Fisher & Paykel E522BRE2, E522BLE2, E522BLX2, E522BRX2, E522BRE User Guide

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Active Smart™ refrigerator

Installation instructions


and User guide

Réfrigérateur Active Smart™

Instructions d’installation


et Guide d’utilisation



Page 1 – 24




Page 25 – 48














Safety and warnings






Installation instructions




Moving or storing your refrigerator




Ice & Water refrigerators –




please refer to supplement Ice & Water User Guide




Active Smart™ operating instructions




Active Smart™ special features




Cleaning care




Storing food in your refrigerator




Storing food in your freezer




Problem solving checklist




Limited warranty






The models shown in this User Guide may not be available in all markets and are subject to change at any time. For current details about model and specification availability in your country, please visit our local website listed on the back cover or contact your local Fisher & Paykel dealer.


This User Guide is to be used for all refrigerator/freezers. It contains all the general information required for the operation of your refrigerator/freezer.

A User Guide is provided with the Ice & Water refrigerator. This booklet contains additional specific information about the ice and water functions on the refrigerator

US 2 Safety and warnings



Electric Shock Hazard

Read and follow the SAFETY AND WARNINGS outlined in this User Guide before operating this appliance.

Failure to do so can result in death, electric shock, fire or injury to persons.

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 Authorized 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 Authorized 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.

Safety and warnings



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 Authorized Service Center as soon as possible. All electrical repairs must be carried out by an adequately trained service technician or qualified electrician.

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 41°F/5°C – discard all food.

■■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.


US 4 Installation instructions


Please follow the steps for installation to ensure your appliance operates correctly.


■■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).


■■Your refrigerator or freezer should not be located in direct sunlight or next to any heat generating appliance such as a range or dishwasher.

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3. Ventilation and installation

■■To ensure adequate ventilation for your refrigerator or freezer see recommended cabinetry dimensions below.

■■If building the appliance into a cupboard, follow installation instructions provided with the integration kits.

Flush with refrigerator chassis

Flush with refrigerator door

Flush with refrigerator door

– full door rotation

– full door rotation

– 90° door rotation







Cabinetry dimensions (inches / mm) (including minimum clearances)






inside height


683⁄4 / 1735


Flush with refrigerator chassis – full door rotation






inside width


323⁄4 / 830











inside depth


243⁄8 / 620


Flush with refrigerator door – full door rotation






inside width


337⁄8 / 860






inside depth flush to curved door


265⁄8 / 675









inside depth flush to flat door


271⁄8 / 690


Flush with refrigerator door – 90° door rotation





(for full drawer/shelf access, the doors need to be open past 90°)






inside width


353⁄8 / 900






inside depth flush to curved door


265⁄8 / 675









inside depth flush to flat door


271⁄8 / 690


Minimum clearances






side clearance


3⁄4 / 20











side clearance – hinge side flush with door – full rotation


2 / 50




side clearance – hinge side flush with door – 90° rotation


31⁄2 / 90



M rear clearance (incl. evaporator tray)


11⁄8 / 30









vent (above refrigerator cabinet or around top of cupboard)


2 / 50










door clearance – hinge side flush with chassis – full rotation


253⁄8 / 645









door clearance – hinge side flush door – full rotation


241⁄4 / 615













US 6 Installation instructions


4. Installation

Your Fisher & Paykel Active Smart™ refrigerator is fitted with front and rear rollers, designed for moving the product in the forwards and backwards direction.

Avoid moving the product in a sideways direction as this may damage the rollers or the floor covering/surface.

AYour refrigerator will arrive with the front feet wound up making moving the product into its final location a simple task.

BRoll the refrigerator into its final position making sure there is the correct air gap between the product and surrounding cabinetry. See minimum clearance in cabinetry dimensions table (refer to page 5).

Raise the

front of the Lower the front refrigerator of the refrigerator

Fig.1 Refrigerator feet

5. What to do if your product is unstable

CGently push the refrigerator back until the rear rollers contact the floor.

■■Measure the gap under the front foot, which has come off the floor.

■■Obtain some solid packing material (hardwood,

plastic, etc) which fits firmly into the gap under the foot.

Note: do not use metallic materials that may corrode, stain and/or damage floor coverings.

DWind both front feet up and roll the product out of position.

■■Place the packing material in the location diagonally opposite the front roller that lifts off the floor.

■■Make sure the packing material stays in place when the product is pushed back into position.

■■Ideally, the packing material is large enough to rest against the back wall so as to prevent it moving when the cabinet is pushed into position.

Example only

Unlevel floor

This foot lifts off the floor when top front is gently pushed back

Fig 2.Unstable refrigerator




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Packing material goes under rear roller

diagonally opposite front foot that lifts

Wall behind refrigerator

Fig.3 Stabilizing your refrigerator

For example: if this foot lifts off the floor when pushing gently on the top front of the refrigerator

ERoll the refrigerator back into position and adjust front feet as per step D. (Check alignment and door closing action are satisfactory).

■■Make small adjustments to front feet where necessary.

■■Check that the product is stable (all 4 feet are on the floor). If not return to step C and repeat steps D and E.

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

For the most energy efficient use of your appliance:

■■Ensure your refrigerator has adequate ventilation as recommended in the installation instructions.

■■Do not cover your appliances with any material that will prevent air from flowing around the cabinet sides.

■■Allow good clearances in front of the air ducts within the cabinet for maximum cold air distribution.

■■Cool hot foods down before placing them in the appliance.

■■Do not overfill the compartments.

■■Keep door openings to a minimum.

■■Select a temperature setting that isn’t too cold.

■■Check your door seals for leaks.

US 8 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 6).

■■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 9 US


For information on the operation of the Ice & Water control panel please refer to the Ice & Water User Guide.

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.

■■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

Increase temperature button


Decrease temperature button



select button

Temperature indicator




Fig.4 Control panel

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 or 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.

Freezer foods compartment

■■To adjust the freezer temperature press the button until the light flashes on the freezer compartment indicator.

■■The freezer temperature can be altered by pressing the or 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 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.

US 10 Active Smart™ operating instructions


Sabbath mode

■■To activate Sabbath mode, open both the fresh food and freezer compartment doors and then hold the button on the temperature control panel for 10 seconds.

■■Both the fresh food and freezer compartment indicators will be illuminated indicating the refrigerator is in Sabbath mode.

When the product is in Sabbath mode:

■■The fresh food and freezer compartment indicator lights will be illuminated.

■■The light will not operate when the door is opened.

■■The door alarm will not operate.

■■The display will not function except to indicate Sabbath mode is active as stated above.

■■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 11 US


Fruit and vegetable bins and humidity control lid

The vegetable bins feature a unique lid which provides two functions:

■■The humidity lid seals the bins and provides a humid microclimate to extend storage times of fruits and vegetables.

■■The humidity lid prevents condensation, which forms at high humidities from dripping down onto the fruit and vegetables by retaining it in the grooves of the lid.

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 center.

■■If there is too much water in the bins the control can be adjusted towards the setting with fewer drips (fruit setting) and/or the water can be wiped out as required.

■■Remember a small amount of water in the bins is beneficial for fruit and vegetable storage.


Salad greens

Mixed fruit

Fruit with



& vegetables


















Fig.5 Humidity Control graphic

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.

US 12 Active Smart™ special features


Bottle holder (where fitted)

■■Your refrigerator will come with 2 – 4 single bottle holders (depending on what model refrigerator you have). The bottle holders can be used to store a variety of bottles.

■■To position the bottle holder in your refrigerator, simply slot the back edge of the bottle holder onto the back trim of any shelf in the fresh food compartment.

■■Unused bottle holders can be stacked up on top of one another so they do not take up unnecessary shelf space.

■■Bottles are best stored with the neck of the beverage facing the front of the refrigerator.

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 Authorized Service Center immediately; the fault code will help the service person find and remedy the cause of failure.

Cleaning care – exterior/interior 13 US



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.

■■We do not recommend that you remove the evaporator tray. If cleaning is required, excess water can be soaked up from the evaporator tray using a sponge. Wipe out with warm water and detergent or disinfectant.

■■Switch on the appliance.


■■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.



Cleaning care – special features










To remove trays


For ease of removal, empty food from


tray/bin first.


Hold the center front of the tray/bin




Lift vertically to unclip from the runners


and pull tray/bin towards you to remove.


Push runners back into refrigerator.


Fig.6 Tray removal

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.


■■Ensure that trays and bins are securely clipped onto the runners before use.

■■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.


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.

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