Refrigerators
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Safety Information . . . . . . . . .2, 3
Owner’s Manual
& Installation
Instructions
Operating Instructions
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . .6, 7
Control Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Refrigerator Features . . . . . . . .5
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Installation Instructions . . .8–10
Troubleshooting Tips . . . .13, 14
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 refrigerator and/or
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
refrigerator and/or freezer
compartment.
Write the model and serial numbers here:
Model # __________________________
Serial # __________________________
Find these numbers on a label inside
the refrigerator on the side wall.
197D5616P005 49-60561 03-08 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.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions
should be followed, including the following:
■ 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.
■ 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 O (off)
position stops cooling but does
not shut off power to the
refrigerator.
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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
About the control on the refrigerator.
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The control will look like the one above.
The arrow indicates the setting selected.
Control Settings
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The temperature control maintains the temperature in the
refrigerator. 1 is the warmest setting; higher numbers are colder
settings with 7 being the coldest setting. The typical setting is between
2 and 3.
Allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to reach the desired temperature.
If you want a colder or warmer temperature, move the dial one setting
at a time. Moving the control to O stops cooling but does not turn off
the power to the refrigerator. Setting the control too high 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.
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Shelves
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.
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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.
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Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
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.
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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.
Other parts of the refrigerator–including door gaskets, fruit
and vegetable drawers, and all plastic parts–can be cleaned
the same way.
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Do not wash any plastic refrigerator parts in the dishwasher.
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Safety Instructions
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Defrosting (on manual defrost models with freezer area)
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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 O (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
For long vacations or absences, remove food and unplug the
refrigerator. Move the control to the O (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.
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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
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■ 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.
■ Do not install it closer than 5″ (13 cm) next to a range.
■ 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.
Sides
1/2″ (13 mm)
Top
2″ (51 mm)
Back
2″ (51 mm)*
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*From the rear cabinet surface to the wall
Leveling Legs
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.
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Turn counterclockwise to raise,
clockwise to lower.
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To adjust the leveling legs, turn the legs counterclockwise
to raise the refrigerator, clockwise to lower it.
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Door Reversal
1. Remove the two plug buttons on the top left of the cabinet.
2. Remove the plastic hinge cover by gently pressing forward
and lifting
by the back edge.
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3. Remove the two screws from the top hinge.
4. Lift the top hinge up and off of the refrigerator.
5. Lift the door up and off of the bottom hinge.
6. Remove the hinge pin grommet from the bottom of the door
on the right side and insert into the left side.
7. Tilt the refrigerator cabinet backward.
8. Remove the hinge pin. Keep the two spacers for
reinstallation.
9. Remove the hinge leveling leg and the three screws to
remove the bottom hinge on the right side.
10. Remove the case leveling leg and the case screw from the
left side. Notice that the case leveling leg is different from
the hinge leveling leg.
11. Flip the bottom hinge plate to install on the left side of the
refrigerator.
12. Screw the three bottom hinge screws into place.
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13. Put a spacer between the hinge pin and the bottom hinge
and screw the hinge pin into place.
14. Place the second spacer between the hinge pin and the
door. Position the door on the bottom hinge.
15. While the magnetic gasket holds the door in place, secure
the top hinge with two screws.
16. Replace the hinge cover on the top hinge.
17. Place the two plug buttons in the holes on the right side of
the refrigerator cabinet.
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Preparing to install the refrigerator. (cont.)
Hinge cover
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Screws
Plug buttons
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Hinge
Hinge pin
grommet
Spacer
Bottom
hinge
Spacer
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Bottom
hinge pin
Leveling legs
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Notes.
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Troubleshooting tips.
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Possible Causes
What To Do
Refrigerator does not
operate
Control in O (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
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 • Wait 24 hours for the
is first plugged in.
refrigerator to completely
cool down.
• 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.
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Often occurs when
large amounts of food
are placed in refrigerator.
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Problem
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Troubleshooting tips.
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Problem
Possible Causes
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
• 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.
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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.
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Refrigerator has odor
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• See About the control.
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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.
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■ Service trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
■ Loss of food due to spoilage.
■ Damage to the product caused by
accident, fire, floods or acts of God.
■ 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.
Contact Us
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on our Website with all the details including your phone number, or write to:
General Manager, Customer Relations
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Louisville, KY 40225
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