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There is no need to disconnect the refrigerator from the power
supply if you will be away for less than three weeks. Use up
perishable food, freeze other food. If your appliance has an
automatic ice maker:
1.Turn it off.
2.Shut off the water supply to the ice maker.
3.Empty the ice bin.
Remove all the food if you are going away for three weeks or
more. If your appliance has an automatic ice maker, turn off the
water supply to the ice maker at least a day before. When the
last batch of ice cubes drops, turn off the ice maker. Unplug the
refrigerator and clean it, rinse and dry. Fix some wooden or
plastic wedges to the upper part of both doors with adhesive
tape and leave the doors open enough for air to circulate inside
both compartments. This will prevent odour and mould from
• Take out all removable parts, wrap them well, and fix them
together with adhesive tape so that they will not come loose
• Tighten the front levelling screws.
• Close and fix both doors with adhesive tape and, again using
adhesive tape, fix the power cable to the appliance.
In case of power failure, call the local office of your Electricity
Company and ask how long it is going to last.
1.Should the power failure last 24 hours or less, keep both
doors of the appliance closed. This will allow the stored
food to stay cold as long as possible.
2.Should the power failure last more than 24 hours, remove all
frozen food and put it in a freezer with a key lock. If this type
of freezer is not available and, likewise, no artificial ice packs
are available, try to use up the food which is more easily
3.Bear in mind that a full freezer compartment will stay cold
longer than a partially filled one.
Furthermore, a freezer full of frozen meat will stay cold
longer than a freezer filled with pre-cooked food.
If the food still shows ice crystals, it is possible to refreeze
it without running any risk; however, it will probably change
taste and flavour. If the condition of the food is definitely
poor and you feel like you would be running a risk by
refreezing it, you must throw it away.