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GE GTL17JBSBS Owner's Manual & Installation Instructions

Models 16, 17, 18


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Models 16, 17, 18
Automatic Icemaker . . . . . . . . . . .7
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Shelves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 6
Storage Drawers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Temperature Controls . . . . . . . . . .5
Preparing to Install
the Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . . . Back Cover
(Canadian) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 22
Canadian Customers . . . . . . . . . 19
Write the model and serial
numbers here:
Model # ______________________
Serial # ______________________
You can find them on a label on
the upper left side of the fresh food
197D7799P001 49-60521 07-07 JR


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Summary of Contents for GE GTL17JBSBS

  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Temperature Controls ..5 Installation Instructions Preparing to Install the Refrigerator ....9 Reversing the Door Swing . . .13–16 Water Line Installation ..10–12 Troubleshooting Tips Before You Call For Service .
  • Page 2: Safety Instructions

    15 amperes (minimum) and 120 volts. DANGER! RISQUES POUR LES ENFANTS COMMENT VOUS DÉBARRASSER CONVENABLEMENT DE VOTRE ANCIEN RÉFRIGÉRATEUR Les enfants pris au piège ou morts d’asphyxie sont toujours d’actualité. Les réfrigérateurs abandonnés sont toujours aussi dangereux, même si on n’attend que «quelques jours»...
  • Page 3: Safety Precautions

    Installation Instructions before it is used. Do not allow children to climb, stand or hang on the shelves in the refrigerator. They could damage the refrigerator and seriously injure themselves. Do not touch the cold surfaces in the freezer compartment when hands are damp or wet.
  • Page 4: How To Connect Electricity

    Where a standard 2-prong wall outlet is encountered, it is your personal responsibility and obligation to have it replaced with a properly grounded 3-prong wall outlet. The refrigerator should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet which has a voltage rating that matches the rating plate.
  • Page 5: Shelves

    About the temperature control dial. Turning the dial to 0 stops cooling in both compartments—fresh food and freezer. It does not shut off power to the refrigerator. Temperature Control Dial (on some models) The temperature control dial has nine settings plus 0. 1 is the warmest. 9 is the coldest.
  • Page 6: Storage Drawers

    About the freezer compartment shelves. Step Shelf To remove the step shelf: Lift left side of shelf slightly. Move shelf to the left to free its right ends from holes in the cabinet wall. To replace the step shelf: With shelf tilted as shown, fit left ends of shelf into holes in cabinet wall.
  • Page 7: Operating Instructions Automatic Icemaker

    Lift the frame off the supports at each side and back, pull it forward, tilt it and take it out. About the automatic icemaker. A newly-installed refrigerator may take 12 to 24 hours to begin making ice. Automatic Icemaker There are 2 types of icemakers: The icemaker will produce approximately 100–130 cubes in a 24-hour period,...
  • Page 8: Care And Cleaning

    Do not use appliance wax or polish on the stainless steel. Do not wipe the refrigerator with a soiled dish cloth or wet towel. These may leave a residue that can erode the paint. Do not use scouring pads, powdered cleaners, bleach or cleaners containing bleach because these products can scratch and weaken the paint finish.
  • Page 9: Installation Instructions

    A water supply kit (containing copper tubing, shutoff valve, fittings and instructions) is available at extra cost from your dealer, by visiting our Website at (in Canada at or from Parts and Accessories, 1.800.661.1616.
  • Page 10: Water Line Installation

    (WX08X10006, WX08X10015 and WX08X10025). When connecting your refrigerator to a GE Reverse Osmosis Water System, the only approved installation is with a GE RVKit. For other reverse osmosis water systems, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. This water line installation is not warranted by the refrigerator or icemaker manufacturer.
  • Page 11 Make sure the tubing is fully inserted into the valve. Tighten the compression nut securely. For plastic tubing from a GE SmartConnect Refrigerator Tubing kit, insert the molded end of the tubing into the shutoff valve and tighten compression nut until it is hand tight, then tighten one additional turn with a wrench.
  • Page 12: Installing The Water Line

    Remove the plastic flexible cap from the water valve (refrigerator connection). Place the compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) onto the end of the tubing as shown. On GE SmartConnect ™ Refrigerator Tubing kit, the nuts are already assembled to the tubing.
  • Page 13: Reversing The Door Swing

    (needed for some models) Putty knife or thin-blade screwdriver BEFORE YOU START 1.1 Unplug the refrigerator from its electrical outlet. 1.2 Empty all door shelves, including the dairy compartment. CAUTION: Do not let either door drop to the floor.
  • Page 14 Installation Instructions REVERSING THE DOOR SWING REMOVE THE FRESH FOOD DOOR 3.1 Tape the door shut with masking tape. 3.2 Using a 5/16″ hex-head socket screwdriver and a 5/16″ open-end wrench, remove the two screws holding the center hinge (and the shim glued to it) to the cabinet.
  • Page 15: Reversing The Door Handles

    Installation Instructions REVERSING THE HARDWARE 4.2 Interchange hinge (and the shim glued to it) and screws at top right with screws at top left of cabinet. Do not tighten screws on hinge side at this time. Installing the hinge on the left. Installing the hinge on the right. NOTES: •...
  • Page 16 Installation Instructions REVERSING THE DOOR SWING REVERSING THE DOOR HANDLES 5.4 Transfer Freezer Door Handle 5.4.1 Remove the screw holding the handle to the top of the door and the two screws holding the handle to the bottom of the door. 5.4.2 Remove the handle.
  • Page 17: Troubleshooting Tips

    Package blocking air duct in freezer compartment. HUMMM... WHOOSH... a large amount of food is added to the refrigerator or freezer compartments. The fans are helping to maintain the correct temperatures. The flow of refrigerant through the freezer cooling coils may make a gurgling noise like boiling water.
  • Page 18 • Wipe surface dry and reset temperature control dial one setting colder. • Foods with strong odors should be tightly wrapped. • Keep an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator; replace every three months. • See Care and cleaning.
  • Page 19: Product Registration (U.s.) . 20-22 Warranty For Canadian Customers

    CUSTOMER WARRANTY Your refrigerator is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship. What is covered How Long Warranted (From Date of Sale) Compressor GE Profile: Ten (10) Years Brands: One (1) Year Sealed System (including GE Profile: Five (5) Years...
  • Page 20: Model Number

    You can rest easy, knowing that all your valuable household products are protected against expensive repairs. Place your confidence in GE and call us in the U.S. toll-free at for more information. *Most all brands covered, up to 20 years old, in the continental U.S.
  • Page 21: Product Registration (Canadian)

    For refrigerators installed in the U.S. For refrigerators installed in Canada Please place in envelope and mail to: Veuillez mettre dans une enveloppe et envoyez à : OWNERSHIP REGISTRATION P.O. BOX 1780 MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO L4Y 4G1 (FOR CANADIAN CONSUMERS ONLY) Please place in envelope and mail to: General Electric Company Warranty Registration Department...
  • Page 22 Check here if you do not want to receive communications from GEA’s carefully selected partners. FAILURE TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THIS CARD DOES NOT DIMINISH YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS. For information about GEA’s privacy and data usage policy, go to and click on “Privacy Policy” or call 800.626.2224. ✁ Cut here...
  • Page 23: Warranty For U.s. Customers

    This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased for home use within the USA. If the product is located in an area where service by a GE Authorized Servicer is not available, you may be responsible for a trip charge or you may be required to bring the product to an Authorized GE Service location for service.
  • Page 24: Consumer Support

    Customers in Canada should consult the yellow pages for the nearest Mabe service center, or call 1.800.661.1616. Contact Us If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from GE, contact us on our Website with all the details including your phone number, or write to: General Manager, Customer Relations In Canada:, or write to: Director, Consumer Relations, Mabe Canada Inc.

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