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GE GIE18GTHBB Use and Care Manual
All about the
Use & Care
of your
Refrigerator
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S
Ice Service................................................14
Installation.................................................4
Normal Operating Sounds & Sights.............15
Connecting Water Supply.............................5
Care and Cleaning.....................................16
Door Removal Instructions...........................7
Before You Call.........................................18
Temperature Controls................................13
Warranty..................................................19
www.frigidaire.com USA 1-800-944-9044
www.frigidaire.ca Canada 1-800-265-8352
241857202 (May 2010)
Important Safety Instructions.......................2
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING
Please read all instructions before using this
refrigerator.
For your Safety
• DO NOT store or use gasoline, or other
flammable liquids in the vicinity of this or
any other appliance. Read product labels
for warnings regarding flammability and
other hazards.
• DO NOT operate the refrigerator in the
presence of explosive fumes.
• Avoid contact with any moving parts of
automatic ice maker.
• Remove all staples from the carton. Staples
can cause severe cuts, and also destroy
finishes if they come in contact with other
appliances or furniture.
Definitions
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to
alert you to potential personal injury hazards.
Obey all safety messages that follow this
symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
DANGER
DANGER indicates an imminently hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will result in
death or serious injury.
WARNING
WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, could result
in death or serious injury.
CAUTION
CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, may result in
minor or moderate injury.
IMPORTANT
IMPORTANT indicates installation, operation
or maintenance information which is
important but not hazard-related.
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Installation Checklist
Doors
 Handles are secure and tight
 Door seals completely to cabinet on all
sides
 Freezer door is level across the top
Leveling
 Refrigerator is level, side-to-side and
tilted 1/4” (6mm) front-to-back
 Toe grille is properly attached to
refrigerator
 Cabinet is setting solid on all corners
Electrical Power
 House power turned on
 Refrigerator plugged in
Ice Maker
 House water supply connected to
refrigerator
 No water leaks present at all
connections - recheck in 24 hours
 Ice maker is turned ON
 Ice & water dispenser operates
correctly
 Front filter must be flush with filter
housing (select models)
Final Checks
 Shipping material removed
 Fresh food and freezer temperatures
set
 Crisper humidity controls set
 Registration card sent in
Child Safety
Destroy or recycle the carton, plastic bags, and
any exterior wrapping material immediately
after the refrigerator is unpacked. Children
should never use these items to play. Cartons
covered with rugs, bedspreads, plastic sheets
or stretch wrap may become airtight chambers,
and can quickly cause suffocation.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Proper Disposal of your
Refrigerator or Freezer
Risk of child entrapment
Child entrapment and suffocation are not
problems of the past. Junked or abandoned
refrigerators or freezers are still dangerous
– even if they will sit for “just a few days”. If
you are getting rid of your old refrigerator or
freezer, please follow the instructions below to
help prevent accidents.
Proper Disposal of Refrigerators/Freezers
We strongly encourage responsible appliance
recycling/disposal methods. Check with your
utility company or visit
www.recyclemyoldfridge.com for more
information on recycling your old refrigerator.
Before you throw away your old refrigerator/
freezer:
• Remove doors.
• Leave shelves in
place so children
may not easily
climb inside.
• Have refrigerant
removed by a
qualified service
technician.
WARNING
These guidelines must be followed to ensure
that safety mechanisms in this refrigerator
will operate properly.
Electrical information
• The refrigerator must be plugged into its
own dedicated 115 Volt, 60 Hz., 15 Amp,
AC only electrical outlet. The power cord of
the appliance is equipped with a threeprong grounding plug for your protection
against electrical shock hazards. It must be
plugged directly into a properly grounded
three prong receptacle. The receptacle
must be installed in accordance with local
codes and ordinances. Consult a qualified
electrician. Avoid connecting refrigerator to
a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) circuit. Do
not use an extension cord or adapter plug.
• If the power cord is damaged, it should
be replaced by an authorized service
technician to prevent any risk.
• Never unplug the refrigerator by pulling on
the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly,
and pull straight out from the receptacle to
prevent damaging the power cord.
• Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning
and before replacing a light bulb to avoid
electrical shock.
• Performance may be affected if the voltage
varies by 10% or more. Operating the
refrigerator with insufficient power can
damage the compressor. Such damage is
not covered under your warranty.
• Do not plug the unit into an electrical outlet
controlled by a wall switch or pull cord to
prevent the refrigerator from being turned
off accidentally.
IMPORTANT
Pressing and holding the On/Off button
for three (3) seconds, located on the left
side of the temperature control panel
(Electronic controls), or turning the Freezer
and Fresh Food controls to “0” (Mechanical
controls) will disable your refrigerator’s
cooling system, but does not disconnect the
power to the light bulb and other electrical
components. To turn off power to your
refrigerator you must unplug the power cord
from the electrical outlet.
Grounding type
wall receptacle
Do not, under
any circumstances,
cut, remove,
or bypass the
grounding prong.
Power cord with
3-prong gounded plug
CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or property
damage, handle tempered glass shelves
carefully. Shelves may break suddenly if
nicked, scratched, or exposed to sudden
temperature change.
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INSTALLATION
This Use & Care Manual provides specific
operating instructions for your model. Use the
refrigerator only as instructed in this Use & Care
Manual. Before starting the refrigerator,
follow these important first steps.
Location
• Choose a place that is near a grounded
electrical outlet. Do Not use an extension
cord or an adapter plug.
• If possible, place the refrigerator out of
direct sunlight and away from the range,
dishwasher or other heat sources.
• The refrigerator must be installed on a floor
that is level and strong enough to support
a fully loaded refrigerator.
• Consider water supply availability for models
equipped with an automatic ice maker.
CAUTION
Do Not install the refrigerator where the
temperature will drop below 55°F (13°C) or
rise above 110°F (43°C). The compressor
will not be able to maintain proper
temperatures inside the refrigerator.
Do Not block the toe grille on the lower front
of your refrigerator. Sufficient air circulation
is essential for the proper operation of your
refrigerator.
IMPORTANT
If you install your refrigerator in a garage or
other unheated area, you may experience
freezer temperature problems during the winter
months when temperatures dip below 55° F.
Upgrading your refrigerator with a Garage
Kit will lower the minimum operating
temperature of your unit to 34° F. This
kit can be ordered through the Electrolux
Solutions Hotline (see back cover).
To make this possible, the direction in which
the doors open can be reversed. See Door
Removal & Reversal Instructions.

NOTE
If your refrigerator is placed with the door
hinge side against a wall, you may have to
allow additional space so the door can be
opened wider.
Leveling
All four corners of your refrigerator must rest
firmly on a solid floor. Your refrigerator is
equipped with adjustable front rollers or front
leveling screws to help level your unit.
To Level Your Refrigerator:
1. Remove toe grille.
2. Use flat-blade
screwdriver
or 3/8” socket
wrench to adjust
front rollers.
Use adjustable
wrench to adjust
leveling screws.

NOTE
Raise the front of the refrigerator enough so
the doors close freely when opened halfway.
The refrigerator should slope ¼” to ½” from
front to back. Then level the refrigerator
from side to side.
Raise
Adjustable
Front
Roller
(some
models)
Installation
Installation Clearances
• Allow the following clearances for ease
of installation, proper air circulation, and
plumbing and electrical connections:
Sides & Top
3/8”
Back1”

NOTE
Stationary
Front
Roller with
Leveling
Screw
(some
models)
If you see black coils/tubing on the back
of your refrigerator (air-cooled condenser)
leave 3” clearance at top of refrigerator.
Door Opening
Your refrigerator should be positioned to allow
easy access to a counter when removing food.
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Raise
CONNECTING WATER SUPPLY
WARNING
To avoid electric shock, which can cause
death or severe personal injury, disconnect
the refrigerator from electrical power before
connecting a water supply line to the
refrigerator.
CAUTION
To Avoid Property Damage:
• Copper or stainless steel braided tubing is
recommended for the water supply line.
Water supply tubing made of ¼” plastic is
not recommended to be used. Plastic tubing
greatly increases the potential for water
leaks, and the manufacturer will not be
responsible for any damage if plastic tubing
is used for supply line.
• DO NOT install water supply tubing in
areas where temperatures fall below
freezing.
• A shutoff valve to connect the water supply
line to your household water system. DO
NOT use a self-piercing type shutoff valve.
• A compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) for
connecting a copper water supply line to
the ice maker inlet valve.
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NOTE
Check with your local building authority
for recommendations on water lines and
associated materials prior to installing your
new refrigerator. Depending on your local/
state building codes, Electrolux recommends
for homes with existing valves its Smart
Choice water line kit 5305513409 (with
a 6 ft. stainless steel water line) and for
homes without an existing valve, Frigidaire
recommends its Smart Choice water line
kit 5304410264 (with a 20 ft. copper water
line with self-tapping saddle valve). Please
refer to www.frigidaire.com/store for more
information.
• Chemicals from a malfunctioning softener
can damage the ice maker. If the ice
maker is connected to soft water, ensure
that the softener is maintained and
working properly.
IMPORTANT
Ensure that your water supply line connections
comply with all local plumbing codes.
Before Installing The Water Supply Line, You
Will Need:
• Basic Tools: adjustable wrench, flat-blade
screwdriver, and PhillipsTM screwdriver.
• Access to a household cold water line with
water pressure between 30 and 100 psi.
• A water supply line made of ¼ inch (6.4
mm) OD, copper or stainless steel tubing.
To determine the length of tubing needed,
measure the distance from the ice maker
inlet valve at the back of the refrigerator
to your cold water pipe. Then add
approximately 7 feet (2.1 meters), so the
refrigerator can be moved out for cleaning
(as shown).
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CONNECTING WATER SUPPLY
To Connect Water Supply Line To Ice Maker
Inlet Valve
1 Disconnect refrigerator from electric power
source.
2 Place end of water supply line into sink or
bucket. Turn ON water supply and flush
supply line until water is clear. Turn OFF
water supply at shutoff valve.
Plastic Water Tubing
Steel
to Ice Maker
Clamp
Fill Tube
Brass
Compression
Nut
Ferrule
(Sleeve)
Copper
water line
3 Remove plastic cap from water valve inlet
and discard cap.
4 If you use copper tubing - Slide brass
compression nut, then ferrule (sleeve)
onto water supply line. Push water supply
line into water valve inlet as far as it
will go (¼ inch/6.4 mm). Slide ferrule
(sleeve) into valve inlet and finger tighten
compression nut onto valve. Tighten
another half turn with a wrench; DO NOT
over tighten. See Figure 1.
If you use stainless steel tubing - The
nut and ferrule are already assembled on
the tubing. Slide compression nut onto
valve inlet and finger tighten compression
nut onto valve. Tighten another half turn
with a wrench; DO NOT over tighten. See
Figure 2.
5 With steel clamp and screw, secure water
supply line (copper tubing only) to rear
panel of refrigerator as shown.
Water Valve
Bracket
Valve Inlet
Water Valve
Copper water line
from household
water supply
(Include enough tubing in loop to allow
moving refrigerator out for cleaning.)
Figure 1
Plastic Water Tubing
to Ice Maker
Fill Tube
6 Coil excess water supply line (copper
tubing only) about 2½ turns behind
refrigerator as shown and arrange coils so
they do not vibrate or wear against any
other surface.
Steel
Clamp
Stainless
Steel
water line
7 Turn ON water supply at shutoff valve and
tighten any connections that leak.
Water Valve
Bracket
8 Reconnect refrigerator to electrical power
source.
9 To turn ice maker on, lower wire signal
arm (side mounted) or set the ice maker’s
On/Off power switch to the “I” position
(rear mounted).
Valve Inlet
Water Valve
6 ft. Stainless Steel water line
from household water supply
Figure 2
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DOOR REMOVAL / REVERSAL INSTRUCTIONS
Tools Necessary:
Door Stop
Screw
Top
Hinge
Screw
(OR)
Handle
Screw
Center
Hinge
Screw
Bottom
Hinge
Screw
Phillips™ head
or
Quadrex™ head
screwdriver
Adjustable
Wrench
Awl
Plastic
Putty
Knife
or
Pliers
Socket
Wrench Set
IMPORTANT
Before you begin, turn the refrigerator
temperature control to “0” and remove the
electrical power cord from the wall outlet.
Remove any food from door shelves.

NOTE
If you have stainless steel doors, see
Removing Stainless Steel Doors and Handles
section.
The direction in which your refrigerator
doors open (door swing) can be reversed,
from left to right or right to left, by moving
the door hinges from one side to the
other. Reversing the door swing should be
performed by a qualified person.
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DOOR REMOVAL / REVERSAL INSTRUCTIONS
Top Hinge
Cover
Door removal and reversal
instructions:
1. Remove toe grille.
2. Remove top hinge cover. Trace around the
hinge with a soft lead pencil. This makes
reinstallation easier. Remove top hinge
and lift door off center hinge pin. Set door
aside.
Top Hinge
3. Unscrew center hinge pin using adjustable
wrench and save for reassembly. Ensure
plastic washer stays on hinge pin.
4. Lift refrigerator door off of bottom hinge
and set aside.
5. Remove center hinge and shim by
removing inside screw and loosening two
outside screws enough to allow hinge and
shim to slide out. Tighten screws.
Door Stop
Screw
Door
Stop
Washer
Shim Hinge
Pin
Center
Hinge
Hinge Hole
Plug
Door Stop
Screw
Screws
Handle
Hole
Plugs
Door
Stop
Washer
Hinge
Pin
Bottom
Hinge
Screws
6. Loosen two outside screws on opposite
side of refrigerator, remove inside screw
and install center hinge.
7. Remove two screws on bottom hinge with
3/8” socket wrench.
8. Install bottom hinge on opposite side with
the two screws removed from step 7.
9. Unscrew bottom hinge pin using
adjustable wrench. Move hinge pin to
other hole in hinge and tighten with
adjustable wrench.
10. Reverse door handles (see instruction on
next page).
11. Move freezer and refrigerator door stops
to opposite side. Before starting screws,
use an awl to puncture the foam.
12. Position refrigerator door onto bottom
hinge pin and screw center hinge pin
through center hinge into top of door. Close
refrigerator door to help align hinge hole.
13. Tighten center hinge pin with adjustable
wrench.
14. Remove cabinet and hinge hole plugs and
move to opposite side.
15. Lower freezer door onto center hinge pin.
16. Close freezer door. Have an assistant
lift up on opposite side of door while
tightening screws to install top hinge.
17. Flip toe grille and reinstall.
Toe
Grille
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18. Plug in electrical power cord and turn
refrigerator temperature control to center
position. Adjust setting as necessary.
DOOR REMOVAL / REVERSAL INSTRUCTIONS

To Remove Freezer Handle:
NOTE
Some models have “pocket” handles, which are
recessed into the sides of the door. On these
models, only the hinges will need to be reversed.
To Remove Freezer Handle:
(Handles may be easier to reverse while doors
are off.)
1. Remove two screws attaching handle to
bottom of freezer door.
(Handles may be easier to reverse while doors
are off.)
1. Remove two screws attaching handle to
bottom of freezer door.
2. Remove button plug using edge of putty
knife.
3. Remove screw on side of freezer door and
remove handle.
Screw
2. Remove short trim piece by sliding trim
straight up and off of handle bracket.
3. Remove screw attaching top of handle to
door.
4. Self-Adhesive Nameplate Models: Gently
peel off nameplate from door and reapply
over old handle holes.
To attach freezer handle:
1. Reinstall handle on opposite side, using
same hole as nameplate.
2. Attach handle to bottom of door.
3. Slide trim piece straight down onto handle
bracket.
Handle
Button
Plug
Screw
To attach freezer handle:
1. Secure side of handle to door and replace
button plug.
Nameplate
2. Secure handle to bottom of door.
Trim
Screw
Handle
Screw
Self Adhesive
Nameplate
(some models)
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DOOR REMOVAL / REVERSAL INSTRUCTIONS
To Remove Freezer Handle:
(Handles may be easier to reverse while doors
are off.)
1. Remove two screws attaching handle to
bottom of freezer door.
2. Swing bottom of handle away from the
door and slide handle straight up and off
of dovetail button.
3. Remove screw and dovetail button and
install on other side, using the same holes
as nameplate.
4. Self-Adhesive Nameplate Models: Use
putty knife to gently peel off nameplate
from door and reapply over old handle
holes.
To attach freezer handle:
1. Start with handle offset away from door.
Place top of handle over dovetail button,
swing handle into upright position and pull
downward, locking it into place.
2. Secure bottom of handle with two screws
removed earlier.
Self Adhesive
Nameplate
(some models)
Nameplate
Dovetail
Button
Screw
Handle
Screw
10
Lock Handle
over
Dovetail Button
Trim Removal (full-length trim
models only)
In some models, the refrigerator door has a
full length trim piece which continues from
the bottom of the handle to the bottom of
the door. The top of the trim attaches to the
handle bracket (Figure 1) or fits around the
base of the handle (Figure 2). An adhesive
“trim lock” is positioned about halfway down.
The bottom of the trim is held in place by
either an adhesive trim lock, or a trim lock with
two prongs inserted into a hole on the face of
the door.
To Remove Trim:
1. Remove trim by gently pulling trim lock
areas out and away from door.
2. When trim is free from door, slide the
trim straight down and away from base of
handle.
NOTE

For models with short handle trim, remove
by sliding trim straight down and off of
handle bracket.
DOOR REMOVAL / REVERSAL INSTRUCTIONS
To remove refrigerator handle:
Screw
(Handles may be easier to reverse while doors
are off.)
Handle
Figure 1 Style Handles
1. Remove two screws attaching handle to
top of refrigerator door.
2. Remove screw attaching bottom of handle
to door.
Adhesive
Trim Lock
3. Remove two hole plugs and hinge pin
plug on top of door and install on opposite
side. Use Phillips head screwdriver to
remove plastic screw plug from front of
door and install on opposite side
Figure 2 Style Handles
1. Remove two screws attaching handle to
top of refrigerator door.
Screw
2. Swing top of handle away from door and
slide handle down and off of dovetail
button.
Full
Length
Trim
Trim
Lock
3. Remove screw and dovetail button and
install on other side, moving hole plugs
from corresponding holes to opposite side.
To attach refrigerator handle:
Figure 1 Style Handles
Figure 1
1. Secure bottom of handle with screws.
2. Secure top of handle with screws.
Screw
Figure 2 Style Handles
1. Start with handle offset away from door.
Place bottom of handle over dovetail
button, swing handle into an upright
position and pull upward, locking it into
place.
Handle
Dovetail
Button
Lock Handle
over
Dovetail
Button
2. Secure top of handle with screws.
To Attach Trim:
1. Slide both trim locks out of trim.
Screw
2. Insert new adhesive trim locks contained
in your literature pack.
3. Install trim to handle by sliding under base
of handle. Carefully align trim and press
down at trim lock locations.
4. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any
adhesive residue from old trim lock
locations.
Adhesive
Trim Lock
Full
Length
Trim
Trim
Lock
Figure 2
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DOOR REMOVAL / REVERSAL INSTRUCTIONS
To Remove Refrigerator Handle:
(Handles may be easier to reverse while doors
are off.)
1. Remove two screws attaching handle to
top of
refrigerator
door.
2. Remove
button plug
using edge of
putty knife.
3. Remove
screw on
side of
refrigerator
door and
remove
handle.
Removing Stainless steel Doors
and handles
CAUTION
Use care when using tools near surface of
stainless steel doors to avoid scratching.
To Remove Doors
Figure 3 - Handle Reversal
4. Reverse
freezer and refrigerator handles as shown in
figure 3.
To attach Refrigerator Handle:
1. Secure side of handle to door and replace
plug button.
2. Secure handle to top of door.
Stainless steel doors are not reversible. Follow
these steps to remove doors.
1. Remove toe grille and top hinge cover.
2. Remove top hinge and lift freezer door off
of center hinge pin. Set door aside.
3. Unscrew center hinge bin using adjustable
wrench and save for reassembly. Ensure
plastic washer stays on hinge pin.
4. Lift refrigerator door off of bottom hinge
and set aside.
5. Remove center hinge and shim by
removing inside screw and loosening two
outside screws enough to allow hinge to
slide out.
6. Remove bottom hinge. Reinsert two
outside screws in holes and tighten.
7. Reverse steps 1 - 6 to reinstall doors
Screw
To Remove Handles
1. Firmly hold freezer handle while loosening
set screws with 3/32” allen wrench.
Remove freezer handle.
2. Repeat step 1 for refrigerator door.
Shoulder
Screw
Handle
Set
Screw
Button
Plug
Screw
Handle
Refrigerator Door Without Trim

NOTE
Trim lock must be removed and installed by
sliding over the two donut shaped areas.
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Shoulder
Screw
Set
Screw
TEMPERATURE CONTROLS
Cool Down Period
Temperature adjustment
To ensure safe food storage, allow the
refrigerator to operate with the doors closed for
at least 8 to 12 hours before loading it with food.
• Adjust temperature gradually:
move the knob in small increments,
allowing the temperature to stabilize.
Refrigerator & freezer controls
• For colder temperatures, turn the knob
towards Colder.

• For warmer temperatures, turn the knob
towards Cold.
NOTE
When making changes to the temperature
controls, wait 24 hours for the temperature
to stabilize before making additional changes.

NOTE
When first turning refrigerator on, move
refrigerator and freezer controls to Normal.
This is the recommended initial setting. After
24 hours, adjust the controls as needed.
Normal
Cold
Turning the refrigerator control will change
temperatures in both compartments. For
example, if the refrigerator control is turned to
a colder setting, the freezer control may have
to be adjusted to a warmer setting. Turning
the freezer control will change only the freezer
temperature.
To maintain temperatures, a fan circulates air
in the refrigerator and freezer compartments.
For good circulation, do not block cold air vents
with food items.
IMPORTANT
Colder
Turning the refrigerator temperature control
to “0” turns off the compressor and prevents
the refrigerator from cooling, but does not
disconnect the power to the light bulb and
other electrical components. To turn off
power to your refrigerator, you must unplug
the power cord from the wall outlet.
Allow 24 hrs for adjustments
Normal
Freezer Control (some models)
Cold
Colder
Refrigerator Control (some models)
TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT GUIDE
If Refrigerator compartment Is Too
Warm
Turn Refrigerator Control Slightly Towards
Colder.
If Refrigerator compartment Is Too
Cold
Turn Refrigerator Control Slightly Towards Cold.
If Freezer compartment Is Too Warm
Turn Freezer Control Slightly Towards Colder.
If Freezer compartment Is Too Cold
Turn Freezer Control Slightly Towards Cold.
* To Turn Refrigerator Off
Turn Refrigerator Control To 0.
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ICE SERVICE
If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker,
it will provide a sufficient supply of ice for
normal use. During the initial startup of your
refrigerator, no ice will be produced during the
first 24 hours of operation. Air in new plumbing
lines may cause the ice maker to cycle two or
three times before making a full tray of ice.
With no usage, it will take approximately one
to two days to fill the ice container.
New plumbing connections may cause the first
production of ice cubes to be discolored or
have an odd flavor. Discard ice made during
the first 24 hours.

NOTE
Automatic ice makers are also optional
accessories that may be installed in most
models at any time. Call your local dealer for
information.
TURNING YOUR ICE MAKER ON
After the plumbing connections have been
completed, the water supply valve must be
opened. Place the ice container under the
ice maker, pushing it as far back as possible.
Lower the wire signal arm to its “down” or ON
position.
TURNING YOUR ICE MAKER OFF
To stop the ice maker, lift the wire signal
arm until it clicks and locks in the “up” or
OFF position. The ice maker also turns off
automatically when the ice container is full.
If your model has an adjustable freezer shelf,
place the shelf in the lower position, so that
the wire signal arm will hit the ice when the
container is full.
ON
OFF
Wire
Signal Arm
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CAUTION
Chemicals from a malfunctioning softener
can damage the ice maker. If the ice maker
is connected to soft water, ensure that the
softener is maintained and working properly.
IMPORTANT
Your ice maker is shipped from the factory
with the wire signal arm in the ON position.
To ensure proper function of your ice maker,
hook up water supply immediately or turn
ice maker OFF by lifting the wire signal arm
until it clicks and locks in the UP position.
If the ice maker is not turned off and
the water supply is not connected,
the water valve will make a loud
chattering noise.
ICE PRODUCTION: WHAT TO
EXPECT
The ice maker will produce 2.5 to 3 pounds
of ice every 24 hours depending on usage
conditions. Ice is produced at a rate of 8 cubes
every 75 to 160 minutes.
CAUTION
DO NOT place the ice container in your
dishwasher.
NORMAL OPERATING SOUNDS & SIGHTS
Understanding The Sounds You
May Hear
Your new high-efficiency refrigerator may
make unfamiliar sounds. These are all normal
sounds and soon will become familiar to you.
They also indicate your refrigerator is operating
as designed. Hard surfaces, such as vinyl or
wood floors, walls, and kitchen cabinets may
make sounds more noticeable. Listed below
are descriptions of some of the most common
sounds you may hear, and what is causing them.

NOTE
Rigid foam insulation is very energy efficient,
but is not a sound insulator.
IMPORTANT
During the automatic defrost cycle, you may
notice a red glow in the vents on the back
wall of your freezer compartment. This is
normal during the defrost cycle.
A. Evaporator
The flow of refrigerant through the
evaporator may create a boiling or
gurgling sound.
B. Evaporator Fan
You may hear air being forced through the
refrigerator by the evaporator fan.
C. Defrost Heater
During defrost cycles, water dripping onto
the defrost heater may cause a hissing or
sizzling sound. After defrosting, a popping
sound may occur.
D. Automatic Ice Maker
If your refrigerator is equipped with an
automatic ice maker, you will hear ice
cubes falling into the ice bin.
E. Cold Control & Defrost Timer or
Automatic Defrost Control
These parts can produce a snapping or
clicking sound when turning the refrigerator
on and off. The timer also produces sounds
similar to an electric clock.
F. Condenser Fan
If condenser coils are located underneath
your refrigerator as shown in the drawing
at the left, you have a condenser fan. You
may hear air being forced through the
condenser by the condenser fan.
G. Compressor
Modern, high-efficiency compressors
operate much faster than older models.
The compressor may have a high-pitched
hum or pulsating sound.
H. Water Valve
If your refrigerator is equipped with an
automatic ice maker, you will hear a
buzzing sound as the water valve opens to
fill the ice maker during each cycle.
I. Drain Pan (Nonremovable)
You may hear water running into the
drain pan during the defrost cycle. The
drain pan will be located on top of the
compressor for air-cooled condensers
(black coils on back of refrigerator).
J. Condenser Coils (Fan-cooled models
only)
May create minimal sounds from forced air.
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CARE & CLEANING
Replacing the freezer Light Bulb
(some Models)
CAUTION
Avoid cuts when replacing light bulbs, wear
gloves.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer clean to
prevent odor build-up. Wipe up any spills
immediately and clean both sections at least
twice a year. Never use metallic scouring
pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or strong
alkaline solutions on any surface. Do not wash
any removable parts in a dishwasher. Always
unplug the power cord from the electrical
outlet before cleaning.
1. Unplug refrigerator.
2. Wear gloves as protection against possible
broken glass.
3. Unsnap light shield as shown.
4. Unscrew and replace old bulb with an
appliance bulb of the same wattage.
5. Replace light shield.
6. Remember to plug the refrigerator back in.
Never Clean Condenser (some
models)
If your refrigerator is equipped with a Never
Clean condenser, there’s no need to clean the
condenser under normal operating conditions.
If the refrigerator is operated under particularly
dusty or greasy conditions, or if there is
significant pet traffic in your home, it may be
necessary to periodically clean the condenser
for maximum efficiency.
Defrost
Water Pan
CAUTION
• When moving the refrigerator, pull
straight out. Do not shift the refrigerator
from side to side as this may damage
the floor. Be careful not to move the
refrigerator beyond the plumbing
connections.
• Damp objects stick to cold metal surfaces.
Do not touch refrigerated surfaces with
wet or damp hands.
• Never use CHLORIDE to clean stainless
steel.

NOTE
• Turning the refrigerator temperature
control to “0” turns off the compressor,
but does not disconnect electrical power
to the light bulb or other electrical
components. To turn off power to your
refrigerator, you must unplug the power
cord from the wall outlet.
• Do not use razor blades or other
sharp instruments which can scratch
the appliance surface when removing
adhesive labels. Any glue left from tape or
labels can be removed with a mixture of
warm water and mild detergent, or, touch
the glue residue with the sticky side of
tape you have already removed. Do not
remove the serial plate.

Defrost Water Pan (some models)
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NOTE
Do not use abrasive cleaners such as
window sprays, scouring cleansers,
flammable fluids, cleaning waxes,
concentrated detergents, bleaches, or
cleansers containing petroleum products
on plastic parts, interior doors, gaskets, or
cabinet liners. Do not use paper towels,
scouring pads, or other abrasive cleaning
materials.
CARE & CLEANING
Care & Cleaning Tips
Part
What To Use
Tips and Precautions
Interior & Door
Liners
•
•
Soap and water
Baking soda and
water
Use 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of
warm water. Be sure to wring excess water out of
sponge or cloth before cleaning around controls,
light bulb or any electrical part.
Door Gaskets
•
Soap and water
Wipe gaskets with a clean soft cloth.
Drawers & Bins
•
Soap and water
Use a soft cloth to clean drawer runners and
tracks. Do not wash any removable items (bins,
drawers, etc.) in dishwasher.
Glass Shelves
•
•
•
Soap and water
Glass cleaner
Mild liquid
sprays
Allow glass to warm to room temperature before
immersing in warm water.
Toe Grille
•
•
Soap and water
Mild liquid
sprays
Vacuum attachment
Vacuum dust from front of toe grille. Remove
toe grille (see Installation Instructions). Vacuum
backside and wipe with sudsy cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry.
•
Exterior &
Handles
•
•
Soap and water
Non Abrasive
Glass Cleaner
Do not use commercial household cleaners
containing ammonia, bleach or alcohol to clean
handles. Use a soft cloth to clean smooth
handles. DO NOT use a dry cloth to clean smooth
doors.
Exterior &
Handles
(Stainless Steel
Models Only)
•
Soap and water
•
Stainless Steel
Cleaners
Never use CHLORIDE or cleaners with bleach to
clean stainless steel.
Clean stainless steel front and handles with nonabrasive soapy water and a dishcloth. Rinse with
clean water and a soft cloth. Use a non-abrasive
stainless steel cleaner. These cleaners can be
purchased at most home improvement or major
department stores. Always follow manufacturer’s
instructions. Do not use household cleaners
containing ammonia or bleach.
NOTE: Always clean, wipe and dry with the
grain to prevent scratching. Wash the rest of the
cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse well, and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
Condenser
Coils (Fancooled models
only)
•
Defrost Water
Pan
•
Condenser
Cleaning Brush
is available from
your dealer.
Vacuum Cleaner
No need to clean unless operating refrigerator
under particularly dusty or greasy conditions, or
if there is significant pet traffic in your home. If
cleaning is necessary, remove toe grille and use
extended vacuum attachment and condenser
cleaning brush to remove dust build-up from condenser coils (see item “J” in “NORMAL OPERATING SOUNDS & SIGHTS”).
•
Soap and water
Some models have defrost water pan located on top of
compressor at bottom rear of refrigerator. Wipe water
pan with damp cloth. NOTE: The defrost water pan is
NOT removable.
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BEFORE YOU CALL
1-800-944-9044 (United States)
1-800-265-8352 (Canada)
Common Occurrences
Refrigerator does not run.
Visit our web site at
www.frigidaire.com.
Before calling for service, review this list. It may save you
time and expense. This list includes common occurrences
that are not the result of defective workmanship or
materials in this appliance.
• Ensure plug is tightly pushed into electrical outlet.
• Check/replace fuse with a 15 amp time-delay fuse.
Reset circuit breaker.
• The temperature control is turned to “0”.
• Refrigerator may be in defrost cycle. Wait 20 minutes
and check again.
Freezer temperature too
cold. Refrigerator temperature is satisfactory.
• Set freezer control to a warmer setting until freezer
temperature is satisfactory. Allow 24 hours for the
temperature to stabilize.
Refrigerator temperature is
too cold.
Freezer temperature is
satisfactory.
• Set refrigerator control to a warmer setting. Allow 24
hours for temperature to stabilize. Then check freezer
temperatures and adjust as needed.
Refrigerator is noisy or
vibrates.
• The cabinet is not level.
• Floor is weak.
• See Normal Operating Sounds and Sights section.
Odors in refrigerator.
• Interior needs to be cleaned.
• Foods that produce odors should be covered or
wrapped.
Cabinet light not working.
• Replace light bulb.
• Ensure plug is tightly pushed into electrical outlet.
• Light switch may be stuck. Push in light switch, located
on the refrigerator control box, to release.
Automatic ice maker not
working (some models)
• Ensure the wire signal arm is not in UP position.
• Ice maker should produce 2.5 to 3 pounds of ice in a 24
hour period.
• Water supply is turned off.
• Water pressure is too low.
• The freezer is not cold enough.
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MAJOR APPLIANCE WARRANTY INFORMATION
Your appliance is covered by a one year limited warranty. For one year from your original date of
purchase, Electrolux will pay all costs for repairing or replacing any parts of this appliance that prove
to be defective in materials or workmanship when such appliance is installed, used and maintained
in accordance with the provided instructions.
Exclusions
This warranty does not cover the following:
1. Products with original serial numbers that have been removed, altered or cannot be readily determined.
2. Product that has been transferred from its original owner to another party or removed outside
the USA or Canada.
3. Rust on the interior or exterior of the unit.
4. Products purchased “as-is” are not covered by this warranty.
5. Food loss due to any refrigerator or freezer failures.
6. Products used in a commercial setting.
7. Service calls which do not involve malfunction or defects in materials or workmanship, or for appliances
not in ordinary household use or used other than in accordance with the provided instructions.
8. Service calls to correct the installation of your appliance or to instruct you how to use your appliance.
9. Expenses for making the appliance accessible for servicing, such as removal of trim, cupboards,
shelves, etc.,which are not a part of the appliance when it is shipped from the factory.
10. Service calls to repair or replace appliance light bulbs, air filters, water filters, other
consumables, or knobs, handles, or other cosmetic parts.
11. Surcharges including, but not limited to, any after hour, weekend, or holiday service calls, tolls, ferry
trip charges, or mileage expense for service calls to remote areas, including the state of Alaska.
12. Damages to the finish of appliance or home incurred during installation, including but not
limited to floors, cabinets, walls, etc.
13. Damages caused by: services performed by unauthorized service companies; use of parts other than
genuine Electrolux parts or parts obtained from persons other than authorized service companies; or
external causes such as abuse, misuse, inadequate power supply, accidents, fires, or acts of God.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF REMEDIES
CUSTOMER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE PRODUCT
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED HEREIN. CLAIMS BASED ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE
LIMITED TO ONE YEAR OR THE SHORTEST PERIOD ALLOWED BY LAW, BUT NOT LESS THAN ONE
YEAR. ELECTROLUX SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES SUCH
AS PROPERTY DAMAGE AND INCIDENTAL EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ANY BREACH OF THIS
WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTY OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY. SOME STATES AND PROVINCES DO
NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
OR LIMITATIONS ON THE DURATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THESE LIMITATIONS OR
EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL
RIGHTS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
If You Need Service
Keep your receipt, delivery slip, or some other appropriate payment record to establish the warranty
period should service be required. If service is performed, it is in your best interest to obtain and
keep all receipts. Service under this warranty must be obtained by contacting Electrolux at the
addresses or phone numbers below.
This warranty only applies in the USA and Canada. In the USA, your appliance is warranted
by Electrolux Major Appliances North America, a division of Electrolux Home Products, Inc. In
Canada, your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Canada Corp. Electrolux authorizes no person to
change or add to any obligations under this warranty. Obligations for service and parts under this
warranty must be performed by Electrolux or an authorized service company. Product features or
specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice.
USA
1.800.944.9044
Frigidaire
10200 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
Canada
1.800.265.8352
Electrolux Canada Corp.
5855 Terry Fox Way
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
L5V 3E4
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