fish, shellfish, pizza, scones and muffins
4Ham, cakes, biscuits, beef, chops and lamb
6Poultry pieces, butter, vegetables (blanched), eggs
12 Fruit (dry or in syrup), egg whites, beef (raw), whole
whole and yolks, cooked crayfish, minced meat (raw), pork (raw)
chicken, lamb (raw), fruit cakes
Storing Food in Your Freezer
Meat, Poultry and Game
Do not try to freeze more than 22lb (1kg) meat per 0.9 cu.ft (25 L) freezer capacity. Meat must be frozen quickly in order to maintain its texture. Do not stuff poultry before freezing. Red meat can be cooked from frozen, or from the partly or completely thawed states. Remember to allow extra cooking time if cooking from frozen. Always thaw poultry completely before cooking.
Fish is best frozen commercially. If however you do want to freeze fish at home, make sure the fish is very fresh and of high quality. Clean, scale and preferably leave whole. All fish should be wrapped in two layers of packaging as depending on the type of fish, odors and flavors can be readily transferred either to or from it. Seal well. For best results, cook from either the frozen or partly thawed state.
Most vegetables freeze well, although ‘salad’ vegetables lose their crispness. Other vegetables e.g. celery, onion and tomatoes should only be used in cooked dished as they soften on freezing. Freeze only high quality, mature, ready-to-eat vegetables. Sort and discard any that are damaged.
It is necessary to blanch most raw vegetables prior to freezing.
Blanching involves a short cooking period during which vegetable enzymes are destroyed. If these enzymes are not destroyed they cause undesirable physical and chemical changes during freezer storage. Vegetables can be blanched in boiling water, steam or microwave oven. If using boiling water, boil vegetables for 2 – 4 minutes and cool quickly. In general frozen vegetables are best cooked from their frozen state, i.e. Do not thaw.
Prepared and Cooked Foods
Most cooked foods can be frozen but it is not recommended to freeze the following: Cooked egg white, custards, cream fillings and milk puddings, gelatine or jelly-like dishes, mayonnaise and similar salad dressings, meringue toppings. These tend to separate on thawing.
Choose high quality, mature, and ready to eat fruit. Preferably select varieties recommended for freezing. Avoid unripe and over-ripe fruit. The way fruit is packed depends on how it is to be used. Fruits packed in syrup are ideal for deserts, whereas fruits packed without sugar are better used for cooking. Most fruits can be stored for 8 – 12 months.
Problem Solving Checklist
If there is a problem with your appliance, please check the following points before contacting your local Fisher & Paykel Appliances Authorised Service Center Dealer or Customer Care Center.
Problem Possible Causes What to do
Appliance does not operate
Light not working
Light and display not working
Motor operates for long periods
Storage compartments too warm
Food freezing in the refrigerator
Unfamiliar noises
Water in the vegetable bins
No electricity at power Check that the plug is correctly
Blown light bulb Change light bulb Refrigerator not working See Maintenance section Product in Sabbath Mode Hold compartment select button down
Hot weather Frequent door openings Large amount of food recently
added Temperature control set too low See Temperature control section Doors not sealing properly Check that cabinet is level and gasket
Temperature setting not correct See Temperature control section Frequent door openings Large amount of food recently
added Temperature setting not correct See Temperature control section Food placed directly in front of
air outlets Cabinet not stable or level Freezer is defrosting Condensation is formed by the
water produced by vegetables.
connected and power switched on Check another appliance at the same
outlet Check house fuse
for 10 seconds Minimise door opening to allow
temperature to stabilise
seals are clean
Minimise door openings to allow temperature to stabilise
Move chill sensitive foods away from the center back of the shelf
See Installation section
A small amount of condensation is beneficial for vegetable storage
If there is too much water, store vegetables loosely wrapped in plastic bags
Wipe out water with a cloth
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