How to Set an Upright Freezer

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Before using your freezer, you must first set it in place and set the controls. Setting the freezer up for the first time involves making sure the freezer is positioned in the optimum location, checking for clearances, adjusting the levels and setting the freezer temperature. Don't forget to remove any packing materials.

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  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Place the freezer near a grounded electrical outlet (you can't use extension cords) out direct sunlight, if possible, and away from other heat sources like the range. Place it on a level floor. If your freezer has an ice maker, make sure there's a nearby water supply.

  • Check for clearances. An upright freezer needs 3/8 inch of clearance on the sides and top, and 1 inch at the back. Make sure you will be able to open the door if you place the freezer with the hinge side against a wall.

  • Adjust the front rollers so all four corners rest on the floor, the cabinet is level at the front and rear, and the sides tilt ¼ inch from front to back. Open the door and use a flat-blade screwdriver to raise or lower the rollers. The screw is on the cabinet above each door; turn it clockwise to raise the rollers

  • Plug the freezer in and set the initial temperature. Start the freezer off at the "5" position and allow at least 24 hours for the freezer to reach optimum temperature before storing food. If there's an electronic display, look for a default button and set the freezer to factory defaults.

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