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Kenmore 7973 - Elite 21.0 cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator Use And Care Manual

Bottom freezer refrigerator


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  • Page 1 ® BOTTOM FREEZER REFRIGERATOR Use & Care Guide - 2 CONGELADOR INFERIOR REFRIGERADOR Guia para el Uso y Cuidado - 36 CONGCLATEUR INFCRIEUR RI:?:FRIGCRATEUR Guide d'Utilisation et d'Entretien - 70 Models / Modelos / Modeles 795.7973:{-', 7974:{-', 7975+,-'- 79761-" += color number, nOmero de color, numero de couleur...
  • Page 2 English Version Removing Humidity Controlled Crisper Glide'N'Serve Spanish Version French Version Modular Door Bin Warranty Dairy Bin P,- Freezer Section Protection Agreements Safety Instructions Tilting Door Tilt-Out Door Basket Grounding Requirements Parts And Features Extra Ice Bin Durabase Refrigerator Installation 8-15 Durabase Divider...
  • Page 3 BOTTOM FREEZER REFRIGERATOR WARRANTY ® Kenmore Elite Limited Warranty When installed, operated and maintained according to all instructions supplied with the product, if this appliance fails due to a defect in material and workmanship within one year from the date of purchase, call 1-800-4-MY-HOME ®to arrange for free repair.
  • Page 4: Protection Agreements

    You can call Congratulations on making a smart purchase. Your new anytime day or night, or schedule a service appointment Kenmore ® product is designed and manufactured for online. years of dependable opera-tion. But like all products, it may require preventive maintenance or repair from time to The Master Protection Agreement is a risk free purchase.
  • Page 5: Basic Safety

    BASIC SAFETY PRECAUTIONS This guide contains many important safety messages. Always read and obey all safety messages. This is the safety alert symbol. It alerts you to safety messages that inform you of hazards that can kill or hurt you or others, or cause damage to the product. All safety messages will be preceded by the safety alert symbol and the hazard signal word DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION.
  • Page 6 BEFORE YOU THROW AWAY Junked or abandoned refrigerators are dangerous...even YOUR OLD REFRIGERATOR if they will sit for just a few days. If you are getting rid of OR FREEZER your old refrigerator, please follow the instructions at right to help prevent accidents (Child entrapment and •...
  • Page 7: Parts And Features

    Use this page to become more familiar with the parts and features. Page references are included for your convenience. NOTE: This guide covers several different models. The refrigerator you have purchased may have some or all of the items listed below. The locations of the features shown below may not match your model. Ice Bucket Refrigerator Light (p.
  • Page 8: Installation

    INSTALLATION • To minimize noise and vibration, the refrigerator MUST be installed on a solidly constructed floor. Excessive Weight Hazard • Carpeting and soft tile surfaces are not recommended. Use two or more people to move and install • Never install the refrigerator on a platform or weakly refrigerator.
  • Page 9: How To Remove

    NOTE: I t is ALWAYS recommended to remove therefrigerator doorswhenit is necessary t omovetherefrigerator through a narrow opening.If necessary, follow thedirections b elowtoremove thedoorhandles. HOW TO REMOVE DOOR HANDLES NOTE: Handle appearance may vary from illustrations on this page. 1. Removing Refrigerator Handle •...
  • Page 10: How To Replace

    HOW TO REPLACE DOOR HANDLES NOTE: Handle appearance may vary from illustrations on this page. 1. Replacing Refrigerator Door Handle • Place the handle on the door by adjusting handle footprints to fit mounting fastners and tighten the set screws with a 3/32" (2.5mm) Allen wrench. NOTE: If the handle mounting fasteners need to be tightened or removed use a 1/4"...
  • Page 11 REMOVING AND REPLACING 6. Rotate hinge lever (6) counterclockwise. Lift the top hinge (7) free of the hinge lever latch (8). REFRIGERATOR DOORS & CAUTION: When lifting the hinge free of the latch, be To remove the left refrigerator door: careful that the door does not fall forward.
  • Page 12 Left Door Reinstalling the Refrigerator Door I_ Right Door 1. Lower the door onto middle hinge pin (10). 2. Fit top hinge (7) over hinge lever latch (8) and into place. 1. Lower the door onto middle hinge pin (9). Rotate lever (6) clockwise to secure hinge.
  • Page 13 HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE • With both hands, hold both sides of the door and pull it up to separate it from the rails. FREEZER DRAWER IMPORTANT: To avoid possible injury or product or property damage, you will need two people to perform the following instructions.
  • Page 14 HOW TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE • Make sure you have a right rail cover for each side. FREEZER DRAWER Rail Cover IMPORTANT: To avoid possible injury or product or property damage, you will need two people to perform the Right following instructions.
  • Page 15: Leveling And Door Alignment

    LEVELING AND DOOR ALIGNMENT 3. Open both doors again and check to make sure that they close easily. If not, tilt the refrigerator slightly more Leveling to the rear by turning both leveling legs clockwise. It may take several more turns, and you should turn both Your refrigerator has two front leveling legsione leveling legs the same amount.
  • Page 16: Setting The Controls

    Filter SETTING THE CONTROLS • Filter Reset : When the FILTER RESET indicator light turns on, you have to change the water filter. Press the Temperature FILTER RESET button for 3 seconds to turn the • Your refrigerator has a control pad on the dispenser that indicator light off.
  • Page 17: In-Door Ice Bank

    IN-DOOR ICE BANK 2. To remove the in-door ice bank, grip the front handle, slightly lift the lower part, and slowly pull out the bin as A CAUTION shown. • Keep hands and tools out of the ice bank door and dispenser chute.
  • Page 18: Adjusting Control Settings

    ADJUSTING CONTROL SETTINGS FOOD STORAGE GUIDE Give the refrigerator time to cool down completely before Wrap or store food in the refrigerator in airtight and making final adjustments. It is best to wait 24 hours moisture-proof material unless otherwise noted. This before doing this.
  • Page 19: Storing Frozen Food

    REFRIGERATOR SECTION STORING FROZEN FOOD NOTE: For further information about preparing food for WATER DISPENSER freezing or food storage times, check a freezer guide or a reliable cookbook. Tray can be easily removed by pressing down and pulling out it. Packaging Successful freezing depends on correct packaging.
  • Page 20: Refrigerator Shelves

    _, CAUTION: Make sure that shelves are level from one REFRIGERATOR SHELVES side to the other. Failure to do so may result in the shelf The shelves in your refrigerator are adjustable to meet falling or spilling food. your individual storage needs. Your model may have glass or wire shelves.
  • Page 21: Glide'n'serve

    HUMIDITY CONTROLLED CRISPER GLIDE'N'SERVE The crispers provide fresher-tasting fruit and vegetables The Glide'N'Serve provides storage space with a variable by letting you easily control humidity inside the drawer. temperature control that keeps the compartment colder The crispers include: than refrigerator. This drawer can be used for large party trays, deli items, or beverages.
  • Page 22: Extra Ice Bin

    FREEZER SECTION EXTRA ICE BIN 1. To remove the ice bin from the upper drawer, pull out the TILTING DOOR drawer as far as possible. The tilting door provides easy access for stored foods. 2. Gently lift and pull out the ice bin. How to use 3.
  • Page 23: Pull Out Drawer

    DURABASE PULLOUT DRAWER 1. To remove the Durabase, push it back to the end as To separate the drawer, push the front left and right hooks much as possible. Tilt up the front of the Durabase and in (_) direction to pull up and remove. pull straight out.
  • Page 24 FILTER 2. Replace with a new cartridge. Take the new cartridge out of its packaging and Replace the water filter when the refrigerator control pad remove protective cover from the o-rings. Filter Reset indicator light turns on, or when your water dispenser or icemaker performance decreases noticeably.
  • Page 25: Inside Walls

    CONDENSER COILS Remove Back cover. Use a vacuum cleaner with an extended attachment to clean condenser coils. Vacuum coils when dusty or dirty. Coils may need to be cleaned as often as every other month. Explosion Hazard LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT Use non-flammable cleaner.
  • Page 26: When You Go On Vacation

    WHEN YOU GO ON VACATION To change freezer Compartment Lamp NOTE: Some models have LED interior lighting and If you choose to leave the refrigerator on while you service should be performed by a qualified technician. are away, follow these steps to prepare your refrigerator before you leave.
  • Page 27: Ice Maker

    AUTOMATIC ICEMAKER Ice is made in the automatic icemaker and sent to the dispenser. The automatic icemaker can make 6 ice cubes Personal Injury Hazard at a time, 80-130 cubes per 24-hour period. This quantity Avoid contact with the moving parts of the ejector may vary by circumstance, including freezer compartment mechanism, or with the heating element that releases...
  • Page 28: Normal Sounds You May Hear

    WHEN YOU SHOULD SET THE ICEMAKER _b, CAUTIONS POWER SWITCH TO O (OFF) • The first ice and water may include particles or odor from • When the water supply will be shut off for several hours. the water supply line or the water tank. •...
  • Page 29: Installation Instructions

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN If your existing copper water line has a flared fitting at the This water line installation is not warranted by the end, you will need an refrigerator or icemaker manufacturer. Follow these adapter (available at instructions carefully to minimize the risk of expensive plumbing supply stores) to water damage.
  • Page 30 INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS 7. CONNECT THE TUBING TO THE VALVE (CONTINUED) Place the compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) for copper tubing onto the end of the tubing and 4. FASTEN THE SHUTOFF VALVE connect it to the shutoff valve. Make sure the tubing is fully inserted into the valve.
  • Page 31: Sh Utoff Valve

    9. CONNECT THE TUBING TO THE 10. TURN THE WATER ON AT THE REFRIGERATOR SH UTOFF VALVE NOTE: Tighten any connections that leak. • Before making the connection to the refrigerator, be Reattach the compressor compartment access cover. sure the refrigerator power cord is not plugged into the wall outlet.
  • Page 32: Sounds You May Hear

    • The defrost timer will click when the automatic defrost UNDERSTANDING SOUNDS YOU MAY HEAR cycle begins and ends. The thermostat control (or Your new refrigerator may make sounds that your old one refrigerator control, depending on the model) will also didn't make.
  • Page 33: Food Storage Guide

    COMPRESSOR MOTOR SEEMS TO RUN TOO MUCH Check if... Then... The refrigerator that was replaced was an older Modern refrigerators with more storage space require more model. operating time. The room temperature is hotter than normal. The motor will run longer under warm conditions. At normal room temperatures, expect your motor to run about 40% to 80% of the time.
  • Page 34 ICE HAS OFF-TASTE OR ODOR Check if... Then... The icemaker was recently installed. Discard first few batches of ice to avoid discolored or off- flavored ice. The ice has been stored for too long. Throw away old ice and make new supply. The food has not been wrapped tightly in either Rewrap foods since odors may migrate to the ice if food is not compartment,...
  • Page 35 THE DOORS ARE DIFFICULT TO OPEN Check if... Then... The gaskets are dirty or sticky. Clean gaskets and the surfaces that they touch. Rub a thin coat of appliance polish or kitchen wax on the gaskets after cleaning. The door is reopened within a short time after When you open the door, warmer air enters the refrigerator.
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