Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator User Guide
Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator


IMPORTANT: Before operating this appliance, make sure it has been properly installed according to the appliance’s Owner’s Manual.

For your convenience, your refrigerator controls are preset at the factory. When you first install your refrigerator, make sure that the controls are still preset. The refrigerator and freezer controls should be set to the “mid-settings.


IMPORTANT: The refrigerator control adjusts the refrigerator compartment temperature. Every click on the “Temp Setting” button makes refrigerator compartment colder (LED indicators on in 1 snowflake is Less Cold / LED indicators on in 2, 3, or 4 snowflakes is colder / All LED indicators on is coldest), once you get to the last level, the system will go back to the initial level.


The freezer control adjusts the freezer compartment temperature. Settings to the front of the mid-setting make the temperature less cold. Settings to the back of the mid-setting make the temperature colder.

Wait 24 hours before you put food into the refrigerator. If you add food before the refrigerator has cooled completely, your food may spoil.

NOTE: Adjusting the refrigerator and freezer controls to a higher (colder) than recommended setting will not cool the compartments any faster.


Give the refrigerator time to cool down completely before adding food. It is best to wait 24 hours before you put food into the refrigerator. The settings indicated in the previous section should be correct for normal household refrigerator usage. The controls are set correctly when milk or juice is as cold as you like and when ice cream is firm.

If you need to adjust temperatures in the refrigerator or freezer, use the settings listed in the chart below as a guide. Wait at least 24 hours between adjustments

Refrigerator too cold Refrigerator control one snowflake lower
Refrigerator too warm Refrigerator control one snowflake higher
Freezer too cold Freezer control one snowflake lower
Freezer too warm / too little ice Freezer control one snowflake higher

Online Ordering Information

For detailed installation instruction and maintenance information, winter storage, and transportation tips, please see the Owner’s Manual included with your appliance.

For information on any of the following items, a full cycle guide, detailed product dimensions, or for complete instructions for use and installation, please visit https://www.whirlpool.com/owners, or in Canada https://www.whirlpool.ca/owners. This may save you the cost of a service call. However, if you need to contact us, use the information listed below for the appropriate region.

United States:
Phone: 1–800–253–1301
Whirlpool Brand Home Appliances
Customer experience Center
553 Benson Road Benton Harbor, MI 49022–2692

Phone: 1–800–807–6777
Whirlpool Brand Home Appliances
Customer experience Centre
200–6750 Century Ave.
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 0B7

Documents / Resources

Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator [pdf] User Guide
Side-by-Side Refrigerator


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  1. I cannot find how to use my front panel on my side by side whirlpool refrigerator. I have talked to two representatives that have given me no help. My Type is a 26m69ftd. My Model Number is 55. All the front panels I have looked at are different than mine. Isn’t there any way I can get a instruction sheet on how to use my front panel?

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