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GE 20 Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions

Bottom freezer

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Additional Features . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Automatic Icemaker . . . . . . . . . . .12
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 6
Crispers and Pans . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Freezer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Shelves and Bins . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9
Water Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
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the Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Freezer Drawer . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 23
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . . . .Back Cover
Performance Data Sheet . . . . . . . .39
Product Registration . . . . . . . .35, 36
Warranty for Canadian
Customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Warranty for U.S. Customers . . . . .38
Write the model and serial
numbers here:
Model # ______________________
Serial # ______________________
Find these numbers on a label
on the right side, near the top of
the refrigerator compartment.
. . . . . .33, 34
La sección en español empieza en la página 79
3828JL8012A 197D4618P002 49-60282 05-03 JR
Owner's Manual and
Installation Instructions
Models 20 and 22
Congélateur inférieur
Manuel d'utilisation
et d'installation
La section française commence à la page 41
Congelador inferior
Manual del propietario
y instalación


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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Crispers and Pans ... . .10 Freezer ..... .11 Shelves and Bins ... . .8, 9 Water Filter .
  • Page 2: Safety Instructions

    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. Skin may stick to these extremely cold surfaces. Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
  • Page 3: Use Of Extension Cords

    If you are getting rid of your old refrigerator, please follow the instructions below to help prevent accidents. Before You Throw Away Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer: Take off the doors. Leave the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
  • Page 4: How To Connect Electricity

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. WARNING! HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded. The power cord of this appliance is equipped with a 3-prong (grounding) plug which mates with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall outlet to minimize the possibility of electric shock hazard...
  • Page 5: Controls

    If this film was not removed during installation, remove it now. The temperature controls are preset in the factory at 37°F for the refrigerator compartment and 0°F for the freezer compartment. Allow 24 hours for the temperature to stabilize to the preset recommended settings.
  • Page 6 NOTE: The refrigerator is shipped with protective film covering the temperature controls. If this film was not removed during installation, remove it now. Initially, set the refrigerator control at 5 and the freezer control at 5 and allow 24 hours for the temperature to stabilize.
  • Page 7: Water Filter

    About the water filter. Water Filter Cartridge The water filter cartridge is located in the back upper right corner of the refrigerator compartment. When to Replace the Filter The filter cartridge should be replaced every six months or earlier if you notice your ice cubes becoming smaller.
  • Page 8: Shelves And Bins

    About the shelves and bins. Not all features are on all models. Rearranging the Shelves Shelves in the refrigerator compartment are adjustable. Refrigerator Compartment To remove: Tilt the shelf up at the front. Lift the shelf up at the back and bring the shelf out.
  • Page 9: Operating Instructions Additional Features

    Not all features are on all models. Adjustable Bins on the Door Finger hold Snugger Adjustable bins can easily be carried from refrigerator to work area. To remove: Lift bin straight up, then pull out. To replace or relocate: Engage the bin in the molded supports of the door, and push in.
  • Page 10: Crispers And Pans

    When the pan is placed in the 7th slot from the bottom of the track and the lever is set at COLDEST, air from the freezer is forced around the pan to keep it very cold. You can move the pan to any location if you don’t want the extra cold storage.
  • Page 11: Freezer

    Appearance and features may vary Basket/Shelf Removal To remove the deep full-width basket on freezer drawer models: Open the freezer drawer until it stops. The freezer basket rests on a frame inside the freezer drawer. Lift the basket up at the back.
  • Page 12: Automatic Icemaker

    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. See below for how to access ice and reach...
  • Page 13: Care And Cleaning

    Cleaning the Inside To help prevent odors, leave an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning. If this is not practical, wring excess moisture out of sponge or cloth when cleaning around switches, lights or controls.
  • Page 14 Preparing for Vacation For long vacations or absences, remove food and unplug the refrigerator. Move the freezer control to the 0 (off) position, and clean the interior with a baking soda solution of one tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda to one quart (1 liter) of water.
  • Page 15: Replacing The Light Bulbs

    CAUTION: Unplug the refrigerator. The bulb is located at the top of the freezer inside a light shield. To remove the shield, grasp the shield at the back and pull out to release the tabs at the Appearance may vary back.
  • Page 16: Installation Instructions

    Removing the Freezer Drawer section. • To remove the freezer door, see Steps 2 and 3 in the Reversing the Door Swing section. Refrigerator Models 20 and 22 PREPARATION (cont.) WATER SUPPLY TO THE ICEMAKER If the refrigerator has an icemaker, it will have to be connected to a cold water line.
  • Page 17: Installing The Refrigerator

    INSTALLING THE REFRIGERATOR REFRIGERATOR LOCATION • Do not install the refrigerator where the temperature will go below 60°F (16°C) because it will not run often enough to maintain proper temperatures. • Do not install the refrigerator where the temperature will go above 100°F (37°C) because it will not perform properly.
  • Page 18 INSTALLING THE REFRIGERATOR CONNECTING THE REFRIGERATOR TO THE HOUSE WATER LINE (cont.) If you are using copper tubing, place a compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) onto the end of the tubing coming from the house cold water supply. If you are using the GE SmartConnect tubing, the nuts are already assembled to the tubing.
  • Page 19 Installation Instructions ATTACH REFRIGERATOR DOOR HANDLE Look for an arrow label on the front of the handle. If the door mounting screws are located on the left side of the door, hold the handle so the arrow points to the right (arrow is at the top of the handle).
  • Page 20 INSTALLING THE REFRIGERATOR ATTACH FREEZER DOOR HANDLE Look for an arrow label on the front of the handle. Hold the handle so that the arrow is pointing to the left. Align keyhole slots on the right and left sides of the back of the handle with the screws mounted on the front of the door/drawer.
  • Page 21 Installation Instructions SET THE CONTROLS Set the controls to the recommended setting. START THE ICEMAKER (icemaker models) Set the icemaker power switch to the I (on) position. The icemaker will not begin to operate until it reaches its operating temperature of 15°F (–9°C) or below.
  • Page 22: Removing And Replacing The Freezer Drawer

    Phillips Screw Installation Instructions REMOVE THE DRAWER FRONT FROM THE SLIDES Lift up on both sides of the freezer drawer handle to separate the drawer railings from the rail assemblies. Set the drawer front on a non- scratching surface.
  • Page 23 ATTACH AND SECURE THE DRAWER FRONT TO THE SLIDES (cont.) Replace the Phillips head screws on both rail assemblies. REPLACE THE FREEZER BASKET Replace the lower freezer basket by Slot lowering it into the frame. (on some models) Phillips Screw...
  • Page 24: Reversing The Door Swing

    REVERSING THE DOOR SWING IMPORTANT NOTES When reversing the door swing: • Read the instructions all the way through before starting. • Handle parts carefully to avoid scratching paint. • Set screws down by their related parts to avoid using them in the wrong places. •...
  • Page 25 Lift the door off the bottom hinge pin. NOTE: There is a plastic washer between the hinge and the top of the freezer door. Do not lose. Set the door on a non-scratching surface with the inside up.
  • Page 26 (cont.) TRANSFER FREEZER DOOR STOP (freezer door models) Remove the door stop on right side of the bottom of the freezer door by removing the two screws. Move the plastic hinge hole thimble to the opposite hole. Install the door stop on the left side.
  • Page 27 INSTALL CENTER HINGE PIN Install the center hinge pin. NOTE: On models with a freezer door, be sure to put the washer between the top of the freezer door and the bottom of the center hinge. Freezer Door Models TRANSFER REFRIGERATOR...
  • Page 28 REVERSING THE DOOR SWING TRANSFER REFRIGERATOR DOOR HANDLE TO RIGHT In order to correctly install the handle on the right side, place a small piece of masking tape near the top of the handle before removing. Grasp the handle tightly with both hands and slide the handle up (this may require some force).
  • Page 29 Installation Instructions REHANG REFRIGERATOR DOOR Lower the refrigerator door onto the center hinge pin. Insert the top hinge pin into the hinge hole on top of the refrigerator door. Make sure the door is aligned with the cabinet. Attach the hinge to the top of the cabinet loosely with the bolts.
  • Page 30: Installing The Water Line

    INSTALLING THE WATER LINE BEFORE YOU BEGIN Recommended copper water supply kits are WX8X2, WX8X3 or WX8X4, depending on the amount of tubing you need. Approved plastic water supply lines are GE SmartConnect Refrigerator Tubing (WX08X10002, WX08X10006, WX08X10015 and WX08X10025). When connecting your refrigerator to a GE Reverse Osmosis Water System, the only approved installation is with a GE RVKit.
  • Page 31 Parts and Accessories, 800.626.2002 (in Canada 1.888.261.3055). • A cold water supply. The water pressure must be between 20 and 120 p.s.i. (1.4–8.1 bar). • Power drill. 1/2″ or adjustable wrench. •...
  • Page 32 INSTALLING THE WATER LINE FASTEN THE SHUTOFF VALVE Fasten the shutoff valve to the cold water pipe with the pipe clamp. Pipe Clamp Vertical Cold Water Pipe Saddle-Type Shutoff Valve NOTE: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plumbing Codes 248CMR shall be adhered to.
  • Page 33: Troubleshooting Tips

    You may hear cracking or popping sounds when the refrigerator is first plugged in. This happens as the refrigerator cools to the correct temperature. The freezer control will click when starting or stopping the compressor. Defrost timer snapping in and out of the defrost cycle.
  • Page 34 • Wipe surface dry and reset the refrigerator control one setting colder. •See Installing the Refrigerator. • This indicates that there is a good seal on the freezer door/drawer. If the freezer door/drawer does not automatically close after popping open, then see the...
  • Page 35: Product Registration

    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. ™ We’ll Cover Any Appliance.
  • Page 36: Serial Number

    Consumer Product Ownership Registration Dear Customer: Thank you for purchasing our product and thank you for placing your confidence in us. We are proud to have you as a customer! Follow these three steps to protect your new appliance investment: 1 2 3 Complete and mail your Consumer...
  • Page 37: 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 Sealed System (including evaporator, condenser tubing and refrigerant) All Other Parts TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 1.
  • Page 38 Refrigerator Warranty. All warranty service provided by our Factory Service Centers, or an authorized Customer Care on-line, 24 hours a day, visit us at, or call 800.GE.CARES (800.432.2737). For The Period Of: GE Will Replace: One Year Any part of the refrigerator which fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship. From the date of the During this full one-year warranty, GE will also provide, free of charge, all labor and in-home original purchase...
  • Page 39: Performance Data Sheet

    Atrazine 0.003 mg/L * Tested using a flow rate of 0.5 gpm; pressure of 60 psig; pH of 7.5 ± 0.5; temp. of 68° ± 5°F (20° ± 3°C) ** Measurement in Particles/ml. Particles used were 0.5-1 microns *** NTU=Nephelometric Turbidity units Operating Specifications Capacity: certified for up to 750 gallons (2,838 l);...
  • Page 40 Trademark/Model Designation GE GSWF Manufacturer: General Electric Consumer Products The water treatment device(s) listed on this certificate have met the testing requirements pursuant to Section 116830 of the Health and Safety Code for the following health related contaminants: Microbiological Contaminants and Turbidity Cysts Turbidity Organic Contaminants...
  • Page 41 Consumer Support. GE Appliances Website Have a question or need assistance with your appliance? Try the GE Appliances Website 24 hours a day, any day of the year! For greater convenience and faster service, you can now download Owner’s Manuals, order parts, catalogs, or even schedule service on-line.

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