undercounter freezer
UNDERCOUNTER FREE ZER
IN ST R UC T I ON MAN UAL
CUF 55W 12
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Contents
Unpacking..................................................................................................................................... 4
Installation.................................................................................................................................... 5
Location...................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Reversing the Door Swing.................................................................................................................................... 5
Levelling the Unit.................................................................................................................................................... 8
Cleaning Before Use............................................................................................................................................... 8
Before Using Your Unit........................................................................................................................................... 8
Interior Accessories................................................................................................................................................. 8
Product Overview......................................................................................................................... 9
Operation.................................................................................................................................... 10
Switching On Your Unit.......................................................................................................................................10
Adjusting the Temperature................................................................................................................................10
Fresh Food Freezing.............................................................................................................................................10
Noises Inside the Unit!.........................................................................................................................................10
Shopping for Frozen Foods ...............................................................................................................................11
Preparations for Freezing...................................................................................................................................11
Defrosting Frozen Food.......................................................................................................................................12
Cleaning...................................................................................................................................... 13
Defrosting................................................................................................................................................................13
Cleaning the Interior and the Exterior of the Unit.....................................................................................13
Cleaning Tips...........................................................................................................................................................13
Maintenance............................................................................................................................... 14
Care When Handling / Moving the Unit........................................................................................................14
Servicing...................................................................................................................................................................14
Switching Off for Long Periods of Time.........................................................................................................14
Disposal....................................................................................................................................... 14
Specifications.............................................................................................................................. 15
Safety Warnings.......................................................................................................................... 16
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Thank you for purchasing your new Currys Essentials Undercounter
Freezer.
We recommend that you spend some time reading this instruction manual
in order that you fully understand all the operational features it offers.
Read all the safety instructions carefully before use and keep this
instruction manual for future reference.
Unpacking
Remove all packaging from the unit. Retain the packaging. If you dispose of it please do so
according to local regulations.
The following items are included:
Small Freezer Drawers x 2
P.N.: 501108330010
Large Freezer Drawer
P.N.: 501108330011
The Main Unit
Instruction Manual
P.N.: CUF55W12-003
If items are missing or damaged please contact Partmaster (UK only).
Tel: 0844 800 3456 for assistance.
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Installation
INSTALLATION
Location
When selecting a position for your unit you should make sure the floor is flat and firm, and
the room is well ventilated with an average room temperature of between 16°C and 38°C.
Avoid locating your unit near a heat source, e.g. cooker, boiler or radiator. Also avoid direct
sunlight as it may increase the electrical consumption. Extreme cold ambient temperatures
may also cause the unit not to perform properly. This unit is not designed for use in a garage
or outdoor installation. Do not drape the unit with any covering.
When installing the unit, ensure that 40 mm of free space is left at both sides, 15 mm at
the rear and 20 mm at the top of the unit. The door can be opened to the right or the left,
depending on what better suits the location. Please ensure there is adequate space for the
door to fully open.
• If you want to have the door swing reversed, we recommend that you contact a
qualified technician. You should only try to reverse the door yourself if you believe
that you are qualified to do so.
• All parts removed must be saved to do the reinstallation of the door. You should
rest the unit on something solid so that it will not slip during the door change
process. Do not lay the unit flat as this may damage the coolant system. Ensure the
unit is unplugged and empty.
Reversing the Door Swing
Tools required: Phillips style screwdriver / Flat bladed screwdriver / Hexagonal spanner
• Ensure the unit is unplugged and empty.
• Adjust the two levelling feet to their highest position.
• To take the door off it is necessary to tilt the unit backwards. You should rest the
unit on something solid so that it will not slip during the door reversing process.
• All parts removed must be saved to do the reinstallation of the door.
• Do not lay the unit flat as this may damage the coolant system.
• We recommend that 2 people handle the unit during assembly.
1. Tilt the unit slightly towards the rear and
prop it securely. Two people are required
to tilt the unit during the door reversal
process.
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2. Remove the 2 screw covers first, then
undo the screws underneath.
3. Remove the 2 screws on the back.
4. Lift the top cover away from the fridge.
5. Remove the three screws, then remove
the upper hinge that hold the door
in place. Lift the door and place it on
a padded surface to prevent it from
scratching.
6. Swap the bottom bushing and bottom
bushing cap of the door. The bottom
bushing key must be in the correct
position to allow it to be inserted
correctly.
7. Remove the lower screws, hinge bracket
and adjustable feet from the unit bottom.
unscrew
unscrew
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8. Remove the screw-type adjustable feet
from another side of the unit bottom and
transfer it to the corresponding position
on the opposite side of the unit bottom.
9. Reattach the two lower screws, hinge
bracket and adjustable feet to the
opposite side of the unit bottom. Loosely
secure.
screw
screw
10.Carefully set the upper door back into
place. Ensure the fridge door is aligned
horizontally and vertically so that the
seals are closed on all sides before finally
tightening the top hinge.
Insert the door limiter hinge bracket and
screw it to the top of the unit.
11.Use a spanner to tighten it if necessary.
12.Put the top cover back and fix it in place
with the screws.
13.With the door closed, check that the
door is aligned horizontally and vertically
and that the seals are closed on all sides
before finally tightening the bottom
hinge. Re-adjust the levelling feet as
needed.
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INSTALLATION
Levelling the Unit
To do this adjust the two levelling feet at the front
of the unit.
If the unit is not level, the door and magnetic seal
alignments will not be covered properly.
Cleaning Before Use
Wipe the inside of the unit with a weak solution of bicarbonate soda. Then rinse with warm
water using a ‘wrung-out’ sponge or cloth. Wash the shelves and salad bin in warm soapy
water and dry completely before replacing in the unit. Clean the exterior of the unit with a
damp cloth.
If you require more information refer to the Cleaning section.
• Before Plugging in YOU MUST
Check that you have a socket which is compatible with the plug supplied with the
unit.
• Before Turning On!
Do not turn on until two hours after moving the unit. The coolant fluid needs time
to settle.
Before Using Your Unit
Before placing any food in your unit, turn it on and wait for 24 hours, to make sure it is
working properly and to allow it time to fall to the correct temperature. Your unit should not
be overfilled.
Interior Accessories
Various glass or plastic storage shelves are included with your appliance – different models
have different combinations.
You should always slide one of the full size glass storage shelves into the lowest set of
guides, above the fruit and vegetable containers, and keep it in this position. To do this, pull
the storage shelf forward until it can be swivelled upwards or downwards and removed.
Please do the same in reverse to insert the shelf at a different height.
In order to make the most of the volume of the frozen food storage compartment,
the user can remove one or more shelves, drawers, out of the appliance, according to
your daily use.
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Product Overview
Thermostat Control Dial
Freezer
Drawers
Levelling Feet
Ice Tray
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Operation
Switching On Your Unit
1. Connect the mains cable to the mains socket. The internal temperature of your unit is
controlled by a thermostat. There are four settings, of which position 4 is the coldest.
2. Adjust the thermostat control dial to the desired position, bear in mind that the higher the
number, the lower the temperature. Position 2 is the recommended setting when operating
at normal room temperature (between 16°C and 38°C).
3. The unit may not operate at the correct temperature if it is in a particularly hot or a
particularly cold room, or if you open the door often.
4. To ensure that the unit is cool enough to sufficiently chill your food, wait 24 hours before
filling it with food.
5. If you are concerned that your unit is not being kept
cold enough and wish to check the temperature,
you will need a special fridge/freezer thermometer.
These are available from most supermarkets and
hardware shops.
Place the thermometer in the centre of the unit,
where it can be read easily. Leave overnight, the
temperature in the unit should be between -18°C or
lower.
Adjusting the Temperature
The internal temperature of the unit is controlled by a thermostat. 4 position is the coldest
setting and it is used for fast freezing. The recommended position is 2, but it should be adjusted
according to the environment.
Fresh Food Freezing
Fresh food should be frozen as quickly as possible. Setting 4 makes your unit operate at its
coldest temperatures (approximately -28°C ) continuously. It helps to quickly freeze and retain
more of the goodness of your food. Freezing will be completed after 24 hours. After freezing
your food turn the thermostat control dial back to 2 (-18°C). Never freeze large quantities of
fresh food at one time.
Noises Inside the Unit!
You may notice that your unit makes some unusual noises. Most of these are perfectly normal,
but you should be aware of them!
These noises are caused by the circulation of the refrigerant liquid in the cooling system. It has
become more pronounced since the introduction of CFC free gases. This is not a fault and will
not affect the performance of your unit. This is the compressor motor working, as it pumps the
refrigerant around the system.
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Shopping for Frozen Foods
• Your unit is 4-star
.
When you are buying frozen food, check the storage guidelines on the packaging. You will
be able to store each item of frozen food for the period shown against the 4-star rating. This
is usually the period stated as “Best before” on the front of the packaging. The maximum
freezing capacity of this freezer is 4.0kg in 24 hours. Do not place fresh food into the freezer
compartment with combined weight that exceeds 4.0kg.
• Check the temperature of the frozen food cabinet in the shop where you buy your frozen
foods. It should show a temperature lower than -18°C.
• Take a quick look at the frozen food package and make sure it is in perfect condition.
• Always buy frozen products last on your shopping trip or visit to the supermarket. Try to
keep frozen food together whilst shopping and on the journey home as this will help to keep
the food frozen.
• Don’t buy frozen food unless you can freeze it straight away. Specially insulated bags can
be bought from most supermarkets and hardware shops. These bags can keep frozen food
frozen longer.
Preparations for Freezing
• Use quality food and handle it as little as possible. Freeze food in small quantities as it freezes
faster, takes less time to defrost and enables you to control the quantity you need better.
• Leave cooked food to cool completely. Chill food before freezing if possible.
• Consider how you will want to cook the food before freezing it.
• Don’t freeze food in metal containers if you may want to microwave it straight from the
freezer.
• Use special freezer bags, freezer film, polythene bags, plastic containers, and aluminium foil
(heavy duty grade only). If in doubt, double wrap your food. Don’t use aluminium foil for
acidic foods, e.g. citrus fruits. Don’t use thin cling film, glass, or used food containers without
cleaning.
• Exclude as much air from the container as possible. You could buy a special vacuum pump
which sucks excessive air out of the packaging.
• Leave a small amount of air space when freezing liquids to allow expansion.
• You can use the space in the freezer most efficiently if you freeze liquids
(or solids with liquids, e.g. stew) in square blocks. This is known as
“Preforming”. Pour the liquid into a polythene bag which is inside a square
sided container. Freeze it, and then remove it from the container and seal
the bag.
• Label your frozen foods as they will look the same when in frozen state.
Use special freezer tapes, labels and pens with different colours. This
allows you to easily organise and to effectively use the freezer. Write the
contents and date; otherwise the frozen food might exceed the storage
time and this could cause food poisoning. Please refer to your food
packaging for the recommended storage time.
• You may also add the weight and cooking notes, e.g. “defrost first”, “cook from frozen” and
keep a separate log of what is in each drawer. This will save opening the door and searching
around unnecessarily.
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Defrosting Frozen Food
1. Take the frozen food out from the unit and uncover the frozen food. Let it defrost at room
temperature. Don’t forget that defrosting in a warm area encourages the growth of bacteria
and low temperature cooking may not destroy dangerous bacteria.
2. Drain off and throw away any liquid lost during defrosting.
3. Always make sure there are no ice-crystals in the food before cooking, particularly with meat.
These crystals indicate that the food has not fully defrosted.
4. Cook food as soon as possible after defrosting.
5. Many microwaves and ovens have a defrost setting. To avoid bacterial build up, only use
these if you intend to cook the food immediately afterwards.
Never refreeze anything that has been defrosted unless you cook it again, to kill off
harmful bacteria. Never re-freeze defrosted shellfish. Re-seal packs properly after
removing items. This prevents drying or freezer-burn and a build up of frost on any
remaining food.
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Cleaning
Defrosting
Frost might build up in the unit after the it has been used for a period of time. Scrape away the
frost using a plastic scraper (not included).
Do not use a metal or sharp instrument to scrape away the frost, nor should you use any
electrical appliances to aid defrosting.
We recommend that defrosting should be carried out when the frost layer builds up to 10mm
(~0.39”). Choose a time when the stock of frozen food is low, follow these procedures:
1. Take out the food, turn the unit off at the mains supply and leave the door open. Ideally, the
frozen food should be put into another freezer. If this is not possible, wrap the food in several
sheets of newspaper or large towels and then a thick blanket to keep it cool.
2. Place a shallow bowl or pan below the unit. Scrape away the frost using
the plastic scraper. Defrosting the remaining frost can be speeded up
by placing a bowl of hot water inside the unit and closing the door.
As the solid frost loosens, scrape it away with the plastic scraper and
remove.
3. When defrosting is complete, clean your unit’s interior and exterior.
Cleaning the Interior and the Exterior of the Unit
• Remove all the drawers before cleaning.
• Wipe the inside of the unit with a weak solution of bicarbonate soda and then rinse with
warm water using a ‘wrung-out’ sponge or cloth. Wipe completely dry before replacing the
drawers.
• Use a damp cloth to clean the exterior, and then wipe with a standard furniture polish. Make
sure that the door is closed to avoid the polish getting on the magnetic door seal or inside
the unit.
• The grille of the condenser at the back of the unit and the adjacent components can be
vacuumed using a soft brush attachment.
Cleaning Tips
Condensation may appear on the outside of the unit. This may be due to a change in room
temperature. Wipe off any moisture residue. If the problem continues, please contact a qualified
technician for assistance.
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Maintenance
Care When Handling / Moving the Unit
Hold the unit around its sides or base when moving it. Under no circumstances should it be
lifted by holding the edges of the top surface.
Servicing
The unit should be serviced by an authorised engineer and only genuine spare parts should be
used. Under no circumstances should you attempt to repair the unit yourself. Repairs carried
out by inexperienced persons may cause injury or serious malfunction. Contact a qualified
technician.
Switching Off for Long Periods of Time
When the unit is not in use for a long period of time, disconnect it from the mains supply,
empty all food and clean the appliance, leaving the door ajar to prevent unpleasant smells.
Disposal
Old units still have some residual value. An environmentally friendly method of disposal will
ensure that valuable raw materials can be recovered and used again. The refrigerant used in
your unit and insulation materials require special disposal procedures. Ensure that none of the
pipes on the back of the unit are damaged prior to disposal.
Up to date information concerning options of disposing of your old unit and packaging from
the new one can be obtained from your local council office.
When disposing of an old unit break off any old locks or latches and remove the door as a
safeguard.
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Specifications
Model
CUF55W12
Frozen Food Storage Volume
86 L
Storage Temperature
≤–18°C
Energy Consumption
0.470 kWh / 24h
Energy consumption 172 kWh per year, based on standard test results for 24 hours.
Actual energy consumption will depend on how the appliance is used and where it is located.
Household Appliances Category
Category 8 (Upright Freezer)
Energy Grading
A+
EU Ecolabel
N/A
Defrosting Type
Climate Class
Manual Defrost
N/ST
This appliance is intended to be used at an ambient temperature between 16°C and 38°C.
Airborne Acoustical Noise
42 dB(A)
Temperature Rise Time
21 hours
Freezing Capacity
4 kg / 24 h
Rated Voltage
220-240V~
Rated Current
0.48A
Overall Dimension (W x D x H)
553 x 574 x 845 mm
Features and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
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Safety Warnings
For your continued safety and to reduce the risk of injury or electric shock, please follow all the
safety precautions listed below.
• Read all instructions carefully before using the unit and keep them for future reference.
• Retain the manual. If you pass the unit onto a third party, make sure to include this manual.
• Keep ventilation openings in the unit enclosure clear of obstructions.
• Do not use mechanical devices or other means to accelerate the defrosting process, other
than those recommended by the manufacturer.
• Do not use electrical appliances inside the food storage compartments of the freezer, unless
they are of the type recommended by the manufacturer.
• If the mains cable is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent or a
qualified technician in order to avoid a hazard.
• Choose a location for your unit away from heat sources such as radiators or fires as
refrigerant and vesicant are burnable.
• Young children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the unit.
• Do not damage the refrigerant circuit (applicable only for appliances with refrigeration
circuits which are accessible to the user).
• The unit must be maneuvered by a minimum of 2 persons.
• This unit is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced sensory or
mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge unless they have been given
supervision or instructions concerning the use of the freezer by a person responsible for
their safety.
• If your unit is fitted with a lock to prevent children being trapped inside, keep the key out of
reach and not in the vicinity of the unit.
• Do not store volatile or flammable substances in the unit.
• Do not store bottles or glass containers in the unit. Contents can expand when frozen (fizzy
drinks) which may break the bottle and damage the unit.
WARNING
IT IS HAZARDOUS FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN AUTHORISED SERVICE PERSONNEL TO
CARRY OUT SERVICING OF REPAIRS WHICH INVOLVE THE REMOVAL OF COVERS.
TO AVOID THE RISK OF AN ELECTRICAL SHOCK DO NOT ATTEMPT REPAIRS YOURSELF.
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Normal energy
consumption
Installation site
Use
Increased energy
consumption
In a ventilated room.
In an enclosed, unventilated room.
Protected from direct sunlight.
In direct sunlight.
Not situated near to a heat source
(radiator, oven).
Situated near to a heat source
(radiator, oven).
Where the ideal ambient room
temperature is approx 20°C.
Where there is a high ambient room
temperature.
Only open the doors when necessary
and for as short a time as possible.
Frequent opening of the doors for
long periods will cause a loss of
coldness.
Store food in an organised way.
If food is not stored in an organised
way, searching for an item will mean
the door is open for longer.
Allow hot food and drinks to cool
down before placing them in the
unit.
Placing hot food in the unit will cause
the compressor to run for a long
time, as the unit will have to work
harder to lower the temperature.
Store food covered or packaged.
The evaporation or condensation of
liquids will cause a loss of coldness in
the unit.
Do not over-fill the appliance to
allow air to circulate.
Defrosting
Defrost the unit when a layer of
ice 1 cm thick has built up.
A layer of ice hinders the cold from
reaching the frozen food, and causes
an increase in energy consumption.
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NOTE: If you require a replacement for any of the items listed below, please quote their
corresponding part numbers:
Replacement Part
Part Number
Small Freezer Drawer
501108330010
Large Freezer Drawer
501108330011
Visit Partmaster.co.uk today for the easiest way to
buy electrical spares and accessories. With over
1 million spares and accessories available we can
deliver direct to your door the very next day. Visit www.partmaster.co.uk or call
0844 800 3456 (UK customers only). Calls charged at National Rate.
This symbol on the product or in the instructions means that
your electrical and electronic equipment should be disposed at
the end of its life separately from your household waste. There
are separate collection systems for recycling in the EU.
For more information, please contact the local authority or
your retailer where you purchased the product.
DSG Retail Ltd • Maylands Avenue • Hemel Hempstead
Herts • HP2 7TG • England
(P.N.: CUF55W12-003)
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