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SCANDINOVA FFA 253 Operating Instructions Manual

FFA 286\ UFA 235\ UFA 184\ UFFA 166\ UFFA 220

Type: Operating Instructions
Category: Refrigerator
Pages: 16
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Operating Instructions



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Thank you for purchasing a model from the 
Scandinova range. Please note that these 
instructions apply to all fridge-freezers in 
the FFA family. Illustrations and fi ttings 
may therefore not necessarily correspond 
exactly to your model.


As the refrigerant used in this appliance is a 
fl ammable gas (Isobutane R600a), special 
care should be taken during transport, 
positioning and installation. 

Do not use mechanical tools or other 
artifi cial ways of speeding up defrosting 
than those recommended by the 

The unit must only be serviced by a 
qualifi ed service centre

Old appliances

Old refrigeration appliances are often fi tted 
with complicated latches that can only be 
opened from the outside. If you have one 
of these old units stored away somewhere, 
or if you scrap it, remember to destroy the 
latch in order to prevent children from being 
exposed to danger by getting locked inside 
the unit. 


This appliance contains materials which are 
recyclable. When disposing of the appliance 
you should contact your local authority 
technical department, who will inform you 
of how collection and recycling of such 
appliances takes place in the local authority 

Before use

Before operating this appliance, please 
read the following instructions carefully, as 
they contain the basic information on safe 
installation, operation and maintenance. 

On receipt, check to ensure that the cabinet 
has not become damaged during transport. 
Transport damage should be reported to 
your supplier before the cabinet is put to 

Remove all transit packaging. Wash the 
inside of the appliance with luke warm water 
with a little bicarbonate of soda added. Do 
not use soap or detergent as the smell may 
linger. Dry the appliance throughly.

If during transport the appliance has 
been laid down, or if it has been stored 
in cold surroundings (colder than +5 ˚C) 
it must be allowed to stabilise for at least 
1 hour before being switched on.

Intended usage

This appliance is intended for domestic use
It is suitable for storing and freezing food.

This appliance does not contain asbestos 
PCB´s or CFC´s in the construction.


The fridge-freezer.............................3
Setting up and building in.................4
Reversing the door...........................7
Electrical connection........................8
Control panel...................................9
Refrigerator section........................11
Freezer section...............................12
Fault fi nding list..............................14
Usefull hints...................................15




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Control panel

Internal light

Storage box shelf


Bottle shelf

Safety glass shelf

Rating plate

Crisper bin




Front kick plate

Adjustable feet


The fridge-freezer (Frost free)


fi g. 1


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Positioning the cabinet

For safety and operational reasons, do not 
position the cabinet outdoors. 

Your fridge freezer should be placed in a 
dry and well ventilated room. 

Never place the cabinet close to sources of 
heath such as ovens or radiators, and avoid 
placing it in direct sunlight.

Measure room temperature


The climate class is stated on the 
rating plate. This specifi es the optimum 
temperature range for cabinet operation.

Climate Class 

Ambient temperature



+10 ºC to +32 ºC


+16 ºC to +32 ºC



+18 ºC to +38 ºC


+18 ºC to +43 ºC




The surface on which the appliance is 
placed must be level. Do not use a plinth or 

The appliance can be installed free-
standing against a wall, built into a kitchen 
cupboard, or lined up with other models of 
the same width (fi g. 2-3).


Do not damage the refrigerant circuit.


fi g. 2

fi g. 3

Setting up and building in


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It is important that the appliance is 
completely level and that there is adequate 
air circulation over, under and around it.
The dimensions give the actual size of the 
opening (fi g. 6-7).

When positioning the appliances side by 
side, a distance of 5 cm is required between 
the appliances to allow suffi cient air fl ow. 
For this reason it is also necessary to allow 
10-15 cm space above the appliance or 
ensure that an air duct will allow warm air to 
escape around cupboards above. 





fi g. 6

fi g. 7



When positioning the cabinet next to an 
adjacent wall, ensure that there is suffi cient 
space for the door(s) to open in order to pull 
any baskets out of the unit (fi g. 4)

NOTE: Care must be taken when opening 
the door(s) against a wall so as not to 
damage the door(s) or handle(s).



fi g. 4

Fitting of angle brace for fi xing

In order to prevent the unit from tilting 
forward when the door is opened, an angle 
brace can be fi tted. Fit the brace on the wall 
behind the cabinet 80-100 mm from the left 
or right side of the cabinet depending on 
which side the door is hinged. The angle 
brace must always be fi tted on the opposite 
side of the door (5).

80 - 100 mm

fi g. 5


To avoid a hazard due to instability of the 
appliance, it must be fi xed in accordance 
with the instructions:

Keep ventilation openings, in the appliance 
enclosure or in the built-in structure, clear
of obstruction.


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It is very important that the cabinet is 
absolutely level. Cabinets which are not 
level will become damaged over time. Any 
unevenness of the fl oor should be corrected 
prior to installation. Slight unevenness can 
be overcome by adjusting the two feet fi tted 
to the front edge of the cabinet base panel. 

To adjust the feet, fi rst remove the kick plate 
by lifting and pulling the kick plate at a 45˚ 
angle towards yourself (fi g. 8). Then adjust 
the feet as required using the tool provided 
(fi g. 8-9)

fi g. 8

fi g. 9


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Reversing the doors

The doors can be changed from right-hinged to left-hinged or vice versa in the following way:


1. Lay the cabinet on its back with door(s)

8. Opposite the hinge, there are two  
    screws by plastic caps. Remove the  
    caps and screws.

13. Refi t the kick plate.
14. Adjust the hinge and tighten.

2. Remove the upper hinge
3. Move the plastic plugs where the upper    
    hinge was fi tted.
4. Lift off the upper door

9. Turn over the central bridge plate and  
    insert the pins into the slots on the 
    opposite side.
10. Refi t the screws and plastic caps.

15. Fit the lower door and attach the   
      middle hinge.
16. Adjust the hinge and tighten.

5. Remove the door-closer. Refi t the door- 
    closer on the opposite side.

11. Remove the kick plate panel

17. Fit the upper door
18. Keep the door-closer to the left.
19. Fit the upper hinge

6. Remove the middel hinge.
7. Lift off the lower door.

12. Remove the screws holding the lower 
      hinge in place. Turn the pin which the 
      door was mounted so that it points 
      in th opposite direction. Rotate the 
      hinge 180º and refi t on the opposite 
      side of the cabinet.

20. Remove the door handles and refi t  
      them on the opposite side. 
      Refi t the cabs.
21. The cabinet must be allowed to stablise  
      in an upright position for 1.5 hours  
      before being switched on. 


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The cabinet is intended for connection to 
alternating current. The required voltage (V) 
and frequency (Hz) are stated on the rating 
plate, located inside the cabinet.

Power must be connected via a wall socket 
with a switch. The wall socket should be 
easily accessible.

All earthing requirements stipulated by local 
electricity authorities must be observed. The 
cabinet plug and wall socket should then 
provide correct earthing. If in doubt, contact 
your supplier or authorized electrician.


This appliance must be earthed.

The fl exible cord fi tted to the appliance has 
three wires for use with a 3-pin 13-Amp. If 
a BS 1363 (13 Amp) fused plug is used, it 
should be fi tted with a 13 Amp fuse.


The wires in the power cord are coloured in 
accordance with the following code:
The wire colours used in the power cord of 
this appliance may not correspond with the 
colour markings identifying the terminals in 
your plug.

Proceed as follows:

Connect the GREEN-AND-YELLOW wire to 
the plug terminal marked by “E” or an earth 
symbol, or coloured GREEN or GREEN-
AND-YELLOW. Connect the BLUE wire to 
the plug terminal marked “N” or coloured 
Connect the BROWN wire to the plug 
terminal marked “L” or coloured RED.


n case of damage to the power cord it 

must be replaced by a power cord of 
corresponding type, available from the 
manufacturer or the service representa-

Technical data

The appliance concerned complies with 
CE marking regulation, Directives and 
Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC
Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 
European Directive on Energy labelling 
92/75 with subsequent modifi cation 94/2 
and 2003/66
European Directive on Energy effi ciency 
96/57 and subsequent modifi cation.

13 AMP

fi g. 11


13 amp


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Electrical connection


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Setting the controls

The appliance is factory-set to maintain +5 
˚C in the refrigerator section and -18 ˚C in 
the freezer section. Following power failure, 
these settings are automatically reset.

After switching the appliance on, it takes a 
few hours before the correct temperature 
is achieved. During this period the control 
lamp fl ashes red and the acoustic alarm is 
heard. It is therefore a good idea to switch 
off the sound. To do so, press the alarm 


The controls have the following functions:

• Power 


• Temperature 


• Temperature 



Automatic defrost (only frost free 

• Quick 



Acoustic and visual alarms


Fault-fi nding, emergency and 

On/off switch

Button for display and setting the 
temperature of the refrigerator.

Button for display and setting the 
temperature of the freezer.

Display showing the temperature 

Button for switching off the alarm

Quick freeze button - Super Freeze

Indicator lights

Freeze symbol with 4 stars

Temperature freezer

Temperature refrigerator

Alarm on/off

Super freeze

On/off switch

Hidden door detector


Control panel

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Switching the cabinet on

Connect the appliance to the power socket. 
Press the on/off switch 


The actual temperature in the freezer 
section is shown on the display. 

To display the actual temperature in the 
refrigerator section, press the refrigerator 

. After 1 minute, the display returns 

to the temperature in the freezer section. 
Alternatively, the temperature in the freezer 
section can be selected by pressing the 
freezer button 

Temperature regulation

A temperature of between +2 ºC and +9 
ºC can be selected for the refrigerator 
section by pressing the button for 
setting refrigerator section temperature

. The display shows the temperature 

setting. Press the button until the desired 
temperature is displayed.

A temperature of between -24 ºC and -16 
ºC can be selected for the freezer section 
by pressing the button for setting freezer 
section temperature 

. The display shows 

the temperature setting. Press the button 
until the desired temperature is displayed.

Note that the temperature in the freezer 
section should be lower than 18 ˚C in 
order to prevent micro-organisms from 

A temperature setting of 4 ºC is 
recommended for the refrigerator section.

Super Freeze

Before freezing large quantities of fresh 
food, it is recommended that the Super 
Freeze function be activated.

To do so, press the Super Freeze button   

. A yellow indicator light indicates that the 

Super Freeze function is switched on.

Super Freeze is used for freezing large 
quantities of fresh food and should be 
switched on up to 24 hours before the fresh 
food is placed in the freezer compartment.

When Super Freeze has been switched 
on, the freezer motor (compressor) runs 
constantly and the freezer compartment 
drops to a very low temperature.

Super freeze automatically switches off 
after 24 hours.

Open door alarms

If the door has been open for longer than 
two minutes, the acoustic alarm is activated 
and the indicator light fl ashes red. Both 
alarms are reset when the door is closed. 
On pressing the alarm button, only the 
acoustic alarm is swithed off.

Freezer high-temperature 

Visual and acoustic alarms are activated if 
the freezer temperature has been higher 
than -10  ºC for more than 90 minutes. If 
the temperature drops again, the visual 
and acoustic alarms remain active and 
the display continues to show the highest 
temperature recorded in the freezer. This 
also occurs during power failure in order 
to ascertain whether food could have 


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Glass shelves

The safety glass shelves can be moved 
when the door is opened 90º. To move a 
shelf, pull it forward and lower it. It can then 
be removed and replaced in the desired 
position. From the top and downwards, 
the shelves are suitable for storing bakery 
products, ready-made meals, dairy 
products,meat products and sliced meat.

Serving boxes in the door

The storage boxes in the door can be 
removed and placed on one of the glass 
shelves. The boxes are removed by lifting. 
the tight-fi tting box lids prevent the products 
stored in them from drying out and saves 
the need for further packaging. The boxes 
are ideal for storing items such as butter 
and cheese.

Bottle shelf

The bottle shelf is ideal for both large and 
small bottles.

Crisper bins

The crisper bins are ideal for storing fruit 
and vegetables. The shelf above the bins 
functions as a lid, maintaining humidity and 
preventing the items stored in the bins from 
drying out.

Glass shelf with slide damper

The slide damper above the crisper bin 
allows the temperature and the humidity in 
the bins to be regulated.

Opening the slide damper reduces 
the temperature and humidity.

Closing the slide damper increases 
the temperature and humidity.

Shelves in the door 

The shelves in the door are positioned with 
the mega-shelf at the bottom, fl exi-shelves 
in the middle and the box shelf at the top. 
They provide ample space for storing 
large and small bottles, cartons, jars and 
tubs. The fl exi-shelf and box shelf can be 
repositioned if desired.

Refrigerator Section

fi g. 13

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The freezer section is a four-star freezer, 
approved for freezing and storing foodstuffs.


To keep food at its best it should be frozen 
down to -18 ˚C in the shortest time possible. 

To obtain the most effi cient freezing, press 
the Super Freeze switch in advance. If you 
want to freeze more than 3 kg, the Super 
Freeze button should be pressed about 
10 hours in advance. With small amounts, 
it is enough to do it a couple of hours in 
advance or while you are putting the goods 
in the freezer. 

You don’t need to use the freezing button 
when you put pre-frozen goods in the 
freezer, or with single small packs.

The indicator light fl ashes yellow when 
Super Freeze is in operation. After 24 
hours, when freezing is complete, the 
yellow indicator light will stop fl ashing 
and the freezer will switch back to normal 
operating mode.

Only freeze good quality produce - freezing  
preserves the quality but cannot improve it.

Clean and prepare all items of food and 
pack them in freezer bags, foil, waxed 
containers, or similar. Keep the size of the 
packages small and remember that square 
packs utilise freezer space more effi ciently. 
Place each package in as much contact 
with the shelves of the freezer as possible 
and avoid placing unfrozen food in contact 
with food that is already frozen.

Do not put carbonated liquids (fi zzy 
drinks) in the freezer as they may 
explode when frozen.

If water ices are consumed immediately 
after removal from the freezer, freezer 
burn could result due to the low 
temperature. Always allow to warm 
slightly before consumption.

Thawing Frozen Food

When thawing food that was frozen when 
fresh, the food will retain its quality better 
if thawed slowly. Slow thawing allows 
the food to re-absorb all the fl avour and 
nutritional value which may be lost with 
rapid thawing. By far the best method to 
thaw fresh food is to allow the temperature 
to rise slowly by placing the food on a plate 
in the fridge section or at room temperature 
until completely thawed.

Commercially frozen pre-packed food 
should be thawed in accordance with the 
manufacturers instructions. Some small 
items of food may be cooked from frozen, 
but will require a longer cooking time. For 
thawing food in a microvave oven, refer to 
the manufacturers instructions.

Freezer Section


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Automatic defrost of the fridge 

Defrosting is carried out automatically every 
time the compressor stops. The defrost 
water drains from the cabinet onto a tray 
placed on the top of the compressor where 
it evaporates.

You may see a small build-up of ice or 
water droplets on the back wall of the 
fridge, but this indicates perfectly normal 

Automatic defrosting the 
freezer section

Defrosting is fully automatic and is 
controlled in appliances using frost-free 

Save energy

- Cool hot food and drink before placing  
  them in the refrigerator
- Place frozen items in the refrigerator to 
- Keep the door closed as much as 
- Ensure there are no obstructions 
  preventing the door from closing properly.




Switch the appliance off when cleaning the 
inside of the cabinet.

The cabinet is best cleaned with a weak 
soap solution (max. 85ºC) Never use 
cleaning agents that might cause scratches 
or leave an odour which may contaminate 
the food. 

Clean the gasket around the door regularly 
to prevent discolouratin and prolong its life. 
Clean with clear water only. Thoroughly rub 
it dry.

Remove dust and threads from the 
compressor compartment with a vacuum 
cleaner. The front kick plate can be 
removed to enable cleaning under the 

Blocked defrost/melt water drain

If blockage does occur, the most likely point 
is the plastic bend at the outlet inside the 
cabinet. Carefully remove the blockage then 
for safety’s sake clean the bend with a pipe 
cleaner or similar.

If the problem persists, the blockage might 
be in the tube down to the evaporator tray. 
The tray is located above the compressor

The cabinet is to remain unused for 
a time: 

After the refrigerator has been 

defrosted and cleaned, leave the door 
slightly ajar. This will prevent bad smells.


Do not use electrical appliances inside 
the food storage compartments  of the 



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No control lamps are lit

Water collects on the glass 

Water collects in the bottom of 
the refrigerator/freezer

Vibration or bothersome noise

The compressor runs conti-

Temperature in freezer too high

Temperature in refrigerator too 

Possible cause

The appliance is switched off
Power failure; the fuse is “off”; 
the appliance is not plugged in 

Items of food at the back of 
the shelves are in contact with 
the evaporator at the rear of 
the interior of the cabinet, thus 
causing condensation to run 
onto the shelf.

The defrost water pipe is 

The appliance is not level.

The appliance is resting against 
other kitchen elements.

Bins, boxes or shelves are 
not positioned correctly or are 

Containers or bottles inside the 
cabinet are rattling against one 

Temperature setting too low

Temperature regulation

The amount of fresh food 
placed in the freezer is greater 
than the capacity of the 

Temperature regulation

Many items have been placed 
in the refrigerator at the same 

The refrigerator door is opened 
too often


Press the on/off switch

Check that power is connected. 
The fuse must be reset

Move the rearmost items 

Clean the defrost water 
channel and the drain hole on 
the rear wall of the cabinet.

Level the appliance using a 
spirit level.

Move the appliance away 
from the kitchen elements or 
appliances it is in contact with.

Check movable fi ttings and 
adjust them as required.

Move containers and bottles 

Adjust temperature to a higher 
setting. Ambient temperature 
too high.  Reduce if possible 
(open the window etc)

Set a lower temperature

Wait a few hours and then 
recheck the temperature

Set a lower temperature

Distribute items within 
the cabinet to improve air 

Keep door closed

Fault fi nding list



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Sensor faults

If a sensor fault is detected, a fl ashing E 
followed by a number will be shown on 
the display. The indicator light fl ashes 
red, green and yellow alternately and an 
acoustic alarm is activated. 
If this happens, call for service. An 
integrated emergency program will attempt 
to maintain an acceptable temperature until 
the fault is rectifi ed. 

Replacing the light bulb

Switch the appliance off by pressing the 
on/off switch and disconnect the power by 
pulling the plug out of the sucket. Remove 
the lamp cover using a small fl at-headed 
screwdriver. Replace the PL tube (11 W). 
Refi t the lamp cover, reconnect the power 
supply and start the appliance by pressing 
the on/off switch. 

Unfamiliar sounds

Can be caused by tubes in the appliance 
contacting each other or the outer cladding. 
Check to make sure the refrigerator is 
standing level.

Liquid noice

Caused by circulating refrigerant. This is 
quite normal, even when the compressor is 
not running.

Door sticking:

Opening and closing the door creates a 
small vacuum in the cabinet. If you need to 
open and close the door repeatedly within 
a short period, lay something between the 
door sealing strip and cabinet front edge 
to create an air gab. Remember to remove 
and close the door as quickly as possible.

Blocked defrost/melt water 

If blockage does occur, the most likely point 
is the plastic bend at the outlet inside the 
cabinet. Carefully remove the blockage then  
clean the bend with a pip cleaner or similar.
If the problem persists, the blockage might 
be in the tube down to the evaporation tray. 
The tray is located above the compressor

Spare parts

When ordering spare parts, please give the 
production number and serial number. This 
information is given on the rating plate.

Useful hints


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Subject to modifi cation