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Side by Side Refrigerator
Use & Care Guide
Lado a Lado Refrigerador
Guia para su uso y cuidado
Compartiments
C6te _ C6te R_frig_rateur
Guide d'utilisation et d'entretien
Sears, Roebuck and Co, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
Sears Canada, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2B8
www.sears.com
240570400
(021 _)
Cor_gratulations on your purchase of a r_ewrefrigerator! We
here at Sears are very proud of our product and we are
completely committed to providir_g you with the best
service possible. Your satiefactier_is our #1 priority.
FOR YOUR
SAFETY
Do not store or use gaselir_e, or other flammable liquids
in the vicinity ofthis or ar_yo_er appliance. Read product
labels for warnir_gs regarding flammability arid other
hazards.
We Knew you'll enjoy your new refrigerator and Thank You
for choosing our product, We hope you cor_siderus for
future purchases,
PLEASE READ AND SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS
Do r_otoperate the refrigerator in the presence of
explosive fumes,
This Owr_er's Guide provides specific operatir_g
ir_structier_sfor your model, Use your refrigerator only as
ir_structedir_this manual. These ir_structier_s
are r_etmeant
Avoid contact with ar_y moving parts of automatic ice
maker.
Remove all staples from the ca_er_, Staples can cause
severe cuts, arid also destroy finishes if they come in
cer_tact with other appliar_ces or furniture.
to cover every possible conditier_and situatier_ that may
occur, Common ser_se arid cautior_ must be practiced
when installing, operating arid mair_tair_ingar_yappliance,
CHILD
Please record your model and serial numbers below
for future reference, This information is found on the
serial plate located inside the refrigerator
compartment.
SAFETY
Destroy or recycle the ca_er_, plastic bags, arid any
exterior wrapping material immediately after the refrigerator
is unpacked, Childrer_ should NEVER use these items to
play. Carter, s covered with rugs, bedspreads, plastic
sheets or stretch wrap may become airtight chambers,
arid car_ quickly cause suffocatior_,
Model Number: 253
PROPER
or: 970
DISPOSAL
OF YOUR
REFRIGERATOR
OR FREEZER
Serial Number:
Risk of child entrapment
Purchase Date:
Record Serial/Model
Numbers
............ 2
Safety ..................................................
Warranty ..............................................
2-3
3
Canada - Limited Warranty ..................
ProtecUon Agreements ........................
Installation ...........................................
Door Removal Instructions
.................
Features At A Glance .........................
4
5
6-7
8
9
Temperature
10
Controls
Child er_trapmer_tarid suffocation
are r_et problems of the past,
Jur_kedorabander_ed refrigerators
or freezers are still dar_gereus even if they will sit for "just a few
days," If you are getting rid of your
old refrigerator or freezer, please
follow the instructions below to
help prevertt accidents.
..........................
Before you th row away your old refrigerator/freezer:
Remove deers,
Leave shelves ir_place so children may not easily climb
inside.
Have refrigerar_t removed by a qualified service
techniciar_,
Looking Inside .....................................
11-12
Automatic Ice & Water Dispenser ....... 13-15
Rear Ice and Water Filter .....................
16
Food Storage & Energy Saving Tips ... 17
Normal Operating Sounds & Sights .... 18
Care & Cleaning ..................................
19-20
Before You Call ....................................
21-24
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FULL ONE-YEAR
REFRIGERATOR
ELECTRICAL
INFORMATION
The refrigerator must be plugged into its own
dedicated 115 Volt, 60 Hz,, AC only electric outlet.
The power cord of the appliance is equipped with a
three-prong grounding plug for your protection against
electrical shock hazards, It must be plugged directly
into a properly grounded three-prong receptacle. The
receptacle must be installed in accordance with local
codes and ordfnances. Consult a qualified electrfcfan.
Do not use an extension cord or adapter plug.
Immediately repair or replace any power cord that
becomes frayed or damaged,
Never unplug the refrigerator by pullfng on the power
cord, Always grip the plug firmly, and pull straight out
from the receptacle to prevent damaging the power cord.
Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning and before
replacing a light bulb to avoid electrical shock.
Performance may be affected if the voltage varies by
10% or more, Operating the refrigerator with insufficient
power can damage the compressor. Such damage is
not covered under your warranty.
Do not plug the unit into an outlet controlled by a wall
switch or pull cord to prevent the refrigerator from being
turned off accidentally.
Avoid connecting refrigerator to a Ground Fault Interruptor
(GFI) circuit,
WARRANTY
ON
For one year from the date of purchase, when this
refrigerator is operated and maintained according to the
instructions provided in this Owner's Guide, Sears will
repair this refrigerator, free of charge, if defective in
material orworkJ_anship.
FULL FIVE-YEAR
REFRIGERATION
WARRANTY
SYSTEM
ON SEALED
For five years from the date of purchase, when this
refrigerator is operated and maintained according to the
instructions provided in this Owner's Guide, Sears will
repair the sealed system (consisting of refrigerant,
connecting tube, and compressor motor), free of charge, if
defective in material or workmanship.
The above refrigerator warranty applies only to
refrigerators which are used for storage of food for private
household purposes.
FULL 30-DAY WARRANTY ON KENMORE
RE FRIGE RATO R WATER FI LTRATION CARTRI DG E If
this Kenmore Refrfgerator Water Filtration Cartridge fails
due to a defect in material or workmanship within 30 days
from the date of purchase, RETURN IT TO THE
NEAREST SEARS STORE IN THE UNITED STATES
and Sears will replace it, free of charge.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Warranty service is available by contacting the NEAREST
SEARS SERVICE CENTER/DEPARTMENT in the United
States, See the back page of this manual.
For warranty questions, please contact the following
address:
Sears, Roebuck
Dept. 817WA
Hoffman Estates,
and Co.
IL 60179
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CANADA m LIMITED WARRANTY
Refri
erators
Sears Canada Inc., warrants every new Kenmore refrigerator
What Sears will do, free of charge, in case of defect:
The Compressor
TEN ("10)YEARS
to be free from defects
TEN
in matedal or workmanship.
("10)YEARS
FIVE
(5) YEARS
FIVE (5) YEARS
FIVE
(5) YEARS
m
The Sealed System
(consTsting of refrigerant,
evaporator, and condenser)
FIVE (5) YEARS
m
All other parts or
adiustments
m
ONE ("1)YEAR
ONE ("1)YEAR
The following items, since they are not manufacturing
responsibility
of the customer:
1)
Damage to fir_ish after delivery.
defects,
ONE ("1)YEAR
are not included in the warranty,
but are the
2)
thewirir_g
Customer
Improper power supply, low Normal
voltage, orResponsibility
any defects ir_the of
house
system or appliance not conr_ected
to electdc outlet.
3)
Replacement of light bulbs.
4)
Damage caused by moving the product from its original ir_stallation.
5)
Service required as a result of alteratior_, abuse, fire, floods, or acts of God.
6)
Providir_g adequate air circulation to the refrigerating system.
7)
Proper use and care of product as listed ir_the customer's manual; proper setting of the cor_trols.
If any service
is required
under this warranty, simply call 1-800-FOR-MY-HOME
(1-800-46g-4663).
This warranty is in addition to any statutory warranty. The above warranty covers Kenmore Refrigerators
sold and operated in Canada only and shall not apply if the refrigerator is used for other than domestic
purposes.
Sears Maintenance
Agreement
Maintain the value of your Kenmom refrigerator with a Sears Maintenance
SEARS CANADA INC. • Toronto, Canada
• M5B 2B8
Agreement.
PRINTED IN U,S.A,
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In the U.S.A.
In Canada
Master Protection Agreements
Maintenance Agreements
Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your
new Kenmore _ appliance is designed and
manufactured for years of dependable operation. But
like all products, it may require preventive
maintenance or repair from time to time. That's when
having a Master Protection Agreement can save you
money and aggravation.
Your purchase has added value because you can
depend on Sears HomeCentral _ for service. With over
2400 Service Technicians and access to over 900,000
parts and accessories, we have the tools, parts,
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What We Sell.
Purchase a Master Protection Agreement now and
protect yourseff from unexpected hassle and expense
The Master Protection Agreement also helps extend
the life of your new appliance. Here's what's included
in the Agreement:
by our 12,000 professional repair
Your Kenmore _ appliance is designed, manufactured
and tested to provide years of dependable operation.
Yet any major appliance may require service from time
to time. The Sears Maintenance Agreement offers you
an outstanding service program, affordably priced.
The Sears Maintenance Agreement
_'
Expert service
specialists
_'
Unlimited service and no charge for parts and
labor on all covered repairs
*
"No-lemon" guarantee - replacement of your
covered product if more than three product failures
occur within twelve months
*
Product replacement
can't be fixed
if your covered product
Annual Preventive Maintenance Check at your
request - no extra charge
Fast help by phone - non-technical and
instructional assistance on products repaired in
your home, plus convenient repair scheduling
Power surge protection against electrical
damage due to power fluctuations
Rental reimbursement
if repair of your covered
product takes longer than promised
Once you purchase the Agreement, a simple phone
call is all that it takes for you to schedule service. You
can call anytime day or night, or schedule a service
appointment online.
Sears has over 12,000professional repair specialists,
who have access to over 4.5 million quality parts and
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can count on to help prolong the life of your new
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Some limitations and exclusions apply. For prices
and additional information, call 1-800-827-6655.
Sears Installation Service
For Sears guaranteed professional installation of home
appliances and items like garage door openers and
water heaters, in the U.S.A. call 1-800-4MY-HOME _,
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Is your way to buy tomorrow's service at today's
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Eliminate repair bills resulting from normal wear
and tear.
Provides for non-technical and instructional
assistance.
Even if you don't need repairs, provides an annual
Preventive Maintenance Check, at your request, to
ensure that your appliance is in proper running
condition.
Some limitations apply. For information
concerning Sears Canada Maintenance
Agreements, call 1-800-361-6665
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This Owr_er's Guide provides specific operatir_g
ir_structior_s for your model. Use the refrigerator only as
ir_structed in this Use & Care Manual. Before starting the
refrigerator, follow these important first steps,
LOCATION
Choose a place that is r_eara grour_ded electrical outlet.
Do Not use an extension cord or ar_adapter plug.
If possible, place the refrigerator out of direct sunlight
and away from the rar_ge, dishwasher or other heat
sources.
The refrigerator must be ir_stalledor_a floor that is level
and stror_g enough to support a fully loaded refrigerator.
To Install Toe Grille:
Consider water supply availabilfty for models equipped
with an automatic ice maker.
1.
Open fraezer and
fresh food
compartmertt doors.
2.
Line up toe grille at
base of refrigerator,
mak:ing sure the four
bottom tabs are
INSTALLATION
resting through holes
at base of cabfnet.
3.
Instalta#on Clearances
Allow the following clearances for ease of ir_stallation,
proper air circulation, and plumbing and electdcal
cormections:
Sides & Top ...........
Back ....................
DOOR
LEVELING
All four comers of your refrigerator must rest firmly on a
solfd floor. Your refrigerator is equipped with adjustable
front rollers to help level your ur_it.To er_suraproper door
seal arid assist door cleeir_g, the refrigerator should be
tilted 1/'4" (6 ram), frortt to back.
To Level Your Refrigerator:
3/8"
1"
OPENING
1.
2.
Your refrigerator should be positioned to allow easy access
to a courtter wher_ removing food. For best use of drawers
and freezer baskets, the refrigerator should be in a
position where both the refrigerator and freezer doors car_
be fully opened.
TOE GRILLE
INSTALLATION
Startfr_g from left sfde
of toe grflle, press in on ffret top tab using your thumb
and push toe gdlle forward untfl ftstraps fr_place. Cor_IJnue
this process urttflall tabs arasnapped ir_place arid toe
grflle is secured to refrfgerator.
Remove toe grille. (See "To Remove Toe Gd//e".)
Use flat-blade scrawddver or 3/8" sock:etwrench
to adjust front rollers.
/ REMOVAL
To Remove Toe Grille:
1.
2.
Oper_freezer arid fresh feed compartmert deers.
Wor_dr_gfrom lef_side of_oe grille, slip your fir_gers between
topof_oe grille and cabir_et.Genlly pull forvtard unUIffrst set of
tabs ara frae. Slide your handdov_ past _e free tabs arid pull
forwa_l again unUIbheeecor_dset of tabs are fTee.Continue
this processur_UIall tabs are free and the toe grille car_be
removed. (See graphic at top of page ir_right columr_.)
.
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Check both doors to be sure seals touch cabinet on all
four sides.
Before Installing
The Water Supply LIne, You Will Need
Basic Tools: adjustable wrench, fiat-blade screwdriver, and Phillips TM screwdriver
Access to a household cold water line with water pressure between 20 and 100 psi.
A water supply line made of ¼ inch (6.4 mm) OD, copper tubing. To determine the length of copper tubing needed,
you will need to measure the distance from the ice maker inlet valve at the back of the refrigerator to your cold water
pipe. Then add approximately 7 feet (2.1 meters), so the refrigerator can be moved out for cleaning (as shown).
A shutoff valve to connect the water supply line to your household water system. DO NOT use a self-piercing type
shutoff valve.
A compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) for connecting the water supply line to the ice maker inlet valve.
To Connect Water Supply Line To Ice Maker Inlet Valve
1.
2.
3.
4.
Disconnect refrigerator from electric power source.
Place end of water supply line into sink or bucket. Turn ON water supply
and flush supply line until water is clear. Turn OFF water supply at shut
off valve.
Unscrew plastic cap from water valve inlet and discard cap.
Slide brass compression nut, then ferrule (sleeve) onto water supply line,
as shown.
5.
Push water supply line into water valve inlet as far as it wilt go (¼ inch).
Slide ferrule (sleeve) into valve inlet and finger tighten compression nut
onto valve. Tighten another half turn with a wrench; DO NOT over tighten.
6. With steel clamp and screw, secure water supply line to rear panel of
refrigerator as shown.
7. Coil excess water supply line (about 2½ turns) behind refrigerator as shown
and arrange coils so they do not vibrate or wear against any other surface.
8. Turn ON water supply at shutoff valve and tighten any connections that
leak.
9. Reconnect refrigerator to electrical power source.
10. To turn ice maker on, lower wire signal arm (see ice maker front cover for
ON/OFF position of arm).
ToolsNecessary:
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Disconnect
e,ectrica,
supp,y.
2. Open both doors, then remove toe grille.
3. Close doors.
To Remove Refrigerator Door:
1. Remove top hinge cover screw on refrigerator door and remove cover.
2.
Trace around hinge with soft lead pencil. This will make it easier to realign
doors when they are replaced.
3.
Remove top hinge and lift refrigerator door off bottom hinge pin. Set door
aside.
Remove bottom hinge, if necessary.
Reverse this procedure to reinstall refrigerator door.
4.
5.
ToRemoveFreezerDoor:
1. Disconnect water line coming from lower hinge of freezer door at connection
located under front offreezer: Press outer ring against face of fitting, then pull
to remove tube.
2. Remove top hinge cover screw on freezer door and remove cover.
3.
Disconnect wiring harness connector plug at top hinge: place your thumbs on
fiat sides of each connector and bend both parts back and forth, then with
firm grasp, pull both pieces apart.
4.
Tracearoundhingewithsoftleadpencil.
Thiswillmakeiteasiertorealign
doors when they are replaced.
Remove top hinge, allowing wiring harness to pull through hinge and lift freezer
door off of bottom hinge pin. Lay door down flat to avoid kinking water line.
Remove bottom hinge, if necessary.
Reverse this procedure to reinstall freezer door.
5.
6.
7.
When both doors have been reinstalled, connect water line by inserting tube and
push until mark touches face of fitting, replace toe gdtle and plug in electrical power
cord. Turn both temperature controls to center position. Adjust setfings as necessary.
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Controls
Filter
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Door
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Meat Keeper
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Small Items
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Fixed Shelf
Special Item
Largq
Bottle
Retainer
Largq
and Cover
Door Bin
Toe Grille
Features
may vary according
to model
COOL
DOWN
PERIOD
To ensure safe food storage, allow the refrigerator to operate with the doors closed for at least 8 to 12 hours before
loading it with food.
REFRIGERATOR
TEMPERATURE
& FREEZER
CONTROLS
ADJUSTMENT
After 24 hours, adjust the controls as needed. Adjust
temperatures gradually; move the knob in small
increments, allowing the temperature to stabilize.
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For colder temperatures, turn the knob towards Colder.
For warmer temperatures, turn the knob towards Cold.
To maintain temperatures,
a fan circulates air in the
refrigerator and freezer compartments. For good circulation,
do not block cold air vents with food items.
Refrigerator & Freezer Controls
(Features may vary according to model.)
TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT
GUIDE
If Fresh Food Compartment
Is Too Warm
Turn Fresh Food Control Slightly Towards Colder.
If Fresh Food Compartment
Is Too Cold
Turn Fresh Food Control Slightly Towards Cold.
If Freezer Compartment
Is Too Warm
Turn Freezer Control Slightly Towards Colder.
If Freezer Compartment
Is Too Cold
Turn Freezer Control Slightly Towards Cold.
* To Turn Refrigerator Off
Turn Freezer and Fresh Food Controls To O.
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TIP-UP
SHELF
(SOME MODELS)
A Tip-Up shelf in the freezer section allows tall items to be
easily stored.
CANTILEVER
SHELF
ADJUSTMENT
Refrigerator shelves are easily adjusted to suit individual
needs. Before adjusting the shelves, remove all food.
Cantilever shelves are supported at the back of the
refrigerator.
To adjust cantilever
Cantilever Glass Shelf
shelves:
Lift
Pullfront
shelfedge
out. up.
Replace the shelf by inserting the hooks at rear of the
shelf into the wall bracket. Lower the shelf into the desired
slots and lock into position.
SpillProoF Mglass shelves (some models) catch and hold
accidental spills. In some models, the SpillProoF Mshelves
slide out for easy access to food and for fast cleaning. The
shelves slide out independently of their mounting brackets.
DOOR
STORAGE
Door bins and shelves are provided for convenient storage
of jars, bottles, and cans. Frequently used items can be
quickly selected.
Cantilever Sliding Glass Shelf
ADJUSTABLE
Some models have door bins that can accommodate
gallon-sized plastic drink containers and economy-sized
jars and containers. Some bins are adjustable for
maximum storage capacity.
DOOR
BINS
Some models have adjustable door bins that can be
moved to suit individual needs.
To move door bins
The dairy compartment, which is warmer than the general
food storage section, is intended for short term storage of
cheese, spreads, or butter.
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1.
2.
Lift bin straight up.
Remove bin.
3.
4.
Place bin in desired position.
Lower bin onto supports until locked in place.
TALL
BOTTLE
RETAINER
(SOME MODELS)
HUMIDITY
The Tall Bottle Retainer keeps tall containers in the bin
from falling forward when opening or closing the
refrigerator door. To install, hold the retainer at the top, and
slide it over the outside walt of the bin, as shown in the
diagram. The Tall Bottle Retainer works best with a Bin
Snugger.
CONTROL
(SOME MODELS)
The Humidity Control, present on some models with
crisper drawers, allows you to adjust the humidity within
the crisper. This can extend the life of fresh vegetables
that keep best in high humidity.
Crisper Humidity Control
DELl
Tall Bottle Retainer (left) and Bin Snugger (right)
CRISPERS
(SOME MODELS)
DRAWER
(SOME MODELS)
Some models are equipped with a Deli Drawer for storage
of luncheon meats, spreads, cheeses, and other deli
items.
The crispers, located under the bottom refrigerator shelf,
are designed for storing fruits, vegetables, and other fresh
produce. Wash items in clear water and remove excess
water before placing them in the crispers. Items with
strong odors or high moisture content should be wrapped
before storing.
Crisper Drawer
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Ice and Water Dispenser Panel (features may vary according to model)
Crushed
Press the Crushed Touch Pad O
to get crushed ice. A red indicator will appear above the Touch Pad. Press
glass against ICE dispensing paddleOas
Cubed
Press the Cubed Touch Pad O
against ICE dispensing paddle O
far up as possible to catch all ice.
to get cubed ice. A red indicator will appear above the Touch Pad. Press glass
as far up as possible to catch all ice.
Light
On
Press the Light On Touch Pad O
to turn on dispenser light. A red indicator will appear above the Touch Pad.
Light
Off
Press the Light Off Touch Pad O
to turn off dispenser light. A red indicator will appear above the Touch Pad.
WATER
To operate the water dispenser, press a glass against_,_the
WATER dispensing paddle O . To stop dispensing
water, pull the glass away from the dispensing paddle g
. Dispensed water is not cold. For colder water, add
crushed ice or cubes before dispensing water. A drip tray located at the base of the dispenser catches small
spills and allows them to evaporate. This drip tray is removable and dishwasher safe, Do not pour water and
excess ice in this area because there is no drain.
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ICE AND WATER
DISPENSER
FEATURES
The ice and water dispenser conveniently dispenses chilled water, and ice cubes or crushed ice, depending on the model.
To operate the ice dispenser, select the ice option desired using the touchpad. Press a glass against the dispensing paddle
as far up as possible to catch all ice. To stop dispensing ice, pull glass away from dispensing paddle. Do not remove the
glass until the ice has completely dispensed. (Complete instructions for the dispenser operation are attached to the inside
of the freezer door.)
How the Water Dispenser
Works
The water tank, located behind the drawers in the refrigerator compartment, automatically fills as water is dispensed. For
proper dispenser operation, the recommended supply water pressure should fall between 20 psi and 100 psi.
After the refrigerator is connected to the water supply, fill the water tank by drawing one glass of water. It may take about
11/2minutes after activating the dispenser paddle before water begins to fill this first glass. Continue flushing the system
for 3 minutes to rid the tank and plumbing connections of any impurities. The water dispenser has a built in shutoff device
that will stop the water flow after 3 minutes of continuous use. Simply release the dispenser paddle to reset the shutoff
mechanism.
How the Ice Dispenser
Works
The ice maker and container are located in the top of the freezer compartment. After the
refrigerator is installed properly and has cooled for several hours, the ice maker can begin
making ice within 24 hours. Air in new plumbing lines may cause the ice maker to cycle two
or three times before making a full tray of ice. To begin ice production, lower the wire signal
arm to the "down" or ON position. With no usage it will take approximately 2 days to fill the
ice container. The ice maker turns off automatically when the ice container becomes full. To
stop the ice maker, lift the wire signal arm until it clicks, and locks in the "up" or OFF
position.
Because of new plumbing connections, the first production of ice cubes may be discolored
or have an odd flavor. These should be discarded until the cubes made are free of discoloration
and taste.
ICE DISPENSER
TIPS
Ice cubes stored too long may develop an odd flavor. Empty the ice container and ensure that the wire signal arm is
in its "down" or ON position. The ice maker will then produce more ice.
Occasionally shake the ice container to keep ice separated.
Keep the wire signal arm in its"up" or OFF positionuntilthe refrigerator isconnected to the water supply or whenever the
water supply is turned off.
If a large quantity of ice is needed at one time, it is best to remove cubes directly from the ice container.
The following sounds are normal when the ice maker is operating:
Motor running
Running water
Ice dropping into ice container
Stop the ice maker when cleaning the freezer and during vacations.
Water valve opening or closing
If the ice maker will be turned off for a long period of time, turn the
Ice loosening from tray
water supply valve to the closed position.
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CLEANING THE ICE DISPENSER
Do not use th_
ice chute as a
handle when
removing
or
replacing
the
ice storage bin.
Surfaces there
may be sharp.
Do not put fingers up ice chute. Surfaces
there may be sharp.
Clean the dispenser and ice container at regular intervals,
particularly before you take a vacation or move, or if the ice
dispenser sticks.
1.
Stop ice production by lifting the wire signal arm to the "up" or
OFF position.
2.
Remove ice container by lifting up and out. Empty and
carefully clean the container with mild detergent. Rinse with
clear water. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners. Allow ice
3.
4.
container to dry completely before replacing in the freezer.
Remove ice chips and clean the shelf and chute that supports
the ice container.
Replace the ice container. Lower the wire signal arm on the ice
maker to the "down" or ON position and the ice maker will
resume production.
Remove and empty the ice storage bin if:
1. An extended power failure (one hour or longer) causes ice
cubes in the ice storage bin to melt and freeze together and
jam the dispenser mechanism.
2.
The ice dispenser is not used frequently. Ice cubes will freeze
together in the bin and jam the dispenser mechanism.
Remove the ice storage bin and shake to loosen the cubes.
NEVER use an ice pick or similar sharp instrument to break up
the ice. This could damage the ice storage bin and dispenser
mechanism.
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Kenmore
Ice and Water Rear Filter (some models)
NOTE: If you purchased a refrigerator with a Kenmore Ice and Water rear filter, please read the following use and
care information. This ice and water filter system filters water to your ice maker and water dispenser. It is located in the
upper right back corner of the fresh food compartment.
System Startup:
Water supply does not need to be turned off, however, do not use ice and water dispenser while installingfilter.
The filter cartridge has already been installed in the filter housing at the factory. Refer to the How The Water Dispenser
Works section to properly fill the system with water.
Changing the Filter:
Water conditions vary throughout the world, but changing the water filter every
6 - 9 months normally will ensure the highest possible water quality. The Filter
Status light will turn red after 400 gallons of water has flowed through the ice and
water dispenser. Also, if the filter has been in a refrigerator that has not been in
use for awhile (during moving for example), change the filter before reinstalling
the refrigerator. The dispenser system will also operate without filtration (with
filter cartridge removed).
To change filter:
It is not necessary to turn the water supply off to change the filter.
1.
2.
3.
Order new filter cartridges through the
dealer where you bought the refrigerator,
or contact the Sears PartsDirect at 1-800366-PART. It might be good to order some
filter cartridges when you first install your
refrigerator.
Be sure to ask for the
Kenmore replacement cartridge 46 9910.
4.
5.
Open freezer door and leave open until filter change is complete.
Set ice maker wire signal arm to the OFF (up) position (See illustration on
page 14).
Hold filter cup firmly, and unscrew towards left (Some water could
leak out as you remove cup. This is normal.). Filter cartridge should come
down with cup. If cartridge remains in housing, pull down gently, while
twisting filter back and forth.
Rinse out cup under running water.
The large o-ring that seals the filter system sets in the o-ring groove
down inside the cup. Should the o-ring fall out during filter cartridge
replacement, simply place it back in the groove prior to screwing the cup
back in place. If the o-ring becomes damaged, you wilt need to order one
from the Consumer Assistance Center.
6.
7.
The Kenmore Ice and Water
Filter System NGRG 2000
with the Kenmore cartridge
RG 100 is tested and certified
by NSF International,
the
nationally recognized and respected, not
for profit, certification organization for public
health safety. The Kenmore Filter system is
tested and certified to ANSI/NSF Standard
42. See performance
data sheet for
specifications. This system should not be
used on water that is microbiologically
unsafe or with water of unknown quality
unless the water has been adequately
disinfected before or after traveling through
the filtration system.
•
•
•
•
Discard old filter cartridge.
Remove new filter cartridge from packaging and place in cup. The end
with the small o-ring should be up, out of the cup.
8. Screw cup, with filter, back onto housing. Filter cartridge wilt self-align as
cup is tightened. Be sure cup is completely tightened with Kenmore logo
facing outward. Do Not Tighten Past Stop.
9. Set ice maker wire signal arm to the ON (down) position.
10. Check for leaks. Open refrigerator door. Wipe any water droplets from the
filter cup. Fill a glass with water. If there is a leak, unscrew filter cup, and
reinsert the filter cartridge. Check placement of large O-ring. Reinstall
filter cup, making certain it is tightened completely.
11. To condition filter system and purge air from water line, fill a glass with
water. Continue flushing the system for 3 minutes to assure that the
purest water possible is stored in water tank.
Rated Capacity - 400 gallons
Rated service flow - .5 GPM
Maximum Rated Pressure - 100 PSI
Maximum Operating Temp.- 100 ° F
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FOOD STORAGEIDEAS
Fresh Food Storage
The fresh food compartment should be kept between 34 ° F and 40 ° F with an optimum temperature of 37 ° F.
Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator shelves. This reduces the circulation of air around the food and results in uneven
cooling.
Fruits and Vegetables
Storage in the crisper drawers traps moisture to help preserve the fruit and vegetable quality for longer time periods.
Meat
Raw meat and poultry should be wrapped securely so leakage and contamination of other foods or surfaces does
not occur.
Frozen Food Storage
The freezer compartment should be kept at 0 ° F or lower.
A freezer operates most efficiently when it is at least 2/3 full.
Packaging Foods for Freezing
To minimize dehydration and quality deterioration, use aluminum foil, freezer wrap, freezer bags or airtight
containers. Force as much air out of the packages as possible and seal them tightly. Trapped air can cause food to
dry out, change color, and develop an off-flavor (freezer burn).
Wrap fresh meats and poultry with suitable freezer wrap prior to freezing.
Do not refreeze meat that has completely thawed.
Loading the Freezer
Avoid adding too much warm food to the freezer at one time. This ovedoads the freezer, slows the rate of freezing,
and can raise the temperature of frozen foods.
Leave a space between the packages, so cold air can circulate freely, allowing food to freeze as quickly as
possible.
Avoid storing hard-to-freeze foods such as ice cream and orange juice on the freezer door shelves. These foods are
best stored in the freezer interior where the temperature varies less.
ENERGY
SAVING
IDEAS
Locate the refrigerator in the coolest part of the room, out of direct
sunlight, and away from heating ducts or registers. Do not place the
refrigerator next to heat-producing appliances such as a range, oven, or
dishwasher. If this is not possible, a section of cabinetry or an added
layer of insulation between the two appliances will help the refrigerator
operate more efficiently.
Level the refrigerator so that the doors close tightly.
Refer to this Use & Care Manual for the suggested temperature control
settings.
Periodic cleaning of the condenser will help the refrigerator run more
efficiently. See the Care and Cleaning Charton page 19.
Do not overcrowd the refrigerator or block cold air vents. Doing so
causes the refrigerator to run longer and use more energy.
Cover foods and wipe containers dry before placing them in the
refrigerator. This cuts down on moisture build-up inside the unit.
Organize the refrigerator to reduce door openings. Remove as many
items as needed at one time and close the door as soon as possible.
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UNDERSTANDING
HEAR
THE SOUNDS
YOU
MAY
A.
Evaporator
The flow of refrigerant through the evaporator may
create a boiling or gurgling sound.
Your new high-efficiency refrigerator may make unfamiliar
sounds. These are all normal sounds and soon will
B. Evaporator
become familiar to you. They also indicate your refrigerator
is operating as designed. Hard surfaces, such as vinyl or
wood floors, walls, and kitchen cabinets may make
sounds more noticeable. Listed below are descriptions of
some of the most common sounds you may hear, and
what is causing them.
Fan
You may hear air being forced through the refrigerator
by the evaporator fan. Also, you will feel warm air
being pushed out the front of the refrigerator from
under the Toe Grille.
C.
Defrost
Heater
During defrost cycles, water dripping onto the defrost
heater may cause a hissing or sizzling sound. After
defrosting, a popping sound may occur.
D. Automatic
Ice Maker
If your refrigerator is equipped with an automatic ice
maker, you wilt hear ice cubes falling into the ice bin.
E.
Cold Control
& Automatic
Defrost
Control
These parts can produce a snapping or clicking sound
when turning the refrigerator on and off.
E
Condenser
Fan
You may hear air being forced through the condenser
by the condenser fan.
G. Compressor
Modern, high-efficiency compressors operate much
faster than older models. The compressor may have a
high-pitched hum or pulsating sound.
H. Water Valve
If your refrigerator is equipped with an automatic ice
maker, you will hear a buzzing sound as the water
valve opens to flit the ice maker during each cycle.
I. Drain Pan (not removable)
J.
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You may hear water running into the drain pan during
the defrost cycle.
Condenser
Keep your refrigerator and freezer clean to prevent odor build-up. Wipe up any spills immediately and clean both sections
at least twice a year. Never use metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or strong alkaline solutions on any
surface. Do not wash any removable parts in a dishwasher. Always unplug the electricalpower
cord from the wall
outlet before cleaning.
Care & Cleaning Chart
Part
Cleaning Agents
Tips and Precautions
Interior/Door
Liner
•
•
Soap and water
Baking soda and
water
Use 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Be
sure to wring excess water out of sponge or cloth before
cleaning around controls, light bulb or any electrical part.
Door Gaskets
.
Soap and water
Wipe gaskets with a clean soft cloth.
DrawerslBins
•
Soap and water
Do not wash any removable items (bins, drawers, etc.) in
dishwasher.
Glass
Shelves
•
•
Soap and water
Glass cleaner
Allow glass to warm to room temperature before immersing in
warm water.
•
Mild liquid sprays
Toe Grille
•
•
•
Soap and water
Mild liquid sprays
Vacuum attachment
Vacuum dust from front of toe gdlle. Remove toe grille (See
illustration on page 6). Vacuum backside and wipe with sudsy
cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry.
Exterior and
Handles
*
Soap and water
Do not use commercial household cleaners, ammonia, or alcohol
to clean handles.
•
•
•
Soap and water
Ammonia
Stainless Steel
Cleaners
Clean stainless steel front and handles with soapy water. Use
ammonia on stubborn spots. Use a non-abrasive stainless steel
cleaner. These cleaners can be purchased at most home
improvement or major department stores.
•
Vacuum attachment
Use the dusting tool attachment on your vacuum to remove dust
build-up on the condenser coils (see item "J" in illustration on page
18 for location).
Exterior and
Handles
(Stainless
Steel Models
Only)
Condenser
Coils
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REPLACING
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
LIGHT
BULBS
Unplug refrigerator.
Wear gloves as protection against possible broken
glass.
Remove light cover, if necessary.
Unscrew and replace old bulb with an appliance bulb
of the same wattage.
Replace light cover, if necessary.
Remember to plug the refrigerator back in.
Refrigerator
Cdsper Light Replacement (Some Models)
Vacation
Short
Vacations
Long
Vacations
Moving
Light Replacement
Freezer Light Replacement
and Moving Tips
•
•
•
Leave refrigerator operating during vacations of 3 weeks or less.
Use all perishable items from refrigerator compartment.
Turn automatic ice maker off, even if you will only be gone for a few days.
•
•
•
•
•
Remove all food and ice if you will be gone one month or more.
Turn controls to "O" (the OFF position) and disconnect power.
Turn off automatic ice maker and turn water supply valve to closed position.
Clean interior thoroughly.
Leave both doors open to prevent odors and mold build-up. Block doors open if
necessary.
•
Remove all food and ice.
•
•
•
If using handcart, load from side.
Adjust rollers all the way up to protect them during sliding or moving.
Pad cabinet to avoid scratching surface.
2O
PROBLEM
CAUSE
CORRECTION
RUNNING OF REFRIGERATOR
Compressor does not run.
•
Freezer control is set to "O'.
•
Refrigerator is in defrost cycle.
•
Plug at wall outlet is
disconnected.
House fuse blown or tripped
circuit breaker.
Power outage.
•
Room or outside weather
hot.
Refrigerator has recently
disconnected for a period
time.
Automatic ice maker is
operating.
Doors are opened too
frequently or too long.
Refrigerator/freezer door
be slightly open.
•
•
•
Refrigerator runs too
much or too long.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Compressor goes off and
on frequently,
TEMPERA
TURES ARE
•
•
•
Set freezer control See Temperature Controls section.
This is normal for a fully automatic defrost refrigerator.
The defrost cycle occurs periodically, lasting about 30
minutes.
Ensure plug is tightly pushed into outlet.
•
Check/replace fuse with a 15 amp time-delay fuse.
Reset circuit breaker.
•
Check house lights. Call local Electric Company.
is
•
been
of
•
It's normal for the refrigerator to work longer under
these conditions.
It takes 8-12 hours for the refrigerator to cool down
completely.
•
•
Ice maker operation causes refrigerator to run slightly
more.
Warm air entering the refrigerator causes it to run
more. Open doors less often.
Ensure refrigerator is level Keep food and containers
from blocking door. See PROBLEM section
OPENING/CLOSING OF DOORSlDRAWERS.
Set refrigerator control to warmer setting until
refrigerator temperature is satisfactory. Allow 24 hours
for temperature to stabilize.
Clean or change gasket. Leaks in door seal will cause
refrigerator to run longer in order to maintain desired
temperatures.
Clean condenser. See Care & Cleaning Chart in Care
and Cleaning section.
may
•
Freezer control is set too cold
(control found in refrigerator
section).
Refrigerator/freezer gasket is
dirty, worn, cracked, or poorly
fitted.
Condenser is dirty.
•
Thermostat keeps the
refrigerator at a constant
temperature.
•
This is normal Refrigerator goes on and off to keep
temperature constant.
•
•
TOO COLD
Freezer temperature too
cold. Refrigerator
temperature is satisfactory.
•
Freezer control is set too cold.
•
Set freezer control to a warmer setting. Allow 24 hours
for temperature to stabilize.
Refrigerator temperature
too cold. Freezer
temperature is satisfactory.
•
Refrigerator control is set too
cold.
•
Set refrigerator control to a warmer setting. Allow 24
hours for temperature to stabilize.
Food stored in drawers
freezes,
•
Refrigerator control is set too
cold.
•
See solution above.
Food stored in Meat
Keeper freezes (some
models),
•
Meat Keeper Temperature
Control set too cold.
•
Adjust Meat Keeper Temperature Control to a lower
setting. (Meat should be stored at a temperature just
below the freezing point for maximum fresh storage
time. It is normal for ice crystals to form due to the
moisture content of meat.)
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PROBLEM
TEMPERATURES
CAUSE
ARE
CORRECTION
TOO WARM
Freezer/Refrigerator
temperature is too warm.
,,
•
Doors are opened too
frequently or too long.
Door is slightly open.
•
Condenser is dirty.
•
Freezer temperature is too
warm. Refrigerator
temperature is satisfactory.
•
Freezer control is set too
warm.
•
Set freezer control to a colder setting. Allow 24 hours
for temperature to stabilize.
Refrigerator temperature is
too warm. Freezer
temperature is satisfactory.
•
Refrigerator control is set too
warm.
•
Set refrigerator control to a colder setting. Allow 24
hours for temperature to stabilize.
Temperature in the Meat
Keeper is too warm (some
models).
•
Meat Keeper Temperature
Control is set too warm.
•
Adjust Meat Keeper Temperature
setting.
WA TERIMOISTURE/FROS
Moisture collects on inside
of refrigerator walls.
*
T INSIDE
Water collects in bottom of
drawer,
WA TERIMOIS
TUREIFROS
Moisture collects on
outside of refrigerator
between doors.
AUTOMATIC
Control to a colder
REFRIGERATOR
•
Weather is hot and humid,
•
•
Door is slightly open.
•
•
Door is opened too often or too
long.
Open containers.
•
The rate of frost buildup and internal sweating
increases,
See PROBLEM section OPENINGIOLOSlNG OF
DOORSIDRAWERS.
Open door less often.
•
Keep containers covered.
Vegetables contain and give
off moisture,
•
It is not unusual to have moisture on the bottom side of
the cover.
•
Move humidity control (some models) to lower setting.
•
Dry items before putting them in the drawer. Water
collecting in bottom of drawer is normal
This is normal in humid weather. When humidity is
lower, the moisture should disappear.
See PROBLEM section OPENINGICLOSlNG
OF
DOORSlDRAWERS,
•
Water collects on bottom
side of drawer cover,
•
Warm air enters the refrigerator whenever the door is
opened. Open the door less often.
See PROBLEM section OPENINGICLOSlNG
OF
DOORSlDRAWERS,
Clean condenser. See Care & Cleaning Chart in Care
and Cleaning section.
•
•
Washed vegetables and fruit
drain while in the drawer,
T OUTSIDE
REFRIGERATOR
•
Weather is humid.
•
•
Door is slightly open, causing
cold air from inside refrigerator
to meet warm air from outside,
•
•
Ice maker wire signal arm is in
the "up" or OFF position.
Household water line valve is
not open.
Freezer is not cold enough.
•
Move wire signal arm to the "down" or ON position.
•
Turn on household water line valve.
•
Saddle valve on cold water
pipe is clogged or restricted by
foreign material
Check to see if the water
dispenser is dispensing water.
•
See PROBLEM section TEMPERATURES ARE TOO
WARM.
Turn off household water line valve, Remove valve,
Ensure that valve is not a self-piercing saddle valve,
Clean valve, Replace valve if necessary,
If net, the ice & water filter cartridge is dogged or
restricted by foreign material, and must be replaced.
or
ICE MAKER
Ice maker is not making
any ice.
•
•
•
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•
PROBLEM
I
CAUSE
I
CORRECTION
AUTOMA TIC ICE MAKER (CONTINUED}
Ice maker is not making
enough ice,
Ice maker is pradudng less ice
than you expect,
g
Freezer is not cold enough,
g
g
Household water line valve is
not completely open.
Check to see if water
dispenser is dispensing slower
than normal,
g
Ice maker should produce approximately 4 - 5 pounds
of ice every 24 hours. Extra Ice should produce up to 8
pounds of ice every 24 hours.
See PROBLEM section TEMPERATURES ARE TOO
WARM,
Turn on household water line valve.
g
If it is, replace the ice & water filter cartridge.
g
Ice maker w_ll not stop
making ice.
•
Ice maker wire signal arm is
being held down by some item
in the freezer,
•
Move item and release wire signal arm, Remove any
ice cubes that are frozen together over the wire signal
arm.
Ice maker is not separating
the ice cubes,
•
Ice cubes are nat being used
frequently enough.
Ice cubes are hollow or smaller
than normal,
•
Remove and shake ice container to separate cubes,
•
The ice & water filter cartridge may be clogged,
Replace filter cartridge.
•
Cover foods tightly, Discard stale ice, Ice maker w_ll
produce fresh supply.
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•
Ice has picked up odor or
flavor from strong food stored
in refrigerator or freezer,
Water running to ice maker
has poor taste or odor.
Ic8 nat used frequently enough,
Add filter to water supply line. Consult a water
purifying company.
Discard stale ice.
•
Ice storage container is empty.
•
•
Freezer temperature is set too
warol.
•
•
Household water line valve is
not open.
•
•
Ice has bad odor and taste.
•
-
•
ICE DISPENSER
Dispenser will not dispense
ice.
Freezer door is not dosed.
Ice dispensing arm has been
held in for more Uran 4-5
minutes.
Ice dispenser is jammed,
•
•
•
•
Ice has melted and frozen
around auger due to infrequent
use, temperature fluctuations,
and/or power outages.
Ice cubes are jammed
between ice maker and back
of ice container.
Ice cubes are frozen together.
Remove ice container, thaw, and empty the contents.
Clean container, wipe dry, and replace in proper
position. When new ice is made, dispenser should
operate.
Remove ice cubes that are jamming the dispenser.
g
g
Ice cubes are hollow or smaller
than normal.
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When the first supply of ice is dropped into the
container, the dispenser should operate.
Turn freezer control to a higher setting so that ice
cubes will be made. When first supply of ice is made,
dispenser should operate.
Open household water line valve. Allow suffident time
for the ice to be made. When ice is made, the
dispenser should operate.
Ensure freezer door is closed.
Motor is overloaded. Motor overload protector will
reset in approximately 3 minutes. Ice can then be
dispensed.
g
Use the dispenser often so that cubes do not freeze
together.
The ice & water filter cartridge could be dogged.
Replace the filter cartridge. Dispensing system
operates best at 20 - 100 psi water pressure. Well
water pressures should fall within this range.
i
PROBLEM
WATER
CAUSE
DISPENSER
Dispenser will not
dispense water,
•
Household water line valve is
not open.
Freezer door is not closed.
Ice & water filter cartridge is
clogged.
•
Water has been in the tank for
a period of time.
Unit not properly connected to
cold water line.
Tubing used in the household
water supply and installation
may affect water taste and
odor.
Water has a high mineral
content.
•
•
Contact water treatment plant for help.
Cut-off and cut-on pressures
are too low (well systems
only).
Reverse osmosis system is in
regenerative phase.
•
Have someone turn up the cut-off and cut-on pressure
on the water pump system (well systems only).
It is normal for a reverse osmosis system to be below
20 psi during the regenerative phase.
•
Interior needs to be cleaned.
•
•
Food with strong odors is in
refrigerator.
•
See Care & Cleaning Chart in Care and Cleaning
section.
Cover food tightly.
Door was closed too hard,
causing other door to open
slightly.
Refrigerator is not level. It
rocks on the floor when moved
slightly.
Refrigerator is touching a wall
or cabinet.
•
Close both doors gently.
•
Ensure floor is level and solid, and can adequately
support the refrigerator. Contact a carpenter to correct
a sagging or sloping floor.
Ensure floor is level and solid, and can adequately
support the refrigerator. Contact a carpenter to correct
a sagging or sloping floor.
Food is touching shelf on top
of drawer.
Track that drawers slide on is
dirty.
•
Keep less food in drawer.
•
Clean drawer, rollers, and track. See Care & Cleaning
Chart in Care and Cleaning section.
•
Light bulb is burned out,
•
•
Light switch is stuck,
•
•
No electric current is reaching
refrigerator.
•
See Replacing Light Bulbs in Care and Cleaning
section,
Light switch is located on side of refrigerator and
freezer liners.
See PROBLEM section RUNNING OF
REFRIGERATOR.
•
•
Water has an odd taste
and/or odor.
•
•
•
•
Water pressure is
extremely low.
•
•
ODORS
•
•
•
•
•
Open household water line valve, See PROBLEM
section ICE MAKER IS NOT MAKING ANY ICE,
Ensure that freezer door is closed.
Replace filter cartridge.
Draw and discard 10 - 12 glasses of water to freshen
the supply and completely rinse out the tank.
Connect unit to cold water line that supplies water to
the kitchen faucet.
For best results, use copper tubing for water
connections.
IN REFRIGERATOR
Interior is dirty.
OPENINGICLOSING
OF DOORSIDRA
Door(s) will not close.
•
•
•
Drawers are difficult to
move.
•
•
LIGHT
CORRECTION
WERS
•
BULB IS NOT ON
Light bulb is not on.
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