Leveling and Door Adjustment
Excessive Weight Hazard
Use two or more people to move and install
Failure to do so can result in back or other injury.
Your refrigerator has two adjustable levelers, one on each side,
at the base of the refrigerator. If your refrigerator seems
unsteady or if you want the doors to close more easily, adjust
the level and tilt of the refrigerator.
1. Turn the leveler to the left to raise that side of the
refrigerator or to the right to lower that side. It may take
several turns to level the refrigerator.
NOTE: Having someone push against the top of the
refrigerator takes some weight off the levelers. This makes it
easier to turn the levelers.
2. Once the refrigerator is level from side to side, raise the
front levelers so that the refrigerator is tilted slightly
(approximately ¹⁄₂") downward to the rear. The doors will
close more easily and the freezer door will remain closed
whenever you close the refrigerator door.
3. Open both doors again to make sure that they close as
easily as you like. If not, tilt the refrigerator slightly more to
the rear by turning both levelers to the right. It may take
several more turns.
NOTE: To keep the refrigerator level, make the same
adjustment to each side.
4. Using a level, make sure the refrigerator is still level from
side to side. Readjust if necessary.
Your new refrigerator may make sounds that your old one didn't
make. Because the sounds are new to you, you might be
concerned about them. Most of the new sounds are normal.
Hard surfaces, such as the floor, walls, and cabinets, can make
the sounds seem louder. The following describes the kinds of
sounds and what may be making them.
If your refrigerator is equipped with an ice maker, you will
hear a buzzing sound when the water valve opens to fill the
ice maker for each cycle.
Your refrigerator is designed to run more efficiently to keep
your food items at the desired temperatures and to minimize
energy usage. The high efficiency compressor and fans may
cause your refrigerator to run longer than your old one. You
may also hear a pulsating or high-pitched sound from the
compressor or fans adjusting to optimize performance.
You may hear the evaporator fan motor circulating air
through the refrigerator and freezer compartments. The fan
speed may increase as you open the doors or add warm
Rattling noises may come from the flow of refrigerant, the
water line, or items stored on top of the refrigerator.
Water dripping on the defrost heater during a defrost cycle
may cause a sizzling sound.
As each cycle ends, you may hear a gurgling sound due to
the refrigerant flowing in your refrigerator.
Contraction and expansion of the inside walls may cause a
You may hear air being forced over the condenser by the
You may hear water running into the drain pan during the
Ensuring Proper Air Circulation
In order to ensure proper temperatures, you need to permit
airflow between the refrigerator and freezer sections. As shown
in the illustration, cool air enters through the bottom of the
freezer section and moves up. Most of the air then flows through
the freezer section vents and recirculates under the freezer floor.
The rest of the air enters the refrigerator section through the top
NOTE: Depending on your model, the refrigerator may have
either a Normal flow or Multiflow air system.
Do not block any of these vents with food packages. If the vents
are blocked, airflow will be restricted and temperature and
moisture problems may occur.
IMPORTANT: Because air circulates between both sections, any
odors formed in one section will transfer to the other. You must
thoroughly clean both sections to eliminate odors. To avoid odor
transfer and drying out of food, wrap or cover foods tightly.