GE GTS18HGNRBB 17.5 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator Instructions


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GE GTS18HGNRBB 17.5 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator Instructions | Manualzz

Installation Instructions

Models 16, 17, 18, 19, & 22

If you have questions, call 1.800.GE.CARES or visit our Website at: GEAppliances.com

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In Canada, call 1.800.561.3344 or Visit our Website at: geappliances.ca

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Read these instructions completely and carefully.

IMPORTANT –

local inspector’s use.

Save these instructions for

IMPORTANT –

Observe all governing codes and ordinances.

Note to Installer –

Be sure to leave these instructions with the Consumer.

Note to Consumer –

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for future reference.

• Skill level ±,QVWDOODWLRQRIWKLVDSSOLDQFHUHTXLUHV basic mechanical skills.

• Completion time ±5HIULJHUDWRU,QVWDOODWLRQ

15 minutes

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15 minutes

• Proper installation is the responsibility of the installer.

• Product failure due to improper installation is not covered under the Warranty.

WATER SUPPLY TO THE ICE

MAKER (on some models)

,IWKHUHIULJHUDWRUKDVDQLFHPDNHULWZLOOKDYHWR 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, by visiting our Website at GEAppliances.

com (in Canada at geappliances.ca

) or from Parts and Accessories, 1.877.959.8688. See instructions

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REFRIGERATOR LOCATION

• 'RQRWLQVWDOOWKHUHIULJHUDWRUZKHUHWKHWHPSHUDWXUH will go below 55°F (12.7°C) because it will not run often enough to maintain proper temperatures.

• 'RQRWLQVWDOOWKHUHIULJHUDWRUZKHUHWKH temperature will go above 100°F (37°C) because it will not perform properly.

• 'RQRWLQVWDOOWKHUHIULJHUDWRULQDORFDWLRQH[SRVHG to water (rain, etc.) or direct sunlight.

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CLEARANCES

Allow the following clearances for ease of installation, proper air circulation and plumbing and electrical connections.

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• Back 1" (25 mm) on 16 & 17 cuft models

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.

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Installation Instructions

INSTALLING THE WATER LINE (on some models)

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

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:;;RU:;;GHSHQGLQJRQWKHDPRXQWRI tubing you need. Approved plastic water supply lines are SmartConnect ™ Refrigerator Tubing

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When connecting your refrigerator to a GE

Appliances Reverse Osmosis Water System, the only

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For other reverse osmosis water systems, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

This water line installation is not warranted by the refrigerator or ice maker manufacturer. Follow these

LQVWUXFWLRQVFDUHIXOO\WRPLQLPL]HWKHULVNRIH[SHQVLYH water damage.

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 prevent burns and product damage, do not hook up the water line to the hot water line.

,I\RXXVH\RXUUHIULJHUDWRUEHIRUHFRQQHFWLQJWKH water line, make sure the ice maker power switch is in the OFF position (on power switch models) or operating arm is in OFF position.

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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

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All installations must be in accordance with local plumbing code requirements.

WARNING

Connect to potable water supply only.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

• Copper or SmartConnect™ Refrigerator Tubing kit,

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ZDWHUVXSSO\,IXVLQJFRSSHUEHVXUHERWKHQGVRI the tubing are cut square.

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 6’

(1.8 m). Be sure there is sufficient extra tubing (about

¶>P@FRLOHGLQWRWXUQVRIDERXW´>FP@ diameter) to allow the refrigerator to move out from the wall after installation.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED (Cont.)

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in the following lengths:

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Be sure that the kit you select allows at least 6’

(1.8 m) as described above.

NOTE: The only GE Appliances approved plastic tubing is that supplied in SmartConnect™ Refrigerator

7XELQJNLWV'RQRWXVHDQ\RWKHUSODVWLFZDWHUVXSSO\ 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.

• A GE Appliances water supply kit (containing tubing, shutoff valve and fittings listed below) is available at extra cost from your dealer or from Parts and

Accessories, 877.959.8688.

• A cold water supply. The water pressure must be between 20 and 120 psi (138 – 827 kilopascals) on models without a water filter and between 40 and

120 psi (275 – 827 kilopascals) on models with a water filter.

• Power drill.

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• Straight and Phillips blade screwdriver.

‡7ZR´RXWHUGLDPHWHU compression nuts and 2 ferrules

VOHHYHV²WRFRQQHFWWKHFRSSHU tubing to the shutoff valve and the refrigerator water valve.

OR

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Tubing kit, the necessary fittings are preassembled to the tubing.

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Refrigerator tubing.

• Shutoff valve to connect to the cold water line.

The shutoff valve should have a water inlet with a

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FRQQHFWLRQWRWKH&2/':$7(5/,1(6DGGOH 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

INSTALLING THE WATER LINE (Cont.)

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Read these instructions completely and carefully.

WARNING

To reduce the risk of electric shock or injury during installation, you must first unplug the refrigerator before proceeding.

4

FASTEN THE SHUTOFF VALVE

(Cont.)

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.

1

SHUT OFF THE MAIN WATER

SUPPLY AND UNPLUG

REFRIGERATOR

Turn on the nearest faucet (counterclockwise) long enough to clear the line of water.

5

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 6 feet [1.82 m] coiled into 2 turns of about

´>FP@GLDPHWHUWRDOORZWKHUHIULJHUDWRUWR move out from the wall after installation.

2

CHOOSE THE VALVE LOCATION

Choose a location for the valve that

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WRFRQQHFWLQWRDKRUL]RQWDOZDWHU 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

'ULOOD´KROHLQWKHZDWHUSLSHHYHQLIXVLQJD 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

GULOOD´KROHPD\UHVXOW in reduced ice production or smaller cubes.

6

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.

For plastic tubing from a SmartConnect™

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

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SmartConnect ™

Tubing

Packing Nut

4

FASTEN THE SHUTOFF VALVE

Fasten the shutoff valve to the cold water pipe with the pipe clamp.

Tighten the clamp screws until the sealing washer begins to swell.

NOTE: 'RQRWRYHUWLJKWHQRU\RXPD\FUXVKWKH tubing.

Washer

Pipe Clamp ,QOHW(QG

Clamp

Screw

Saddle-Type

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Vertical Cold

Water Pipe

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.

7 FLUSH OUT THE TUBING

Turn the main water supply on

(counterclockwise) and flush out the tubing until the water is clear.

Shut the water off at the water valve after about one quart (1 liter) of water has been flushed through the tubing.

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Installation Instructions

INSTALLING THE WATER LINE (Cont.)

8

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

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or 877.959.8688) if your water supply has sand or particles that could clog the screen

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WARNING instructions:

To reduce the risk of death or electric shock, you must follow these

Ŷ Unplug the refrigerator before removing any panels.

Ŷ Do not damage any wiring while the panel is removed.

Ŷ Replace all parts and panels before plugging the refrigerator back in.

• Remove the access cover.

• Remove the plastic flexible or screw cap from the water valve

(refrigerator connection) and discard.

• Place the compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) onto the end of the tubing as shown. On

SmartConnect™ Refrigerator Tubing kit, the nuts are already assembled to the tubing.

‡ ,QVHUWWKHHQGRIWKHWXELQJLQWRWKHZDWHUYDOYH connection as far as possible. While holding the tubing, tighten the fitting.

• For plastic tubing from a SmartConnect™

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.

• Fasten the tubing into the clamp provided to hold it in a vertical position. You may need to pry open the clamp.

WARNING

ELECTRIC SHOCK

HAZARD

Attach tubing clamp using existing hole only.

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8

CONNECT THE TUBING TO THE

REFRIGERATOR (Cont.)

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Copper

Tubing

Tubing

Clamp

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Compression

Nut

Refrigerator

Connection

Ferrule

(sleeve)

SmartConnect ™

Tubing

• Reattach the access cover.

9

TURN THE WATER ON AT THE

SHUTOFF VALVE

Tighten any connections that leak.

10

INSTALLING THE

REFRIGERATOR

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.

11

START THE ICE MAKER

Set the ice maker power switch to the

0N position. The ice maker will not begin to operate until it reaches its operating temperature of 15°F

(–9°C) or

Power switch

EHORZ,WZLOO then begin operation automatically.

ON OFF

Power switch model

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Installation Instructions

INSTALLING THE DOOR HANDLE

1A

PLASTIC HANDLE

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IUHH]HUDQGIUHVKIRRGGRRUV7KHIDVWHQHUV correspond with the handle side (the side opposite the hinge).

2

HANDLE INSTALLATION

$WWDFKKDQGOHWRIUHH]HUGRRUE\VOLGLQJKDQGOH up onto plastic bushing or fastener with the screws at the bottom of the handle.

2. Attach handle to fresh food door by sliding handle down onto plastic bushing or fastener with the screws at top of handle.

Handle Fastener

1B

STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE

Attach plastic bushing to the door with the screw on both freezer and fresh food doors. The fasteners correspond with the handle side (the side opposite the hinge).

NOTE: Be sure to remove

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Bushing with Screw

3

BADGE AND PLUG BUTTON

INSTALLATION

1. Place a plug button on the opposite side of the fresh food door across from the handle.

2. Remove the backing on the GE Appliances badge and carefully place it in the hole

RSSRVLWHWKHKDQGOHRQWKHIUHH]HUGRRU%H sure the badge is oriented the correct way before applying it to the door.

Badge

Plug button

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Installation Instructions

REVERSING THE DOOR SWING

WARNING

Follow all steps when reversing the door swing. Failure to follow these instructions, leaving off parts, or overtightening screws, can lead to the door falling off and result in injury and property damage.

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 losing them.

• 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

WKHULJKWVLGHWRWKHOHIWVLGH²LI\RXHYHUZDQWWR change the hinges back to the right side, follow these same instructions and reverse all references to left and right.

CAUTION

Lifting Hazard

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1

BEFORE YOU START

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1.2 Empty all door shelves, including the dairy compartment.

CAUTION

'RQRWOHWHLWKHUGRRUGURSWRWKH floor. To do so could damage the door stop.

2

REMOVE THE FREEZER DOOR

2.1 Tape the door shut with masking tape.

2.2 Remove the screws that hold the top hinge to the cabinet.

Top Hinge

TOOLS REQUIRED

Phillips screwdriver

´KH[KHDG socket driver

(optional)

Masking tape

Putty knife or thin-blade screwdriver

(optional)

2.3 Lift the hinge straight up to free the hinge pin from the socket in the top of the door and set it aside, along with its screws.

2.4 Remove the tape.

Lift it off the center hinge pin.

2.5 Set the door on a non-scratching surface with the outside up.

2.6 Transfer the 2 screws from the opposite side of the cabinet to the screw holes vacated by the top hinge removal.

´RSHQHQG wrench (optional)

Allen wrench (Stainless

Steel Handle Models)

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Installation Instructions

REVERSING THE DOOR SWING (Cont.)

WARNING

Follow all steps when reversing the door swing. Failure to follow these instructions, leaving off parts, or overtightening screws, can lead to the door falling off and result in injury and property damage.

4

REVERSING THE HARDWARE

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ULJKWZLWKVFUHZVDWWRSOHIWRIFDELQHW'RQRW tighten screws on hinge side.

NOTE: Some hinges have 4 holes. Which holes you use for installing 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.

3

REMOVE THE FRESH FOOD

DOOR

3.1 Tape the door shut with masking tape.

8QVFUHZWKHFHQWHU hinge pin and remove it from its socket. Be careful not to lose the center hinge and washer.

Center

Hinge Pin

Washer

4.2 Remove the three screws holding the center hinge to the cabinet.

4.3 Transfer the three screws from the opposite side of the cabinet to the screw holes vacated by the center hinge removal.

3.3 Remove the tape and tilt the door away from the cabinet. Lift the door from the pin in the

ERWWRPKLQJH,IWKHSODVWLFZDVKHUVWLFNVWR the door bottom, put it back on the hinge.)

3.4 Set the door outside-up on a non-scratching surface.

4.4 Reattach the center hinge with all three screws on the left side of the cabinet.

NOTE: The center hinge must be turned over as shown when mounted on the left side.

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4.5 Remove the screws holding the bottom hinge to the cabinet. Move the bottom hinge from the right to left side of the cabinet. Switch the hinge pin to the opposite side of the hinge and reinsert the screws.

Plastic

Washer

Hinge

Pin

Switch the hinge pin to the opposite side of the bracket.

Hinge

Bracket

Plastic

Washer

Hinge

Pin

Hinge

Bracket

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Installation Instructions

REVERSING THE DOOR SWING (Cont.)

5

REVERSING THE DOOR HANDLES

5.1. Remove handle screws from the top of fresh food door. Remove handle screws from the

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5.2. Remove door handle on fresh food door by sliding the handle up off of the fastener (Plastic

Handle) or plastic bushing (Stainless Steel

+DQGOH5HPRYHGRRUKDQGOHRQIUHH]HUGRRU by sliding the handle down off of the fastener

(Plastic Handle) or plastic bushing (Stainless

Steel Handle).

5.3. Change places between the handle fastener or plastic bushing and plug button on door front.

5.4. Move the plug buttons on top and front of the door to fill the now vacant holes.

5.5. Transfer the door stop on the bottom of the door.

5.6. Attach handle to fresh food door by sliding handle down onto fastener (Plastic Handle) or plastic bushing (Stainless Steel handle) and with screws at top of handle.

$WWDFKKDQGOHWRIUHH]HUGRRUE\VOLGLQJKDQGOH up onto fastener (Plastic Handle) or plastic bushing (Stainless Steel handle) and with screws at bottom of handle.

$WWDFKEDGJHRQIUHH]HUGRRURSSRVLWHWKH handle.

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Stop

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Installation Instructions

REVERSING THE DOOR SWING (Cont.)

6

RE-HANGING THE DOORS

6.1 Re-hang the fresh food 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

RE-HANGING THE DOORS (CO

6.1 Re-hang the fresh food door

/RZHUWKHIUHH]HUGRRURQWRWKHFHQWHU hinge pin. Be sure the washer is in place on the pin.

Plastic

Washer

Hinge

Pin

6.1.2 Tilt the door towards the cabinet. As the door is brought into position, align the socket in the door with the hole in the center hinge. Place the center hinge pin into the hole in the center hinge and tighten. Make sure the washer is on the top of the hinge pin.

Hinge

Pin with

Washer

Center

Hinge

Plastic

Washer

Hinge

Pin

6.2.2 Tilt the door towards the cabinet, lifting the top hinge so the pin fits into the socket on the top of the door.

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

IURQW7LJKWHQWKHWRSKLQJHVFUHZV'R not over-tighten these screws. Tighten them until they are just snug, and then turn them another one-half turn.

Top

Hinge

Hinge

Gap

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