5. There is no need for routine condenser cleaning in normal
home operating environments. If the environment is
particularly greasy or dusty, or there is significant pet traffic in
the home, the condenser should be cleaned every 2 to
3 months to ensure maximum efficiency.
If you need to clean the condenser:
Remove the base grille. See the "Door Removal"
instructions, either in the User Instructions or the separate
instruction sheet provided with your refrigerator.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush to clean the grille,
the open areas behind the grille and the front surface area
of the condenser.
Replace the base grille when finished.
6. Plug in refrigerator or reconnect power.
First try the solutions suggested here or visit our website and reference FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
The refrigerator will not operate
Electrical Shock Hazard
Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Do not remove ground prong.
Do not use an adapter.
Do not use an extension cord.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in death,
fire, or electrical shock.
Power cord unplugged? Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Is outlet working? Plug in a lamp to see if the outlet is
Household fuse blown or circuit breaker tripped? Replace
the fuse or reset the circuit breaker. If the problem continues,
call an electrician.
Are controls on? Make sure the refrigerator controls are on.
See "Using the Controls."
New installation? Allow 24 hours following installation for the
refrigerator to cool completely.
NOTE: Adjusting the temperature controls to coldest setting
will not cool either compartment more quickly.
to possibly avoid the cost of a service call.
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Changing the Light Bulbs
NOTE: Not all bulbs will fit your refrigerator. Be sure to replace the
bulb with one of the same size, shape and wattage. On some
models, the dispenser light requires a heavy duty 10-watt bulb. All
other lights require a 40-watt bulb. Replacement bulbs are
available from your dealer.
1. Unplug refrigerator or disconnect power.
2. Remove light shield when applicable.
NOTE: To clean the light shield, wash it with warm water and
liquid detergent. Rinse and dry the shield well.
3. Remove light bulb and replace with one of the same size,
shape and wattage.
4. Replace light shield when applicable.
5. Plug in refrigerator or reconnect power.
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The motor seems to run too much
Your new refrigerator may run longer than your old one due to its
high-efficiency compressor and fans. The refrigerator may run
even longer if the room is warm, a large food load is added, doors
are opened often, or if the doors have been left open.
The refrigerator is noisy
Refrigerator noise has been reduced over the years. Due to this
reduction, you may hear intermittent noises from your new
refrigerator that you did not notice from your old model. Below are
listed some normal sounds with an explanation.
Buzzing - heard when the water valve opens to fill the ice
Pulsating - fans/compressor adjusting to optimize
Rattling - flow of refrigerant, water line, or from items placed
on top of the refrigerator
Sizzling/Gurgling - water dripping on the heater during
Popping - contraction/expansion of inside walls, especially
during initial cool-down
Water running - may be heard when ice melts during the
defrost cycle and water runs into the drain pan
Creaking/Cracking - occurs as ice is being ejected from the
ice maker mold.
The doors will not close completely
Door blocked open? Move food packages away from door.
Bin or shelf in the way? Push bin or shelf back in the correct