caring for your refrigerator. Whirlpool RTl4VK, RT14ZK

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Caring For Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is built to give you many years of dependable service. However, there are a few things you can do to help extend its f&duct life. This section tells you how to clean your refrigerator and what to do when going on vacation, moving or during a power outage.

Cleaning your refrigerator

Both the refrigerator and freezer sections defrost automatically. However, clean both about once a

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spills right away. month to help prevent odors from building up. Wipe up

To clean your refrigerator, unplug it, take out all removable parts and clean the refrigerator according to the following directions.

Personal injury Hazard

Refrigeration system tubes are near the defrost pan and can become hot. Clean defrost pan carefully.

Failure to do so could result in personal injury.

PART

Removable parts

(shelves, crisper, etc.)

Outside inside wails

(allow freezer to warm up so cloth won’t stick)

Door liners and gaskets

WHAT TO USE

Sponge or cloth with mild detergent and warm water

Sponge, cloth or paper towel with mild detergent, warm water and an appliance wax (or good auto paste wax)

Sponge, soft cloth or paper towel with baking soda or mild detergent and warm water

Sponge, soft cloth or paper towel with mild detergent and warm water

HOW TO CLEAN l

Hand wash, rinse and dry thoroughly. l l l

Wash outside of cabinet. Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners.

Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Wax painted metal surfaces at least twice a year. Apply wax with a clean, &ft cloth: Waxing painted metal surfaces provides rust protection. Do not wax plastic parts. l l

Wash with mixture of warm water and

- mild detergent, or

- baking soda (2 tablespoons

[26 g] to 1 quart [.95 L] of water).

Rinse and dry thoroughly. l

Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly.

DO NOT USE cleaning waxes, concentrated detergents, bleaches or cleaners containing petroleum on plastic parts.

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PART

Plastic parts

(covers and panels)

Defrost pan

(on top of motor-behind refrigerator)

Condenser coils

Floor under refrigerator

WHAT TO USE

Soft, clean sponge or soft, clean cloth with mild detergent and warm water

Sponge or cloth with mild detergent and warm water

Vacuum cleaner with extended narrow attachment

Floor cleaners

HOW TO CLEAN l

Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly.

DO NOT USE paper towels, window sprays, scouring cleansers or flammable fluids. These can scratch or damage material. See “important Safety instruc- tions” on page 3. l l l l

Slide refrigerator out away from the wall.

Wash, rinse and dry thoroughly. remove defrost pan to clean.

Do not

Slide refrigerator back into place. Remem- ber to leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) between back of cabinet and wall.

Make sure cabinet is level. l l l l

Slide refrigerator out away from the wall.

Vacuum coils when dusty or dirty. Coils may need to be cleaned as often as every other month.

Slide refrigerator back into place. Remem- ber to leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) between back of cabinet and wall.

Make sure cabinet is level. l

Slide refrigerator out away from the wall. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, slide refrigerator out only as far as the water line allows. l l l

Clean the floor.

Slide refrigerator back into place. Remem- ber to leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) between back of cabinet and wall.

Make sure cabinet is level.

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Vacation and moving care

Short vacations

No need to shut off the refrigerator if you will be away for less than four weeks.

1. Use up any perishables.

2. Freeze other items.

3. If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker: l l l

Raise signal arm to OFF (up) position.

Shut off water supply to the ice maker.

Empty the ice bin.

Long vacations

If you will be gone a month or more:

1. Remove all food from the refrigerator.

2. If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker: l

Turn off the water supply to the ice maker at least one day ahead of time. l

When the last load of ice drops, turn off the ice maker. Make sure all ice is dispensed out of the ice maker mechanism.

3. Unplug the refrigerator.

4. Clean it, rinse well and dry.

5. Tape rubber or wood blocks to the tops of both doors to prop them open far enough for air to get in. This stops odor and mold from building up.

Moving

When you are moving the refrigerator to a new home:

1. If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker: l

Turn off the water supply to the ice maker at least one day ahead of time. l

Disconnect the water line. l

After the last load of ice drops, lift the signal arm to the OFF (up) position.

2. Remove all food from the refrigerator.

3. Pack all frozen food in dry ice.

4. Unplug the refrigerator.

5. Clean it thoroughly. Rinse well and dry.

6. Take out all removable parts, wrap them well, and tape them together so they don’t shift and rattle.

7. Screw in the leveling rollers.

6. Tape the doors shut and tape the power supply cord to the cabinet.

When you get to your new home, put everything back and refer to page 6. Also, if your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker, remember to reconnect the water supply line.

Personal injury Hazard

Do not allow children to climb on, play near or climb inside the refrigerator when the doors are blocked open.

They may become injured or trapped.

To restart refrigerator, see “Using Your

Refrigerator” on page 8.

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Power interruptions

If electricity goes off, call the power com- pany. Ask how long power will be off.

1. If service will be interrupted 24 hours or less, keep both doors closed. This helps foods stay frozen.

2. If service will be interrupted longer than

24 hours:

(a) Remove all frozen food and store in a frozen food locker.

OR

(b) Place 2 Ibs. (0.9 kg) of dry ice in freezer for every cubic foot of freezer space. This will keep food frozen for

2 to 4 days. Wear gloves to protect your hands from dry ice burns.

OR

(c) If neither a food locker or dry ice is available, use or can perishable food at once.

3. A full freezer stays cold longer than a partly filled one. A freezer full of meat stays cold longer than a freezer full of baked goods. If food contains ice crys- tals, it may be safely refrozen, although the quality and flavor may be affected. If the condition of the food is poor, or if you feel it is unsafe, dispose of it.

Questions 7

Call us at 1-800-447-6737.

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