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Preparing For Vacation - GE 49-60188-1 Owner's Manual & Installation Instructions

2 cubic foot models, 3 cubic foot models, 4 cubic foot models
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Care and cleaning of the refrigerator.
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Defrosting
Defrost whenever frost on the wall of the ice tray compartment becomes
1/4 thick. Never use a sharp or metallic instrument to remove frost as
it may damage the cooling coils. (A punctured cooling coil will cause
serious problems and void the warranty.) We recommend using a plastic scraper.
Do not use any electrical device in defrosting your refrigerator.
To defrost:
Remove foods and ice trays from the ice tray compartment.
Set the temperature control dial at OFF position.
On models without a drip tray, place a pan beneath the ice tray
compartment to collect water.
Defrosting usually takes a few hours. To defrost faster, keep the
door open. Also, pouring warm (not hot) water on the frosted part
may speed defrosting. Do not use boiling water— it may damage
plastic parts.
After defrosting:
Empty water from the drip tray or from the pan placed beneath
the ice tray compartment. Wash the tray or pan with warm water.
Wipe the ice tray compartment with a damp cloth.
Turn the temperature control to the desired setting and
return food and ice trays to the refrigerator.
NOTE: If ice buildup is very thick, it may keep the ice tray compartment door
from opening or closing completely. Don't try to force it open; after defrosting,
the door will open and close easily.

Preparing for Vacation

For long vacations or absences, remove food and unplug the
refrigerator. Move the control to the 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. Leave the door open.
Preparing to Move
Secure all loose items such as shelves and ice trays by taping them
securely in place to prevent damage.
Be sure the refrigerator stays in an upright position during moving.

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