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The importance of the installation of your Sub-Zero cannot be over- emphasized. The proper in- stallation of your unit is the responsibility of the selling dealer or installer. Any questions or problems pertaining to the installation should be directed to the selling dealer.


Your new refrigerator/freezer was thoroughly inspected and tested before it was shipped from the Sub-Zero factory. During these procedures, the temperatures were preset to maintain approxi- mately 38 degrees in the refrigera- tor section and approximately 0 degrees in the freezer section. If you wish to adjust the temperature. simply turn the control dial. The illuminated dial indicates the control setting, #1 warmest to #10 coldest. See Figures 1,2, and 3.

You should be aware it is normal for temperatures to fluctuate slightly depending on external influences, such as: an open door for extended periods, the degree of humidity present and room temperature.

Figure 1

NOTE: Always allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to reach the temperature you set.

MODELS 532, 542 AND 561

The refrigerator control is located on the back wall of the refrigerator near the top right. See Figure 1.

The freezer control is located on the freezer panel just above the ice drawer. To adjust, pull the drawer out, on the left side of the panel turn the control dial until the desired setting appears on the panel. See Figure 2.

Figure 2

•MODELS 511 AND 550

The refrigerator and freezer controls are both located on the back wall of the refrigerator near the top. The refrigerator control is on the right and the freezer control is on the left. See Figure 1.


The temperature control for each model is located on the back wall of the unit near the top right. See Figure 1.


The refrigerator and freezer con- trols are both located inside the refrigerator section on the left hand side at a convenient level. See Figure 3.

Figure 3


To remove your crisper drawer. pull open until drawer stops. Raise front of crisper and pull out as shown in Figure 4. To reinstall: With the front of the crisper raised. insert crisper into the tracks. See Figure 4.

Figure 4



The humidity level in each crisper may be controlled for the storage of meats, fruits or vegetables, (See "Food Storage Suggestions," (See pages 17 and 18). Adjust the slide on the front, to the left for higher humidity, or to the right for lower humidity. See Figure 5.

Figure 5


To remove or adjust shelves. tiltthe shelf up at the front, then lift up and out of tracks on rear wall of refrigerator or freezer as shown in Figure 6. Note: If door is only allowed to open 90 °, in order to clear door shelves, lift and tilt right end of shelf up and left end down. _and lift out clearing door shelves ....
Caution should be exercised whe_:handling refrigerator glass shelves to prevent breakage or scratching of interior.
To replace shelves: Select desired shelf height. With shelf front raised slightly, insert shelf in tracks at rear of unit. Then lower front of shelf until it locks into position.


This basket rolls in and out for easy access to small containers and food items.

To remove: Pull basket out, lift up on the front and then out as shown in Figure 7 below. Note: If door is




The door shelves and dairy assembly are adjustable within the guides of the door liner. See Figure 8.

To remove: Lift straight up and out
-from the bottom. Toreinstall: Select desired position and push down into guides.


MODELS 511 AND 550

The freezer drawer will stop before coming all the way out of the unit.
Lift up evenly on each side of the drawer, while holding the top basket in place and pull out. The drawer and basket will come out together as in Figure 9.

I_CAUTION IMPORTANT." Unload the drawer before removing.
CAUTION should be taken when removing the drawer, keeping your feet clear from under the drawer.

MODELS 532, 542, 561 AND 590

To remove: Pull open until drawer stops. Raise front of drawer and pull out. Note: If door is only allowed to open 90 o, in order to clear door shelves, we


To remove: Pull open until drawer stops, raise front of drawer and pull up and out.

To reinstall: Reverse procedure.

Figure 8

Figure 9



MODELS 532, 542, 561, 501F.

Newest Added: 590 550 561 532 511
501R AND 590

Refrigerator and freezer doors are both equipped with a spring loaded door closure-mechanism.
As the doors are closed, the door closure engages to assist in the closing and sealing of the doors.

MODEL 550 AND 511

Refrigerator door: Your refrigerator door is equipped with a door closing cam to assist inthe closing of the door. With the door opened to approximately 120° the cam will hold in the open position if the door is stopped. Ifthe door continues to swing open, have the unit checked for proper leveling by your installer or dealer.
As you close the door, the cam will take over at approximately the 15° position and assist inthe door closing.

Freezer drawer: The freezer drawer is equipped with a self- closing mechanism.
The incline. built into the roller assemblies on the basket, uses gravity to assist in the drawer closing.


All units have one fan behind the grille to cool the compressor area. l"Bis fan runs with either compressor.


The icemaker in your Sub-Zero is fully automatic and has been fac- tory pre-tested. To put into opera- tion it requires only a connection to the house water supply.

MODELS 501F, 511 AND 550

The icemaker is shut off when the container is removed from the freezer basket. Replace the ice container and ice production is restored. For Models 511 and 550 see Figure 10 and for Model 501F see Figure 11.

Figure 10

MODELS 532, 542 AND 561

The icemaker may be turned off and on by the switch on the front of the freezer control panel. See Figure 12.


To remove the ice drawer for Models 532, 542 and 561: Pull it out until it stops and lift back of ice drawer up clearing carrier assembly, and lift ice drawer out.
Note: Ifdoor is only allowed to open
90 °, repeat above procedure, but when lifting ice drawer out, pivot right side of ice drawer toward you and out. This will allow drawer to clear the door.




This automatic water and ice dis- pensing product offers the conve- nience of dispensing both chilled water and ice from the product without having to open the doors.
See Figure 13.


The water dispenser operates as follows: To operate the water dispenser. the water dispenser switch must be depressed continuously for the required amount. This switch is located on the refrigerator door glasswell. See Figure 13. The very first time the water dispenser is operated, it will be necessary to flush and purge the water system and water storage tank for three minutes.
This procedure will clear out any air in the system a_swell as any foreign material that occl,Lr.switha new plumbing connection in the home.

The chilled water container is mounted inside the refrigerator section. It will take several hours to chill the water to the refrigerator temperature upon the original fill or if a significant amount of water is


Do not run the water dispenser switch any longer than 8 min- utes continuously as this will damage the equipmenL


The ice dispenser operates as follows: Tooperate the ice dis- penser, the ice dispenser switch must be depressed continuously for the required amount. This switch is located on the refrigerator door glasswell. See Figure 13.

After original start-up of the ice- maker operation, it will be neces- sary to discard the first few batches of ice as they may be discolored due to the new plumbing connec- tion to the home.

The ice dispenser feature can deliver ice in two different ways: (1) By inserting a glass into the glasswell and then depressing the ice dispenser switch as in Figure
13, ice cubes will automatically dispense into the glass. (2) If a larger quantity of ice is required. open up the refrigerator door, posi- tion an ice container underneath the ice dispenser chute and then depress the button for bulk ice dispensing. See Figure 14.


Do not run the-ice dispenser switch any longer than 8 min- utes continuously as this will damage the equipment.


Do not use a fragile glass as the ice crescents dropping into the glass from the ice dispenser may break this type of glass.



1) If no ice, is the ice system switch on? See Figure 18.
2) Make sure there isa supply of ice instorage container. See "Ice Storage Container" page 12.
3) Make sure storage container is allthe way into insureproper engagement of auger motor to back of container. If ice con- tainer is notall the way back. push oncontainer and ice dispenser switch at the same time to properly engage.
4) Make sure freezer utility rack isproperly installed asthis insuresproper ice storage container positioning. See "Freezer Utility Rack"page 12.

5) Press ice dispenser switc,-h.If no auger motor noise is heard. wait 5 minutes and try again.
On second try if no auger motor noise is heard, call your local Factory Authorized Service Agency.
6) If the icedispenser is not used for an extended period, the ice will tend to fuse together. It will be necessary to discard old ice.



The freezer utility rack is specifi- cally designed to accommodate and hold freezer juice containers.
For the removal of the freezer utility rack, lift up and pull out atthe bot- tom with one hand and then sup- port the top with the other hand as in Figure 15.



The ice storage container holds an ample supply of ice for the average family's daily consumption.

The ice storage container can be removed for discarding unused ice or for general cleaning purposes.

To access the ice storage con- tainer, the freezer utility rack must be first removed. See Figure 15. To remove t_e ice storage container. lift up on the ice container handle and pull out having the bottom of the ice storage container sup- ported with the other hand as shown in Figure 16.



The door dispenser light switch is located inthe upper left hand portion of the water and ice dispenser glasswell. Depress the light switch to turn the dispensing light on and off. NOTE: In the off mode the light will activate when either the water or ice switch is depressed. The light bulb can easily be replaced with a 7 watt appliance bulb. See Figure 17.
NO TE: Dispenser light will re. main on for 5 seconds after dispenser switch is released.


Shut off circuit breaker to refrigerator or master power switch before attempting this .maintenance.
See Figure



At the bottom of the water and ice dispenser, there is a spill tray as- sembly. This tray will catch and evaporate small spills. NOTE: There is no drain in this area; therefore do not pour water into the spill tray. See Figure 17.
To clean this area, depress the front left corner of the spill plate and it can easily be removed.


This switch is located in the refrig- erator section on the right hand side of the Control Panel As- sembly. See Figure 18. NOTE: When the switch is on, the ice- maker system light will be illumi- nated. See Figure 18. The design of this sw_ch is to allow the icema- ker and ice dispenser to be shut off for extended _cation periods.
During these vacation periods, we recommend the icemaker switch be turned off. Then the ice storage container can be removed, emptied and returned to its location. See Figure 16. This prevents the unused ice, over a period of time, from shrinking and sticking together. possibly causing a'no ice"situation.




The level of ice in the ice containers is controlled by an ice level arm.
When the containers are filled with ice the ice level arm senses the level and shuts down the icemaker.
As ice is used, the level drops and the level arm signals the icemaker to restore ice production.

These icemakers are designed to produce an adequate supply of ice for normal family consumption.
The length of time between ice harvest cycles will vary depending on load condi- tions, door openings and ambient room temperatures. On the average, you can expect a harvest of ice every 2 hours.

If ice is not used regularly it will tend to fuse together. Te..avoidthis. empty the ice container'periodically.


For your convenience your Sub- Zero unit is equipped with an auto- matic defrost system. The refrigerator section will defrost



The Model 590 features a Master Power Switch. This switch, which is located behind the top grille, will turn off all electrical power to the equipment. See Figure 19. This eliminates having to shut power off at the circuit breaker or having to pull the power plug from the wall receptacle. This switch can be used for either shutting down the equipment for servicing or during extended vacations.

In order to access this switch, the front inner grille panel assembly must be first removed (refer to panellized grille removal instruc- tions on Page 14, Figure 23).


Certain noises may be evident with the normal operation of the unit.
Surrounding acoustics like walls. floors and cabinets may affect the sound level of your unit.

A gurgling sound or running water sound may be evident as the refri- gerant circulates through the tubing.

In Model 590, the ice dispenser valve within the refrigerator door snaps closed 5 seconds after either the water or ice dispenser switch is released.

During the icemaker cycle you may hear the sound of ice dropping into the container or of the solenoid valve while refilling the icemaker with water.

During the freezer defrost you may hear crackling and/or sizzling as the heat from the defrost element clears the frost from the freezer coil and water runs into the defrost water pan.

While the compressors are in operation a slight hum may be evident. During the startup and shutdown of the compressor. some vibration may occur lasting . only a few seconds.


IACAUTION We recommend for main- tenance and cleaning, that the circuit breaker or master power switch if applicable to the re- frigerator be shut off and pro- tective gloves (when cleaning the condenser) be worn.

CONDENSER:To insurepro_e r performance. the cleaning of your unit's condenser is required. This should be performed every 3 to 6 months under normal use. To clean, remove grille. See page 14.



Remove center grille screw. Tilt the grille forward at the top and release the spring(s) from behind the grille and lift off. See Figure 20.
Toreinstall: reverse procedure.



The optional panellized grille which is removed by lifting up (1) and then pulling out at the bottom (2) and then down to release from the grille mounting bracket (3). See Figure 22.


Failure to properly clean this area could result in temperature loss, or possible mechanical failure in both refrigerator and freezer.

Figure 23


To remove grille, remove two black screws located in the lowest louver in the grille. Tilt the bottom of the grille out and away, it will release from the top of the grille. See Figure 21. To reinstall: reverse procedure.

F/gum 21

Figure 22


Use "soft" bristle brush and vacuum hose to remove the accumulation of dust and lint particles on the condenser (radiators). See Figure 23 for Models 511,532, 542, 561,550 and 590. See Figure 24 for Models 501F and 501R Figure 24

INTERIOR: For cleaning of interior surfaces and removable parts of your refrigerator/freezer,wash with a mild solution of soap and lukewarm water to which a small amount of baking soda has been added. Use of vinegar is not recommended. Rinseand dry thoroughly.Avoid getting water on lightsor control dials.


590 Exterior Surfaces: Same as interior for all Factory Supptied Exterior Surfaces.
590 Glasswell cleaning: Wipe up spills after removing dispenser spill tray. See Figure 17. Clean with a mild solution of soap and water to which a small amount of baking soda has been added.


Shut off electrical power to equipment before cleaning product with soap and water solution.


Do not submerge or pour hot water over cold glass shelves.


On occasion, ice crescents may become lodged in the ice chute.
The ice chute is a clear plastic housing that directs ice from the freezer section's ice storage con- tainer to the refrigerator door ice dispenser. This may prevent the icemaker from supplying ice to either the ice dispenser or the bulk ice dispenser. We have made avail- able access to the ice chute to allow a convenient way to unblock any obstructions.

The ice chute is located behind the freezer control panel, mounted to the left hand side of-refrigerator.
The side panel is removed by holding the bottom of the"_ide panel and pushing rearward, then

Figure 25

To remove the side cover of the ice chute, depress the two side locking tabs, then pull up and out.
See Figure 26.

To reinstall, make sure the bottom section of the ice chute is installed first; the outside front cover lip fits inside the stationary portion. Then push the two assemblies together and secure the self-locking tabs closed.

Figure 26


IMPORTANT." When the refrigerator doors (all models) or freezer doors (501F, 532, 542.
561 and 590) are left open for an extended period of time, the lights may go off. This design protects the internal parts from overheating.
To reset the light switch, close the door(s) for approximately
15 to 30 minutes.


For your safety, the circuit breaker to the refrigerator should be shut off (or on Model
590, the master power switch is turned off, see page 13) before replacing bulbs. Protective gloves should be worn when handling light bulbs (40 watt maximum).


The light shield in the top of the refrigerator must be removed to replace the light bulbs. Todo so: Place your hands on the back edge of the shield and pull towards you to release (this shield may have a snug fit). Drop the front edge of the shield out of the channel and remove. The light bulbs are now accessible. Toreinstall: Engage front edge of shield into channel and snap the back edge up into position. See Figure 27 on page 16.


Figure 27

532, 542, 561 AND 501F

The overhead lighting is accessed the same as described for "Refrigerator Lighting," on page 15.

532, 542 AND 561

Additional freezer lighting is located behind the control panel.
To replace: Remove ice container, reach behind the control panel and unscrew bulb.
See Figure 28.


Below the icemaker, mounted on the back wall of the freezer, is the lower freezer lighting. To remove the light shield and access the bulb, gently compress the shield to release the top and then the bottom.'TSeeFigure 28. To rein- stall: Engage the bottom first and then compress and insert the top.



The freezer lighting is supplied by bulbs in the top of the freezer (Model 511 has one bulb, Model
550 has two bulbs), mounted to the front of the evaporator cover.
The bulbs are accessible by open- ing the freezer drawer and un- screwing the bulb from the top of the freezer.


The overhead lighting is accessed the same as described for "Refrigerator Lighting." See Figure 29.


For extended vacations: The control(s) to your refrigerator or freezer should be turned off or the circuit breaker can be shut off (on Model 590, the master power switch, Se_ page 13.) Empty all contents in the refrigerator/freezer.
About one inch space will let fresh air in to keep the interior dry.

For short vacations: Remove all perishable items. Shut off the ice- maker switch (see Icemaker Operation page 10) and dump the unused ice out of the ice container.
Do not change the settings of your controls.


If for any reason this unit is put into service on a temporary basis, and later shut off, the doors should be blocked open to allow fresh air to circulate within the compartment.
Also, the circuit breaker to the refrigerator or freezer should be shut off (on Model 590, the master power switch, see page 13).
CAUTION: The moisture developed during even the shortest amount of running time could attack the metal.



New techniques are constantly being developed.
Consult the College or County Extension Service or your local Utility Company for the latest information on freezing and storing foods.
+U.S. Department of Agriculture

Fresh Food Storage Shelf life of fresh foods may vary. depending on the freshness at time of purchase. To keep your foods fresher longer, follow the recommended storage procedures.

Vegetables Wash in cool water and drain.
Store in air-tight container or plastic wrap. Most vegetables should be stored in higher humidity.

Fruits Wash and dry. Store in crisper compartment.
More aromatic fruits should be stored in plastic bags.
Most fruits should be stored in lower humidity.

Prepackaged Mea ts Store in original packaging. After opening rewrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Unfrozen Fish, Meats, and Poultry Remove store wrappings.
Then rewrap in plastic wrap, foil or waxed paper, and refrigerate im- mediately.

Eggs Store unwashed in carton or port- able egg tray. Use within 2 weeks.

Milk, Cream, Cottage Cheese Keep carton closed. Store on re- frigerator shelf and use within
5 days.

Cheese Store in original packaging until ready to use. After opening, re- wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Left Overs Let cool and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Airtight plastic containers work well to prevent drying out and odor transfer.

Freezer Storage Foods should be wrapped in mate- rial designed for frozen food storage. The wrap must be sealed so as not to allow air or moisture through the wrapping. DO NOT refreeze thawed meats.

Ice Cream The firmness of the ice cream will depend on the cream content of the ice cream. The higher quality ice creams usually have a higher cream content requiring colder freezer temperatures to maintain its firmness. Soft ice cream is not always an indication of a tempera- ture problem.


Items that inhibit the proper closing of your doors will affect the temperatures and should not extend beyond the front of your shelves or beyond the face of your door sheff assemblies. DO NOT fill your freezer with large quantities of unfrozen foods expecting to "fast freeze" these items.
Space out new unfrozen items to allow for air circulation for best



Eating quafity drops after time shown in chart.


Fresh Meats Roasts (Beef and Lamb)
3 to 5 days
6 to 12 months Roasts (Pork and Veal)
3 to 5 days
4 to 8 months Steaks (Beef)
3 to 5 days
6 to 12 months Chops (Lamb)
3 to 5 days
6 to 9 months Chops (Pork)
3 to 5 days
3 to 4 months Ground and Stew Meats
1 to 2 days
3 to 4 months Variety Meats
1 to 2 days
3 to 4 months Sausage (Pork)
1 to 2 days
1 to 2 months

Processed Meats Bacon
7 days
1 month Frankfurters
7 days
1i2month Ham (Whole)
7 days
1 to 2 months Ham (Half)
3 to 5 days
1 to 2 months Ham (Slices)
3 days
1 to 2 months Luncheon Meats
3 to 5 clays Freezing Sausage (Smoked)
7 days not recom- Sausage (Dry and Semi-Dry)
14 to 21 days mended

Cooked Meats Cooked Meats and Meat Dishes
3 to 4 days Gravy and Meat Broth
1 to 2 days

2 to 3 months

Fresh Poultry Chicken and Turkey (Whole)
1 to 2 days
12 months Chicken (Pieces)
1 to 2 days
9 months Turkey (Pieces)
1 to 2 days
6 months Duck and Goose (Whole)
1 to 2 clays
6 months Giblets
1 to 2 clays
3 months

Cooked Poultry Pieces (Covered with Broth) Pieces (Not Covered) Cooked Poultry Dishes Fried Chicken

(Other than for meats and poultry) Most fruits and vegetables Lean fish Fatty fish, rolls and breads. soups. stew. casseroles Cakes. pies, sandwiches. leftovers (cooked). ice cream (original carton)

6 months
1 month
4 to 6 months
4 months

8-12 months
6-8 months

2-3 months

1 month max.

Before calling for service -- If you think your refrigerator or freezer is not operating properly check the following before calling your Sub-Zero Factory Authorized Service Agency or dealer. This may save you time and the ex- pense of a service call.

'f Refrigerator/Freezer is not _perating , Is there electrical power to equipment? , Is home fuse blown or circuit breaker off?.
0Is refrigerator/freezer control on? , Is your condenser clean? , Has either door been left open? Be sure no foods are obstructing proper door closing. , If still not running, unit may be in defrost; wait 30 minutes to see if unit will restart.

'f Refrigerator/Freezer is Narmer than usual -- , Is control set properly? Has door been open too long? • Have you recently added a large quantity of food?

_fRefrigerator/Freezer is _rosted up -- • Have doors been left open? • Are doors closingand sealing properly? Contact your dealer if door not adjusted properly. , When opening the freezer drawer you may notice side to side motion in the drawer. This motion is normal withthe tolerance built-in to the drawer slides.When the drawer is closed it will automatically adjust and close with the proper alignment.

If you hear unusual noises -- • These may be normal operating sounds (see page 13. "Sounds").

If condensation forms on the outside -- • It is possible during periods of high humidity some condensation could appear. This condition will subside when

If it is too hot around freezer compartment • Clean condenser (see pages 13 and 14).

If no ice -- • Models 511,550 and 501 F,is ice container in position (see page
10)? • Models 532, 542 and 561, is icemaker switch turned on (see pag_ 10)? • Model 590, is icemaker switch turned on (see page 12)?

If there is odor in the unit - • Completely clean product (see pages 13 and 14). • Cover allfood tightly.

If light bulb needs replacing --

• Turn off circuit breaker to refrigerator, wear gloves to protect against broken glass (see pages 15 and 16).

If you hear occasional buzzing -- • Iswater supply connected to icemaker and turned on?

If you need product information -- • Please call 1-800-222-7820 for information on planning. installation or product knowledge.

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