Fisher Paykel RS36A72J, RS36A72U, RS36A80J, RS36A80U User Manual

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ActiveSmart™ Built-in refrigerator

RS36A72J and RS36A72U models RS36A80J and RS36A80U models








Safety and warnings


Moving and storing your appliance


Storage features list


Operating instructions


Special functions


External display – Ice & Water models only


Using your water dispenser – Ice & Water models only


Water filter


Using your Ice maker


ActiveSmart™ refrigerator special features


Cleaning care – Exterior


Cleaning care – Interior


Storing food in your refrigerator


Storing food in your freezer


Defrosting food in your refrigerator


User warnings and sounds




Service and 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 go to our website or contact your local Fisher & Paykel dealer.

Note that the word ‘refrigerator’, throughout this user guide, refers to the combination of

refrigerator/freezer products.



Thank you for buying this Fisher & Paykel Built-in refrigerator.

Introducing the next generation in Fisher & Paykel refrigeration. With new flush-fit design and the ability to easily slide into existing kitchen spaces or be integrated behind kitchen cabinetry, these family-sized fridges offer a seamless look to the kitchen while providing excellent food care with ActiveSmart™ technology.

As your life changes, so can your refrigerator. This book explains the features and functions, and will help you get the most out of your refrigerator.

We hope you enjoy your new Built-in refrigerator.

RS36A72J (with internal Ice maker)*

RS36A72U (Ice & Water model)*



































































































































































RS36A80J (with internal Ice maker)*

RS36A80U (Ice & Water model)*

* All models shown with Fisher & Paykel EZKleen stainless steel door panel sets.




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 the intended purpose as described in the user guide.



When using this appliance always exercise basic safety precautions including the following:

●●This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.

●●Children should be supervised to ensure they do not play with the appliance.

●●The manufacturer’s installation instructions for product and cabinetry ventilation must be followed when installing the appliance.

●●To avoid hazard due to instability of the appliance, it must be fixed in accordance with installation instructions.

●●Keep ventilation openings, in the appliance enclosure or in the built-in structure, clear of obstruction.

●●Do not use mechanical devices or other means to accelerate the defrosting process, other than those recommended by the manufacturer.

●●Do not damage the refrigerant circuit.

●●In case of damage to the refrigerant circuit, ventilate the area by opening all windows. Do not operate electrical equipment or any other equipment that may produce arcs, sparks or flames in the area. Contact your Fisher & Paykel Authorized Service Agent immediately to arrange for the appliance to be repaired.

●●Do not use electrical appliances inside the food storage compartments of the appliance, unless they are of the type recommended by the manufacturer.


●●This appliance must be installed in accordance with the installation instructions before use.

●●To allow disconnection of the appliance from the supply after installation, incorporate a switch in the fixed wiring in accordance with the wiring rules.

●●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 the same power point as your refrigerator or use extension cords or double adapters or ungrounded (two prong) 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 Authorized Service Agent 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.

●●Follow the National Electrical Code and all local codes and ordinances when installing this product.

●●Warning: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) may trip during normal operation of your refrigerator and interrupt the power supply. The use of a GFCI is not recommended with this product.


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


●●Many commercially available cleaning products contain solvents that may attack the plastic components of your refrigerator and cause them to crack.

●●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.

●●Please refer to the ‘Cleaning care’ section of this user guide for further information.


Extreme care must be taken when disposing of your old appliance to avoid hazards:

The flammable refrigerant gas must be safely removed.

The thermal insulation foam in this appliance contains flammable insulation blowing gases, any exposed foam may be highly flammable and must be carefully treated during disposal.

The refrigerator doors and/or door panel set(s) should be removed and the shelves left in place so that children may not easily climb inside.

●●Your Fisher & Paykel Authorized Service Agent will be able to give advice on environmentally friendly methods of disposing of your old refrigerator or freezer.

Storing food and drinks

●●Do not store explosive substances such as aerosol cans with a flammable propellant in this appliance.

●●Never store volatile or flammable materials in your refrigerator 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, eg frozen ice cubes.



Power failure – food safety

●●Do not refreeze frozen foods that have thawed completely. The food may be dangerous to eat. Follow the recommendations below if you discover food in your freezer has thawed:

Ice crystals still visible – food may be refrozen but should be stored for a shorter period than recommended.

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.

Thawed and warmer than 41°F (5°C) – discard all food.




If your refrigerator is turned off for any reason, wait 10 minutes before turning it back on. This will allow the refrigeration system pressures to equalize before restarting.

Moving your appliance

●●Turn off the appliance at the isolating switch and unplug from the power point. Remove all food.

●●Refer to the installation instructions to free the refrigerator from its surrounds. Gently ease the appliance out of its position, switch isolating faucet off and disconnect water fittings; and tuck the power cord away.

●●If applicable, tape the shelves in place and tape the doors closed. If the cabinet needs to be placed on 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 as long as possible (at least a few hours) before turning it on.

●●If the product has been transported upright then it can be switched on after 10 minutes.

Storing your appliance

●●When storing your cleaned appliance, leave the door(s) open. This allows air to circulate and prevents the build up of bacteria and molds.

●●Before using again, clean well using a mixture of warm water and baking soda (add 1 tsp of baking soda to each 16.9 oz (500 ml) of water). Rinse with clean water.

Holiday time

We recommend you leave your refrigerator operating while you are on holiday. Remove all perishable food.

●●Turn the ice maker off on the internal control panel.

●●Shut off the water supply to the refrigerator.

●●On your return, turn on the water supply to the refrigerator.

●●Turn on the ice maker.

●●Discard the first 24 hours of ice harvest.

For Ice & Water models

Dispense 4 qt (4 L) of water and discard to ensure the water tank is refilled with fresh water.


Fisher Paykel RS36A72J, RS36A72U, RS36A80J, RS36A80U User Manual


Refrigerator compartment*

Dairy shelf

Mid door shelves

Slim bin with humidity control lid

Large door shelf

Freezer compartment*

Water tank

(Ice & Water models only)

Dairy shelf

Half-width cantilever glass shelves

Full-width cantilever glass shelves

Mid door shelves

Fruit and vegetable bins with humidity control lids

Large door shelf

Ice maker (top left of freezer)

Ice storage bin with scoop

Top bin

Mid tray

Large bottom bin

Accessories (not shown)

●●Single bottle holders

*  All storage features are the same for RS36A72J, RS36A72U, RS36A80J and RS36A80U models.



Internal control panel

The internal control panel enables you to view and modify all the features and options of your refrigerator.

Temperature control

●●When the refrigerator is first turned on, the 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 internal control panel located on the right hand side of the refrigerator compartment.

Adjusting the fresh food compartment temperature

Internal control panel for all models

When the fresh food compartment door(s) are opened the interior light automatically illuminates. The temperature for this compartment will show as a series of lights.

●●To increase the temperature press the button, this will increase the number of lights.


To decrease the temperature press the button, this will decrease the number of lights.

●●Fewer lights illuminated indicates a colder temperature for the compartment selected.

Adjusting the freezer compartment temperature

●●Press the button once, the freezer compartment light will be illuminated.

●●To increase the temperature press the button, this will increase the number of lights.


To decrease the temperature press the button, this will decrease the number of lights.

●●Fewer lights illuminated indicates a colder temperature for the compartment selected.

●●Note: successively pressing the button will scroll between compartments.

●●When the door is re-opened the control panel will return automatically to the fresh food compartment setting.

Alarm Mute

For times when you require the door to be opened longer than normal eg when cleaning the interior of your refrigerator the ‘Alarm Mute’ can be activated to silence the door alarm for 20 minutes.

●●To activate, press the button once. The ‘Alarm Mute’ light will be illuminated when the function is activated.

●●‘Alarm Mute’ will deactivate after 20 minutes and the door alarms will return to normal.

●●To deactivate ‘Alarm Mute’ manually, press the button again. When ‘Alarm Mute’ is deactivated the light is off.

Note: when the fresh food or freezer compartment door is left open for longer periods of time food quality and/or safety may be compromised.



Key mute

Key mute allows you to silence all button presses.

●●To activate key mute, press and hold the button for 4 seconds.

●●The icon on the internal control panel will be illuminated.

●●The keys will be silenced when key mute is activated.

●●Door alarms and ‘Bottle Chill’ alarm will still operate.

●●Key mute will not automatically deactivate. To manually deactivate, press and hold the button for 4 seconds.

●●The icon will no longer be illuminated.

Key lock

Key lock allows you to disable the buttons on the internal control panel. This is useful when cleaning your refrigerator.


To activate key lock press and hold the and buttons for 4 seconds.

●●The icon on the internal control panel will be illuminated.

●●Pressing any of the buttons will cause several beeps to tell you that they are disabled.

●●Key lock will not automatically deactivate. To manually deactivate, press and hold

the and buttons for 4 seconds.

●●The icon will no longer be illuminated.

Sabbath mode

In Sabbath mode alarms, lights and displays are deactivated for 80 hours.


To activate Sabbath mode press and hold , and buttons for 4 seconds.

●●The icon on the internal control panel will be illuminated.

Once in Sabbath mode:

●●The interior light will not turn on when the refrigerator is opened.

●●The door alarm will not operate.

●●The display will not illuminate, except the Sabbath mode icon.

●●The internal and external control panel will not operate.

●●Sabbath mode will automatically deactivate after 80 hours.


To deactivate manually, press and hold , and for 4 seconds.

●●The icon on the internal control panel will no longer be illuminated.

Note: If power is turned off the refrigerator will automatically continue in Sabbath mode once power is restored.


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