Normal Sounds; Refrigerator Use; Opening And Closing Doors; Ensuring Proper Air Circulation - KitchenAid 12828154 Use And Care Manual

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Normal Sounds

Your new refrigerator may make sounds that your old one didn’t
make. Because the sounds are new to you, you might be
concerned about them. Most of the new sounds are normal. Hard
surfaces, such as the floor, walls, and cabinets, can make the
sounds seem louder. The following describes the kinds of sounds
and what may be making them.
If your refrigerator is equipped with an ice maker, you will hear
a buzzing sound when the water valve opens to fill the ice
maker for each cycle.
Your refrigerator is designed to run more efficiently to keep
your food items at the desired temperatures and to minimize
energy usage. The high efficiency compressor and fans may
cause your refrigerator to run longer than your old one. You
may also hear a pulsating or high-pitched sound from the
compressor or fans adjusting to optimize performance.
You may hear the evaporator fan motor circulating air through
the refrigerator and freezer compartments. The fan speed
may increase as you open the doors or add warm food.
Rattling noises may come from the flow of refrigerant, the
water line, or items stored on top of the refrigerator.
Water dripping on the defrost heater during a defrost cycle
may cause a sizzling sound.
As each cycle ends, you may hear a gurgling sound due to
the refrigerant flowing in your refrigerator.
Contraction and expansion of the inside walls may cause a
popping noise.
You may hear air being forced over the condenser by the
condenser fan.
You may hear water running into the drain pan during the
defrost cycle.


Opening and Closing Doors

(on some models)
There are two refrigerator compartment doors. The doors can be
opened and closed either separately or together.
There is a vertically-hinged seal on the left refrigerator door.
When the left side door is opened, the hinged seal
automatically folds inward so that it is out of the way.
When both doors are closed, the hinged seal automatically
forms a seal between the two doors.
A. Hinged seal

Ensuring Proper Air Circulation

In order to ensure proper temperatures, you need to permit
airflow between the refrigerator and freezer sections. As shown in
the illustration, cool air enters the freezer section through vents in
the rear and top. The air flows forward through the freezer section
and recirculates under the freezer floor. Cool air enters the
refrigerator section through the top, flows down and across
shelves to the doors and recirculates to return air vents at the
Do not block any airflow vents. If the vents are blocked, airflow
will be obstructed and temperature and moisture problems may
IMPORTANT: Because air circulates between both sections, any
odors formed in one section will transfer to the other. You must
thoroughly clean both sections to eliminate odors. To avoid odor
transfer and drying out of food, wrap or cover foods tightly.

Using the Controls

The control center is located at the top front of the refrigerator
Temperature Controls
For your convenience, your temperature controls are preset at
the factory. When you first install your refrigerator, make sure the
controls are still set to the recommended set points as shown.
Recommended Settings
When the power is on, the temperature display shows the
actual temperature of the compartment.
Wait 24 hours for your refrigerator to cool completely before
adding food. If you add food before the refrigerator has
cooled completely, your food may spoil.
NOTE: Adjusting the refrigerator and freezer temperature
controls to a colder than recommended setting will not cool
the compartments any faster.
The recommended settings should be correct for normal
household refrigerator use. The controls are set correctly
when milk or juice is as cold as you like and when ice cream
is firm.
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