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Russell Hobbs RH55UCLF4 Under Counter Larder Fridge

Russell Hobbs RH55UCLF4 Under Counter Larder Fridge

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Safety Instructions

Important note: Please read this booklet before installing and switching on this appliance. The manufacturer assumes no responsibility for incorrect installation and usage as described in this booklet.

Warning: When positioning the appliance, ensure the supply cord is not trapped or damaged.
Warning: Do not locate multiple portable socket-outlets or portable power suppliers at the rear of the appliance.

  • This model uses natural refrigerant gas as part of its cooling system. This gas is known as R600a (Isobutene) and is environmentally friendly but can be combustible. Care should therefore be taken when handling or transporting the product to ensure that none of the refrigeration circuit components are damaged,
  • Do not obstruct ventilation openings in the appliance
  • The appliance must not be placed or rested on its power cord.
  • Do not use mechanical devices or other artificial means to accelerate the defrosting process, such as a heater or a hair dryer.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in the refrigerator compartment of the appliance.
  • If this appliance is to replace an old refrigerator with a lock, the lock must be removed as a safety measure before storing it or disposing of it. This is to protect children from locking themselves inside the appliance.
  • Old refrigerators and freezers contain insulation gases and refrigerant, they must be disposed of properly. Contact your local authority or your dealer if you have any questions. Please ensure that you do not damage the scrap unit prior to being picked-up by the relevant waste disposal service.
  • Do not use adaptors or extension leads when connecting the appliance to the electrical power supply
  • Do not plug in damaged plugs.
  • Do not pull, twist or damage the power cable.
  • Do not plug-in or un-plug the appliance with wet hands to prevent electrical shock.
  • This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and understand the hazards involved. Children should not play with the appliance.
  • Children aged from 3 to 8 years are allowed to load and unload this appliance.
  • This appliance is designed to be used by adults, do not allow children to play with the appliance or let them hang over the door.
  • Do not place explosive or flammable material in your appliance for your own safety.
  • Bottles containing a high percentage of alcohol must be sealed well and placed vertically in the refrigerator.
  • Do not cover the body or the top of the appliance
  • Fix down the accessories in the appliance during transportation to prevent damage to them.
  • To avoid contamination of food, please respect the following instructions
    • Opening the door for long periods can cause a significant increase of the temperature in the compartments of the appliance.
    • Clean regularly surfaces that can come in contact with food and accessible drainage systems.
    • Store raw meat and fish in suitable containers in the refrigerator, so that it is not in contact with or drip onto other food.
    • Two-star frozen-food compartments(if they are presented in the appliance) are suitable for storing pre-frozen food, storing or making ice-cream and making ice cubes.
    • One-, two- and three -star compartments (if they are presented in the appliance) are not suitable for the freezing of fresh food.
    • If the appliance is left empty for long periods, switch off, defrost, clean, dry and leave the door open to prevent mount developing within the appliance.
Electrical Safety


  • Before switching on, make sure that the voltage of your electricity supply is the same as that indicated on the rating plate. This product is designed to operate on 220 – 240V AC; 50Hz. Connection to any other power source may damage the unit.
  • This product may be fitted with a non re-wireable plug. If it is necessary to change the fuse in the plug, the fuse cover must be refitted. If the fuse cover becomes lost or damaged, the plug must not be used until a suitable replacement is obtained.
  • If the plug has to be changed because it is not suitable for your socket, or becomes damaged in any way, it should be cut off and an appropriate plug fitted following the wiring instructions. This should be carried out by a qualified electrician. The plug removed must be disposed of safely, as insertion into a 13 Amp socket is likely to cause an electrical hazard.

Transportation and Handling

For safe lifting, tilt the appliance backwards by no more than 45 degrees, hold the base and rear corners of cabinet. Lift the refrigerator carefully. Never use the door handles for lifting. To move the refrigerator on a flat level surface, tilt it slightly backwards and push backwards.

This unit is heavy and could cause injury – ensure there are adequate people present to move the appliance.

Installing and Switching on Your Appliance

  • Operating voltage for your appliance is 220-240V at 50Hz.
  • Before plugging in the power supply, ensure that the voltage on the rating label corresponds to the working voltage of your electrical system in your home.
  • Insert the plug into an efficient Ground (Earth) connection. If the socket has no Ground (Earth) contact or the plug does not match, we suggest you call an authorised electrician for assistance.
  • Place your appliance in an area that is not exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Your appliance should be placed at least 10cm away from stoves, ovens and other heating cores.
  • This appliance should never be used outdoors or left in the rain.
  • When your appliance is placed next to a chest freezer or freezer, there should be at least 10cms between them to prevent humidity on the outer surface.
  • Do not place anything on your appliance and install the unit in a suitable place so that there is at least 30cm clearance above the appliance.
  • If placing your appliance next to kitchen cabinets, leave 5cm between them.
  • The rear of the appliance should be at least 6cm away from the back wall.
  • The appliance must be used in the vertical position and on a flat surface.
  • To level the appliance, use the adjustable feet on the appliance.
  • Do not place your appliance on a carpeted surface as this will prevent adequate ventilation.
  • This appliance should only be placed on a flat, firm surface.
  • Choose a dry and well-ventilated space.
  • The appliance should be positioned so that the plug is easily accessible.
  • This appliance is not suitable for use in garages, outbuildings or rooms that do not comply with the ambient temperature requirements set out in the Product Fiche.
  • If you need help or are unsure how to install the unit, please contact Customer Services on 0345 208 8750 or visit

WARNING! During use, service and disposal of the appliance, please pay attention to symbol similar to the one shown, which is located on rear of the appliance (rear panel or compressor) and with a yellow or orange colour. It’s risk of fire warning symbol. There are flammable materials in refrigerant pipes and compressor. Please be far away from fire source during use, service and disposal.

Before Switching On

  • Before using your appliance, add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to warm water and with a damp cloth wipe down all parts of the new appliance, then repeat the process with a clean damp cloth and dry. (ensure the appliance is not connected to the power when performing this task).
  • Remove all transport tapes and foam protection pieces . Clean the interior with a cloth dampened in lukewarm soap and water. Wipe with clean water and wipe dry.
  • There may be an odour when you first switch on the appliance, it will disappear when the appliance starts to cool.
  • When the appliance has been positioned, adjust the feet to ensure the unit is stable. This is essential to ensure quiet running and proper door opening/closing.
  • Connect to the electrical socket but do not switch the power to the refrigerator on for at least 3 hours. The coolant within the product needs time to settle after it has been transported and put in to position, failure to do this will affect the cooling performance of your appliance.
  • Once the appliance has settled, locate the thermostat dial on the product and set between “5“ and “6” and switch on the power. The compressor will begin to work. Close the door.
  • You may hear faint gurgling or bubbling sounds when the refrigerant is pumped to the cooling system and through the coils or tubing at the rear of the appliance. When the compressor is in operation you may hear a slight whirring sound or pulsating noise. The thermostat controls the operation of the compressor, and you may hear a slight click as it cycles in and out (this is normal).
  • To save energy, you should minimize the frequency and duration of door opening.

Product Overview

Product Overview

  1. Top cover
  2. Light & thermostat
  3. Adjustable shelves
  4. Drainage hole
  5. Non-adjustable shelf
  6. Crisper
  7. Adjustable feet
  8. Door racks
  9. Egg rack

Unit Parts & Spare Parts
Before installation, check that all parts detailed in the product overview are present. If any parts are missing, please contact the Product Care Customer Service team on 0345 208 8750 or visit us at


Allow to stand for a minimum of 3 hours before plugging in to the mains
The temperature in the appliance is controlled by the temperature control dial located inside the fridge. Rotate the control dial left or right to regulate the temperature inside the fridge.
On the temperature control, Off is Off, 1 is the warmest setting and 6 is the coldest setting. Under normal conditions the temperature control should be set between 5 and 6. Setting 6 should be used as a rapid cool setting and should only be set 2 hours before a large amount of food is placed in the fridge. The temperature control should be put back to setting 5 or 6 after the food has been placed in the fridge, if this is not done the temperature in the fridge compartment could fall below 0ºC as the compressor will run continuously.

Once the temperature control has been set, close the door and plug in the appliance. We recommend that the door is not opened for a minimum of 4 hours to allow the appliance to reach the standard operating temperature.

Note: The standard operating temperature for the fridge compartment should be between 0ºC and 4ºC.


Note: The temperature of the freshly stored food and how often the door is opened affects the temperature in the refrigerator compartment. If required, change the temperature setting.

Door Reversal

You will need to tilt the appliance backward to access the lower hinge which holds screws. Do not tilt more than 45 degrees and do not lay the appliance flat on its side.
Tools Required: Philip head screwdriver, flat headed screwdriver and hexagonal spanner.
For your own safety, a minimum of 2 people should lift or tilt this product.

  1. Remove the top cover by removing the 2 screws from the rear of the top cover with a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the top cover.Door Reversal 1
  2. At the front of the top cover on the underside there is a small plastic blocking clip on the left hand side, this needs to removed and inserted on to the opposite side.Door Reversal 2
  3. Remove the 3 screws from the top hinge with a Phillips head screwdriver or a spanner. Support the door and remove the hinge and then the door. Place the door on a cushioned surface.Door Reversal 3
  4. Tilt the appliance carefully and remove the bottom hinge by removing the screws with a Phillips head screwdriver or a spanner. Also remove the adjustable foot on the opposite side.Door Reversal 4
  5. Refit the bottom hinge to the opposite side and refit the adjustable foot to the opposite side. On the bottom of the door swap the bottom door stopper over to the opposite side, and on the top of the door swap the hinge plug over to the opposite side.Door Reversal 5
  6. Place the door back on to the bottom hinge, and put the top hinge into the top of the door. Ensure that the door is aligned horizontally and vertically so that the seals are closed before tightening the top hinge to the appliance.Door Reversal 6
  7. Refit the top cover and fix it with the 2 screws at the rear of the appliance


  • Check that the door opens and shuts correctly after you have completed the door reversal process.
  • The appliance must now be upright for a minimum of 3 hours before turning it on.

Replacing the Bulb
The light is an energy efficient, long life LED. Therefore should not need replacing throughout the life of the product however if it does it has to be replaced by a qualified engineer.
Please call the service team on 0345 208 8750.

Energy Saving Advice

  • Do not install the appliance close to sources of heat, such as a cooker, dishwasher or radiator.
  • Locate the appliance in a cool well-ventilated room and make sure that the air vents are clear.
  • Try to avoid keeping the doors open for a long time, warm air will enter the cabinet and may cause a build-up of ice as well as affecting the energy consumption. Ensure there are no obstructions preventing the doors from closing properly.
  • Ensure that the door seals are clean and there are no tears or splits.
  • Keep the most perishable foods, (those with a short shelf-life, such as cooked meats), in the coldest part of the fridge. The Salad Crisper Box is the warmest part of your fridge and should be used for vegetables, salads and fruits etc.
  • Do not overload the appliance: the cooling air that circulates to keep the appliance cold gets blocked and pockets of warm air form.
  • Do not put hot food into the fridge or freezer – let it cool down first.
  • The shelves are placed in factory mode this delivers the most energy efficient usage for this appliance.

Food Storage Guidelines

Refrigerator compartments Type of food
Door or balconies of fridge


Foods with natural preservatives, such as jams, juices, drinks, condiments.

Do not store perishable foods.

Crisper drawer (salad drawer) Fruits, herbs and vegetables should be placed separately in the crisper bin.

Do not store bananas, onions, potatoes, garlic in the refrigerator.

Fridge shelf – bottom

Chiller (box/drawer)

Raw meat, poultry, fish (for short-term storage)
Fridge shelf – middle Dairy products, eggs
Fridge shelf – top Foods that do not need cooking, such as ready-to-eat foods, deli meats, leftovers.

Maintenance & Cleaning

Disconnect the appliance from the power supply before cleaning.
Internal Cleaning

  • Turn off the power before cleaning, remove all food, shelves, drawers, etc.
  • Do not pour water over the appliance.
  • Check the door gasket regularly to make sure there are no debris.
  • Clean the door gasket with mild soap and water.
  • The cavity should be cleaned periodically to avoid odor, use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the inside of the refrigerator, with two tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water (5ml to 0.5 litre of water). Then rinse with water and wipe clean, and open the door and dry it naturally before the power is turned on.
  • For areas that are difficult to clean in the refrigerator (such as narrow sandwiches, gaps or corners), it is recommended to wipe them regularly with a soft rag, soft brush, etc. and when necessary, combined with some auxiliary tools (such as thin sticks) to ensure no contaminant accumulation in these areas.
  • Do not use soap, detergent, scrub powder, spray cleaner, etc., as these may cause odors in the interior of the refrigerator.
  • Clean the bottle frame, shelves and drawers with a mild detergent and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Clean the accessories separately with soap and water. Do not put them in the dishwasher.
  • Do not use abrasive products, detergents or soaps.
  • When you have finished cleaning reconnect the plug with dry hands.

Disconnect the appliance from the power supply before cleaning.
External Cleaning

  • Do not use hard brushes, clean steel balls, wire brushes, abrasives, such as toothpastes, organic solvents (such as alcohol, acetone, banana oil, etc.), boiling water, acid or alkaline items clean refrigerator considering that this may damage the fridge surface and interior. Boiling water and benzene may deform or damage plastic parts.
  • Dusts behind the refrigerator and on the ground shall be timely cleaned to improve the cooling effect and energy saving.
  • Do not rinse with water so as not to affect the electrical insulation properties.
  • Wipe the outer surface of the refrigerator with a soft cloth dampened with soapy water, detergent, etc., and then wipe dry. Do NOT use abrasive products.
  • There are sharp edges on the underside of the product so care should be taken when cleaning.
  • Once or twice a year dust the rear of the appliance and the compressor at the back of the appliance, with a brush or vacuum cleaner, as an accumulation of dust will affect the performance of the appliance and cause increased energy consumption.

When the appliance is not in use
When the appliance is not in use for long periods, disconnect from the electricity supply, empty all of the food and clean the inside. Leave the door open to prevent the build-up of odours.

Trouble shooting

Problem Solution
The fridge doesn’t work Check that the appliance is switched on.
Check that there has not been a power cut.
Check that the plug is not faulty.
Check that the fuse has not blown.
Check that the voltage is correct for the appliance.
Are there any faults with the socket? For this purpose, try the plug of your appliance by connecting it to a socket

which you are sure is working.

The temperature inside the appliance is not cold enough Check that there is not too much food in the appliance.
Check that the thermostat is set to a suitable temperature.
Check that the appliance is not placed in direct sunlight, or too near to a heating source.
Check that the ambient temperature is within the operation limits of the appliance.
Are the doors of the appliance opened frequently? Once

the door is opened, the humidity found in the air in the room enters the appliance, especially if the humidity levels in the room are very high. The more frequently the door is opened in humid conditions the more chance of the build up of moisture.

The temperature within the appliance is too cold. Increase the working temperature by adjusting the thermostat to a lower setting.

The highest setting should only be used as a rapid cool setting and should only be set 2 hours before a large amount of food is placed in the fridge. If this is not done the temperature in the fridge compartment could fall below 0ºC as the compressor will run continuously.

The inner surfaces of the appliance are wet Caused by condensation – dry the inside of the appliance.
The outer surfaces of the appliance are wet Caused by condensation – dry the outer of the appliance carefully.
Problem Solution
Smell/odour Check all the food and drink that is in the fridge is in date and correctly packaged. If it isn’t then it should be removed immediately or repackaged.

Check for spillages on each shelf, rack and drawer. You may need to remove the drawers to check that no spillages have settle underneath them. As spillages that have not been cleaned and have been left can cause smells and unwanted odours.

Check the drainage pipe is not clogged or the drip tray at the back of the appliance is full. The pipe can be cleared by pouring hot water through, but you must ensure the appliance is turned off, the plug is removed from the socket and a jug or bucket is in place to catch the flow of water.
The doors do not close properly Ensure there are no obstructions preventing door closure.
Check the door compartments and shelves are correctly in place.
Check the door seal is not warped or torn.
Check the appliance is level.
Unusual noises Check that the appliance is on a flat, level surface and is stable.
Check the spacing’s around the appliance and ensure it is not touching other items.
Bubbling and gurgling sound: • This noise is emitted as the coolant fluid flows through the pipes within the system. This is normal.
Water flowing sound: • This is the normal sound of water flowing into the drain trough during the defrosting process.
If the appliance is operating noisily (compressor noise): This is normal. This noise indicates that the compressor is operating normally. As the compressor is being energized, it might run a bit more noisily for a short period of time.

Connection to the Mains Supply

This appliance is designed to operate from a mains supply of AC220V – 240V; 50HZ. Check that the voltage marked on the product corresponds with your supply voltage.
For UK use only – Plug fitting details (where applicable):
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:
The GREEN/YELLOW wire is the EARTH and must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter E or by the earth symbol or coloured GREEN or

The BLUE wire is the NEUTRAL and must be connected to the terminal marked with the letter N or coloured BLACK.
The BROWN wire is the LIVE wire and must be connected to the terminal marked with the letter L or coloured RED.
Always ensure that the plug cord grip is fastened correctly.

If a 13A (BS1363) fused plug is used it must be fitted with a 13amp fuse conforming to BS1362 and be BSI or ASTA approved.

Connection to the Mains Supply


This product is guaranteed for 12 months from the date of the original purchase. If any defect arises due to faulty materials or workmanship you must contact Product Care with the original proof of purchase so a replacement or refund can be arranged.
Refund or replacement is at the discretion of Product Care.

The following conditions apply:

  • Product Care will require a valid proof of purchase at the point of replacement or refund.
  • The product must be installed and used in accordance with the instructions contained in this instruction guide and any other instructions for use which has been supplied.
  • It must be used for domestic purposes only and for its intended use.
  • This guarantee does not cover wear and tear, damage, misuse or consumable parts.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

Technical Specification

Model number RH55UCLF4 (B) (S)
Rated Voltage 220V – 240V ~ 50Hz
Capacity 131L
External Dimensions(HxWxD) 845mm x 553mm x 574mm

Product Fiche

Model RH55UCLF4/B/S
Fresh Food Storage Compartment Volume (L) 131
Frozen Food Storage Volume (L) N/A
Storage Temperature (°C) 0 to 8
Energy Consumption (kWh/per year) 113kwh/y
Energy Consumption (kWh/per year), based on standard test results for 24 hours
Energy Rating F
Defrosting Type Static
Climate Class N/ST
This appliance is intended to be used at an ambient temperature between 16°c and 38°c
Airbourne Acoustical Noise (dB) 39
Temperature Rise Time N/A
Freezing Capacity N/A
Rated voltage 220V – 240V / 50Hz
Rated Current (A) 0.55A
Product Dimensions CMs (H x W x D) 84.5 x 55.3 x 57.4
Total Storage Volume (L) 131
Net Weight (KG) 26.2
Class Symbol Ambient temperature

range (°C)

Extended temperate  



+10 to +32

Extended temperate: ‘this refrigerating appliance is intended to be used at ambient temperatures ranging from 10°c to 32°c;





+16 to +32

Temperate: ‘this refrigerating appliance is intended to be used at ambient temperatures ranging from 16°c to 32°c;





+16 to + 38

Subtropical: ‘this refrigerating appliance is intended to

be used at ambient temperatures ranging from 16°c to 38°c;






+16 to+ 43

Tropical: ‘this refrigerating appliance is intended to be used at ambient temperatures ranging from 16°c to 43°c;

Russell Hobbs is a registered trademark used under license from Spectrum Brands (UK) Ltd. Made under license by G2S Limited, Wigan, WN2 4AY/G2S (NI) Ltd, Belfast, BT5 5AD.

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Documents / Resources

Russell Hobbs RH55UCLF4 Under Counter Larder Fridge [pdf] Instruction Manual
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