Hotpoint | Refrigerator HSZ3021VL | User's Manual | Hotpoint Refrigerator HSZ3021VL User's Manual

Operating Instructions
Installation, 2
Positioning and connection
Description of the appliance, 3
Overall view
Start-up and use, 4-6
Starting the appliance
Using the refrigerator to its full potential
Using the freezer to its full potential
Maintenance and care, 6
Switching the appliance off
Cleaning the appliance
Avoiding mould and unpleasant odours
Defrosting the appliance
Replacing the light bulb
Precautions and tips, 7
General safety
Respecting and conserving the environment
Troubleshooting, 8
Guarantee, 9
After Sales Service, 10
! Before operating your new appliance, please read
these operating instructions carefully. They contain
important information for safe use, installation and care
of the appliance.
! Please keep these operating instructions for future
reference. Pass them on to possible new owners of the
Positioning and connection
1. Place the appliance in a well-ventilated humidity-free
2. Do not obstruct the rear fan grills. The compressor
and condenser give off heat and require good
ventilation to operate correctly and save energy.
3. Ensure the appliance is far away from any sources of
heat (direct sunlight, electric stove, etc.).
Electrical connections
After transportation of the appliance, carefully place it
vertically and wait at least 3 hours before connecting it
to the electricity mains. Before inserting the plug into
the electrical socket ensure the following:
• The appliance is earthed and the plug is compliant
with the law.
• The socket can withstand the maximum power of the
appliance, which is indicated on the data plate
located on the bottom left side of the fridge (e.g. 150
• The voltage must be in the range between the values
indicated on the data plate located on the bottom
left side (e.g. 220-240V).
• The socket is compatible with the plug of the
If the socket is incompatible with the plug, ask an
authorised technician to replace it (see Assistance).
Do not use extension cords or multiple sockets.
! Once the appliance has been installed, the power
supply cable and the electrical socket must be easily
! The cable must not be bent or compressed.
! The cable must be checked regularly and replaced
by authorised technicians only (see Assistance).
! The manufacturer declines any liability should
these safety measures not be observed.
Description of the
Overall view
The instructions contained in this manual are applicable to different model refrigerators. The diagrams may not
directly represent the appliance purchased. For more complex features, consult the following pages.
indicator light
indicator light
Removable shelf for
Removable lidded
shelf with EGG
Compartment for a
BOTTLE shelf
Top drawers for HIGHLY
• Varies by number and/or position.
* Available only on certain models.
Start-up and use
Starting the appliance
! Before starting the appliance, follow the
installation instructions (see Installation).
! Before connecting the appliance, clean the
compartments and accessories well with lukewarm water
and bicarbonate.
1. Plug the appliance in; make sure that the set
TEMPERATURE indicator light is illuminated and
showing the level +4°.
2. If necessary, use the relevant ADJUSTMENT button to
set the temperature to an intermediate value. After a few
hours you will be able to put food in the refrigerator.
Using the refrigerator to its full potential
The temperature inside the refrigerator compartment
automatically adjusts itself in accordance with the
selected temperature level as displayed by the
corresponding indicator light. The selected
temperature indicates the desired level of refrigeration.
+8° = warmest
+2° = coldest
We recommend, however, an intermediate position is
used (+4°/+6°).
The cooling section of the refrigerator is located inside
the back wall of the refrigerator compartment for
increased space and improved aesthetics. During
operation, the back wall will be covered in frost or
water droplets depending on whether the compressor
is operating or paused. Do not worry, the refrigerator is
functioning normally.
It is recognizable due to the presence of the
mechanism on the top part of the refrigerator
compartment (see diagram).
WINE AREA*: to store up to
three bottles of wine (see
diagram). The air circulates
freely between the bottles
guaranteeing rapid cooling.
When not in use, close it to
increase the space on the
• Use the ADJUSTMENT button to activate the SUPER
COOL (rapid cooling) function, which will lower the
temperature quickly. This is useful, for example,
when you place a large number of new food items
inside the refrigerator and you need to counteract
the slight rise in its internal temperature. This
function is automatically deactivated after the
required amount of time has passed.
• Remember that cooked foods do not last longer than
raw foods.
• Do not store liquids in open containers. They will
increase humidity in the refrigerator and cause
condensation to form.
Pure Wind System maximises air circulation, improving
the efficiency of the evaporator and helping to achieve
the optimal temperature inside the refrigerator as quickly
as possible each time it has been opened. The blown air
(A) is cooled when it comes into contact with the cold
wall, whereas the hotter air (B) is sucked up (see
SHELVES: with or without grill.
Due to the special guides the
shelves are removable and the
height is adjustable (see
diagram), allowing easy storage
of large containers and food.
Height can be adjusted without
complete removal of the shelf.
• Place only cold or lukewarm foods in the compartment,
not hot foods (see Precautions and tips).
If the temperature adjustment system has been set to a
low value (colder), with large quantities of food and a
high room temperature, the appliance may operate
continuously, resulting in excessive frost formation and
excessive energy consumption: this may be avoided
by using the ADJUSTMENT button to set the
temperature to a higher value (warmer); automatic
defrosting will then take place.
• The top salad crispers, which are colder than the
bottom one, are more suited to the preservation of
delicate fruits and vegetables such as: grapes,
strawberries, figs, cherries, fruits of the forest,
mushrooms, asparagus, red tomatoes, artichokes
etc.; whereas the bottom crisper is ideal for storing
pineapples, avocados, citrons, lemons etc.
* Available only on certain models.
Using the freezer to its full potential
• Do not re-freeze food that is defrosting or that has
already been defrosted. These foods must be
cooked and eaten (within 24 hours).
• Fresh food that needs to be frozen must not come
into contact with food that has already been
defrosted. Fresh food must be stored above the grill
in the freezer compartment and if possible be in
direct contact with the walls (side and rear), where
the temperature drops below -18°C and guarantees
rapid freezing.
• Do not place glass bottles which contain liquids, and
which are corked or hermetically sealed in the
freezer because they could break.
• The maximum quantity of food that may be frozen
daily is indicated on the plate containing the technical
properties located on the bottom left side of the
refrigerator compartment (for example: Kg/24h: 4)
! Do not open the door during freezing.
! If there is a power cut or malfunction, do not open the
freezer door. This will help maintain the temperature
inside the freezer, ensuring that foods are conserved
for at least 9 -14 hours.
! If the room temperature drops below 14°C for an
extended period of time, the ideal temperature will not
be reached in the freezer compartment and food
preservation will be reduced.
Maintenance and care
Switching the appliance off
Defrosting the freezer compartment
During cleaning and maintenance it is necessary to
disconnect the appliance from the electricity supply:
Simply using the ADJUSTMENT button until all indicator
lights are switched off (appliance switched off) is not
enough to eliminate all electrical contact.
If the frost layer is greater than 5 mm, it is necessary to
defrost manually:
Cleaning the appliance
• The external and internal parts, as well as the rubber
seals may be cleaned using a sponge that has been
soaked in lukewarm water and bicarbonate of soda
or neutral soap. Do not use solvents, abrasive
products, bleach or ammonia.
• The removable accessories may be soaked in warm
water and soap or dishwashing liquid. Rinse and dry
them carefully.
1. Use the ADJUSTMENT button until all indicator lights
are switched off (appliance switched off) .
2. Wrap frozen foods in newspaper and place them in
another freezer or in a cool place.
3. Leave the door open until the frost has melted
completely. This can be made easier by placing
containers with lukewarm water in the freezer
4. Certain appliances are fitted with the DRAIN SYSTEM
to lead the water outside: let the water flow into a
container (see diagram).
5. Clean and dry the freezer compartment carefully
before switching the appliance on again.
Avoiding mould and unpleasant odours
6. Wait for approximately 2 hours, i.e. until the ideal
storage conditions have been restored, before
placing food in the freezer compartment.
• The appliance is manufactured with hygienic materials
which are odour free. In order to maintain an odour
free refrigerator and to prevent the formation of stains,
food must always be covered or sealed properly.
Replacing the light bulb
• If you want to switch the appliance off for an
extended period of time, clean the inside and leave
the doors open.
Defrosting the appliance
! Follow the instructions below.
Do not use objects with sharp or pointed edges to
defrost the appliance as these may damage the
refrigeration circuit beyond repair.
Defrosting the refrigerator compartment
The refrigerator has an automatic defrosting function:
water is ducted to the
back of the appliance by
a special discharge
outlet (see diagram)
where the heat produced
by the compressor
causes it to evaporate.
It is necessary to clean
the discharge hole
regularly so that the
water can flow out easily.
To replace the light bulb in the refrigerator compartment,
pull out the plug from the electrical socket. Follow the
instructions below.
Access the light bulb by
removing the cover as
indicated in the diagram.
Replace it with a similar
light bulb within the power
range indicated on the
cover (10W or 15W).
Precautions and tips
! The appliance was designed and manufactured in
compliance with international safety standards. The
following warnings are provided for safety reasons and
must be read carefully.
This appliance complies with the following
Community Directives:
- 73/23/EEC of 19/02/73 (Low Voltage) and
subsequent amendments;
-89/336/EEC of 03.05.89 (Electromagnetic
Compatibility) and subsequent amendments;
- 2002/96/CE..
General safety
• The appliance was designed for domestic use inside
the home and is not intended for commercial or
industrial use.
• The appliance must be used to store and freeze food
products by adults only and according to the
instructions in this manual.
• The appliance must not be installed outdoors, even in
covered areas. It is extremely dangerous to leave the
appliance exposed to rain and storms.
• Do not touch the appliance with bare feet or with wet or
moist hands and feet.
• Do not touch the internal cooling elements: this could
cause skin abrasions or frost/freezer burns.
• When unplugging the appliance always pull the plug
from the mains socket, do not pull on the cable.
• Always switch the appliance off and disconnect it
from the electricity supply before cleaning it or
carrying out any maintenance work. Simply using the
ADJUSTMENT button until all indicator lights are
switched off (appliance switched off) is not enough
to eliminate all electrical contact
• In the case of a malfunction, under no circumstances
should you attempt to repair the appliance yourself.
Repairs carried out by inexperienced persons may
cause injury or further malfunctioning of the appliance.
• Do not use any sharp or pointed utensils or electrical
equipment - other than the type recommended by
the manufacturer - inside the frozen food storage
• Do not put ice cubes taken directly from the freezer
into your mouth.
• Do not allow children to tamper with the controls or play
with the appliance. Under no circumstance should they
be allowed to sit on the bins or to hang from the door.
• Keep packaging material out of the reach of children! It
can become a choking or suffocation hazard.
• Observe local environmental standards when
disposing packaging material for recycling
• The European Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE),
requires that old household electrical appliances
must not be disposed of in the normal unsorted
municipal waste stream. Old appliances must be
collected separately in order to optimise the
recovery and recycling of the materials they contain
and reduce the impact on human health and the
environment. The crossed out “wheeled bin” symbol
on the product reminds you of your obligation, that
when you dispose of the appliance it must be
separately collected.
Consumers may take their old appliance to public
waste collection areas, other communal collection
areas, or if national legislation allows return it to a
retailer when purchasing a similar new product.
All major household appliance manufacturers are
active in the creation of systems to manage the
collection and disposal of old appliances.
Respecting and conserving the
• Install the appliance in a fresh and well-ventilated
room. Ensure that it is protected from direct sunlight
and do not place it near heat sources.
• Try to avoid keeping the door open for long periods
or opening the door too frequently in order to
conserve energy.
• Do not fill the appliance with too much food:
cold air must circulate freely for food to be
preserved properly. If circulation is impeded, the
compressor will work continuously.
• Do not place hot food directly into the refrigerator.
The internal temperature will increase and force the
compressor to work harder and will consume more
• Defrost the appliance if ice forms (see Maintenance).
A thick layer of ice makes cold transference to food
products more difficult and results in increased
energy consumption.
• Regularly check the door seals and wipe clean to
ensure they are free of debris and to prevent cold air
from escaping (see Maintenance).
If the appliance does not work, before calling for Assistance (see Assistance), check for a solution from the following list.
Possible causes / Solutions:
The internal light does not
• The plug has not been inserted into the electrical socket, or not far
enough to make contact, or there is no power in the house.
The refrigerator and the freezer do
not cool well.
The food inside the refrigerator is
beginning to freeze.
• The set TEMPERATURE indicator light is displaying an incorrect reading.
• The food is in contact with the back inside wall of the refrigerator.
The door do not close properly or the seals are damaged.
The door are opened too frequently.
The set TEMPERATURE indicator light is displaying an incorrect reading.
The refrigerator or the freezer have been over-filled.
The atmospheric temperature of the area surrounding the appliance is
lower than 14°C.
The PURE WIND fan does not rotate. • The PURE WIND system is only activated automatically when it becomes
necessary to restore perfect operational conditions inside the refrigerator
The motor runs continuously.
• The door is not closed properly or is continuously opened.
• The outside ambient temperature is very high.
The appliance makes a lot of noise.
• The appliance has not been installed on a level surface (see Installation).
• The appliance has been installed between cabinets that vibrate and
make noise.
• The internal refrigerant makes a slight noise even when the compressor
is off. This is not a defect, it is normal.
The alarm sounds and the lamp
• The refrigerator door has been open for more than 2 minutes. The buzzer
will stop sounding when the door is shut.
The alarm sounds and the set
temperature indicator lights flash
(all of them excluding the Super Cool
indicator light which is turned off).
• The appliance signals that it has heated excessively. We recommend
checking the state of the foodstuffs: they may need to be removed. In
this situation, the product continues functioning as in the normal
functioning mode. The buzzer can be stopped by simply opening and
closing the door. To stop the indicator lights from flashing, it is
necessary to turn off the appliance using the adjustment button (OFF),
then use the same button to switch on the appliance and restore normal
functioning at the desired temperature.
The back wall of the refrigerator unit • This shows the appliance is operating normally.
is covered in frost or droplets of
There is water at the bottom of the
• The water discharge hole is blocked (see Maintenance).
12 Months Parts and Labour Guarantee
Your appliance has the benefit of our manufacturer’s guarantee, which covers the cost of breakdown
repairs for twelve months from the date of purchase.
This gives you the reassurance that if, within that time, your appliance is proven to be defective because
of either workmanship or materials, we will, at our discretion, either repair or replace the appliance at no
cost to you.
This guarantee is subject to the following conditions:
The appliance has been installed and operated correctly and in accordance with our
operating and maintenance instructions.
The appliance is used only on the electricity or gas supply printed on the rating plate.
The appliance has been used for normal domestic purposes only.
The appliance has not been altered, serviced, maintained, dismantled, or otherwise
interfered with by any person not authorised by us.
Any repair work must be undertaken by us or our appointed agent.
Any parts removed during repair work or any appliance that is replaced become our property.
The appliance is used in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
The guarantee does not cover:
Damage resulting from transportation, improper use, neglect or interference or as a result of
improper installation.
Replacement of any consumable item or accessory . These include but are not limited to: plugs,
cables, batteries, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and starters, covers and filters.
Replacement of any removable parts made of glass or plastic.
5 Year Parts Guarantee
Hotpoint also offers you a free 5 year parts guarantee. This additional guarantee is conditional on you
registering your appliance with us and the parts being fitted by one of our authorised engineers. There
will be a charge for our engineer's time. To activate the extra parts warranty on your appliance, simply
call our registration line on 0870 6092094 (ROI 01 230 0800).
Extended Guarantees
We offer a selection of repair protection plans that enable you to fully cover yourself against the expense
of repair bills for the life of your policy. To find the ideal plan for you please call our advice line on 08709
088 088 (ROI 01 230 0233).
Free Helpdesk Service
We have a dedicated team who can provide free advice and assistance with your appliance if you
experience any technical difficulties within the first 90 days of ownership. Simply call our Hotpoint
Service Hotline on 08709 066 066 (ROI 0818 313 413) for telephone assistance, or, where necessary, to
arrange for an engineer to call. If we cannot resolve the technical problem we will replace your machine
or, if you prefer, give you your money back.
After Sales Service
No one is better placed to care for your Hotpoint appliance during the course of its working life than us the manufacturer.
Essential Contact Information
Hotpoint Service
We are the largest service team in Europe offering you access to 400 skilled telephone advisors and
1100 fully qualified engineers on call to ensure you receive fast, reliable, local service.
UK: 08709 066 066
Republic of Ireland: 0818 313 413
Please note: Our advisors will require the following information:
Model number:
Serial number:
Parts and Accessories
We supply a full range of genuine replacement parts as well as accessory products that protect and
hygienically clean your appliance to keep it looking good and functioning efficiently throughout its life.
UK: 08709 077 077
Republic of Ireland: 0818 313 413
Appliance Registration
We want to give you additional benefits of Hotpoint ownership. To activate your free 5 year parts guarantee
you must register your appliance with us.
UK: 0870 6092094
Republic of Ireland: 01 230 0800
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Recycling & Disposal Information
As part of Hotpoint's continued commitment to helping the environment, Hotpoint reserves the right to use
quality, recycled components to keep down customer costs and minimise material wastage.
Please dispose of packaging and old appliances carefully. Please see section “Precautions and tips” for
details about disposal legislation. To minimise the risk of injury to children, remove the door, plug and cut
the mains cable off flush with the appliance. Dispose of these parts separately to ensure that the appliance
can no longer be plugged into a mains socket, and the door cannot be locked shut.
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