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There is no need to disconnect the refrigerator from the power supply if you will be away for less than
three weeks. Use up perishable food, freeze other food.
Remove all the food if you are going away for three weeks or more. Unplug the refrigerator and clean it,
rinse and dry.
Fix some wooden or plastic wedges to the upper part of both doors with adhesive tape and leave the
doors open enough for air to circulate inside both compartments. This will prevent odour and mould
from setting in.
• Take out all removable parts, wrap them well, and fix them together with adhesive tape so that they
do not bang together or get lost.
• Close and fix both doors with adhesive tape and, again using adhesive tape, fix the power cable to the
In the event of a power failure, call the local office of your electricity supply company and ask how long
it is going to last.
1. For power failures lasting up to 24 hours, keep both doors of the appliance closed. This will allow
the stored food to stay cold as long as possible.
2. Should the power failure last more than 24 hours, remove all frozen food and put it in a portable
freezer with a key lock. If this type of freezer is not available and, likewise, no artificial ice packs are
available, try to use up the food which is more easily perishable.
3. Bear in mind that a full freezer compartment will stay cold longer than a partially filled one.
4. Empty the ice bucket.
Furthermore, a freezer full of frozen meat will stay cold longer than a freezer filled with pre-cooked
If ice crystals are still visible on the food, it may be frozen again, although flavour and aroma may be
affected. If food is found to be in a poor condition, it is best to throw it away.
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