Hotpoint FF40P Instruction for Use | Manualzz
Operating Instructions
Installation, 2-3
Positioning and connection
Description of the appliance, 4-5
Control panel
Overall view
Accessories, 6
Refrigerator compartment
Freezer compartment
Start-up and use, 7
Starting the appliance
Chiller system
Using the refrigerator to its full potential
Using the freezer to its full potential
Maintenance and care, 8
Switching the appliance off
Cleaning the appliance
Avoiding mould and unpleasant odours
Replacing the light bulb
Replacing the l Odour filter
Holiday function
Precautions and tips, 9
General safety
Respecting and conserving the environment
Troubleshooting, 10
Guarantee, 11
After Sales Service, 12
! Before placing your new appliance into operation please
read these operating instructions carefully. They contain
important information for safe use, for installation and for
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 room.
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. Leave a space of at least 10 cm between the top part of
the appliance and any furniture above it, and at least 5 cm
between the sides and any furniture/side walls.
4. Ensure the appliance is away from any sources of heat
(direct sunlight, electric stove, etc.).
5. In order to maintain the correct distance between the
appliance and the wall behind it, fit the spacers supplied in
the installation kit, following the instructions provided.
1. Install the appliance on a level and rigid floor.
2. If the floor is not perfectly horizontal, adjust the
refrigerator by tightening or loosening the front feet.
Electrical connections
After the appliance has been transported, 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
• 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 W).
• 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 appliance.
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 accessible.
! 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.
Connection of the water supply
To carry this out, use the kit provided which contains all
the necessary elements for connection to the water supply.
To improve the performance of the Aqua Care, we
recommend that you fit a tap with a filter on the pipe for
the connection to the water system: in this way it will be
possible to manually interrupt the water supply during long
periods in which Aqua Care is not used.
! The water pressure inside the water system must be
between 0.8 bar and 8 bar.
! The appliance must only be connected to a water supply
suitable for drinking.
Your appliance is supplied with a 13amp fused plug that
can be plugged into a 13amp socket for immediate use.
Before using the appliance please read the instructions
Replacing fuse covers:
When replacing a faulty fuse, a 13amp ASTA approved
fuse to BS 1362 should always be used and the fuse
cover re-fitted.
If the fuse cover is lost, the plug must not be used until a
replacement is obtained.
Replacement fuse covers:
If a replacement fuse cover is fitted, it must be of the
correct colour as indicated by the coloured marking or the
colour that is embossed in words on the base of the plug.
Changing the plug:
Removing the plug
If your appliance has a non-rewireable moulded plug and
you should wish to remove it to add a longer cable or to
re-route the mains cable through partitions, units etc.
please ensure that either:
- The plug is replaced by a fused 13amp rewireable plug bearing the BSI mark of
- The mains cable is wired directly into a
13amp cable outlet, controlled by a
switch (in compliance with BS 5733)
which is accessible without moving the
Disposing of the plug
Cut off and dispose of the supplied plug if it does not fit
your socket. The cable should be cut as close as possible
to the moulded plug.
Remove the fuse.
To avoid a shock hazard do not insert the discarded
plug into a socket anywhere else.
Fitting a new plug
Green and Yellow
- Earth
- Neutral
- Live
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead may not
correspond with the coloured markings identifying the
terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:
- Connect Green and Yellow wire to terminal marked
or coloured Green and Yellow.
'E' or
- Connect Brown wire to terminal marked 'L' or coloured
red or brown.
- Connect Blue wire to terminal marked 'N' or coloured
Black or Blue.
If a 13amp plug (BS 1363) is used it must be
fitted with a 13amp fuse. A 15amp plug must be protected
by a 15amp fuse, either in the plug or adaptor or at the
distribution board.
If you are in any doubt about the electrical
supply to your machine, consult a qualified
electrician before use.
CE Marking certifies that this appliance conforms to
the following EEC directives :
Low Voltage Equipment - 73/23/EEC & 93/68 EEC
Electromagnetic Compatibility 89/336/EEC, 92/31/EEC
& 93/68/EEC
Description of the
Control panel
Indicator light
Indicator light
to regulate the temperature of the refrigerator
is the optimal temperature for energy saving levels.
is the holiday function (see Maintenance and care).
• SUPER COOL (quick cool) to lower the temperature of
the refrigerator compartment rapidly. When it is pressed,
the SUPER COOL indicator light illuminates (see Start-up
and use).
• SUPER COOL Yellow indicator light (rapid cooling)
illuminates when the SUPER COOL button is pressed.
• POWER Indicator light illuminates when the appliance is
connected to the electricity network.
SUPER FREEZE button (rapid freezing) to freeze fresh food.
When it is pressed, the SUPER FREEZE indicator light
illuminates (see Start-up and use).
Indicator light
• SUPER FREEZE Yellow indicator light (rapid freezing)
illuminates when the SUPER FREEZE button is
to regulate the temperature of the freezer compartment.
is the optimal temperature for energy saving levels.
switches the appliance off, including the
! The indicator lights are also used to indicate an unusual
temperature increase in the freezer compartment (see
Overall view
Control panel
(see Maintenance)
Removable lidded
shelf with EGG TRAY
BOTTLE shelf
ICE tray•
• Varies by number and/or position.
Available only on certain models.
Refrigerator compartment
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.
MULTI-USE bin*: to store food
(such as cold meats) for a long
time and also prevent odours
from lingering in the refrigerator.
It can be removed for use and it
may be shifted sideways to
optimise space (see diagram).
FRESH BOX*: for fresh meat and fish. Due to the
compartment’s low temperature (the coldest in the
refrigerator) and to the clear door that provides
protection against oxidation and blackening, food can
be stored for even up to one week. It can also be used
for “cold meals.”
Freezer compartment
ICE tray
The fact that they are situated on the top part of the
freezer drawers ensures greater cleanliness: the ice no
longer comes into contact with the food placed inside the
freezer compartment; furthermore, the dripping of the
water during filling is avoided (a lid to cover up the hole
after filling with water is also provided).
1. Pull out the tray by pushing it up.
Check that the tray is ompletely empty and fill it with
water through the opening provided.
2. Take care not to exceed the level indicated (MAX
WATER LEVEL). Excess water prevents the ice cubes
from dispensing (if this happens, wait for the ice to melt
and empty the tray).
3. Turn the tray 90°: due to the connected compartments
each mould fills with water (see diagram).
4. Close the opening with the lid provided and put the tray
5. When the ice has formed (minimum time approximately
8 hours) knock the tray against a hard surface and wet
the outside so that the ice cubes come loose and take
them out through the opening.
CAN RACK shelf: stores cans
horizontally (see diagram).
Yoghurt, butter or general
containers may also be stored
* Available only on certain models.
models are fitted with a new
odour filter with active carbons,
which ensures better air quality
inside the refrigerator.
The filter is located on the
bottom right-hand side, inside
the ventilation opening.
Start-up and use
Starting the appliance
• Place only cold or lukewarm foods in the compartment, not
hot foods (see Precautions and tips).
! 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.
! The appliance comes with a motor protection control
system which makes the compressor start approximately 8
minutes after being switched on. The compressor also
starts each time the power supply is cut off whether
voluntarily or involuntarily (blackout).
• Remember that cooked foods do not last longer than
raw foods.
1. Set the FREEZER OPERATION knob on
2. Insert the plug into the socket and ensure that the green
POWER indicator light illuminates.
3. Turn the REFRIGERATOR OPERATION knob to an
average value. After a few hours you will be able to put
food in the refrigerator.
4. Turn the FREEZER OPERATION knob to an average
value and press the SUPER FREEZE button (rapid
freezing): the SUPER FREEZE indicator light will
illuminate. Once the refrigerator has reached the optimal
temperature, the indicator light goes out and you can
begin food storage.
Chiller system
No Frost
The No Frost system circulates
cold air continuously to collect
humidity and prevent ice and frost
formation. The system maintains
an optimal humidity level in the
compartment, preserving the
original quality of the food,
preventing the food from sticking
together and making defrosting a
thing of the past. Do not block the aeration cells by placing
food or containers in direct contact with the refrigerating
back panel. Close bottles and wrap food tightly.
• Do not store liquids in open containers. They will increase
humidity in the refrigerator and cause condensation to
Using the freezer to its full potential
• Use the FREEZER OPERATION knob to adjust the
temperature (see Description).
• 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 in the top FREEZER and STORAGE
compartment 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).
• To freeze (if the freezer is already operating):
press the rapid freezing SUPER FREEZE button
(corresponding yellow indicator light illuminates), insert the
food and close the door. The function is disabled
automatically after 24 hours or when optimal temperatures
have been reached (indicator light goes out);
! to avoid blocking the air circulation inside the freezer
compartment, it is advisable not to obstruct the ventilation
holes with food or containers.
! Do not open the door during freezing.
Using the refrigerator to its full potential
• Use the REFRIGERATOR OPERATION knob to adjust
the temperature (see Description).
! 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.
• Press the SUPER COOL button (rapid cooling) to lower
the temperature quickly. For example, when you place a
large number of new food items inside a fridge the
internal temperature will rise slightly. The function
quickly cools the groceries by temporarily reducing the
temperature until it reaches the ideal level.
Maintenance and care
Switching the appliance off
Replacing the l Odour filter
During cleaning and maintenance it is necessary to
disconnect the appliance from the electricity supply:
The filter should be replaced after approximately 6-8 months
from when it is activated. This period may vary depending on
the type of food that is stored. For information on where a
replacement filter may be purchased, contact Assistance (see
Assistance). To replace the filter, follow the instructions (see
diagrams A and B).
1. set the FREEZER OPERATION knob on
2. pull the plug out of the socket
! If this procedure is not followed, the alarm may sound.
This alarm does not indicate a malfunction. To restore
normal operation bring the FREEZER OPERATION knob
(off) and turn the appliance on again. To
setting to
disconnect the appliance, follow point 1 and 2.
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.
• The back of the appliance may collect dust which can
be removed by delicately using the hose of a vacuum
cleaner set on medium power. The appliance must be
switched off and the plug must be pulled out before
cleaning the appliance.
Avoiding mould and unpleasant odours
• 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.
• If you want to switch the appliance off for an extended
period of time, clean the inside and leave the doors
Replacing the light bulb
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
Replace it with a similar light bulb
within the power range indicated
on the cover (10 W).
Holiday function
To minimise energy usage when on holiday, it is not
necessary to switch the appliance off. The appliance has a
function which allows it to maintain the temperature of the
refrigerator compartment at approximately 15°C (which
can also be used to conserve make-up and beauty
products). The freezer temperature must be set to the
minimum value in order to preserve the food.
To enable the function: set the REFRIGERATOR
A double acoustic signal informs you when it has been
enabled. A single acoustic signal informs you when it has
been disabled.
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.
• Before cleaning and maintenance, always switch off the
appliance and disconnect it from the electrical supply. It is
not sufficient to set the temperature adjustment knobs on
OFF (appliance off) 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 utensils other than the scraper provided, or
electrical equipment which is not of the type specified by
the manufacturer, inside the frozen food storage
• Do not put ice cubes taken directly from the freezer into
your mouth.
• Observe local environmental standards when disposing
packaging material for recycling purposes.
• 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
Consumers should contact their local authority or retailer
for information concerning the correct disposal of their
old appliance.
Respecting and conserving the environment
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Regularly check the door seals and wipe clean to ensure
they are free of debris and to prevent cold air from
escaping (see Maintenance).
• 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.
Possible causes / Solutions:
The green POWER indicator light does
not illuminate.
• 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 motor does not start.
• The appliance comes with a motor protection control (see Start-up and use).
The indicator lights are on but the light is • Pull out and reverse the plug before putting it back in the socket.
a) The alarm sounds.
b) The alarm sounds and the two yellow
indicator lights flash.
c) The alarm sounds and the two yellow
indicator lights as well as the green one
is excessive
a) The refrigerator door has remained open for more than two minutes (the
buzzer will stop sounding when you shut the door) or the correct switching-off
procedure was not followed (see Maintenance).
b) The temperature in the freezer is too high. Check the quality of the food
products and dispose if necessary.
c) The temperature in the freezer has reached a dangerous level. The food must
be disposed immediately.
b/c) In the first case the freezer will maintain a temperature of about 0°C so
that the food does not re-freeze. In the second case, however, the
temperature will remain at approximately -18°C.
+ buzzer
To turn off the acoustic signal open and close the refrigerator door. To
restore normal operation bring the FREEZER OPERATION knob setting to
(off) and turn the appliance on again.
+ buzzer
The green POWER indicator light flashes.
• The appliance is not operating correctly. Contact the Technical Assistance
The refrigerator and the freezer do not
cool well.
The food inside the refrigerator is
beginning to freeze.
• The REFRIGERATOR OPERATION knob is not on the correct setting (see
• The food is in contact with the back inside wall of the refrigerator.
The motor runs continuously.
• The SUPER FREEZE button has been pressed (rapid freezing): the yellow
SUPER FREEZE light is on or flashing (see Description).
• The door is not closed properly or is continuously opened.
• The outside ambient temperature is very high.
• The thickness of the frost exceeds 2-3 mm (see Maintenance).
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
• The internal refrigerant makes a slight noise even when the compressor is off.
This is not a defect, it is normal.
The back wall of the refrigerator unit is
covered in frost or droplets of water
• This shows the appliance is operating normally.
The doors do not close properly or the seals are damaged.
The doors are opened too frequently.
The OPERATION knobs are not on the correct setting (see Description).
The refrigerator or the freezer have been over-filled.
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
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
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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