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GE HTM16BBRSA Use and Care Manual
Top-Freezer
Refrigerators
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Safety Information
Adapter Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Connecting Electricity . . . . . . . . . . 3
Extension Cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Owner’s Manual and
Installation Instructions
Models
16, 17, 18
Operating Instructions
Automatic Icemaker . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . 9, 10
Shelves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 6
Storage Drawers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7
Temperature Controls . . . . . . . . . . .4
Installation Instructions
Preparing to Install
the Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Reversing the Door Swing . . . 16–22
Water Line Installation . . . . . . 12–16
Troubleshooting Tips
Before You Call
For Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24, 25
Normal Operating Sounds . . . . . .23
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . . . Back Cover
Product Registration . . . . . . . . 29, 30
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Write the model and serial numbers here:
Model #__________________________
Serial # __________________________
You can find them on a label on the upper
left side of the fresh food compartment.
162D6736P007 39-60256-2 11-04 JR
WARNING!
Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following:
■ This refrigerator must be properly installed
and located in accordance with the Installation
Instructions before it is used.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
■ Do not allow children to climb, stand or hang
on the shelves in the refrigerator. They could
damage the refrigerator and seriously injure
themselves.
■ Do not touch the cold surfaces in the freezer
compartment when hands are damp or wet.
Skin may stick to these extremely cold
surfaces.
Installation Instructions
■ Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable
vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any
other appliance.
■ In refrigerators with automatic icemakers,
avoid contact with the moving parts of the
ejector mechanism, or with the heating
element that releases the cubes. Do not place
fingers or hands on the automatic icemaking
mechanism while the refrigerator is plugged in.
■ Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning and
making repairs.
NOTE: We strongly recommend that any servicing be
performed by a qualified individual.
■ Turning the control to the 0 position does
not remove power to the light circuit.
■ Do not refreeze frozen foods which have
thawed completely.
■ Keep fingers out of the “pinch point” areas;
clearances between the doors and between
the doors and cabinet are necessarily small.
Be careful closing doors when children are
in the area.
DANGER! RISK OF CHILD ENTRAPMENT
PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REFRIGERATOR
Troubleshooting Tips
Child entrapment and suffocation are not
problems of the past. Junked or abandoned
refrigerators are still dangerous…even if they
will sit for “just a few days.” If you are getting
rid of your old refrigerator, please follow the
instructions below to help prevent accidents.
Before You Throw Away Your Old
Refrigerator or Freezer:
Refrigerants
All refrigeration products contain refrigerants,
which under federal law must be removed prior
to product disposal. If you are getting rid of an
old refrigeration product, check with the
company handling the disposal about what
to do.
■ Take off the doors.
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■ Leave the shelves in place so that children
may not easily climb inside.
USE OF EXTENSION CORDS
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, we strongly recommend against
the use of an extension cord.
However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it be a UL-listed,
3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding type plug and outlet and
that the electrical rating of the cord be 15 amperes (minimum) and 120 volts.
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WARNING!
HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY
Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded.
Have the wall outlet and circuit checked by a
qualified electrician to make sure the outlet is
properly grounded.
Where a standard 2-prong wall outlet is
encountered, it is your personal responsibility
and obligation to have it replaced with a
properly grounded 3-prong wall outlet.
Never unplug your refrigerator by pulling on the
power cord. Always grip plug firmly and pull
straight out from the outlet.
Repair or replace immediately all power cords
that have become frayed or otherwise damaged.
Do not use a cord that shows cracks or abrasion
damage along its length or at either end.
When moving the refrigerator away from the
wall, be careful not to roll over or damage the
power cord.
Installation Instructions
The refrigerator should always be plugged into
its own individual electrical outlet which has a
voltage rating that matches the rating plate.
This provides the best performance and also
prevents overloading house wiring circuits which
could cause a fire hazard from overheated wires.
USE OF ADAPTER PLUGS
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, we strongly recommend against
the use of an adapter plug.
The larger slot in the adapter must be aligned
with the larger slot in the wall outlet to provide
proper polarity in the connection of the power
cord.
If the adapter ground terminal breaks, DO NOT
USE the refrigerator until a proper ground has
been established.
Attaching the adapter ground terminal to a wall outlet
cover screw does not ground the appliance unless the
cover screw is metal, and not insulated, and the wall
outlet is grounded through the house wiring. You should
have the circuit checked by a qualified electrician to
make sure the outlet is properly grounded.
Troubleshooting Tips
However, if you must use an adapter, where local
codes permit, a temporary connection may be made
to a properly grounded 2-prong wall outlet by use
of a UL-listed adapter available at most local
hardware stores.
Operating Instructions
The power cord of this appliance is equipped
with a 3-prong (grounding) plug which mates
with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall outlet
to minimize the possibility of electric shock
hazard from this appliance.
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When disconnecting the power cord from the
adapter, always hold the adapter in place with
one hand while pulling the power cord plug with
the other hand. If this is not done, the adapter
ground terminal is very likely to break with
repeated use.
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READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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Turning the dial to 0 stops cooling in both compartments—fresh food and freezer. It does not shut off power to the
refrigerator.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the temperature control dial.
Control Settings
Temperature Control Dial
Installation Instructions
The temperature control dial has nine settings plus 0. 1 is the warmest. 9 is the coldest.
At first, set the dial at 5.
After using the refrigerator, adjust the dial if necessary.
Insert a coin into the slot in the middle of the dial and you can turn the dial to the setting
that’s best suited to your needs.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to get cold.
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Shelf supports at various levels allow you to custom-space your shelves. Not all features are on all models.
Half-Width Shelves
2 Lift up and out
NOTE: The shelf to the right of the track is
designed to hook into the right-hand slot;
the shelf to the left is designed to hook
into the left-hand slot.
To remove, lift the shelf up at front, then
off the support and out of the track.
Operating Instructions
1 Tilt up
One end of the shelf rests on a molded
side-wall support; a bracket on the other
end hooks into a track on the rear
cabinet wall.
Safety Instructions
About the fresh food compartment shelves.
To replace, select desired shelf height.
With shelf front raised slightly, hook
the bracket’s top lug into the track,
then lower the shelf onto the support.
Full-Width Shelves
Installation Instructions
Some models have a steel wire sliding
shelf, a stationary tempered glass shelf or
two steel wire stationary shelves. These
shelves can be moved to another place
in the fresh food compartment.
The full-width sliding shelf has stop-locks.
When placed correctly on the shelf
supports, the shelf will stop before coming
completely out of the refrigerator and will
not tilt when you place food on it or
remove food from it.
To remove the full-width shelves, lift the
rear of the shelf and pull forward.
Troubleshooting Tips
To remove a full-width shelf when the fresh
food compartment door cannot be opened
fully, lift the rear of the shelf, pull
forward and down, tilt the shelf and
take it out.
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Spillproof Shelves (on some models)
Spillproof shelves have special edges
to help prevent spills from dripping
to lower shelves. To remove or replace
the shelves, see the above instructions.
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Some models have an ice-tray shelf and some have a full-width step shelf.
Plug Supports
Step Shelf
To remove the step shelf:
1 Lift left side of shelf slightly.
shelf to the left to free its right
2 Move
ends from holes in the cabinet wall.
right side of shelf, move shelf
3 Lower
to the right and take it out.
Installation Instructions
To replace the step shelf:
shelf tilted as shown, fit left ends
1 With
of shelf into holes in cabinet wall.
left side of shelf slightly, swing shelf
2 Lift
up, fit right ends of shelf into holes in
cabinet wall, and lower shelf into place.
About the storage drawers.
Not all features are on all models.
Fruit and Vegetable Drawers
Excess water that may accumulate in the
bottom of the drawers should be emptied
and the drawers wiped dry.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Ice-Tray Shelf
To remove the ice-tray shelf, lift the left
side of the shelf off its supports, then
pull the shelf to the left to free it of the
plug supports. Pull the shelf to the right
to free the pins from the holes in the
cabinet wall.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
About the freezer compartment shelves.
Utility Drawer
The utility drawer can be moved to the
most useful location for your family’s
needs.
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Not all features are on all models.
Adjustable Humidity Drawer (on some models)
Slide the control all the way to the
HIGH setting to provide high humidity
recommended for most vegetables.
Slide the control all the way to the LOW
setting to provide lower humidity levels
recommended for most fruits.
Operating Instructions
Drawer and Cover Removal
Drawers can be removed easily by grasping
the sides and lifting up slightly while
pulling drawers past the stop location.
Full-Width Drawer with Plastic Cover
To remove the cover, lift it off its supports,
pull it forward, tilt it and take it out.
Installation Instructions
Twin Drawers with Glass Cover
To remove:
1 Remove the drawers.
in, push the front of glass
2 Reach
cover up, and at the same time, pull
it forward as far as it will come.
To replace:
the frame until it rests on the
1 Lower
supports at each side and back.
the glass cover, pushing its
2 Replace
rear edge firmly into the rear frame
channel and gently lowering the front
into place.
3 Replace the drawers.
the drawer frame. (Always
3 Remove
remove the glass cover before you
take out the drawer frame.)
Lift the frame off the supports at each
side and back, pull it forward, tilt it and
take it out.
Troubleshooting Tips
Tilt it and take it out. Avoid cleaning the
cold glass cover with hot water because
the extreme temperature difference may
cause it to break.
Safety Instructions
About storage drawer and cover removal.
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Safety Instructions
A newly-installed refrigerator may take 12 to 24 hours to begin making ice.
Automatic Icemaker (on some models)
Power
Switch
Icemaker
Green
Power Light
Feeler Arm
Power switch model
The icemaker will produce seven cubes
per cycle—approximately 100–130 cubes
in a 24-hour period, depending on
freezer compartment temperature,
room temperature, number of door
openings and other use conditions.
There are two types of icemakers: power
switch models and feeler arm models.
If the refrigerator is operated before
the water connection is made to the
icemaker, set the power switch to O (off)
or move the feeler arm to the STOP (up)
position.
Installation Instructions
Operating Instructions
About the automatic icemaker.
Feeler Arm in
the ON (down)
position
Feeler Arm in
the STOP
(up) position
Feeler arm model
When the refrigerator has been
connected to the water supply, set the
power switch to the I (on) position or move
the feeler arm to the ON (down) position.
On power switch models, the green light
will come on.
You will hear a buzzing sound each time
the icemaker fills with water.
The icemaker will fill with water when
it cools to 15°F. A newly-installed
refrigerator may take 12 to 24 hours
to begin making ice cubes.
Throw away the first few batches of ice
to allow the water line to clear.
Be sure nothing interferes with the
sweep of the feeler arm.
When the bin fills to the level of the
feeler arm, the icemaker will stop
producing ice.
It is normal for several cubes to be joined
together.
If ice is not used frequently, old ice cubes
will become cloudy, taste stale and shrink.
On power switch models, the green power
light will blink if ice cubes get stuck in the
icemaker. To correct this, set the power
switch to O (off) and remove the cubes. Set
the power switch to I (on) to restart the
icemaker. After the icemaker has been
turned on again, there will be a delay of
about 45 minutes before the icemaker
resumes operation.
NOTE: In homes with lower-than-average water
pressure, you may hear the icemaker cycle
multiple times when making one batch of ice.
Icemaker Accessory Kit
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Troubleshooting Tips
If your refrigerator did not already come
equipped with an automatic icemaker,
an icemaker accessory kit is available at
extra cost.
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Check the back of the refrigerator for
the specific icemaker kit needed for
your model.
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Cleaning the Outside
The door handles and trim (on some
models). Clean with a cloth dampened
with soapy water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Operating Instructions
Keep the outside clean. Wipe with a clean
cloth lightly dampened with kitchen
appliance wax or mild liquid dish
detergent. Dry and polish with a clean,
soft cloth.
Do not wipe the refrigerator with a soiled dish
cloth or wet towel. These may leave a residue
that can erode the paint. Do not use scouring
pads, powdered cleaners, bleach or cleaners
containing bleach because these products can
scratch and weaken the paint finish.
The stainless steel panels and door handles
(on some models) can be cleaned with
a commercially available stainless steel
cleaner. Do not use appliance wax or
polish on the stainless steel.
Cleaning the Inside
Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning.
If this is not practical, wring excess
moisture out of sponge or cloth when
cleaning around switches, lights or
controls.
Avoid cleaning cold glass shelves (on some
models) with hot water because the extreme
temperature difference may cause them to
break. Handle glass shelves carefully. Bumping
tempered glass can cause it to shatter.
Installation Instructions
To help prevent odors, leave an open box
of baking soda in the fresh food and
freezer compartments.
Do not wash any plastic refrigerator parts in
the dishwasher.
Use warm water and baking soda
solution—about a tablespoon (15 ml) of
baking soda to a quart (1 liter) of water.
This both cleans and neutralizes odors.
Rinse and wipe dry.
Troubleshooting Tips
After cleaning the door gaskets, apply a
thin layer of petroleum jelly to the door
gaskets at the hinge side. This helps keep
the gaskets from sticking and bending
out of shape.
Condenser
Cleaning the condenser coils.
There is no need for routine condenser
cleaning in normal home operating
environments. However, in environments
that may be particularly dusty or greasy,
the condenser should be cleaned
periodically for efficient refrigerator
operation.
Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
To clean the condenser, turn the
temperature control dial to 0. Sweep
away or vacuum up dust.
For best results, use a brush specially
designed for this purpose. It is available
at most appliance parts stores.
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Behind the Refrigerator
Be careful when moving the refrigerator
away from the wall. All types of floor
coverings can be damaged, particularly
cushioned coverings and those with
embossed surfaces.
Turn the leveling legs at each front corner
of the refrigerator counterclockwise until
the rollers support the refrigerator. Pull the
refrigerator straight out and return it to
position by pushing it straight in. Moving
the refrigerator in a side direction may
result in damage to the floor covering or
refrigerator.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
When pushing the refrigerator back, make sure
you don’t roll over the power cord or icemaker
supply line (on some models).
After rolling the refrigerator back into
place, turn the legs clockwise until the
legs again bear the weight of the
refrigerator.
Light Bulb Replacement
Installation Instructions
To replace a burned-out bulb, unplug
the refrigerator from its electrical outlet,
unscrew the bulb when cool and replace
it with an appliance bulb of the same or
lower wattage.
Turning the control to the 0 position does not
remove power to the light circuit.
Preparing for Vacation
Troubleshooting Tips
For long vacations or absences, remove
food and unplug the refrigerator. Move
the temperature control dial to the 0
position, and clean the interior with a
baking soda solution of one tablespoon
(15 ml) of baking soda to one quart
(1 liter) of water. Leave the doors open.
Set the icemaker power switch to the
O (off) position or move the feeler arm to
the STOP (up) position (depending on
model) and shut off the water supply to
the refrigerator.
If the temperature can drop below
freezing, have a qualified servicer drain
the water supply system (on some models)
to prevent serious property damage due
to flooding.
Preparing to Move
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Secure all loose items such as grille,
shelves and drawers by taping them
securely in place to prevent damage.
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Be sure the refrigerator stays in an upright
position during moving.
Installation
Instructions
Refrigerator
Models 16, 17, 18
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
CLEARANCES
Read these instructions completely and carefully.
Allow the following clearances for ease of installation,
proper air circulation and plumbing and electrical
connections.
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IMPORTANT – Save these
instructions for local inspector’s use.
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IMPORTANT – Observe all
governing codes and ordinances.
Note to Installer – Be sure to leave these
instructions with the Consumer.
Note to Consumer – Keep these instructions
for future reference.
Skill level – Installation of this appliance requires
basic mechanical skills.
Completion time – Refrigerator Installation
15 minutes
Reversing the Door Swing
1 hour
Proper installation is the responsibility of the
installer.
Product failure due to improper installation is not
covered under the Warranty.
WATER SUPPLY TO THE ICEMAKER
(on some models)
If the refrigerator has an icemaker, it will have to be
connected to a cold water line. A water supply kit
(containing copper tubing, shutoff valve, fittings and
instructions) is available at extra cost from your dealer
or from Parts and Accessories, 800.626.2002.
• Sides 3/4″ (19 mm)
• Top 1″ (25 mm)
• Back 1″ (25 mm)
ROLLERS AND LEVELING LEGS
Leveling legs near each front corner of the refrigerator
are adjustable. They firmly position the refrigerator
and prevent it from moving when the doors are
opened. Leveling legs should be set so the front of the
refrigerator is raised just enough that the doors close
easily when opened about halfway.
Turn the leveling legs clockwise to raise the
refrigerator, counterclockwise to lower it.
Rollers next to the leveling legs allow you to move the
refrigerator away from the wall for cleaning.
Turn the legs counterclockwise until the weight of the
refrigerator is transferred from them to the rollers.
After rolling the refrigerator back into place, turn the
legs clockwise until the legs again bear the weight of
the refrigerator.
REFRIGERATOR LOCATION
• Do not install the refrigerator where the temperature
will go below 60°F (16°C) because it will not run often
enough to maintain proper temperatures.
• Install it on a floor strong enough to support it fully
loaded.
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Installation Instructions
1 INSTALLING THE WATER LINE
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Recommended copper water supply kits are WX8X2,
WX8X3 or WX8X4, depending on the amount of
tubing you need. Approved plastic water supply lines
are refrigerator tubing kits WX08X10002,
WX08X10006, WX08X10015 and WX08X10025.
When connecting your refrigerator to a reverse
osmosis water system, follow the manufacturer’s
recommendations.
This water line installation is not warranted by the
refrigerator or icemaker manufacturer. Follow these
instructions carefully to minimize the risk of expensive
water damage.
• Copper or approved plastic refrigerator tubing kit,
1/4″ outer diameter to connect the refrigerator
to the water supply. If using copper, be sure both
ends of the tubing are cut square.
Water hammer (water banging in the pipes) in house
plumbing can cause damage to refrigerator parts and
lead to water leakage or flooding. Call a qualified
plumber to correct water hammer before installing
the water supply line to the refrigerator.
To determine how much tubing you need: measure
the distance from the water valve on the back of the
refrigerator to the water supply pipe. Then add 8′
(2.4 m). Be sure there is sufficient extra tubing
(about 8′ [2.4 m] coiled into 3 turns of about 10″
[25 cm] diameter) to allow the refrigerator to move
out from the wall after installation.
To prevent burns and product damage, do not hook
up the water line to the hot water line.
Approved plastic refrigerator tubing kits are available
in the following lengths:
If you use your refrigerator before connecting the
water line, make sure the icemaker power switch is
in the O (off) position (on power switch models) or the
feeler arm is in the STOP (up) position (on feeler arm
models).
2′ (0.6 m)
6′ (1.8 m)
15′ (4.6 m)
25′ (7.6 m)
Do not install the icemaker tubing in areas where
temperatures fall below freezing.
When using any electrical device (such as a power
drill) during installation, be sure the device is double
insulated or grounded in a manner to prevent the
hazard of electric shock, or is battery powered.
All installations must be in accordance with local
plumbing code requirements.
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– WX08X10002
– WX08X10006
– WX08X10015
– WX08X10025
Be sure that the kit you select allows at least 8′ (2.4 m)
as described above.
NOTE: The only approved plastic tubing is that
supplied in the refrigerator tubing kits listed above.
Do not use any other plastic water supply line because
the line is under pressure at all times. Certain types
of plastic will crack or rupture with age and cause
water damage to your home.
Installation Instructions
WHAT YOU WILL NEED (CONT.)
• A water supply kit (containing tubing, shutoff valve
and fittings listed below) is available at extra cost
from your dealer or from Parts and Accessories,
1.888.261.3055.
• A cold water supply. The water pressure must be
between 20 and 120 p.s.i. (1.4–8.1 bar).
Install the shutoff valve on the nearest frequently used
drinking water line.
1 SHUT OFF THE MAIN WATER
SUPPLY
Turn on the nearest faucet long enough to clear
the line of water.
2 CHOOSE THE VALVE LOCATION
• Power drill.
• 1/2″ or adjustable wrench.
• Straight and Phillips blade screwdriver.
• Two 1/4 ″ outer diameter compression nuts and
2 ferrules (sleeves)—to connect the copper tubing
to the shutoff valve and the refrigerator water valve.
OR
• If you are using an approved plastic refrigerator
tubing kit, the necessary fittings are preassembled
to the tubing.
• If your existing copper water line has a flared fitting
at the end, you will need an adapter (available at
plumbing supply stores) to connect the water line to
the refrigerator OR you can cut off the flared fitting
with a tube cutter and then use a compression
fitting. Do not cut formed end from approved
plastic refrigerator tubing.
Choose a location for the valve that is easily
accessible. It is best to connect into the side of
a vertical water pipe. When it is necessary to
connect into a horizontal water pipe, make the
connection to the top or side, rather than at the
bottom, to avoid drawing off any sediment from
the water pipe.
3 DRILL THE HOLE FOR THE VALVE
Drill a 1/4″ hole in the water pipe (even if using
a self-piercing valve) using a sharp bit. Remove any
burrs resulting from drilling the hole in the pipe.
Take care not to allow water to drain into the drill.
Failure to drill a 1/4″ hole may result in reduced
ice production or smaller cubes.
• Shutoff valve to connect to the cold water line.
The shutoff valve should have a water inlet with a
minimum inside diameter of 5/32″ at the point of
connection to the COLD WATER LINE. Saddle-type
shutoff valves are included in many water supply kits.
Before purchasing, make sure a saddle-type valve
complies with your local plumbing codes.
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Installation Instructions
1 INSTALLING THE WATER LINE
4 FASTEN THE SHUTOFF VALVE
Fasten the shutoff valve to the cold water pipe with
the pipe clamp.
Pipe Clamp
(CONT.)
7 CONNECT THE TUBING
TO THE VALVE
Place the compression nut and ferrule (sleeve)
for copper tubing onto the end of the tubing and
connect it to the shutoff valve.
Make sure the tubing is fully inserted into the
valve. Tighten the compression nut securely.
Saddle-Type
Shutoff Valve
Vertical Cold
Water Pipe
NOTE: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plumbing
Codes 248CMR shall be adhered to. Saddle valves
are illegal and use is not permitted in Massachusetts.
Consult with your licensed plumber.
For plastic tubing from an approved refrigerator
tubing kit, insert the molded end of the tubing into
the shutoff valve and tighten compression nut until
it is hand tight, then tighten one additional turn
with a wrench. Overtightening may cause leaks.
Compression
Nut
Saddle-Type
Shutoff Valve
Approved
Plastic Tubing
5 TIGHTEN THE PIPE CLAMP
Tighten the clamp screws until the sealing washer
begins to swell.
NOTE: Do not overtighten or you may crush the
tubing.
Washer
Pipe Clamp
Inlet End
Packing Nut
Outlet Valve
Ferrule (sleeve)
NOTE: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plumbing
Codes 248CMR shall be adhered to. Saddle valves
are illegal and use is not permitted in Massachusetts.
Consult with your licensed plumber.
Clamp Screw
8 FLUSH OUT THE TUBING
Turn the main water supply on and flush out the
tubing until the water is clear.
6 ROUTE THE TUBING
Route the tubing between the cold water line and
the refrigerator.
Route the tubing through a hole drilled in the wall
or floor (behind the refrigerator or adjacent base
cabinet) as close to the wall as possible.
NOTE: Be sure there is sufficient extra tubing
(about 8 feet [244 cm] coiled into 3 turns of about
10 ″ [25 cm] diameter) to allow the refrigerator to
move out from the wall after installation.
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Shut the water off at the water valve after about
one quart (1 liter) of water has been flushed
through the tubing.
Installation Instructions
9 CONNECT THE TUBING
TO THE REFRIGERATOR
NOTES:
• Before making the connection to the refrigerator,
be sure the refrigerator power cord is not plugged
into the wall outlet.
• We recommend installing a water filter if your
water supply has sand or particles that could clog
the screen of the refrigerator’s water valve. Install
it in the water line near the refrigerator. If using
an approved plastic refrigerator tubing kit, you
will need an additional tube (WX08X10002) to
connect the filter. Do not cut plastic tube to
install filter.
Remove the access cover.
9 CONNECT THE TUBING TO THE
REFRIGERATOR (CONT.)
Fasten the tubing into the clamp provided to
hold it in a vertical position. You may need to
pry open the clamp.
Tubing Clamp
1/4″ Copper
Tubing
1/4″ Compression
Nut
Ferrule
(sleeve)
Refrigerator
Connection
Approved
Plastic Tubing
Reattach the access cover.
Remove the plastic flexible cap from the water
valve (refrigerator connection).
10 TURN THE WATER ON AT THE
SHUTOFF VALVE
Tighten any connections that leak.
Place the compression nut and ferrule (sleeve)
onto the end of the tubing as shown. On an
approved plastic refrigerator tubing kit, the nuts
are already assembled to the tubing.
Insert the end of the tubing into the water valve
connection as far as possible. While holding the
tubing, tighten the fitting.
For plastic tubing from an approved refrigerator
tubing kit, insert the molded end of the tubing into
the shutoff valve and tighten compression nut until
it is hand tight, then tighten one additional turn
with a wrench. Overtightening may cause leaks.
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Installation Instructions
1 INSTALLING THE WATER LINE
11 PLUG IN THE REFRIGERATOR
Arrange the coil of tubing so that it does not vibrate
against the back of the refrigerator or against the
wall. Push the refrigerator back to the wall.
(CONT.)
12 START THE ICEMAKER
On power switch models, set the icemaker power
switch to the l (on) position. On feeler arm models,
move the feeler arm to the ON (down) position. The
icemaker will not begin to operate until it reaches
its operating temperature of 15°F (–9°C) or below.
It will then begin operation automatically.
Power
switch
Power switch model
Feeler Arm in the
STOP (up) position
Feeler Arm in
the ON (down) position
Feeler arm model
NOTE: In lower water pressure conditions, the
water valve may turn on up to 3 times to deliver
enough water to the icemaker.
2 REVERSING THE DOOR SWING
IMPORTANT NOTES
When reversing the door swing:
• Read the instructions all the way through before
starting.
• Handle parts carefully to avoid scratching paint.
• Set screws down by their related parts to avoid using
them in the wrong places.
• Provide a non-scratching work surface for
the doors.
IMPORTANT: Once you begin, do not move the
cabinet until door-swing reversal is completed.
These instructions are for changing the hinges from
the right side to the left side—if you ever want to change
the hinges back to the right side, follow these same
instructions and reverse all references to left and right.
TOOLS REQUIRED
Phillips screwdriver
5/16″ hex-head
socket driver
Putty knife or thin-blade
screwdriver
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Masking tape
T20 or T25 Torxdriver,
(needed for some
models)
5/16″ open-end
wrench
Installation Instructions
1 BEFORE YOU START
1.1 Unplug the refrigerator from its electrical
outlet.
2 REMOVE THE FREEZER DOOR
(CONT.)
2.2 With a 5/16″ hex-head socket driver, remove the
screws that hold the top hinge to the cabinet.
1.2 Empty all door shelves, including the dairy
compartment.
2.3 Lift the hinge (and the shim glued to it)
straight up to free the hinge pin from the socket
in the top of the door and set it aside, along
with its screws.
Top Hinge
CAUTION: Do not let either door drop to the
floor. To do so could damage the door stop.
2.4 Remove the tape and tilt the door away from the
cabinet. Lift it off the center hinge pin.
2 REMOVE THE FREEZER DOOR
2.1 Tape the door shut with masking tape.
2.5 Set the door on a non-scratching surface with
the outside up.
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Installation Instructions
2 REVERSING THE DOOR SWING
2 REMOVE THE FREEZER DOOR
(CONT.)
2.6 Transfer the 2 screws from the opposite side of
the cabinet to the screw holes vacated by the
top hinge removal.
3 REMOVE THE FRESH FOOD DOOR
(CONT.)
3 REMOVE THE FRESH FOOD
DOOR (CONT.)
3.4 Set the door outside-up on a non-scratching
surface.
3.5 Transfer the two screws from the opposite side of
the cabinet to the screw holes vacated by the center
hinge removal.
3.1 Tape the door shut with masking tape.
3.2 Using a 5/16″ hex-head socket screwdriver and
a 5/16″ open-end wrench, remove the two
screws holding the center hinge (and the shim
glued to it) to the cabinet. Lift the center hinge
to free its pin from the socket in the top of the
door, and set hinge and screws aside. Be careful
not to lose the center hinge spacer and washer.
3.3 Remove the tape and tilt the door away from the
cabinet. Lift the door from the pin in the bottom
hinge bracket. (If the plastic washer sticks to the
door bottom, put it back on the hinge.)
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3.6 Transfer the washer (if your model has one) to the
opposite side.
3.7 Take one of the screws removed in step 2 and start
it in the outermost screw hole on the opposite side.
Do not drive it all the way down—leave enough
space under the screw head for thickness of shim
and bracket.
Installation Instructions
4 REVERSING THE HARDWARE
5 REVERSING THE DOOR HANDLES
4.1 Remove the base grille (if your refrigerator has
one) by pulling it straight out.
5.1 Transfer fresh food door handle
5.1.1
Remove the bottom cap by pushing it
toward the bottom of the door, and
remove the screw underneath.
Remove the two screws holding the
handle to the top of the door.
Top
4.2 Move the bottom hinge bracket (and shim glued
to it) and plastic washer from the right side to the
left side.
Plastic
Washer
Plastic
Washer
Hinge
Bracket
Models with a hinge bracket
that has 2 screw holes.
Hinge
Bracket
Models with a hinge bracket
that has 4 screw holes.
Switch the hinge pin to the
opposite side of the bracket.
5.1.2 Remove the handle.
5.1.3 Remove the screws from the right edge of the
door top and insert them into the handle screw
holes on the opposite side.
4.3 Interchange hinge (and the shim glued to it) and
screws at top right with screws at top left of cabinet.
Do not tighten screws on hinge side at this time.
Screws for
Handle Holes
Installing the hinge on the left.
Installing the hinge on the right.
NOTES:
• Some hinges have four holes. Which holes you
use for installing the hinge depends on which
side you install the hinge.
• The outer edge of the hinge should be parallel
to the edge of the case for correct installation.
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Installation Instructions
2 REVERSING THE DOOR SWING
5 REVERSING THE DOOR HANDLES
(CONT.)
5.1 Transfer fresh food door handle
(cont.)
5.1.4 With tape-tipped putty knife or thinblade screwdriver, pry out the plug
button from the hinge hole on the left
side of the door and insert it into the
hole on the opposite side that was
vacated by removal of the top hinge.
(CONT.)
5.2 Transfer door stop (cont.)
5.2.2 Move any screws from the left end to the
right end.
Right Side
Plug Button
5.3 Reinstalling the Fresh Food Door
Handle
5.3.1 Attach the handle to the right side of the
door with screws at the top and under the
handle plug.
5.1.5 Pull the plug button from the front of the door
and transfer it to the opposite side.
Plug Button
5.3.2 Reinstall the handle plug.
To reattach the handle on the
opposite side.
5.2 Transfer door stop
5.2.1 Move the metal door stop from the right
end to the left end.
Door Stop
Left Side
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Installation Instructions
5.4 Transfer Freezer Door Handle
5.4.1 Remove the screw holding the handle to the
top of the door and the two screws holding
the handle to the bottom of the door.
TOP
Top
5.4 Transfer Freezer Door Handle (cont.)
5.4.4 Transfer the door stop as shown on the
preceding page.
5.4.5 Attach the handle to the right edge of the door
with screws at top and bottom, using bottom
holes vacated by removal of the door stop screws.
BOTTOM
Bottom
5.4.2 Remove the handle.
5.4.3 Remove the screw from the right top edge of
the door and insert it into the handle screw
hole on the left side.
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Installation Instructions
2 REVERSING THE DOOR SWING
6 REHANGING THE DOORS
(CONT.)
6 REHANGING THE DOORS (CONT.)
6.1 Rehang the fresh food door
6.2 Rehang the freezer door
6.1.1 Lower the fresh food door onto the
bottom hinge pin. Be sure the washer
is in place on the pin.
6.2.1 Lower the freezer door onto the center
hinge pin. Be sure the washer and spacer
are in place on the pin.
Plastic
Washer
Plastic
Washer
Hinge
Bracket
Models with a hinge bracket
that has 2 screw holes.
Hinge
Bracket
Center Hinge Pin
Plastic Washer
and Spacer
Models with a hinge bracket
that has 4 screw holes.
6.1.2 Insert the pin on the center hinge into the
socket in the top of the door. Place the
spacer, then the washer, on the hinge pin.
NOTE: The center hinge must be turned over
as shown when mounted on the left side.
6.2.2 Tilt the door toward the cabinet, lifting the top
hinge so the pin fits into the socket on the top
of the door.
Hinge Pin
Plastic Washer
and Spacer
6.1.3 Tilt the door toward the cabinet. As the door is
brought into position, slide the hinge under the
head of the screw which earlier had been partly
driven into the outermost hole. Insert the
remaining screw, then tighten both screws
securely.
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6.2.3 Make sure the door is slightly above the top of
the cabinet and the gap between the doors is
even across the front. Tighten the top hinge
screws. Do not overtighten these screws—
tighten them until they are just snug, then turn
them another one-half turn.
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Newer refrigerators sound different from older refrigerators. Modern refrigerators
have more features and use newer technology.
Do you hear what I hear? These sounds are normal.
■ The new high efficiency compressor may run faster
and longer than your old refrigerator and you may
hear a high-pitched hum or pulsating sound while
it is operating.
■ You may hear a whooshing sound when the doors close.
This is due to pressure equalizing within the refrigerator.
■ You may hear cracking or popping sounds when the
refrigerator is first plugged in. This happens as the
refrigerator cools to the correct temperature.
■ The compressor may cause a clicking or chirping
sound when attempting to restart (this could take
up to 5 minutes).
This happens when the refrigerator is first plugged
in, when the doors are opened frequently or when
a large amount of food is added to the refrigerator
or freezer compartments. The fans are helping to
maintain the correct temperatures.
WATER SOUNDS
■ The flow of refrigerant through the freezer cooling
coils may make a gurgling noise like boiling water.
■ Water dropping on the defrost heater can cause a
sizzling, popping or buzzing sound during the
defrost cycle.
■ A water dripping noise may occur during the defrost
and after defrost can cause a cracking or popping
sound.
cycle as ice melts from the evaporator and flows into
the drain pan.
■ On models with an icemaker, after an icemaking
cycle, you may hear the ice cubes dropping into
the ice bucket.
■ Closing the door may cause a gurgling sound due to
pressure equalization.
For additional information on normal
icemaker operating sounds, see the
About the automatic icemaker section.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ Expansion and contraction of cooling coils during
Installation Instructions
CLICKS, POPS,
CRACKS and CHIRPS
■ You may hear the fans spinning at high speeds.
Operating Instructions
HUMMM...
WHOOSH...
Safety Instructions
Normal operating sounds.
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Safety Instructions
Operating Instructions
Installation Instructions
Troubleshooting Tips
Save time and money! Review the charts on the following
pages first and you may not need to call for service.
Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Refrigerator does not
operate
Refrigerator in defrost cycle.
• Wait about 30 minutes for defrost cycle to end.
Temperature control dial
in 0 position.
• Move the temperature control dial to a temperature
setting.
Refrigerator is unplugged.
• Push the plug completely into the outlet.
The fuse is blown/circuit
breaker is tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset the breaker.
Vibration or rattling
(slight vibration
is normal)
Roller screws or leveling legs
need adjusting.
• See Rollers and Leveling Legs.
Motor operates for
long periods or cycles
on and off frequently.
(Modern refrigerators
with more storage
space and a larger
freezer require more
operating time. They
start and stop often
to maintain even
temperatures.)
Normal when refrigerator
is first plugged in.
• Wait 24 hours for the refrigerator to completely
cool down.
Often occurs when large
amounts of food are
placed in refrigerator.
• This is normal.
Door left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door open.
Hot weather or frequent
door openings.
• This is normal.
Temperature control dial
set at the coldest setting.
• See About the temperature control dial.
Grille and condenser
need cleaning.
• See Care and cleaning.
Temperature control dial
not set cold enough.
• See About the temperature control dial.
Warm weather or frequent
door openings.
• Set the temperature control dial one step colder.
See About the temperature control dial.
Door left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door open.
Package blocking air duct in
freezer compartment.
• Check to see if package is blocking air duct in freezer
compartment.
Door left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door open.
Fresh food or freezer
compartment too warm
Frost or ice crystals
on frozen food
(frost within package
is normal)
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Troubleshooting Tips
Before you call for service…
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Too frequent or too long
door openings.
Automatic icemaker
does not work
(on some models)
Icemaker power switch
is not on.
•On power switch models, set the power switch to the
I (on) position. On feeler arm models, move the feeler
arm to the ON (down) position.
Water supply turned off or
not connected.
•See Installing the water line.
Freezer compartment
too warm.
•Wait 24 hours for the refrigerator to completely
cool down.
Piled up cubes in the storage
bin cause the icemaker
to shut off.
•Level cubes by hand.
Frequent “buzzing” sound
Icemaker is on but the water
supply to the refrigerator has
not been connected.
• Turn the icemaker off. On power switch models, set the
power switch to the O (off) position. On feeler arm
models, move the feeler arm to the STOP (up) position.
Keeping it on will damage the water valve.
Cubes too small
Water shutoff valve connecting
refrigerator to water line may
be clogged.
•Call the plumber to clear the valve.
Slow ice cube freezing
Door left open.
•Check to see if package is holding door open.
Temperature control dial
not set cold enough.
•See About the temperature control dial.
Ice storage bin needs cleaning.
•Empty and wash bin. Discard old cubes.
Food transmitting odor/taste
to ice cubes.
•Wrap foods well.
Interior of refrigerator
needs cleaning.
•See Care and cleaning.
Moisture forms on
cabinet surface
between the doors
Not unusual during
periods of high humidity.
•Wipe surface dry and reset temperature control dial
one setting colder.
Moisture collects inside
(in humid weather, air
carries moisture into
refrigerator when doors
are opened)
Too frequent or too
long door openings.
Refrigerator has odor
Foods transmitting
odor to refrigerator.
• Foods with strong odors should be tightly wrapped.
• Keep an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator;
replace every three months.
Interior needs cleaning.
• See Care and cleaning.
Ice cubes have
odor/taste
Troubleshooting Tips
What To Do
Installation Instructions
Possible Causes
Operating Instructions
Problem
Safety Instructions
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Installation Instructions
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Notes.
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Safety Instructions
Notes.
Operating Instructions
Installation Instructions
Troubleshooting Tips
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Troubleshooting Tips
Installation Instructions
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
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Installation Instructions
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Safety Instructions
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