GE 197D5616P001 User's Manual

Refrigerators
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Safety Information . . . . . . . .2–4
Operating Instructions
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . .7, 8
Control Settings . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Refrigerator Features . . . . . . . .6
Replacing the Light Bulb . . . . .7
Installation Instructions . . .9–11
Owner’s Manual
& Installation
Instructions
2 Cubic Foot Models
3 Cubic Foot Models
4 Cubic Foot Models
6 Cubic Foot Models
Troubleshooting Tips . . . .12, 13
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . .Back Cover
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
ATTENTION:
Defrosting—Do not use sharp, pointed
objects to remove frost or ice from
surfaces of the freezer compartment.
Doing so could puncture the cooling
coil, causing the unit to lose its ability
to maintain cold temperatures and
voiding the warranty. See the Care and
Cleaning section for instructions on
defrosting the freezer compartment.
Write the model and serial numbers here:
Model # __________________________
Serial # __________________________
Find these numbers on a label inside
the refrigerator on the side wall.
197D5616P001 49-60271 03-03 JR
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described
in this Owner’s Manual.
Installation Instructions Operating Instructions
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions
should be followed, including the following:
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■ This refrigerator must be
properly installed and located in
accordance with the Installation
Instructions before it is used.
■ Do not allow children to climb,
stand or hang on the shelves
in the refrigerator. They could
damage the refrigerator and
seriously injure themselves.
■ Do not store or use gasoline or
other flammable vapors and
liquids in the vicinity of this or
any other appliance.
■ Before replacing a burned-out
light bulb, the refrigerator should
be unplugged in order to avoid
contact with a live wire filament.
(A burned-out light bulb may
break when being replaced.)
■ Keep fingers out of the “pinch
point” areas; clearances between
the doors and cabinet are
necessarily small. Be careful
closing doors when children
are in the area.
■ Unplug the refrigerator before
cleaning and making repairs.
■ GE does not support any
servicing of the refrigerator.
■ Turning the temperature
control dial to the OFF position
stops cooling but does not shut
off power to the refrigerator.
DANGER! RISK OF CHILD ENTRAPMENT
PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REFRIGERATOR
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Child entrapment and
suffocation are not problems of
the past. Junked or abandoned
refrigerators are still dangerous…
even if they will sit for “just a few
days.” If you are getting rid of
your old refrigerator, please
follow the instructions below to
help prevent accidents.
Before You Throw Away Your
Old Refrigerator or Freezer:
■ Take off the doors.
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■ Leave the shelves in place so
that children may not easily
climb inside.
Refrigerants
All refrigeration products contain
refrigerants, which under federal
law must be removed prior to
product disposal. If you are
getting rid of an old refrigeration
product, check with the company
handling the disposal about
what to do.
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USE OF EXTENSION CORDS
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions,
we strongly recommend against the use of an extension cord.
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However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary
that it be a UL-listed, 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord
having a grounding type plug and outlet and that the electrical rating
of the cord be 15 amperes (minimum) and 120 volts.
HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY
Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third
(ground) prong from the power cord. For personal safety,
this appliance must be properly grounded.
The power cord of this appliance
is equipped with a 3-prong
(grounding) plug which
mates with a standard 3-prong
(grounding) wall outlet to
minimize the possibility of electric
shock hazard from this appliance.
If you have only a standard
2-prong wall outlet, it is your
personal responsibility and
obligation to have it replaced
with a properly grounded
3-prong wall outlet.
Repair or replace immediately all
power cords that have 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 refrigerator
away from the wall, be careful
not to roll over or damage the
power cord.
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The refrigerator should always be
plugged into its own individual
electrical outlet which has a
voltage rating that matches the
rating plate.
Never unplug your refrigerator
by pulling on the power cord.
Always grip plug firmly and pull
straight out from the outlet.
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Have the wall outlet and circuit
checked by a qualified electrician
to make sure the outlet is
properly grounded.
This provides the best
performance and also prevents
overloading house wiring circuits
which could cause a fire hazard
from overheated wires.
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Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
USE OF ADAPTER PLUGS
Installation Instructions Operating Instructions
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions,
we strongly recommend against the use of an adapter plug.
However, if you must use an
adapter, where local codes
permit, a temporary connection
may be made to a properly
grounded 2-prong wall outlet
by use of a UL-listed adapter
available at most local hardware
stores.
The larger slot in the adapter
must be aligned with the larger
slot in the wall outlet to provide
proper polarity in the connection
of the power cord.
If the adapter ground terminal
breaks, DO NOT USE the
refrigerator until a proper
ground has been established.
Attaching the adapter ground terminal
to a wall outlet cover screw does not
ground the appliance unless the cover
screw is metal, and not insulated, and
the wall outlet is grounded through the
house wiring. You should have the
circuit checked by a qualified electrician
to make sure the outlet is properly
grounded.
Troubleshooting Tips
When disconnecting the power
cord from the adapter, always
hold the adapter in place with
one hand while pulling the
power cord plug with the other
hand. If this is not done, the
adapter ground terminal is very
likely to break with repeated use.
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READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY
INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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Safety Instructions
About the control
on the refrigerator.
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COLDEST
OFF
COLDEST
OFF
COOL
COLD
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COLD
COOL
The control will look like one of the above.
Control Settings
Troubleshooting Tips
The temperature control maintains the temperature in the
refrigerator. Setting the control at COOL is the warmest setting. Setting
the control at COLDEST is the coldest setting. Set the control at COLD.
Allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to reach the COLD temperature.
If you want a colder or warmer temperature, move the dial one setting
at a time. Moving the control to OFF stops cooling but does not turn
off the power to the refrigerator. Setting the control to one of the
snowflake positions may cause freezing in the refrigerator depending
on the room temperature.
How To Test Temperatures
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Use the milk test. Place a container of milk on a shelf and check it
a day later. If the milk is too warm or too cold, adjust the temperature
control.
After changing the control, allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to reach the
temperature you have set.
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Safety Instructions
About the refrigerator features.
Shelves
Installation Instructions Operating Instructions
To remove a shelf, lift up the back slightly and pull forward.
Some models have multi-position shelves that can be moved
to different levels.
Ice Tray Compartment
This compartment is designed for production of ice cubes and
short-term storage (a few days at most) of some commerciallyfrozen foods when in contact with the evaporator (cold surface
in compartment.)
Door Shelves
Shelves on the door provide convenient storage for frequently
used items. Some models have doors that are deep enough to
store large bottles.
Key-Ejecting Lock (on some models)
The key for the spring-loaded lock is automatically ejected—
key will not remain in lock in either the open or closed position.
Keep the key out of reach of children and away from the refrigerator.
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Troubleshooting Tips
If a replacement key is needed, it can be ordered by visiting our
Website www.GEAppliances.com, or calling GE Parts and Accessories,
800.626.2002.
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Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning
of the refrigerator.
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Cleaning the Outside
Keep the outside clean. Wipe with a clean cloth lightly dampened
with kitchen appliance wax or mild liquid dish detergent. Dry and
polish with a clean, soft cloth.
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Do not wipe the refrigerator with a soiled dish cloth or wet towel. These may
leave a residue that can erode the paint. Do not use scouring pads, powdered
cleaners, bleach or cleaners containing bleach because these products can
scratch and weaken the paint finish.
Protect the paint finish. The finish on the outside of the refrigerator
is a high quality, baked-on paint finish. With proper care, it will
stay new-looking and rust-free for years. Apply a coat of kitchen/
appliance wax when the refrigerator is new, and then at least
twice a year.
Cleaning the Inside
To help prevent odors, leave an open box of baking soda in the
refrigerator.
Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning. If this is not practical,
wring excess moisture out of sponge or cloth when cleaning
around the control.
Use warm water and baking soda solution–about a tablespoon
(15 ml) of baking soda to a quart (1 liter) of water. This both
cleans and neutralizes odors. Rinse and wipe dry.
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Other parts of the refrigerator–including door gaskets, fruit
and vegetable drawers, and all plastic parts–can be cleaned
the same way.
Do not wash any plastic refrigerator parts in the dishwasher.
Replacing the Light Bulb (on some models)
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Unplug the refrigerator before replacing a burned-out bulb.
Setting the controls to OFF does not remove power to the
light circuit.
The light bulb is located behind the temperature control housing
and is visible through the slots in the housing.
Reach up through the opening at the bottom of the control
housing and gently unscrew the light bulb. Replace with a bulb
of the same or lower wattage.
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Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
Defrosting
Installation Instructions Operating Instructions
Defrost whenever frost on the wall of the ice tray compartment becomes
1/4″ thick. Never use a sharp or metallic instrument to remove frost as
it may damage the cooling coils. (A punctured cooling coil will cause
serious problems and void the warranty.) We recommend using a plastic scraper.
Do not use any electrical device in defrosting your refrigerator.
To defrost:
■ Remove foods and ice trays from the ice tray compartment.
■ Set the temperature control dial at OFF position.
■ On models without a drip tray, place a pan beneath the ice tray
compartment to collect water.
Defrosting usually takes a few hours. To defrost faster, keep the
door open. Also, pouring warm (not hot) water on the frosted part
may speed defrosting. Do not use boiling water—it may damage
plastic parts.
After defrosting:
■ Empty water from the drip tray or from the pan placed beneath
the ice tray compartment. Wash the tray or pan with warm water.
■ Wipe the ice tray compartment with a damp cloth.
■ Turn the temperature control to the desired setting and
return food and ice trays to the refrigerator.
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NOTE: If ice buildup is very thick, it may keep the ice tray compartment door
from opening or closing completely. Don’t try to force it open; after defrosting,
the door will open and close easily.
Preparing for Vacation
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For long vacations or absences, remove food and unplug the
refrigerator. Move the control to the OFF position, and clean the
interior with a baking soda solution of one tablespoon (15 ml) of
baking soda to one quart (1 liter) of water. Leave the door open.
Preparing to Move
Secure all loose items such as shelves and ice trays by taping them
securely in place to prevent damage.
Be sure the refrigerator stays in an upright position during moving.
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Safety Instructions
Preparing to install the refrigerator.
Read these instructions completely and carefully.
Refrigerator Location
Operating Instructions Installation Instructions
■ Do not install the refrigerator where the temperature will go below
50°F (10°C) because it will not run often enough to maintain
proper temperatures.
■ Install it on a floor strong enough to support it fully loaded.
■ If the 2 cubic foot model is placed on a countertop or stand,
the front surface of the door should be 3″ or more back from the
edge of the countertop or stand to avoid accidental tipping of the
appliance during normal use.
■ Do not install it closer than 5″ (13 cm) next to a range.
The following applies only to the 2, 3 and 4 Cubic Foot Models:
■ Do not install it in a recessed area.
■ Do not build in the refrigerator.
Clearances
Allow the following clearances for ease of installation and proper
air circulation.
6 Cubic Foot
Model only
Sides
1/2″ (13 mm)
0″ (0 mm)∗
Top
2″ (51 mm)
0″ (0 mm)
Back
2″ (51 mm)**
0″ (0 mm)
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2, 3 and 4
Cubic Foot Models
*1-1/4″ (32 mm) for hinge side clearance
**From the rear cabinet surface to the wall
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Leveling Legs (on some models)
Adjustable legs at the front corners of the refrigerator
should be set so the refrigerator is firmly positioned on
the floor and the front is raised just enough that the
door closes easily when opened about halfway.
Turn counterclockwise to raise,
clockwise to lower.
To adjust the leveling legs, turn the legs counterclockwise
to raise the refrigerator, clockwise to lower it.
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Safety Instructions
Preparing to install the refrigerator.
Plug buttons
or screws
Door Reversal
Hinge cover
Hinge
3 and 6 Cubic Foot Models
1. Remove the small plug button on the
left side of the door top cap.
2. Remove the three plug buttons or
screws on the left side on top of the
cabinet.
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Plug button
3. Remove the plastic hinge cover by
lifting it up by the front edge.
4. Remove the three screws from the
top hinge.
5. Lift the door up and off the bottom
hinge (right side).
6. Tilt the refrigerator cabinet back to
remove the right leveling leg.
Bottom
hinge
Spacer
Leveling legs
7. Remove the screws on the bottom
hinge (right side) and the left leveling
leg. Move the bottom hinge to the left
side and secure it with the screws and
leveling leg.
IMPORTANT: The left leg has a spacer that
must be moved to the right side leveling leg
when the door swing is reversed.
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8. Screw the right leveling leg, with the
spacer in place, back in place on the
right side.
9. Position the door on the left bottom
hinge. With the magnetic gasket
holding the door in place, secure the
top hinge with screws.
10. Make sure the door is aligned with the
refrigerator cabinet before continuing.
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11. Replace the hinge cover on top of
the hinge.
12. Put the plug button in the hole on the
right side of the door cap.
13. Put the three plug buttons or screws on
the right side on top of the cabinet.
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Door Reversal (on some models)
4 Cubic Foot Models
Upper
hinge
Top cover
Left hinge location
Plug button
2. Remove the top cover by lifting the back
up about 2″ and then sliding it forward.
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Top
plate
1. Remove the two screws at the back of
the top cover.
3. Remove the small plug button on the
left side of the door top cap.
4. Remove the three screws on the upper
hinge (right side). Remove the hinge.
Door
top cap
5. Remove the three screws at the left
hinge location on the top plate.
6. Remove the screw in the middle of the
top plate and remove the top plate.
7. Lift the door up and off the bottom
hinge (right side).
8. Tilt the refrigerator cabinet back to
remove the right leveling leg.
Bottom
hinge
Spacer
Leveling legs
9. Remove the screws on the bottom
hinge (right side) and the left leveling
leg. Move the bottom hinge to the left
side and secure it with the screws and
leveling leg.
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IMPORTANT: The left leg has a spacer that
must be moved to the right side leveling leg
when the door swing is reversed.
10. Screw the right leveling leg, with the
spacer in place, back in place on the
right side.
11. Position the door on the left bottom
hinge. With the magnetic gasket
holding the door in place, secure the
top hinge with screws.
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12. Make sure the door is aligned with the
refrigerator cabinet before continuing.
13. Replace the top plate and screws.
14. Slide the top cover back in place and
replace the two screws.
15. Put the plug button in the hole on the
right side of the door top cap.
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Troubleshooting tips.
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Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Refrigerator does not
operate
Control in OFF position.
• Move the control to a
temperature setting.
Refrigerator is
unplugged.
• Push the plug completely
into the outlet.
The fuse is blown/circuit
breaker is tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset
the breaker.
Front leveling legs
(on some models)
need adjusting.
• See Leveling Legs.
Refrigerator is on
an uneven surface.
• Use shims to level the
refrigerator.
Vibration or rattling
(slight vibration
is normal)
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Motor operates for
long periods or cycles
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Door will not open
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Normal when refrigerator • Wait 24 hours for the
is first plugged in.
refrigerator to completely
cool down.
Often occurs when
large amounts of food
are placed in refrigerator.
• This is normal.
Door left open.
• Check to see if package is
holding door open.
Hot weather or frequent
door openings.
• This is normal.
Temperature control
set at the coldest setting.
• See About the control.
Not enough clearance
from the wall.
• See Clearances in Preparing
to install the refrigerator.
Refrigerator is locked
(lock is available
on some models).
• Unlock the door with
the key. If the key has
been lost, a replacement
key can be ordered by
visiting our Website
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or calling GE Parts and
Accessories, 800.626.2002.
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What To Do
Refrigerator too warm
Temperature control
not set cold enough.
• See About the control.
Warm weather or
frequent door openings.
• Set the temperature
control one step colder.
See About the control.
Door left open.
• Check to see if package is
holding door open.
Cabinet sides are warm
(applies only to 2, 3 and
4 Cubic Foot Models).
• This is normal for a hot
wall type condenser.
Foods transmitting odor
to refrigerator.
• Foods with strong odors
should be tightly wrapped.
• Keep an open box of
baking soda in the
refrigerator; replace
every three months.
Interior needs cleaning.
• See Care and cleaning.
Defrost water pan
needs cleaning.
• See Care and cleaning.
Moisture forms on
outside of refrigerator
Not unusual during
periods of high humidity.
• Wipe surface dry.
Moisture collects inside
(in humid weather,
air carries moisture
into refrigerator when
door is opened)
Too frequent or too long
door openings.
Refrigerator too cold
Temperature control
set too cold.
Refrigerator has odor
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Possible Causes
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Problem
• See About the control.
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Notes.
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Safety Instructions
GE Refrigerator
One-Year Limited Warranty.
Staple your receipt here.
Proof of the original purchase date is
needed to make a warranty claim.
What GE Will Provide:
One Year
From the date of the
original purchase
Replacement unit for any product which fails due to a
defect in materials or workmanship. The exchange
unit is warranted for the remainder of your product’s
original one-year warranty period.
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For The Period Of:
In Order to Make a Warranty Claim:
■ Properly pack your unit.
We recommend using the original
carton and packing materials.
■ Return the product to the retail
location where it was purchased.
■ Include in the package a copy of
the sales receipt or other evidence
of date of original purchase. Also
print your name and address and
a description of the defect.
What GE Will Not Cover:
■ Customer instruction. This owner’s
manual provides information
regarding operating instructions
and user controls.
■ Improper installation, delivery or
maintenance.
■ Failure of the product if it
is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose
or used commercially.
■ Replacement of house fuses or
resetting of circuit breakers.
■ Replacement of the light bulbs.
■ Damage caused after delivery.
■ Damage to the product caused by
accident, fire, floods or acts of God.
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■ Service trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
■ Loss of food due to spoilage.
■ Incidental or consequential damage
caused by possible defects with
this appliance.
This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for
products purchased for home use within the USA.
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Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state. To know what your legal rights are, consult your
local or state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
Exclusion of implied warranties: Except where prohibited or restricted by law,
there are no warranties, whether express, oral or statutory which extend beyond
the description on the face hereof, including specifically the implied warranties
of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Warrantor: General Electric Company. Louisville, KY 40225
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Instructions contained in this manual cover procedures to be performed by any user.
GE does not support any servicing of the refrigerator.
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