Whirlpool ARG 645 A Troubleshooting guide

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• Your new appliance is designed exclusively for
domestic use
To get the most out of your new appliance,
read the user handbook thoroughly. The
handbook contains a description of the
appliance and useful tips for storing food.
Keep this handbook for future consultation.
1. After unpacking, make sure that the appliance
is undamaged and that the door closes
properly. Any damage must be reported to
your dealer within 24 hours after delivery of
the appliance.
2. Wait at least two hours before switching the
appliance on in order to ensure the refrigerant
circuit is fully efficient.
3. Installation of the appliance and electrical
connections must be carried out by a qualified
electrician, in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions and local safety
4. Clean the inside of the appliance before using it.
1. Packing
The packaging material is entirely recyclable,
and marked with the recycling symbol. Follow
local regulations for scrapping. Keep the
packaging materials (plastic bags, polystyrene
parts, etc.) out of reach of children, as they are
potentially dangerous.
2. Scrapping
The appliance is manufactured using recyclable
This appliance is marked according to the
European directive 2002/96/EC on Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly,
you will help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and human
health, which could otherwise be caused by
inappropriate waste handling of this product.
The symbol
on the product, or on the
documents accompanying the product, indicates
that this appliance may not be treated as
household waste. Instead it shall be handed over
to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
Before scrapping, make the appliance unusable by
cutting off the power cable and removing the
doors and shelves so that children cannot easily
climb inside the appliance.
Disposal must be carried out in accordance with
local environmental regulations for waste disposal.
Deliver the appliance immediately to an authorized
dump; do not leave it unattended even for a few
days, since it is potentially dangerous for children.
For more detailed information about treatment,
recovery and recycling of this product, please
contact your local city office, your household
waste disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
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This appliance does not contain CFCs (replaced
with R134a) or HFCs (replaced with R600a).
Appliances with Isobutane (R600a):
isobutane is a naturally occurring, low
environmental impact gas. Caution is required,
however, because isobutane is flammable.
Therefore, it is essential to ensure that
refrigerant pipelines are not damaged.
Declaration of conformity
• This appliance is designed to store food and is
manufactured in conformity with European
Directive 90/128/EEC, 02/72/EEC and
Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004
• This appliance is designed, manufactured, and
retailed in compliance with:
- the safety objectives of the Low Voltage
Directive 73/23/EEC;
- the protection requirements of the “EMC”
Directive 89/336/EEC,
amended by Directive 93/68/EEC.
• The electrical safety of the appliance can only
be guaranteed if the product is connected to
an approved earth connection.
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• Use the refrigerator compartment only for
storing fresh food and beverages and use the
freezer compartment only for storing frozen
food, freezing fresh food and making ice
• After installation, make sure that the
appliance is not standing on the power supply
• Do not store glass containers with liquids in
the freezer since they may burst.
• Do not eat ice cubes or ice lollies immediately
after taking them out of the freezer since they
may cause cold burns.
• Before carrying out any maintenance or
cleaning, always unplug the appliance or
disconnect the power supply.
• Make sure that the appliance is not near a heat
• Do not store or use gasoline or other
flammable vapours and liquids in the vicinity of
this or any other appliance. The fumes can
create a fire hazard or explosion.
• To ensure proper ventilation leave a space on
both sides and at the top of the refrigerator.
• Ensure that the vent outlets on the appliance
casing or housing unit are unobstructed in
order to allow correct air circulation.
• All appliances equipped with an ice maker or
water dispenser must be connected to a
mains water supply that delivers potable
water only (with water pressure between 1.7
and 8.1 bar (25 and 117 PSI)). Ice makers and/
or water dispensers not directly connected to
a mains water supply must be filled with
potable water only.
• Install and level the appliance on a floor strong
enough to take its weight and in an area
suitable for its size and use.
• Install the appliance in a dry and wellventilated place. The appliance is set for
operation at specific ambient temperature
ranges, according to the climatic class
indicated on the data plate: The appliance may
not work properly if it is left for a long period
at a temperature above or below the
indicated range.
Climatic class
Amb. T. (°C)
From 10 to 32
From 16 to 32
From 18 to 38
From 18 to 43
Amb. T. (°F)
From 50 to 90
From 61 to 90
From 64 to 100
From 64 to 110
• Be careful not to damage the floors when you
move the appliance (e.g. parquet flooring).
• Do not use mechanical devices or any means
other than those recommended by the
manufacturer to speed up the defrosting
• Do not damage the refrigerant circuit.
• Do not use electrical appliances inside the
freezer compartments, unless such appliances
are specifically recommended by the
• This appliance is not designed for use by
young children or the infirm.
• To avoid the risk of children being trapped
and therefore suffocating, do not allow them
to play or hide inside the appliance.
• The power cable may only be replaced by an
authorized person.
• Do not use extension leads or adapters.
• It must be possible to disconnect the
appliance from the mains by unplugging it or
by means of a two-pole switch fitted upline of
the socket.
• Ensure that the voltage indicated on the
appliance data plate corresponds to the
domestic supply voltage
• Do not swallow the contents (non-toxic) of
the ice packs (if provided).
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Switching on the appliance
1. Plug in the appliance.
2. The appliance switches on. The temperature is factory set to 5 °C.
An acoustic alarm sounds if the door is left open for more than 2 minutes (see section
“Refrigerator door open alarm” in this chapter).
Temperature adjustment for refrigerator
To adjust the temperature in the refrigerator compartment,
proceed as follows:
• press button (A)
to increase the temperature;
• press button (A)
to lower the temperature.
Room temperature, frequency of door opening, the introduction of hot food and incorrect positioning of
the appliance can affect the internal temperature of the refrigerator, which may differ from that indicated
on the panel.
Switching off the appliance
If the appliance is not to be used for a prolonged period, it can be switched off by pressing button (C).
Although connected to the power supply, the appliance is effectively deactivated, with the interior light
switched off and all LEDs off except the red LED associated with button (C). To switch the appliance on
again, press button (C).
Refrigerator door open alarm
If the refrigerator door is left open accidentally, the appliance issues a warning by means of the interior
intermittent light. When the door has been left open for 2 minutes the light begins to blink. It will stop
blinking when the door is closed.
How to use the refrigerator compartment
Position the food as shown in the figure:
A Cooked food
B Fish, meat
C Fruit and vegetables
D Cheese
E Bottles
• The space between the shelves and the rear wall of the refrigerator compartment must be unobstructed
to allow circulation of air.
• Do not place food in direct contact with the rear wall of the refrigerator compartment.
• Do not place hot food in the refrigerator.
• Store liquids in closed containers.
• Storing vegetables with high water content can cause condensation to form in the crisper:
this will not affect the correct operation of the appliance.
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The freezer compartment
can be used for freezing fresh food.
The quantity of fresh food that can be frozen in 24 hours is shown on the rating plate.
Freezing fresh food
• Press the freeze button D; the yellow LED comes on and remains lit for the entire period.
• If your appliance is equipped with a grid, position food to be frozen as indicated in Fig. 1, otherwise
position food as illustrated in Fig. 2.
A Arrange the fresh food on the grid, leaving sufficient space around each pack for the air to circulate
and avoiding contact with already frozen food (Fig.1).
B Arrange the food centrally in the compartment
, ensuring it does not come into contact with
already frozen food. Leave a space of approx. 20 mm around packages (Fig. 2).
• After approximately 24 hours the function switches off automatically and the yellow LED for button D
switches off. To cancel the function, press button D again.
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
When purchasing frozen food products:
• Ensure that the packaging is not damaged (frozen food in damaged packaging may have deteriorated).
If the package is swollen or has damp patches, it may not have been stored under optimal conditions
and defrosting may have already begun.
• When shopping, leave frozen food purchases until last and transport the products in a thermally
insulated cool bag.
• Place the items in the compartment as soon as you get home.
• If food has defrosted even partially, do not re-freeze it. Consume within 24 hours.
• Avoid, or reduce temperature variations to the minimum. Respect the best-before date on the package.
• Always observe the storage information on the package.
Making ice cubes
• Fill the ice cube tray 2/3 full and place it in the compartment
• Do not use sharp or pointed instruments to detach the tray if it is stuck to the freezer bottom
• Bend the ice tray slightly to remove the cubes.
The table alongside shows the recommended maximum
storage time for frozen fresh foods.
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Before defrosting, unplug the appliance from the mains or disconnect the electrical power supply.
Defrosting of the refrigerator compartment is completely automatic. Droplets of water on the rear
wall of the refrigerator compartment indicate that the periodic automatic defrost cycle is in
progress. The defrost water is automatically routed to a drain outlet and into a container from which
it evaporates.
Clean the defrost water drain outlet regularly using the tool supplied with the appliance in order to ensure
defrost water is removed correctly.
Defrosting the compartment
Defrost the compartment
once or twice a year or when the ice formation is excessive.
It is perfectly normal for ice to form. The amount and speed at which the ice forms depends on ambient conditions
and the frequency with which the door is opened. Ice formation is concentrated at the top of the compartment and
does not affect the efficiency of the appliance.
If possible, defrost the freezer when it is nearly empty.
• To switch off the freezer compartment, press button C.
• Remove the food from the freezer compartment and group together in a cool place or in a cool bag.
• Leave the door open to allow the frost to melt.
• Clean the interior with a sponge soaked in warm water and/or neutral detergent. Do not use abrasive
• Rinse the interior and dry thoroughly.
• Put the food back into the freezer.
• Close the door.
Plug in the appliance again and switch on following the instructions in chapter “How to operate the refrigerator
compartment”: Adjustments and selections valid before switching off will automatically be restored.
Before any cleaning or maintenance operation, unplug the appliance from the mains or disconnect
the electrical power supply.
• Periodically clean the inside of the refrigerator compartment with a sponge dampened in warm water and/
or neutral detergent. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
Do not use abrasive products.
• The separators must not be washed with water but cleaned with a slightly damp sponge.
• Clean the inside of the freezer compartment when defrosting.
• Periodically clean air vents and the condenser at the rear of the appliance with a vacuum cleaner or a brush.
• Clean the outside with a soft damp cloth. Do not use abrasive products, scourers, stain-removers (e.g.
acetone, trichloroethylene) or vinegar.
Prolonged disuse
1. Empty the refrigerator.
2. Disconnect the appliance from the power supply.
3. Defrost and clean the interior.
4. Clean the appliance.
Leave the doors open to prevent the formation of mould, odours and oxidation.
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When you hear these noises
..your appliance is alive!!!
• Is there a power failure?
3. Water collects at the bottom of the
refrigerator compartment.
• Is the plug properly inserted in the socket?
• Is the double-pole switch on?
4. The inside light is not working.
Perform the checks for problem 1., then:
1. The appliance is not working.
• Has the fuse blown?
• Is the power cord damaged?
2. Temperature inside the compartments is
not low enough.
• Are the doors closed properly?
Is the defrost water drain blocked?
Disconnect the appliance from the mains
power supply. To replace the bulb (max 25 W),
refer to the instructions and illustration on the
product description sheet.
• Is the appliance installed near a heat source?
5. Excessive frost build-up in the freezer
• Are the air circulation vents blocked?
Is the door shut properly?
Is food obstructing proper door closure?
Gurgling and hissing noises due to expansion
in the refrigerant circuit are normal.
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Before contacting After-Sales Service:
1. See if you can solve the problem yourself with
the help of the Trouble-shooting guide.
2. Switch the appliance on again to see if the
problem has been solved. If it has not,
disconnect the appliance from the power
supply and wait for about an hour before
switching on again.
3. If the problem persists after this course of
action, contact After-sales Service.
the nature of the problem
the model
the Service number (the number after the word
SERVICE on the rating plate on the inside of the
your full address
your telephone number and area code
The direction of door opening can be changed.
If this operation is performed by After-sales
Service it is not covered by the warranty.
Install the appliance away from heat sources.
Installation in a hot environment, direct
exposure to the sun or installation near heat
sources (heaters, radiators, cookers) will
increase power consumption and should
therefore be avoided.
If this is not possible, the following minimum
distances must be respected:
Electrical connection
Electrical connections must be made in
accordance with local regulations.
Voltage and power consumption are indicated
on the rating plate inside the appliance.
Regulations require that the appliance is
The Manufacturer declines all liabilities for
injury to persons or animals or damage to
property resulting from failure to observe
these regulations.
If the plug and socket are not of the same type,
have the socket replaced by a qualified
Do not use extension leads or adapters.
•30 cm from coal or paraffin stoves;
•3 cm from electric and/or gas stoves.
Fit the spacers (if supplied) on the rear of the
condenser positioned at the back of the
Install the appliance in a dry, well-ventilated place,
and ensure it is level, using the front adjustment
feet if necessary.
Clean the interior.
Fit the accessories.
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Disconnecting the appliance
It must be possible to disconnect the appliance by
unplugging it or by means of a two-pole switch
fitted upline of the socket.
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1) For Great Britain only
Warning - this appliance must be earthed
Fuse replacement
If the mains lead of this appliance is fitted with a BS 1363A
13amp fused plug, to change a fuse in this type of plug use an
A.S.T.A. approved fuse to BS 1362 type and proceed as follows:
1. Remove the fuse cover (A) and fuse (B).
2. Fit replacement 13A fuse into fuse cover.
3. Refit both into plug.
The fuse cover must be refitted when changing a fuse and if the
fuse cover is lost the plug must not be used until a correct
replacement is fitted.
Correct replacement are identified by the colour insert or the
colour embossed in words on the base of the plug.
Replacement fuse covers are available from your local electrical
2) For the Republic of Ireland only
The information given in respect of Great Britain will frequently
apply, but a third type of plug and socket is also used, the
2-pin, side earth type.
3) Socket outlet / plug (valid for both countries)
If the fitted plug is not suitable for your socket outlet, please
contact Whirlpool Service for further instruction. Please do not
attempt to change plug yourself. This procedure needs to be
carried out by a qualified Whirlpool technician in compliance
with the manufactures instructions and current standard safety
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