two door combination refrigerator

TWO DOOR COMBINATION
REFRIGERATOR
USER'S MANUAL
PCE 3181HN/N
Dear customer,
Thank you for buying a PHILCO brand product. So that your appliance serves you well, please read all
the instructions in this user's manual.
CONTENTS
PART 1: BEFORE PUTTING INTO OPERATION ................................................................................................. 2
 Safety notice .....................................................................................................................................................................................2
 Safety instructions for gas R600a ..............................................................................................................................................4
PART 2: DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT ....................................................................................................... 5
PART 3: INSTALLATION .................................................................................................................................... 6
 Transport and unpacking ............................................................................................................................................................6
 Placement ..........................................................................................................................................................................................7
 Cleaning before use .......................................................................................................................................................................8
 Electrical connection .....................................................................................................................................................................8
 Changing the door opening direction ....................................................................................................................................8
PART 4: CONTROL PANEL ................................................................................................................................ 9
 Setting the temperature of the freezer and activation of the super freezing mode........................................... 10
 If the Super freezing (SF) mode is set ................................................................................................................................... 11
 Setting the temperature of the refrigerator and activation of the Super cooling mode .................................. 12
 If the Super cooling (SC) mode is set .................................................................................................................................... 12
 Economical mode ........................................................................................................................................................................ 13
 Holiday mode ................................................................................................................................................................................ 14
 Open door sound signal............................................................................................................................................................ 14
 Error messages.............................................................................................................................................................................. 16
PART 5: INTERNAL LIGHTING ........................................................................................................................ 16
PART 6: ARRANGEMENT OF FOOD ............................................................................................................... 17
 Advice about refrigerating food ............................................................................................................................................. 17
 Chart on storing food in the refrigerator ............................................................................................................................ 17
 Storage of frozen food ............................................................................................................................................................... 18
 Chart on storing food in the freezer ..................................................................................................................................... 19
PART 7: DEFROSTING..................................................................................................................................... 19
PART 8: REGULAR MAINTENANCE ................................................................................................................ 20
 Cleaning the refrigerator .......................................................................................................................................................... 20
PART 9: WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN... ........................................................................................................... 22
PART 10: RATING LABEL/TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ............................................................................. 24
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PART 1: BEFORE PUTTING INTO OPERATION
Safety notice
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General advice for the optimal operation of the appliance
General dangers
Hot surfaces
Before you put the appliance into operation
• Carefully study the user's manual and installation instructions before installing and using the appliance!
This user's manual includes important information regarding the installation, operation and maintenance
of the appliance. Store the user's manual also for future reference, or for other owners of the appliance if
the appliance is sold.
If the appliance is transported in a horizontal position the oil from the compressor may leak into the
cooling circuit. For this reason, allow the appliance to rest in a vertical position for 12 hours before
turning it on, so that the oil flows back into the compressor.
After unpacking the appliance, carefully inspect that it has in no way been damaged. Also check that
the power cord is not damaged. If you discover any defects, turn off the appliance and contact the
vendor or in the case of a damaged power cord contact the service centre. If the appliance and all its
parts are in order, install it according to the instructions in the relevant chapter.
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When installing the appliance in its place, or when moving the appliance, the power cord could be
penetrated or damaged. Check that the power cord is not interfering anywhere.
Before connecting the appliance to the electricity power source check that the capacity of the system
corresponds to the specifications on the appliance's rating label.
Any kinds of home electric wiring necessary for the connection of the appliance must only be carried out
by a qualified electrician.
If you move the appliance from its usual position, it is necessary to understand, that although you
have disconnected the power cord, the components on the rear side of the appliance may remain very
hot for some time.
This appliance is not designed to be built-in. Do not cover or block the air inflow or outflow openings.
Insufficient ventilation will cause bad operation and damage to the appliance.
Operating the appliance
• Use the appliance only for the purposes for which it has been designed.
• This appliance is designed only for household use, for storing or freezing food and for preparing ice.
• The temperature inside the refrigerator and freezer may rise or fall slightly, and so these appliances are not
suitable for storing products (e.g. medicines), which require a stable temperature.
Do not use any other electric appliances (e.g. heating elements, electric ice cream machines, etc.)
inside the appliance. There is a danger of explosion!
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Do not place food inside the refrigerator with flammable propulsion gases (e.g. sprays) and no
explosives, contaminants or volatile substances. There is a danger of explosion!
Do not store liquids inside bottles and cans (especially beverages containing carbon dioxide) inside
the freezer compartment. The bottles and cans could crack!
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Store liquors only with a firmly tightened cap and in a vertical position.
Do not use the base, drawers, doors of the appliance, etc. as a step or as a support. There is a danger of
injury to persons or damage to the appliance.
Ensure that the plastic parts of the appliance and the door seals are not soiled with oil or grease with oil or
grease. The plastic parts and the seals would then become porous.
Do not consume frozen food immediately after taking them out of the freezer compartment. There is
a danger of frost bite!
Avoid prolonged hand contact with frozen food, ice or evaporating pipes. There is a danger of frost
bite and freezing to these objects!
We do not recommend placing hot liquids or dishes inside the refrigerator and filling containers all the
way to the rim.
Do not put fragile, heavy or unstable objects on the refrigerator.
Children in the household
• Never leave packaging and its parts with the children. There is a danger of poisoning or suffocation by the
cardboard boxes and plastic sheets!
• This appliance is in no way a toy for children!
• For appliances with door locks: do not leave keys within the reach of children!
• If you will no longer be using the refrigerator, remove the doors, seals and store it in a safe place. In this
way you will prevent the danger of children becoming trapped inside the refrigerator.
Maintenance and cleaning
Before you begin with regular or exceptional maintenance, disconnect the appliance's power cord or
turn off the fuse or circuit breaker. Never pull the electric power cord, only pull on the power plug.
Do not use mechanical or any other devices, except for devices recommended by the manufacturer
for the purpose of accelerating the defrosting process.
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Do not defrost or clean the appliance using a steam cleaning device! The steam may come into contact
with the electric components inside the appliance, where a short circuit could occur. There is a danger of
electric shock!
Do not remove the frozen ice layer and frozen on food using a knife or a sharp object. This could damage
the cooling medium pipes. The escape of the cooling medium may cause eye injuries or may catch on fire.
General instructions
• This appliance must not be used by persons (including children) with physical, sensory or psychological
impairments or by inexperienced persons, unless properly trained or schooled in the safe use of the
appliance, or unless they have been properly supervised by a person who will be responsible for their
safety. Children should be supervised so as not to play with the appliance.
• This appliance has been tested in accordance with the directives in force in the European Union.
• The tightness of the cooling circuit has been verified.
• This appliance conforms to the relevant safety provisions for electrical appliances in force in the European
Union.
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Technical safety
The appliance contains a cooling gas, ISOBUTHAN (R600a). Only transport or move the appliance
with the utmost care, prevent excessive impacts and shaking to prevent damaging the appliance.
If the cooling circuit becomes damaged and the cooling gas may be escaping, there is a risk of an
explosion, which may be ignited by a spark or flame. If the appliance shows signs of damage, it must not be
put into operation. In such a case contact the service centre, ventilate the room where the appliance is located
and prevent the spreading of flames or other interference with the appliance.
Safety instructions for gas R600a
Measures in case of an unexpected release
If ventilation is possible, allow the material to evaporate.
Characteristics of the gas
The gas is highly flammable, it is necessary to completely prevent contact with an open flame and hot surfaces.
Because the R600a gas is heavier than air, it may become very concentrated at the level of the ground, where
ventilation is weak.
First aid
Inhalation
Take the affected person from the contaminated area to a warm, well ventilated location. Staying in
a contaminated location for a long time may cause suffocation, or potentially loss of consciousness.
If necessary, provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and in exceptionally serious situations, under expert
medical supervision, give oxygen.
Contact with the skin
Random contact with the skin will not endanger health, it is better to thoroughly wash the affected area. The
liquid spray or dispersed liquid may cause frost bite, wash the affected area with large amounts of water and
contact a medical doctor.
Contact with the eyes
If eyes have been affected, wash out with large amounts of water, while trying to keep the eyes open, and call
a specialised doctor as soon as possible.
If contact or inhalation of the R600a gas occurs, contact your medical doctor.
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PART 2: PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
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Glass shelf
Fruit and vegetable drawer
Control panel
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Shelf for eggs
Shelf for beverages
Freezer drawer
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PART 3: INSTALLATION
Transport and unpacking
If the appliance is transported in a horizontal position the oil from the compressor may leak into the cooling
circuit. For this reason, allow the appliance to rest in a vertical position for 12 hours before turning it on, so that
the oil flows back into the compressor.
Remove the external packaging, remove the protective plastic film from the surface of the appliance (if used)
and clean the external parts of the appliance with an agent designed for this purpose. Do not use steel wool or
any coarse agents, which could irreparably damage the surface of the appliance. Carefully remove all papers
and adhesive tape from the appliance, doors and other parts packed in polystyrene. Remove documents and
accessories from inside the appliance.
The packaging material is recyclable and is marked with a recycling symbol. For disposal follow the local
regulations. Packaging materials (plastic bags, polystyrene parts, etc.) must be kept out of the reach of children,
because they present a possible source of danger.
Carefully inspect the appliance. If you discover any faults, stop the installation and contact the vendor.
Operating conditions
The proper operation of the appliance, the cooling and freezing temperature are guaranteed only when the
following conditions are met:
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The temperature in the room where the appliance is located conforms to the climate class stated on the
appliance's rating label.
Maximum ambient relative humidity: 90%.
The appliance must be placed at a sufficient distance from heat sources (e.g. baking ovens, central heating,
direct sunlight, etc.).
The appliance must be located in such a place that it is protected against weather effects.
Regular maintenance is performed according to the instructions in this user's manual.
The ventilation openings in the cover of the appliance must not be covered by anything.
Correct installation (e.g. levelling, the capacity of the system correspond to the specifications on the rating
label of the appliance).
Table – Climatic class
Climatic class
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Ambient temperature
+10°C to +32°C
+16°C to +32°C
+16°C to +38°C
+16°C to +43°C
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Location
The location for the placement of the appliance must meet the requirements in the paragraph "Operating
conditions" and must have a stable floor with a load bearing capacity corresponding to the weight of the
appliance.
Furthermore you must maintain distances and dimensions of the appliance, so that correct operation is
ensured:
1. Top part at least 20 cm;
2. Rear part at least 10 cm;
3. The wall on the side where the door opens at least 30 cm.
Level the appliance using the adjustable feet, ensure there is a gap between the bottom edge of the appliance
and the ground, so that there is sufficient circulation of the cooling air, by which you will ensure the optimal
performance of the cooling circuit.
Check whether any cooling circulation pipes have been damaged during the installation.
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Use the appliance only for the purposes for which it has been designed.
The appliance must be located on a rigid and even surface.
In this way you will ensure free circulation of the coolant and effective operation of your appliance.
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If possible, place the appliance into a cool, well ventilated and dry room.
Do not locate the appliance in direct sunlight, or in a room with a high temperature, in the vicinity of any
sources of direct heat, such as heating, an oven, a stove, etc. – this would mean that the compressor would
need to work a lot harder resulting a substantially higher power consumption level.
If it is not possible to prevent the installation in the vicinity of a heat source, we recommend the insertion of an
appropriate insulating board (do not use asbestos) between the appliance and the heat source; or at least to
maintain the following minimum distances:
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From a gas or electric stove 5 cm;
From a heater or oven, etc. 50 cm;
From another cooling appliance 2 cm.
Do not place any appliances on the appliance, which release heat on to the appliance, such as microwave
ovens, toasters, etc.
Never cover the ventilation grill. Pull out the power plug by pulling on the plug itself, never pull on the cord
when disconnecting the appliance.
Before turning on the appliance allow it to stand in its final location for 12 hours, the coolant circuit
will stabilise in this way and no operating problems will occur. Before connecting the appliance to
the power grid check that it is perfectly dry inside – especially in the corners.
Warning against danger
The coolant may be highly flammable, depending on its composition. The coolant circuit was
hermetically closed and sealed and was tested many times for possible leaks. Any unqualified
tampering with the product may cause a fire hazard. Check that there is no mechanical interruption
or effect on the coolant circulation, namely in the accessible parts around the compressor.
Only professionally qualified persons may work on the cooling system.
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Cleaning before use
Check that you have removed from the appliance all adhesive tape used to hold accessories . Then clean all the
inside parts using lukewarm water with a neutral cleaning agent, vinegar or sodium carbonate – in this way
you will remove the characteristic odour of new parts – then dry carefully. Do not use detergents or aggressive
agents, which could damage the surfaces.
Electrical connection
Before connecting the power plug to the power socket, check that:
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Your hands are completely dry.
The voltage and frequency shown on the rating label of the appliance corresponds to that in the home
power grid (permitted tolerance from -6% to +6% for nominal voltage. For use with different voltages, use
a voltage changer with the corresponding parameters).
The cord and the plug are not damaged or caught under heavy objects.
The power cord is not excessively tensioned, it is not permitted to use an extension cord.
Do not connect the appliance to a voltage rectifier (e.g. solar power plant) or use an extension cord.
The appliance must be connected to a working grounding lead.
If the power socket of the home system is not grounded in accordance with the current legal
regulations, connect the appliance after consulting a specialised technician to the grounding lead
itself. The manufacturer takes no responsibility for injuries caused as a result of not following these
instructions.
If you do not correctly level the refrigerator during the installation, the doors may not close shut and
seal properly, which may cause problems with the cooling, ice build up or moisture. Levelling the
refrigerator is very important.
Level the refrigerator using the adjustable feet – turn them clockwise to lift the refrigerator and turn them
anticlockwise to lower the refrigerator.
Changing the door opening direction
If you need to change the door opening direction, contact an authorised service centre.
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PART 4: CONTROL PANEL
Operation of your refrigerator:
When the appliance is connected to a power source the default temperature is set to -18 °C for freezing and
+5 °C for refrigeration.
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Freezer temperature indicator
5. Holiday mode indicator light
Mode Button (Mode)
6. Economical mode indicator light
Set Button (Settings)
7. Open door warning
Refrigerator temperature indicator
Mode Button (Mode)
The Mode button (Mode) is used to switch between the refrigerator/freezer temperature indicator, the
economical and holiday mode indicator light.
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1 press = the freezer indicator light flashes.
Now you may change the set value.
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2 presses = the refrigerator indicator light flashes.
Now you may change the set value.
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3 presses = the economical mode indicator light flashes.
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4 presses = the holiday mode indicator light flashes.
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Set Button (Settings)
As soon as using the Mode button (Mode) you select the refrigerator or the freezer, you can use this button to
change their temperature setting.
Setting the temperature of the freezer and activation of the
super freezing mode (SF).
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The default temperature on the temperature indicator is -18 °C.
Press the Mode (Mode) button once.
As soon as you press this button, the currently set value on the freezer temperature indicator will start to
flash.
Every time the Set (Settings) button is pressed while the indicator is flashing, the temperature declines on
the freezer temperature indicator.
(-16 °C, -17 °C, -18 °C, -19 °C, -20 °C, -21 °C, -22 °C, -23 °C, -24 °C)
After reaching the desired temperature wait 5 seconds, the shown value will activate itself and your
refrigerator will start to function according to the newly set value.
If you press the button even after reaching the temperature of -24 °C (the lowest possible temperature) on
the graphical freezer temperature indicator, the letters SF will start to flash.
If you press this button even after the flashing letters SF appear, the setting will start again from -16 °C.
If SF is flashing and you wait 5 seconds without pressing a button, SF will stop flashing and the super
freezing mode is activated.
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If the Super freezing (SF) mode is set
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If you press the Mode (Mode) button once and wait 5 seconds you will cancel the super freezing mode and
the freezer will switch back to operating according to the previously set temperature.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button once, the indicator is flashing and you press the set value, you can
change the temperature setting. As soon as you change the temperature and wait 5 seconds the freezer
will activate itself at this temperature.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button twice, the refrigerator temperature indicator will start flashing. You
can change the refrigerator temperature setting.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button three times, the economical mode indicator will start flashing. If you
wait 5 seconds the super freezing will be cancelled and the economical mode will be activated.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button four times, the holiday mode indicator will start flashing. If you wait
5 seconds the super freezing will be cancelled and the holiday mode will be activated.
Recommended freezer temperature settings
When to set the temperature?
When storing a smaller volume of food
During normal use
When storing a larger volume of food
 To freeze a larger amount of food
 To freeze ready meals
 To quickly freeze food
 For long-term storage of seasonal food
Inside temperature
-16°C, -17°C
-18°C, -19°C, -20°C, -21°C
-22°C, -23°C, -24°C
Super freezing mode
NOTE:
The super freezing mode is automatically cancelled after 24 hours or if the temperature in the freezer
falls below -32 °C.
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Setting the temperature of the refrigerator and activation of
the super cooling mode (SC)
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The default temperature on the refrigerator‘s indicator is set to +5 °C.
Press the Mode (Mode) button twice.
As soon as you press this button, the currently set value on the refrigerator temperature indicator will start to flash.
Every time the Set (Settings) button is pressed while the indicator is flashing, the temperature declines on
the refrigerator temperature indicator.
(+8 °C, +7 °C, +6 °C, +5 °C, +4 °C, +3 °C, +2 °C)
After reaching the desired temperature wait 5 seconds, the shown value will activate itself and your
refrigerator will start to function according to the newly set value.
If you press the button even after reaching the temperature of +2 °C (the lowest possible temperature) on
the graphical refrigerator temperature indicator, the letters SC will start to flash.
If you press this button even after the flashing letters SC appear, the setting will start again from +8 °C.
If SC is flashing and you wait 5 seconds without pressing a button, SC will stop flashing and the super
cooling mode is activated.
If the Super cooling (SC) mode is set
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If you press the Mode (Mode) button once, the freezer temperature indicator will start flashing. You can
change the freezer temperature setting.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button once and wait 5 seconds you will cancel the super cooling mode and
the refrigerator will switch back to operating according to the previously set temperature.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button twice, the indicator is flashing and you press the set value, you
can change the temperature setting. As soon as you change the temperature and wait 5 seconds the
refrigerator will activate itself at this temperature.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button three times, the economical mode indicator will start flashing. If you
wait 5 seconds the super cooling will be cancelled and the economical mode will be activated.
If you press the Mode (Mode) button four times, the holiday mode indicator will start flashing. If you wait
5 seconds the super cooling will be cancelled and the holiday mode will be activated.
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Recommended refrigerator temperature settings
When to set the temperature?
When storing a smaller volume of food
During normal use
When storing a larger volume of food
 To cool foods before they are consumed
 To cool and store a larger volume of food
 To quickly cool beverages
Inside temperature
+8°C, +7°C
+6°C, +5°C, +4°C
+3°C, +2°C
Super cooling mode
NOTE:
The super cooling mode will end within 8 hours or as soon as the temperature inside the refrigerator
reaches the value that deactivates this mode. The reason for the limit in the duration of this mode is the
elimination of the risk of freezing food, which could occur due to the nature of the super cooling mode.
If beverages were too hot when placed in the refrigerator, they may not necessarily reach the desired
temperature when the end of the mode is reached. In such a case you may reactivate the mode.
Economical mode
Freezers and refrigerators operate according to the economical conditions specified in the control circuit.
Setting up:
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Press the Mode (Mode) button three times until the economical mode indicator lights up.
If while the economical mode indicator is flashing you do not press any button, a sound will be made and
the mode will be activated.
During this mode the refrigerator and the freezer run at temperatures specially set in the control circuit.
If the economical mode is activated the refrigerator indicator will show „Ec“.
If the Economical mode is selected:
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If you press the Mode (Mode) button once, the economical mode indicator will start flashing. If you wait
5 seconds the economical mode will be cancelled and the refrigerator and the freezer will start running
according to the previously set temperatures.
If you press the Mode (mode) button twice and wait 5 seconds, the economical mode will be cancelled
and the holiday mode will be activated.
During the operation of the economical mode it is not possible to perform any other actions, except for
the cancellation of the economical mode and switching to the holiday mode. If you wish to change the set
refrigerator or freezer temperature, you must first cancel the economical mode. Only then can you set the
refrigerator or freezer temperature in the manner described on pages 10, 12.
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Holiday mode
When to use it:
 You can use this mode if you will be away for a long time or you wish to empty the refrigerator.
Your refrigerator is designed in such a way that there is no moisture or odour created inside when it is put out
of operation.
Setting up:
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Press the Mode (Mode) button four times until the holiday mode indicator lights up.
If while the holiday mode indicator is flashing you do not press any button, a sound will be made and the
mode will be activated.
During this mode the refrigerator and the freezer run at temperatures specially set in the control circuit.
If the holiday mode is activated the refrigerator indicator will show „H“.
If the Holiday mode is selected:
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If you press the Mode (Mode) button once, the holiday mode indicator will start flashing. If you wait
5 seconds the holiday mode will be cancelled and the refrigerator and the freezer will start running
according to the previously set temperatures.
If you press the Mode (mode) button twice and wait 5 seconds, the holiday mode will be cancelled and the
economical mode will be activated.
During the operation of the holiday mode it is not possible to perform any other actions, except for the
cancellation of the holiday mode and switching to the economical mode. If you wish to change the set
refrigerator or freezer temperature, you must first cancel the holiday mode. Only then can you set the
refrigerator or freezer temperature in the manner described on pages 10, 12.
Open door sound signal
If you leave the refrigerator door open a light indicator will turn on. If the door remains open for longer than
2 minutes a sound will be made.
Notifications related to setting temperatures
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If a there is an electrical power outage the entered settings will not be cancelled.
For reasons of efficiency of your refrigerator, we do not recommend its use in an environment with
temperatures below 10 °C.
The indication bar to the right of the numbers indicates the temperature, it lights up based on temperature
(the lower the temperature the more segments are lit).
Do not go to a different setting before completing the settings.
After connecting to a power source leave the refrigerator on for at least 24 hours so that it can fully cool
down to the temperature you set on the thermostat. Do not open the door of your refrigerator too often
during this time and do not insert too much food.
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The refrigerator is equipped with a 5 minute delay function, which protects the compressor against
damage, for the situation where it is disconnected from the power source or there is an electrical power
outage. The compressor will start after 5 minutes, after it is connected to the power source or after
electrical power is restored.
The temperature needs to be set based on:
 Temperature in the room where the appliance is located.
 Amount of food stored.
 Number of times the appliance is opened.
We recommend the middle settings. Soon you will find out the optimal setting for your requirements.
A correct temperature setting is important for storing food. Food spoils very quickly because of microorganisms, which is possible to prevent or delay by the use of a correct storage temperature. Temperature
affects the growth rate of the micro-organisms. These processes are slowed down by a declining temperature.
For this reason we recommend the middle settings of the temperature control knob.
Freezer
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Use the freezer for long-term storage of frozen food and to make ice.
If you want a freezer with the maximum freezing capacity:
After moving frozen food from the top rack to one of the other ones, use the super freezing mode. The freezer
will automatically turn off the super freezing mode after 24 hours. Place the food you wish to freeze into the
top freezer rack careful not to exceed the maximum freezing capacity of your freezer. (The capacity of your
refrigerator is: freezing 13kg at 25°C and 7.5kg at 32°C). Then activate the super freezing mode. After it is frozen,
you may place the food next to other already frozen food (at least 24 hours after the second activation of the
super freezing mode).
If you wish to freeze approx. 3 kg of food:
It is best to place the food separately from already frozen food and to subsequently activate the super freezing
mode. You can place the food next to each other only once they are frozen (no sooner than 24 hours).
 Do not place food intended for freezing next to already frozen food.
 Food intended for freezing (meat, minced meat, fish, etc.) should be frozen separated into portions so that
later it is easy to consume.
 Do not refreeze food that has thawed. You could endanger your health and cause food poisoning.
 Do not place hot meals into the freezer until they cool down. This could ruin the food that is already frozen
in the freezer.
 When purchasing frozen food check that their packaging is not damaged.
 When storing frozen food you should follow the storage conditions on the packaging. If none are available,
consume the food as soon as possible.
 Transport frozen food without damaging it and place it inside the freezer as soon as possible.
 The storage period of frozen food varies depending on the temperature in the environment, the number
of time the door is opened, the thermostat setting, type of food and the time that has passed since it
was placed into the freezer. Always follow the instructions on the packaging and never exceed the stated
storage time / expiry date.
 Do not open the freezer door during long-term electrical power outages. Your refrigerator will protect
your frozen food for about 13 hours at an ambient temperature of 25°C and about 10 hours at an ambient
temperature of 32°C. This interval is shortened with increased ambient temperature. After long-term
electrical power outages do not refreeze your food and consume it as soon as possible.
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Error messages
Error
messages
Meaning
Reason
Solution
SR
Malfunction
warning.
It appears if one or more parts of the
refrigerator are damaged or there is a
problem in the cooling system.
Immediately contact an authorised
service centre.
LF
The
This warning appears if there is a
temperature of
long-term electrical power outage
the freezer is
and when the refrigerator is first put
not sufficiently
into operation.
low.
1. If the frozen food has defrosted,
process it as soon as possible, but
do not refreeze it, because there is
a risk that it has already started to
decompose.
2. Temporarily increase the freezer
temperature setting to the required
level or switch the freezer to the
super freezing mode.
The optimal temperature for the
Temporarily increase the refrigerator
refrigerator is +4°C. If this warning
temperature setting to the required
appears, there is a risk that the food
level or switch the refrigerator to the
in the refrigerator has already started
super cooling mode.
to decompose.
LC
The
refrigerator is
very hot.
HC
The
refrigerator is
very cold.
This means that the refrigerator is
cooling excessively and the food in
the refrigerator is starting to freeze.
1. Check that the refrigerator is not
switched to the super cooling mode.
2. Lower the refrigerator temperature
setting.
Low voltage.
If the voltage falls below 170V the
refrigerator will switch to stand-by
mode.
This function prevents damage to the
compressor caused by a low voltage.
The refrigerator will turn on again
automatically as soon as the voltage
level returns to the required level.
LOPO
Control system warnings
If the temperatures set for the refrigerator and the freezer are not appropriately selected or there is a problem
with the appliance, the appliance will inform you about it. Warning codes appear on the refrigerator and
freezer temperature setting displays.
PART 5: INSIDE LIGHTING
All appliances equipped with a light have a switch installed. When the refrigerator is turned on using the
thermostat, the light will automatically come on when the door is opened and automatically turn off when
the door is shut.
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PART 6: ARRANGEMENT OF FOOD
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Food products, which are susceptible to the absorption of odours or that release odours must always be
stored in closed boxes or in appropriate packaging.
Fruit, vegetables and salad products can be stored unpacked in the vegetable drawers.
Appropriate wrapping materials for food are plastic wrap, aluminium foil, glass jars, etc.
The products should not touch the back wall, otherwise they may freeze on.
Always allow hot dishes to cool down before placing them into the refrigerator.
Open the door only for a short time so that the inside area of the fridge is not heated. This saves energy.
Never store explosive materials or products with flammable compressed gasses (e.g. whipped cream
sprayers with pressurised capsules/cartridges, spray cans) – DANGER OF EXPLOSION!
Do not place oils intended for food preparation into the removable drawers in the refrigerator door. This
may cause cracks caused by the pressure in the plastic on the door.
Alcoholic beverages must always be stored in the cold zone, in a vertical position and firmly and safely
closed.
Advice about refrigerating food
While the air in the refrigerator circulates, areas with various temperatures arise. These areas are especially
useful for storing various types of food. Arrange the food in such a way that air can freely flow around the food.
The coldest zones (suitable for example for storing meat) are found immediately above the vegetable drawers.
On the other hand the zones that are less cold are at the top towards the outside and inside the door (ideal for
storing butter and cheese).
Chart on storing food in the refrigerator
Food
Storage method
Zone
Durability
Meat and fish (various),
hard cheese
Plastic foil, aluminium
foil, closed glass
containers, plastic
containers
Bottom part of the
refrigerator
1-2 days
Cooked dishes, cold
food, confectionery
Closed glass or plastic
containers
Any shelf
1-2 days
Fruit and vegetables
Closed packaging or
in bulk
Fruit and vegetable
drawer
3-4 days
Bananas, potatoes,
onion, garlic
Do not store in the
refrigerator
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Water, wine, beer, milk,
fruit juices, fizzy drinks
Food grade glass or
plastic bottles
Tray in the door
Depends on expiry date.
Pickled or in oil
marinated food, sauces,
butter, soft cheese, eggs
Original packaging
Tray in the door
Depends on expiry date.
Yoghurt
Original packaging
Any shelf
Depends on expiry date.
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Storage of frozen food
All frozen food must be put into the freezer as soon as possible after being bought, so that they do not defrost
and cause potential contamination.
Store frozen products according to the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging.
Pay increased attention to handling the drawer, so that you do not damage the cooling circuit.
Placing fresh food into a freezer
Ensure that the freezer is clean as the freezing process itself does not sterilise food. We recommend freezing
food in the original packaging, or in various containers suitable for freezing or in special freezer bags. Never
place hot or warm food into the freezer. Allow food to fully cool down before placing them into the freezer,
wrap them in a plastic bag, aluminium foil or put them in a jar. Check the label on the freezer, to check how
many kilos of fresh food (at a room temperature of 25°C) the freezer is able to freeze in 24 hours. Never insert
more food than the permitted amount.
Never place bottles with fizzy drinks into the freezer nor any other bottles.
For better freezing results give the food sufficient room for air circulation.
We recommend a setting between the medium and maximum value for standard use and for long term
food storage in the freezer.
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ATTENTION!
Do not store cans and bottles with beverages containing carbon dioxide in the freezer. The contents
expand during the freezing process, which may rip the bottle or can apart. Risk of injury and damage!
Consume ice cream only several minutes after removing it from the freezer – you will avoid injury to your
lips and tongue. Do not touch the inside of the freezer if you have wet hands.
Important information
 Place only properly wrapped food into the freezer.
 When storing deep frozen food intended for immediate consumption, note the expiry date marked by the
manufacturer.
 Remember that only quality fresh food are suitable for freezing.
 Freeze fresh food in appropriately sized portions.
 Ensure that you use an appropriate wrapping material (plastic wrap, aluminium foil, freezing bays).
 Push all air out of the packages.
 To close the packages use rubber bands, plastic clips, tie wire or adhesive tape resistant to cold.
 Plastic bags and tubes can also be closed using a food sealing appliance.
 On the closed package write down the contents, weight and date of freezing.
 Before placing plastic bags into the freezer check that they are dry so as to prevent them from freezing to
each other.
 To prevent partial defrosting, place the food that is to be frozen in such a way that it is not touching the
already frozen food.
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Do not refreeze fully or partially defrosted food apart from the case where they were heat processed
(cooked or fried/baked).
Do not consume food that have been stored for a period longer than their expiry date. You may cause
yourself food poisoning.
Chart on storing food in the freezer
Food
Storage method
Zone
Durability
Storing frozen food, ice
cubes and ice creams
Original packaging, well
sealed
Top part of the freezer
Depends on expiry date
Frozen food: meat and
fish
Original packaging,
well sealed. Food
containers suitable
for low temperatures,
hermetically sealed.
Best in the bottom part
of the freezer
Beef: 12 months
Pork: 12 months
Minced pork: 6 months
Rabbit: 6 months
Veal: 9 months
Mutton: 9 months
Poultry: 6 months
Fish: 6 months
Frozen food: pasta
dishes, fruit, vegetables,
confectionery
Food containers suitable
for low temperatures,
hermetically sealed.
Top part of the freezer
6-12 months
PART 7: DEFROSTING
There is no need to defrost the appliance as it is equipped with an automatic defrost function that is active
during operation.
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PART 8: REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Cleaning the refrigerator
Before commencing to clean the refrigerator disconnect it from the power source.
Use a clean sponge or a soft cloth and a gentle washing detergent dissolved in warm water. Do not use coarse
or abrasive cleaning products.
Wash the refrigerator well and wipe dry.
Do not use cleaning waxes, concentrated cleaning agents, bleaches or cleaning products containing kerosene
on the plastic or rubber parts.
Never use paper towels or window cleaners on the plastic parts.
Clean the inside of the appliance at regular intervals.
 We recommend that you clean the inside area of the refrigerator at least once per month.
 From both areas take out all the food and place them in a cool place.
 Remove all removable parts from the appliance.
 Various parts inside the refrigerator/freezer are generally not suitable for washing in a dishwasher. These
parts should be washed in warm water with dish washing detergent. Never use an undiluted cleaning
detergent and under no circumstances use abrasive or acidic, i.e. chemical cleaning agents. We recommend
a general purpose detergent with a neutral pH.
The use of steam cleaning appliances is extremely dangerous and so is strictly forbidden.
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Wipe the inside area and the accessories with clean water and dry everything using a dry cloth. Then allow
the appliance to ventilate for 3 – 4 minutes.
Do not damage or remove the rating label on the rear side of the appliance – it is important for connection,
repairs and subsequent disposal of the appliance.
Ensure that water does not come into contact with parts inside the appliance that are under live electric
current.
Ensure that the water from the defrosting process can flow away freely through the drainage channel.
From time to time clean out the drainage opening using a cotton bud.
Cleaning water should not run through the drainage channel for defrosted water. This causes the
evaporation bowl to overflow and cleaning water flows on to the floor.
Taking out of operation for an extended period
If you are not going to use the refrigerator for an extended period of time, do the following:
Disconnect the refrigerator from the power source by pulling it out of the power socket. Clean out the inside
and dry it out as described in the part Cleaning the refrigerator. Leave the door open to prevent an unpleasant
odour forming inside.
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Please be aware:
Compressor
The compressor is controlled by the thermostat, which is set by the temperature dial, and turns itself on
automatically when temperatures inside the appliance is exceeded and then turns itself off as soon as it
again reaches this temperature. When any compressor – cooling system is turned on – noise can be heard.
These sounds are made when the motor in the compressor is working and they are also made by the coolant
circulating in the circuit of the cooling system. These noises are normal and do not indicate any malfunction in
the operation of the appliance.
In unheated rooms or in cold weather conditions condensate may form on the exterior walls of the appliance.
This does not indicate a malfunction and this condensate will disappear as soon as the temperature rises.
Contact the service department only when, after analysing all possible factors of the malfunction you
cannot find any cause for the malfunction or you are unable to remedy the malfunction yourself. So, first focus
on: " What should I do when...."
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PART 9: WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN...
a) The appliance is not working.
Please check the following:
 Is the power plug in good condition and properly plugged into the power socket?
 Is there electricity flowing into the power cord? (Check this possibility by connecting a small appliance like
a hand mixer or hair fan, etc.)
 Is the appliance turned on? (The temperature selector should not be set to "0".)
 Is the mains fuse / circuit breaker in the home turned on or screwed in?
b) The appliance does not cool sufficiently. / The compressor turns on too
frequently.
Please check the following:
 Did you leave the refrigerator/freezer off for at least 12 hours before turning it on? If not: Pull out the power
plug, with the doors closed tilt the appliance to one side and hold it or place it in a tilted position and then
back to the even position. After a period of 12 hours has passed, turn it on again, for this period of time do
not open the doors.
 If the doors close properly, the seal on the doors sits firmly and evenly on the frame.
Test: Place a sheet of paper between the seal and the frame, then close the door. It should be difficult to
pull out this sheet of paper on all sides.
Call an authorised service centre if it is possible to pull out the paper without resistance at one or
more points.
 Formation of larger ice layers on the inside walls of the freezer.
 Is the appliance exposed to direct sunlight or is it located too close to a heat source (stove, heater, etc.)?
Protect the appliance against direct sunlight / check the distance from the heat source / place a sheet of
insulation between the appliance and the heat source. (See "Placement").
 Has the appliance been filled with too much fresh food?
 Is the air circulation and ventilation in order? Check that the ventilation grill is not covered or that the heat
exchanger (condenser) on the rear side is not covered in dust.
c) The temperature in the refrigerator is too low.
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Set the temperature to a lower value.
Check that the freezer section is properly closed.
Was a larger amount of fresh food frozen - more than 1kg? This causes the freezing unit to run longer and
due to this the temperature in the refrigerator automatically goes down.
d) Frozen food is defrosting because the temperature in the freezer is too
high.
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Has the room temperature fallen below the temperature for which the appliance is designed? If the room
temperature is too low, the freezer unit runs less frequently. For this reason the temperature in the freezer
section may be higher. Increase the room temperature.
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e) A strong layer of ice has formed in the freezer.
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Check that the freezer section is properly closed.
If the frozen food has frozen on to the freezer, pry them away using a dull object, e.g. with a spoon handle.
f) The appliance is too loud.
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Is the appliance standing firmly on the floor, is the operation of the appliance causing vibrations of nearby
furniture or other objects? Check that all the parts mounted on the rear wall can vibrate freely.
Carefully move the contact part away or increase the distance between the appliance and the obstacle.
Are the removable parts securely inserted in the appliance?
Are containers or compartments touching?
NOTE:
The noise of the coolant flowing in the circuit cannot be removed.
Under no circumstances is it possible to make technical type changes or attempts at repairs yourself.
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PART 10: RATING LABEL/TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
The rating label with all the technical specifications is located on the side of the inside wall or on the rear side
of the appliance.
Technical specifications
Model
PCE 3181HN/N
Climatic class
ST
Net volume
318 l
Operating voltage
220 – 240 V ~ 50 Hz
Maximum power (W)
174 W
Power consumption
0.83 kWh / 24 h
Freezing capacity
7,5kg/24h (32°C)
Noise level (dB)
45 dB
Dimensions h x w x d (cm)
1850 x 59.5 x 63.2 cm
Weight
68 kg
NOTE:
All the here mentioned data is subject to change.
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INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION REGARDING THE DISPOSAL OF USED
PACKAGING MATERIALS
Dispose of packaging material at a public waste disposal site.
DISPOSAL OF USED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES
The meaning of the symbol on the product, its accessory or packaging indicates that this
product shall not be treated as household waste. Please, dispose of this product at your applicable
collection point for the recycling of electrical & electronic equipment waste. Alternatively in some
states of the European Union or other European states you may return your products to your local
retailer when buying an equivalent new product. The correct disposal of this product will help save
valuable natural resources and help in preventing the potential negative impact on the environment
and human health, which could be caused as a result of improper liquidation of waste. Please ask
your local authorities or the nearest waste collection centre for further details. The improper disposal
of this type of waste may fall subject to national regulations for fines.
For business entities in the European Union
If you wish to dispose of an electrical or electronic device, request the necessary information from
your seller or supplier.
Disposal in other countries outside the European Union
If you wish to dispose of this product, request the necessary information about the correct disposal
method from local government departments or from your seller.
This product meets all the basic EU regulation requirements that relate to it.
Changes to the text, design and technical specifications may occur without prior notice and we reserve the
right to make these changes.
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