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Door Opening; Installation Clearances; First Steps - Kenmore 970-4204 Series Use & Care Manual

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This Use & Care Manual provides specific operating
instructions for your model. Use the refrigerator only as
instructed in this Use & Care Manual. Before starting the
refrigerator, follow these important first steps.
Choose a place that is near a grounded electrical
outlet. Do Not use an extension cord or an adapter
If possible, place the refrigerator out of direct sunlight
and away from the range, dishwasher or other heat
The refrigerator must be installed on a floor that is
level and strong enough to support a fully loaded
Consider water supply availability for models
equipped with an automatic ice maker.
Do Not install the refrigerator where the temperature
will drop below 55°F (13°C) or rise above 110°F (43°C).
The compressor will not be able to maintain proper
temperatures inside the refrigerator.
Do Not block the toe grille on the lower front of your
refrigerator. Sufficient air circulation is essential for the
proper operation of your refrigerator.
If you install your refrigerator in a garage or other
unheated area, you may experience freezer temperature
problems during the winter months when temperatures
dip below 55° F.
Upgrading your refrigerator with a Garage Kit will lower
the minimum operating temperature of your unit to 34°
F. This kit can be ordered through Sears stores or Sears
Parts & Repair at an additional cost.

Installation Clearances

Allow the following clearances for ease of installation,
proper air circulation, and plumbing and electrical
Sides & Top
Preferred Operating Temperature
The preferred operating room temperature range for
optimal performance is 70
F to 80
If you see black coils/tubing on the back of your
refrigerator (air-cooled condenser) leave 3" clearance at
top of refrigerator.

Door Opening

Your refrigerator should be positioned to allow easy access
to a counter when removing food. To make this possible,
the direction in which the doors open can be reversed. See
Door Removal & Reversal Instructions.
If your refrigerator is placed with the door hinge side
against a wall, you may have to allow additional space
so the door can be opened wider.
All four corners of your refrigerator must rest firmly on a
solid floor. Your refrigerator is equipped with adjustable
front rollers or front leveling screws to help level your unit.
To Level Your Refrigerator:
1. Remove toe grille.
2. Use flat-blade
screwdriver or 3/8"
socket wrench to
adjust front rollers. Use
adjustable wrench to
adjust leveling screws.
Raise the front of the refrigerator enough so the doors
close freely when opened halfway. The refrigerator
should slope ¼" to ½" from front to back. Then level the
refrigerator from side to side.
Adjustable Front Roller
(some models)
Stationary Front Roller
with Leveling Screw
(some models)

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