Operating and installation instructions
Frost-free freezer
FN 12220 S
FN 12420 S
FN 12620 S
To avoid the risk of accidents or
damage to the appliance, it is
essential to read these instructions
before it is installed and used for the
first time.
en - GB
M.-Nr. 07 681 890
Contents
Guide to the appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Caring for the environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Warning and Safety instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
How to save energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Switching on and off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Switching off for longer periods of time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
The correct temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Setting the temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Temperature display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Door alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Activating the alarm system. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Switching the alarm off early . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Super freeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Freezing and storing food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Maximum freezing capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Freezing fresh food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Isolation plate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Important. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Storing frozen food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Home freezing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Hints on home freezing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Packing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Before placing food in the freezer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Placing food in the freezer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Freezing large items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Defrosting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Ice cubes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Cooling drinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Freezer tray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Cool pack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Defrosting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Cleaning and care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Cleaning the outer casing, the interior and accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Ventilation gaps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Door seal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Metal grille at the back of the appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Contents
Problem solving guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Noises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
After Sales / Guarantee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Electrical connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Climate range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Aligning the appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Appliance dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Changing the door hinging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Aligning the appliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Building in the appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Guide to the appliance
a On/Off button
b Temperature selector button
d Super freeze button and indicator
light
c Temperature display
e Alarm off button and indicator light
a Frost free system
b Freezer tray
c Freezer drawers
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Caring for the environment
Disposal of the packing
material
The transport and protective packing
has been selected from materials which
are environmentally friendly for
disposal, and can normally be
recycled.
Ensure that any plastic wrappings,
bags etc. are disposed of safely and
kept out of the reach of babies and
young children. Danger of suffocation!
Disposal of your old appliance
Electrical and electronic appliances
often contain materials which, if
handled or disposed of incorrectly,
could be potentially hazardous to
human health and to the environment.
They are, however, essential for the
correct functioning of your appliance.
Please do not therefore dispose of it
with your household waste.
Rather than just throwing these
materials away, please ensure that they
are recycled.
Please dispose of it at your local
community waste collection / recycling
centre or contact your dealer for
advice. Ensure that it presents no
danger to children while being stored
for disposal.
It should be unplugged or
disconnected from the mains electricity
supply by a competent person.
Take care not to damage the pipework
at the back of it before or during
transportation to an authorised
collection depot.
In this way, refrigerant in the pipework
and oil in the compressor will be
contained, and will not leak out into the
environment.
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Warning and Safety instructions
Correct application
This appliance complies with all
relevant local and national safety
requirements. Improper use can,
however, present a risk of both
personal injury and material
damage.
To avoid the risk of accidents and
damage to the appliance, please
read these instructions carefully
before installation and before using
it for the first time. They contain
important notes on the installation,
safety, operation and care of the
appliance.
Keep these instructions in a safe
place and pass them on to any
future user.
~ This appliance is intended for
domestic use only, to store deep frozen
food, freeze fresh food, and to make
ice.
Any other usage is not supported by
the manufacturer and could be
dangerous. The manufacturer cannot
be held liable for damage resulting
from incorrect or improper use or
operation.
~ 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
are supervised whilst using it, or have
been shown how to use it by a person
responsible for their safety.
Safety with children
~ This appliance is not a toy! To avoid
the risk of injury, do not allow children
to play with it or near it, or to play with
the controls. Neither should they be
allowed to swing on the door. Please
supervise young children whilst you are
using it. Older children may only use
the appliance when its operation has
been clearly explained to them and
they are able to use it safely,
recognising the dangers of misuse.
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Warning and Safety instructions
Technical safety
~ Before setting up the appliance,
check it for any externally visible
damage. Do not install and use a
damaged appliance.
A damaged appliance is dangerous.
~ If the connection cable is faulty it
must only be replaced by a service
technician authorised by the
manufacturer to protect the user from
danger.
~ This appliance contains the coolant
Isobutane (R600a), a natural gas which
is environmentally friendly. Although it
is flammable, it does not damage the
ozone layer and does not increase the
greenhouse effect. The use of this
coolant has, however, led to a slight
increase in the noise level of the
appliance. In addition to the noise of
the compressor, you might be able to
hear the coolant flowing around the
system. This is unavoidable, but does
not have any adverse effect on the
performance of the appliance.
Care must be taken during the
transportation and installation of the
appliance that no parts of the cooling
system are damaged. Leaking coolant
can damage the eyes.
In the event of any damage:
- avoid open flames and anything
which creates a spark,
- disconnect from the mains,
- air the room in which the appliance
is located for several minutes and
- contact the Service Department for
advice.
~ The more coolant there is in an
appliance, the larger the room it should
be installed in. In the event of a
leakage, if the appliance is in a small
room, there is the danger of
combustible gases building up.
For every 8 g of coolant at least 1 m3 of
room space is required. The amount of
coolant in the appliance is stated on the
data plate inside the appliance.
~ Safe operation of the appliance is
only assured if it has been installed and
connected in accordance with these
operating and installation instructions.
~ Before connecting the appliance,
make sure that the connection data on
the data plate (voltage and connected
load) match the mains electricity
supply.
This data must correspond in order to
avoid the risk of damage to the
appliance. Consult a qualified
electrician if in any doubt.
~ Do not connect the appliance to the
mains electricity supply by a
multi-socket unit or an extension lead.
These do not guarantee the required
safety of the appliance (e.g. danger of
overheating).
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Warning and Safety instructions
~ The electrical safety of this
appliance can only be guaranteed
when continuity is complete between it
and an effective earthing system which
complies with current local and national
safety regulations. It is most important
that this basic safety requirement is
present and tested regularly, and
where there is any doubt, the
household wiring system should be
inspected by a qualified electrician.
The manufacturer cannot be held liable
for damage or injury caused by the lack
of or inadequacy of an effective
earthing system (e.g. electric shock).
~ The appliance must be isolated from
~ Installation, maintenance and
– the screw-out fuse has been
removed (in countries where this is
applicable).
repairs may only be carried out by a
suitably qualified and competent
person in strict accordance with current
national and local safety regulations.
Repairs and other work by unqualified
persons could be dangerous. The
manufacturer cannot be held liable for
unauthorised work.
~ While the appliance is under
guarantee, repairs should only be
undertaken by a service technician
authorised by the manufacturer.
Otherwise the guarantee will be
invalidated.
the electricity supply during installation,
maintenance and repair work.
The appliance is only completely
isolated from the electricity supply
when:
– it has been switched off at the socket
and the plug has been withdrawn, or
– the fuse from the fused spur
connection unit has been withdrawn,
or
– the mains fuse has been
disconnected, or
~ Faulty components must only be
replaced by genuine Miele original
spare parts. The manufacturer can only
guarantee the safety of the appliance
when Miele replacement parts are
used.
~ This appliance may only be used in
mobile installations such as ships if a
risk assessment of the installation has
been carried out by a suitably qualified
engineer.
~ In countries where there are areas
which may be subject to infestation by
cockroaches or other vermin, pay
particular attention to keeping the
appliance and its surroundings in a
clean condition at all times. Any
damage which may be caused by
cockroaches or other vermin will not be
covered by the guarantee.
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Warning and Safety instructions
Correct use
~ Never handle frozen food with wet
hands. Your hands may freeze to the
frozen food. Danger of frost burn.
~ Do not take ice cubes out with your
bare hands and never place ice cubes
or ice lollies in your mouth straight from
the freezer.
The very low temperature of the frozen
ice or lollies can cause frost burn to the
lips and tongue.
~ Do not refreeze thawed or partially
thawed food.
Defrosted food should be used up as
quickly as possible, as food soon loses
its nutritional value and goes off.
Defrosted food may only be re-frozen
after it has been cooked.
~ Observe the "use by" dates given on
food to avoid the risk of food poisoning.
Storage times will depend on several
factors, including the freshness and
quality of the food as well as the
temperature at which it is stored. Follow
the instructions given on food
manufacturer's packaging on storage
conditions required, as well as the “use
by” date.
~ Do not store explosive materials in
the appliance or any products
containing propellants (e.g. spray
cans). Thermostats switching on may
produce sparks which could present a
fire hazard. Flammable compounds
could explode.
~ Do not operate any electrical
equipment (e.g. an electric ice-cream
maker) inside the appliance. Danger of
sparking and explosion.
~ Do not store cans or bottles
containing carbonated drinks or liquids
which could freeze in the freezer. The
cans or bottles could explode.
Danger of injury and damage to the
appliance.
~ When cooling drinks quickly in the
freezer, make sure bottles are not left in
for more than one hour, otherwise they
could burst, resulting in injury or
damage.
~ Do not use sharp edged objects to
– remove frost and ice,
– separate frozen foods or remove ice
trays.
They will damage the evaporator,
causing irreversible damage to the
appliance.
~ Do not use any oils or grease on the
door seal, as these will cause the seal
to deteriorate and become porous with
time.
~ Do not block the ventilation gaps in
the appliance as this would impair the
efficiency of the appliance, increase the
electricity consumption and could
cause damage to the appliance.
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Warning and Safety instructions
~ The appliance is designed for use
within certain climate ranges (ambient
temperatures), and should not be used
outside this range. The climate range
for your appliance is stated on the data
plate inside the appliance.
Installing it in a room with too low an
ambient temperature, e.g. a garage,
can lead to the appliance switching off
for longer periods so that it cannot
maintain the required temperature.
~ Do not place electric heaters or
candles in the appliance to defrost it.
These can damage the plastic parts.
~ Do not use defrosting sprays or
de-icers, as they might contain
substances which could damage the
plastic parts or which could cause a
build-up of gases and pose a danger to
health.
~ Do not use a steam-cleaning
appliance to defrost or clean this
appliance. Steam could reach the
electrical components and cause a
short circuit.
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Disposal of your old appliance
~ Before disposing of an old
appliance, first make the door latch or
lock unusable.
This way you will prevent children from
accidentally locking themselves in and
endangering their lives.
~ Be careful not to damage any part of
the pipework whilst awaiting disposal,
e.g. by
– puncturing the refrigerant channels
in the evaporator.
– bending any pipework.
– scratching the surface coating.
Splashes of refrigerant can damage the
eyes.
The manufacturer cannot be held
liable for damage caused by
non-compliance with these Warning
and Safety instructions.
How to save energy
Normal energy
consumption
Increased energy
consumption
In a ventilated room.
In an enclosed, unventilated room.
Protected from direct sunlight.
In direct sunlight.
Not situated near to a heat source
(radiator, oven).
Situated near to a heat source
(radiator, oven).
Where the ideal ambient room
temperature is approx. 20°C.
Where there is a high ambient
room temperature.
Temperature setting with
a thermostat which is
approximate
(set in stages).
With a medium setting of 2 to 3.
With a high setting: the lower the
temperature in the compartment,
the higher the energy
consumption.
Temperature setting with
a thermostat which is
exact to the degree
(digital display).
Cellar section 8 to 12°C
Installation site
On appliances with winter setting,
please make sure that the winter
PerfectFresh zone just above 0 °C setting is switched off when the
ambient temperature is warmer
Freezer section -18°C
than 16 °C.
Refrigerator section 4 to 5 °C
Wine storage section 10 to 12 °C
Use
Only open the doors when
necessary and for as short a time
as possible.
Frequent opening of the doors for
long periods will cause a loss of
coldness.
Store food in an organised way.
If food is not stored in an
organised way, searching for an
item will mean the door is open for
longer.
Allow hot food and drinks to cool
down before placing them in the
appliance.
Placing hot food in the appliance
will cause the compressor to run
for a long time, as the appliance
will have to work harder to lower
the temperature.
Store food covered or packaged.
The evaporation or condensation
of liquids will cause a loss of
coldness in the refrigerator.
Place frozen food in the
refrigerator to defrost.
Do not over-fill the appliance to
allow air to circulate.
Defrosting
Defrost the freezer compartment
when a layer of ice 0.5 cm thick
has built up.
A layer of ice hinders the cold
from reaching the frozen food, and
causes an increase in energy
consumption.
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Switching on and off
Before using for the first time
Cool pack
^ Clean the inside of the appliance and
the accessories with lukewarm water
and a little washing-up liquid, and
then dry with a soft cloth.
Place the cool pack in the top drawer
or, to save space, in the shallow freezer
drawer. The cool pack will be at its
most effective after it has been in the
freezer for approx. 24 hours.
Important:
To ensure the correct functioning of
the appliance, let it stand for
between 1½ and 2 hours after
transporting it to its final location
before connecting it to the mains.
Switching off
^ Press the On/Off button until the
temperature display goes out.
All the displays will go out and the
cooling system will switch off.
Switching on
Switching off for longer
periods of time
^ Press the On/Off button.
If the appliance is not going to be used
for a longer period of time, e.g. whilst
on holiday:
The temperature display and the alarm
indicator light will flash until the freezer
has cooled down to the correct
temperature for freezing.
^ switch the appliance off,
To enable the temperature to get
sufficiently cold inside the appliance,
allow the appliance to run for a few
hours before placing food in it.
^ clean the appliance out and
^ switch off at the wall socket and
withdraw the plug,
^ leave the door ajar to air the
appliance.
If, during a long absence, the
appliance is switched off but not
cleaned out and the door is left shut,
there is a danger of mould and
odours building up inside the
appliance.
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The correct temperature
It is very important to set the correct
temperature for storing food in the
appliance. Micro-organisms will cause
food which is not stored at the correct
temperature to deteriorate rapidly.
Temperature influences the growth rate
of these micro-organisms. Reducing
the temperature reduces their growth
rate.
To freeze fresh food and to store frozen
food for a long time, a temperature of
-18 °C is required. At this temperature
the growth of micro-organisms is
generally halted. As soon as the
temperature rises above -10 °C, the
micro-organisms become active in the
food again so that it cannot be kept as
long. For this reason, partially defrosted
or defrosted food must not be re-frozen.
Food may be re-frozen once it has
been cooked, as the high temperatures
achieved when cooking destroy most
micro-organisms.
The temperature in the appliance will
rise:
– the more often the door is opened
and the longer it is kept open,
Setting the temperature
^ Press the temperature button
repeatedly until the indicator light for
the temperature you want lights up in
the display.
The temperature value will change up
until the setting for -32 °C is reached. It
will then drop back to the -15 °C
setting.
The temperature can be set slightly
colder within the displayed temperature
range (e.g. between -15°C and -18 °C).
^ Press the temperature button
repeatedly until the indicator light for
-15 °C lights up in the display.
^ Press the button for approx. another
5 seconds to set the temperature.
The colder temperature setting within
the small temperature range is now set.
However, this is not visible in the
temperature display.
– if too much food is stored in it at
once,
– if too much fresh food is being frozen
at once,
– the higher the ambient temperature
surrounding the appliance.
The appliance is designed for use in
specific ambient temperatures
(climate ranges). Do not use in
ambient temperatures for which it is
not designed.
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The correct temperature
Temperature display
The temperature display on the
control panel always shows the
required temperature.
The temperature can be adjusted from:
-15 °C to -32 °C
The temperature display will flash if
– the temperature in the appliance is
not within the possible temperature
range,
– a different temperature is being set,
– the temperature in the appliance has
risen by several degrees, indicating
that the appliance is warming up too
much.
This loss of coldness is no cause for
concern in the following circumstances:
– when the door has been left open for
a while, e.g. for removing or storing a
large amount of food,
– when fresh food is being frozen.
However, if the temperature in the
freezer section remains above -18 °C
for a long time, check that the frozen
food has not started to defrost. If it has
started thawing, check that the food is
safe to use and if it is, use it as quickly
as possible.
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Alarm
Your appliance has been fitted with a
warning system which ensures that the
temperature in the freezer cannot rise
unnoticed. An alarm will sound, and the
temperature display and the alarm
indicator light will flash if the
temperature becomes too warm.
The temperature the appliance is set at
determines the temperature the
appliance recognises as being too
warm.
For example, the alarm may sound and
the alarm indicator light may flash,
– if you freeze a large amount of food
at once without having switched on
the Super freeze function
beforehand.
Depending on the temperature in the
freezer, you should check the condition
of the food. If food has defrosted or
started to defrost, check that it is still
safe to use, and if so, use it as quickly
as possible. Defrosted food may only
be re-frozen after it has been cooked.
Activating the alarm system
The alarm system is always active. It
does not have to be switched on
manually.
Switching the alarm off early
The alarm will stop and the indicator
light will go out when the temperature
reaches the correct level again.
However, if the noise disturbs you, you
can switch the alarm off before this if
you wish.
^ Press the alarm off button.
The alarm will stop.
The indicator light will stay on until
the correct temperature has been
reached. The alarm system is then
ready should it be needed again.
Door alarm
If the door has been left open for more
than approx. 60 seconds the alarm will
sound.
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Super freeze
Switch the Super freeze function on
before putting fresh food into the
freezer.
This helps food to freeze quickly and
retain its nutrients, vitamins, flavours
and appearance.
Super freeze is not necessary:
– when putting in food that is already
frozen.
– when freezing up to 2 kg fresh food
daily.
Switching on Super freeze
When freezing small quantities of food
in the freezer, the Super freeze function
should be switched on 6 hours
beforehand. When freezing the
maximum load of food the Super
freeze function should be switched on
24 hours beforehand.
^ Press the Super freeze button. The
Super freeze indicator light will come
on.
The appliance works at full power to
lower the temperature in the appliance.
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Switching off Super freeze
The Super freeze function will switch off
automatically after approx. 65 hours.
The indicator light will go out and the
appliance will run at normal power
again.
To save energy, the Super freeze
function can be switched off once a
constant temperature of -18°C or
colder has been reached in the freezer.
You should also check the temperature
inside the appliance from time to time.
^ Press the Super freeze button. The
Super freeze indicator light will go
out, and the appliance will continue
to operate at normal power.
Freezing and storing food
Maximum freezing capacity
Isolation plate
To ensure that fresh food placed in the
freezer freezes through to the core as
quickly as possible, the maximum
freezing capacity must not be
exceeded. The maximum freezing
capacity for freezing within a 24-hour
period is given on the data plate:
"Freezing capacity ....kg/24 hrs".
(depending on model, available as an
optional accessory)
The maximum freezing capacity given
on the data plate has been calculated
according to DIN EN ISO 15502 Standard.
Important
Freezing fresh food
Fresh food should be frozen as quickly
as possible. This way the nutritional
value of the food, its vitamin content,
appearance and taste are not impaired.
Food which takes a long time to freeze
will lose more water from its cells, which
then shrink.
During the defrosting process, only
some of this water is reabsorbed by the
cells; the rest collects around the food.
If food is frozen quickly, the cells have
less time to lose moisture, so they
shrink less. As there is not so much
moisture loss, it is easier for the food to
reabsorb it during the defrosting
process, and very little water collects
around the defrosted food.
The isolation plate is used to isolate
freezer drawers which you do not wish
to use, and thus save energy. It should
be used if only small amounts of food
are being stored in the freezer.
– At least 3 freezer drawers as well as
the freezer tray must be used for
freezing food.
The other drawers can be isolated if
they are not needed. However, no
fewer than the two bottom drawers
can be isolated.
– The drawers being used for freezing
must always be at the top of the
freezer.
– The isolation plate must be fitted
below the lowest drawer in which
food is being frozen.
– The fewer drawers you use, the more
energy you will save. Using the
isolation plate increases energy
savings considerably.
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Freezing and storing food
Storing frozen food
Do not store food in the "inactive"
drawers. The temperature is not
controlled in these drawers and food
stored in them would soon
deteriorate.
Example
If you only require 3 freezer drawers as
well as the freezer tray for storing
frozen food:
^ Place food in the top 3 freezer
drawers, leaving the other drawers
empty.
When buying frozen food to store in
your freezer, check
– that the packaging is not damaged,
– the use-by date,
– the temperature at which the frozen
food is being stored in the shop. The
length of time it can be kept is
reduced if it has been stored at a
temperature warmer than -18 °C.
^ Buy frozen food once you have
finished the rest of your shopping,
and wrap it in newspaper or use a
cool bag or cool box to transport it.
^ Store it in the freezer as soon as
possible.
^ Take out the fourth drawer down and
place the isolation plate under the
third drawer.
This "switches off" (isolates) the
drawers below.
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Never re-freeze partially or fully
defrosted food. Consume defrosted
food as soon as possible as it will
lose its nutritional value and spoil if
left for too long. Defrosted food may
only be re-frozen after it has been
cooked.
Freezing and storing food
Home freezing
Only freeze fresh food which is in a
good condition.
Hints on home freezing
– The following types of food are
suitable for freezing:
Fresh meat, poultry, game, fish,
vegetables, herbs, fresh fruit, dairy
products, pastry, leftovers, egg
yolks, egg whites and a range of
pre-cooked meals.
– The following types of food are not
suitable for freezing:
Grapes, lettuce, radishes, sour
cream, mayonnaise, eggs in their
shells, onions, whole raw apples and
pears.
– To retain colour, taste and vitamin C,
vegetables should be blanched after
they have been trimmed and
washed.
To blanch: bring a large saucepan of
water to the boil, immerse the
vegetables in the fast boiling water
for 2-3 minutes, depending on
variety. Remove, and plunge into
ice-cold water to cool quickly. Drain
and pack ready for freezing.
– Lean meat freezes better than fatty
meat, and can be stored for
considerably longer.
– To prevent chops, steaks, cutlets or
rolled meat from freezing together in
solid blocks when packed, separate
with a sheet of plastic freezer film.
– Do not season fresh foods or
blanched vegetables before
freezing. Only season cooked food
lightly before freezing, but care
should be taken as the taste of some
spices alters when frozen.
– Do not place hot foods or drinks in
the freezer. This causes already
frozen food to thaw, and increases
the energy consumption
considerably. Allow hot foods and
drinks to cool down before placing
them in the freezer.
Packing
^ Freeze food in portions.
Unsuitable packing material
- wrapping paper
- grease-proof paper
- cellophane
- bin bags
- plastic carrier bags
Suitable packing material
- plastic freezer film
- freezer bags
- aluminium foil
- freezer containers
^ Expel as much air as possible from
bags etc. before sealing them, to
prevent freezer-burn on food.
^ Close the packaging tightly with
- rubber bands
- plastic clips
- string or bag ties
- freezer tape.
Freezer bags may also be sealed
using home heat sealing kits.
^ Make a note of the contents and the
date of freezing on the packaging.
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Freezing and storing food
Before placing food in the freezer
^ When freezing more than 2 kg of
fresh food, switch on the Super
freeze function for some time before
placing the food in the freezer (see
"Super freeze").
This helps food that is already in the
freezer to stay frozen.
Each drawer and glass cold plate
can be loaded with a maximum of
25 kg.
If you remove a freezer drawer make
sure that you do not block the
ventilation slits in the back wall of
the appliance. They are important
for trouble-free operation of the
appliance.
Placing food in the freezer
Fresh food can be placed in any
drawer for freezing, however it is
preferable to use the upper drawers.
Defrosting
^ Place the food flat in the bottom of
the drawers or on the glass cold
plates so that it freezes through to the
core as quickly as possible.
– in a microwave oven,
^ Make sure that the packaging and
containers are dry to prevent them
sticking together when frozen.
– at room temperature,
When freezing, make sure that food
already frozen does not come into
contact with fresh food being frozen
as this could cause the frozen food
to begin to defrost.
Freezing large items
If you wish to freeze large items such
as a turkey or game, the glass cold
plates between the drawers can be
removed. To do this:
^ Remove the freezer drawers and
carefully slide out the glass cold
plates.
The lowest freezer drawer must
always remain in the appliance.
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Frozen food can be defrosted in
different ways:
– in an oven using the "Fan" or
"Defrost" setting,
– in the refrigerator (the cold given off
by the frozen food helps to keep
other food cold),
– in a steam oven.
Poultry It is particularly important to
observe food hygiene rules when
defrosting poultry. Do not use the liquid
from defrosted poultry. Pour it away
and wash the container it was in, the
sink and your hands. Danger of
salmonella poisoning.
Fruit should be defrosted at room
temperature in its packaging, or in a
covered bowl.
Most vegetables can be cooked while
still frozen. Just put straight into boiling
water or hot fat. The cooking time is
slightly less than that of fresh
vegetables due to changes in the cell
structure.
Freezing and storing food
Freezer tray
Never re-freeze partially or fully
defrosted food. Consume defrosted
food as soon as possible as it will
lose its nutritional value and spoil if
left for too long. Defrosted food may
only be re-frozen after it has been
cooked.
The freezer tray is useful for freezing
small items such as berries and
vegetables. They can be frozen
individually and therefore maintain their
shape when defrosted.
Ice cubes
^ Space the food out loosely on the
tray.
^ Fill the ice tray three quarters full with
water and place it on the bottom of
one of the freezer drawers.
^ Once frozen, use a blunt instrument,
for example a spoon handle, to
remove the ice tray from the freezer.
Leave the food for 10-12 hours to
freeze thoroughly on the tray. Transfer it
to a freezer bag or suitable container
once frozen. Place the bag or container
in the freezer drawer.
^ Ice cubes can be removed easily
from the tray by twisting the tray
gently or by holding it under cold
running water for a short while.
Cooling drinks
When cooling drinks quickly, make sure
bottles are not left in the freezer for
more than one hour, as they could
burst.
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Freezing and storing food
Cool pack
The cool pack prevents the
temperature in the freezer rising too
quickly in the event of a power cut.
Place the cool pack in the upper
drawer directly on top of food, or in the
freezer tray to save space. The cool
pack will be at its most effective after it
has been in the freezer for approx. 24
hours.
If there is a power cut, place the cool
pack directly on top of the frozen food
in the top drawer so that the food will
be kept cold for as long as possible.
When placing fresh food in the freezer,
use the cool pack to separate the fresh
food from the food which is already
frozen so that the frozen food does not
begin to thaw.
The cool pack can also be used in a
cool bag to keep food or drinks cool for
a short period of time.
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Defrosting
This freezer is equipped with a Frost
free system. The freezer defrosts
automatically.
The moisture generated by defrosting
collects in the condensor and is
automatically dissipated by the
condensor from time to time.
This automatic defrosting system
enables the freezer to remain
permanently ice-free, however, the food
stored in the freezer will not defrost.
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Cleaning and care
A range of Miele cleaning and
conditioning agents is available from
the Miele UK Spare Parts
Department or via the internet at
www.miele-shop.com.
Cleaning the outer casing, the
interior and accessories
Use warm water with a little washing-up
liquid. Wash all accessories and
drawers by hand only. Do not wash in a
dishwasher.
Never use cleaning agents
containing abrasive substances
such as sand, soda, acids or
chemical solvents.
"Non-abrasive" cleaning agents are
also unsuitable as they can cause
matt areas to appear.
^ After cleaning, wipe the outer casing,
the interior and accessories with a
damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth.
Leave the door open to air the
appliance for a short while.
Make sure that water cannot get into
the electronic unit or into the
ventilation gaps.
^ The ventilation gaps should be
cleaned regularly with a brush or
vacuum cleaner. A build-up of dust
will increase the energy consumption
of the appliance.
Do not use steam cleaning
apparatus to clean the appliance.
Steam could reach the electrical
components and cause a short
circuit.
The data plate located inside the
appliance must not be removed. It
contains information which is
required in the event of a service
call.
Before cleaning
^ Switch the appliance off, switch off at
the socket and remove the plug.
^ Take any frozen food out of the
appliance and store it in a cool place.
^ Take the freezer drawers and the
glass cold plates out of the freezer to
clean them.
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Ventilation gaps
Door seal
Do not use any oils or grease on the
door seal. These will cause the seal
to deteriorate and become porous
over time.
The door seal should be cleaned
regularly with clean water and then
wiped dry with a soft cloth.
Cleaning and care
Metal grille at the back of the
appliance
The metal grille at the back of the
appliance (heat exchanger) should be
dusted at least once a year. A build-up
of dust will increase the energy
consumption of the appliance.
When cleaning the grille, make sure
that the pipework and other
components do not get broken or
damaged in any way.
After cleaning
^ Close the appliance door, insert the
plug in the socket and switch the
appliance back on.
^ Switch on the Super freeze function
so that the freezer can cool down
quickly.
^ Once the temperature in the freezer
has reached the required
temperature, place the food back in
the freezer drawers and put them
back in the freezer.
^ Switch off the Super freeze function
as soon as the temperature in the
freezer is a constant -18 °C or colder.
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Problem solving guide
Repairs to electrical appliances
should only be carried out by a
suitably qualified and competent
person in strict accordance with
current local and national safety
regulations. Repairs and other work
by unqualified persons could be
dangerous. The manufacturer
cannot be held liable for
unauthorised work.
What to do if . . .
. . . the appliance does not get cool.
^ Check whether the appliance has
been switched on. The temperature
display must be lit up.
^ Check that the plug is correctly
inserted into the socket and switched
on.
^ Check that the fuse is not defective
and that the mains fuse has not
tripped. If it has, contact the Miele
Service Department.
. . . the door will not open because it
has been opened and closed too
many times in succession.
This is not a fault. The suction caused
by opening and closing the door is
preventing the door from opening. Wait
a few minutes and then try again. It
should now open without force.
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. . . the temperature inside the
appliance is too low.
^ Turn the temperature to a higher
setting.
^ Super freeze has not yet switched
itself off. The Super freeze function
switches itself off automatically after
approx. 65 hours.
. . . the appliance is switching in too
frequently and for too long.
^ Check whether the ventilation gaps
have been covered over or become
dusty.
^ Check whether the metal grille (heat
exchanger) at the back of the
appliance has become too dusty.
^ The door has been opened too
frequently, or a large amount of fresh
food has been put in at once for
freezing.
^ Check that the door has been closed
properly.
. . . the compressor runs continuously.
To save energy, the compressor runs at
a lower speed, but for longer, when
less cooling is required.
Problem solving guide
. . . the alarm sounds and the alarm
indicator light flashes.
The temperature in the freezer is too
warm, because
^ a large amount of food has been
frozen at once without switching on
the Super freeze function.
The alarm will stop and the indicator
light will go out when the temperature
has reached the correct level again.
If you still cannot remedy the fault
having followed these suggestions,
please contact the Miele Service
Department.
To prevent unnecessary loss of
temperature it is advisable not to
open the door while waiting for the
appliance to be serviced.
Depending on the temperature in the
freezer, you should check the condition
of the food. If food has defrosted or
started to defrost, check that it is still
safe to use, and if so, use it as quickly
as possible. Defrosted food may only
be re-frozen after it has been cooked.
. . . the Super freeze indicator light
and the temperature display are both
flashing at the same time.
There is a fault. Call the Service
Department.
. . . the Super freeze indicator light
does not light up, even though the
appliance is working.
^ The indicator light is defective. Call
the Service Department.
. . . food has frozen together.
Use a blunt instrument, e.g. a spoon
handle or plastic scraper, to prise it
apart carefully.
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Noises
Normal noises
What causes them
Brrrrr...
Humming noise made by the motor (compressor). This noise can
get louder for brief periods when the motor is switching on.
Blubb, blubb....
A gurgling noise can be heard when coolant is circulating
through the pipes.
Click....
Clicking sounds are made when the thermostat switches the
motor on and off.
Sssrrrrr....
On multi-zone and frost-free appliances you can sometimes just
hear the movement of air circulating inside the appliance.
Remember that the noise of the compressor and the coolant circulating in the
system is unavoidable.
Noises that you can
easily rectify
What causes them, and what can you do about
them?
Rattling, vibrating
The appliance is uneven: Realign the appliance using a spirit
level, by raising or lowering the screw feet underneath the
appliance.
The appliance is touching another appliance or piece of
furniture: Move it away.
Drawers, baskets or shelves are unstable or sticking: Check
all removable items and refit them correctly.
Are any bottles or containers unstable or knocking against
each other? Separate them.
The transport cable clips are hanging loose at the back of
the appliance: Remove the clips.
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After Sales / Guarantee
In the event of a fault which you cannot
correct yourself, or if the appliance is
under guarantee, please contact:
– your Miele Dealer
or
– Miele
(see back cover for contact details).
When contacting your Dealer or Miele,
please quote the model and serial
number of your appliance. This
information is given on the data plate
inside your appliance.
Please note that telephone calls may
be monitored and recorded for
training purposes.
N.B. A call-out charge will be applied
for service visits where the problem
could have been resolved as described
in these instructions.
Guarantee
For information on the appliance
guarantee specific to your country
please contact Miele. See back cover
for contact details.
In the U.K. your appliance is
guaranteed for 2 years from the date of
delivery. However, you must activate
your cover by calling 08706 080028 or
registering online at www.miele.co.uk.
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Electrical connection
Electrical connection U.K.
Non-rewireable plugs (BS 1363)
All electrical work should be carried out
by a suitably qualified and competent
person in strict accordance with current
local and national safety regulations
(BS 7671 in the UK).
The fuse cover must be re-fitted when
changing the fuse, and if the fuse cover
is lost, the plug must not be used until a
suitable replacement is obtained. The
colour of the correct replacement cover
is that of the coloured insert in the base
of the plug, or the colour that is
embossed in words in the base of the
plug (as applicable to the design of the
plug fitted).
The appliance is supplied with a mains
cable and moulded plug ready for
connection to an a.c. single phase
220-240 V 50 Hz supply.
Please ensure that the connection data
quoted on the data plate match the
household mains supply.
Connection should be made via a
suitable switched socket which is easily
accessible. For extra safety it is
advisable to install a suitable residual
current device (RCD).
Do not connect the appliance to the
mains electricity supply by an extension
lead. Extension leads do not guarantee
the required safety of the appliance
(e.g. danger of overheating).
The appliance must not be connected
to an inverter and must not be used
with a plug adapter as these can cause
damage to the appliance’s electronic
unit.
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Replacement fuses should be ASTA
approved to BS 1362 and have the
correct rating. Replacement fuses and
fuse covers may be purchased from
your local electrical supplier.
WARNING
THIS APPLIANCE MUST BE
EARTHED
Installation
Do not place any appliance which
gives off heat, such as a toaster or
microwave oven, on top of this
appliance, as this would increase
the appliance's energy
consumption.
This appliance must not be installed
directly next to another refrigerator
or freezer.
It does not have side-wall heating,
so installation next to another
refrigerator or freezer could cause a
build-up of condensation between
them.
Further information is available from
your dealer.
Location
This appliance should be installed in a
dry, well-ventilated room. It should not
be installed where it is exposed to
direct sunlight or directly adjacent to a
heat-producing appliance such as an
oven or a radiator. The room
temperature should not go above or
below the climate range for which the
appliance is designed. The higher the
ambient temperature of the room, the
more energy the appliance requires to
operate.
Important: tropical / humid
environments
During periods of high humidity,
some condensation may appear on
outside surfaces of cooling
appliances. This condensation will
disappear when humidity levels
drop. For prevention, it is advisable
to install the appliance with sufficient
ventilation in a dry and/or an
air-conditioned room.
Please ensure that doors are closing
and sealing properly.
Please ensure that the appliance is
installed in accordance with these
installation instructions and that the
handle is fitted correctly. Should you
require further assistance please
contact your Miele customer service
centre.
Climate range
The appliance is designed for use
within certain climate ranges (ambient
temperatures), and should not be used
outside this range. The climate range of
the appliance is stated on the data
plate inside the appliance.
Climate range
Ambient room
temperature
SN
N
ST
T
SN-ST
SN-T
+10°C to +32°C
+16°C to +32°C
+16°C to +38°C
+16°C to +43°C
+10°C to +38°C
+10°C to +43°C
The appliance will function perfectly
down to an ambient temperature of
+5 °C.
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Installation
Ventilation
Air at the back of the appliance gets
warm. To ensure sufficient ventilation,
the ventilation gaps must not be
covered over. The air inlet and outlet
must not be covered or blocked in any
way. They should be dusted on a
regular basis.
Installation
^ Remove the cable clip from the back
of the appliance.
^ Check that all parts at the back of the
appliance are unhindered. Carefully
remove any hindrance.
^ Carefully push the appliance into
position
^ with the back against the wall.
Aligning the appliance
^ To align the appliance adjust the feet
using the spanner supplied.
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Installation
Appliance dimensions
A
B
C
FN 12220 S
1250 mm
600 mm
630 mm
FN 12420 S
1447 mm
600 mm
630 mm
FN 12620 S
1644 mm
600 mm
630 mm
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Changing the door hinging
The appliance is supplied right-hand
hinged. If left-hand door hinging is
required, follow the instructions below.
To change the door hinging you will
need the following tools:
– a cross-slotted screwdriver,
– a flat-bladed screwdriver,
– a selection of Torx screwdrivers,
– a spanner.
Two people are needed for
changing the door hinging.
Removing the door handle
^ Pull door handle a towards you. Side
section b slides back.
^ Pull side section b firmly back out of
the guides on the mounting plate
(see arrow).
^ Undo the 4 Torx 15 screws in the
mounting plate, and remove the
handle.
^ Remove the cover caps from the
opposite side, and fit them into the
empty holes.
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Changing the door hinging
Changing over the door
^ Open the appliance door.
^ Screw hinge plate e into position on
the opposite side using the two outer
long slots only. Do not use the middle
hole because you will not be able to
align the door later on.
^ Remove cover a by pulling it
forwards.
^ With the help of another person,
carefully tilt the appliance backwards
and pull hinge pin b out.
^ Do not lose hinge bush c.
Caution! The appliance door is not
secure!
^ Open the door carefully, and pull it
downwards and off.
^ Undo screws d and take hinge plate
e off.
^ Remove cover f and fit it into the
holes on the opposite side.
^ Unscrew bearing g from hinge plate
e and screw it into the hole on the
other side of hinge plate e.
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Changing the door hinging
^ Using a second person, carefully tip
the appliance backwards and then fit
hinge pin b together with hinge bush
c from below into hinge plate e on
the left hand side.
^ Unscrew upper hinge pin a using
the spanner supplied and refit on the
opposite side.
^ Using a screwdriver remove covers
b.
^ Refit covers b from the back on the
opposite sides, and then click them
into place at the front
^ Remove plug c from door bearing
bush in the door and refit on the
opposite side.
^ Hang the door on upper hinge pin a
and then close the appliance door.
In the following illustration the door
is not shown in the closed position to
make it easier to see what happens
next.
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^ Align the door with the appliance
housing using the long slots in hinge
plate e. Then tighten the screws.
^ Refit cover a on the left hand side.
Changing the door hinging
Refitting the handle
Please make sure you follow the
instructions below carefully when
you refit the handle. The door seal
will be damaged if the handle is
fitted incorrectly.
It is important to check that the side
section of the handle d does not
come into contact with the door seal
when opening the door, as this
would damage the door seal
permanently.
If, after you have refitted the handle,
you find that the side section does
touch the door seal when the door is
opened:
^ Realign mounting plate c with grub
screws a until the mounting plate
and the side section of the handle d
are at the correct angle and the side
section does not touch the door seal
when the door is opened.
^ Loosely attach the handle to the
opposite side of the door with the two
front screws b.
Mounting plate c must be positioned
on the side of the door so that when the
door is closed it is flush with the side of
the appliance.
If this is not the case,
^ tighten both grub screws a with an
allen key until mounting plate c lines
up correctly.
^ Then tighten all 4 fixing screws b.
^ Slide the side section of the handle
d into the guides on the mounting
plate until it clicks into place.
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Aligning the appliance
The appliance door can be aligned to
the housing using the outer long slots in
the lower hinge plate.
In the following illustration the door
is not shown in the closed position to
make it easier to see what happens
next.
^ Remove centre screw a from the
hinge plate.
^ Slightly loosen both outer screws b.
^ Align the door by sliding the hinge
plate to the left or right.
^ Then tighten screws b again. Screw
a does not need to be refitted.
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Building in the appliance
The air inlet and outlet must not be
covered or blocked in any way.
They should be dusted on a regular
basis.
When built into a kitchen run (max.
depth 580 mm) the appliance can be
installed directly next to a kitchen
furniture housing unit. The appliance
door will protrude in front of furniture
fronts at the sides by 34 mm and by
55 mm in the middle of the door. This
enables the doors to be opened and
shut without being obstructed.
a Top box
When installed next to a wall d a
distance of approx. 55 mm must be
maintained on the hinge side between
the wall d and the appliance b, so
that the doors and the handles have
sufficient space for opening.
b Appliance
c Housing unit
d Wall
The appliance can be installed in a
kitchen run. To match the height of the
rest of the kitchen, the appliance can
be fitted with a suitable top box a.
A ventilation gap of at least 50 mm
depth must be allowed for behind the
appliance across the entire width of the
top box for air to circulate.
The cross section of the air outlet under
the room ceiling must be at least
300 cm2 to ensure that air can circulate
without hindrance. Otherwise the
appliance has to work harder, resulting
in an increase in electricity
consumption.
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Alteration rights reserved / 3309
FN 12220 S, FN 12420 S, FN 12620 S
M.-Nr. 07 681 890 / 00