COUNTER-HEIGHT MEDICAL FREEZERS
VT65M
Models CM405
VT65ML
CM411L
CM421BL
Instruction Manual
BEFORE USE, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW
ALL SAFETY RULES AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Write the Serial Number here:
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FELIX STORCH, INC.
770 Garrison Avenue
Bronx, NY 10474
www.summitappliance.com
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
Your safety and the safety of others are very important.
We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance.
Always read and obey all safety messages.
This is the Safety Alert Symbol. This symbol alerts you to potential
hazards that can kill or injure you and others. All safety messages will
follow the Safety Alert Symbol and either the words ”DANGER” or
“WARNING”.
DANGER means that failure to heed this
safety statement may result in severe
personal injury or death.
WARNING means that failure to heed
this safety statement may result in
extensive product damage, serious
personal injury, or death.
Safety messages will alert you to what the potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the chance
of injury, and let you know what can happen if the instructions are not followed.
Before the freezer is used, it must be properly positioned and installed as
described in this manual, so read the manual carefully. To reduce the risk
of fire, electrical shock or injury when using the freezer, follow basic precautions, including the following:
 Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet. Do not remove grounding prong, do not use an adapter,
and do not use an extension cord.
 It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only your freezer, be provided. Use
receptacles that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.
 Never clean freezer parts with flammable fluids. These fumes can create a fire hazard or
explosion. And do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the
vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
 Before proceeding with cleaning and maintenance operations, make sure the power line of the
unit is disconnected.
 Do not connect or disconnect the electric plug when your hands are wet.
 Unplug the freezer or disconnect the power before cleaning or servicing. Failure to do so can
result in electrical shock or death.
 Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your freezer unless it is specifically
recommended in this material. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.
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 Use two or more people to move and install the freezer. Failure to do so can result in back or
other injury.
 To ensure proper ventilation for your freezer, the front of the unit must be completely
unobstructed. Choose a well-ventilated area with temperatures above 60°F (16°C) and below
90°F (32°C). This unit must be installed in an area protected from the elements, such as wind,
rain, water spray or drips.
 The freezer should not be located next to ovens, grills or other sources of high heat.
 The freezer must be installed with all electrical connections in accordance with state and local
codes. A standard electrical supply (115V AC only, 60 Hz), properly grounded in accordance
with the National Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances, is required.
 Do not kink or pinch the power supply cord of the freezer.
 The fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amperes.
 It is important for the freezer to be leveled in order to work properly. You may need to make
several adjustments to level it.
 Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the freezer.
 Do not use solvent-based cleaning agents or abrasives on the interior. These cleaners may
damage or discolor the interior.
 Do not use this apparatus for other than its intended purpose.
THIS APPLIANCE IS DESIGNED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL USE ONLY. IT IS
NOT INTENDED FOR USE AS A HOUSEHOLD FREEZER.
Risk of child entrapment
Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned
refrigerators and freezers are still dangerous, even if they will “just sit in the garage a few
days.”
 Before you throw away your old refrigerator or freezer: Take off the doors. Leave
the shelves or drawers in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
 Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the refrigerator/freezer.
THIS APPLIANCE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY YOUNG CHILDREN OR INFIRM PERONS
UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY SUPERVISED BY A RESPONSIBLE PERSON TO
ENSURE THAT THEY CAN USE THE APPLIANCE SAFELY. YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD BE
SUPERVISED TO ENSURE THAT THEY DO NOT PLAY WITH THE APPLIANCE.
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Table of Contents
Important Safeguards ......................................................................................................... 1 - 2
Location of Parts ..................................................................................................................... 3
Technical Information .............................................................................................................. 4
Installation Instructions ....................................................................................................... 4 - 6
Before Using Your Freezer .......................................................................................... 4
Installing the Freezer .............................................................................................. 4 - 5
Electrical Connection / Extension Cord ....................................................................... 5
Reversing the Door Swing / Door Handle Installation .................................................. 6
Operating Your Freezer ..................................................................................................... 7 - 8
Temperature Control / Modes of Operation ................................................................. 7
Switching on the Empty Freezer / Freezing Procedure / Storing Frozen Items ......... 8
Defrosting Your Freezer .............................................................................................. 8
Care and Maintenance ............................................................................................................ 9
Cleaning Your Freezer / Power Failure / Vacation Time
Moving your Freezer / Energy-Saving Tips
Troubleshooting .................................................................................................................... 10
Limited Warranty ................................................................................................................... 11
Location of Parts
Temperature control dial
(thermostat)
Indicator lights:
Compressor on (yellow)
Temperature alert (red)
Removable
drawers
Door
Front ventilation
slots (kick plate)
Fixed
shelves
Defrost water
outlet
Leveling legs
NOTE: Lock on model VT65ML is located on the front of
the door, near the top center.
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Technical Information
Model Number
VT65M
VT65ML (with lock)
Color
White
Capacity
3.5 cu. ft.
Electrical Input
115V AC/60Hz
Rated Current
1.3A
Coldest Internal
Temperature
-25°C
Refrigerant
R134a, 2.7 oz.
Installation
Free-standing
Ship Weight
102 lbs.
Unit Dimensions
(W x D x H)
23.63" x 23.5" x 33.5"
NOTES: 1. This freezer is suitable for storing vaccines, pharmaceuticals and other
temperature-sensitive materials. It is not designed for the storage of
foodstuffs.
2. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Installation Instructions
Before Using Your Freezer:
 Remove the exterior and interior packing.
 Check to be sure you have all of the following parts:
 3 drawers
 1 short drain tube
 2 keys (Model VT65ML only)
 Before connecting the unit to a power source, let it stand for approximately 2 hours.
This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling
during transportation.
 Remove the drawers and clean them and the interior surfaces of the unit with
lukewarm water using a soft cloth.
Installing the Freezer:
 Place the unit on a floor that is strong enough to support the appliance when it is fully
loaded. To level the unit, adjust the two leveling legs at the front.
 Models VT65M and VT65ML are designed to be free-standing only, and should not
be recessed or built in. When installing, allow at least 5 inches of space at the sides
and top of the unit, which will allow the proper air circulation to cool the compressor
and condenser.
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 Locate the unit away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (oven, heater, radiator,
etc.). Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase
electrical consumption. Extremely cold ambient temperatures may also affect the
unit's performance.
 Avoid locating the unit in moist areas. Too much moisture in the air will cause frost to
form quickly on the evaporator, requiring more frequent defrosting of the freezer.
 Plug the unit into an exclusive, properly installed and grounded wall outlet. Do not
under any circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
Any questions concerning power and/or grounding should be directed toward a
certified electrician or authorized service center.
Electrical Connection:
Improper use of the grounded plug can result in the risk of electrical shock. If the power
cord is damaged, have it replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent or similarly
qualified persons in order to avoid a hazard.
This unit should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this unit is
equipped with a three-prong plug which mates with a standard three-prong wall outlet to
minimize the possibility of electrical shock.
Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong from the power
cord supplied. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded.
This unit requires a standard 115-volt AC/60Hz electrical outlet with three-prong ground.
Have the wall outlet and circuit checked by a qualified electrician to make sure the outlet
is properly grounded. When a standard 2-prong wall outlet is encountered, it is your
responsibility and obligation to have it replaced with a properly grounded 3-prong wall
outlet.
To prevent accidental injury, the cord should be secured behind the unit and not left
exposed or dangling.
The unit should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet which has a
voltage rating that matches the rating label on the appliance. This provides the best
performance and also prevents overloading house wiring circuits that could cause a fire
hazard from overheated wires. Never unplug the unit by pulling on the power cord.
Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the receptacle. Repair or replace
immediately any power cord that has become frayed or otherwise damaged. Do not use
a cord that shows cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at either end. When
moving the unit, be careful not to damage the power cord.
Extension Cord:
Do not use an extension cord with this appliance. If the power cord is too short, have a
qualified electrician or service technician install an outlet near the appliance.
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Reversing the Door Swing:
If you find the direction of opening the door of the freezer inconvenient, you can change
it. Holes on the opposite side have already been prepared at the factory.
1. Upper hinge fastener
2. Lower hinge
3. Kick plate
4. Handle
5. Door hinge fixture
6. Door hinge fixture plug
This freezer can be opened from either the right side or the left. By default, the door
hinge is on the right side. If you prefer it on the left, please follow these instructions:
NOTE: All of the parts that are removed must be kept for the reinstallation of the door.
1. Unscrew the lower hinge and take off the door.
2. Push the kick plate to the right in the new position.
3. Undo the upper hinge fastener and fix it to the opposite side of the housing, where you
have already removed and replaced the fastener with the hole to the opposite side.
4. Put the door on the upper hinge fastener.
5. Fix the lower hinge in the new position.
6. Unscrew the handle and place it on the opposite side.
7. Some screws are covered with caps. Take off these caps before undoing the screws.
8. Check the gasket. It should not be creased and should seal well.
Door Handle Installation:
The door has two screw holes on each side, allowing you to install a handle (included). To
do so, align the handle with the screw holes on the side you prefer. Fix the handle in place
with the included screws, then cover the screw heads with the handle seal (included).
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Operating Your Freezer
Temperature Control:
 The temperature control (thermostat) is located at the
front of the freezer, in the upper right corner above the
door. When the freezer operates automatically, the
interior temperature is controlled by the thermostat.
Normally, the thermostat setting should be in the
middle, between max and min.
 We recommend thermostat settings closer to max
only in cases when you want to accelerate cooling
such as before loading a number of unfrozen items. Settings closer to min help save
energy, provided that the freezer is not overloaded.
 The super setting causes the compressor to run continuously and should be used
sparingly. This setting can be used when you want to freeze a large number of
unfrozen items or in case you want to deep-freeze already frozen items. The yellow
light will be lit when the super setting is active. Remember to turn the thermostat
back to its normal setting after a short time.
 The stop setting halts the cooling process (the compressor turns off), but does not
turn off the freezer. To turn the appliance off completely, you must unplug it.
NOTE: If the unit is unplugged, has lost power, or is turned off, you must wait 3 to 5
minutes before restarting the unit. If you attempt to restart before this time delay, the
freezer will not start.
Modes of Operation:
Automatic operation – the yellow light is on and off (with the compressor).
The interior temperature is controlled by the thermostat, which turns the cooling system
on and off. The frequency of turning the cooling system on and off depends on:
– the thermostat setting
– how often the door is opened, and
– ambient temperature.
Continuous operation – the yellow light is on steady.
The super setting of the thermostat is active, and the cooling system operates
continuously, resulting in a quick freeze. Do not let the freezer operate under these
conditions for long periods of time.
Temperature alert – the red light is on.
The red light is on when there is a temperature-related problem in the freezer. See
Troubleshooting.
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Switching on the Empty Freezer:
Plug in the freezer and set the thermostat to the super position (continuous operation).
(The red and yellow control lights are on.) When the red light goes off, set the
thermostat for normal operation. Wait a couple of hours, then load the freezer.
Freezing Procedure:
To freeze larger amounts of unfrozen items (5 pounds or more), turn the thermostat
knob to super for continuous operation (yellow light is on). After an hour or so, turn the
thermostat down to its normal setting (yellow light goes off) and load the freezer. After
24 hours, all items should be frozen.
NOTES:
1. Keep unfrozen items out of contact with frozen ones.
2. There is no need to set the thermostat for continuous operation (super) if you only
intend to freeze smaller quantities of fresh items (2 to 4 pounds).
Storing Frozen Items:
Frozen items may be stored in the three drawers, or can be placed directly on the
cooling shelves if one or more of the drawers is removed.
Defrosting Your Freezer:
For the most efficient operation and minimum energy consumption, defrost the
freezer when the frost on the freezer walls reaches 1/8 to 1/4 inch in thickness.
1. An hour or so before defrosting, set the thermostat to super (yellow light will
be on) so that the freezer contents are well-frozen. After that, empty the
freezer and take care that the items do not begin to thaw.
2. To start defrosting, unplug the freezer and remove the drawers.
3. Insert the enclosed tubing into the groove in the bottom of the appliance and
place a container underneath to collect the defrost water. Defrosting is
accelerated if the door is left open.
4. Use a sponge or toweling to remove water and
melting ice from the freezer floor. After the frost or
ice has melted, dry the interior of the freezer
thoroughly.
5. Restart the freezer by plugging it in and turning the
thermostat to the desired position. Once it is cold,
return the drawers and contents to the freezer.
CAUTION: Do not use boiling water or an electric device such as a hair dryer to
help speed up the defrost because this could damage the plastic parts of the
unit. In addition, never use a sharp or metallic instrument to remove frost as it
may damage the cooling coils and will void the warranty. We recommend
using a plastic scraper.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning Your Freezer:
1. Unplug the freezer and remove the frozen items and drawers.
2. Wash the inside surfaces with a solution of lukewarm water and vinegar. Wipe dry
with a clean, soft cloth.
3. Wash the drawers with a mild detergent solution, then rinse and dry thoroughly.
4. Wash the outside cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse well and
wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
5. Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth before cleaning the area of the
temperature control or any electrical parts.
6. From time to time, wipe the condenser on the rear wall with a soft
non-metallic brush or vacuum cleaner.
7. After you have cleaned the appliance, reconnect it to the power
supply and return the drawers and frozen items back to their place.
CAUTION: Failure to unplug the unit could result in electrical shock or
personal injury.
Power Failure:
Most power failures are corrected within a few hours and should not affect the
temperature of your freezer if you minimize the number of times the door is opened. If
the power is going to be off for a longer period of time, you need to take the proper steps
to protect your frozen items.
Vacation Time:
During long absences, remove all the contents of the freezer. Unplug the freezer, clean it
and leave the door open slightly to avoid possible formation of condensation, mold or odors.
Moving Your Freezer:
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Remove the contents of the freezer.
Securely tape down all loose items inside your unit.
Turn the leveling legs up to the base to avoid damage.
Tape the door shut.
Be sure the freezer stays secure in the upright position during transportation.
Energy-Saving Tips:
 The freezer should be located in the coolest area of the room, away from heat-
producing appliances or heating ducts and out of direct sunlight.
 Try not to open the door too often, especially when the weather is damp and hot.
Once you open the door, close it as soon as possible.
 Occasionally check if the appliance is sufficiently ventilated (adequate air circulation
behind the appliance).
 Set the thermostat from higher to lower settings as soon as possible (depends on
how loaded the appliance is, ambient temperature, etc.).
 Before loading items into the unit, be sure they are cooled to ambient temperature.
 A layer of frost and ice increases energy consumption, so defrost the appliance as
soon as the layer is 1/8"-1/4" thick.
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Troubleshooting
When using this freezer, you may come across some troubles that in many cases result
from improper handling of the appliance and can easily be eliminated.
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
The appliance fails to operate after being connected to the power source.
 Check whether the power supply is active and that the thermostat is not set to the
stop position.
The red light is on.
 The door was opened frequently or it was left open too long.
 The door is not properly closed (the door may sag, the gasket may be dirty or
damaged).
 The power supply has been interrupted for a long period of time.
 The appliance may have been overloaded with unfrozen items.
The compressor is running continuously.
 Set the thermostat from super to another setting.
 There may be inadequate ventilation of the compressor and condenser. (Assure
there is adequate air circulation behind the appliance and wipe the dust from the
condenser.)
The freezer door is hard to open.
If you try to open the door after it has just recently been closed, you may find it hard
to open. This is because, when you open the door, warm air gets into the
appliance and when it is cooling, lower interior pressure seals the door.
The door can be opened more easily by slightly pressing the gasket against the door
and pulling on the door.
After 5 to 10 minutes, the door can be opened easily.
Noise
Cooling in refrigeration appliances is enabled by the refrigerating system with
compressor, which produces noise. How noisy the appliance is depends on where
it is placed, how it is used and how old the appliance is.
 During the operation of the compressor, the noise of liquid is heard and when
the compressor is not operating, the refrigerant flow is heard. This is a normal
condition and has no influence whatsoever of the lifetime of the appliance.
 After starting the appliance, the operation of the compressor and the refrigerant
flow may be louder, which does not mean that something is wrong. Gradually
the noise is reduced.
 Sometimes a louder noise is heard, which is unusual for the appliance. This
noise is often a consequence of improper placement of the unit. (The freezer
should be placed and leveled firmly on a solid base and it should not touch the
wall or cabinets standing next to it.)
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Limited Warranty
ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Within the 48 contiguous United States, for one year from the date of purchase, when this
appliance is operated and maintained according to instructions attached to or furnished with the
product, warrantor will pay for factory-specified parts and repair labor to correct defects in
materials or workmanship. Service must be provided by a designated service company. Outside
the 48 states, all parts are warranted for one year from manufacturing defects. Plastic parts,
shelves and cabinets are warranted to be manufactured to commercially acceptable standards,
and are not covered from damage during handling or breakage.
5-YEAR COMPRESSOR WARRANTY
1. The compressor is covered for 5 years.
2. Replacement does not include labor.
ITEMS WARRANTOR WILL NOT PAY FOR:
1. Service calls to correct the installation of your appliance, to instruct you how to use your
appliance, to replace or repair fuses or to correct wiring or plumbing.
2. Service calls to repair or replace appliance light bulbs or broken shelves. Consumable parts
(such as filters) are excluded from warranty coverage.
3. Damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse, abuse, fire, flood, acts of God, improper
installation, installation not in accordance with electrical or plumbing codes, or use of
products not approved by warrantor.
4. Replacement parts or repair labor costs for units operated outside the United States.
5. Repairs to parts or systems resulting from unauthorized modifications made to the
appliance.
6. Expenses for travel and transportation for product service in remote locations.
7. The removal and reinstallation of your appliance if it is installed in an inaccessible location
or is not installed in accordance with published installation instructions.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES – LIMITATION OF REMEDIES
CUSTOMER'S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL
BE PRODUCT REPAIR AS PROVIDED HEREIN. IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE
LIMITED TO ONE YEAR. WARRANTOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR
LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LIMITATIONS ON THE
DURATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS, SO THESE
EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU
SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY
FROM STATE TO STATE.
FELIX STORCH, INC.
770 Garrison Avenue
Bronx, NY 10474
Phone: (718) 893-3900
Fax: (718) 842-3093
www.summitappliance.com
For parts and accessory ordering,
troubleshooting and helpful hints, visit:
www.summitappliance.com/support
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