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Upright Freezer / Congelador
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Avanti Products, A Division of The Mackle Co., Inc.
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Table of Contents
Refrigerator Safety
Important Safeguides
Help Us Help You
Parts and Features
Important Safety Instructions
Installation Instructions
Before Using Your Appliance
Installation of Your Appliance
Electrical Connection
Reversing the Door Swing of Your Appliance
Operating Your Freezer
Temperature Control
Defrosting Your Freezer
Care and Maintenance
Cleaning Your Appliance
Power Failure / Vacation Time / Moving Your Appliance
Energy Saving Tips
Troubleshooting Guide
Service for Your Appliance
Your Avanti Products Warranty
Instrucciones en Español
15 – 17
Registration Information and Registration Card
Your safety and the safety of others are very important.
We have provided many important safety messages in this manual for your appliance. Always read
and obey all safety messages.
This is the Safety Alert Symbol. This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that
can kill or injure you and others. All safety messages will follow the Safety
Alert Symbol and either the words” DANGER”, “WARNING” or “CAUTION”.
Danger means that failure to heed this
safety statement may result in severe
personal injury or death.
Warning means that failure to heed this
safety statement may result in extensive
product damage, serious personal injury, or
Caution means that failure to heed this
safety statement may result in minor or
moderate personal injury, property or
equipment damage.
All safety messages will alert you to know what potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the chance
of injury, and let you know what can happen if the instructions are not followed.
Before the refrigerator is used, it must be properly positioned and installed as
described in this manual,so read the manual carefully. To reduce the risk of fire,
electrical shock or injury when using the refrigerator, follow basic precaution,
including the following:
Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet, do not remove grounding prong, do not use an adapter, and
do not use an extension cord.
It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only your refrigerator be provided. Use
receptacles that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.
Never clean refrigerator parts with flammable fluids. These fumes can create a fire hazard or
explosion. And 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.
Before proceeding with cleaning and maintenance operations, make sure the power line of the
unit is disconnected.
Do not connect or disconnect the electric plug when your hands are wet.
Unplug the refrigerator or disconnect power before cleaning or servicing. Failure to do so can
result in electrical shock or death.
Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your refrigerator unless it is specifically
recommended in this manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.
Use two or more people to move and install refrigerator. Failure to do so can result in back or
other injury.
To ensure proper ventilation for your refrigerator, the front of the unit must be completely
unobstructed. Choose a well-ventilated area with temperatures above 60°F (16 C) and below
90°F (32°C). This unit must be installed in an area protected from the element, such as wind, rain,
water spray or drips.
The refrigerator should not be located next to ovens, grills or other sources of high heat.
The refrigerator must be installed with all electrical, water and drain connections in accordance
with state and local codes. A standard electrical supply (115 V AC only, 60 Hz), properly
grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances is
Do not kink or pinch the power supply cord of refrigerator.
The fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amperes.
It is important for the refrigerator to be leveled in order to work properly. You may need to make
several adjustments to level it.
All installation must be in accordance with local plumbing code requirements.
Make certain that the pipes are not pinched or kinked or damaged during installations.
Check for leaks after connection.
Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the refrigerator.
Although the unit has been tested at the factory, due to long-term transit and storage, the first
batch of cubes must be discarded.
Do not use solvent-based cleaning agents of abrasives on the interior. These cleaners may
damage or discolor the interior.
Do not use this apparatus for other than its intended purpose.
Read this guide carefully.
Write down the model and serial numbers.
It is intended to help you operate and maintain
your new appliance properly.
You'll find them on a plate located on the
inside left wall the appliance.
Keep it handy to answer your questions.
If you don't understand something or your
need more help, please call:
Please write these numbers here:
Date of Purchase
Avanti Customer Service
Model Number
Keep proof of original purchase date (such as
your sales slip) with this guide to establish the
warranty period.
Serial Number
Use these numbers in any correspondence or
service calls concerning your appliance.
If you received a damaged appliance,
immediately contact the dealer (or builder) that
sold you the appliance.
Save time and money. Before you call for
service, check the Troubleshooting Guide. It
lists causes of minor operating problems that
you can correct yourself.
NEXT, if you are still not pleased, write all the
details, including your telephone number, and
send to:
We're proud of our service and want you to be
pleased. If for some reason you are not happy
with the service you receive, here are some
steps to follow for further help.
FIRST, contact the people who serviced your
appliance. Explain why you are not pleased. In
most cases, this will solve the problem.
Customer Service
Avanti Products
10880 NW 30 Street
Miami, FL 33172
Important Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock,
or injury when using your appliance, follow
these basic precautions:
Read all instructions before using the appliance.
DANGER or WARNING: Risk of child entrapment.
Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or
abandoned appliances are still dangerous. . . even if they will “just sit in the garage a
few days.”
Before you throw away your old refrigerator or freezer: Take off the doors.
Leave the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the appliance.
Never clean appliance 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 appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
-Save these instructions-
Before Using Your Appliance
• Remove the exterior and interior packing.
• Check to be sure you have all of the following parts:
VM165 – Upright Freezer
Instruction Manual
Plastic Scraper
Twist – Ice Tray
Before connecting the appliance to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 2
hours. This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling
during transportation.
Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.
In case the interior accessories are not correctly placed, rearrange them as described in
chapter “Parts and Features”
Installation of Your Appliance
• Place your appliance on a floor that is strong enough to support the appliance when it is fully
loaded. To level your appliance, adjust the legs at the front of the appliance.
• Allow 5 inches of space between the back and sides of the appliance, which allows the proper
air circulation to cool the compressor.
• Locate the appliance 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. Extreme cold ambient temperatures may also cause the appliance not to
perform properly.
• Avoid locating the appliance in moist areas. Too much moisture in the air will cause frost to
form quickly on the evaporator requiring more frequent defrosting of the appliance.
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 Avanti Products service center.
This appliance should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this appliance
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
Plug the appliance into an exclusive 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 Avanti Products service center.
Use of extension cords is not recommended.
This appliance requires a standard 115/120-volt, 60Hz electrical outlet with three-prong
The cord should be secured behind the appliance and not left exposed or dangling to prevent
accidental injury.
Reversing the Door Swing of Your Appliance
This appliance has the capability of either opening the door from the left or right side. The unit
is delivered to you with the door opening from the left side. Should you desire to reverse the
opening direction, please call customer service for reversal instructions.
Temperature Control (MODEL VM165 – ONLY)
 Temperature Selector (MODEL VM165 – ONLY)
• The temperature control is located on the front side of the cabinet.
• The first time you turn the unit on set the temperature control to the “SUPER” position. (you may
use a coin or flathead screwdriver.)
After 4 hours, move the control to the MAX setting.
• The range of the temperature control is from position" MIN" the warmest to “SUPER” the coldest.
After 24 to 48 hours, adjust the temperature control to the setting that best suits your needs. The
setting of “NORM” should be correct for home or office freezer use.
 If the unit is unplugged, power lost, or turned off; you must wait 3 to 5 minutes before
restarting the unit. If you attempt to restart before this time delay, the freezer will not start.
Defrosting Your Freezer
A few hours before defrosting set the thermostat to position MAX, so foods are well frozen.
Disconnect the power supply.
Remove the frozen food from the appliance and place it in a cooler to protect the food.
Leave the door open for a while so that you can easy scrape off the frost.
Use a plastic scraper but be careful not to damage the inner surfaces of the freezer.
Wipe up the scraped frost and ice before it is completely defrosted.
• When? For the most efficient operation and minimum energy consumption, defrost
the appliance compartment when the frost on the appliance walls is excessive or ¼
inch thick.
Do not use boiling water because it may damage the plastic parts. In addition, never use a
sharp or metallic instrument to remove frost as it may damage the cooling coils and will
void the warranty. We recommend using the plastic scraper.
Defrosting usually takes a few hours. Leaving the door open will help speed the process. Also,
pouring warm water (not boiling) on the ice/frost will help speed melting. If you must use a
scraper- please use caution - it is very easy to damage the freezer compartment and void your
Cleaning Your Freezer
Upon installation of your new appliance, it is recommended that it be cleaned thoroughly.
Turn the temperature control to "MIN", unplug the freezer, remove the food and storage drawers.
Wash the inside with a damp warm cloth containing a 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 freezer should be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water.
Dry the interior and exterior with a soft cloth.
The condenser coils should be vacuumed when they are dusty or dirty.
It is recommended that the unit be cleaned each time it is defrosted to help keep the unit odor free
and running efficiently.
Power Failure
Most power failures are corrected within a few hours and should not affect the temperature of
your appliance if you minimize the number of times the door is opened. If the power is going to be
off for a longer period of time, you need to take the proper steps to protect your food.
Vacation Time
During long absences, remove all the food; unplug your appliance, clean your appliance, and
leave the door slightly open to avoid possible formation of condensation, mold, or odors.
Moving Your Appliance
• Remove all the food.
• Securely tape down all loose items inside your appliance.
• Turn the leveling screws up to the base to avoid damage.
• Tape the doors shut.
• Be sure the appliance stays in the upright position during transportation.
Energy Saving Tips
The appliance 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 appliance. Overloading the
appliance 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 appliance.
This cuts down on frost build-up inside the appliance.
Appliance storage bin should not be lined with aluminum foil, wax paper, or paper toweling.
Liners interfere with cold air circulation, making the appliance less efficient.
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.
Try not to open the door too often, especially when the weather is wet and hot.
Every so often check if the appliance is sufficiently ventilated.
Ice and frost layer increase energy consumption, so clean the appliance as soon as the layer is
¼” thick.
You can solve many common appliance 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 the servicer.
Freezer does not operate.
Compressor turns on and off frequently.
The freezer seems to make too much noise.
The door will not close properly.
Not plugged in.
The circuit breaker tripped or blown fuse.
The freezer temperature control is set at "OFF".
The room temperature is hotter than normal.
A large amount of food has been added to the
The door is open too often.
The door is not closed completely.
The temperature control is not set correctly.
The door gasket does not seal properly.
The freezer does not have the correct
Check to assure that the freezer is level.
The rattling noise may come from the flow of the
refrigerant, which is normal.
As each cycle ends, you may hear gurgling
sounds caused by the flow of refrigerant in your
Contraction and expansion of the inside walls
may cause popping and crackling noises.
The freezer is not level.
The freezer is not level.
The door is reversed and not properly installed.
The gasket is dirty.
The baskets are out of position.
We are proud of our customer service organization and the network of professional service
technicians that provide service on your Avanti appliances. With the purchase of your Avanti
appliance, you can have the confidence that if you ever need additional information or assistance, the
Avanti Products Customer Service team will be here for you. Just call us toll-free.
Whatever your questions are about our products,
help is available.
You may order parts and accessories that will be
delivered directly to your home.
You may order these items by personal check,
money order, Master Card, or Visa.
In-Home Repair Service
An Avanti Products authorized service center will
provide expert repair service, scheduled at a time
that is convenient for you. Our trained servicers
know your appliance inside and out.
Product Information
Part Orders
YOUR Avanti Products WARRANTY
Staple your sales receipt here. Proof of
original purchase date is needed to obtain
service under warranty.
For one year from the date of purchase by the
original owner, Avanti Products will, at its
option, repair or replace any part of the
appliance which proves to be defective in
material or workmanship under normal use.
During this period Avanti Products will provide
all parts and labor necessary to correct such
defects free of charge, so long as the appliance
has been installed and operated in accordance
with the written instructions in this manual.
Avanti Products will provide you with a
reasonably similar replacement product that is
either new or factory refurbished. In rental or
commercial use, the warranty period is 90 days.
All Avanti appliances of 3.5 cubic foot capacity
or less must be brought/sent to the applicable
service shop for repair.
For the second through the fifth year from date
of original purchase, Avanti Products will
provide a replacement compressor free of
charge due to a failure. You are responsible
for the service labor and freight charges. In
rental or commercial use, the limited
compressor warranty is one year and nine
months. Cost to move the appliance to the
servicers’ shop and back to the user's home,
as may be required, are the user's
Content losses of food due to spoilage.
Incidental or consequential damages.
Parts and labor costs for the following will
not be considered as warranty:
Evaporator doors, door springs, and/or
Inner door panels, door shelves, door
rails, and/or door supports.
Chest appliance lid liners.
Vegetable crispers.
Light bulbs and/or plastic housing.
Plastic cabinet liners.
Punctured evaporator that voids the
warranty on the complete sealed system.
Shipping and handling costs associated
with the replacement of the unit.
Repairs performed by unauthorized
Service calls that do not involve defects in
material or workmanship such as
customer education, door reversal, or
proper installation.
Surcharges including, but not limited to,
any after hour, weekend, or holiday
service calls, tolls, ferry trip charges, or
mileage expense for service calls to
remote areas, including the State of
Service calls that are related to external
problems, such as abuse, misuse,
inadequate electrical power, accidents,
fire, floods, or acts of God.
Surcharges including, but not limited to,
any after hour, weekend, or holiday
service calls, tolls, ferry trip charges, or
mileage expense for service calls to
remote areas, include the State of Alaska.
Replacement of house fuses or resetting
circuit breakers.
Failure of the product if it is used for other
than its intended purpose.
This warranty does not outside the
Continental USA.
Este refrigerador se conecta a 120v y 60 ciclos.
Podrá disponer de la ayuda necesaria para instalar y poner en marcha su refrigerador sin ningún
costo adicional.
Antes de realizar la conexión al suministro de corriente eléctrica, asegúrese de que el voltaje que
aparece en la etiqueta corresponda al voltaje del sistema eléctrico de su hogar.
Si la clavija no sirve para las base de enchufe de que dispone, cambie la clavija del enchufe del
refrigerador a una correcta (al menos 10A).
Inserte la clavija en la base de enchufe con una toma a tierra apropiada. Si la base de enchufe
no tiene una toma a tierra, sugerimos que llame a un electricista para que la ayude.
El fabricante no se hace responsable por los posibles fallos al completar la toma a tierra, tal como
se describe en este manual.
No coloque el aparato en un lugar en el que esté expuesto a la luz directa del sol.
No lo use en lugares al aire libre y no permita que se exponga a la lluvia.
Coloque el refrigerador lejos de toda fuente de calor y en un lugar ventilado. El refrigerador debe
estar colocado a una distancia de por lo menos 50 cm de radiadores, estufas de gas o de carbón,
y a una distancia de 5 cm de las estufas eléctricas.
No ponga nada encima del refrigerador, y si lo hace que sea a una distancia no menor de a 15
Si se instala el aparato cerca de otro refrigerador o congelador, deberá comprobar que se
mantiene a una distancia entre ambos de por lo menos 5 cm con el fin de evitar procesos de
No introduzca en el refrigerador grandes cantidades de productos o que sean muy pesados.
El refrigerador deberá estar colocado de manera que mantenga una posición firme y nivelada con
respecto al suelo. Utilise las dos patas niveladoras frontales para compensar suelo irregular.
Deberá limpiar tanto la parte externa del aparato como los accesorios que encontrará en el
interior del mismo con una solución compuesta de agua y jabón líquido; para limpiar la parte
interna del aparato utilise bicarbonato de sodio disuelto en agua tibia. Después de secarlos
vuelva a colocar los accesorios en su lugar de origen.
No utilise adaptadores que puedan provocar el sobrecalentamiento del aparato o inclusive un
No utilise cables de suministro de energía viejos o deformados.
No retuerza o doble los cables.
No permita que los niños jueguen con el aparato. Los niños nunca deben sentarse en los
estantes ni colgarse de la puerta.
No utilise objetos metálicos afilados para extraer el hielo del congelador: podrían perforar el
circuito del refrigerador y, provocar un daño irreparable al aparato. Utilise la espátula de plástico
No enchufe el tomacorriente con las manos húmedas.
No coloque recipientes (botellas de cristal o latas) con líquidos en el congelador, sobre todo
líquidos con gas, ya que podrían provovar que el recipiente explote durante le congelación.
Las botellas que contengan un alto porcentaje de alcohol, deberán estar debidamente cerradas y
deben ser colocadas verticalmente en el refrigerador.
No toque las superficies congeladas, especialmente si tiene las manos mojadas ya que podría
producir quemaduras o heridas.
Deberá esperar unas 3 horas antes de enchufar el aparato a la red eléctrica con el fin de
asegurar el correcto funcionamiento del mismo.
Es posible que se produzca un cierto olor al encender el aparato por primera vez. Este olor
desaparece cuando el aparato haya comenzado a enfriarse.
Control de temperatura
Su congelador tiene un control que regula la temperatura. El control de temperatura está ubicado
dentro en la parte superior del frente de la unidad.
La primera vez que encienda el congelador, ponga la temperatura en la posición de enfriado
máximo (“SUPER”). (Puede usar una moneda o un destornillador plano).
Después de 4 horas, muévalo a la posición “MAX”.
El control de temperatura va desde lo más caliente “MIN” a lo más frío “SUPER”. Después de 24
a 48 horas, ajuste el control de temperatura al nivel que usted necesite. El nivel “NORM” es el
más adecuado para uso en la casa u oficina.
• Si la unidad se desconecta, pierde corriente o se apaga la fuente principal de la corriente
tendrá que esperar 3 a 5 minutos para volver a reiniciar la unidad. Si usted intenta reiniciar
antes de este tiempo su congelador no encenderá.
• Retire los alimentos del congelador y colóquelos en una caja térmica para conservarlos y
Compartimiento de su congelador
• Este compartimiento está diseñado para un período largo (3 meses) de almacenamiento de
alimentos congelados.
• El tiempo de almacenamiento de los alimentos congelados varía y se recomienda almacenarlos
solamente mientras esté vigente la fecha de expiración. Cuando descongele su congelador
deberá seguir cuidadosamente las instrucciones.
• Alimentos congelados preenvasados comercialmente deben ser almacenados de acuerdo con
las indicaciones de su fabricante.
• Coloque los alimentos congelados dentro de su congelador inmediatamente después de
comprarlos. Si hay indicaciones en el envase, sígalas cuidadosamente considerando el tiempo
de almacenamiento.
• La puerta del congelador puede quebrarse cuando hay mucho hielo.
Asegúrese de
descongelarlo cuando el hielo haya excedido ¼ pulgada de espesor.
Desenchufe el aparato de la toma de corriente antes de empezar a limpiarlo.
No limpie el refrigerador echándole agua a chorro encima.
Se recomienda limpiar el compartimiento del refrigerador periodicamente con una solución de
bicarbonato de sodio.
Limpie los accesorios por separado con agua y jabón. No meta los accesorios en el lavavajillas.
No utilise productos, detergentes o jabones abrasivos. Cuando haya terminado de limpiar el
aparato, pásele un trapo humedo y séquelo cuidadosamente. Cuando haya terminado el proceso
de limpieza vuelva a conectar el enchufe del refrigerador, con las manos bien secas.
Se recomienda realizar la limpieza del condensador con un cepillo al menos dos veces al año
con el fin de ahorrar energía y de incrementar la productividad.
Se recomienda retirar la escarcha que aparece cubriendo las bandejas en el compartimiento del
congelador. (Utilise la espátula de plástico que se suministra). Asi mismo, se recomienda limpiar el
compartimiento del congelador del mismo modo que el compartimiento del refrigerador, siguiendo el
proceso de descongelamiento al menos dos veces al año.
Para hacerlo;
• El día antes de realizar el proceso, ponga el dial del termostato en la posición “MAX” para que
los alimentos se congelen completamente.
• Durante el proceso de descongelación, los alimentos congelados deberán permanecer envueltos
con varias hojas de papel y en un lugar frío. El aumento de la temperatura disminuirá su período
de conservación. Recuerde que deberá consumir esos alimentos dentro de un período de tiempo
relativamente corto.
• Para acelerar el proceso de descongelamiento ponga uno o más recipientes con agua caliente en
el compartimiento del congelador.
• Seque con cuidado la parte interior de la unidad.
En caso de que necesite cambiar el lado de apertura de la puerta, por favor consulte al servicio posventa de su localidad.
Transporte y Cambio De Posición
El empaque original y la espuma de poliestireno pueden cubrirse si así se desea.
Durante el transporte el aparato deberá mantenerse siempre atado con una cinta ancha o con
una cuerda resistente. Durante el transporte, deberá seguir las normas que aparecen en la caja
de cartón.
Antes de transportar el aparato o de cambiar su posición, todos los objetos movibles deberían
extraerse del aparato o fijarse con cinta adhesiva para evitar su movimiento.
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