Use Sabbath Mode on your refrigerator or oven

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Sabbath Mode adjusts your refrigerator or oven so it meets with the requirements of certain religious laws for holidays and days of rest. This involves causing the panel and lights on the unit to not respond to input in any way, either from pressing buttons or opening the door. More information abbout Sabbath Mode specifications can be found at www.star-k.org.

Use Sabbath Mode on ovens

Sabbath mode will significantly change the way your oven works in the following ways (based on the certification requirements at www.star-k.org):

  • Only Baking can be used in Sabbath mode, and if you have a Flex Duo model, the partition must be removed.

  • The display will show SAb and will not change or make a sound, even if buttons are touched. If you change the temperature, there is a 15 second delay before the oven recognizes the change.

  • The oven will stay on until you turn it off, turn off Sabbath mode, or the power goes out. If the power goes out, the oven will still be in Sabbath mode when it comes back on, but the oven will be off. You can set a Cook Time before starting Sabbath mode, and the oven will automatically turn off when the cook time expires, but Sabbath mode will still be enabled.

  • You will not be able to turn the oven light on or off during Sabbath mode. If it is on when you begin Sabbath mode, it will stay on, and if it is off it will stay off.

To turn on Sabbath mode, use one of the following methods. To confirm the instructions specific to your model, see your user manual.

  1. If desired, set the cooking time and turn the oven light on or off.

  2. Touch Bake, enter your desired temperature, and then touch START/SET. The temperature display will start to change once the oven temperature reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Note: Some models use a different process to set a temperature and begin baking. See your user manual for instruction, if needed.

  3. Touch and hold the correct button combination from the list below (or consult your user manual) for 3 seconds until the display shows SAb.

    • Bake and Touch to Wake-Up

    • Bake and Number 1

    • Timer and Oven light

    • Clock and Timer On/Off

    • Navigate to Settings > Sabbath

    • Bake and Up Arrow Pad

  4. You can turn the oven off, but you will still be in Sabbath mode and unable to turn the oven back on again until you turn Sabbath mode off. To do so, touch and hold the buttons from the previous step for 3 seconds again until SAb disappears from the display.

    Note: Some models with a touch screen will display OK or Sabbath Mode Off on the screen instead. Touch and hold this indicator for 3 seconds until it disappears to turn off Sabbath mode.

Use Sabbath Mode on refrigerators

When the refrigerator is in Sabbath mode, the buttons, the display, and the internal lights do not function. The refrigerator and freezer, however, continue to cool. This is based on the certification requirements at www.star-k.org.

Sabbath mode stays active for 85 hours once it is activated, even if the refrigerator comes back on after a power outage, or you can turn it off by performing the same steps as to turn it on.

Note: Not all models have Sabbath mode. If your user manual does not mention it, then your model does not have it. Models which have both Sabbath mode and SmartThings can turn Sabbath mode on or off in SmartThings. To do so, open SmartThings and select your refrigerator, then navigate to Menu > Refrigerator options > Sabbath mode.

To turn Sabbath mode on or off:

  1. If your model has Automatic Control Lock, you will need to unlock it first.

  2. Touch and hold the correct button combination from the list below (or consult your user manual) for 5 seconds until the lights go out or come back on.

    • Door Alarm and Water/Ice

    • Freezer and Door Alarm

    • Power Freeze and Power Cool

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