Sears | 52268 | Owner`s manual | Sears 52268 Owner`s manual

- Safety Instructions
- Grounding
Requirements ..........................................
2, 3
- Starting the ReFrigerator ................................................
• Adjusting lhe Controls ........................................................
- Energy-Saving Tips ......................................................4
. Food Storage Suggestions ..................................... 5-7
. Features ....................................................................... 8
" fee &Water
Dispenser ............................................
" Care and Cleaning .................................................
12, 13
° BeFore You Call for Service ..................................
14, 15
° Vacation and Moving Precautions ...........................15
, Warranty
Back Cover
:::Please record the model number, serial number and date you purchased your Kenmore refrigerator in the
below. See page 8 for model and serial number location
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Date of Purchase
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SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Chicago, iL 60684 U,S A
52261, 52268
with Ice and Water Service
Read all instructions before
this appliance.
• Don't refreeze
completely. The United States Department of Agriculture
in Home and Garden Bulletin Nor 69 says:
using thisappliance, always
exercise basic safety precautions, including the
" Use this appliance only for its intended
purpose as described in this Owner's Manual,
. This refrigerator
must be properly installed
in accordance with the Attention Installer
Instructions before it is used. See grounding
requirements below and on page 3.
• Never unplug your refrigerator
by pulling on
the power cord. Always grip plug firmly and pull
straight out from the outlet
- Repair or replace immediately
all electric
service cords that have become frayed or
otherwise damaged.
Do not use a cord that shows
cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at
either the plug or connector end.
• When moving your refrigerator
away from
the wall, be careful not to roll over or damage
the power cord.
• After your refrigerator is in operation, do not
touch the cold surfaces, particularly
hands are damp or wet. Skin may adhere to the
extremely cold surfaces
- Do not place fingers or hands on the
automatic icemaking mechanism while the
is plugged in. This will help protect
you from possible injury. Itwill also prevent
interference with the moving parts of the ejector
mechanism, or with the heating element that
releases the cubes
• Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable
vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any
other appliance°
Grounding Requirements
"t .Youmay safely refreeze frozen foods that have
thawed if they still contain ice crystals or if they are still
cold-below 40 ° E
".,ffhawed ground meats, poultry or fish that have any
off-odor or off-color should not be refrozen and should
not be eaten Thawed ice cream should be discarded, If
the odor or color of any Food is poor or questionable, get
rid of it The food may be dangerous to eaL
"Even partial thawing and refreezing reduce the eating
quality of Foods, particularly fruits, vegetables and
prepared foods The eating quality of red meats is
affected less than that of many other foods Use refrozen
foods as soon as possible to save as much of their eating
quality as you can"
- If your old refrigerator
is still around the
house but not in use, be sure to remove the
doors. This will reduce the possibility of danger
to children_
• Unplug your refrigerator:
A. Before making any repairs Note: We strongly
recommend that any servicing be performed by a
qualified individual,
B° Before cleaning,
C, Before replacing a burned-out light bulb, the
refrigerator should be unphJgged in order to avoid
contact with a live wire filament, (A burned-out light bulb
may break when being replaced.)
Note: Moving control to OFF position does not remove
power to the tight circuit.
read carefully.
Have walt outlet and circuit checked by a qualified
electrician to make sure outlet is properly grounded
To connect electricity
For personal safety,
this appliance must be
properly grounded.
The power cord of this
appliance isequipped
with a three-prong
(grounding) plug which
mates with a standard
frozen foods which have thawed
Where a standard two-prong wall outlet is encountered,
it is your personal responsibility and obligation to have it
replaced with a properly grounded three-prong wall
I'°,' 7/
three-prong (grounding) wall outlet (Fig t ) to minimize the
possibility of electric shock hazard from this appliance_
Starting the Refrigerator
Use of adapter
• Install the refrigerator on a floor strong enough to
support it when it is fully loaded.
Because of potential safety hazards under certain
conditions, we strongly recommend against use of an
adapter plug.. However, if you still elect to use an
adapter, where local codes permit, a TEMPORARY
may be made to a properly grounded
two-prong wall outlet by use of a UL listed adapter
(Fig. 2) available at most local hardware stores_.
• Do not install it where the temperature will go
below 60°F. because it will not run often enough to
maintain proper temperatures.
• Do not install it next to your range, a heating vent
or where the sun will shine directly on it.
The larger slot in the adapter
must be aligned with the
larger slot in the wall outlet to
provide proper polarity in the
connection of the power
Fig 2
CAUTION: Attaching on adapter ground terminal to the
wall outlet cover screw does not ground the appliance
unless the cover screw is metal, and not insulated, and
the wall outlet is grounded through the house wiring.. You
should have circuit checked by a qualified elec|rician to
make sure the outlet is properly grounded.
When disconnecting
the power cord from the
adapter, always hold the adapter with one hand
If this is not done, the adapter ground terminal is
very likely to break with repeated use.
Allow the following clearances for ease of installation,
proper air circulation, and plumbing and electrical
Sides ........5/8"
(If buibin,
Top ...................
allow 7/8" at top for
Back .................
hinge covers.)
If refrigerator is against a walt on either side, allow
3/4" for door dearance_
Adjustable rollers behind the base grille enable
you to move the refrigerator away from the wall for
cleaning. These rollers should be set so the refrigerator
rests firmly on the floor. To assure that the doors will
close automatically from a halfvvay-open position,
there is a built-in tilt from the front to the back of the
Should the adapter ground terminal break,
DO NOT USE the appliance until a proper
ground has again been established.
cabineL Side-by-side refrigerators also have specially
designed door hinges that lift both doors slightly
when opened, allowing the force of gravity to help
close them securely.
Use of Extension Cords
"!"oadjust the rollers:
Because of potential safety hazards under certain
conditions, we strongly recommend against the use
of an extension cord. However, if you still elect to use
an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it
be a UL listed 3-wire grounding type appliance
extension cord having a grounding type plug and
outlet and that the electrical rating of the cord be
15 amperes (minimum) and 120 volts.
• Remove the base grille_
Grasp it at the bottom and
pull it out.
Electrical Requirements
The refrigerator should always be plugged into its own
individual electrical outlet-115 volt, 60 Hertz, single
phase AC This is recommended for best performance
and to prevent overloading house wiring circuits, which
could cause a fire hazard from overheating wires_
° Turn the roller adjusting
screws clockwise to raise
the refrigerator, counterclockwise to lower it. Use
an adjustable wrench or
pliers on the 3/8" bolts
Both doors should close
properly when bottom
front edge of refrigerator
cabinet is about 5/8"
from the floor.
• To replace the
base grille, line up
the prongs on the grille
with the clamps on the
refrigerator and push
forward until the grille
snaps into place.
Adjusting the Controls
Turning Your Household
Below 60°E at Night?
F_ _od
You may want to move _he freezer control one step
cotder, as from "C" to "D". Cooler temperatures in the
house may cause the compressor to operate tess
frequently, thus allowing the freezer compartment to
warm somewhat
To protect your frozen food supply, leave your freezer
control at this new, colder setting for the entire winter or
for as long as you keep your thermostat turned down
Two controls let you regulate the temperat_re in the fresh
food and freezer compartments.
At first, set the Fresh Food control at "5"
control at "C"..
Moving the freezer control to a colder setting should
have no effect on your fresh food compartmenL
However, if freezing occurs, move the numbered control
one step warmer, as from "5" to "4"_
and the Freezer
When you stop turning the household thermostat down at
night, move the refrigerator temperature controls back to
their regular settings.
Allow 24 hours for the temperature to stabilize, whether
you are setting the controls for the first time or adjusting
them later.. Then, if you want colder or warmer
temperatures in either compartment, adjust the controls
one step at a time.
Energy-Saving Tips
Note: Moving the fresh food control to OFF turns off
cooling in both compartments-fresh food and freezerbut does not shut off power to the reffigerator_
• Don't open the doors more often than necessary,
• Close the doors as soon as possible, particularly in hot,
humid weather
How to Test Temperatures
° Be sure the doors are dosed tightly Before leaving the
house or retiring for the night, check to be sure the doors
haven't been left open accidentally,
Use the milk test for the fresh food
compartment. Place a container of milk on the top
shelf in the fresh food compartment Check it a day
later, if the milk is too warm or too cold, adjust the
temperature controls°
oStore only those foods requiring refrigeration
in your
Wipe moisture From bottles and cartons before putting
them in the refrigerator_
Use the ice cream test for the freezer
Place a container of ice cream in
the center of the freezer compartment. Check it
after a day If it's too hard or too soft, adjust the
temperature controls°
Keep foods covered to reduce moisture buildup inside
the reffigerator_
If you move the controls to the coldest position Forquick
chilling or freezing,_ be sure to move them back to regular
• Don't overcrowd your refrigerator, Overcrowding can
require extra electrical energy to keep everything cool
Food Storage Suggestions
Suggested Storage Times
Fresh Food Storage Tips
To store unfrozen meats, fish and poultry:
Eating quality drops
after time shown
35 ° to 40°F.
Fresh Meats
Roasts (Beef & Lamb) .....................
3 to 5
Roasts (Pork & Veal) .............................3 lo 5
Steaks (Beef) ...................................
3 to 5
Chops (Lamb) .................................
3 to 5
Chops (Pork) ..................................... 3 to 5
Ground & Slew Meats .................
t to 2
Variety Meats ................................
I to 2
Sausage (Pork) ................................. 1 to 2
Processed Meats
Bacon ...........................................
Frankfurters ................................
Ham (Whole) ...................................
Ham (Half) ..................................
3 to 5
Ham (Slices) .......................................
Luncheon Meats .............................
3 to 5
Sausage (Smoked) ......................
Sausage (Dry & Semi-Dry) ..........
14 to 21
Cooked Meats
Cooked Meats and
Meat Dishes .............................
3 to 4
Gravy & Meat Brolh ......................... I to 2
to 12
to B
to 12
to 9
to 4
to 4
to 4
to 2
I to 2
I to 2
1 to 2
not recommended
2 to 3
2 to 3
Fresh Poultry
Chicken & Turkey (Whole) ..........
Chicken (Pieces) ........................
Turkey (Pieces) .................................
Duck & Goose (Whole) ...............
Giblels ........................................
to 2
to 2
to 2
to 2
to 2
Cooked Poultry
Pieces (Covered with Broth) .........
Pieces (Not Covered) .......................
Cooked Poultry Dishes ................
Fried Chicken ..................................
to 2
to 4
to 4
to 4
4 to 6
(Other than for meats & poultry)
Most fluffs and vegetables ...............................
Lean fish .............................................................
Fatty fish, rolls and breads,
soups, stew, casseroles ..................................
Cakes, pies, sandwiches,
leftovers (cooked),
Ice cream (original cation) .............................
8-12 months
6-8 months
2-3 months
"Always remove store wrappings,
• Rewrap in foil, film or wax paper and refrigerate
To store cheese, wrap well with wax paper or aluminum
foil, or put in a plastic bag,,
• Carefully wrap to expel air and help prevent mold_
" Store pre-packaged
if you
To store vegetables, use the vegetable drawersthey've been designed to preserve the natural moisture
and freshness of produce,
" Covering vegetables with a moist towel helps maintain
• As a Further aid to freshness, pre-packaged
can be stored in their original wrapping,
To store ice cream-Fine-qua)ity ice cream, with high
cream content, will normally require slightly lower
temperatures than more "airy" already-packaged
brands with low cream contenL
• It will be necessary to experiment to determine the
freezer compartment location and temperature control
setting to keep your ice cream at the right serving
• The rear of the freezer compartment is slightly colder
than the fronL
Tips on freezing foods
There are three essential
for efficient
1. Initial quality. Freeze only top.quality foods, Freezing
retains quality and flavor; it cannot improve quality_
2. Speed.
The quicker fruits and vegetables are frozen
after picking, the better the frozen product will be, You'll
save time, too, with less culling
3. Proper
1 month max,
cheese in itsown wrapping
especia}ly for freezing;
food stores,
and sorting to do_
Use food wraps designed
at most
Meats, fish and poultry purchased from the store vary in
quality and age; consequently, safe storage times in your
refrigerator will vary,
New techniques are constantly being developed
Consult the College or County Extension Service or
your local Utility Company for the latest information
on freezing and storing foods,
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Food Storage Suggestions
Tips on Freezing Foods
To Save Money in Energy and Food Costs
To freeze meat, fish and poultry, wrap well in
freezer_weight foil (or other heavy-duty wrapping
material) forming it carefully to lhe shape of the
contents This expels air Fold and crimp ends of the
package to provide a good, lasting seal
• Leaf vegetables and fruits placed in drawers will last
longer when stored in closed plastic containers or
wrapped in plastic film_
Don't refreeze meat that has compIetely thawed; meat,
whether raw or cooked, can be frozen successfully only
• Open the door the fewest times possible to save
electrical energy
• Cover moist foods with tight lids, plastic film or foil.
• Do not overload your fresh food or freezer
compartment with a lot of warm food at one time
• When going out of town for several days, leave as
few perishables as possible in the refrigerator
Move the icemaker feeler arm to the OFF (up)
position and shut off water to the refrigerator
Limit freezing of fresh (unfrozen) meats or seafoods
to 19 pounds at a time
For Convenience._
• Store like things together This saves both time and
electricity because you can find foods faster
• Place the oldest items up front so they can be used
up promptly.
Shelves in the Fresh Food
. Use shelves or bins on the door for most often used
sauces and condiments,
Adjustable shelves in the fresh food compartment enable
you to make efficient shelf arrangements to fit your
family's food storage needs
• Use the meat drawer, if your refrigerator has one, for
meats you do not freezer
• To remove shelves, tilt the
shelf up at front, then lift it up
and out of the tracks on the
rear wall of the refrigerator
To replace shelves, select desired shelf height With the
shelf front raised slightly, engage the top lugs in the tracks
at the rear of the cabinet, Then lower the front of the shelf
until it locks into position
Freezer Compartment
This drawer has been
Shelf supports at various
levels in the freezer
compartment let you
reposition the shelves from
time to time to better
specialIy designed to
help preserve the natural
goodness of fruitsand
accommodate your
variable inventory of
frozen foods
Nice 'N Fresh Drawer
To reposition
This sealed drawer
is designed to keep
unwrapped foods fresh
by retaining the naturat
moisture content of hods
I. While pressing tabs on
shelf supports on the right
wall, lift the shelf out of the
grooves in the supports
2. Pull shelf sideways until
shelf rods come out of holes
on left wall,
• Artichokes
• Bee_s,topped
• Carrots
3. Select desired shelf height and insert rods into holes
on left ,,,,,all,,
if the shelf supports at the desired level on the right
wall have tabs, lower the shelf into the grooves on the
support while pressing the tabs Be sure the shelf wire is
fully inserted into the grooves.
• Brussels
Storage Drawers
Freezer Bin
easily when you want
them without disturbing
foods stored above or
next to them
* Radishes
As in any refrigerated storage area, foods with strong
odors should be stored wrapped-foods
such as:
If the shelf supports at the desired level on the right
walt do not have tabs, merely lower the shelf into place
on the supports_
You can store bulky
and odd-shaped food
packages in this slideout bin and remove them
° Cherries
' Corn
•Greens, ieafy
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° Broccoli
- Cauliflower
° Green Onions
• Parsnips
Lift it to turn icema keron or off, or
to level ice Cubes in storage bin
from fime:to:fime_
Set both €ontrols to ':5.' They may
need adiusfing later. See 'Adjusting
/.:: Dual-usage;bin holds two dozen
/_': eggs,n their Cartonsl oi_St0resan
he Controls.
here until CalJed for
:I:I extra supply of ice cubes in the
freezer for special occasions.
s_aysopen while bin is
in use, provides easy access
to dairy products.
by pressed cradle in
dispenser on front
of door. :
Located:on Outside of
information you'll want
to know is right on the
refrigerator, including
everyday Care.
freezer c0m partm ant
door, lit dispenses ice
CUbesand (onl models
so equipped) water
ihr0ugli the door_
frequently_used food
items within easy reach.
Door shelves keep
frequently used frozen
food items within easy
Shelf SUpports at
you extra storag
ious levels give
This slide-out bin hods bulky and
odd-shaped food packages and
makes them easily accessible
without disturbing frozen food next
to or on top of them.
Touch the textured doors; they won't
show fingerprints.
Doors close
tightly when
see "Starting
quietly, and gaskets Seal
the refrigerator is levelthe Refrigerator".
This sealed drawer is desig
maintain higher humidit)
and most vegetables. See "Storage
This roomy drawer has been specia!ly
designed to he!p preserve the
natural goodness of fruits and
Itis not necessary to defrost the freezer
or fresh food compartments. Your
refrigerator isdesigned and equipped
to defrost itself automatically.
These shelves let you
arrange-and rearrange-the
interior of your refrigerator to
meet your ever-changing food
sto[age needs_In some
models, they are made of
tempered glassi in other
models, steel wire shelves are Coated
with Dynawhite Epoxy to make them
scratcbresistant and easy to clean.
You'fi find these numbers here_To
order repair parts, see lhe parts listthat
came with your refrigerator, or take
these numbers to your nearest Sears
Service Center and _heywill help you
Warm liquid from the refrigerator's
condenser is automatically circulated
around |he front edge of the freezer
corn partment to help keep moisture
from forming on the outside of the
refrigerator during humid weather.
ice Service
lcemaker Water Line
Installation Requirements
You will need a shutoff valve, two
1/4" OD compression nuts, two
compression sleeves and enough
t/4" OD copper tubing to connect
refrigerator to water source (Your
Sears Store or Catalog Sales Office
has a kit available with a saddletype shutoff valve and copper
tubing, Before purchasing, make
sure a saddle-type valve complies
with your local plumbing codes.)
CAUTION: Do not install icemaker
tubing in areas where temperatures
fall below freezing,
1, Find a 3/8" to 1" vertical COLD
water pipe near the refrigerator.
When it i5 necessary to connect into
a horizontal water pipe, make the
connection to the top or side, rather
than at the bottom to avoid drawing
off any sediment from the water pipe
2. Measure from INLET on rear of
refrigerator to water pipe Add 7
feet to allow for moving refrigerator
for cleaning This is the length of
1/4" OD copper tubing you will
need for the job (length from water
valve to water pipe PLUS 7 feet),
Be sure both ends of copper tubing
are cut square,
3. Turn OFF main water supply
Turn on nearest faucet long enough
to clear line of water,
CAUTION: When using any
electrical device (such as a power
drill) to facilitate installation, be
sure the device is insulated or
wired in a manner to prevent the
hazard of electrical shock_
4, Using a grounded drill, drill a
3/t6" hole in the vertical cold
water pipe you have selected,
5. Fasten shutoff valve to cold water
pipe with pipe clamp. Be sure inlet
end is solidly in 3/16" drilled hole
in water pipe and washer is under
pipe clamp., Tighten packing nut,
Tighten pipe clamp screws carefully
and evenly so washer makes a
watertight connection, Do not
overtighten or you may crush
copper tubing, especially if soft
copper tubing is used. Now you are
ready to connect the copper tubing
6. Slip compression sleeve and
compression nut on copper tubing
as shown above, Insert end of
tubing into outlet end squarely as far
as it will go, Screw compression nut
to outlet end with adjustable
wrench, Do not overtighten, Turn
ON main water supply and flush out
tubing until water is clear. Turn OFF
shutoff valve on water pipe., You are
now ready to connect other end of
t/4" copper tubing to water valve
on back of refrigeraton
7. "four model has a water valve
compression fitting coming through
the rear wall of the refrigeraton
Assemble compression nut on
compression fitting as shown above,
Insert end of tubing into connector
and tighten compression nut, Be sure
end of tubing is square in connector
and isinserted as far as itwill go, Do
not overtighten, Be sure there is
enough extra tubing (coiled into
three turns of about 10 diameter) to
allow refrigerator to move out from
wall after installatiom Secure tubing
in metal clamp at top right corner of
compressor compartment cover
8. Turn shutoff valve ON. TIGHTEN
9. Copper tubing may now be
fastened to baseboard,
10. Your ice cubes can only be as
fresbtasting as the w,ater that
produces them° That s why it is a
good idea to purify the water with
a water filter. The water filter is an
optional part at extra cost and is
available from the Sears Service
Center, Order Filter No 978488
and install at the inlet water tube
11. Water Pressure Limitations:
Not below (15 P,,S,I_)orabove
( 125 P,S,!,), if a problem occurs,
call your Utility Company
IMPORTANT: It may take up to 24
hours for your icemaker to begin
producing ice,
The first few batches of ice cubes
should be thrown away, so that
remaining impurities in the water
line will be flushed out
ways to
to water
Through floor
Under sinklo
In crawl
to basement
cold water
1outility room
space under
cold waler pipe
cold water pipe
Automatic icemaker and ice & Water Dispenser
An automatic icemaker and a dispenser provide water
and ice cubes through the freezer compartment door_
• Dispense ice before filling glass with soda or
other beverage mixes. This will prevent splashing
which is annoying and which, if the splash reaches
the ice selector switch, could cause it to stick or bind
Here's how they work:
Water flows from
household water
- Beverages and foods should not be quickchilled in the ice storage bin. Cans, bottles or
food packages in the storage bin may cause the
icemaker to malfunction
supply through
(1) dual solenoid valve to
(2) water reservoir and to
• Ice other than that produced by your
icemaker should not be added to the ice
storage bin-it may not dispense well
(3) automatic icemaker
as needed,
Water is frozen in
(4) cube mold and
ejected into
Before Using Your Icemaker and Dispenser
If refrigerator
operated before
water connection is
made, raise ice access
door and make sure
icemaker feeler arm is
(5) storage bin where a
motor-powered auger
moves cubes forward into
dispensing unit
Cubed or crushed ice, as selected, dispense through
chute in door when cradle is pressed
Water from reservoir
in OFF (up) position
flows throu gh
(6) tubing in door and is dispensed when cradle is
important Facts about "Your Dispenser
arm in
OFF (up)
• Your icemaker will produce eight cubes
per cycle-approximately
120 cubes in a 24-hour
on freezer compartment
temperature, room temperature, number of door
openings and other use conditions.
When water supply has been connected to
icemaker, move feeler arm to ON (down) position
Depress water dispenser cradle for about two
minutes to remove trapped air from the water line
and to fill water reservoir automatically
• Intermittent dispensing of ice is normal.
if ice flow interruption is more than brief, ice clump(s)
may be the cause and should be removed_
The ice cube mold will automatically fill with water
offer cooling to freezing temperature, and first cubes
normally freeze after several hours
• Avoid overfilling
glasses with ice and using
narrow or extra-tall glasses. This can jam the
chute or cause the door in the chute to freeze shut
When cubes are solidly frozen, they will be eiected
from the mold into the ice storage bin by means of a
sweeper arm icemaking will continue until the
feeler arm senses that there are enough cubes in the
bin and halts the operation temporarily. Be sure
nothing interferes with the swing of the feeler arm_
Periodically open the freezer compartment door and
look down into the chute If ice is blocking the chute,
poke it through with a wooden spoon
• Do not dispense ice into thin
china or delicate crystal-they
from combined pressure of hand
against cradle and ice dropping
Feeler arm in
ON (down)
glasses, fine
can crack or chip
pressing them
into container,
For maximum ice storage, level the stored cubes
with your hand occasionally
Do not pour water in spill shelf because it is not selfdraining-pour it in the kitchen sink**Clean the spill shelf
and its grille regularly-see Care and Cleaning section.
icemaker is in operation, throw
away the first few batches of ice cubes. This will
flush away any impurities in the water line. Do the
same thing after vacations or long periods when ice
isn't used_
If ice Clumps Form in Storage Bin,,_.
Discard the first six glassfuls of water in the
kitchen sink This will eliminate the slight "plastic"
taste temporarily imparted to the water by the
water reservoir.
IFice is not used often, ice clumps can form in the
storage bin, resulting in temporary malfunction of
the dispenser mechanism, if this happens, remove
storage bin from freezer compartment, break up
ice clumps with fingertip pressure and discard
remaining clumps.
Under certain rare circumstances, ice
cubes may be discolored, usually appearing with
a green-bluish hue_ This unusual discoloration is
apparently due to a combination of factors such as
certain characteristics of local waters, household
plumbing and the accumulation of copper salts in an
inactive water supply line that feeds the icemaker.
Continued consumption of such discolored ice cubes
may be injurious to health If your ice cubes are
discolored, discard them and contact your Sears
Service Center.
Replace bin before remaining cubes melt and
fuse together.
To remove
ice cube
storage bin, lift the Ieft
corner to free the bin
from the shelf and pull
the bin straight out
while supporting it at
front and back°
To replace bin, slide the bin back until the tab on the bin
locks into the slot in the shelf,
To Dispense Ice and Water
For ice, set selector
switch to CUBED ICE_
If bin does not go all the way
back, remove it and rotate the
drive mechanism 1/4 turn..
Then push bin back again until
the tab on the bin locks into the
slot in the shelf
For water, simply
position container
beneath word "WATERJ'
Grip container gently near
the rim and press rim firmly
against dispenser cradle,
If ice is not used often, old cubes will become cloudy
and taste staler Empty the ice storage bin periodically
and wash it in lukewarm water,
The water system provides approximately
successive 6-ounce glassfuls, after which it takes
several hours for replenished water reservoir supply
to cool. You probably will not drain alf the water from
the reservoir on a single occasion,
Move feeler arm to OFF (up) position when:
. the home water supply is to be off for several hours,
• the ice storage bin is to be removed for a period of time,_
The first glass of water dispensed may be
warmer than the following
ones. This is normal,
. going away on vacation, (Also turn off the valve in the
water supply line to the refrigerator,)
Dispensed water is cool, not iced. For colder
water, simply add ice before dispensing water
If this is your first icemaker, you will hear occasional
sounds that may be unfamiliar, They are normal icemaking sounds and are not cause for concern,
To stop dispensing, release pressure from cradle
and withdraw slowly to catch last ice cubes or drops
of water.
A water filter accessory kit to help purify off-tasting
incoming water and a water supply accessory kit to
he_p connect the icemaker to the cold water line are
optional at extra cost-see Accessories section,,
Some slight dripping may occur following dispensing
of water. If excessive, wipe the spill dry immediately
Care and Cleaning
To help prevent odors, leave an open box of baking
soda in the rear of the refrigerator, on the top shelf
The water and ice dispenser spill shelf should be
wiped dry immediately to prevent spotting Water
left on the shelf may leave deposits that you can
remove by soaking in undiluted vinegar You can also
use a paste of nomprecipitating water softener (such
as Calgon brand) and water, or one teaspoon of citric
acid powder per pint of hot tap water_.Soak until the
deposit disappears or becomes loose enough to rinse
away° Usually 30 minutes soaking time is adequate.
Avoid using wax on the spill shelf and trim
Change the box every three months In addition, put an
open box of baking soda in |he freezer to absorb stale
freezer odors.
Do not wash any plastic parts from your
in your automatic dishwasher.
Storage Drawers
The door handles and trim can be cleaned with
a cloth dampened with a solution of mild liquid
dishwashing detergent and water. Dry with a soft
cloth Don't use wax on the door handles and trim..
Drawers at bottom of fresh food compartment will stop
before coming all the way out of refrigerator to help
prevent contents from spilling onto floor The drawers can
be removed easily by tilting up slightly and pulling past
the "stop" location.
Keep the finish clean. Wipe with a clean cloth
lightly dampened with kitchen appliance wax or
mild liquid dishwashing detergenL Dry and polish
with a clean, soft cloth Do not wipe the refrigerator
with a soiled dishwashing cloth or wet towel. These
may leave a residue that can harm the painL Do not
use scouring pads, powdered cleaners, bleach or
cleaners containing bleach because these products
can scratch and weaken the paint finish
To remove storage drawers when fresh food
door cannot be opened fully:
1. Remove food from shelf above top drawer and take
2. Take food off glass cover and out of drawer_
3. Put your fingers
behind the gasket at the
rear of the drawer and
Protect the paint finish. The finish on the outside
of the refrigerator is a high quali_ t, baked-on paint
finish° With proper care, it will stay newJooking and
rust-free for years_ Apply a coat of kitchen/appliance
wax when the refrigerator is new and then at least
twice a year_
pull forward, Remove
the gasket
4. Pull the drawer
partway out. Reach in,
push the rear of the
glass up; at the same
time, push it back until it
clears front-corner
The fresh food and freezer compartment
interiors should be cleaned at least once a year.
Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning If this is not
practical, wring excess moisture out of sponge or cloth
when cleaning around switches, lights or controls_
5° Tilt and remove the
Use warm water and baking soda solution-about a
tablespoon of baking soda to a quart of water_ This
both cleans and neutralizes odors.. Rinse thoroughly
with water and wipe dry
6. Pull the drawer
forward, lift the front to
clear stops, and pull the
drawer out until it hits
the door Then lift the
Other parts of the refrigerator-including
gaskets, meat and vegetable drawers, ice storage
bin and all plastic parts-can be cleaned the same
way Do not use cleansing powders or other abrasive
cleaners Door gaskets are factory-lubricated with
petroleum jelly on the hinge side If the lubricant is
excessive, wipe it off but leave a thin film on the
gasket to help insure a proper hinge_side seal When
you clean the door gaskets, relubricate them
drawer up until it is higher
than the drawer supports,
tilt it and take it out
7. If tape holds bottom drawer cover to drawer supports,
remove the tape Pull drawer partway out, Reach in, push
the rear of the glass up and, at the same time, back, until
it clears front-corner retainers
Behind Refrigerator
Take care moving your refrigerator away from the wall,
All types of floor coverings can be damaged, particularly
cushioned coverings and those with embossed surfaces
Pull the refrigerator straight out and return it to position by
pushing it straight in, Moving refrigerator in a side
direction may damage floor covering or refrigerator,
8o Tilt and remove the cover,
9. Tilt and remove the drawer_
After cleaning, replace drawers and covers in reverse
order, Reinstall the gasket at the rear of the top drawer_
Fit the end of the plastic drawer support into the slot on
the gasket, with the rubber
gasket flap facing you Make
sure the gasket snaps into
Light Bulb Replacement
Unplug refrigerator before changing a light bulb.
Fresh Food Compartment
Then replace the light panel
by hanging top of panel on
upper pins and pushing in at
1. To align the control knob
properly, note position of
numbered control for proper
reassembly and pull off
Drain Opening
2, Pull bottom of light panel
down about 1/4-inch-just
enough to disengage lip at
rear from grooves in retainers on rear wall
in Freezer Compartment
When cleaning, remove the
freezer bin and flush a
3, Lift panel to disengage top from pins on side walls and
remove panel
solution of baking soda (one
teaspoon) and two cups of
hot (not boiling) water
through the drain line with the
help of a meat baster, This
will help eliminate odor and
reduce the likelihood of a
After replacing with same size bulb, reinstall panel (hang
top on pins; pull bottom down, push it back and release it
to let lip engage grooves in retainers) Replace
temperature contro! knob in OFF position, turn it to
previous setting, and plug refrigerator back in
Freezer Compartment
clogged drain line.
t. Remove shelf iust
below light panel (Shelf
will be easier to remove
If drain becomes clogged, use a meat baster and bakingsoda-and-water solution to force the clog through the
drain llne
if it is emptied first, )
2o Pull plastic light panel
toward you, (It will bend to
free tabs from grooves )
The condenser is located
3. After replacing with same size bulb, reinstall panel
and shelf
behind the base grille For
most efficient operation,
remove the base grille (see
page 3) and sweep away or
vacuum up dust that is readily
accessible° For best results,
use a brush specially
designed for this purpose
It is available at your Sears store or service center This
easy cleaning operation should be done at least once a
Before You
Call for Service
Vibration or rattling
Savetime and money Checkthislist of causesof minoroperating
problemsyou can correct yourself
• If refrigerator vibrates,morethan likely it is not restingsolidly on
the floor, Thefront roller screwsneed adjusting, or floorisweak or
uneven,Referto StartingYourRefrigeratorsection
Refrigerator does not operate
• May be in defrost cyclewhen motordoes not operate for about
30 minutes.
• If dishesvibrate on shelves,trymoving them Slightvibration is
• Temperaturecontrol in OFF position
Foodsdry out
• If interior light is not on, refrigerator may not be plugged in at
wall outleL
• Foodsnotcovered, wrapped or sealedproperly,
• If plug issecureand refrigerator fails to operate, plug lamp into
sameoutlet to determineifthere istrippedcircuitbreaker or
burned out fuse
Freshfood or freezer compartment temperature
too warm
• Temperaturecontrol not setcold enough Referto page 4
Motor operates for long periods
• Warm weather-frequent door openings,
• Modern refrigeratorswith morestorage space and a larger
freezer require more operating time
. Door left open for long time,
• Packagemay be holding door open
• Normal when refrigerator isfirstdeliveredto your home- usually
requires24 hoursto completely cool down_
Frostor ice crystalson frozen food
• Large amountsof food placed in refrigerator to be cooled or
. Door may have been left ajar or package holding dooropen
. Too frequentor too Iong door openings,
• Hot weather-frequentdoor openings
• Frostwithin package is normal
• Door left open,
• Temperaturecontrolsset toocold
Slow ice cube freezing
• Condenser needscleaning
. Door may have been leftaiar
* Settemperatureof freezercompartmentcolder,
Operating sounds
Ice cubes have odor/taste
• The high speedcompressormotor required to maintain near zero
temperaturesin the large freezer compartmentmay produce
higher soundlevelsthan your old refrigerator
• Old cubes need to be discarded, Emptyice bin every 30 days
. Ice storage bin needsto be washed
. Unsealedpackagesin refrigerator and/or freezer comportments
may be transmitting
odor/taste to icecubes
. Normal fan air flow-one fan blows cold air through the
refrigerator and freezer compartments-anotherfan cools the
•TheseNORMAL soundswill also be heard from time to time:
• Interior of refrigerator needscleaning
Automatic icemaker does not work
• Defrosttimer switchclicks at defrost
• lcemakerfeeler armin OFF [up) position
• Defrostwater dripping
• Water supply turnedoff or not connected
. Temperaturecontrol clicks ON or OFF
• Freezercompartmenttoo worm
• Refrigerantboiling or gurgling,
, Cubes too small-water shutoffvalve connecting
refrigeralor to homewater line may be clogged
• Sometimescubesfuseto the side of lhe icemold and hold the
feeler arm intheOFF(up) position Removethis ice to restartthe
• Cracking or pppo ingof cooling coils causedby expansionand
contraction during defrostand refrigeration following defrost
Ice cubesrefillsP
pdro inginto lhe bin and water running in pipesas
• Piledup cubesin storage bin may causeicemakerto shut
off prematurely With icemakerFeelerarm in OFF (up)
position, levelcubes in bin by hand,
Motor starts& stopsfrequently
• Temperaturecontrol startsand stopsmotor to maintain even
• When levelingcubesby hand,yau may have pushedthe feeler
arm into the OFF (up) positionby mistake,
Door not closingproperly
• Door gasketon hinge sidestickingor Foldingover Tocorrect, put
a smallamountof petroleumjelly on face of gasket
Cube dispenser does not work
Refrigerator has odor
• No ice cubes Removestorage container If cubesare frozen to
wire arm, removecubes
• Foodwith strongodors shouldbe tighf[y covered
• Check for spoiled Food,
• No ice cubes [cemakeror water supply lurnedoff
• Interior needscleaning Referto Care and Cleaning section
• Irregular ice clumpsin storage container Break up as many as
you canwith fingertip pressureand discard the remainingclumps
• Defrostwater systemneedscleaning
. Keep open box of baking soda in refrigerator;replace every
Water has poor taste/odor
if water dispenserhasnot been usedfor an extended period,
dispensewater in regular mannerunlil all water in reservoiris
replenishedwith freshwater
• Poor-tastingincomingwater Installa water filter
Water Filter Accessory
(optional at extra cost)
Your ice cubes can only be as fresh-tasting as the water
that produces them That's why it's a good idea to purify
the water with a water Filter
Water dispenser does not work
• Water supply line turned off or not connected
. Supply line may be clogged with sediment
• AIIow about 24 hoursfor water to cool to proper temperalure
after refrigerator isfirstinstalled
The water filter is an
available from your
Nor 978488 and it
attached to the inlet
• If water dispenserhasnot been usedForextended period, water
infirstglass wilt not be as cool asin succeedingglasses
Water Supply Accessory
Water in first glass iswarm
optional part at extra cost and is
Sears Service Center Order Filter
may be instalted in minutes when
water tube connection°
(optional at extra cost)
A water supply kit containing copper tubing, shut-off
valve, fittings and instructions needed to connect the
icemaker to your cold water line is also available from
your Sears store or Sears Service Center,
• If water reservoirhasbeen drained, allow severalhoursfor
replenishedsupply to chill
Moistureforms on outside of refrigerator
• Not unusualduring periodsof high humidify
Moisture collectsinside
Moving Precautions
. Too frequentor too long door openings
• In humidwealher, air carries moistureintorefrigerator when
doorsare opened
Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet, remove
all food and clean and dry the interior_Secure all loose
items by taping them securely in placer Keep the
refrigerator in an upright position during actual moving
and in the van Secure the refrigerator in the van to
revent movement, and protect the outside with a
Water on floor
• Thedrain in the bottomof _hefreezer may be clogged Remove
any iceon thefreezer bottomand dean the drain Referto Care
and Cleaningsection_
Hot air from bottom of refrigerator
Vacation Precautions
• Normal air flow coofing motor. Inthe refrigeration process,
it isnormal that heat be expelfed inthearea under the refrigerator
Somefloor coveringswill discolor at thesenormaland safe
operating temperalures Yourfloor covering suppliershould be
consultedifyou object to thisdiscoloration
For extended vacations or absences, shut off power to
the refrigerator, turnIhe numbered control to the OFF
position, and dean the interior with a baking soda solution
of one tablespoon of baking soda to one quart of water.
Wipe dry To prevent odors, leave an open box of baking
soda in the refrigerator Leave the doors open,
Interior light does not work
• No power at outlet
* Lightbulb needsreplacing See Care and Cleaning section
For shorter vacations, remove perishable foods and
leave controls at their regular settings_However, if room
temperature is expected to drop below 60 ° F_,follow the
same instructionsas for extended vacations
Set icemaker to the OFF position and shut off water supply
to refrigerator
For five years from date of purchase, when this refrigerator is operated and
maintained according to owner's ;nstructions attached to or furnished with the product,
iSearswill repairthesealed
system (consisting of refrigerant, connecting tubing and
compress0r motor), free of charge, if defective in material or workmanship.
The above warranty coverage applies only to refrigerators which
are used for storage of food for private household purposes.
This warranty applies only while this product is in use in the United States.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights,
and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.
SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Dept. 731CR-W, Sears Tower, Chicago, IL 60684
Your Kenmore has added value when you consider
that Sears has nationwide service units staffed by
Sears-trained techniclanso.oprofessionaltechnicians
specifically trained to service SEARS appliances,
having the parts, tools and equipment to insure that we
meet our pledge to you..."We Service What We Sell."
Sears Kenmore refrigerators are designed, built and
tested for years of dependable use. Yet any modern
appliance may need service from time to time. The
Sears warranty plus the Sears maintenance
agreement give protection from unexpected repair
bills. Contact your salesperson or nearest service
center for details.
SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Dept. 731CR-W, Sears Tower, Chicago, IL 60684
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