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Owner's Manual
18, 21, 24
Part No. 162D6737P003
Pub. No. 39-6414-1
8-97 CG


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  • Page 1 Owner’s Manual Models 18, 21, 24 Part No. 162D6737P003 Pub. No. 39-6414-1 8-97 CG...
  • Page 2 Congratulations! Welcome to our family. We’re proud of our Best of all, you’ll experience these values quality products and we are committed to each time you use your refrigerator. providing dependable service. You’ll see it in That’s important, because your new this easy-to-use Owner’s Manual and you’ll refrigerator will be part of your family for hear it in the friendly voices of our customer...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Installation Instructions great deal of time and money Preparing to over the life of your refrigerator. Install the Refrigerator ..18, 19 Water Line Installation . . .20–24 Reversing the Door Swing 25–29 Review the Section on Troubleshooting Tips You’ll find many answers to...
  • Page 4: Safety Precautions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. WARNING! Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following: This refrigerator must be Keep fingers out of the properly installed and “pinch point”...
  • Page 5 IMPORTANT: PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REFRIGERATOR Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned refrigerators are still dangerous…even if they will sit for “just a few days.” If you are getting rid of your old refrigerator, please follow the instructions below to help prevent accidents.
  • Page 6: How To Connect Electricity

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. WARNING! HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded. The power cord of this appliance is equipped with a 3-prong (grounding) plug which mates with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall outlet to minimize the possibility of electric shock hazard from this appliance.
  • Page 7: Use Of Extension Cords

    The larger slot in the adapter must be aligned with the larger slot in the wall outlet to provide proper polarity in the connection of the power cord. When disconnecting the power cord from the adapter, always hold the adapter in place with one hand while pulling the power cord plug with the other hand.
  • Page 8: Temperature Controls

    About the controls on the refrigerator. The temperature controls on your refrigerator have letters and numbers. Initially set the fresh food control at 5 and the freezer control at C. If you want colder or warmer temperatures, adjust the fresh food temperature first.
  • Page 9: Control Settings

    Control Settings Fresh Food Control The fresh food control maintains the temperatures throughout the refrigerator. Moving the fresh food control to OFF stops cooling in both areas—fresh food and freezer—but does not shut off power to the refrigerator. Freezer Control The freezer control moves a damper to change the amount of cold air that moves from the freezer to the fresh food compartment.
  • Page 10 About the controls on the refrigerator. How To Test Temperatures Use the milk test for the fresh food compartment. Place a container of milk on the top shelf and check it a day later. If the milk is too warm or too cold, adjust the temperature controls. Use the ice cream test for the freezer compartment.
  • Page 11: Shelves

    About the refrigerator shelves. Not all features are on all models. Rearranging the Shelves Tilt up Lift up Shelves in the fresh food and out Insert and freezer compartments top hook are adjustable. Lower to lock in place To Remove To Replace Shelves on the Doors Shelves on both doors keep frequently-used items readily available.
  • Page 12 About the storage drawers. Not all features are on all models. Fruit and Vegetable Drawers Excess water that may accumulate in the bottom of the drawers should be emptied and the drawers wiped dry. NOTE: On some models storage drawers are one piece. Detachable Meat Drawer The slide-out meat drawer can be removed and taken to the sink or food preparation area.
  • Page 13: Storage Drawers

    About storage drawer and cover removal. Not all features are on all models. Storage Drawers To Remove: These drawers can be removed easily by lifting up slightly while pulling the drawers past the stop location. When the door cannot be opened enough to pull the drawer straight out, slide the drawer toward the middle and remove it.
  • Page 14: Ice Service

    About ice service. On some models Ice Trays To release ice cubes, turn the tray upside down, hold it over a container, and twist both ends. For only one or two ice cubes, leave the tray right-side up, twist both ends slightly, and remove as many cubes as you want.
  • Page 15: Automatic Icemaker

    About the automatic icemaker. A newly-installed refrigerator may take 8 to 12 hours to begin making ice. Automatic Icemaker (on some models) Feeler arm Icemaker in the STOP The icemaker will produce eight cubes per cycle— (up) position approximately 100 cubes in a 24-hour period, depending on freezer compartment temperature, room temperature, number of door openings and other use conditions.
  • Page 16: Care And Cleaning

    Care and cleaning of the refrigerator. Cleaning the Outside The door handles and trim (on some models). Clean with a cloth dampened with soapy water. Dry with a soft cloth. Keep the outside clean. Wipe with a clean cloth lightly dampened with kitchen appliance wax or mild liquid dish detergent.
  • Page 17 Behind the Refrigerator Be careful when moving the refrigerator away from the wall. All types of floor coverings can be damaged, particularly cushioned coverings and those with embossed surfaces. Pull the refrigerator straight out and return it to position by pushing it straight in.
  • Page 18: Preparing To Install The Refrigerator

    Preparing to install the refrigerator. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Water Supply to the Icemaker (on some models) If the refrigerator has an icemaker, it will have to 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.
  • Page 19 Rollers (on some models) The rollers have 3 purposes: Rollers adjust so the door closes easily when opened about halfway. [Raise the front about 3/4² (19 mm) from the floor.] Rollers adjust so the refrigerator is firmly positioned on the floor and does not wobble.
  • Page 20: Water Line Installation

    Installing the water line. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Before You Begin This water line installation is not warranted by the refrigerator or icemaker manufacturer. Follow these instructions carefully to minimize the risk of expensive 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.
  • Page 21: What You Will Need

    What You Will Need To determine how much copper tubing you need: Measure the distance from the water valve on the back of the refrigerator to the water supply pipe. Then add 8 feet (244 cm). Be sure there is sufficient extra tubing [about 8 feet (244 cm) coiled into 3 turns of about 10 inches (25 cm) diameter] to allow the refrigerator to move out from the wall after installation.
  • Page 22: Installing The Water Line

    Installing the water line. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Install the Shutoff Valve Install the shutoff valve on the nearest frequently used drinking water line. Choose a location for the valve that is easily accessible. It is best to connect into the side of a vertical water pipe.
  • Page 23 Route the Copper Tubing and Connect It to the Shutoff Valve Route the copper 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. Be sure there is sufficient extra tubing [about 8 feet (244 cm) coiled into 3 turns of about 10²...
  • Page 24 Installing the water line. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Connect the Tubing to the Refrigerator 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 if your water supply has sand or particles that could clog the screen of the refrigerator’s water valve.
  • Page 25: Reversing The Door Swing

    Reversing the door swing. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Important Notes NOTE: Models with this type of handle do not reverse. 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 using them in the wrong places.
  • Page 26: Removing The Doors

    Removing the doors. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Before Removing the Doors Unplug the refrigerator from its electrical outlet. Empty all door shelves, including the dairy compartment. CAUTION: Do not let either door drop to the floor. To do so could damage the door stop.
  • Page 27 Reversing the hardware. Transfer Bottom Hinge Bracket to the Left Remove the base grille by pulling it straight out. Using a Torxdriver, move the bottom hinge bracket and plastic washer from the right side to the left side. Plastic Washer Hinge Bracket Transfer Center Hinge Bracket to the Left Do not remove...
  • Page 28: Reversing The Door Handles

    Reversing the door handles. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Transfer Fresh Food Door Handle Remove the bottom cap by pushing it toward the bottom of the door. Remove the screw underneath. Move the plug button from the left edge of the door and insert it into Remove the two screws holding the the hole on the opposite side.
  • Page 29 Rehanging the doors. Rehang the Fresh Food Door Lower the fresh food door onto the bottom hinge pin. Be sure the washer is in place. Straighten the door and line it up with the center hinge bracket. Reinstall the hinge pin with a 3/8²...
  • Page 30: Normal Operating Sounds

    Normal operating sounds. Depending on the placement of the refrigerator in your kitchen, you may want to place a piece of rubber backed carpet under the refrigerator to reduce noise. Icemaker (on some models). Occasionally you will hear ice cubes dropping into the ice bin. If this is your first icemaker, you’ll hear occasional sounds that may be unfamiliar.
  • Page 31: Before You Call For Service

    Before you call for service… Troubleshooting Tips Save time and money! Review the charts on the following pages first and you may not need to call for service. Problem Possible Causes What To Do Wait about 30 minutes for Refrigerator does not Refrigerator in •...
  • Page 32 Before you call for service… Problem Possible Causes What To Do See the Rollers section. Vibration or Front roller screws or • rattling front leveling legs need adjusting. Try moving dishes around Slight vibration is • in refrigerator. normal. See the About the controls Fresh food or freezer Temperature control •...
  • Page 33 Problem Possible Causes What To Do Empty and wash bin. Ice cubes have Ice storage bin needs • Discard old cubes. odor/taste cleaning. Wrap foods well. Food transmitting odor/ • taste to ice cubes. See the Care and cleaning Interior of refrigerator •...
  • Page 34 Notes...
  • Page 35: Customer Service Product Registration

    800-626-2224 Place your confidence in GE and call us in the U.S. toll-free at for more information. *All brands covered, up to 20 years old, in the continental U.S.
  • Page 36 Our service number information call the a safety modification. is 800-GE-CARES GE Answer Center ® (800-452-2737). 800.626.2000. Model Number Serial Number Important: If you did not get a registration card with your product, detach and return the form below to ensure that your product is registered.
  • Page 37 Notes...
  • Page 38: Warranty For Canadian Customers

    Consumer Warranty For customers in Canada First Year CAMCO warrants the replacement or repair of all parts of this Refrigerator which prove to be defective in material or workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. Such parts will be repaired or replaced at the option of Camco without charge, subject to the terms and conditions set out below.
  • Page 39: Refrigerator Warranty

    All warranty service provided by our Factory Service Centers, ® or an authorized Customer Care technician. For service, call 800-GE-CARES. For The Period Of: We Will Replace, At No Charge To You: Any part of the refrigerator which fails due to a defect One Year in materials or workmanship.
  • Page 40: Service Telephone Numbers

    Camco service center. Service Satisfaction If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from GE: First, contact the people who serviced your appliance. Next, if you are still not pleased, in the U.S., write all the details—including your phone number—to: Manager,...

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