VACCINE REFRIGERATORS & FREEZERS
Refrigerators
FF7LBIVAC FF28LWHVAC
FF511LBIVAC
FF590VAC
FFAR24LVAC
Freezers
FS24LVAC FS30LVAC
FS407LBIVAC VT65MLBIVAC
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
BEFORE USE, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES
AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.
Write Model & Serial Numbers here:
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Safeguards .................................................................................................... 3 - 4
Tips for Saving Energy ....................................................................................................... 4
Before Using for the First Time .......................................................................................... 5
Unpacking the Appliance ............................................................................................ 5
Electrical Requirements ............................................................................................. 5
Installation ...................................................................................................................... 6 - 7
Positioning Your Appliance ........................................................................................ 6
Adjusting the Tilt ................................................................................................... 6 - 7
Temperature Control ...................................................................................................... 7 - 8
Turning the Appliance On and Off ............................................................................. 7
Setting the Thermostat ......................................................................................... 7 - 8
Care of the Appliance ................................................................................................... 8 - 10
Defrosting .................................................................................................................. 8
Cleaning the Appliance ......................................................................................... 8 - 9
Vacation .................................................................................................................... 9
Moving the Appliance ................................................................................................. 9
Removing / Replacing the Base Grille ....................................................................... 9
Disposing of a Worn-Out Appliance ......................................................................... 10
Problems with the Appliance ........................................................................................... 11
Notes on Vaccine Storage ......................................................................................... 12 - 15
Vaccine Storage Temperatures ............................................................................... 12
Vaccine Storage Equipment ............................................................................ 12 – 13
Temperature Monitoring Devices ...................................................................... 13 - 14
Diluents ................................................................................................................... 14
Electrical Supply ...................................................................................................... 14
Vaccine Storage Troubleshooting ..................................................................... 14 - 15
Maintenance of the Vaccine Refrigerator or Freezer ................................................ 15
Limited Warranty ............................................................................................................... 16
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
Your safety and the safety of others are very important to us.
We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance.
Always read and obey all safety messages. You can be killed or seriously injured if you don’t
follow instructions.
Before the appliance is used, it must be properly positioned and installed as described in this
manual, so read the manual carefully. To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when
using the appliance, follow basic precautions, including the following:
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Plug appliance into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Do not remove ground prong, nor use a 3/2 adapter.
Do not use an extension cord.
It is recommended that a separate circuit serving only your appliance be provided. Use
receptacles that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.
Unplug the unit or disconnect power before servicing or cleaning. Failure to do so can result
in electrical shock or death.
Do not connect or disconnect the electric plug when your hands are wet.
After servicing, replace all parts and panels before operating.
Use nonflammable cleaners.
Keep flammable materials and vapors, such as gasoline, away from appliances.
FOLLOW WARNING CALL-OUTS BELOW ONLY WHEN APPLICABLE TO YOUR MODEL.
• Use two or more people to move and install appliance.
• To ensure proper ventilation for your appliance, the front of the appliance must be completely
unobstructed. Choose a well-ventilated area with temperatures above 60°F (16°C) and below
90°F (32°C). This unit must be installed in an area protected from the elements, such as
wind, rain, water spray or drips.
• The appliance should not be located next to ovens, grills or other sources of high heat.
• The appliance must be installed with all electrical, water and drain connections in accordance
with state and local codes. A standard electrical supply (115 V AC only, 60 Hz), properly
grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances, is
required.
• Do not kink or pinch the power supply cord of the appliance.
• The size of the fuse (or circuit breaker) should be 15 amperes.
• It is important that the appliance be leveled in order to work properly. You may need to make
several adjustments to level it.
• Be sure your appliance is properly installed, per the instructions in this manual.
• Children should never be allowed to sit or stand on any part of the appliance.
• Flammable materials should not be stored in or on the unit.
• All installations must be in accordance with local plumbing code requirements.
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Make certain that the pipes are not pinched, kinked or damaged during installation.
Check for leaks after connection.
Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the appliance.
Do not use solvent-based cleaning agents or abrasives on the interior. These cleaners may
damage or discolor the interior.
• Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Instruction Manual.
• Keep fingers out of the “pinch point” areas. Clearances between the door and cabinet are
necessarily small. Be careful closing doors when children are in the area.
DANGER!
Risk of child entrapment!
Old appliances can represent a suffocation hazard to children.
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Remove doors from your old appliance.
Leave shelves in place so that children cannot easily climb inside.
If old appliance contains refrigerants, it must be recycled by a licensed service
or disposal company.
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TIPS FOR SAVING ENERGY
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Try not to open the door too often, especially when the weather is hot and humid. Once you
open the door, try to close it as soon as possible.
When the unit is built-in: While this unit can be installed under a counter and the
compressor cooling is fan-assisted, an air gap of 2” between the rear of the unit and the wall
or counter surface behind is strongly recommended. This will enhance cooling and reduce
energy waste. Also leave at least 3/16” on both sides and 1/16” at the top. Be sure that
airflow under the appliance is not blocked.
When the appliance is used as a free-standing unit: When placing your unit, make sure
you allow at least 4” of clearance at the sides, rear and top to allow for adequate airflow.
Set the thermostat from a higher to lower setting whenever possible, depending on how full
the appliance is or what the ambient temperature is.
Keep the unit out of direct sunlight.
Periodically, check that the unit’s door seals well and that the contents do not prevent the
door from closing.
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BEFORE USING FOR THE FIRST TIME
These instructions are important, and we request you read them before using this appliance.
They describe the appliance and the correct and safe way to use it.
Before connecting the appliance to the power supply, leave it standing for a least 8 hours. This
allows the refrigerant to drain back into the compressor and reduces the risk of malfunctions in
the cooling system caused by shipping.
Clean the appliance thoroughly, especially the interior. (See Cleaning the Appliance on page
12.) Proper grounding must be ensured to reduce the risk of shock and fire. Do not cut or
remove the grounding plug! Connect to a 120V, 60Hz grounded AC outlet having a minimum 15
amps. Do not use an extension cord. Use a three-prong plug with a three-prong grounded wall
outlet. If you do not have one, have a certified electrician install the proper outlet.
UNPACKING THE APPLIANCE
Remove tape and clean off any residual glue from the appliance surfaces before turning the unit on.
Apply some liquid dish detergent over the residue with your fingers, wipe down using warm water, then
dry.
In order to prevent damage to the surface of your appliance, do not use rubbing alcohol, flammable
fluids, abrasive cleaners or sharp tools when removing the packing tape and glue.
Discard or recycle all packaging material.
Clean the inside of your appliance prior to operation. Refer to the Cleaning the Appliance section on
pages 12 - 13.
ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS
Before moving your appliance into its desired location, it is important to check that the proper electrical
connection will be used.
Recommended grounding method:
A 115 Volt, 60 Hz., AC only, 15- or 20-amp fused, grounded electrical supply is required.
It is recommended that a separate circuit serving only your appliance be provided. Use an outlet that
cannot be turned off by a switch.
Do not use an extension cord.
Use a three-prong plug with a three-prong grounded wall outlet. If you do not have one, have a certified
electrician install the proper outlet.
NOTE: Be sure to unplug the appliance prior to installation, cleaning or general maintenance.
WARNING:
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Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Do not remove ground prong.
Do not use an adapter.
Do not use an extension cord.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in fire, electrical shock or death.
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INSTALLATION
POSITIONING YOUR APPLIANCE
WARNING: Two or more people are required to move and/or install this appliance.
Failure to do so may cause back or other injury.
1. Choose a location for the appliance that has a strong, level floor. If such a place is
unavailable, be sure to adjust the rotating leg supports such that the unit is always kept
level.
2. Refrigerator models FF511LBIVAC/ADA, FF590VAC, and FF7LBIVAC/ADA and freezer
models FS407LBIVAC/ADA and VT65MLBIVAC/ADA are capable of built-in
installation. If the appliance is to be built in, your appliance needs at least 1/16” of air
space at the top, 3/16” on the sides, and 2” at the rear to allow for proper air ventilation. Be
sure that airflow under the appliance is not blocked. If the appliance is installed next to a
fixed wall, provide at least 2½” of room on the hinge side to allow for the door to swing open.
3. For models that are to be used freestanding, allow at least 4” of clearance at the top,
back and sides to allow for proper air circulation.
4. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. Light can discolor the finish. In addition, when placed near a
heat source such as stove or direct sunlight, the appliance will consume more electricity.
Similarly, avoid installing in relatively cold locations: Do not install in a place where the
temperature will fall below 55°F (13°C).
5. Avoid moisture. If placed near a sink or water faucet, the evaporator will frost faster because
of the higher humidity.
WARNING: Explosion Hazard: Keep flammable materials and vapors, such as
g gasoline, away from the refrigerator. Failure to do so can result in explosion, fire or
even death.
ADJUSTING THE TILT
If your appliance seems unsteady or you would like the door to close more easily, you can use
the four leveling legs to adjust the tilt of the unit.
Be sure that the unit is in its final position when making adjustments to the tilt, and that it is
plugged into a grounded 3-prong outlet.
WARNING:
Two or more people are required to move and/or install the appliance. Failure to do so
may cause back or other injury.
Leveling leg
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Turning a leveling leg to the right will lower the appliance toward the position of the leg.
Likewise, turning to the left will raise the unit away from the leg.
Several turns of the leveling legs may be required before the tilt of the appliance is
properly adjusted.
Turning both front legs the same amount to the left will tilt the appliance to the rear. This
adjustment makes it easier for the door to close.
NOTE: It is easier to adjust the leveling legs if someone else pushes against the top of
the appliance to take the weight off the legs.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL
TURNING THE APPLIANCE ON AND OFF
The appliance turns on automatically when the power cord is plugged into a 120V AC, 60Hz
electrical outlet. Similarly, it is turned off by disconnecting the power cord.
SETTING THE THERMOSTAT
The internal temperature of this appliance is controlled by an EVK 201 digital thermostat
located either on the grille panel below the door, inside the refrigerator, or on top of the
cabinet.
If you find it necessary to change the temperature setting for your digital thermostatcontrolled appliance, please refer to the following instructions. The front panel of the
thermostat is illustrated here:
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During normal operation, the display shows the internal cabinet temperature, which is
measured by a probe set onto the interior wall of the cabinet.
To see the SET POINT:
The temperature at which the appliance is set to operate is called the set point. To see what
this temperature is, push and immediately release the set key. The snowflake-shaped LED
will flash and the display will show the set point value. Wait 15 seconds and the inside
temperature will display again.
NOTE: At the factory, refrigerator models are typically set at 4°C, and freezers at -18°C.
To change the SET POINT:
Push set and within 15 seconds, press the  or  key until the desired set point is shown
on the display. The new setting will be memorized after 15 seconds provided no other keys
are pushed, or you can press the set key immediately.
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Notes:
1. The minimum and maximum limits of the temperature range of your thermostat are
preset and locked by us. For refrigerator models, that range is 33°F to 40°F. For
freezers, the range is -25°C to -1°C. To reset these ranges, either call us or find
information on our website under Troubleshooting.
2. If the appliance is unplugged, has lost power, or is turned off, you must wait 3 to 5
minutes before restarting the unit. If you attempt to restart before this time delay, the
appliance will not start.
CARE OF THE APPLIANCE
DEFROSTING
There is usually no need to defrost the refrigerator models because any ice deposited on the
interior is automatically defrosted. Ice deposits on the inner back wall during compressor
operation. Later on, when the compressor is not operating, the ice defrosts and water drains
through the outlet in the inner back wall into the drain pan situated above the compressor where
it evaporates. If you see water building up in the rear of the unit, check that the drain trough is
not clogged. Use a pipe cleaner or a piece of flexible wire. During extremely hot and humid
weather, some ice may build up. If necessary, remove contents, unplug the unit and allow
defrosting. A hair dryer may facilitate the process.
Freezer models require manual defrosting. No internal fans are present, and ice will build up
along the cooling coils. Periodically defrost the ice (recommended when the ice level reaches a
thickness of 1/4 to 1/2 inch). NEVER USE A METAL INSTRUMENT as you can damage the
cooling coils, which often cannot be repaired; this will also void your warranty. To defrost,
disconnect from the power supply, empty the contents, provide a tray in the bottom to collect
water, and use a hairdryer or other source of warm air to melt the ice (or leave the door open
and the power off for 24 to 48 hours).
CLEANING THE APPLIANCE
NOTE: To prevent the buildup of odors, clean the appliance about once a month. Follow the
procedure below for cleaning:
1. Disconnect from power.
2. Remove any parts that can be taken out of the cabinet, such as drawers.
3. Using a clean sponge or soft cloth, hand wash, rinse and dry removable parts and interior
surfaces thoroughly. Use a mild detergent in warm water. DO NOT use abrasive or harsh
cleansers such as window sprays, scouring cleansers, flammable fluids, cleaning waxes,
concentrated detergents, bleaches or cleansers containing petroleum products. DO NOT use
harsh cleaning tools such as paper towels or scouring pads, as these can scratch or damage
the surfaces of the refrigerator.
4. For stainless steel and painted metal exterior surfaces, use a clean sponge or soft cloth and
a mild detergent in warm water. DO NOT use abrasive or harsh cleaners, or cleaners containing
chlorine, as these can scratch or damage the material. Using a soft cloth, dry thoroughly.
5. To help with removing odors, you can use a mixture of warm water and baking soda (2 tbs to
1 qt of water) to wash the interior walls.
6. After cleaning, replace all of the parts that were removed from the appliance.
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7. The condenser coils, located on the back or behind the base grille, should also be cleaned
regularly. This may be as often as every other month. Cleaning the condenser coils can help
reduce how much energy the appliance uses.
If necessary, remove the base grille (see Removing / Replacing the Base Grille on page 13).
When the condenser coils are dusty or dirty, use a vacuum cleaner with an extension
attachment.
Replace the base grille.
8. After cleaning the appliance, plug in or reconnect power.
VACATION
If the appliance will be turned off prior to your departure, follow these steps.
1. Remove contents from the appliance.
2. Unplug the appliance.
3. Clean the appliance. See Cleaning the Appliance on pages 12-13.
4. Prop the door open so that sufficient air can enter the appliance. Do so by taping a rubber or
wooden block to the top of the door. Allowing air to flow into the appliance prevents the buildup
of odor and mold.
MOVING THE APPLIANCE
Follow the instructions below to prepare your appliance when moving to a new location.
1. Remove all contents.
2. Unplug the appliance.
3. Clean, wipe, and dry the unit completely.
4. Tape down all removable parts so they don’t shift and rattle during the move.
5. Tape the door shut and tape the power cord to the rear of the unit.
WARNING:
Two or more people are required to move and/or install the appliance. Failure to do so
may cause back or other injury.
Important information about moving your appliance
Your appliance is heavy. When moving the unit for cleaning or maintenance,
cover the floor with cardboard or hardboard to prevent damaging your floor.
You should always pull the unit straight out when moving it. Do not wiggle or
“walk” the appliance when trying to move it, as this can cause floor damage.
REMOVING / REPLACING THE BASE GRILLE (on some models)
Required Tools: Phillips screwdriver
To remove the base grille:
1. Open the refrigerator door.
2. Remove the two screws on either side of the base grille with a Phillips screwdriver.
3. Release and remove the base grille from the unit by pulling forward. The digital thermostat
should stay in place.
To replace the base grille:
1. Open the refrigerator door.
2. Fix the grille in place by tightening the two screws.
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DISPOSING OF A WORN-OUT APPLIANCE
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When an appliance finally wears out, dispose of it.
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Before you dispose of your old appliance, take the door or doors off but leave the shelves
and drawers in place so that children cannot easily climb inside.
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The refrigeration system of the appliance is filled with refrigerant and insulating substances
which should be separately recycled. Either have a licensed appliance repair company or
dealer remove the appliance or call your local recycling office for the appropriate disposal
information.
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For the sake of environmental protection, be careful not to damage the rear wall of the
appliance (the condenser unit or the tubes) when moving the appliance, or any part of the
refrigeration system inside the appliance.
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This appliance is 100% CFC-free, but the coolant is under pressure and puncturing the
sealed system could be dangerous. The coolant used in the sealed system is non-toxic.
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Many older appliances may contain refrigerants that are harmful to the environment, and
should be recycled by a lawfully licensed company.
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PROBLEMS WITH THE APPLIANCE
Many problems can be resolved without the need for a service call. Try the following list
as a reference to potential solutions of common problems.
PROBLEM: The appliance is not operating.
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Is the power supply cord unplugged? Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet.
Has a fuse blown or a circuit breaker been tripped? Replace the fuse or reset the
circuit.
Is the thermostat incorrectly set? See Temperature Control section on pages 11-12.
PROBLEM: The motor is constantly running, or running too much
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Is it hotter than usual where the refrigerator is? At normal temperatures, the motor will
typically run between 40% and 80% of the time. The motor will run even longer when
the unit is in an unusually warm environment.
Has a large amount of product been added to the appliance? The more that is added,
the longer it will take for the unit to cool down. During this process, the motor will run
longer.
Is the door frequently opened? Warm air entering the appliance causes the motor to
run longer. Keep the door closed as much as possible.
Is the thermostat set correctly? See Temperature Control on pages 11-12.
Is the door completely closed? Push the door firmly shut.
Are the condenser coils dirty? This prevents proper air transfer, and causes the motor
to work harder. Clean the condenser coils. See Cleaning the Appliance section on
pages 12 - 13, and refer to #7.
PROBLEM: The temperature in the cabinet is too warm
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Have you just added a large amount of product to the appliance? This will warm the
interior of the unit until it is able to cool down to the correct temperature.
Is the thermostat set correctly? See Temperature Control on pages 11-12.
PROBLEM: There is excessive moisture inside the appliance
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Is the door opened frequently? If so, humidity from the room will enter the appliance
and cause moisture to build up. This will happen even more if the air in the room is
very humid.
PROBLEM: The door is hard to open
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Is the door gasket dirty or sticky? Clean the gasket and the surfaces that it touches. Rub
a thin coat of paraffin wax on the gasket after cleaning.
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NOTES ON VACCINE STORAGE
[Recommendations are based on a report from CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For
more information, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines]
Vaccines are fragile and they must be maintained at recommended temperatures from the time
they are manufactured until they are administered. This appliance is designed to keep your
vaccines at the proper constant temperature while they are stored inside.
Vaccine Storage Temperatures
Vaccines are sensitive and lose their potency if exposed to temperatures outside the required
temperatures (heat or cold).
Live Vaccines- These vaccines tolerate freezing temperatures but deteriorate rapidly
after removal from the freezer
All varicella-containing vaccines (VAR, Varivax; ZOS, Zostavax; and MMRV, ProQuad)
should be stored in a continuous frozen state, between -58 °F and +5 °F (-50°C and
-15°C).
Inactivated Vaccines - These vaccines are damaged by exposure to freezing
temperatures. However, they can tolerate short time out of refrigeration.
All inactivated vaccines require refrigerator storage temperatures between 35°F and 46°F (2°C
and 8°C), with a desired average temperature of 40°F (5°C). The following live attenuated
vaccines must also be kept at refrigerator temperature: influenza (LAIV, FluMist); rotavirus
(RV1, Rotarix and RV5, RotaTeq); typhoid (Ty21-A, Vivotif); and yellow fever (YF-Vax). Review
each manufacturer’s instructions in the product information for vaccine specific storage
temperatures. Aim for 40º F (+5 °C) to keep temperatures from getting too warm or cold.
The measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) can be stored either in the freezer or the
refrigerator.
Freezing of vaccine is considered to be the main reason for vaccine damage. Freezing is
where vaccines are exposed to temperatures at or below 0oC. Although the vaccines
may not visually appear solid or change in appearance if exposed to these temperatures
they are considered to be damaged. As such, visual inspection of vaccines must be
considered unreliable when assuring vaccine was stored under appropriate conditions.
Live attenuated vaccines and some inactivated vaccines must be protected from direct
sunlight or fluorescent light. The manufacturer’s product information indicates if the vaccine
must be protected from light.
Vaccine Storage Equipment
Vaccine storage equipment should be selected carefully, used properly, maintained regularly
(including professional servicing when needed), and monitored consistently to ensure the
recommended temperatures are maintained.
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a. Store vaccine in storage units designated specifically for biologics. If biologic specimens
must be stored in the same unit, these should be stored on a lower shelf to prevent
contamination. Food and drinks should never be stored in the same unit with vaccines.
b. Read and document refrigerator and freezer temperatures at least twice each workday- in
the morning and before the end of the workday. Keep temperature logs for at least 3
years.
c. Good air circulation around the vaccine storage unit is essential for proper heat exchange
and cooling functions. The unit should be in a well-ventilated room with space around the
sides and top and at least 4” between the unit and a wall or 2” if capable of built-in
installation. Nothing should block the cover of the motor compartment and the unit should
be level and stand firmly with at least 1 to 2” between the bottom of the unit and the floor.
d. Store vaccines on the shelves away from the walls and vents in the part of the unit best
able to maintain the required temperature.
e. Store unopened and opened vaccines in their original box with the lid in place until
administration. This practice also helps to ensure different vaccines are not stored
together in the same bins or containers which can lead to vaccine administration errors.
And in the event of a power failure, studies have shown storing vaccines in the box helps
to maintain the vaccine at the appropriate temperature.
Temperature Monitoring Devices
Thermometers with alarm function
Thermometers are a critical part of good storage and handling practice. The freezer and the
refrigerator unit or compartment should each have its own thermometer. For measuring vaccine
storage unit temperatures, CDC recommends using only calibrated thermometers with a
Certificate of Traceability and Calibration.
CDC recommends thermometers with the following characteristics:
 Provide continuous monitoring information with an active display.
 Be a digital thermometer with a probe in a glycol-filled bottle.
 Include an alarm for out-of-range temperatures.
 Have a reset button if using a thermometer with a min/max display.
 Be capable of showing current temperature as well as minimum and maximum
temperatures.
 Have a low battery indicator.
Temperature Sensors
CDC recommends thermometers that employ temperature probes. Probes are available in two forms: a
standard probe that will measure air temperature and a bio-safe glycol-encased probe (i.e., probe
suspended in glycol) that will measure liquid temperature. Glycol-encased probes can provide a more
accurate reading of actual vaccine temperature and are therefore recommended by CDC.
Data Loggers
CDC recommends using digital data loggers for continuous temperature monitoring in vaccine
storage units. These miniature electronic devices may be programmed to record temperatures
at intervals throughout the day, with the frequency of reading set by the user. Digital data logger
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thermometers are capable of recording hundreds or even thousands of individual temperature
readings.
Diluents
Vaccines that must be reconstituted are shipped with diluents specific to that vaccine. Vaccine
diluents are not all the same; some contain vaccine antigen. As with vaccines, diluents should
be stored according to the guidelines in the manufacturer’s product information. When feasible,
diluents that require refrigeration should be stored with their corresponding vaccines. Never
store any diluent in the freezer because the vials are not designed for freezer storage and could
crack.
Electrical Supply
To maintain the proper temperature ranges, the freezer and refrigerator must be in good
working condition and they must have power at all times. There are several things that can be
done to prevent problems:
• Place the storage unit near enough to an outlet so that the cord is not a tripping hazard
and an extension cord is not necessary.
• Make sure the outlet is not controlled by a light switch.
• Place a “DO NOT UNPLUG” sign next to the outlet and its controlling circuit breaker.
If these are not accessible or visible, place the sign as near as possible so that people
accessing the outlet or circuit breaker are likely to see it.
• Storage units should be plugged directly into wall outlets; multi-strip outlets should not be
used. If possible, do not plug more than one appliance into the outlet to avoid tripping the
circuit breaker.
• If you have a backup power supply for your facility, make sure it is in working order and
tested regularly.
• If you do not have a backup power supply, arrange at least one alternate vaccine storage
location that has proper refrigerator and freezer units, temperature monitoring capability,
and backup power where your vaccine can be moved in the event of a power outage.
Record this information in your Vaccine Management Plan.
• Plug guards or safety-lock plugs should be put in place to prevent someone from
inadvertently unplugging the unit.
• The circuit breakers can also be labeled to alert janitors and electricians not to unplug
vaccine storage units or turn off the power. This can be done by posting a warning sign
near the electrical outlet, on the storage unit, and at the circuit breaker box. The warning
sign should include emergency contact information.
Vaccine Storage Troubleshooting
In addition to temperature monitoring, a physical inspection of the storage unit should be
performed daily. An inspection should include the following:
 Are the vaccines placed properly in the unit?
 Are the vaccines in their original boxes?
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 Are vaccines being stored away from the walls, coils, and vent and not being stored in
the doors?
During a work day it is easy for vaccines to be shifted into an area of the storage unit where the
temperature may not be appropriate or stable, such as against a wall, under a cold air vent or in
the door.
While it is important to take measures to prevent problems, equally important is taking
immediate corrective action when a problem does exist, for example when the storage unit
temperature falls outside the recommended range. It is very important that staff know whom to
contact in case of a malfunction or disaster.
If the problem is short-term (usually 2 hours or less) and depending on outside ambient
temperature, the storage unit temperature can probably be maintained with the water containers
in the refrigerator, with frozen packs or blue ice in the freezer, and by keeping the unit doors
closed. If there is an extended period of time before the situation can be corrected and there are
no other storage units available on site, the vaccine should be moved to the backup storage
facility using the guidelines in the emergency plan.
Maintenance of the Vaccine Refrigerator or Freezer
• Report breakdowns immediately and arrange for alternative monitored storage for
vaccines while the appliance is being repaired.
• Regularly check the door seals to ensure a good seal is maintained. Replace the seals if
they are damaged or cold air is leaking from the appliance.
• Defrost the appliance regularly, if required, to prevent build-up of ice which will result in
unstable temperatures. Regular defrosting also aids in efficient functioning of your
appliance.
• If there are exposed coils on the back of the appliance, keep them clean and dust-free to
improve operating efficiency.
Checking the Door Seal
To check that the vaccine storage unit door is sealing properly:
1. Place a thin paper strip against the cabinet front.
2. Close the door.
3. Pull the paper strip. If it moves easily or falls away by itself, the door and the rubberlike seal need to be adjusted.
4. Check all the way around the door. Pay particular attention to the corners.
5. Based on this assessment, if a problem with the door seal or hinges is suspected,
contact a trained repair technician.
Checking if the Thermometer Works
A slight variation in temperature is often seen from one thermometer reading to another, even
when the vaccine storage unit thermostat is set at a particular temperature. This is normal. If the
thermometer reading does not fluctuate at all over several readings, temporarily remove the
thermometer from the storage unit and place it outside the unit at room temperature. Check
whether the temperature reading rises. If no change in the temperature reading occurs, the
thermometer is faulty and needs to be replaced.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Within the 48 contiguous United States, for one year from the date of purchase, when this appliance
is operated and maintained according to instructions attached to or furnished with the product,
warrantor will pay for factory-specified parts and repair labor to correct defects in materials or
workmanship. Service must be provided by a designated service company. Outside the 48 states, all
parts are warranted for one year from manufacturing defects. Plastic parts, shelves and cabinets are
warranted to be manufactured to commercially acceptable standards, and are not covered from
damage during handling or breakage.
5-YEAR COMPRESSOR WARRANTY
The compressor is covered for 5 years.
Replacement does not include labor.
ITEMS WARRANTOR WILL NOT PAY FOR:
1. Service calls to correct the installation of your appliance, to instruct you how to use your
appliance, to replace or repair fuses or to correct wiring or plumbing.
2. Service calls to repair or replace appliance light bulbs or broken shelves. Consumable parts
(such as filters) are excluded from warranty coverage.
3. Damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse, abuse, fire, flood, acts of God, improper
installation, installation not in accordance with electrical or plumbing codes, or use of products
not approved by warrantor.
4. Replacement parts or repair labor costs for units operated outside the United States.
5. Repairs to parts or systems resulting from unauthorized modifications made to the appliance.
6. Expenses for travel and transportation for product service in remote locations.
7. The removal and reinstallation of your appliance if it is installed in an inaccessible location or
is not installed in accordance with published installation instructions.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES – LIMITATION OF REMEDIES
CUSTOMER'S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE
PRODUCT REPAIR AS PROVIDED HEREIN. IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO ONE
YEAR. WARRANTOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LIMITATIONS ON THE DURATION OF IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS, SO THESE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS
MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS AND YOU
MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
WARNING! This product may contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
Chemicals known by the manufacturer to be present in this product in concentrations higher than threshold
limits: NONE
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Printed in the USA