TCL CF531 Chest Freezers User Manual

June 15, 2024

TCL CF531 Chest Freezers

Product Information


  • Model Numbers: CF043, CF531 / CF053, CF731W / CF073 1
  • Product Type: Chest Freezer
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Limited consumer warranty in the United States and Canada

Product Usage Instructions

Safety Information

To ensure safety and prevent personal injury or damage, please read and follow all instructions carefully.

Important Safety Instructions

  1. Thoroughly read the manual and all instructions before using the product.
  2. Follow general safety guidelines to avoid fire, electric shock, or personal injury.

General Safety

  1. Keep the appliance away from water and other liquids to prevent electric shock.
  2. Do not touch the appliance with wet hands or when standing on a wet surface.

Daily Use

  1. Clean the interior of the appliance before using it for the first time.
  2. Wash the interior and all internal accessories with lukewarm water and neutral soap to remove any odors.
  3. Dry the appliance thoroughly before use.

Care and Cleaning

  1. Avoid using detergents, harsh chemicals, or abrasive powders as they can damage the finish of the appliance.
  2. Clean the exterior of the appliance with a soft cloth and mild detergent.

Energy Saving

  1. Close the lid tightly to prevent cold air from escaping.
  2. Avoid frequent opening and closing of the lid to maintain optimal temperature.

Environment Protection

  1. The appliance does not contain gases that harm the ozone layer.
  2. Dispose of the appliance according to local authorities’ guidelines, as it contains flammable gases in its insulation foam.
  3. Recycle the materials marked with the recycle symbol.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Where can I register my product?

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Q: Is there a warranty for this product?

A: Yes, TCL products come with a limited consumer warranty in both the United States and Canada. Please refer to the warranty section in the user manual for more details.

Q: How can I contact TCL support?

A: You can contact TCL support by visiting or calling 1-877-300-9134.

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Benefits & Description


*Extended service plans (i.e., “Protect” and “Plus” plans) are only offered in the United States (US). All TCL products continue to offer a limited consumer warranty in both the US and Canada. Please refer to the warranty section in this guide for additional details on warranty information.

Safety Information

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or personal injury, thoroughly read the manual and all instructions completely and carefully.
Store this manual in a safe place for future reference.
All owners, current or future, must have access to this manual.


  • To avoid accidents or serious injury, all people using this appliance must be familiar with the contents of this User Manual, including Safety Information. The manufacturer is not responsible for damages or injury caused using this device outside of normal operations.
  • This appliance is not recommended for use by children ages 8 years and under and persons with reduced physical, sensory, or mental capabilities unless supervised.
  • This product is not a toy. Children shall not play with the or inside appliance. Small children and pets should be supervised when using the fridge.
  • Cleaning and maintenance should be conducted by a suitable adult or child ages 8 and above under supervision.
  • When discarding the appliance, make sure to unplug the appliance and wait a while before cutting the power cable (as close to the appliance as possible) and remove the door to prevent children from playing with the appliance and, subsequentially, reducing the risk of serious injury or death from electric shock or suffocation.
  • If this appliance features a magnetic door seal and is to replace an older appliance with a spring lock (latch) on the door or lid, be sure to remove, disable, or make the spring lock unusable before discarding the appliance to prevent serious injury or death.
  • WARNING: To avoid the danger of suffocation, keep plastic packaging away from pets, babies, and children. Do not use packaging bags in cribs, beds, carriages, or playpens.
  •  DANGER: Risk of child entrapment. Before you throw away an old refrigerator or freezer:
  • Take off the doors


Warning; Risk of fire / flammable materials


  • Do not puncture refrigerant tube
  • R-600a is used as a refrigerant. This product contains flammable gas (Refrigerant R-600a)
  • CAUTION: Risk of fire or explosion. Dispose of refrigerator and refrigerant in accordance with federal and local regulations.
  • When disposing of a refrigerator, remove doors, door seals, and door latches to avoid entrapment of children and animals.
  • In order to avoid the creation of a flammable gas-air mixture in the event that a leak in the refrigerating circuit occurs, the size of the room in which the appliance may be placed depends on the mass of the refrigerant loaded in the system. The room must be 35.3 ft3 in size for every 8 grams of R-600a refrigerant inside the appliance. Please refer to the rating label on the back of the refrigerator to determine the amount of R-600A refrigerant used in this product.
  • The installation location should not be exposed to direct sunlight and not placed near any electrical appliance or heat source, e.g. stove, oven or hob, radiator, etc.


  • WARNING! Keep the appliance’s ventilation openings clear of obstruction.
  • WARNING! Other than those recommended by the manufacturer in this manual, do not use any mechanical device or other means to accelerate the defrosting process.
  • WARNING! Do not damage the refrigerant circuit.
  • WARNING! Do not use other electrical appliances (such as ice cream makers) inside refrigerating appliances unless they are approved by the manufacturer.
  • WARNING! If there is a lightbulb in your unit, do not touch it if it has been on for an extended period of time as it could be very hot and may result in serious injury.
  • 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 supplies at the rear of the appliance.
  • WARNING! Do not use extension cords or ungrounded (two-prong) adapters.
  • NEVER plug multiple appliances into the same outlet.
  • Make sure that the power plug is not crushed or damaged by the back of the appliance.
  • A crushed or damaged power plug may overheat and cause a fire, resulting in injury or death. Do not bend, twist, pull or place heavy objects on the power cord or supply.
  • Do not store explosive substances, such as aerosol cans marked flammable, in this appliance.
  • The refrigerant isobutane (R600a) is contained within the refrigerant circuit of the appliance, a natural gas with a high level of environmental compatibility, which is flammable. Be sure to keep open flames, sources of ignition, and high heat sources away from the unit.
  • Ensure that none of the refrigerant circuit components become damaged during transportation and installation.
  • Make sure the room where the unit will be installed has thorough ventilation.
  • It is dangerous to alter the specifications or modify this product in any way. Any damage to the cord may cause a short circuit, fire and/or electric shock.
  • This appliance is intended to be used in household and similar applications such as:
    • Staff kitchen areas in shops, offices, and other working environments
    • Farmhouses and by clients in hotels, motels, and other residential-type environments
    • Bed and breakfast type environments
    • Catering and similar non-retail applications environments
    • This appliance is designed for indoor use only.
  • WARNING! Any electrical components (plug, power cord, compressor and etc.) must be replaced by a certified service agent or qualified service personnel. Contact our support team for help.
  • WARNING! The light bulb supplied with this appliance is designed explicitly for this appliance and should not be used in any other device, lamp, or similar application outside of its intended use in this machine.
  • The refrigerator must be plugged into its own dedicated 115 Volt, 60 Hz., 15 Amp, AC only electrical outlet. Do not lengthen or shorten the cord. The power cord of the appliance is equipped with a three-prong grounding plug for your protection against electrical shock hazards. It must be plugged directly into a properly grounded three prong receptacle. The receptacle must be installed in accordance with local codes and ordinances.
  • Make sure you have quick access to the outlet the appliance is plugged into in case of an emergency where disconnection is quickly needed.
  • Make sure the appliance is plugged into a wall main outlet and not into any power strip or similar device.
  • Do not pull on the main power cable.
  • If the power socket is loose, do not use it for the appliance under any circumstance as it may result in electric shock or fire.
  • You must not operate the appliance without the lamp (if applicable to your unit).
  • This appliance is heavy. Care should be taken when moving it. Team lift is recommended.
  • Do not remove or touch items from the freezer compartment if your hands are damp/wet, as this could cause skin abrasions or frost/freezer burns.
  • Avoid prolonged sunlight exposure to the appliance.


  • Do not put hot objects or devices on the plastic parts in the appliance.
  • Frozen food must not be re-frozen once it has been thawed out.
  • Store pre-packed frozen food in accordance with the frozen food manufacturer’ s instructions.
  • Do not place carbonated or fizzy drinks in the freezer as it creates pressure on the container, which may cause it to explode, resulting in damage to the appliance.
  • Frozen snacks (e.g., popsicles) can cause frost burns if consumed straight from the appliance.
  • To avoid contamination of food, please respect the following instructions:
  • Don’t keep the door opening for a long time, it will cause a significant increase of the temperature in the compartments of the appliance.
  • If the appliance is left empty for long periods, switch off, defrost, clean, dry and leave the door open to prevent mold developing within the appliance.


  • Before maintenance, switch off the appliance and disconnect the power plug from the main socket.
  • Do not clean the appliance with metal objects.
  • Do not use sharp objects to remove frost from the appliance. Use a plastic scraper.


  • IMPORTANT! For electrical connection, carefully follow the instructions given in the following points.
  • The freezer must be disconnected from the source of electrical supply before attempting the installation.
  • Only use accessories as indicated and not for any other use.
  • Remove all protective plastic before using the appliance.
  • Unpack the appliance and check if there is any damage to it. Do not connect the appliance if it is damaged. Report possible damages immediately to the retailer you purchased from. In the case of any damages, keep the packaging for proof.
  • We advise waiting at least four hours before plugging in the appliance to allow the oil to flow back into the compressor.
  • There should be adequate air circulation around the appliance. Poor air circulation may lead to overheating. To achieve sufficient ventilation, follow the instructions relevant to installation.
  • Wherever possible, make sure the product spacers are against a wall to avoid touching or catching warm parts (compressor, condenser), resulting in possible burning.
  • The appliance must not be located adjacent to radiators or cookers.
  • Make sure that the power plug is accessible after installing the appliance.
  • Allow the refrigerator to stand for 2-3 hours after installation before placing food inside.


  • A qualified electrician should carry out any electrical work or service required.
  • An authorized Service Center must service this product, and only genuine spare parts must be used.


  • Do not put hot food in the appliance
  • If the electricity goes off, do not open the door(s)
  • Do not open the door(s) frequently
  • Do not keep the door(s) open for extended periods of time
  • Do not set the thermostat to exceedingly cold temperatures

This appliance does not contain gasses that could damage the ozone layer in either its refrigerant circuit or insulation materials. The appliance should not be discarded in urban refuse and rubbish. The insulation foam contains flammable gases: the appliance should be disposed of according to local authorities. Avoid damaging the cooling unit, especially the heat exchanger. The materials used in this appliance marked by the recycle symbol are recyclable.

This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product may not be treated as typical household waste. Instead, it should be taken to the appropriate collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. Ensuring this product is disposed of correctly will help prevent potential negative environmental and human health consequences, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product. For more detailed information about the recycling of this product, please contact your local council, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.


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Product Legend


Note: The above picture is for reference only. The manufacturer reserves the right to change or alter the product as necessary.


Space Requirement
The following are recommended clearances around the chest freezer:

  • Sides … … … 10cm / 4”
  • Back … … … 10cm / 4”
  • Top … … … 70cm / 28”

The appliance should be installed well away from any sources of heat such as radiators, boilers, direct sunlight etc. Ensure that air can circulate freely around the back of the cabinet. To ensure the best performance when positioned below an overhanging wall unit, the minimum distance between the top of the cabinet and the wall unit must be at least 60 cm (24 inches). Ideally, however, the appliance should not be positioned below overhanging wall units. Accurate levelling is ensured by one or more adjustable feet at the base of the cabinet.
WARNING! It must be possible to disconnect the appliance from the main power supply ; the plug must therefore be easily accessible after installation.

Electrical Connection
Before plugging in the unit, ensure that the voltage and frequency shown on the rating plate correspond to your domestic power supply. The appliance must be grounded using a main wall outlet. The power supply cable is provided with a contact for this purpose. If the domestic power supply socket is not grounded, connect the appliance to a different outlet in compliance with current regulations, consulting a qualified electrician if necessary. The manufacturer declines all responsibility if the above safety precautions are not observed.

Daily Use

Cleaning the Interior Before Use
Before using the appliance for the first time wash the interior and all internal accessories with lukewarm water and some neutral soap so as to remove the typical smell of a brand new product then dry thoroughly. Important! Do not use detergents, harsh chemicals, or abrasive powders as these will damage the finish.

Temperature Setting

  • Set the temperature, on the temperature control knob.
    • Position 1 – Cold Position
    • Position 5 – Colder. Normal setting at this position
    • Position 7 – Coldest


The appliance may not operate at the correct temperature if it is particularly hot, or if you open the door often.

Freezing Fresh Food

  • The freezer compartment is suitable for freezing fresh food and storing frozen and deep-frozen food for a long time.
  • Place the fresh food to be frozen in the bottom compartment.
  • The maximum amount of food that can be frozen in 24 hours is specified on the rating plate.
  • The freezing process lasts 24 hours: during this period do not add other food to be frozen

Storing Frozen Food
When first starting-up or after a period out of use. Before putting the product in the compartment let the appliance run at least 2 hours on the higher settings.

Important! In the event of accidental defrosting, for example the power has been off for longer than the value shown in the technical characteristics chart under “rising time”, the defrosted food must be consumed quickly or cooked immediately and then re-frozen (after cooked).

Deep-frozen or frozen food, prior to be used, can be thawed in a fridge compartment or at room temperature, depending on the time available for this operation. Small pieces may even be cooked still frozen, directly from the freezer. In this case, cooking will take longer.

Helpful Hints

Hints for freezing
To help you make the most of the freezing process, here are some important hints:

  • The maximum quantity of food which can be frozen in 24 hrs is shown on the rating plate
  • The freezing process takes 24 hours. No further food to be frozen should be added during this period;
  • Only freeze top quality, fresh and thoroughly cleaned, foodstuffs
  • Prepare food in small portions to enable it to be rapidly and completely frozen and to make it possible subsequently to thaw only the quantity required
  • Wrap up the food in aluminum foil or polythene and make sure that the packages are airtight
  • Do not allow fresh, unfrozen food to touch food which is already frozen, thus avoiding a rise in temperature of the latter
  • Lean foods store better and longer than fatty ones; salt reduces the storage life of food
  • Water ices, if consumed immediately after removal from the freezer compartment, can possibly cause the skin to be freezer burnt
  • It is advisable to show the freezing in date on each individual pack to enable you to keep tabs of the storage time.

Hints for storage of frozen food
To obtain the best performance from this appliance, you should:

  • make sure that the commercially frozen foodstuffs were adequately stored by the retailer
  • be sure that frozen food stuff are transferred from the food store to the freezer in the shortest possible time
  • not open the door frequently or leave it open longer than absolutely necessary
  • do not exceed the storage period indicated by the food manufacturer.

For hygienic reasons the appliance interior, including interior accessories, should be cleaned regularly.

Caution! The appliance may not be plugged in to a power outlet during cleaning.. Danger of electrical shock! Before cleaning switch the appliance off and remove the plug from the power outlet, or switch off or turn off the circuit breaker or fuse. Never clean the appliance with a steam cleaner. Moisture could accumulate in electrical components, danger of electrical shock! Hot vapors can lead to the damage of plastic parts. The appliance must be dry before it is placed back into service.

Important! Ethereal oils and organic solvents can attack plastic parts, e.g. lemon juice or the juice from orange peels, butyric acid, cleanser that contains acetic acid.

  • Do not allow such substances to come into contact with the appliance parts.
  • Do not use any abrasive cleaners.
  • Remove the food from the freezer. Store them in a cool place, well covered.
  • Switch the appliance off and remove the plug from the mains, or switch off or turn out the circuit breaker or fuse.
  • Clean the appliance and the interior accessories with a cloth and lukewarm water. After cleaning wipe with fresh water and rub dry.
  • Accumulation of dust at the condenser increases energy consumption. For this reason carefully clean the condenser at the back of the appliance once a year with a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner.*
  • After everything is dry place appliance back into service

Defrosting the freezer
The freezer, however, will become progressively covered with frost. This should be removed. Never use sharp metal tools to scrape off frost from the evaporator as you could damage it. However, when the ice becomes very thick on the inner liner, complete defrosting should be carried out as follows:

  • Unplug the unit. Remove the drain plug from the inside of the freezer. Defrosting usually takes a few hours. To defrost faster keep the freezer door open.

  • For draining, place a tray beneath the outer drain plug. Pull out the drain dial.

  • Rotate the drain dial 180 degrees. This will let the water flow out in the tray. When done, push the drain dial in. Replug the drain plug inside the freezer compartment. Note: monitor the container under the drain to avoid overflow.

  • Wipe the interior of the freezer and replace the electric plug in the electrical outlet.

  • Reset the temperature control to the desired setting.

  • If the condenser is at the back of appliance.


Caution! Before troubleshooting disconnect the power supply.
Only a qualified service professional must do the troubleshooting that is not in this manual.

Important! There are some sounds during normal use including compressor operation and circulation of refrigerant.


Appliance does not work.

| Main plug is not plugged in or is loose.| Insert the main plug.

Fuse has blown or is defective.


Check fuse, replace if necessary.

Socket is defective.

| Main malfunctions are to be corrected by an electrician.
Appliance freezes too much.| Temperature is set too cold or the appliance runs at MAX setting.| Turn the temperature regulator to a warmer setting temporarily.

The food is not frozen enough.


Temperature is not properly adjusted.

| Please look in the initial Temperature Setting section.

Door was open for an extended period.

| Open the door only as long as necessary.
A large quantity of warm food was placed in the appliance within the last 24 hours.| Turn the temperature regulation to a colder setting temporarily.

The appliance is near a heat source.

| Please look in the installation location section.

Heavy build-up of frost on the door seal.


Door seal is not air-tight.

| Carefully warm the leaving sections of the door seal with a hair dryer (on a cool setting). At the same time shape the warmed door seal by hand such that it sits correctly.

Unusual noises

| The appliance is touching the wall or other objects.|

Move the appliance slightly.

A component, e.g. a pipe, on the rear of the appliance is touching another part of the appliance or the wall.| If necessary, carefully bend the component out of the way.

If problems are recurring, please contact our Service Center for assistance.


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  • What your warranty covers: Defects in materials or workmanship to the original owner of this TCL Product when purchased as new from an Authorized Dealer of TCL brand Products in the United States and packaged with this warranty statement.

  • New Products (Non-Commercial Use)

    • For how long after your purchase: One (1) year from date of purchase for parts and labor for non-commercial use.
  • New Products (Commercial Use)

    • For how long after your purchase: Six (6) months from date of purchase for parts and labor for commercial use.
      Commercial use includes, but is not limited to, the use of this Product in a commercial or business environment, the use of this Product in an institution or for institutional purposes, or other commercial purposes including rental purposes.
  • What we will do
    At TCL’s discretion, (1) pay an Authorized TCL Service Center for both labor charges and parts to repair your Product, or (2) replace your Product with a new or refurbished/remanufactured equivalent value Product. The decision to repair or replace will be made solely by TCL. See section entitled “How to get service.”

How to get service

  • Before submitting a request for warranty service, please visit for helpful FAQs and additional troubleshooting suggestions.
  • To get warranty service, contact TCL Customer Support by visiting Please have your Product type, model number, serial number, and ZIP code ready. Troubleshooting and prior approval from a TCL representative MUST occur before sending in your Product to a TCL Service Center.
  • A representative must troubleshoot your problem over the telephone, via chat, or through e-mail before receiving service. If it is determined that your Unit requires service, the service location will be at the sole discretion of TCL based upon the Limited Warranty Statement.
  • At the sole discretion of TCL, television screen sizes 43-inches and smaller will either be repaired at an Authorized TCL Service Center or directly exchanged for a new or refurbished/re-certified Unit. At the sole discretion of TCL, television screen sizes 44-inches or larger will either be repaired or directly exchanged for a new or refurbished/re-certified Unit at an Authorized TCL Service Center or in-home. At the sole discretion of TCL, Sound Bars, and Appliances including Window Air Conditioners, Portable and Through-The-Wall Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Air Purifiers, and Robot Vacuums will either be repaired or directly exchanged for a new or refurbished/re-certified Unit at an Authorized TCL Service Center or in-home. In the event of a service visit where the on-site technician, in his-her sole discretion, deems the home or property conditions to be hazardous and/or unsafe, TCL reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule the service visit, or opt for an exchange of the in-warranty Unit for a refurbished/re-certified Unit in lieu of the in-home service visit.
  • TCL is not responsible for transportation costs for warranty coverage, including but not limited to Unit repair or replacement, to the Authorized TCL Service Center or TCL-designated address. However, TCL will pay for return shipping to a United States address only. TCL will provide instructions for packaging and shipping the Unit to the Authorized TCL Service Center or TCL-designated address. Units that are improperly packed and damaged during shipping are not covered under your limited Product warranty.
  • Proof of purchase in the form of a bill of sale or receipted invoice from an Authorized Dealer which is evidence that the Product is within the warranty period must be presented to obtain warranty service.
  • In the event that a Unit is to be replaced, a picture of the back of the Unit showing the model and serial number and picture of the Product issue itself may be required.

What your warranty does not cover

  • A Unit sold in “As-Is”, “Used”, “Factory Reconditioned”, “Factory Re-Certified”, or “Refurbished”, condition or with faults.
  • Damage caused by transportation or handling, including damage during shipment from a Retailer (please contact your Retailer for assistance).
  • Extended Service Plans purchased from Retailers. Please contact your Retailer for assistance.
  • Customer instruction. (Your Owner’s Manual describes how to install, adjust, and operate your Unit. Any additional information should be obtained from your Authorized Dealer).
  • Service calls to your home for delivery or pick-up, installation, instruction, replacement of house fuses, connection of house wiring or plumbing, or to correct unauthorized repairs.
  • Installation and related adjustments, or damage resulting from installation.
  • Damage resulting from non-approved installation or repair methods.
  • Failure of the Product to perform due to signal reception problems not caused by your Unit, or due to power failures or interruptions, or inadequate electrical service.
  • Damage from misuse, abuse, neglect, insects, normal wear and tear, cosmetic damage, mishandling, faulty installation, inadequate electrical wiring, or power line surges.
  • Damage caused by operating the Product in a corrosive or wet atmosphere.
  • Markings or images on the television’s panel resulting from viewing fixed images (including but not limited to certain 4:3 images on wide screen televisions, or data or images in fixed screen locations from banners, video games, or certain broadcast networks).
  • Units that have original factory serial numbers that are unreadable or missing, or that have been changed, defaced, or altered in any manner.
  • Batteries.
  • A television that has been modified or incorporated into other Products, or that has had the serial number removed or altered.
  • Use of accessories or components that are not compatible with this Product.
  • A Unit purchased or serviced outside of the United States.
  • Costs of shipping the Unit to the Authorized TCL Service Center or TCL-designated address. TCL will pay for return shipping to the customer to a United States address only.
  • Acts of nature or God (as illustrative examples and for the avoidance of doubt, such acts of nature or God include but are not limited to damage caused by earthquakes, fires, lightning, or flood whether caused by nature or humans).
  • Special, incidental, or consequential damages.



How State Law relates to this warranty

  • Some states may not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
  • This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also may have other rights that vary from state to state.

If you purchased your Unit outside of the United States or seek warranty service coverage outside of the United States, this warranty does not apply. Contact your dealer for warranty information. Service calls which do not involve defective materials or workmanship are not covered by this limited warranty. Costs of such service calls are the sole responsibility of the purchaser.


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