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Food Storage And Energy Saving Tips; Care And Cleaning - Kenmore 253.44123800 Use & Care Manual

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FOOD STORAGE AND ENERGY SAVING TIPS

FOOD STORAGE IDEAS
FRESH FOOD STORAGE
• The fresh food compartment should be kept between 34ºF
and 40ºF with an optimum temperature of 37ºF.
• Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator shelves. This reduces the
circulation of air around the food and results in uneven cooling.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
• Storage in the crisper drawers traps moisture to help preserve
the fruit and vegetable quality for longer time periods.
MEAT
• Raw meat and poultry should be wrapped securely so leakage
and contamination of other foods or surfaces does not occur.
ENERGY SAVING IDEAS
• Locate the refrigerator in the coolest part
of the room, out of direct sunlight, and
away from heating ducts or registers. Do
not place the refrigerator next to heat-
producing appliances such as a range,
oven, or dishwasher. If this is not possible,
a section of cabinetry or an added layer
of insulation between the two appliances
will help the refrigerator operate more
efficiently.
• Level the refrigerator so that the door closes tightly.
• Refer to the "SETTING THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL"
section for the suggested temperature control settings.
• Do not overcrowd the refrigerator or block cold air vents. Doing
so causes the refrigerator to run longer and use more energy.
• Cover foods and wipe containers dry before placing them in
the refrigerator. This cuts down on moisture build-up inside the
unit.
• Organize the refrigerator to reduce door openings. Remove
as many items as needed at one time and close the door as
soon as possible.
VACATION AND MOVING TIPS
Short Vacations:
• Leave the refrigerator operating during vacations of less than
three weeks.
Long Vacations:
If the refrigerator will not be used for several months:
• Remove all food and unplug the power cord.
• Clean and dry the interior thoroughly.
• Leave the refrigerator door open slightly, blocking it open if
necessary, to prevent odor and mold growth.
Moving: When moving the refrigerator, follow these guidelines to
prevent damage:
• Disconnect the power cord plug from the wall outlet.
• Remove foods, then defrost, and clean the refrigerator.
• 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 refrigerator in an upright position
to prevent movement. Also protect outside of refrigerator with
a blanket, or similar item.

CARE AND CLEANING

Keep your refrigerator clean to prevent odor build-up. Wipe up
any spills immediately and clean at least twice a year. Never use
metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or strong
alkaline solutions on any surface. Do not wash any removable
parts in a dishwasher. Always unplug the electrical power cord
from the wall outlet before cleaning.
CAUTION
• When moving the refrigerator, pull straight out. Do not shift
the refrigerator from side to side as this may tear or gouge
the floor covering.
• Damp objects stick to cold metal surfaces. Do not touch interior
metal surfaces with wet or damp hands.
NOTE
• Turning the refrigerator temperature control to "OFF" turns off
the compressor, but does not disconnect electrical power to
the light bulb or other electrical components. To turn off power
to your refrigerator, you must unplug the power cord from the
wall outlet.
• Do not use razor blades or other sharp instruments which
can scratch the appliance surface when removing adhesive
labels. Any glue left from tape or labels can be removed with
a mixture of warm water and mild detergent, or, touch the
glue residue with the sticky side of tape you have already
removed. Do not remove the serial plate.
CARE AND CLEANING CHART
PART
WHAT TO USE
Interior/Door
* Soap and water
Liner
* Baking soda and
water
Door Gaskets * Soap and water
Drawers /
* Soap and water
Bins
Glass
* Soap and water
Shelves
* Glass cleaner
* Mild liquid sprays
Exterior and
* Soap and water
Handles
* Non Abrasive
Glass Cleaner
Exterior and
* Soap and water
Handles
* Ammonia
(Stainless
* Stainless Steel
Steel models
Cleaners
only)
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TIPS AND PRECAUTIONS
Use 2 table spoons of baking soda in 1
quart of warm water. Be sure to wring
excess water out of sponge or cloth
before cleaning around controls,
light bulb or any electrical part.
Wipe gaskets with a clean soft cloth.
Do not wash any removable items
(bins, drawers, etc.) in dishwasher.
Allow
glass
to
warm
to
room
temperature before immersing in warm
water.
Do not use commercial household
cleaners, ammonia or alcohol to clean
handles. Use a soft cloth to clean
smooth handles. Do not use a dry
cloth to clean smooth doors.
Clean stainless steel front and handles
with soapy water and a dishcloth. Rinse
with clean water and a soft cloth. Wipe
stubborn spots with an ammonia-
soaked paper towel, and rinse. Use a
non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner.
These cleaners can be purchased at
most home improvement or major
department
stores.
Always
follow
manufacturer's instructions.
NOTE: Always clean, wipe and dry
with the grain to prevent cross-grain
scratching. Wash the rest of the
cabinet with warm water and mild liquid
detergent. Rinse well, and wipe dry with
a clean soft cloth.

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