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Chest Freezers
Operating Instructions
Contents Page
Industrial use, Choice of Location, Ther-
mometer, Temperature acoustic warning,
Before starting up, Fitting of basket handles,
Special accessories
Temperature regulation
Maximum loading/filling mark, Freezing
fresh food, The do's and don'ts of storing
frozen food, Freezer Booklet with stored food
Defrosting and cleaning, Draining off after
defrosting in removable separating wall,
Opening the freezer lid, Faults and servicing
When not in use, Hints on energy-saving,
Product information
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Controls and monitoring devices on
the front panel of your chest freezer:
(1) green mains operating lamp
O) tast freeze switch with amber lamp
@ red temperature monitoring lamp (warning)
@ symbol for equipment with temperature
acoustic warning
® temperature regulator
if your old refrigerator or freezer is still fitted with
a snap catch or lock, you shouid render this
catch unserviceable before throwing the ap-
pliance away or putting it out for refuse collec-
— In this way you can prevent children locking
themselves in when playing and thus endanger-
ing their lives.
You have just purchased a home freezer which
has been produced according to the standards
applicable to these appliances. During manufac-
ture, the necessary measures have been taken as
required by the Appliance Safety Act, the Acci-
dent Prevention Regulations for Refrigerating
Installations (VBG 20), and the Requirements of
the Association of German Electrical Engineers
The refrigeration circuit has been checked for
The appliance is radio-interference suppressed
in accordance with EEC Codes 76/889/CM and
Before starting up, we recommend you to read
the following Instructions for Use, since only by
doing so can you benefit from all the advantages
offered by your chest freezer.
These Instructions for Use are intended for sev-
eral comparable models with different equip-
ment. Please note only the instructions which re-
fer to your chest freezer version.
Industrial use
Should you use your home freezer for industrial
purposes, please note the legal requirements
valid in your area.
Choice of location
If possible, your freezer should be installed in a
dry, well-ventilated room. Never instali near a
heater or oven or in direct sunlight.
Do not install in a room whose temperature may
exceed +32 °C for any length of time.
The appliance should be installed horizontally
on a firm surface. Correct any floor irregularities
with suitable packing pieces.
When your chest freezer is in use, you will find
that the outside is warm to touch. This is caused
by the special cooling system, integrated cooling
circuit (shell-and-tube condenser) whose heat
prevents formation of condensation and thereby
rust on the external housing.
Ensure that all surfaces (sides) of your chest
freezer receive sufficient air so that the heat can
be dissipated.
On some models, a thermometer is attached to
the separating wall of the prefreezing compart-
ment. It shows the temperature of the items at the
same level as the upper filling mark. If your
freezer is not full, please remove the thermome-
ter from its holder and place iton the frozen food.
You can remove the thermometer by withdraw-
ing it upwards from its holder (figure 1).
if the lid is open for long periods, the temperature
indication will be affected by room air.
Ensure that the storage temperature is at least
-18 °C. If no thermometer is incorporated in your
chest freezer, you can order one from your dealer
or aftersales service.
Temperature acoustic warning
If your chest freezer is fitted with a temperature
acoustic warning (figure 2/arrow), an acoustic
warning will sound (intermittent warning tone) at
the same time as the red temperature warning
light comes on. This tells you that the storage
temperature inside the appliance is too high or
too warm.
The acoustic warning will sound until the red
temperature warning light goes out or until it is
cancelled by operating the fast freeze switch
(amber light).
The fast freeze switch can be switched off when
the red light has gone out.
Before starting up
In common with all new appliances, your chest
freezer will emit a specific odour when new.
It is advisable to clean the interior of the freezer
and all accessories before use (see also ‘De-
frosting and cleaning’).
Fitting of basket handles
Insert handles as shown in Fig. 3 if the basket is
to be suspended on the plastic cover frame on
the upper edge of your chest freezer.
If baskets are to be placed in the chest freezer
and stacked above each other, the handles are to
be folded inwards as shown in Fig. 4.
The handles then serve as a support for the bas-
ket to be placed on top.
Special accessories
For full equipment of your chest freezer, univer-
sal storage baskets, available only in sets of 2,
can be ordered from your supplier.
Your chest freezer can be made lockable by a re-
trofit set.
Voltage and current
Please ensure that the voltage and current indi-
cated on the rating plate agrees with the voltage
of your electricity supply.
220/240 V ~ means 220/240 V aiternating cur-
rent. The rating plate is located on the inside of
the freezer lid.
“Warning - this appliance must be earthed”
The wires in this mains lead are colour-coded as
Green & yellow — earth; blue — neutral; brown —
Since the colours of the wires in the mains lead of
this appliance may not correspond to the col-
oured markings identifying the terminais in your
plug, proceed as follows: The wire which is col-
oured green & yellow must be connected to the
terminal which is marked with the letter E or with
the earth symbol + or coloured green or green á
The wire which is coloured brown must be con-
nected to the terminal which is marked L or col-
oured red.
The wire which is coloured blue must be con-
nected to the terminal which is marked N or col-
oured black. |
Earthing contact socket
The earthing contact socket outlet necessary for
connection of the freezer to the electricity supply
should be positioned so that it is possible to pull
out the appliance plug.
Starting up
insert the mains plug of your chest freezer into a
socket fitted as prescribed with a protective con-
tact (Schuko socket). Your appliance is now op-
The green mains operating lamp (1) and red
temperature monitoring lamp (3) show, and the
temperature acoustic warning (4) (where avail-
able) sounds.
The green mains operating lamp indicates oper-
ation and must continuously show.
The red temperature monitoring lamp tells you
that the storage temperature has not yet been at-
tained or has been exceeded (warning).
if you additionally operate the fast freeze switch
(2), the amber pilot lamp in the switch (2) shows,
and the refrigerating unit operates in continuous
When the fast freeze switch is pressed, the tem-
perature acoustic warning (warning tone) im-
mediately ceases.
If you switch off the fast freeze switch (2) when
the red temperature monitoring lamp (3) has
gone out, the amber lamp goes out.
The red temperature monitoring lamp (3) and
temperature acoustic warning (4) (where avail-
able) give an alarm if:
— the storage temperature has not yet been
reached (starting up)
— the minimum storage temperature is no longer
being maintained (fault)
— if large quantities of fresh food have been
placed inside
- the chest lid has been open for too long.
important: Check regularly on the red tempera-
ture monitoring lamp and on a thermometer
placed inside whether the storage temperature is
being maintained.
Temperature regulation
The temperature regulator (thermostat) is lo-
cated beside the pilot lights and controls on the
front of your freezer. It can be used for continu-
ous setting of the most economical storage
temperature for your frozen food (figure 5). It has
settings from 1 to 7:
Setting “1” means: highest temperature =
warmest setting:
Setting “7” means: lowest temperature =
coldest setting.
Since the ambient temperature, type and quan-
tity of stored frozen food, and frequency and
duration of lid opening are decisive for the op-
timum storage conditions of -18 °C or colder,
you should check the internal temperature on a
Set the temperature regulator so that the indi-
cated temperature is —18 °C.
important: If you operate the fast freeze switch or
adjust the temperature regulator, it may happen
that the refrigerating unit of your chest freezer
starts, not immediately, but with some delay. in
this case, your appliance has no fault.
Maximum loading/
filling mark
Please note that you should store frozen food
only as far as the lower edge of the coloured plas-
tic cover frame (figure 6/arrow).
Freezing fresh food
Your freezer can be used for storage of frozen
food and for freezing of fresh food.
Before filling the freezer for the first time with
frozen food (deep-frozen food), the optimum
storage temperature of —18 °C must have been
attained at the filling mark.
if you intend to freeze food yourself, switch on
the fast treeze switch 4 to 24 hours beforehand
(according to quantity).
Freeze only sound fresh food.
The procedure for preparation and packing is
described in detail in the ‘Freezer Booklet” ac-
companying some models.
Place the food which should be packed as air-
tight as possible in the prefreezing compart-
ment — if this is insufficient, also in the storage
compartment — and ensure that the individual
packages make proper contact with the cooling
surfaces at the sides. In this manner, the food
will freeze right through more quickly.
After around 24 hours (or less for smaller quanti-
ty), the fast freeze switch can be switched off.
if you intend to freeze more food, retain the fast
treeze setting.
Only place the food in the baskets after freezing
is completed!
It is particularly important to keep the freshly
inserted food separate from the already frozen
food. For this reason, we recommend using the
separate prefreezing compartment on the inter-
nal feft-hand side for freezing purposes. Only
when freezing larger quantities (e. g. a quantity
corresponding to the daily freezing capacity)
must you freeze part of the food having proper
contact with the side walls in the large compart-
The daily freezing capacity of your chest freezer
is shown on the rating plate. This quantity should
not be exceeded. If freezing is carried out every
day, itis advisable to reduce this maximum figure
to obtain improved frozen food quality. That is to
say, if you want to carry out freezing on several
consecutive days, only utilize 2/3 to 3/a of the
maximum capacity.
Hint for test centres
Filling plans for determination of freezing capac-
ity and warm-up time according to DIN Standard
conditions may be ordered direct from the man-
The do’s and don’ts of storing
frozen food
Once the freezing process is completed, deep-
frozen storage takes place in the temperature
range below —18 °C, the freezer system being
regulated automatically (fast freeze switch
switched off).
When freezing food yourself, please note the
maximum storage times and the storage times
indicated in the ‘Freezer Booklet” accompany-
ing some models.
For storage of already frozen food, it is impera-
tive to note the storage time specified by the
manufacturer on the packing.
Make sure that only packed food is stored in the
freezer, since unpacked food will soon dry out
when exposed to the extreme cold.
With the exception of spirits and drinks contain-
ing a higher percentage of alcohol, beverages in
glass bottles, particularly soft drinks containing
carbon dioxide, juices, beer, wine, etc. should
not be stored in the freezer. When the contents
freeze, the glass bottles will crack or even burst.
Ice-cream and fatty foods should be kept near
the bottom. |
Never handle deep-frozen food with wet hands.
Your hands could easily become frozen to the
Never use the freezer as a means of cooling hot
meals, since this causes heavy frost formation on
the evaporators and an increase in electricity
The prefreezing compartment is also usable as a
storage compartment.
It you want to utilize fully the effective capacity of
your appliance and need to store an especially
large quantity of deep-frozen food, you can re-
move all storage baskets. Even when food is
loaded in this manner, the functional safety of
your appliance is assured.
Freezer Booklet with stored
food chart
The Freezer Booklet accompanying some mod-
els contains all detailed information and hints on
freezing and storage. It aiso contains the stored
food chart in which you can do your “bookkeep-
With the supplied coloured self-adhesive spots,
you can mark the storage compartments/ freezer
drawers and the stored food chart correspond-
Enter the stored food with storage dates in soft
pencil. In this way, you will at all times have a
handy external survey of your frozen food stocks
and storage times. No more unnecessary search-
ing and no cold losses through prolonged door
opening times.
After taking out the frozen food, do not forget to
rub out the corresponding entry.
Defrosting and cleaning
The moisture in the air entering the freezer when
the lid is opened condenses in the freezer in the
form of frost.
This should be removed from time to time with a
plastic scraper, e.g. pastry scraper (not with a
knife or the like). It is not necessary to switch off
the freezer when doing so. To prevent heavy frost
formation, keep the freezer lid closed as much as
possible. This also saves electricity, since heavy
frost incrustation impairs refrigerating efficien-
Your freezer should be defrosted at least once a
year or as soon as a thick layer of frost has
formed. This is best done when your chest
freezer is completely or partly empty.
Any temperature rise in the frozen food will re-
duce the time for which it can be kept. Before de-
frosting therefore, switch over your freezer to
“Fast Freeze" for around 12 hours to build up
sufficient low-temperature reserve.
All food packages remaining in the freezer, her-
metically packed if possible, should then be
wrapped in several layers of newspaper and
stored in a cool place (e.g. refrigerator).
To defrost, the chest freezer is switched off: pull
out mains plug or remove fuse. The green lamp
goes out.
You can accelerate the defrosting process by
placing a bowl of hot water in the freezer and re-
moving the lumps of ice before they are com-
pletely melted.
Never attempt to accelerate defrosting by means
of electric heating or warming appliances, can-
dles, or the like.
Draining off after defrosting in-
to removable separating wall
To drain off the water after defrosting, remove
the plug from the defrosting outlet on the front of
the freezer. Before doing so, do not forget to
piace the removed separating wall or a flat dish
under the outlet to collect the water (figure 7).
When defrosting is completed, refit the sealing
After defrosting the freezer, wash inside and out
as well as accessories with lukewarm water to
which a mild detergent can be added. Then rinse
with clean water and wipe dry. Finally, switch the
freezer back on.
The trozen food can be placed back inside after
around 10 minutes (see also "Starting up").
Opening the freezer lid
Figure 8
After opening and closing the lid of your chest
freezer whilst the latter is in operation, you will
not immediately be able to open the lid again,
since a vacuum will have developed which keeps
the lid closed until the pressures inside and out-
side the freezer have equalized.
After a few minutes, the lid can be opened again
quite easily.
Faults and servicing
Before approaching our after-sales service,
check whether itis not one of the pilot light bulbs
that is defective.
If, for example, the green light goes out whilst the
freezer is operational, switch over to “Fast
Ifthe amber light comes on, the green light is de-
If the amber light does not come on when set to
“Fast Freeze”, but the refrigerating unit is opera-
tional, this means that the amber light must be
If neither of the pilot lights is on, first check that
the power supply has not been cut off (mains
plug, house fuse, overall power failure in the
supply system, etc.). If necessary, contact your
electrician immediately.
If the red light comes on, or the temperature in-
side the freezer has risen sharply without fresh
food having been inserted or the lid having been
open for any length of time, this means that there
is a fault.
Switch to “Fast Freeze’, keep your freezer
closed, and notify our after-sales service im-
mediately (see list of service centres). In this
case, do not carry out any repairs yourself, espe-
cially in the electrical parts of the appliance.
When doing so, please quote
— the type,
— E-number, and
— F-number of your appliance.
The rating plate bearing this information is lo-
cated inside the lid.
Keep the freezer closed and inform our after-
sales service whether the refrigeration system is
still operating. If the refrigeration system fails,
the cold retained in frozen food stored in a full
freezer will remain effective tor a specific period
of time. This is indicated in the product informa-
tion or brochure accompanying the appliance.
N. B.! Unjustified after-sales service calls must
be paid for even during the guarantee period.
Important: Check regularly on the red tempera-
ture monitoring lamp and on a thermometer
placed inside whether the storage temperature is
being maintained.
When not in use
If your freezer is to remain unused for any length
of time, it must be disconnected (unplugged)
from the electricity supply. It should then be de-
frosted, cleaned thoroughly, and the lid left open
to prevent any odours from forming.
Hints on energy-saving
One or two additional hints on energy-saving are
given below:
— Do not install your freezer next to a radiator or
oven or in direct sunlight.
— Do not place any hot food in the freezer.
— Do not open the lid unnecessarily and close it
again as quickly as possible.
— Check the storage temperature in the freezer
compartment with a thermometer.
— Do not set the storage temperature lower than
—18 °С.
-- Ensure good ventilation of all surfaces (sides)
of your chest freezer.
If you ever move house
If your freezer is not fully loaded, pack ali the
frozen food in concentrated fashion at a few
storage levels.
Switch over to fast freeze 24 hours before the
removal van leaves to create a low-temperature
reserve in the frozen food.
Secure the chest freezer lid against opening dur-
ing transport.
Place the chest freezer on the removal van last so
that you can unload it first and replug it into the
mains supply.
Product information
Piease stick the product information supplied
with your freezer on the back of these Instruc-
tions for Use. It also contains data relating to the
energy consumption of your appliance.
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AEG Domestic Appliances Ltd
Customer Care Department
55-77 High Street
Berkshire SL1 1DZ
Telephone: 08705 350350
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