GE GTS17BBMR Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions
GE GTS17BBMR Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions

GE GTS17BBMR Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions

Models 15, 16, 17, 18
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Safety Instructions
Adapter Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Connecting Electricity . . . . . . . . . 4
Extension Cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Proper Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Operating Instructions
Automatic Icemaker . . . . . . . . . .11
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . 12, 13
Shelves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9
Storage Drawers . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 10
Temperature Controls . . . . . . . . . .7
Installation Instructions
Preparing to Install
the Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Water Line Installation . . . . . 15-19
Normal Operating Sounds . . . . .25
Customer Service
Consumer Support . . . . Back Cover
Product Registration . . . . . . . 29, 30
Warranty for
Canadian Customers . . . . . . . . . 28
Warranty for U.S. Customers . . . 31
Write the model and serial
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Model # __________________
Serial # __________________
You can find them on a label on
the upper left side of the fresh food
Owner's Manual and
Installation Instructions
15, 16, 17, 18
49-60250 02-03 JR


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Summary of Contents for GE GTS17BBMR

  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Temperature Controls ..7 Installation Instructions Preparing to Install the Refrigerator ... . . 14 Reversing the Door Swing . . 19–24 Water Line Installation ..15–19 Troubleshooting Tips Before You Call For Service .
  • Page 2 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: Important Safety Information

    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

    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: Use Of Extension Cords

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. USE OF EXTENSION CORDS Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, we strongly recommend against the use of an extension cord. However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it be a UL-listed (in the United States) or a CSA certified (in Canada), 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding type plug and outlet and that the electrical rating of the cord be 15 amperes (minimum) and 120 volts.
  • Page 6 CONSERVEZ CES DIRECTIVES (Adapter plugs not permitted in Canada) If the adapter ground terminal breaks, DO NOT USE the refrigerator until a proper ground has been established. Attaching the adapter ground terminal to a wall outlet cover screw does not ground the appliance unless the cover screw is metal, and not insulated, and the wall outlet is grounded through the house wiring.
  • Page 7: Control Settings

    The temperature control dial has nine settings plus 0. 1 is the warmest. 9 is the coldest. At first, set the dial at 5. After using the refrigerator, adjust the dial if necessary. Insert a coin into the slot in the middle of the dial and you can turn the dial to the setting that’s best suited to your needs.
  • Page 8 The full-width sliding shelf has stop-locks. When placed correctly on the shelf supports, the shelf will stop before coming completely out of the refrigerator and will not tilt when you place food on it or remove food from it. To remove the full-width shelves, lift the rear of the shelf and pull forward.
  • Page 9 About the freezer compartment shelves. Some models have an ice-tray shelf and some have a full-width step shelf. Ice-Tray Shelf Plug Supports To remove the ice-tray shelf, lift the left side of the shelf off its supports, then pull the shelf to the left to free it of the plug supports.
  • Page 10 About storage drawer and cover removal. Not all features are on all models. Drawer and Cover Removal Drawers can be removed easily by grasping the sides and lifting up slightly while pulling drawers past the stop location. Full-Width Drawer with Plastic Cover To remove the cover, lift it off its supports, pull it forward, tilt it and take it out.
  • Page 11: Automatic Icemaker

    About the automatic icemaker. A newly-installed refrigerator may take 12 to 24 hours to begin making ice. Automatic Icemaker Power Switch Icemaker The icemaker will produce seven cubes per cycle–approximately 100-130 cubes in a 24-hour period, depending on freezer compartment temperature, room temperature, number of door openings and other use conditions.
  • Page 12: Care And Cleaning

    Cleaning the condenser coils. periodically for efficient refrigerator operation. 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 13: The Refrigerator

    If the temperature can drop below freezing, have a qualified servicer drain the water supply system (on some models) to prevent serious property damage due to flooding. Be sure the refrigerator stays in an upright position during moving.
  • Page 14 Warranty. WATER SUPPLY TO THE ICEMAKER (on some models If the refrigerator has an icemaker, it will have to be connected to a cold water line. 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...
  • Page 15: Before You Begin

    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 16: Installing The Water Line

    INSTALLING THE WATER LINE WHAT YOU WILL NEED • A GE water supply kit (containing tubing, shutoff valve and fittings listed below) is available at extra cost from your dealer or from Parts and Accessories, 800.626.2002. • A cold water supply. The water pressure must be between 20 and 120 p.s.i.
  • Page 17 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 Vertical Cold of the tubing into the shutoff valve and tighten...
  • Page 18: Shutoff Valve

    Remove the access cover. 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 19: Reversing The Door Swing

    Installation Instructions PLUG IN THE REFRIGERATOR Arrange the coil of tubing so that it does not vibrate against the back of the refrigerator or against the wall. Push the refrigerator back to the wall. REVERSING THE DOOR SWING IMPORTANT NOTES When reversing the door swing: •...
  • Page 20: Before You Start

    REVERSING THE DOOR SWING 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. To do so could damage the door stop.
  • Page 21 Installation Instructions 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. Lift the center hinge to free its pin from the socket in the top of the door, and set hinge and screws aside.
  • Page 22: Reversing The Door Handles

    REVERSING THE DOOR SWING REVERSING THE HARDWARE 4.1 Remove the base grille (if your refrigerator has one) by pulling it straight out. 4.2 Move the bottom hinge bracket (and shim glued to it) and plastic washer from the right side to the left side.
  • Page 23 Installation Instructions REVERSING THE DOOR HANDLES (CONT.) 5.1 Transfer fresh food door handle (cont.) 5.1.5 Pull the plug button from the front of the door and transfer it to the opposite side. Plug Button 5.2 Transfer door stop 5.2.1 Move the metal door stop from the right end to the left end.
  • Page 24: Rehanging The Doors

    REVERSING THE DOOR SWING REHANGING THE DOORS 6.1 Rehang the fresh food door 6.1.1 Lower the fresh food door onto the bottom hinge pin. Be sure the washer is in place on the pin. Hinge Plastic Bracket Hinge Washer Bracket Models with a hinge bracket Models with a hinge bracket that has 2 screw holes.
  • Page 25 You may hear the fans spinning at high speeds. This happens when the refrigerator is first plugged in, when the doors are opened frequently or when a large amount of food is added to the refrigerator or freezer compartments. The fans are helping to maintain the correct temperatures.
  • Page 26: Troubleshooting Tips

    • Push the plug completely into the outlet. • Replace fuse or reset the breaker. • See Rollers and Leveling Legs. • Wait 24 hours for the refrigerator to completely cool down. • This is normal. • Check to see if package is holding door open.
  • Page 27 •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 28 Your refrigerator is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship. What is covered Compressor Sealed System (including evaporator, condenser tubing and refrigerant) All Other Parts TERMS AND CONDITIONS: This warranty applies only for single family domestic use in Canada when the...
  • Page 29 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. *All brands covered, up to 20 years old, in the continental U.S.
  • Page 30: Serial Number

    In Use Month * Please provide your e-mail address to receive, via e-mail, special offers and other important communications from GE Appliances (GEA). Check here if you do not want to receive communications from GEA’s carefully selected partners. GE Appliances...
  • Page 31 During this additional four-year warranty, GE will also provide, free of charge, all labor and in-home service to replace the defective part. What GE Will Not Cover: Service trips to your home to teach you how to use the product.
  • Page 32: Consumer Support

    Customers in Canada should consult the yellow pages for the nearest Camco service center, or call 1.888.261.3055. 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, Camco, Inc.

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