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Refrigerator Maintenance

Leveling your Refrigerator.

The refrigerator should be leveled when installed so that it is visibly straight, all legs or castors firmly positioned on the floor and the frontraised just enough so that the doors swing shut by themselves when opened halfway. If the refrigerator is not properly leveled it may misalign doors and take away from the appearance.
Refrigerator with a coil-free back should not be supported on special platform wheels other than the wheels furnished with the cabinet or purchased as optional wheel kit from your dealer. This prevents damage to the refrigerator mechanism and permits the proper movement of air over the built-in condenser coils.
Your refrigerator comes with either adjustable legs or rollers. These are located at the two front corners behind the grille. To adjust for leveling, remove the grille at the bottom by pulling up and out. It is not necessary to disconnect the retainer springs (if so equipped) that hold the grille to the refrigerator. If equipped with springs, hold grille to the floor while making leveling adjustment.
Adjustable legs are packed in one of the drawers and are to be installed at the bottom front corners, turn the adjusting screw clockwise to raise the machine and counter clockwise to lower it.
If equipped with rollers, turn the adjusting screw on the rollers clockwise to raise the refrigerator and counter clockwise to lower it. If equipped with rollers turn the adjusting screw counter clockwise to raise the refrigerator and clockwise to lower it. Use an adjustable wrench or pliers.
If your refrigerator is equipped with rollers, it may be moved easily for cleaning. To protect your floor tiles or linoleum, move your refrigerator only in a direct forward/ backward motion -never sideways -as floor covering damage may result.

Hinges and Magnetic Door Gaskets.
If your refrigerator is installed in a corner where the door can be opened to a maximum angle of 90°, it is recommended to remove the lower door shelf by unsnapping and lifting both ends in order to let the vegetable crisper slide out. In a side by side refrigerator it is only a matter of removing the adjustable door shelves to slide the crispers out.
All hinges should be lubricated annually or as often as required with household lubricant.
The door gasket along the hinge side may require a light lubrication of cooking oil or petroleum jelly occasionally. Such application is recommended when the door starts to stick or produces a squeaking sound.

Setting up your Refrigerator.
Your new refrigerator should be properly installed for efficient operation. If it has a coil-free back, allow 1.90 centimeters - 3/4" inch (in) at both sides and 2.54 centimeters (cm) - 1" at the top for ease of installation. If it has exposed coils, set it about 7.62 centimeters (cm) 3" inch (in) from rear cabinet surface to the wall. Allow 10.16 centimeters (cm) 4" inch (in) minimum clearance between top of refrigerator and any overhead cupboard and 2.54 centimeters (cm) 1" inch (in) minimum clearance on each side. Clearance around refrigerator is necessary for proper air circulation for better operation of the refrigerator. If there are adjacent counters, make sure refrigerator doors do not hit them, eventually causing damage. If you are placing the refrigerator in a corner, make sure door will open to 90°. If your refrigerator must stand beside a range, allow at least 12.7 centimeters (cm) - 5" inch (in) between the two appliances. Do not install or operate your refrigerator at room temperature of less than 13°C Celsius (55°F) Fahrenheit, as the refrigerator is designed to run at normal room temperature. Do not operate your refrigerator in the presence of explosive fumes.

Power Connection.
A CSA approved power cord with a 3-prong grounding plug is standard on all refrigerators. It plugs into a 3-hole grounded wall outlet. If such an outlet is not close by your refrigerator, ask your electrician to install one. Do not cut or remove the round grounding prong from the plug of the refrigerator cord set. The use of an extension cord is not recommended, but if one is necessary, be sure to use a #16 gauge or heavier three wire cord with a ground terminal. The refrigerator should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet. To avoid overloading your electrical circuit, do not connect other appliances to the refrigerator outlet. When unplugging your refrigerator, grip the plug firmly and pull it straight out. Never pull on the cord. If the cord ever shows signs of wear or fraying, repair or replace it immediately.
Turning controls to OFF will not disconnect power to switches and light.


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