To make sure you keep your refrigerator working for many years or to make sure your food is stored properly, it is important to know how to use the device properly. Here are our most important tips for use and safety, valid regardless of the brand that manufactured your device.
You have just bought a new refrigerator and you have a very legitimate desire: to be as efficient as possible and to use it for as long as possible. Although technology is essential, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of a device. This is why we present you the most important tips regarding use, installation, verification, handling or defrosting.
Before even installing and putting into operation the appliance, it is absolutely necessary to read the instructions for use with the utmost care. This is the safest and most informed source of information on the installation, safety, maintenance and operation of the refrigerator. This way, you can make sure that you respect your security and that you prevent damage to the device.
Limitations of use
A household refrigerator can only be used for the purposes for which it was created and which are provided in the technical book: cooling and storage of food, storage of frozen products, freezing of fresh products and preparation of ice cubes. Any other type of use is prohibited.
For example, the device cannot take the place of its medical equivalents, so it cannot be used for the storage or cooling of medicines, blood plasma, laboratory preparations or similar substances or products covered by a health directive. Improper use of the device may damage or alter the stored objects. Also, the device is not suitable for use in areas where there is a risk of explosion.
Usually, this type of device is not intended for use by persons without assistance or supervision if their physical, sensory or mental abilities prevent them from using the device safely. In this context, make sure that this category of users has all the necessary information regarding the operation of the combine and the risks to which they expose and to which they subject the appliance in case of improper use.
Children over the age of 8 are allowed to use the device unattended only if they have been explained very well how it works, so that they can use it safely and correctly. Children should know and understand the risks inherent in improper use of the appliance. Restrictions on the little ones are aimed at cleaning the combine. Also, the device is not a playground, not even its packaging, there is always the risk of very serious injuries due to asphyxiation, electric shock, frostbite or burns.
Before installing the appliance, it is recommended to check that it does not present visible damage, from manufacturing or acquired during transport. You should never put a damaged device into operation, as it can be a danger to your safety.
If you notice, at some point, the damage to the power cord, do not postpone its replacement under any circumstances. However, the operation must be performed by an authorized professional, in order to ensure the durability and safety of the work.
Please note that the product warranty is only valid if it is installed and connected in accordance with the operating instructions.
Before connecting the device to the socket, you must compare all the power supply data (voltage and frequency) listed in the technical book, which include the characteristics that the electrical network must meet. Any malfunction or mismatch may result in damage to the appliance, and therefore an electrician should be consulted.
The appliance is not recommended to be connected to the mains via a triple plug or extension cord. These solutions do not guarantee the safety required for the operation of the appliance (for example, they do not control the risk of overheating).
Also, the electrical safety of the device is guaranteed only when it is connected directly to a grounded socket. It is very important that this basic condition is observed, and if in doubt, check the installation through an electrician. The manufacturer cannot be held liable for damages caused by lack of earthing or improper condition of the installation.
Handling of products in and out of the freezer
Do not touch frozen products with wet hands, as they may stick to the effect of the cold. The risk of injury is very real. For the same reason, do not put ice cubes directly in your mouth; your lips or tongue may stick to them due to the extreme temperature.
Never refreeze partially or completely thawed food. Eat them as soon as possible, because they lose their nutritional value and degrade. Thawed food can be refreshed only once by boiling or frying.
Do not store any box or bottle containing carbonated or liquid beverages that may freeze for at least one hour. They will increase in volume and may explode, injuring or damaging your device.
Handling products in and out of the refrigerator
Do not eat food stored for too long, you can become intoxicated. The shelf life of products depends on many factors, such as their freshness, quality and storage temperature. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for storage and validity after opening the food.
Do not store explosive substances or any product containing flammable propellants (eg sprays) in the device. Sparks can occur that can fly when the thermostat is turned on and cause flammable mixtures to explode.
If the appliance needs manual defrosting in any of the compartments, carry out the operation in accordance with the instructions for use. Do not use any electrical appliance (heaters or electric candles) inside the combine. This could cause sparks, with a risk of explosion.
Do not use sprays, as they may produce explosive gases or contain solvents or propellants that may damage plastic parts. They can also be harmful to health. You should never use a steam cleaning system to defrost and clean the appliance. Steam can dampen live parts of the device and cause a short circuit.
Also, do not use sharp objects to scrape the layers of ice off the walls, or to remove trays or ice and food trapped in the ice. Otherwise, you may damage the cooling system, which will make the device unusable.
For stainless steel appliances
The stainless steel surfaces of all refrigerators, including Beko refrigerators , require more intensive maintenance. Do not glue post-it, clear tape, opaque tape or other sticky substance to the door surface or exterior walls. The gloss would be damaged and would lose its function of protection against dirt. Even magnets soldered on the refrigerator can scratch the sensitive surface.