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GE 20 Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions

Profile bottom freezer refrigerators

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Operating Instructions
Additional Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Automatic Icemaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-14
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5
Crispers and Pans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Replacing the Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . .15
Shelves and Bins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9
Water Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7
Installing the Refrigerator . . . . . . .17-21
Installing the Water Line . . . . . . . .30-32
Preparing to Install
the Refrigerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Removing and Replacing
Refrigerator Models only) . . . . . . .27-29
Removing and Replacing the
Freezer Drawer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 23
(Single Door Refrigerator
Models only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-26
Normal Operating Sounds . . . . . . . . . .33

Consumer Support

Consumer Support . . . . . . . .Back Cover
Performance Data Sheet . . . . . . .43, 44
for Canadian Customers . . . . . . . .39, 40
Warranty for Canadian
Customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Write the model and serial
numbers here:
Model # ____________________
Serial #______________________
Find these numbers on a label
on the right side, near the top of the
refrigerator compartment.
La section française commence à la page 47
La sección en español empieza en la página 89
. . . . . .33-37
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Owner's Manual and
Installation Instructions
Models 20, 22 and 23
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Summary of Contents for GE 20

  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Additional Features ....9 Models 20, 22 and 23 Automatic Icemaker ....12 Care and Cleaning .
  • Page 2: Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. WARNING! Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following: This refrigerator must be properly installed In refrigerators with automatic icemakers, and located in accordance with the Installation avoid contact with the moving parts of the...
  • Page 3: How To Connect Electricity WARNING! HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded. The power cord of this appliance is equipped This provides the best performance and also prevents with a 3-prong (grounding) plug which mates overloading house wiring circuits which could cause a with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall outlet to...
  • Page 4: Controls

    About the controls with temperature settings. (on some models) (on some models) NOTE: The refrigerator is shipped with protective film covering the temperature controls. If this film was not removed during installation, remove it now. The temperature controls are preset in the factory at 37°F for the refrigerator compartment and 0°F for the freezer compartment.
  • Page 5: How It Works

    About TurboCool. ™ (on some models) How it Works TurboCool rapidly cools the refrigerator How to Use compartment in order to more quickly Press TurboCool. The refrigerator cool foods. Use TurboCool when adding a temperature display will show large amount of food to the refrigerator After TurboCool is complete, the compartment, putting away foods after they refrigerator compartment will return...
  • Page 6: Water Filter

    United States, visit our Website, display. This light will turn orange to tell you, or call GE Parts and that you need to replace the filter soon. The Accessories, 800.626.2002.
  • Page 7 To order additional filter cartridges when the flow of water to the icemaker in the United States, visit our Website, decreases, or every 6 months., or call GE Parts and Installing the Filter Cartridge Accessories, 800.626.2002. If you are replacing the cartridge, first Filter Model GSWF remove the old one.
  • Page 8: Shelves And Bins

    About the shelves and bins. Not all features are on all models. Rearranging the Shelves Shelves in the refrigerator compartment are adjustable. Refrigerator Compartment To remove: Remove all items from the shelf. Tilt the shelf up at the front. Lift the shelf up at the back and bring the shelf out.
  • Page 9: Additional Features Adjustable Bins on the Door Adjustable bins can easily be carried from The snugger helps prevent tipping, spilling refrigerator to work area. or sliding of small items stored on the door shelf. Grip the finger hold near the rear of To remove: Lift bin straight up, then the snugger and move it to fit your needs.
  • Page 10: Crispers And Pans

    About the crispers and pans. Not all features are on all models. Fruit and Vegetable Crisper Excess water that may accumulate in the bottom of the drawers or under the drawers should be wiped dry. Adjustable Humidity Crisper (on some models) Slide the control all the way to the Slide the control all the way to the LOW HIGH setting to provide high humidity...
  • Page 11: About The Freezer

    About the freezer. Not all features are on all models. Freezer Shelves and Baskets NOTE: Do not fill baskets higher than the rim A shelf above the ice storage bin of the basket. This may cause baskets to stick A half-width basket or jam when opening or closing.
  • Page 12: Automatic Icemaker

    About the automatic icemaker. A newly installed refrigerator may take 12 to 24 hours to begin making ice. Automatic Icemaker (on some models) Power Switch The icemaker will produce seven cubes per cycle— You will hear a buzzing sound each time Icemaker approximately 100–130 cubes in a 24-hour period, the icemaker fills with water.
  • Page 13: Care And Cleaning

    Care and cleaning of the refrigerator. Cleaning the Outside The door handles and trim. Clean with a The stainless steel panels and door cloth dampened with soapy water. Dry with handles. Stainless steel (on some models) a soft cloth. Do not use wax on the door can be cleaned with a commercially handles and trim.
  • Page 14: Behind The Refrigerator

    Care and cleaning of the refrigerator. (cont.) Behind the Refrigerator Be careful when moving the refrigerator the refrigerator in a side direction may away from the wall. All types of floor result in damage to the floor covering coverings can be damaged, particularly or refrigerator.
  • Page 15: Replacing The Light Bulbs

    To remove the light shield, grasp the NOTE: Appliance bulbs may be ordered from shield at the back and pull out to release GE Parts and Accessories, 800.626.2002. the tabs at the back. Rotate the shield down and then forward to release the tabs at the front of the shield.
  • Page 16: The Refrigerator

    (ON SOME MODELS) If the refrigerator has an icemaker, it will have to be connected to a cold water line. A GE water supply kit (containing tubing, shutoff valve, fittings and instructions) is available at extra cost from your dealer, by visiting our Website at (in...
  • Page 17: Installation Instructions

    Install it in the water line Remove the fresh-food door. Refer to Steps 1 through near the refrigerator. If using GE SmartConnect ™ 3 of “Reversing the Door Swing” section. Refrigerator Tubing Kit, you will need an additional tube (WX08X10002) to connect the filter.
  • Page 18 If you are using copper tubing, place a compression nut and ferrule (sleeve) onto the end of the tubing coming from the house cold water supply. If you are using the GE SmartConnect ™ tubing, the nuts are already assembled to the tubing.
  • Page 19 Installation Instructions REMOVE THE FREEZER DOOR HANDLE REMOVE THE FRESH FOOD DOOR HANDLE Stainless steel and plastic handles: Loosen the set screws located on the (For placement in the installation location underside of the handle with the 1/8″ Allen or reversal of the handles – on some wrench and remove the handle.
  • Page 20 Installation Instructions INSTALLING THE REFRIGERATOR (cont.) ATTACH THE FREEZER DOOR HANDLE ATTACH THE FRESH FOOD DOOR HANDLE Stainless steel and plastic handles: Attach the handle firmly to the mounting Stainless steel handle: fasteners and tighten the set screws on Attach the the bottom of the handle with a 1/8″...
  • Page 21 Installation Instructions LEVEL THE REFRIGERATOR SET THE CONTROLS The leveling legs have 2 purposes: Set the controls to the recommended setting. 1) Leveling legs adjust so the refrigerator is firmly positioned on the floor and does not wobble. 2) Leveling legs serve as a stabilizing brake to hold the refrigerator securely in position during operation and cleaning.
  • Page 22: Freezer Drawer

    Installation Instructions REMOVING THE FREEZER DRAWER REMOVE THE DRAWER FRONT FROM The freezer drawer can be removed, if needed, to fit through tight areas. THE SLIDES (cont.) Read these instructions completely and carefully. Lift up on both sides of the freezer drawer handle to separate the drawer railings from the rail assemblies.
  • Page 23 Installation Instructions ATTACH AND SECURE THE DRAWER Two people may be required to complete this procedure. FRONT TO THE SLIDES (cont.) Replace the screws on both rail assemblies. ATTACH AND SECURE THE DRAWER FRONT TO THE SLIDES Pull out the rail assemblies to the full length on each side of the cabinet.
  • Page 24: Models Only)

    Ensure that the plastic hinge pin thimble remains on the hinge pin or inside door hinge pin hole located in the bottom of the door. Masking Tape Thin-blade Screwdriver Phillips Screwdriver Torx T-20 Driver Set the door on a non-scratching surface with the inside up.
  • Page 25 Installation Instructions REMOVE CENTER HINGE TRANSFER REFRIGERATOR DOOR STOP Remove the hinge pin from the hinge bracket. Remove the door stop on right side of The hinge pin will be used again with the new the bottom of the refrigerator door by hinge bracket for the other side.
  • Page 26 Installation Instructions REVERSING THE DOOR SWING (cont.) REHANG REFRIGERATOR DOOR INSTALL THE LOGO BADGE Lower the refrigerator door onto the center Remove the adhesive backing paper hinge pin. Ensure that the plastic hinge pin and align the pins on the back of the badge thimble is on the center hinge pin or inside with the holes in the door.
  • Page 27: The Doors (Double Door Refrigerator Models Only)

    Installation Instructions REMOVING THE DOORS (Double Door Refrigerator Models only) REMOVE THE IMPORTANT NOTES REFRIGERATOR DOORS NOTE: Door swing is not reversible. Tape the doors shut with masking tape. • Read the instructions all the way through before starting. • Handle parts carefully to avoid scratching paint. •...
  • Page 28 Installation Instructions REMOVING THE DOORS (cont.) REMOVE THE REFRIGERATOR DOORS REMOVE CENTER HINGE (cont.) Using a 5/16″ socket ratchet/driver, remove the bolts securing the center hinge to the cabinet. Remove the hinge cover on top of the Set the hinge and bolts aside. refrigerator door by removing the Phillips head screw and pulling it up.
  • Page 29: Replacing The Doors

    Installation Instructions REPLACING THE DOORS (Double Door Refrigerator Models only) INSTALL CENTER HINGE REHANG REFRIGERATOR DOORS (CONT.) Install the center hinge on each side. Make sure the gasket on the door is flush against the cabinet and is not folded. Make sure the door is straight and the gap between the doors is even across the front.
  • Page 30: Installing The Water Line

    If using copper, Osmosis Water System, the only approved be sure both ends of the tubing are cut square. installation is with a GE RVKit. For other reverse To determine how much tubing you need: measure osmosis water systems, follow the manufacturer’s the distance from the water valve on the back recommendations.
  • Page 31 • A cold water supply. The water pressure must the connection to the top or side, rather than at be between 20 and 120 p.s.i. (1.4–8.1 bar). the bottom, to avoid drawing off any sediment from the water pipe.
  • Page 32 Pipe Clamp Make sure the tubing is fully inserted into the valve. Tighten the compression nut securely. For plastic tubing from a GE SmartConnect ™ Refrigerator Tubing kit, insert the molded end of the tubing into the shutoff valve and tighten...
  • Page 33: Troubleshooting Tips

    Normal operating sounds. Newer refrigerators sound different from older refrigerators. Modern refrigerators have more features and use newer technology. Do you hear what I hear? These sounds are normal. HUMMM... WHOOSH... The new high efficiency compressor may run faster and longer than your old refrigerator and you may You may hear the fans spinning at high speeds.
  • Page 34 Before you call for service… Troubleshooting Tips Problem Possible Causes What To Do Motor operates for Normal when refrigerator • Wait 24 hours for the refrigerator to completely long periods or cycles is first plugged in. cool down. on and off frequently. Often occurs when large •...
  • Page 35 Problem Possible Causes What To Do Ice cubes have Food transmitting odor/taste • Wrap foods well. odor/taste to ice cubes. Interior of refrigerator • See Care and cleaning. needs cleaning. • Keep an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator; replace every three months.
  • Page 36 Before you call for service… Troubleshooting Tips Problem Possible Causes What To Do • Dispense water until all water in system is Water has poor Water dispenser has not been taste/odor used for a long time. replenished. Water in first glass Normal when refrigerator •...
  • Page 37 Problem Possible Causes What To Do My display is TurboCool function is activated. • See About TurboCool for more information. showing Water filter indicator This is normal. • See About the water filter for more information. light changed color •...
  • Page 38 Notes.
  • Page 39: Owner's Registration For Canadian Customers

    Please place in envelope and mail to: Veuillez mettre dans une enveloppe et envoyez à : OWNERSHIP REGISTRATION P.O. BOX 1780 MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO L4Y 4G1 (FOR CANADIAN CONSUMERS ONLY)
  • Page 41: Warranty For U.s. Customers

    This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased for home use within the USA. If the product is located in an area where service by a GE Authorized Servicer is not available, you may be responsible for a trip charge or you may be required to bring the product to an Authorized GE Service location for service.
  • Page 42: Customers

    (From Date of Sale) Repair or Replace at Mabe’s Option Compressor GE Profile: Ten (10) Years GE Profile: Ten (10) Years GE Profile: Five (5) Years GE and All Other GE and All Other GE and All Other Brands: One (1) Year...
  • Page 43: Performance Data Sheet

    93.33% 0.003 mg/L * Tested using a flow rate of 0.50 gpm; pressure of 60 psig; pH of 7.5 ± 0.5; temp. of 68° ± 5°F (20° ± 3°C) ** Measurement in Particles/ml. Particles used were 0.5-1 microns *** NTU=Nephelometric Turbidity units Operating Specifications Capacity: certified for up to 300 gallons (1135 l);...
  • Page 44 > 66.67% 0.003 mg/L * Tested using a flow rate of 0.5 gpm; pressure of 60 psig; pH of 7.5 ± 0.5; temp. of 68° ± 5°F (20° ± 3°C) ** Measurement in Particles/ml. Particles used were 0.5-1 microns *** NTU=Nephelometric Turbidity units Operating Specifications Capacity: certified for up to 750 gallons (2,838 l);...
  • Page 45: State Of California Water Treatment Device Certificate

    State of California Department of Health Services Water Treatment Device Certificate Number 05 - 1698 Date Issued: February 2, 2005 Trademark/Model Designation Replacement Elements Manufacturer: General Electric Company The water treatment device(s) listed on this certificate have met the testing requirements pursuant to Section 116830 of the Health and Safety Code for the following health related contaminants: Microbiological Contaminants and Turbidity Inorganic/Radiological Contaminants...
  • Page 46 1559 Date Issued: April 28, 2003 Trademark/Model Designation Replacement Elements GE GSWF GSWF Manufacturer: General Electric Consumer Products The water treatment device(s) listed on this certificate have met the testing requirements pursuant to Section 116830 of the Health and Safety Code for the following health related contaminants:...

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