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freezer FAQ

My freezer won’t cool

Is the power supply cord unplugged?

• Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.

Has a household fuse blown or circuit breaker tripped?

• Replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker.

Is the Temperature Control turned to the OFF position?

• See “Using the Control” below.

Is the freezer defrosting (on some models)?

• Some models regularly run an automatic defrost cycle. Recheck to see whether the freezer is operating in 30 minutes.

Using the control:

• Turn the freezer temperature control to a numbered setting. Allow the freezer to cool six to eight hours before filling with frozen food.

• The middle setting (typically “4”) is designed to maintain the temperature at or near 0°F (-17.8°C) under normal operating conditions.

• Let the freezer cool overnight before adding large amounts of unfrozen food. Never add more than two to three pounds (907 to 1,350 g) of unfrozen food per cubic foot (28.32 L) of freezer space.

NOTE: When the freezer is first started, the compressor will run constantly until the freezer is cooled. It may take up to six to eight hours (or longer), depending on room temperature and the number of times the freezer door is opened. After the freezer is cooled, the compressor will turn on and off as needed to keep the freezer at the proper temperature. The outside of your freezer may feel warm. This is normal. The freezer’s design and main function is to remove heat from packages and air space inside the freezer. The heat is transferred to the room air, making the outside of the freezer feel warm.