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Care And Cleaning - GE 197D5226P005 Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions

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Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
Cleaning the Outside
The door handles and trim (on some models). Clean
with a cloth dampened with soapy water. Dry with a
soft cloth.
Keep the outside clean. Wipe with a clean cloth lightly
dampened with kitchen appliance wax or mild liquid
dish detergent. Dry and polish with a clean,
soft cloth.
The stainless steel panels and door handles (on some
models) can be cleaned with a commercially available
stainless steel cleaner. 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.
Cleaning the Inside
To help prevent odors, leave an open box of baking soda
in the fresh food 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.
Use warm water and baking soda solution—about a
tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda to a quart (1 liter)
of water. This both cleans and neutralizes odors. Rinse
and wipe dry.
After cleaning the door gaskets, apply a thin layer of
petroleum jelly to the door gaskets at the hinge side.
This helps keep the gaskets from sticking and bending
out of shape.
Avoid cleaning cold glass shelves (on some models) with hot water
because the extreme temperature difference may cause them to
break. Handle glass shelves carefully. Bumping tempered glass can
cause it to shatter.
Do not wash any plastic refrigerator parts in the dishwasher.
Cleaning the condenser coils.
cleaned periodically for efficient refrigerator operation.
To clean the condenser, turn the temperature control
dial to 0 . Sweep away or vacuum up dust.
For best results, use a brush specially designed for this
purpose. It is available at most appliance parts stores.
There is no need for routine
condenser cleaning in
normal home operating
environments. However, in
environments that may be
particularly dusty or greasy,
the condenser should be
Moving the Refrigerator
Be careful when moving the refrigerator away from
the wall. All types of floor coverings can be damaged,
particularly cushioned coverings and those with
embossed surfaces.
Turn the leveling legs at each front corner of the
refrigerator counterclockwise until the rollers support
the refrigerator. Pull the refrigerator straight out and
return it to position by pushing it straight in. Moving
the refrigerator in a side direction may result in damage
to the floor covering or refrigerator.
When pushing the refrigerator back, make sure you don't roll over
the power cord or icemaker supply line (on some models).
After rolling the refrigerator back into place, turn the
legs clockwise until the legs again bear the weight of the
Light Bulb Replacement
To replace a burned-out bulb, unplug the refrigerator
from its electrical outlet, unscrew the bulb when cool
and replace it with an appliance bulb of the same or
lower wattage.
Turning the control to the 0 position does not remove power to
the light circuit.
Preparing for Vacation
For long vacations or absences, remove food and
unplug the refrigerator. Move the temperature control
dial to the 0 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. Leave the
doors open.
Move the feeler arm to the STOP (up) position and
shut off the water supply to 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.
Preparing to Move
Secure all loose items such as grille, shelves and drawers
by taping them securely in place to prevent damage.
Be sure the refrigerator stays in an upright position during moving.

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