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Important Safety Instructions
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Using Your Ice Maker .____.,..._._._.__,.,_.____,_,_.__
How the ice maker works . . . .._.___...._.__._._3
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Setting the controls .._._._.,.,....._.____,,___..__,.,_,_
Changing the bin door panel .. .. .._._....._.____. 4
Changing the lower access panel _._,....______,. 5
Changing the light bulb ..._........................_._
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Cleaning and Caring For Your Ice Maker ,.,
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Cleaning exterior surfaces ,.._._.__,.,.,..._,.,,,,.._ 7
Cleaning the condenser ... .. ... .. .. ... .. .. .. ... ..._.. 8
Cleaning the ice maker system ._,,,,.,_.__.,,.,., 9
Cleaning the interior components ,,.,,__,.,,,,,,_ 1 1
Filtering and treating water .. .. .. ...._._......_._.... 12
Vacation and Moving Care ...___._.,_,_,_._,,
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If You Need Service Or Assistance
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Whirlpool Ice Maker Warranty
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0 1990 Whirlpool Corporation
Thank you for buying a Whirlpool appliance.
Please complete and mail the Owner Registration Card provided with this product.
Then complete the form below. Have this information ready if you need service or call with a
question.
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Copy model and serial numbers from plate (see
diagram on front cover) and purchase date from
sales slip.
. Keep this book and sales slip together in a handy
olace.
Model Number
Serial Number
Purchase
Date
Service Company
Phone Number
ImportantSafetyInstructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical
ice maker, follow basic precautions
Read all instructions before using the ice
maker.
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Never allow children to operate, play with,
or crawl inside the ice maker.
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Never clean ice maker parts with flammable fluids. The fumes can create a fire
hazard or explosion.
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DO NOT STORE OR USE GASOLINE OR
OTHER FLAMMABLE VAPORS AND
LIQUIDS IN THE VICINITY OF THIS OR ANY
OTHER APPLIANCE. THE FUMES CAN
CREATE A FIRE HAZARD OR EXPLOSION.
It is your responsibility
to be sure your ice
maker:
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has been installed where it is protected from
the elements.
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is located so that the front is not blocked to
restrict incoming or discharge air flow.
. is properly leveled.
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shock, or injury when using your
including the following:
. is located in a well ventilated area with
temperatures above 55°F (13°C) and below
110°F (43°C). Best results are obtained at
temperatures between 70°F (21 “C) and 90°F
(32°C).
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is properly connected to a water supply and
drain.
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is connected only to the proper kind of outlet,
with the correct electric supply and grounding.
A 120 Volt, 60 Hz., 15 amp fused electrical
supply is required.
NOTE: Time delay fuse or circuit breaker is
recommended.
. is not used by anyone unable to operate it
properly.
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is used only to do what ice makers are
designed to do.
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is properly maintained.
NOTE: A drain pump kit (EKDP3) is available
as an option for installation where a floor drain
is inaccessible.
THESE INSTRUCTION%
UsingYourIceMaker
Howthe ice makerworks
1. Water is constantly circulated over a freezing
plate. As the water freezes into ice, the
minerals in the water are rejected. This
produces a sheet of ice with a low mineral
content.
NOTE: The ice maker is designed to make
clear ice from the majority of water sources on
a daily basis. If your results are unsatisfactory,
water may need to be filtered or treated. See
“Filtering and treating water” on page 12.
2. When the desired thickness is reached, the ice
sheet is released and slides onto a cutter grid.
The grid divides the sheet into individual cubes.
3. The water containing the rejected minerals is
drained after each freezing cycle.
4. Fresh water enters the machine for the next ice
making cycle.
5. Cubes fall into the storage bin. When the bin is
full, the ice maker shuts off automatically and
restarts when more ice is needed.
Using Your Ice Maker
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Settingthe controls
1. Select ice thickness. The ice maker has been
pre-set to produce ice approximately l/2”
(13 mm) thick, while operating in a room
temperature of 70°F (21°C).
Operation in different room temperatures may
require readjusting the control toward “THICK”
or “THIN.”
Best operation will be obtained with ice l/2”
(13 mm) to 5/6” (16 mm) thick.
If operating in a warm room (above 90°F
[32”C]) DO NOT set control to maximum
thickness or the unit may malfunction.
2. To start the normal ice making cycle, turn the
Cycle Control Knob to “ON.”
3. To stop ice maker operation, turn Cycle Control
Knob to “OFF.”
The “CLEAN” setting is used whenever solutions
are circulated through the ice maker for cleaning.
Only the water pump operates at this setting. See
“Cleaning the ice maker system” on page 9 for
specific instructions.
Changingthe bin door panel
You can easily change the color of the front panel
on the storage bin door. Two colors are available:
Black and White.
To change panel:
1. Open the storage bin door. Remove the two
screws on the top of the door, which hold the
handle.
2. Loosen the screws in both of the side trim
pieces.
3. Remove the handle and the handle insert.
4. Carefully slide the panel out. You will find the
reverse side is white. For units with white
panels showing, the reverse side will be black.
5. Choose the color you want to show and
carefully slide the panel back into the door.
NOTE: Be careful not to scratch the panel as it
is inserted.
6. Replace the handle insert and tighten the
screws in both side trim pieces. Replace the
handle and the screws.
NOTE: You can make a decorative wood front
to match existing cabinets. The panel should
be l/4” (6 mm) thick and 17” x 1 1 ‘/4”
(433 mm x 286 mm). Remove the color panel
and break off the ribs on the door insulation to
allow for wood thickness.
Changingthe lower access
panel
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Electrical Shock Hazard
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Do not operate ice maker with lower access
panel or control panel removed. Electncal
shock or personal injury could result.
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1. Remove the two screws in the bottom grille area.
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2. Remove the two screws from the top panel trim
and remove the top trim.
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Using Your Ice Maker
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3. Carefully slide the panel out.
4. Choose the color you want to show and
carefully slide the panel back into the lower
access panel.
NOTE: Be careful not to scratch the panel as it
is inserted.
5. Replace the top trim and screws. Replace the
lower access panel assembly and screws.
NOTE: You can make a decorative wood front
to match existing cabinets. The panel should
be l/4” (6 mm) thick and 17” x 11 ‘5/~6”
(433 mm x 303 mm). Remove the color panel
and spacers to allow for wood thickness.
Changingthe light bulb
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. . Elecrl
She; Hazard
Before removing the light bulb, either
unplug the ice maker or disconnect the
electnclty leadlng to the Ice maker at the
main power supply. Shock and injury can
occur if electricity remains connected.
The ice maker has a light bulb in the top of the
storage bin. To replace it, open the bin door and
follow these instructions:
1. Disconnect ice maker from power supply.
2. Remove the two thumb screws and slide the
ice cutter grid forward, out of the two slots near
the water pan. Set the ice cutter grid on the bin
door.
Light
switch
3. Press the front of the light shield in while pulling
down to remove it from the light bracket.
4. Remove bulb. Replace with a 15watt bayonet
base type bulb.
5. Replace the light shield, ice cutter grid and two
thumb screws.
6. Reconnect power supply.
CleaningandCaringForYourIceMaker
Periodically inspect and clean the ice maker to
keep it operating at peak efficiency and to prevent
premature failure of system components.
Both the ice making system and the air cooled
condenser need to be cleaned regularly.
The minerals rejected from the circulating water
during the freezing cycle will eventually form a hard
scaly deposit in the water system which prevents a
rapid release of the ice from the freezing plate.
Clean the ice and water system periodically to
remove mineral scale build-up. Frequency of
cleaning depends on water hardness. With hard
water (15 to 20 grains/gal.), cleaning may be
required as frequently as every six months.
A dirty or clogged condenser:
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prevents proper air flow.
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reduces ice making capacity.
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higher than recommended operating
temperatures which may lead to component
failure.
Cleaningexteriorsurfaces
Wash the exterior enamel surfaces and gaskets
with warm water and mild soap or detergent. Rinse
and dry. Regular use of a good household
appliance cleaner and wax will help protect the
finish.
Do not use abrasive cleaners on enamel
surfaces as they may scratch the finish.
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Cleaning and Caring
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Cleaningthe condenser
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Personal Injury and
Product Damage Hazard
Be sure the ice maker is OFF and disconnected from the main power supply. Unit
could suddenly start if not disconnected.
Condenser fan rotation, sharp condenser
fins and hot tubing could cause personal
injury.
Condenser fins can bend easily. Use care
when vacuuming the condenser to keep
from bending the fins.
Remove dirt and lint from the condenser fins
and the unit compartment with a brush attachment attached to a vacuum cleaner.
5. Replace the lower access panel and screws.
The top of the access panel needs to be
secured under the two metal tabs before
replacing the screws.
6. Plug unit in and turn the Cycle Control Knob to
“ON .”
Cleaning the ice maker
system Personal Injury Hazard
Most ice machine cleaners are citric or
phosphoric acid which can cause irritation
even after dilution. In case of contact with
eyes, flush eyes thoroughly with fresh water
and contact a physician immediately. In
case of contact with skin, rinse well with
water. If swallowed, give large amounts of
water and contact a physician immediately.
Do not induce vomiting. KEEP OUT OF
REACH OF CHILDREN.
1. Turn the Cycle Control Knob to “OFF.”
2. Remove the two thumb screws and slide the
ice cutter grid forward, out of the two slots near
the water pan.
3. Unplug the electrical harness.
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Thumb screws (long)
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Drain
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Any ice on the grid should be melted under
running warm water. Attempting to pick the
ice slab off the grid may stretch and damage
1 arid wires.
4. Remove all ice from the storage bin and the
freezing plate.
5. Drain the water pan by removing the drain plug
and then replace the plug.
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6. Pour 112 gallon (1.9L) of hot tap water into the
water pan* and turn the Cycle Control Knob to
“CLEAN.” This warms up the system to make
the cleaning solution more effective. Let
circulate for five minutes. While tap water is
circulating, prepare cleaning solution. Mix:
6 oz. (170 g) powdered citric,
or phosphoric acid into
112 gallon (1.9 L) hot water
(Citric and phosphoric acid crystals are
available or can be ordered from many
pharmacies or scientific supply houses.)
Commercial ice machine cleaners (liquid) are
also available from your dealer or refrigeration
parts supply stores. Mix according to instructions on label (total quantity l/2 gallon [1.9 L]).
7. Turn Cycle Control Knob to “OFF” and drain
the water pan. (See step 5.)
8. Turn the Cycle Control Knob to “CLEAN” and
slowly pour the hot cleaning solution into the
water pan.* (If solution foams while pouring,
wait until foaming stops.) Then add the balance
of the solution.
Allow solution to circulate until the scale has
dissolved (15 to 20 minutes). Severe scale
build-up may require repeated cleaning with a
fresh quantity of cleaning solution.
To clean scale off the side flanges of the
freezing plate, use rubber gloves and scrub
with a non-abrasive plastic scrubbing pad or
nylon brush dipped in cleaning solution.
9. Keep rubber gloves on to drain the cleaning
solution. Turn the Cycle Control Knob to “OFF”
and drain the water pan. (See step 5.)
10. Replace the plug and add 112 gallon (1.9 L) of
fresh water.* Set Cycle Control Knob on
“CLEAN,” circulate five minutes and drain.
Repeat rinsing process.
+ For easier pouring of water and cleaning solution,
use a l- or 2-cup container.
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Cleaningthe interior
components
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Electrical Shock and
Product Damage Hazard
Do not operate ice maker with lower
access panel or control panel removed.
Electrical shock or personal injury could
result.
Do not wash plastic parts in dishwasher.
They cannot withstand temperatures
above 145°F (63°C).
1. Turn the Cycle Control Knob to “OFF” and
disconnect the electrical power supply to the
machine. Open the storage bin door and
remove any ice that is in the bin.
2. Remove ice retainer baffle by flexing it and
then slide it off the studs.
3. Remove the ice cutter grid by unscrewing the
two thumb screws, sliding the grid forward and
unplugging the electrical wire harness.
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Remove the water pan by unscrewing and
removing the two thumb screws and washers.
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Remove the hose from the water pump.
Thumb screws (short)
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6. Remove the water distributor from the
freezing plate. It is held in place by rubber
end caps. Remove the inlet hose and clean
all water distributor holes and the small
orifice in the inlet side of the distributor.
When replacing the distributor, make sure
the end caps are located in the evaporator
flange detents and that the water distributor
holes face down.
7. Wash the interior components (ice
retainer baffle, cutter grid, water pan, inlet
hose and water distributor) and the storage
bin, door gasket and ice scoop with mild
soap or detergent and warm water. Rinse
in clean water. These components should
also be cleaned in a solution of 1 oz.
(29.6 mL) of chlorine bleach in 1 gallon
(3.8 L) warm water. Rinse again thoroughly
in clean water.
8. Replace the interior components: water
distributor, inlet hose and water pan.
9. Check the following:
l Hose from water valve
is in water pan.
. Rubber drain plug is in water pan.
l Water distributor
is seated and holes are
facing down.
. Hose is reconnected to pump and water
distributor.
l Hose from water pan is inserted
into
storage bin drain opening.
10. Reconnect electrical harness, slide cutter
grid into place and tighten the thumb
screws. Replace the ice retainer baffle.
11. Turn Cycle Control Knob to “ON.”
Filtering and treating water
In most areas it will be beneficial to filter or
treat the water being supplied to the ice
machine. It can improve the reliability of the
machine, reduce water system maintenance
and produce the best quality of ice.
The installation of a polyphosphate feeder
will generally reduce scale build-up and the ice
machine will require less frequent cleaning.
Municipal water systems are generally
treated with chlorine to maintain a safe
drinkable water supply. Activated carbon filters
will sufficiently remove the residual chlorine
from the water to reduce surface staining of
stainless steel materials in the ice machine.
For more information on filtering and treating
the water, see the dealer from whom you
purchased your ice maker or your authorized
WhirlpooP service company.
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VacationandMovingCare
Electrical Shock Hazard
Make sure the ice maker is disconnected
from the main power supply before removing lower access panel. Failure to do so
could result in electrical shock or personal
iniurv.
To shut down the ice maker:
1. Disconnect electrical power supply to the ice
maker and turn the Cycle Control Knob to
“OFF.”
2. Remove all ice from storage bin.
3. Shut off the water supply.
4. Remove two screws from grille area of lower
access panel, then remove the panel.
5. Disconnect the inlet and outlet lines to water
valve. Allow these lines to drain and then
reconnect to the valve.
6. Replace lower access panel and screws.
7. Remove water from drain lines and drain water
pan.
8. Before using again, clean the ice maker and
storage bin.
NOTE: All components of the ice maker are
permanently lubricated at the factory. They should
not require any additional oiling throughout the
normal life of the machine.
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If YouNeedServiceor Assistance
Wesuggestyou follow these
steps:
1. Before calling for assistance...
Performance problems often result from little things
you can find and fix yourself without tools of any
kind.
Unit does not run:
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Cycle Control Knob must be in the “ON” position.
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Check to see that power cord is plugged in.
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Have you checked your home’s main fuses or
circuit breaker box?
. Room temperature must be above 55°F (13°C).
Otherwise, bin thermostat may sense cold room
temperature and shut off even though bin is not
full of ice. Also, unit may not restart once it does
shut off.
Unit runs but produces no ice:
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Cycle Control Knob must be in the “ON” position.
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Check water supply to make sure it is open.
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If ice machine is operated at an elevation of
2,000 feet or more above sea level, both the bin
thermostat and ice thickness thermostat need to
be recalibrated. See Installation Instructions.
Unit runs but produces very little ice:
9 Room temperature may be extremely high, more
than 90°F (32°C). In this case, it is normal for ice
production to be low.
. Dirt or lint may be blocking the air flow through
the finned condenser. Condenser needs to be
cleaned.
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Check to see if the unit has a scale build-up in
water and freezing system. Clean, if necessary.
Grid is not cutting ice sheets:
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Check the grid harness plug to make sure the
connection is secure.
Taste in ice cubes:
0 There may be an unusually high mineral content
in water supply. Water may need to be filtered or
treated.
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Do not store any foods in the ice bin.
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Packaging material not all removed.
A more detailed “Trouble Diagnosis Chart” and
other technical information is shipped with each
unit and is located in the unit compartment section.
Service repair and replacement parts manuals may
be ordered directly from:
Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Drive
Attention: Literature Department
LaPone, Indiana 46350
Specify the model number of the ice machine when
ordering.
2. If you need assistance*...
Call Whirlpool COOL-LINE:” service assistance
telephone number. Dial free from anywhere in
the U.S.:
1-800-253-l 301
and talk with one of our trained consultants. The
consultant can instruct you in how to obtain
satisfactory operation from your appliance or, if
service is necessary, recommend a qualified
service company in your area.
If you prefer, write to:
Mr. Donald Skinner
Director of Consumer Relations
Whirlpool Corporation
2000 M-63
Benton Harbor, Ml 49022
Please include a daytime phone number in your
correspondence.
3. If you need service*...
Whirlpool has a nationwide
SM network of authorized
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WhirlpoolSM service comwhi<$l
seevrce panies. Whirlpool service
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technicians are trained to
fulfill the product warranty and provide afterwarranty service, anywhere in the United States,
To located the authorized Whirlpool service
company in your area, call our COOL-LINE”
service assistance telephone number (see Step 2)
or look in your telephone directory Yellow Pages
under:
4. If you need FSP- replacement parts*...
FSP is a registered trademark of Whirlpool
Corporation for quality parts. Look for this symbol
of quality whenever you need a replacement part
for your Whirlpool appliance. FSP replacement
parts will fit right and work right, because they are
made to the same exacting specifications used to
build every new Whirlpool appliance.
To locate FSP replacement parts in your area,
refer to Step 3 above or call the Whirlpool
COOL-LINE service assistance number in Step 2.
5. If you are not satisfied with how the
problem was solved*...
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Contact the Major Appliance Consumer Action
Panel (MACAP). MACAP is a group of independent consumer experts that voices consumer
views at the highest levels of the major appliance
industry.
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Contact MACAP only when the dealer, authorized servicer or Whirlpool have failed to resolve
your problem.
Major Appliance Consumer
Action Panel
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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MACAP will in turn inform us of your action.
*When requesting assistance, please provide:
model number, serial number, date of purchase,
and a complete description of the problem. This
information is needed in order to better respond
to your request.
WHIRLPOOL”
IceMakerWarranty
LENGTH OF WARRANTY
FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
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WHIRLPOOL WILL PAY FOR
FSP” replacement parts and repair labor to correct defects in
materials or workmanship. Service must be provided by an
authorized WhirlpoolSMservice company.
FSP replacement parts for any parts which are defective in
materials or workmanship.
For Commercial Use
LIMITED FOUR-YEAR
WARRANTY
Second Through Fifth Year
From Date of Purchase
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FSP replacement compressor if defective in materials or
workmanship.
WHIRLPOOL WILL NOT PAY FOR
A. Service calls to:
1. Correct the installation of the ice maker.
2. Instruct you how to use the ice maker.
3. Replace fuses or correct wiring or plumbing
B. Pick up and delivery. This product is designed to be repaired where installed.
C. Damage to ice maker caused by accident, misuse, fire, flood, acts of God or use of
products not approved by Whirlpool.
D. Anv labor costs durinq the limited warranty.
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages SO
this limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Outside the United States, a different warranty may apply. For details, please contact your authorized
Whirlpool distributor or military exchange.
If you need service, first see the “Service and Assistance” section of this book. After checking “Service and
Assistance,” additional help can be found by calling our COOL-LINE@ service assistance telephone number,
l-808-253-1301, from anywhere in the U.S.
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Part No. 759133 Rev. A
0 1990 Whirlpool Corporation
Trademark / SM Service Mark of Whirlpool Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.