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Magic Chef M20-3 Instruction manual
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To ensure proper use of this appliance and your safety, please read the
following instructions completely before operating this appliance.
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NAMES OF THE PARTS……………………………………………………… 3
TEMPERATURE CONTROL………………………………………….. 6
THE CHILLER COMPARTMENT……………………………..………. 6
HOW TO DEFROST ……………………………………………..……. 6
CHANGING THE REVERSIBLE DOOR …………………………………….. 8 - 9
VACATION TIME…………………………………………….…………. 10
ENERGY SAVING TIPS…………………………………….…………. 10
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE……………………………….……….………. 11 - 12
REFRIGERATOR WARRANTY……………………….…………….………… 13
(1) Evaporator
(2) Drain Pan
(3) Temperature Control Box
(4) Shelves
(5) Door Liner
(6) Ice Cube Tray
(7) Rack
(8) Bottle Rack
(9) Crisper
(10) Can Dispenser
(11) Temperature Control Dial
(12) Defrost Button
Never touch the interior of the Freezer Chamber or frozen foods in the
compartment with wet hands as this could result in frost bite.
Model #
Product Description
Magic Chef Refrigerator
Model No.
4.4 Cu. Ft.
Unit Dimensions
( inches )
Net Weight ( lbs)
55 ( lbs )
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock,
or injury when using your refrigerator,
follow these basic precautions:
Read all instructions before using the refrigerator.
DANGER or WARNING: Risk of child entrapment.
To avoid the possibility of child entrapment, please take the following precautions
before throwing out the refrigerator.
- Remove all doors from the unit.
- Leave the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the refrigerator.
Refrigerants: All refrigeration products contain refrigerants, which under the
guidelines of federal law must be removed before disposal of product. It is the
consumer’s responsibility to comply with federal and local regulations when
disposing of this product.
Never clean refrigerator parts with flammable fluids. The fumes can create a fire
hazard or explosion.
Do not store or use gasoline or any other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity
of this or any other refrigerator. The fumes can create a fire hazard or an explosion.
-Save these instructions-
Before Using Your Refrigerator
• Remove the exterior and interior packing.
• Before connecting the refrigerator to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 4
hours. This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from improper
handling during transportation.
• Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth. (Cleaning instruction on page 9)
Installing Your Refrigerator
• This appliance is designed to be free standing only, and should not be recessed or built-in.
• Place your refrigerator on a floor that is strong enough to support the refrigerator when it is fully
• Allow 5 inches of space between the back and sides of the refrigerator, which allows the proper
air ventilation. Adjust the feet to keep the refrigerator level.
• Locate the refrigerator away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator,
etc.). Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical
consumption. Ambient temperature below 50°F (10°C) or above 85°F (29.4°C) will hinder the
performance of this appliance. This unit is not designed for use in a garage or any other
outside installation.
• Avoid locating the refrigerator in moist areas.
• Plug the refrigerator into dedicated, properly installed-grounded wall outlet. Do not under any
circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. Any questions
concerning power and/or grounding should be directed toward a certified electrician or an
authorized service center. This unit is not designed to be installed in an RV or used with an
• After plugging the appliance into a wall outlet, turn the unit on and allow the unit to cool down for
2~3 hours under before placing food in the refrigerator or freezer compartment.
Electrical Connection
Improper use of the grounded plug can result in the risk of electrical shock. If the power cord is
damaged, have it replaced by an authorized service center.
This refrigerator should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this refrigerator is
equipped with a three-prong plug which mates with standard three prong wall outlets to minimize the
possibility of electrical shock.
Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third ground prong from the power cord supplied.
This refrigerator requires a standard 115/120 Volt A.C. ~/60Hz electrical outlet with three-prong
This refrigerator is not designed to be used with an inverter.
The cord should be secured behind the refrigerator and not left exposed or dangling to prevent
accidental injury.
Never unplug the refrigerator by pulling the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight
out from the receptacle.
Do not use an extension cord with this appliance. If the power cord is too short, have a qualified
electrician or service technician install an outlet near the appliance. Use of an extension cord can
negatively affect the performance of the unit.
If any problems with the appliance persist, please contact our Customer Service Dept. to consult with
a representative at 888 775-0202 or visit our website to request warranty service at
Temperature Control
Your refrigerator has one control for regulating the temperature.
The temperature control is located on the upper right hand corner
of the interior compartment.
The first time you turn the unit on, adjust the temperature control
knob to “Coldest” and run for at least 2 hours before putting foods
inside. This will ensure the cabinet is thoroughly chilled before
food is put in.
The range of the refrigerator temperature control is from position
"Cool" to "Coldest". Adjust the temperature control to the setting
that best suits your needs. The setting of “Cold” should be
appropriate for home or office refrigerator use.
If the unit is unplugged, loses power; you must wait 3 to 5 minutes before restarting the
unit. If you attempt to restart before this time delay, the refrigerator will not start.
Large amounts of food will lower the cooling efficiency of the appliance.
Do not place the foods on the air outlet, and leave spaces for airflow.
If you choose to change the thermostat setting, adjust thermostat control by one
increment at a time. Allow several hours for temperature to stabilize between
Ice Tray
• Recommended temperature control setting for ice making is “Coldest”.
• Fill the ice cube tray (2/3 capacity) with cold water and place the tray on the
bottom of the chiller compartment to freeze properly.
• To eject the ice cubes from the tray, place over the ice bucket and twist
• Re-set the temperature control to setting “Cold”.
The Chiller Compartment
This compartment is designed for the ice making and short-term storage of some commercially
frozen foods.
The temperature of the chiller compartment may not reach temperature low enough to store
frozen foods and works well when the food is already frozen prior to storage.
Place frozen food into the freezer as quickly as possible after purchase. If there are instructions
on the packet, carefully follow these instructions regarding storage times.
How To Defrost
Defrost the freezer compartment when the ice / frost is approximately ¼” thick. Set the thermostat
dial to “OFF” to defrost. Remove all contents from the freezer compartment. Leave the freezer door
open to allow accumulated ice / frost to melt. Remove large pieces of ice as needed. Do not use hot
water or other electric heating devices to melt the accumulated ice. After defrosting, remove
accumulated ice / water and wipe the freezer compartment dry with a soft cloth. Restart the unit per
starting instructions.
How To Change the interior light
NOTE: All parts removed must be saved to do the reinstallation of the light bulb. Before removing the
light bulb, unplug the appliance from the power supply. Failure to do so could result in electrical shock
or personal injury.
1. Hold the lamp cover and push toward inside of the cabinet
2. Remove the lamp cover.
3. Unscrew the old bulb and install the new bulb.
4. Re-install the lamp cover.
CAUTION: To avoid personal injury to yourself and/or property, we recommend someone
assist you during the door reversal process.
Your refrigerator is built with a reversible door. You have the choice of either opening it from the left
or the right side. In order to reserve the opening direction of your door, please follow these simple
1. Remove the hinge cover on the right top of the
2. Remove the two screws (using a ratchet tool
with a 7/16” socket) that hold the top hinge to
the cabinet. Keep these screws for later use.
3. Lift the top hinge straight up to free the pin
from the socket on the top of the door.
4. Lift the door and place it on a padded surface
to prevent scratching it.
5. Remove the plug buttons from the upper left
holes as illustrated and transfer them to the
uncovered holes at the right side. Be sure to
press the plug buttons firmly into the holes.
6. Lay the cabinet on its side down on the floor.
Remove the three screws that hold the bottom
hinge to the cabinet using a 7/16” socket.
Keep these screws and washer for later use.
7. Insert the bottom hinge at the left side using
the two screws previously removed in step 6.
NOTE: Do not tighten screws.
8. Stand the cabinet.
9. Replace the door making sure the bottom
socket enters the bottom hinge pin. Be sure
washer is in place.
10. While holding the door in the closed position,
secure the top hinge at the left side using the
two screws previously removed at the
beginning in step 2. Do not tighten the screws
until the top of the door is leveled with the top
11. Replace the hinge cover.
12. Replace plugs.
13. Tools Required:
- 7/16” socket-ratchet.
- Putty knife or thin-blade screwdriver.
Cleaning Your Refrigerator
• Upon installation of your new appliance, it is recommended that it be cleaned thoroughly.
• Turn the temperature control knob to “0” and then unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
• Remove all food content.
• Wash the inside with a damp warm cloth soaked in lukewarm water and baking soda solution.
The solution should be about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water.
• Be sure to keep the door gasket (seal) clean to keep the unit running efficiently.
• The outside of the refrigerator should be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water.
• Dry the interior and exterior with a soft cloth.
Vacation Time
• Turn the temperature control knob to “0” and then unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
• Remove all the food.
• Clean the refrigerator.
• Leave the door open slightly to avoid possible formation of condensation, mold, or odor.
• Use extreme caution in the case of children. The unit should not be accessible to child’s play.
• Short vacations: Leave the refrigerator operating during vacations of less than three weeks.
• Long vacations: If the appliance will not be used for several months, remove all food and unplug
the power cord. Clean and dry the interior thoroughly. To prevent odor and mold growth, leave
the door open slightly: blocking it open if necessary or have the door removed.
Moving Your Refrigerator
• Turn the temperature control knob to “0” and then unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
• Remove all the food.
• Securely tape down all loose items inside your refrigerator.
• Tape the doors shut.
• Be sure the refrigerator stays in the upright position during transportation.
Energy Saving Tips
• The refrigerator should be located in the coolest area of the room, away from heat producing
appliances or heating ducts, and out of the direct sunlight.
• Let hot foods cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. Overloading the
refrigerator forces the compressor to run longer. Foods that freeze too slowly may lose quality, or
• Be sure to wrap foods properly, and wipe containers dry before placing them in the refrigerator.
This cuts down on frost build-up inside the refrigerator.
• Organize and label food to reduce door openings and extended searches. Remove as many
items as needed at one time, and close the door as soon as possible.
You can solve many common refrigerator problems easily, saving you the cost of a possible
service call. Try the suggestions below to see if you can solve the problem before calling for
Refrigerator does not operate.
Compressor turns on and off frequently.
Temperature inside the refrigerator is too warm.
Temperature inside the refrigerator is too cold.
Temperature of external refrigerator surface is
Popping or cracking sound when compressor
comes on.
Bubbling or gurgling sound, like water boiling.
Not plugged in.
The circuit breaker tripped or a blown fuse.
The room temperature is hotter than normal.
A large amount of food has been added to the
The door is opened too often.
The door is not closed completely.
The temperature control is not set correctly.
The door gasket does not seal properly.
The refrigerator does not have the correct
The refrigerator has recently been disconnected
for a period of time. 4 hours are required for the
refrigerator to cool down completely.
Temperature control is set too warm. Turn the
control to a cooler setting and allow several hours
for the temperature to stabilize.
Door is kept open too long or is opened too
frequently. Warm air enters the refrigerator every
time the door is opened. Open the door less
The door is not closed completely.
The door gasket does not seal properly.
A large amount of warm or hot food might have
been stored recently. Wait until the refrigerator
has had a chance to reach its selected
The refrigerator has recently been disconnected
for a period of time. 4 hours are required for the
refrigerator to cool down completely.
Temperature control is set too cold. Turn the
control to a warmer setting and allow several
hours for the temperature to stabilize.
The exterior refrigerator walls can be as much as
30οF warmer than room temperature. This is
normal while the compressor works to transfer
heat from inside the refrigerator cabinet.
Metal parts undergo expansion and contraction,
as in hot water pipes. This is normal. Sound will
level off or disappear as refrigerator continues to
Refrigerant (used to cool refrigerator) is
circulating throughout the system. This is normal.
Check to assure that the refrigerator is on a level
Floor is uneven or weak. Refrigerator rocks on
the floor when it is moved slightly. Be sure floor
can adequately support refrigerator. Level the
refrigerator by putting wood or metal shims under
Moisture forms on inside refrigerator walls.
Moisture forms on outside of refrigerator.
The door will not close properly.
part of the refrigerator.
The refrigerator is touching the wall. Re-level the
refrigerator and move it from the wall.
See “Installation Instructions”.
Weather is hot and humid, which increases
internal rate of frost build-up. This is normal.
Door is slightly open.
Door is kept open too long, or is opened too
frequently. Open the door less often.
The door is not sealed properly.
Door is slightly open, causing cold air from inside
the refrigerator to meet warm moist air from
The refrigerator is not on a level surface.
The gasket is dirty.
Refrigerator Warranty
Unless otherwise prohibited, MC Appliance Corporation warrants each new refrigerator to
be free from defects in material and workmanship and agrees to remedy any such defect or
to furnish a new part(s) (at the company’s option) for any part(s) of the unit that has failed
during the warranty period. Parts and labor expenses are covered on this unit for a period of
one year after the date of purchase. In addition, MC Appliance Corporation warrants the
compressor (parts only) to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of
5 years. The consumer is responsible for all labor and transportation expenses related to the
diagnosis and replacement of the compressor after the initial one-year warranty expires. A
copy of the dated sales receipt / invoice is required to receive warranty service or a
This warranty covers appliances in use within the continental United States, Puerto
Rico, Hawaii and Canada. The warranty does not cover the following:
Damages due to shipping damage or improper installation.
Damages due to misuse or abuse.
Content losses due to failure of the unit.
Inside components such as door panels, door shelves, racks, light bulbs, etc.
Punctures to the evaporator system due to improper defrosting of the unit.
Repairs performed by unauthorized service agents.
Service calls that do not involve defects in material and workmanship such as
instruction on proper use of the product, door reversal or improper installation.
Replacement or resetting of house fuses or circuit breakers.
Failure of this product if used for other than for its intended purpose.
Disposal costs for any failed unit not returned to our factory.
Any delivery costs incurred as the result of a unit that fails to perform as specified.
Expenses for travel and transportation for product service if your appliance is located
in a remote area where service by an authorized service technician is not available.
The removal and reinstallation of your appliance if it is installed in an inaccessible
location or is not installed in accordance with published installation instructions.
Liability under this warranty is limited to repair, replacement or refund. If a
replacement unit is not available or the unit cannot be repaired, liability is limited to
the actual purchase price paid by the consumer.
This warranty is non-transferable.
This warranty applies only to the original purchaser and does not extend to any
subsequent owner(s).
This warranty is in lieu of all warranties expressed or implied and no representative or
person is authorized to assume for us any other liability in connection with the sale of
this product. Under no circumstances is the consumer permitted to return this unit to
the factory without prior written consent from MC Appliance Corporation.
(Part Only)
Type of Service
Five Years
Five Years
Five Years
For Service or Assistance please call 888 775-0202. Or visit us on the web at to request warranty service.
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