Gorenje rbi41205 Owner Manual

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Instructions for use

Refrigerator with freezer

Refrigerator with freezer

Thank you for your con fi dence in buying our appliance and congratulations on the excellent choice.

We hope it will successfully serve its purpose for many years.

Refrigerator with freezer (hereinafter: the appliance) is intended to be used in households.

The lower part is refrigerator for storing fresh food at the temperature higher than 0°C.

The upper part is freezer intended for freezing fresh food and to long-term storing of frozen food (up to one year, depending on type of food). Freezing compartment is marked with four stars.


Before fi rst operation .................................................. 3

Description of the appliance ...................................... 5

Installation and connections ...................................... 6

Changing the Direction of Opening the Door ........... 8

Control panel - appliance with electronical regulation ..................................................................... 9

Control panel - appliance with mechanical regulation .................................................................. 11

Refrigerator accessories .......................................... 11

Storage of food in the refrigerator ........................... 13

Storing food in the ZERO’N’FRESH compartment .............................................................. 13

Freezing and storage of frozen food ....................... 15

Defrosting the appliance ........................................... 16

Cleaning the appliance ............................................. 17

Troubleshooting guide .............................................. 19

Noise level .................................................................. 20



rst operation

• The appliance is manufactured in compliance with all relevant safety standards; however, it is recommended that persons with impaired physical, motional, or mental abilities, or persons with inadequate experience and knowledge, do not use the appliance without due supervision. The same recommendation applies to minors using the appliance.

• Before connecting the appliance read these instructions carefully. They describe the appliance and provide instructions for its safe and correct use. The instructions are prepared for different types and models of the appliance so they may contain descriptions of functions and components your appliance may not have.

• Remove the wrapping protecting the appliance during transport.

• Wrappings contain environmentally friendly materials which can be recycled, recovered or disposed off without threat to the environment.

• On the door corners (on freestanding appliances) or on the housing of the appliances (on built-in appliances) the spacers are installed, which should be removed and replaced with the attached spacer-plugs.

• Before connecting the appliance to the mains supply, leave it in upright position for about 2 hours. This will reduce possibility of malfunctions in the cooling system resulting from prior transport and handling.

• The appliance must be connected to the mains supply in accordance with the standing regulations and local requirements.

• The appliance must not be used in open air or exposed to weather precipitation.

• Always disconnect the appliance from power supply (pull the power cord from wall socket) before cleaning and before replacing the light bulb.

• If the power supply cord is damaged, in order to avoid hazard it must be replaced by the service or by quali fi ed personnel.

• In case of longer disuse fi rst turn the appliance off with the ON/OFF button and disconnect it from mains supply. Empty the appliance, clean the interior and leave the door ajar.

• For the protection of environment deliver the obsolete appliance to the authorized scrap appliance dealers.

• Never let the children play with the appliance.

• Self closing shear door hinge pulls the door to the cabinet just before closing, thereby preventing the door to remain ajar. Equally it limits the door opening angle and prevents damage to adjacent elements.

• Rating plate with basic information is located in the interior of the appliance. If the sticker plate is not suitable for your language, replace it with the attached one.

• Warning: Ventilation slots on the appliance or built-in element should always be kept clean and unobstructed.

• Warning: Do not use any mechanical accessories when thawing the refrigerator, except for those explicitly recommended by the manufacturer.

• Warning: To prevent any pollution be careful not to damage the insulation or refrigeration tubes at the rear wall during the installation, cleaning and disposal of the appliance.

• Warning: Do not use any electrical devices inside the appliance, except for those explicitly recommended by the manufacturer.



The symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product may not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of thisproduct. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local city of fi ce, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.

Description of the appliance

Interior equipment of the appliance will typically vary according to the speci fi c model.

1 Freezer

2 Interior light

3 Control panel

4 Adjustable glass shelves

5 Foldable egg rack

(closed - 6 eggs, open - 12 eggs)

6 Pull-out glass shelf (adjustable height)

7a Storage compartment


8 Refrigerator door pans

(options: deep, shallow; covered or no cover)

9 Door bottle rack with safety holder

10 Legs


Installation and connections

• Place the appliance in dry and well aired room. The appliance operates best at temperature ranges indicated in the chart below. Relevant class of the appliance is indicated on the rating plate.


SN (subnormal)

N (normal)

ST (subtropical)

T (tropical)

Ambient temperature from + 10°C to + 32°C from + 16°C to + 32°C from + 16°C to + 38°C from + 16°C to + 43°C

Positioning the appliance requires two persons in order to avoid injuries or damage to the appliance.

• Place the appliance fl atly and fi rmly on a solid base. The appliance is fi tted with adjustable feet on the front side, used to level the appliance (certain models only).

• Avoid exposing the appliance to direct sunlight or heat sources. If this is not feasible, install insulation plate between the appliance and adjacent heat source.

• The appliance may stand independently or you may incorporate it into the kitchen cabinet. Be sure to leave enough space for cooling of condenser (distance from the wall or the opening should be 200 cm 2 ). Distance to the cabinet above the appliance should be at least 5 cm.

After the installation, the appliance mains plug should be accessible!


• The appliance is fi tted with spacers to be mounted on the top edge of the condenser. They prevent the rear of the appliance to be pushed too close to the wall. Spacers are fabricated universally regarding the different distance of the condenser from the cabinet, so make sure to position them properly.

• Use the power cord to connect the appliance to the mains power. Wall outlet must be fi tted with ground terminal (safety socket). Required nominal voltage and frequency are indicated on the relevant label or rating plate of the appliance.

• Mains power connection and grounding must be made in line with standing regulations and local requirements.

The appliance is able to accommodate minor temporary voltage tolerances, but they may not exceed -6% to +6%.


Changing the Direction of Opening the Door

Freestanding appliance

Necessary tools: ring spanner No.8, screwdriver, torque 25

Tilt the appliance so that the bottom hinge can be unscrewed and proceed with disassembling as shown in the Figure 3. Then fi x the assembly parts again in the opposite turn. Use the attached opposite hinge insert piece.

Use the bungs, which have been pulled out, on the opposite side. Check the door seal. In case that it does not rest well, take it off and turn it by 180°.


Control panel - appliance with electronical regulation



A Digital temperature display (certain models only) of the refrigerator indicates actual temperatures during the operation from +1°C to +9°C.

B ON/OFF and temperature setting button

C Orange LED: illuminated during fan operation (knob D).

D Fast freeze fan activation knob

The appliance is switched on by turning the button (B) towards

Max , and accordingly switched off when the arrow (small triangle) on the button points to the ON/OFF mark (the appliance, however, is still under mains power).



• Temperature of the appliance is set by turning the button (B) to the position between the Min and Max span.

• Recommended setting of the thermostat knob is to ECO position.

• If the room temperature, in which the appliance is installed, is lower than 16°C, the recommended setting of the thermostat knob is to the Max .

• In case of exceptionally higher ambient temperatures it is recommended to switch the fan operation at high speed by pressing button (D) – only for models featuring control panel I.

• SF/SC position

- SF position stands for “Super frost” and indicates fast

freezing (certain models only).

- SC position stands for “Super cool” and indicates fast

cooling (certain models only).

• In apliances with digital display the indicator fl ashes during the setting procedure, and the beep signals each change of preset temperature. When fl ashing stops the fi nal setting is stored in memory.

• When the appliance is switched on, the display (A) will fl ash for a few seconds – the set value will be indicated. After a while, the actual or maximum value is indicated. This value will remain on the display until the actual temperature in the refrigerator compartment falls below the displayed level.

Fan assisted fast cooling is started by pressing the button (D).

Orange LED is on. Fan eliminates minor temperature differences between different cabinet spaces, and reduces dew formation on the interior surface of the appliance.

In appliances with the ZERO’N’FRESH drawer, fan boost, or fan assisted cooling, is automatically switched off after approximately

6 hours.

The alarm sounds if the refrigerator door is left open for more than 1 minute. When the door is closed again the alarm stops.

Control panel - appliance with mechanical regulation

ON/OFF button

The appliance is switched on/off by turning the temperature selector (see Fig.) to any position from 0 to 7.

The appliance operation is controlled by turning the thermostat

(temperature selecting button) located within the refrigerator cabinet from the position STOP (0) to the position 7 and back.

Temperature setting

• The higher the position of the temperature selector (towards position 7) the lower is the temperature (cooler) within the cabinet of the appliance. Interior temperature in the refrigerator may even fall below 0°C. Higher position settings are to be used on in case of recommended low cooling temperature, or if the ambient temperature is below 16°C. In case of standard ambient temperature we recommend the medium setting.

• Change in the ambient temperature affects the temperature of the appliance, so the position of the temperature selector should be adjusted accordingly.

• In the STOP (0) position the appliance is switched off (cooling system is off). However, the appliance is still powered (light bulb is turned on if you open the refrigerator door).

Refrigerator accessories

(Equipment depends on the model)

• Shelves can be optionally placed on the guides inside the appliance. To remove the shelf, fi rst slide it out as far as the guide allows it, then slightly lift it up and pull it out. Quickly perishable food should be stored on the back i.e. the coldest part of the shelves.

If you need space to store higher objects (bottles, jars, jugs) in the refrigerator you can remove the front part of the shelf, relocate it to a lower level, and obtain the required space.

It is protected against accidental slide out.

The rack can only be pulled out when it is empty. Lift the back part of the rack and pull it towards yourself. The rack should be placed in the appliance in such way to allow unobstructed door closing.

Maximum capacity is 9 bottles of 0,75 l, or 13 kg of total mass

– see label on the right side of cabinet interior.


• Crisp tray below the glass shelf at the bottom of the refrigerator is used for storage of fruit and vegetables. It retains the right level of moisture and prevents drying out.

Removable snack tray

• The refrigerator door lining consists of various shelves or holders used for storing cheese, butter, eggs, yogurt, and a stock of other smaller packages, tubes, cans etc. The bottom shelf is used for storing bottles.

• Fan xed under the ceiling or hidden behind the rear refrigerator panel or within the freezer compartment improves even distribution of temperature and decreases dew upon storage racks.

The tray is especially handy for cold cuts, cheese, etc ...

The drawer is pulled out by lifting the front part slightly and then pulling out. The handle may be moved sideways along with the drawer.

Refrigerator compartments:

- top section: canned food, bread, wine, cake, etc.

- middle section: dairy products, readymade food, desserts, juices, beer, TV-dinners, etc.

- bottom section: meat, meat products, delicatessen, etc.

- vegetable drawer: fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, etc.

In appliances without the ZERO’N’FRESH compartment, root vegetables, potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, tropical fruit, sauerkraut, turnip, etc. should also be stored in the vegetable drawer.

- ZERO’N’FRESH compartment: fresh meat, meat products, fi sh, other seafood (shell fi sh), dairy products, salad, fruit, vegetables, mayonnaise, sauces, etc.

Refrigerator door lining compartments:

- top/middle section: eggs, butter, cheese, …

- bottom section: beverages, cans, bottles, …

Freezer compartment:

- upper shelf position: for freezing (only with some models)

- lower shelf position: for storage (only with some models)


Storage of food in the refrigerator

• Proper use of the appliance, adequately packed food, correct temperature and hygienic precautions produce substantial impact on the quality of stored food.

• Always respect the best before date, printed on the packaging.

• Food to be stored in the refrigerator should be properly packed as to prevent emission and/or reception of moisture and odors.

• Never store in fl ammable, volatile or explosive substances.

• Beverages with high alcohol percentage shall be stored in tightly sealed bottles in vertical position.

• Some organic solutions like volatile oils in lemon or orange peel, acids in butter etc. can cause damage in prolonged contact with plastic surfaces or gaskets for longer period of time they can cause accelerated aging of the plastic material.

• Unpleasant odor inside the refrigerator is a sign that something is wrong with food or that your refrigerator needs cleaning (see chapter Cleaning).

• If you plan a longer absence, make sure you removed quickly perishable articles of food from the appliance before you leave.

Recommended periods of storing fresh food in the refrigerator

Food eggs, marinades, smoked meat, cheese carrots, etc… butter cake, fruit, TV-dinner dishes, raw chunks of meat fi sh, raw minced meat, seafood

Storage period up to 10 days up to 10 days up to 8 days up to 7 days up to 2 days up to 1 day

Storing food in the ZERO’N’FRESH compartment

The ZERO’N’FRESH drawer enables storing a variety of fresh food for approximately three times as long as in a conventional refrigerator.

The food will remain fresh and retain its fl avor and nutrients for a longer period of time. Storing food in the ZERO’N’FRESH drawer prevents decay and loss of mass; thus, fruit and vegetables are more fresh and natural. Storage temperature is preset to approximately 0

°C. The temperature may vary from -2°C to +3°C, depending on the temperature in the refrigerator. If the temperature of the environment where the appliance is installed is lower than 16°C, we recommend setting the refrigerator compartment temperature to 4°C or less.


Approximate storage time in the

ZERO’N’FRESH* drawer

For optimum operation, the drawer should be tightly closed.

• When you buy food check its freshness: quality and durability of food depends on it.

• Store your food in closed containers or appropriate packaging to prevent it from emitting or receiving odours and moisture.

• Approximately 30-60 minutes prior use remove food from the drawer to let its aroma and taste develop at ambient temperature.

• Food sensitive to low temperatures is not suitable for storage in the ZERO’N’FRESH drawer: pineapple, avocado, bananas, olives, potato, eggplant, cucumber, beans, bell pepper, melons, water melons, pumpkins,...

Type of food

Sausages, cold cuts, beef, pork, venison, raw meat poultry fi sh seafood

Vegetables: cabbage, garlic, carrots celery, herbs lettuce, cauli fl ower, radicchio, rhubarb broccoli, asparagus, savoy, Chinese cabbage kohlrabi, radish onions, mushrooms, spinach, peas

Fruit: apples pears, kiwi grapes, quince peaches blackcurrant, gooseberry, plums apricots, blueberries, cherries raspberries, strawberries

Other: milk butter cheese

* depending on quality and freshness of food

Time up to 7 days up to 5 days up to 4 days up to 3 days up to 180 days up to 30 days up to 21 days up to 14 days up to 7 days up to 180 days up to 120 days up to 90 days up to 30 days up to 21 days up to 14 days up to 3-5 days up to 7 days up to 30 days up to 30 days


Freezing and storage of frozen food

• Activate the fast freeze function by pressing the button (C) for continuous operation 24 hours prior intended freezing.

- control unit 1 and 2: with knob B, position SF/SC ;

- mechanical regulation: knob position approximately between

4 and 5.

After that, distribute the food evenly across the shelf in the upper position, making sure they are not in contact with the already frozen food packages. In appliances without the shelf, place the food on the bottom, closer to the front.

• After 24 hours you may relocate the food to the storage compartment, and repeat the freezing procedure if required.

You may also remove the drawers and store frozen food directly on cooling shelves.

• For freezing smaller quantities of fresh food (1-2 kg), the engagement of the fast freeze function is not required.

Freeze only such food which is suitable for freezing and sustain low temperatures. Food should be of adequate quality and fresh.

Select adequate packaging for each kind of food and pack it correctly.

The packaging should be air tight and well sealed without leaking since this could cause substantial vitamin loss and dehydration.

Mark packages with following data: kind and amount of foods and the date of loading.

It is imperative that food is frozen as quickly as possible. We therefore recommend the size of the package not to be too large and to be cooled before loading into the freezer.

The amount of the fresh foods that can be loaded in the freezer as a single load is declared on the rating plate. If the loaded amount is too large, the quality of freezing is reduced which in turn affects the quality of frozen foods.

The storage time and recommended temperature for storing commercially frozen foods is indicated on the packaging. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for storage and use of frozen food. When shopping be careful to choose only food which is adequately packed and provided with complete data and stored in freezers where the temperature never rises above -18°C.

Do not buy packages of food wrapped with frost. This indicates that the package was thawed before at least once.

Take care that packages don’t start to thaw during transport to your home. Temperature rise shortens the storage time and affects the quality of commercially frozen foods.


Recommended periods of storing frozen food in the freezer


Fruit, beef

Vegetables, veal, poultry



Chopped (minced ) meat

Bread, pastry, TV-dinners, fat free fi sh


Smoked sausages, fat fi sh

Period from 10 to12 months from 8 to 10 months from 6 to 8 months from 4 to 6 months

4 months

3 months

2 months

1 month

Partially thawed or defrosted foods should be used as soon as possible. Cold air preserves the food but it does not destroy microorganisms which rapidly activate themselves after defrosting and make foods perishable.

Partial defrosting reduces the nutritional value of food, especially fruits, vegetables and readymade meals.

Defrosting the appliance

Refrigerator needs no special defrosting procedure, because ice deposited at the inner back wall is defrosted automatically.

Ice deposited on the inner back wall during the compressor operation is defrosted when the compressor stops operating, and condensed water drops are drained through the outlet in the inner back wall into the drain pan situated above the compressor where it evaporates. In case you should notice excessive ice formation at the rear refrigerator panel (3-5 mm thick), switch the appliance off and thaw it manually.

• Clean the freezer when the frost layer in the freezer reaches thickness of around 3-5 mm.

• 24 hours before defrosting activate the fast freeze function

(see relevant control chapter depending upon the model of the appliance – fast freezing) for continuous operation in order to additionally freeze the food inside. After that period take the food out of the freezer and protect them from excessive thawing.

• Switch the appliance off (see the relevant control chapter for ON/OFF function) and pull the power cord from the wall socket.

• Place a convenient absorbent cloth underneath to collect the


defrost water and change it periodically.

• Never use powered appliances to defrost the freezer (hair dryer, etc.) - LIFE THREATENING!

• Avoid using defrosting sprays, as they may cause damage to the plastic parts and may be hazardous to health.

• Clean the interior of the appliance and wipe it dry (see chapter


• Before reloading food into the freezer switch the appliance on.

Cleaning the appliance

Prior any cleaning attempt disconnect the appliance from the mains (see the control chapter for ON/OFF function), and pull the power cord from the mains wall outlet.

Special antibacterial protection in top layer of inner walls prevents multiplication of bacteria and maintains the interior clean and germ free.

Make sure to remove traces of any cleansing agents you had been using.

• Clean the of the appliance with water and liquid detergent.

• Do not use abrasive or aggressive agents (such as stainless steel cleansers) for cleaning of plastic and coated surfaces as you can damage them.

• Clean with soft cloth and alcohol based cleansing agent (for example glass cleaners).

• Wash the interior of the appliance with liquid detergent and lukewarm water, mixed with a little vinegar.

• Containers, shelves, and drawers with a decorative pro fi le (metallic appearance) are not dishwasher safe! They can only be cleaned with a dissolved liquid detergent and a soft cloth. Do not rub them!

• Appliances without the ZERO’N’FRESH drawer: cooling surface on the rear wall is periodically defrosted. The drain groove and the outlet through which the water is discharged should not be clogged

(food residues).

Check them regularly and clean as required (e.g. with a plastic straw).

• The on the rear wall must always be clean and free of dust or kitchen fumes deposits, therefore clean the dust periodically with non-metallic brush or vacuum cleaner..



• Clean also the drip pan above the compressor. If you removed the pan, please make sure you replace it to the same position, and check that it is in completely horizontal position!

• Ice and/or frost deposits exceeding 3-5 mm increase energy consumption, so you need to remove them regularly. Do not use sharp pointed objects, solvents or sprays.

• After cleaning switch the appliance on and reload the food.

Troubleshooting guide


The appliance does not operate after connection to the mains:

Cooling system operates continuously without intermittent stoppages:

Excessive ice formation at the rear interior wall of the freezer:

Water dripping from the appliance:

Bulb replacement:

Helpful hints


• Check if there is power in the socket and if the appliance is

switched on.

• Ambient temperature too high.

• Frequent opening of the door, door open too long.

• Door not closed properly (particle between door gasket, sagged

door, check gasket sealing, etc...).

• Excessive quantity of fresh food inserted at once.

• Refrigerator probe (A) is clogged with fresh food. Relocate the

food to provide air circulation around the probe (certain models


• Check air circulation for suf fi cient cooling of the compressor, and

clean the condenser.

• Frequent opening of the door, door open too long.

• Inserting hot food in the freezer.

• Food or dish is touching the rear interior panel of the refrigerator.

• Bad door sealing; clean or replace the gasket if dirty or damaged.

• Drain outlet is clogged, drain water drips past the collection


• Clean the clogged outlet using plastic straw. If you have an appliance with the ZERO’N’FRESH drawer, call servis.

• Thaw thick ice deposits manually (see chapter Defrosting).

• Before replacing the light bulb, disconnect the appliance form the

power supply (pull the power cord from the wall socket).

B – Insert the screwdriver into the cover slot, lift it and remove

the cover.

Replace the bulb with the equivalent new bulb (E 14, same voltage as the original one) and replace the cover back to its position.

• Don’t forget: the old bulb does not belong to organic waste.

• Light bulb is consumption material and is not covered by the warranty!

• If none of the above proves effective and you can not remove

the fault yourself, disconnect the appliance from the mains ( see

chapter regarding the ON/OFF function), pull the power cord from

the wall socket, wait for approximately 10 minutes and reconnect

the appliance.

If the fault persists call the nearest service center and tell them

the information from the rating plate: type of appliance, model

and serial number, located inside the appliance.


Noise level

The refrigerator – freezer appliances are cooled by the refrigeration system with a compressor

(assisted by fan in certain models) whose operation may produce certain noise. The level of such noise depends upon the location, correct use and age of the appliance.

• After starting the appliance, the operation of the compressor (the refrigerant fl ow) may be somewhat louder. This does not mean that something is wrong with the appliance, neither has it any in fl uence on the lifetime of the appliance. Gradually the noise is reduced and eventually subsides.

• Sometimes the appliance produces unusual and stronger noise which is rather unusual for the appliance. This noise is often the consequence of inadequate positioning of the appliance:

- The appliance should be placed and leveled fi rmly on solid base.

- It should not touch the wall or adjacent kitchen units standing next to it.

- Check whether the accessories in the interior of the appliance are placed correctly in their

positions; also check the bottles, tins and other vessels that might touch each other and rattle.




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