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V
ACATION AND MOVING CARE
Short vacations
If you will be away for less than four weeks, use these
tips to prepare your refrigerator before you leave.
1.
Use up any perishables and freeze other items.
2.
If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker:
Raise signal arm to OFF (up) position.
Shut off water supply to the ice maker.
3.
Empty the ice bin.
Long vacations
If you will be gone for a month or more, follow these
steps to prepare your refrigerator.
1.
Remove all food from the refrigerator.
2.
If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker:
Turn off the water supply to the ice maker at least
one day ahead of time.
When the last load of ice drops, turn off the ice
maker. Make sure all ice is dispensed out of the ice
maker mechanism.
3.
Unplug the refrigerator.
4.
Clean it, wipe it, and dry well.
5.
Tape rubber or wood blocks to the tops of both doors
to prop them open far enough for air to get in. This
stops odor and mold from building up.
P
OWER INTERRUPTIONS
If the electricity in your house goes off, call the power
company and ask how long it will be off.
1.
If the power will be out for 24 hours or less, keep both
doors closed to help foods stay cold and frozen.
2.
If the power will be out for more than 24 hours:
(a) Remove all frozen food and store it in a frozen food
locker.
OR
(b) Place 2 lb. (907 g) of dry ice in the freezer for every
cubic foot (liter) of freezer space. This will keep the
food frozen for two to four days. While handling
dry ice, wear gloves to protect your hands from
ice burns.
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Moving
When you are moving your refrigerator to a new home,
follow these steps to prepare it for the move.
1.
If your refrigerator has an automatic ice maker, turn
off the water supply to the ice maker at least one day
ahead of time.
2.
Disconnect the water line from the back of the
refrigerator.
3.
When the last load of ice drops, lift the signal arm to
the OFF (up) position.
4.
Remove all food from the refrigerator and pack all
frozen food in dry ice.
5.
Turn the Refrigerator Control to OFF.
6.
Unplug the refrigerator.
7.
Empty water from the defrost pan.
8.
Clean, wipe, and dry thoroughly.
9.
Take out all removable parts, wrap them well, and
tape them together so they don't shift and rattle dur-
ing the move.
10.
Screw in the leveling rollers.
11.
Tape the doors shut and the power cord to the
refrigerator cabinet.
When you get to your new home, put everything back
and refer to "Installing Your Refrigerator" for preparation
instructions. Also, if your refrigerator has an automatic ice
maker, remember to reconnect the water supply to the re-
frigerator.
OR
(c) If neither a food locker nor dry ice is available, use
up or can perishable food at once.
REMEMBER: A full freezer stays cold longer than a part-
ly filled one. A freezer full of meat stays cold longer than
a freezer full of baked goods. If food contains ice crys-
tals, it may be safely refrozen, although the quality and
flavor may be affected. If the condition of the food is
poor, or if you feel it is unsafe, dispose of it.

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