GE General Electric Freezer 3 User's Manual

Refrigerators
GE Appliances
Safety Information
Owner’s Manual
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Proper Disposal of Refrigerator . . . . . . .3
Use of Extension Cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
How to Connect Electricity . . . . . . . . . . .4
Use of Adapter Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Models 2, 3 and 4
Operating Instructions
Control Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Inside of Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Installation Instructions
Preparing to Install the
Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7–9
Troubleshooting Tips
Before You
Call For Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Customer Service
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
GE Answer Center®
800 Number . . . . . . . . . . . . .2, Back Cover
Service Telephone
Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2, Back Cover
www.geappliances.com
162D9639P002
49-60075-1
12-00 JR
Safety Instructions
A Service Partnership.
IMPORTANT!
Fill out the Consumer Product Registration Card.
Two Easy Ways To Register Your Appliance!
■ Through the internet at www.geappliances.com.
Operating Instructions
■ Complete and mail the enclosed Product Registration Card.
FOR YOUR RECORDS
Write the model and serial numbers here:
#
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You can find them on a label inside the refrigerator on the side wall.
Staple sales slip or cancelled check here.
Installation Instructions
Proof of the original purchase date is needed to obtain service under
the warranty.
READ THIS MANUAL
Inside you will find many helpful hints on how to use and maintain your refrigerator properly.
Just a little preventive care on your part can save you a great deal of time and money over the
life of your refrigerator.
IF YOU NEED SERVICE
Troubleshooting Tips
You’ll find many answers to common problems in the Before You Call For Service section.
If you review our chart of Troubleshooting Tips first, you may not need to call for service at all.
Customer Service
If you do need service, you can relax knowing help is only a phone call away. A list of toll-free
customer service numbers is included in the back section. Or, you can always call the
GE Answer Center® at 800.626.2000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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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.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following:
■ 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.
■ Keep fingers out of the “pinch point” areas;
clearances between the doors and between
the doors and cabinet are necessarily small.
Be careful closing doors when children are
in the area.
Operating Instructions
■ This refrigerator must be properly installed
and located in accordance with the Installation
Instructions before it is used.
■ Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning and
making repairs.
NOTE: We strongly recommend that any servicing be
performed by a qualified individual.
DANGER! RISK OF CHILD ENTRAPMENT
PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REFRIGERATOR
Before You Throw Away Your Old Refrigerator
or Freezer:
■ Take off the doors.
■ Leave the shelves in place so that children may
not easily climb inside.
CFC Disposal
Your old refrigerator has a cooling system that used
CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons). CFCs are believed to
harm stratospheric ozone.
If you are throwing away your old refrigerator, make
sure the CFC refrigerant is removed for proper
disposal by a qualified servicer. If you intentionally
release this CFC refrigerant you can be subject to
fines and imprisonment under provisions of
environmental legislation.
USE OF EXTENSION CORDS
Troubleshooting Tips
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.
Installation Instructions
■ Turning the temperature control dial to the
OFF position stops cooling but does not shut off
power to the refrigerator.
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.
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WARNING!
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.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
Have the wall outlet and circuit checked by a
qualified electrician to make sure the outlet is
properly grounded.
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.
Installation Instructions
The refrigerator should always be plugged into its
own individual electrical outlet which has a voltage
rating that matches the rating plate.
This provides the best performance and also
prevents overloading house wiring circuits which
could cause a fire hazard from overheated wires.
Never unplug your refrigerator by pulling on the
power cord. Always grip plug firmly and pull straight
out from the 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.
USE OF ADAPTER PLUGS
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, we strongly recommend against
the use of an adapter plug.
Troubleshooting Tips
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.
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.
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.
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Read and follow this Safety Information carefully.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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OFF
COLDEST
COLDEST
COLD
OFF
COOL
Safety Instructions
About the control on the refrigerator.
COOL
COOL
OFF
COLDEST
Operating Instructions
COLD
COLD
The control will look like one of the above.
Control Settings
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.
Installation Instructions
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
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.
About the inside of the refrigerator.
Troubleshooting Tips
Shelves
To remove a shelf, lift up the back slightly
and pull forward. Some models have multiposition shelves that can be moved to
different levels.
Ice Tray Compartment
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This compartment is designed for
production of ice cubes and short-term
storage (a few days at most) of some
commercially-frozen 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.
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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.
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.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
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.
Installation Instructions
Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning. If this
is not practical, wring excess moisture out
of sponge or cloth when cleaning around
the control.
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.
Use warm water and baking soda solution—
about a tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda
to a quart (1 L) of water. This both cleans
and neutralizes odors. Rinse and wipe dry.
Defrosting
Troubleshooting Tips
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.
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. Wash the drip tray in warm
water. Wipe the ice tray compartment
with a damp cloth. Then turn the
temperature control to the desired
setting and return food and ice trays to
the refrigerator.
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.
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Preparing for Vacation
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.
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Be sure the refrigerator stays in an upright position during moving.
Safety Instructions
Preparing to install the refrigerator.
Read these instructions completely and carefully.
Refrigerator Location
■ 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.
to a range.
■ Do not install it in a recessed area.
■ Do not build in the refrigerator.
Operating Instructions
■ Install it on a floor strong enough to support it
■ Do not install it closer than 5″ (13 cm) next
fully loaded.
■ If the Model 2 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.
Clearances
Installation Instructions
Allow the following clearances for ease of
installation and proper air circulation.
Sides 1/2″ (13 mm)
Top
2″ (51 mm)
Back 2″ (51 mm) from the rear cabinet surface
to the wall
Leveling Legs (on some models)
To adjust the leveling legs, turn the legs
counterclockwise to raise the refrigerator,
clockwise to lower it.
Troubleshooting Tips
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.
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Safety Instructions
Preparing to install the refrigerator.
Read these instructions completely and carefully.
Door reversal
Model 3
1. Remove the small plug button on the left side of the door
top cap.
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Operating Instructions
2. Remove the three plug buttons or screws on the left side on
top of the cabinet.
Hinge
3. Remove the plastic hinge cover by lifting it up by the
front edge.
4. Remove the three screws from the top hinge.
Plug button
5. Lift the door up and off the bottom hinge (right side).
6. Tilt the refrigerator cabinet back to remove the right
leveling leg.
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.
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.
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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Troubleshooting Tips
Hinge cover
Plug buttons
or screws
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Bottom hinge
Spacer
Leveling legs
Safety Instructions
Model 4
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.
Upper
hinge
Top cover
Left hinge location
Top
plate
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.
Plug button
Door
top cap
Installation Instructions
7. Lift the door up and off the bottom hinge (right side).
8. Tilt the refrigerator cabinet back to remove the right
leveling leg.
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.
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.
12. Make sure the door is aligned with the refrigerator cabinet before
continuing.
Bottom hinge
Troubleshooting Tips
11. Position the door on the left bottom hinge. With the magnetic
gasket holding the door in place, secure the top hinge with
screws.
Operating Instructions
2. Remove the top cover by lifting the back up about 2 inches
and then sliding it forward.
Spacer
Leveling legs
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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Safety Instructions
Operating Instructions
Installation Instructions
Troubleshooting Tips
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Before you call for service…
Troubleshooting Tips
Save time and money! Review the charts below
first and you may not need to call for service.
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.
Vibration or rattling
(slight vibration
is normal)
Front leveling legs (on some
models) need adjusting.
• See Leveling Legs.
Refrigerator is on an
uneven surface.
• Use shims to level the refrigerator.
Motor operates for
long periods or cycles
Normal when refrigerator
is first plugged in.
• Wait 24 hours for the 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.
•Make sure there is enough air circulation around the
refrigerator.
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.
•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.
Refrigerator too warm
Refrigerator has odor
Defrost water pan needs cleaning. • See Care and cleaning.
Moisture forms on
outside of refrigerator
Not unusual during
periods of high humidity.
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.
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• Wipe surface dry.
• See About the control.
Safety Instructions
Refrigerator Warranty. (For customers in the United States)
All warranty service provided by our Factory Service Centers,
or an authorized Customer Care® technician. For service,
call 800-GE-CARES.
GE Will Replace:
One Year
From the date of the
original purchase
Any part of the refrigerator which fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship.
During this limited one-year warranty, GE will also provide, free of charge, all labor
(does not include service trip to home) to replace the defective part.
Five Years
From the date of the
original purchase
The compressor if it fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship. (Does not
include service labor charges or service trips to home.)
What GE Will Not Cover:
■ Service trips to your home to teach you how to use the
product.
■ Replacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit
breakers.
■ Improper installation.
■ Damage to the product caused by accident, fire, floods or
acts of God.
■ Loss of food due to spoilage.
■ Incidental or consequential damage to personal property
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. In Alaska, the warranty excludes the cost of shipping or service calls to your home.
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.
Installation Instructions
■ Failure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose or used commercially.
Operating Instructions
For The Period Of:
Troubleshooting Tips
Warrantor: General Electric Company. Louisville, KY 40225
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Safety Instructions
Service Telephone Numbers.
GE Answer Center® 800.626.2000
The GE Answer Center® is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Operating Instructions
In-Home Repair Service 800-GE-CARES (800-432-2737)
Expert GE repair service is only a phone call away.
Special Needs Service 800.626.2000
800-TDD-GEAC (800-833-4322)
Installation Instructions
GE offers, free of charge, a brochure to assist in planning a barrier-free kitchen for persons
with limited mobility.
Service Contracts 800-626-2224
Purchase a GE service contract while your warranty is still in effect and you’ll receive a
substantial discount. GE Consumer Service will still be there after your warranty expires.
Parts and Accessories 800-626-2002
Individuals qualified to service their own appliances can have parts or accessories sent directly
to their homes (VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted).
Troubleshooting Tips
Instructions contained in this manual cover procedures to be performed by any user. Other servicing
generally should be referred to qualified service personnel. Caution must be exercised, since
improper servicing may cause unsafe operation.
Service Satisfaction
If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from GE:
First, contact the people who serviced your appliance.
Customer Service
Next, if you are still not pleased, write all the details—including your phone number—to:
Manager, Customer Relations
GE Appliances
Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
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