Maytag MBF2256KEW - Bottom Freezer Refridgerator Use & care guide

Important Safety Instructions
Installer: Please leave this guide with this appliance.
Consumer: Please read and keep this Use & Care
Guide for future reference. This guide provides
proper use and maintenance information.
Keep sales receipt and/or cancelled check as proof
of purchase.
Call: 1-800-688-9900 U.S.A.
1-800-688-2002 Canada
Have complete model and serial number
identification of your refrigerator. This is located on a
data plate inside the refrigerator compartment, on
the upper left side. Record these numbers below for
easy access.
Model Number _______________________________
Revision Number ______________________________
To reduce risk of injury or death, follow basic
precautions, including the following:
IMPORTANT: Child entrapment and suffocation
are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned
refrigerators are still dangerous – even if they sit out
for “just a few days.” If you are getting rid of your old
refrigerator, please follow the instructions below to
help prevent accidents.
Before you throw away your old
refrigerator or freezer:
• Take off the doors.
• Leave the shelves in place so
children may not easily climb
Serial Number ________________________________
Date of Purchase ______________________________
In our continuing effort to improve the quality and
performance of our appliances, it may be necessary
to make changes to the appliance without revising
this guide.
What You Need to Know About
Safety Instructions
Warning and Important Safety Instructions appearing in
this guide are not meant to cover all possible
conditions and situations that may occur. Common
sense, caution and care must be exercised when
installing, maintaining or operating appliance.
This appliance is equipped with a three-prong
grounding plug for your protection against possible
electrical shock hazards. It must be plugged into a
grounding receptacle. Where a standard two-prong
wall receptacle is encountered, it is the personal
responsibility and obligation of the customer to have it
replaced with a properly grounded three-prong wall
receptacle. Do not under any circumstances, cut or
remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
Do not use an adapter plug.
Power supply cord with
three-prong grounding plug
Always contact the manufacturer about problems or
conditions you do not understand.
Recognize Safety Symbols, Words,
DANGER – Immediate hazards which WILL result
in severe personal injury or death.
WARNING – Hazards or unsafe practices which
COULD result in severe personal injury or death.
CAUTION – Hazards or unsafe practices which COULD
result in minor personal injury or property damage.
Grounding type
wall receptacle
Important Safety Instructions
To reduce risk of fire, electric shock, serious injury or
death when using your refrigerator, follow these basic
precautions, including the following:
13. Always disconnect refrigerator from electrical
supply before attempting any service. Disconnect
power cord by grasping the plug, not the cord.
1. Read all instructions before using the refrigerator.
14. Install refrigerator according to Installation
Instructions. All connections for water, electrical
power and grounding must comply with local
codes and be made by licensed personnel when
2. Observe all local codes and ordinances.
3. Be sure to follow grounding instructions.
4. Check with a qualified electrician if you are not
sure this appliance is properly grounded.
5. Do not ground to a gas line.
6. Do not ground to a cold-water pipe.
7. Refrigerator is designed to operate on a separate
115 volt, 15 amp., 60 cycle line.
15. Keep your refrigerator in good condition. Bumping
or dropping refrigerator can damage refrigerator
or cause refrigerator to malfunction or leak. If
damage occurs, have refrigerator checked by
qualified service technician.
16. Replace worn power cords and/or loose plugs.
8. Do not modify plug on power cord. If plug does
not fit electrical outlet, have proper outlet installed
by a qualified electrician.
17. Always read and follow manufacturer’s storage
and ideal environment instructions for items being
stored in refrigerator.
9. Do not use a two-prong adapter, extension cord
or power strip.
18. Your refrigerator should not be operated in the
presence of explosive fumes.
10. Do not remove warning tag from power cord.
11. Do not tamper with refrigerator controls.
12. Do not service or replace any part of refrigerator
unless specifically recommended in Use & Care
Guide or published user-repair instructions. Do
not attempt service if instructions are not understood or if they are beyond personal skill level.
19. Children should not climb, hang or stand on any
part of the refrigerator.
20. Clean up spills or water leakage associated with
water installation.
Your refrigerator was packed carefully for shipment.
Remove and discard shelf packaging and tape. Do not
remove the serial plate.
• Do not install refrigerator near oven, radiator or other
heat source. If not possible, shield refrigerator with
cabinet material.
• Do not install where temperature falls below 55° F
(13° C) or rises above 110° F (43° C). Malfunction
may occur at this temperature.
• Refrigerator is designed for indoor household
application only.
Measuring the Opening
When installing your refrigerator, measure carefully.
Allow 1⁄2" space at top and 1⁄2" space behind the
machine compartment cover (located in the rear) for
proper air circulation.
Subflooring or floor coverings (i.e. carpet, tile, wood
floors, rugs) may make your opening smaller than
Some clearance may be gained by using the leveling
procedure under Leveling.
IMPORTANT: If refrigerator is to be installed into a
recess where the top of the refrigerator is completely
covered, use dimensions from floor to top of hinge cap
to verify proper clearance.
Transporting Your Refrigerator
• NEVER transport refrigerator on its side. If an
upright position is not possible, lay refrigerator on its
back. Allow refrigerator to sit upright for
approximately 30 minutes before plugging it in to
assure oil returns to the compressor. Plugging the
refrigerator in immediately may cause damage to
internal parts.
• Use an appliance dolly when moving refrigerator.
ALWAYS truck refrigerator from its side or
back–NEVER from its front.
• Protect outside finish of refrigerator during transport
by wrapping cabinet in blankets or inserting padding
between the refrigerator and dolly.
• Secure refrigerator to dolly firmly with straps or
bungee cords. Thread straps through handles when
possible. Do not overtighten. Overtightening
3 restraints may dent or damage outside finish.
To protect property and refrigerator from damage,
observe the following:
• Protect vinyl or other flooring with cardboard, rugs,
or other protective material.
• Do not use power tools when performing leveling
To enhance the appearance and maintain performance,
the refrigerator should be level.
• Complete any required door reversal, panel
installation and/or a water supply connection,
before leveling.
Materials Needed
• 3⁄8" hex head driver
• Carpenter’s level
1. Remove toe grille.
• Grasp firmly and pull outward
to unclip.
2. Remove bottom bracket cover(s).
• Place the eraser end of a pencil or similar blunt
tool in the cover notch.
• Use slight pressure to pry the
cover loose.
• Continue to maintain
downward pressure to the
notched side of the cover while
swinging it off.
3. Using hex head driver, turn the front adjustment
screws (A) on each side to raise or lower the front
of the refrigerator.
Door and Drawer Removal
Some installations require door/drawer removal to
transport the refrigerator to its final location.
To avoid electrical shock which can cause severe
personal injury or death, observe the following:
• Some models only have adjustment screws “A.”
4. Select models also have rear adjustment screws
(B). Using the hex head driver, turn each of these
adjustment screws (B) to raise or lower the rear of
the refrigerator.
5. Using the carpenter’s level, make sure front of
refrigerator is 1⁄4" (6 mm) or 1⁄2 bubble higher than
back of refrigerator and that the refrigerator is level
from side to side.
6. Turn stabilizing legs (C) clockwise until firmly
against floor.
7. Freezer drawer models only: Turn adjustment
screws (A) counterclockwise to allow the full
weight of the refrigerator to rest on the stabilizing
8. Replace bracket cover(s).
• Position cover into the outer edge of the hinge.
• Swing the cover toward the cabinet and snap it
into place.
9. Replace the toe grille.
• For proper reinstallation, ensure the “top” marking
on the interior of the toe grille is oriented correctly.
• Align the toe grille mounting clips with the lower
cabinet slots.
• Push the toe grille firmly until it snaps into place.
• Disconnect power to refrigerator before removing
doors or drawer. Connect power only after
replacing doors or drawer.
To avoid damage to walls and flooring, protect vinyl
or other flooring with cardboard, rugs or other
protective material.
1. Unplug power cord from power source.
2. Remove toe grille and bottom bracket
cover(s) (see page 3).
3. Remove top hinge cover from
refrigerator door by removing Phillips
screw and retain screw and cover for
later use.
4. Unscrew 5⁄16" hex head screws from
top hinge to remove hinge and retain
all screws for later use.
5. Lift refrigerator door from center
hinge pin.
6. For swing freezer door models
only: Hold freezer door while removing
hinge pin with a 5⁄16" hex head driver.
Remove door from bottom hinge and
retain hinge pin for later use.
For pullout freezer drawer models
only: Remove plastic sleeve, if
present. Remove center hinge pin with
a 5⁄16" hex head driver. Retain hinge pin
and plastic sleeve for later use.
7. Remove Phillips screws to remove
center hinge and retain all screws for
later use.
8. Remove bottom hinge or stabilizing
bracket with 3⁄8" hex head driver and
retain screws for later use. Lift out
bottom hinge pin (on freezer door
9. If your model has a pullout freezer drawer, see
page 5 for drawer removal instructions.
Pullout Freezer Drawer
To Install:
1. Pull both rails out to full
(select models)
To prevent accidental child entrapment or
suffocation risk, do not remove the divider in the top
freezer basket.
2. While supporting door front,
hook supports into tabs
located on inside of rail.
To avoid electrical shock which can cause severe
personal injury or death, disconnect power to
refrigerator before removing doors. After replacing
doors, connect power.
3. Lower door front into
final position.
To avoid possible injury, product, or property
damage, you will need two people to perform the
following instructions.
To Remove:
1. Pull drawer open to full extension.
2. Pull upper basket out to full extension and lift out
to remove.
3. Lift lower basket straight up and out to remove.
4. On each side rail is a
basket cradle with two snap
attachments. To release
each cradle, unlatch the
snaps by pushing them
inward, away from the side
rail system. Lift the cradles
off of the rails.
4. Replace and tighten Phillips screws that were
removed from each side of rail system (select
5. Place the basket cradles back onto the side rails.
Align snaps with the slots on the side rails and
press each snap towards the rail until it clicks.
6. With rails pulled out to full extension, set the
basket straight down into the basket cradles.
Basket cradle
snap attachments
5. Remove Phillips screw
from each side of rail
system (select models).
7. Slide upper basket into freezer. Make sure that rear
of basket hooks behind rail catch.
6. Lift top of drawer front
to unhook supports
from rail system. Lift
door front out to
Reinstallation of the Doors
1. Install hinge assemblies:
To avoid possible injury and damage to property:
• Install top hinge loosely with ⁄16" hex head
• Install center hinge with Phillips screws.
• Freezer door models: Install bottom hinge with
⁄8" hex head screws.
2. Freezer door models: Insert bottom
hinge pin.
• Locate bottom hinge hole closest to
outside edge of cabinet, and insert
bottom hinge pin. Replace any door
shims, if present.
3. Freezer door models: Place hinge
side of freezer door on bottom hinge
pin and hold freezer door upright
while installing center hinge pin with
⁄16" hex head driver.
• Replace plastic sleeve.
• Replace any applicable door shims.
• Make sure the hinge pin is installed tightly.
4. Place hinge side of refrigerator door on center
hinge pin.
5. While holding refrigerator door
upright, tighten down top hinge
with 5⁄16" hex head driver and
replace hinge cover.
Door Reversal
In some installations, reversing the door swing allows
for more convenient access to stored items. Both
doors can be reversed on freezer door models and the
fresh food door is reversible on freezer drawer models.
1. Remove door(s) (see page 4).
2. Transfer cabinet plugs and cabinet
screws to opposite side of cabinet.
• Remove cabinet plugs with flat
blade of screwdriver tip wrapped
in masking tape.
• Place doors on a nonabrasive surface protected by
towels or rugs while working directly on doors.
3. Transfer door stops from bottom edge of fresh food
door and freezer door, if applicable, to opposite
side of door edge.
• Use a Phillips screwdriver
for removal and installation.
4. Install handles (see pages 6
and 7).
5. Reinstall the door(s).
If not installed, the handle is located in the interior of
the fresh food section or attached to the back of your
Remove and discard handle packaging and tape.
Handle design varies from refrigerator to refrigerator.
Please reference the appropriate instructions for your
model below.
Fresh Food Handles
Standard Front Mount Handle
Materials Needed
• Phillips screwdriver
• 5⁄16" hex head driver
To Install:
1. Remove 1⁄4" hex head screws from
door face with hex head driver, and
Phillips screw from top of door.
• If reversing door, remove door
plugs from opposite side of door and
insert in screw holes.
2. Align handle holes with screw holes on
door face and secure with two door face
screws from step 1.
• Remove center mullion screws
with 5⁄16" hex head screwdriver.
• Freezer door models: Remove bottom mullion
screws with 3⁄8" hex head driver.
3. Locate handle trim in literature pack and
install over top and bottom of handle, as
• Secure top handle trim with remaining
screw removed in step 1.
• Snap bottom trim over bottom portion
of handle.
To Remove:
1. Remove top handle trim by removing top
handle screw.
• Retain trim and screw for later
2. Pry bottom handle trim from handle with
screwdriver flat blade wrapped in
masking tape.
Freezer Handles
Partial-Width Handle
Materials Needed
• Phillips screwdriver
To Install:
1. Install handle by fastening with
screws removed from edge of door.
• If reversing freezer door, remove
door plugs from top edge of door
and insert into screw holes.
To Remove:
1. Remove handle screws with Phillips
screwdriver and retain screws for
later use.
• Retain trim for later replacement.
3. Remove two hex head screws.
• Retain screws for later replacement.
Front Mount Freezer Handle
Materials Needed
• Gloves to protect hands.
• Phillips screwdriver.
• Plastic handle removal card (or 1⁄32" thick plastic
card). Retain the card.
Side Mount Handle
Materials Needed
• Phillips screwdriver
To Install:
1. Remove screws from the side of the
2. Align the side mount handle with the
predrilled holes in the door panel.
3. Insert the screws in the sequence as
4. Ensure the door handle is snug to the
door panel.
To Remove:
Reverse installation procedure.
• There is a slight curve to
this style of freezer
• For proper installation, be
sure handle is oriented as shown.
To Install:
1. Align door handle clips slightly to the left of the
tabs attached to the freezer door.
2. Rotate the handle so the left base is flat against
the door.
3. Push the left handle
base against the left
door tab and slightly
to the right, just
enough to allow it to
hang unsupported.
4. While firmly supporting the left handle base against
the door, align the right base of the handle with the
right tabs that are attached to the door.
5. Now, while firmly holding the handle at the left and
right bases, gently slide the handle towards the
right until the right base settles in. The handle
should now be flat against the face of the freezer
door at both the left and right bases.
To Remove:
1. At the right end, flex the handle base away from
the surface of the freezer drawer. Simultaneously
slide the door handle removal card that came with
your refrigerator under the right side base of the
handle. Slide the card to the line indication or until
it stops, which will be approximately 11⁄2".
2. With both hands, firmly grasp the handle towards
the right base.
3. Slide towards the left, lift and remove from the
6. With hands still firmly keeping the handle flat
against the freezer door, you may have to reverse
directions momentarily to assure clip/tab
engagement. Then firmly slide the handle to the
right until it clicks. The audible "click" indicates
that the fastening clips are securely interlocked.
Connecting the Water Supply
Materials Needed
(select models)
• 1⁄4" outer diameter flexible copper tubing
• Shut-off valve (requires a 1⁄4" hole to be drilled into
water supply line before valve attachment)
• Adjustable wrench
• 1⁄4" hex nut driver
To reduce the risk of injury or death, follow
basic precautions, including the following:
• Read all instructions before installing ice maker.
• Do not attempt installation if instructions are not
understood or if they are beyond personal skill
• Add 8' to tubing length needed to reach water
supply for creation of service loop.
• Observe all local codes and ordinances.
1. Create service loop with copper
tubing (minimum 2’ diameter).
Avoid kinks in the copper tubing
when bending it into a service
• Do not service ice maker unless specifically
recommended in Use & Care Guide or published
user-repair instructions.
• Disconnect power to refrigerator before installing
ice maker.
• Water damage due to an improper water
connection may cause mold/mildew growth.
Clean up spills or leakage immediately .
To avoid property damage or possible injury,
follow basic precautions, including the
• Consult a plumber to connect 1⁄4” O.D. copper
tubing to household plumbing to assure
compliance with local codes and ordinances.
• Confirm water pressure to water valve is between
35 and 100 pounds per square inch. 20 pounds
per square inch if there is not a water filter.
• Do not use a self-piercing, or 3⁄16" saddle valve.
Both reduce water flow and can become clogged
over time, and may cause leaks if repair is
• Tighten nuts by hand to prevent cross threading.
Finish tightening nuts with pliers and wrenches.
Do not overtighten.
• Wait 2-3 hours before placing refrigerator into final
position to check and correct any water leaks.
Recheck for leaks after 24 hours.
• Verify the copper tubing under the sleeve is
smooth and free from defects. Do not reuse an old
2’ diameter
2. Remove plastic cap from water valve inlet
3. Place brass nut (A) and sleeve (B) on
copper tube end as illustrated.
Reminder: Do not use an old
4. Place end of copper tubing into
water valve inlet port. Shape tubing
slightly. Do not kink – so that tubing feeds
straight into inlet port.
5. Slide brass nut over sleeve and screw nut
into inlet port. Tighten nut with wrench.
IMPORTANT: Do not overtighten. Cross
threading may occur.
6. Pull on tubing to confirm connection is
secure. Connect tubing to frame with
water tubing clamp (C) and turn on
water supply. Check for leaks and
correct if necessary. Continue to
observe the water supply connection
for two to three hours prior to moving
the refrigerator to its permanent
7. Monitor water connection for 24 hours. Correct
leaks, if necessary.