Refrigerator - Vacation / Storage Recommendations

If you are going to be away for a month or less, we recommend the following:

  • Leave refrigerator running. Leave temperature controls at normal settings, or if all food is removed and you want to save energy, control may be set to warmer temperature setting during the absence.
  • Remove perishable foods.
  • Turn the icemaker off.
  • Turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. If you shut off water supply to refrigerator, you must turn off the icemaker.
  • If refrigerator and freezer are less than 1/2 full, plastic gallon jugs of water may be placed in the refrigerator to assist in maintaining the proper temperature and run time. A few bags of ice or plastic gallon jugs of water (not too full, as the water expands when it freezes) may be placed in the freezer. Cold items help maintain a cold internal temperature when the compressor is not running, thus reducing the amount of time the compressor has to operate.
  • If room temperature is expected to go below 60 degrees F, the refrigerator will cool less efficiently. In this case, we suggest that you turn the temperature control off or unplug the unit and follow the recommendations for extended vacations in your Owner's Manual. 
  • Dispenser models after a short absence: We suggest that you run three to four glasses of water from the dispenser to flush out any bad taste from stale water.


If you are going to be away for a month or more (or will be placing the unit in temperature-controlled storage), we recommend the following:

  • Remove food and turn off the circuit breaker (or fuse) or unplug the cord from wall receptacle.
  • Turn the icemaker off.
  • Turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. If you shut off water supply to refrigerator, you must turn off the icemaker.
  • Turn the temperature control to Off. See your owner's manual for temperature control features for your model. 
  • Clean the interior with baking soda solution (1 tablespoon baking soda per 1 quart of water).
  • Wipe dry.
  • Place an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator or put 2 cups of dry (unused) coffee grounds in a small paper bag and place in the refrigerator.
  • Important: Leave the doors open. These last 2 steps are to prevent the formation of food odors, mold and mildew.


For storage in an unheated location: