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Use & Care Manual
Convertible Freezer/Refrigerator
(with Low Temperature Freeze Protection)
Product Registration
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Energy Saving Ideas
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Important Safety Instructions
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First Steps
Setting
the Temperature Control
Freezer Optional Features
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Care and Cleaning
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Power Failure/Freezer Failure
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Avoid Service Checklist
Warranty
READ AND SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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P/N 297245000 (Mar 2008)
• Let hot foods cool to room temperature before placing in the
freezer. Overloading the freezer forces the compressor to run
longer. Foods that freeze too slowly may lose quality or spoil.
• Be sure to wrap foods properly and wipe containers dry before
placing them in the freezer. This cuts down on frost build-up
inside the freezer.
• Freezer shelves and baskets should not be lined with aluminum
foil, wax paper, or paper toweling. Liners interfere with cold air
circulation, making the freezer less efficient.
• Organize and label food to reduce door/lid openings and
extended searches. Remove as many items as needed at one
time, and close door/lid as soon as possible.
Product Registration
Important Safety Instructions
Versión en español
Read all instructions before using this freezer.
Si desea obtener una copia en español
de este Manual del Usuario, sírvase
escribir a la dirección que se incluye a
continuación. Solicite la P/N 297252400.
For your safety
Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and
liquids in the vicinity of this unit or any other appliance. Read
product labels for flammability and other warnings.
Spanish Owner's Guides
Electrolux Home Products
P.O. Box 212378
Augusta, GA 30917
Child Safety
• Destroy carton, plastic bags, and any exterior wrapping material
immediately after the freezer is unpacked. Children should
never use these items for play. Cartons covered with rugs,
The information contained in this Use and Care Guide will instruct
bedspreads, plastic sheets or stretch wrap may become airtight
you on how to properly operate and care for your product. Please
chambers and can quickly cause suffocation.
read through the information contained in your literature pack to • A child might suffocate if he crawls into the freezer to hide or
learn more about your new freezer.
play. Remove the door/lid of the freezer when not in use, even
if you plan to discard the freezer. Many communities have laws
Record your Model and Serial Numbers
requiring you to take this safety precaution.
Record the model number and serial number of this freezer in the • Remove or discard any spacers used to secure the shelves
space provided below.
during shipping. Small objects are a choke hazard to children.
Model No.
Risk of Child Entrapment
Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past.
Serial No.
Junked or abandoned refrigerators or freezers are still dangerous
– even if they will sit for “just a few days”. If you are getting rid of your
Register Your Product
old refrigerator or freezer, please follow the instructions below to
The self-addressed PRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD (shown help prevent accidents:
above) should be filled in completely, signed and returned to
Electrolux Home Products.
• Remove the door/lid.
• Leave shelves in place so children may not easily climb
This Use and Care Guide provides operating instructions for your
inside.
model. Use your freezer only as instructed in this Use and Care • Have the refrigerant removed by a qualified technician.
Guide.
Energy Saving Ideas
• The freezer should be located in the coolest area of the room,
away from heat producing appliances or heating ducts, and out
of direct sunlight.
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Electrical Information
3" AIR SPACE
These guidelines must be followed to ensure that safety
mechanisms in the design of this freezer will operate properly.
3"
Avoid fire hazard or
electric shock. Do not
use an extension cord
or an adapter plug. Do
not remove any prong
from power cord.
3"
3"
1"
Installation
Leveling
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The freezer must have all bottom corners resting firmly on a solid
floor. The floor must be strong enough to support a fully loaded
Refer to the serial plate for correct electrical rating. The freezer. It is VERY IMPORTANT for your freezer to be level in order
power cord of the freezer is equipped with a three-prong to function properly. If the freezer is not leveled during installation,
grounding plug for protection against shock hazards. It must be the door/lid may be misaligned and not close or seal properly,
plugged directly into its own properly grounded three-prong causing cooling, frost or moisture problems.
receptacle, protected with a 15 amp time delay fuse or circuit
breaker. The receptacle must be installed in accordance with To level Upright Units:
the local codes and ordinances. Consult a qualified electrician. After discarding crating screws and wood base, use a carpenter’s
Receptacles with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are level to level the freezer from front to back. Adjust the plastic
NOT RECOMMENDED. DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD OR leveling feet in front, ½ bubble higher, so that the door closes easily
AN ADAPTER PLUG.
when left halfway open.
If the voltage varies by 10 percent or more, freezer performance
may be affected. Operating the freezer with insufficient power
can damage the motor. Such damage is not covered under the
warranty. If you suspect your voltage is high or low, consult your
power company for testing.
To prevent the freezer from being turned off accidentally, do not
plug the unit into an outlet controlled by a wall switch or pull cord.
Do not pinch, knot, or bend the power cord in any manner.
Other Precautions
• To defrost, always unplug unit first.
• Never unplug the freezer by pulling on the power cord. Always
grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the receptacle.
• Turning the control to “OFF” turns off the compressor but does
not disconnect power to other electrical components.
First Steps
Before starting the freezer, follow these important first steps.
Installation / Freezer Placement
Unpacking and Leveling - Upright Freezers
• Choose a place that is near a grounded electrical outlet.
• The freezer should be located where surrounding temperature
will not exceed 110ºF (43ºC). Temperatures of 32ºF (0ºC) and
below will NOT affect freezer operation. Additional compressor
heaters are not recommended.
• Allow space around the unit for good air circulation. Leave a 3
inch (75mm) space on all sides of the freezer for adequate
circulation.
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Door Removal (Upright Models)
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Pushing the switch to the "F" position will engage the freezer
control on the left and pushing the switch to the "R" position will
engage the refrigerator control on the right side. Positioning the
switch in the middle position will disengage both freezer and
refrigerator controls and disable all cooling functions. The light, if
equipped, will still operate.
Unplug the unit
Gently lay freezer on its back, on a rug or blanket.
Remove two base screws and base panel.
Remove the bottom hinge screws.
Remove the plastic top hinge cover.
Remove the screws from the top hinge.
Remove the top hinge from the cabinet.
Remove the door and bottom hinge from the cabinet.
To replace door, reverse the above procedures and securely
tighten all screws to prevent hinge slippage.
Setting the Temperature Control
Cool Down Period
• For safe food storage, allow four (4) hours for freezer to cool
down completely. The freezer will run continuously for the first
several hours. Foods that are already frozen may be placed in
the freezer after the first few hours of operation. Unfrozen foods
should NOT be loaded into the freezer until freezer has operated
for four (4) hours.
• When loading freezer, freeze only three (3) pounds of fresh food
per cubic foot of freezer space at one time. Distribute packages
to be frozen evenly throughout the freezer. It is not necessary to
turn the control knob to a colder setting while freezing food.
Convertible Controls
Figure 2
The temperature is factory preset to provide satisfactory food
storage temperatures. To adjust the temperature setting, press
UP button for warmer temperatures and the DOWN button for
colder temperatures. Allow several hours for the temperature to
stabilize between adjustments.
Automatic Freeze Control
The convertible model can operate as either a freezer or a
refrigerator. The selection is made using the rocker switch on the
top of the panel as shown in Figure 1.
When in the refrigerator mode the Freeze Control Feature will
maintain proper interior refrigerator temperature even when the
refrigerator is placed in an area where the surrounding temperature
drops to 10°F (-12°C).
Freezer Optional Features
Your freezer may have some or all of the features listed below.
Become familiar with these features and their use and care.
Convertible Switch
Figure 1
Dairy Door
Convertible
Temperature
Controls
Two Liter
Door Bins
freezer temp
freezer temp
Fixed Gallon
Door Bins
Humidity
Control
Crisper Bins
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Adjustable Interior Shelves
Humidity Control (some models)
Multi-position adjustable interior shelves can be moved to any
position for larger or smaller packages. The shipping spacers
that stabilize the shelves for shipping may be removed and
discarded.
The Humidity Control, present on some models with crisper
drawers, allows you to adjust the humidity within the crisper.
This can extend the life of fresh vegetables that keep best in
high humidity.
NOTE
Leafy vegetables keep best
when stored with the
Humidity Control set on High
Humidity, or in a drawer
without a Humidity Control.
This keeps incoming air to a
minimum and maintains
maximum moisture content.
Crisper
Humidity Control
Care and Cleaning
• Damp objects stick to cold metal surfaces. DO NOT touch
interior metal surfaces with wet or damp hands.
• The freezer must be unplugged (to avoid electrical hazard)
from power source when defrosting the unit.
Door storage
Door bins, shelves, and racks are provided for convenient
storage of jars, bottles, and cans. Frequently used items can be
quickly selected.
Convertible model is frost free and will defrost automatically, but
should be cleaned occasionally.
Some models have door racks or bins that can accommodate
gallon-sized plastic drink containers and economy-sized jars
and containers.
After defrosting, wash inside surfaces of the freezer with a solution
of two (2) tablespoons of baking soda in one (1) quart (1.136 liters)
warm water. Rinse and dry. Wring excess water out of the sponge
or cloth when cleaning in the area of the controls, or any electrical
parts.
Cleaning The Inside
The dairy compartment, which is warmer than the general food
storage section, is intended for short term storage of cheese,
spreads, or butter.
Wash the removable parts with the baking soda solution mentioned
above, or mild detergent and warm water. Rinse and dry. NEVER
use metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or alkaline
solutions on any surface. DO NOT wash removable parts in a
dishwasher.
Adjustable door bins
Some models have adjustable door bins that can be moved to
suit individual needs.
To move door bins
1. Lift bin straight up.
2. Remove bin.
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Cleaning The Outside
Wash the cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent.
Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth. Replace parts and
food.
Place bin in desired
position.
Lower bin onto supports
until locked in place.
Do not use razor blades or other sharp instruments, which can
scratch the freezer surface when removing adhesive labels. Any
glue left from the tape can be removed with a mixture of warm water
and mild detergent, or touch the residue with the sticky side of the
tape already removed. DO NOT REMOVE THE SERIAL PLATE.
Crispers (some models)
The crispers, located under the
bottom refrigerator shelf, are
designed for storing fruits,
vegetables, and other fresh
produce. Wash items in clear
water and remove excess
water before placing them in
the crispers. Items with strong
odors or high moisture content
should be wrapped before
storing.
Crisper Drawer
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Power Failure / Freezer Failure
Risk of Child Entrapment
If leaving the freezer door/lid open while on vacation, make certain
that children cannot get into the freezer and become entrapped.
DO NOT open freezer door/lid unnecessarily if freezer is off for
several hours.
Vacation and Moving Tips
Short Vacations:
• Leave the freezer operating during periods of non-use of less
than three (3) weeks.
Long Vacations:
If the freezer will not be used for several months:
• Remove all food and unplug the power cord.
• Clean and dry the interior thoroughly.
• Leave the freezer door/lid open slightly, blocking it open if
necessary, to prevent odor and mold growth.
Moving:
When moving the freezer, follow these guidelines to prevent
damage:
• Disconnect the power cord plug from the wall outlet.
• Remove foods, then defrost, and clean the freezer.
• Secure all loose items such as base panel, baskets, and
shelves by taping them securely in place to prevent damage.
• In the moving vehicle, secure freezer in an upright position to
prevent movement. Also, protect outside of freezer with a blanket
or similar item.
IF A POWER FAILURE OCCURS:
Frozen foods will stay frozen for at least 24 hours if the freezer is
kept closed. If the power failure continues, pack seven or eight
pounds of dry ice into the freezer every 24 hours. Look in the Yellow
Pages under “Dry Ice”, “Dairies”, or “Ice Cream Manufacturers” for
local dry ice suppliers. Always wear gloves and use caution when
handling dry ice.
If the freezer has stopped operating, see the “Freezer does not run”
section in the Avoid Service Checklist section of this use and care
guide. If you cannot solve the problem, call an authorized service
personnel immediately.
If the freezer remains off for several hours, follow the directions
above for the use of dry ice during a power failure. If necessary, take
the food to a local locker plant until the freezer is ready to operate.
Look in the Yellow Pages under “Frozen Food Locker Plants”.
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AVOID SERVICE
CHECKLIST
Before calling for service, review this list. It may save you time and expense. This list includes
common occurrences that are not the result of defective workmanship or materials in this
appliance.
CAUSE
PROBLEM
CORRECTION
FREEZER DOES NOT RUN.
Freezer does not run.
* Freezer is plugged into a circuit that
has a ground fault interrupt.
* Temperature control is in the "OFF"
position.
* Freezer may not be plugged in, or
plug may be loose.
* House fuse blown or tripped circuit
breaker.
* Power outage
Freezer runs too much or
* Room or outside weather is hot.
too long.
* Freezer has recently been
disconnected for a period of time.
* Large amount of warm or hot food
have been stored recently.
* Door/lid is opened too frequently or
kept open too long.
* Freezer door/lid may be slightly
open.
* Temperature control is set too low.
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Interior freezer temperature *
is too cold.
Interior freezer temperature *
is too warm.
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Freezer external surface
temperature is warm.
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* Use another circuit. If you are unsure about the outlet,
have it checked by a certified technician.
* See Thermostat Setting.
* Ensure plug is tightly pushed into outlet.
* Check/replace fuse with a 15 amp time delay fuse.
Reset circuit breaker.
* Check house lights. Call local Electric Company.
* It's normal for the freezer to work harder under these
conditions.
* It takes 24 hours for the freezer to cool down
completely.
* Warm food will cause freezer to run more until the
desired temperature is reached.
* Warm air entering the freezer causes it to run more.
Open the door/lid less often.
* See "Door/lid Problems".
* Turn control knob to a warmer setting. Allow several
hours for the temperature to stabilize.
Freezer gaskets are dirty, worn,
* Clean or change gasket. Leaks in the door/lid seal will
cause freezer to run longer in order to maintain
cracked or poorly fitted.
desired temperature.
Temperature control is set too low. * Turn control knob to a warmer setting. Allow several
hours for the temperature to stabilize.
Temperature control is set too
* Turn control knob to a colder setting. Allow several
hours for the temperature to stabilize.
warm.
Door/lid is opened too frequently or * Warm air entering the freezer causes it to run more.
kept open too long.
Open the door/lid less often.
Freezer door/lid may be slightly
* See "Door/lid Problems".
open.
Large amount of warm or hot food * Wait until the freezer has had a chance to reach its
have been stored recently.
selected temperature.
Freezer has recently been
* Freezer requires 24 hours to cool down completely.
disconnected for a period of time.
The external freezer walls can be
* This is normal while the compressor works to transfer
as much as 30ºF warmer than room heat from inside the freezer cabinet.
temperature.
SOUND AND NOISE
Louder sound levels
whenever freezer is on.
* Modern freezers have increased
* This is normal. When the surrounding noise level is
storage capacity and more stable
low, you might hear the compressor running while it
temperatures. They require high
cools the interior.
efficiency compressors.
Louder sound levels when * Freezer operates at higher
* This is normal. Sound will level off or disappear as
compressor comes on.
pressures during the start of the ON freezer continues to run.
cycle.
Popping or cracking sound * Metal parts undergo expansion and * This is normal. Sound will level off or disappear as
when compressor comes
contraction, as in hot water pipes.
freezer continues to run.
on.
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PROBLEM
CAUSE
CORRECTION
SOUND AND NOISE (Cont.)
Bubbling or gurgling soun * Refrigerant (used to cool freezer) * This is normal.
is circulating throughout the
Vibrating or rattling noise. * Freezer is not level. It rocks on
* Level the freezer by putting wood or metal shims
the floor when it is moved
under part of the freezer.
* Floor is uneven or weak.
* Ensure floor can adequately support freezer. Level
the freezer by putting wood or metal shims under
part of the freezer.
* Freezer is touching the wall.
* Re-level freezer or move freezer slightly.
WATER / MOISTURE / FROST INSIDE FREEZER
Moisture forms on inside * Weather is hot and humid, which * This is normal.
freezer walls.
increases internal rate of frost
build-up.
* Door is slightly open.
* Adjust leveling legs.
* Door is kept open too long or is
* Open the door less often.
opened too frequently.
WATER / MOISTURE / FROST OUTSIDE FREEZER
Moisture forms on
outside freezer walls.
ODOR IN FREEZER
* Door is slightly open.
* Adjust leveling legs.
Odors in freezer.
* Interior needs to be cleaned.
* Clean interior with sponge, warm water, and
baking soda.
* Cover the food tightly.
* Foods with strong odors are in
the freezer.
LIGHT BULB IS NOT ON
Light bulb is not on.
* The fluorescent lamp or light
bulb is burned out.
* No electric current is reaching
the appliance.
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* See "Fluorescent Lamp" or "Interior Light" on
Features Section.
* See "Freezer Does Not Run".
Major Appliance Warranty Information
Your appliance is covered by a one year limited warranty. For one year from your original date of
purchase, Electrolux will pay all costs for repairing or replacing any parts of this appliance that prove to
be defective in materials or workmanship when such appliance is installed, used and maintained in
accordance with the provided instructions.
Exclusions
This warranty does not cover the following:
1.
Products with original serial numbers that have been removed, altered or cannot be readily determined.
2.
Product that has been transferred from its original owner to another party or removed outside the USA or
Canada.
3.
Rust on the interior or exterior of the unit.
4.
Products purchased "as-is" are not covered by this warranty.
5.
Food loss due to any refrigerator or freezer failures.
6.
Products used in a commercial setting.
7.
Service calls which do not involve malfunction or defects in materials or workmanship, or for appliances
not in ordinary household use or used other than in accordance with the provided instructions.
8.
Service calls to correct the installation of your appliance or to instruct you how to use your appliance.
9.
Expenses for making the appliance accessible for servicing, such as removal of trim, cupboards, shelves,
etc.,which are not a part of the appliance when it is shipped from the factory.
10. Service calls to repair or replace appliance light bulbs, air filters, water filters, other consumables, or
knobs, handles, or other cosmetic parts.
11. Surcharges including, but not limited to, any after hour, weekend, or holiday service calls, tolls, ferry trip
charges, or mileage expense for service calls to remote areas, including the state of Alaska.
12. Damages to the finish of appliance or home incurred during installation, including but not limited to floors,
cabinets, walls, etc.
13. Damages caused by: services performed by unauthorized service companies; use of parts other than
genuine Electrolux parts or parts obtained from persons other than authorized service companies; or
external causes such as abuse, misuse, inadequate power supply, accidents, fires, or acts of God.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF REMEDIES
CUSTOMER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE PRODUCT
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED HEREIN. CLAIMS BASED ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE
LIMITED TO ONE YEAR OR THE SHORTEST PERIOD ALLOWED BY LAW, BUT NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR.
ELECTROLUX SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES SUCH AS
PROPERTY DAMAGE AND INCIDENTAL EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ANY BREACH OF THIS WRITTEN
LIMITED WARRANTY OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY. SOME STATES AND PROVINCES DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LIMITATIONS ON THE
DURATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO
YOU. THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER
RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
If You Need
Service
Keep your receipt, delivery slip, or some other appropriate payment record to establish the warranty period
should service be required. If service is performed, it is in your best interest to obtain and keep all receipts.
Service under this warranty must be obtained by contacting Electrolux at the addresses or phone
numbers below.
This warranty only applies in the USA and Canada. In the USA, your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Major Appliances
North America, a division of Electrolux Home Products, Inc. In Canada, your appliance is warranted by Electrolux Canada
Corp. Electrolux authorizes no person to change or add to any obligations under this warranty. Obligations for service and
parts under this warranty must be performed by Electrolux or an authorized service company. Product features or
specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice.
USA
1.800.944.9044
Electrolux Major Appliances
North America
P.O. Box 212378
Augusta, GA 30907
Canada
1.800.668.4606
Electrolux Canada Corp.
5855 Terry Fox Way
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
L5V 3E4
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