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Kenmore Chest Freezer 111.17142 11.17182 Manual

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Kenmore Chest Freezer User Guide


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This Use & Care Guide provides specific operating instructions for your model. Use your unit only as instructed in this guide. These instructions are not meant to cover every possible condition and situation that may occur. Common sense and caution must be practiced when installing, operating, and maintaining any appliance.

Record your model and serial numbers below for future reference. This information
is listed in a label located on the lower right exterior wall.

Model Number:________________ 111.
or________________ Serial
Number:________________ Purchase

Use only soap and water to clean serial plate.

Important Safety Instructions

Safety Precautions
Do not attempt to install or operate your unit until you have read the safety precautions in this Use & Care Guide. Safety items throughout this manual are labeled with a Danger, Warning, or Caution based on the risk type.

This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.

DANGER indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.

Indicates installation, operation, or maintenance information which is important but not hazard-related.

Important Safety Instructions

DANGER Risk of fire or explosion. Flammable refrigerant used. Do not use mechanical devices to defrost refrigerator. Do not puncture refrigerant tubing. DANGER Risk of fire or explosion. Flammable refrigerant used. To be repaired only by trained service personnel. Do not puncture refrigerant tubing.

CAUTION Risk of fire or explosion. Flammable refrigerant used. Consult repair manual/owner’s guide before attempting to service this product. All safety precautions must be followed.

CAUTION Risk of fire or explosion.
Dispose of properly in accordance with federal or local regulations. Flammable refrigerant used.

CAUTION Risk of fire or explosion
due to puncture of refrigerant tubing. Follow handling instructions carefully. Flammable refrigerant used.

Read all safety instructions before using your new appliance.

For Your Safety

  • Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. Read product labels for warnings regarding flammability and other hazards.
  • Do not operate the unit in the presence of explosive fumes.
  • Remove and discard any spacers used to secure the basket during shipping. Small objects are a choke hazard to children.
  • Remove all staples from the carton. Staples can cause severe cuts and also destroy finishes if they come in contact with other appliances or furniture.

Child Safety
Destroy or recycle the carton, plastic bags, and any exterior wrapping material immediately after the unit is unpacked. Children should never use these items to play. Cartons covered with rugs, bedspreads, plastic sheets or stretch wrap may become airtight chambers and can quickly cause suffocation.

Proper disposal of your appliance
DANGER: Risk of child entrapment! Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned appliances are still dangerous – even if they will sit for “just a few days.” If you are getting rid of your appliance, please follow the instructions below to help prevent accidents.

Before you throw away your old unit:

  • Remove lid.
  • Leave basket in place within freezer so children may not easily climb inside.
  • Have refrigerant removed by a qualified service technician.

Important Safety Instructions

Your old unit may have a cooling system that used CFCs or HCFCs (chlorofluorocarbons or hydrochlorofluorocarbons). CFCs and HCFCs are believed to harm stratospheric ozone if released to the atmosphere. Other refrigerants may cause harm to the environment if released to the atmosphere. If you are throwing away your old unit, make sure the refrigerant is removed for proper disposal by a qualified technician. If you intentionally release refrigerant, you may be subject to fines and imprisonment under the provisions of environmental legislation.

These guidelines must be followed to ensure that safety mechanisms in this unit will operate properly.

Electrical Information

  • The unit must be plugged into its own dedicated 10 amp, 115 Volt, 60 Hz. AC only electric outlet. The power cord of the appliance is equipped with a three-prong grounding plug for your protection against shock hazards. It must be plugged directly into a properly grounded three-prong receptacle. The receptacle must be installed in accordance with local codes and ordinances. Consult a qualified electrician. Do not use an extension cord or adapter plug.
  • Immediately repair or replace any power cord that becomes frayed or damaged.
  • Never unplug the appliance by pulling on the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly, and pull straight out from the receptacle to prevent damaging the
    power cord.
  • Unplug the appliance before cleaning and before defrosting to avoid electrical shock.
  • Performance may be affected if the voltage varies by 10% or more. Operating the unit with insufficient power can damage the motor. Such damage is not covered under the warranty.
  • Do not plug the unit into an outlet controlled by a wall switch or pull cord to prevent the appliance from being turned off accidentally.
  • Avoid connecting unit to a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).

First Steps

This Use & Care Guide provides specific operating instructions for your model. Use the unit only as instructed in this Use & Care Guide. Before starting the appliance, follow these important first steps.


  • Choose a place that is near a grounded electrical outlet. Do Not use an extension cord or an adapter plug.
  • For the most efficient operation, the freezer should be located where surrounding temperatures will not exceed 110°F (43°C). Surrounding temperatures of 32°F (0°C) and below will not affect freezer operation.
  • Allow space around the unit for good air circulation. Leave a 1-inch space between the back and left side and a wall, and on the right side at least 3 inches between the compressor vent and a wall.

The freezer must have all bottom corners resting firmly on a solid floor. The floor must be strong enough to support a fully loaded freezer. If needed, add metal or wood shims between foot pads and floor.

It is Very Important for your freezer to be level in order to function properly. If the freezer is not leveled during installation, the lid may be misaligned and not close or seal properly, causing cooling, frost, or moisture problems.


  • Wash any removable parts, the freezer interior, and exterior with mild detergent and warm water. Wipe dry. Do not use harsh cleaners on these surfaces.
  • Do not use razor blades or other sharp instruments, which can scratch the appliance surface when removing adhesive labels. Any glue left from the tape can be removed with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent, or touch the residue with the sticky side of tape already removed. Do not remove the serial plate.

Energy Saving Ideas

  • The freezer should be located in the coolest area of the room, away from heat producing appliances or heating ducts, and out of direct sunlight.
  • Let hot foods cool to room temperature before placing in the freezer. Overloading the freezer forces the compressor to run longer. Foods that freeze too slowly may lose quality or spoil.
  • Be sure to wrap foods properly, and wipe containers dry before placing them in the freezer. This cuts down on frost build-up inside the freezer.
  • Freezer shelves should not be lined with aluminum foil, wax paper, or paper toweling. Liners interfere with cold air circulation, making the freezer less efficient.
  • Organize and label food to reduce lid openings and extended searches. Remove as many items as needed at one time, and close the lid as soon as possible.

Freezer Use

  • To turn the freezer on, plug the power cord into a properly grounded 3 prong electrical outlet. The green Power On light located on the temperature control will illuminate.
  • For safe food storage, allow four hours after plugging in for the freezer to cool down completely. The freezer will run continuously for the first several hours. Foods that are already frozen may be placed in the freezer after the first few hours of operation. Unfrozen foods should NOT be loaded into the freezer until the freezer has operated for four hours.
  • When loading the freezer, freeze only three pounds of fresh food per cubic foot of freezer space at one time. Distribute packages to be frozen evenly throughout the freezer.

Temperature Control

  • The temperature control dial is located on the lower front exterior wall. There are 5 positions on the dial. Position 5 is the coldest and 1 is the least cold setting.
  • The Recommended Setting, indicated on the dial at position 3, should provide optimum frozen food storage within normal operating conditions in most situations.
  • If a colder temperature is desired, turn the control dial pointer toward position 5. Turn the dial pointer toward 1 for a less cold temperature. Adjust the temperature gradually, in small increments, and allow several hours for temperatures to stabilize between adjustments.

Power and Run Lights
The green Power light indicates that the freezer is properly connected to electrical power. The light glows even when the temperature control is turned to OFF. The green Run light illuminates when the compressor is running to reach or maintain the set coldness level in the freezer. If the Power light goes out, refer to Freezer does not run section in the Troubleshooting Guide. If the freezer appears to be operating, the light element may be burned out. To schedule light element replacement, call 1-844-553-6667

Defrost Drain
The defrost drain provides a method of draining the water during defrosting and cleaning. See Defrosting in Care & Cleaning section

The right side of the freezer is equipped with wheels so that you can roll the freezer into location. Raise up the left side of the freezer to push the freezer along on the wheels. CAUTION: Obtain the aid of an assistant if the freezer feels too heavy for you to safely lift it up on its left side.

Freezer Lid Handle
There is a built-in recessed handle in the front center of the freezer lid to aid in the raising and lowering of the lid.

Be careful when the freezer lid is raised that it doesn’t close on you while you are inserting or removing items.

Storage Basket
The freezer is equipped with two convenient top storage baskets for smaller items. The baskets rest on the front and back edges of the freezer compartment.

Care and Cleaning

Damp objects stick to cold metal surfaces. Do not touch inferior metal surfaces with wet or damp hands.

Between Defrosting’s
To avoid frequent defrosting, occasionally use a plastic scraper to remove frost. Scrape with a pulling motion. Never use a metal instrument to remove frost.

Freezer must be unplugged (to avoid electrical hazard) from power source when defrosting unit.


DO NOT use a sharp or metallic instrument to remove frost from the refrigerator interior, as damage to refrigerant tubing (located behind interior walls) may occur. Tubing damage may allow flammable refrigerant gas leakage, which can result in personal injury.

It is important to defrost and clean the freezer when ¼ to ½ inch of frost has accumulated. Frost may tend to accumulate faster on the upper part of freezer due
to warm, moist air entering when lid is opened. Always unplug freezer, remove food and leave lid open when defrosting. If frost is soft, remove by using a plastic scraper (included). If frost is glazed and hard, place a shallow pan beneath the drain outlet at front of freezer (Fig. 1).
Pull the drain outlet plug forward enough to expose the drain hole in the plug shaft (Fig. 1). Rotate plug so that hole faces straight down. The arrow on the plug will also face straight down (Fig. 2).

Kenmore Chest Freezer User Guide - Figure 1 to 3

Remove the drain plug from the drain hole on the inside bottom left front corner of the freezer (Fig. 4). Defrost water will drain out through the hole in the outside drain plug (Fig. 3). Check pan occasionally so water does not overflow.

Kenmore Chest Freezer User Guide - Figure 4

Replace the drain plugs when defrosting and cleaning are completed. If the drain is
left open, warm air may enter the freezer

Cleaning the Inside

After defrosting, wash inside surfaces of the freezer with a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda in one quart (1.1 liters) warm water. Rinse and dry. Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth when cleaning in the area of the controls, or any electrical parts. Wash the removable parts and baskets
with the baking soda solution mentioned above, or mild detergent and warm water.
Rinse and dry. Never use metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners, or alkaline solutions on any surface. Do not wash removable parts in a dishwasher.

Cleaning the Outside
Wash the cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.

Vacation and Moving Tips

If leaving the freezer lid open while on vacation, make certain that children cannot get into the freezer and become entrapped.

Short Vacations: Leave the freezer operating during vacations of less than three weeks. Long Vacations: If the freezer will not be used for several months:

  • Remove all food and unplug the power cord.
  • Clean and dry the interior thoroughly.
  • Leave the freezer lid open slightly, blocking it open if necessary, to prevent odor and mold growth.

Moving: When moving the freezer, follow these guidelines to prevent damage:

  • Disconnect the power cord plug from the wall outlet.
  • Remove foods, then defrost, and clean the freezer.
  • Secure all loose items such as base panel, baskets, and shelves by taping them securely in place to prevent damage.
  • In a moving vehicle, secure freezer in an upright position to prevent movement. Also protect outside of freezer with a blanket, or similar item.

If unit is turned off or unplugged for several hours, do not open freezer lid unnecessarily. This will maintain the coldest temperature inside and reduce the recovery time to desired temperature once the unit is turned back on.

Power Failure/ Freezer Failure

If a power failure occurs, frozen foods will stay frozen for at least 24 hours if the freezer is kept closed. If the power failure continues, pack seven or eight pounds of dry ice into the freezer every 24 hours. Look in the Yellow Pages under Dry Ice, Dairies, or Ice Cream manufacturers for local dry ice suppliers. Always wear gloves and use caution when handling dry ice.
If the freezer has stopped operating, see Freezer does not run in the Troubleshooting Guide. If you cannot solve the problem, call an authorized servicer
immediately. If the freezer remains off for several hours, follow the directions above
for the use of dry ice during a power failure. If necessary, take the food to a local locker plant until the freezer is ready to operate. Look in the Yellow Pages under
Frozen Food Locker Plants.

Before You Call

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WITH PROOF OF SALE the following warranty coverage applies when this appliance is correctly installed, operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions.

One Year on Appliance
FOR ONE YEAR from the date of sale this appliance is warranted against defects in material or workmanship. A defective appliance will receive free repair. If the appliance cannot be repaired it will be replaced free of charge.

Lifetime on Storage Bins
FOR AS LONG AS IT IS USED from the date of sale, a free replacement will be supplied for a defective refrigerator or freezer compartment storage bin.* If the defect appears within the first year, a new bin will be installed at no charge. If the defect appears after the first year, a new bin will be supplied but not installed at no charge. This Lifetime warranty covers only storage bins, and does not apply to any other related component or mechanism. You are responsible for the labor cost of bin installation after the first year from the date of sale. *Warranty coverage applies to door bins, drawer bins and basket bins. Defects must be verified by a Sears authorized service representative.
For warranty coverage details to obtain free repair or replacement, visit the web page: www.kenmore.com/warranty

All warranty coverage applies for only 90 DAYS from the sale date if this appliance is ever used for other than private household purposes.
This warranty covers ONLY defects in material and workmanship, and will NOT pay for:

  1. Expendable items that can wear out from normal use, including but not limited to filters, belts, bags or screw-in base light bulbs.
  2. A service technician to clean or maintain this appliance, or to instruct the user in correct appliance installation, operation and maintenance.
  3. Service calls to correct appliance installation not performed by Sears authorized service agents, or to repair problems with house fuses, circuit breakers, house wiring, and plumbing or gas supply systems resulting from such installation.
  4. Damage to or failure of this appliance resulting from installation not performed by Sears authorized service agents, including installation that was not in accord with electrical, gas or plumbing codes.
  5. Damage to or failure of this appliance, including discoloration or surface rust, if it is not correctly operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions.
  6. Damage to or failure of this appliance, including discoloration or surface rust, resulting from accident, alteration, abuse, misuse or use for other than its intended purpose.
  7. Damage to or failure of this appliance, including discoloration or surface rust, caused by the use of detergents, cleaners, chemicals or utensils other than those recommended in all instructions supplied with the product.
  8. Damage to or failure of parts or systems resulting from unauthorized modifications made to this appliance.
  9. Service to an appliance if the model and serial plate is missing, altered, or cannot easily be determined to have the appropriate certification logo.

Disclaimer of implied warranties; limitation of remedies
Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy under this limited warranty shall be product repair or replacement as provided herein. Implied warranties, including warranties of
merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to one year or the shortest period allowed by law. Seller shall not be liable for incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitation on the duration of implied warranties of merchantability or fitness, so these exclusions or limitations may not apply to you. This warranty applies only while this appliance is used in the United States. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Transform SR Brands Management LLC, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

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