How to Reset a Frigidaire Refrigerator (Quick Guide!)

How to Reset a Frigidaire Refrigerator

How long have you been looking for the reset button on your Frigidaire fridge? Unfortunately, a reset button isn’t one of those things that suddenly appear once you stop looking for it.

Like most modern refrigerators, your Frigidaire fridge doesn’t have a dedicated reset button. Not to worry, there are other alternative methods to reset your appliance, which we will delve into below.

How to a Reset Frigidaire Refrigerator

All Frigidaire refrigerator models can be reset by unplugging the power cord or turning off the circuit breaker. After 10 to 15 minutes, you can restore power and let the appliance reset.

On some models, you can press the Power Cool and Power Freezer buttons for a few seconds to do a reset.

Follow these steps to reset your Frigidaire refrigerator.

Power CyclingStep 1: Unplug the power cord of your Frigidaire refrigerator. Or, turn it off at the circuit breaker.

Just flip the switch on the circuit breaker to the OFF position to disconnect the power.

Step 2: After 10 to 15 minutes, plug the cord into the outlet or flip the circuit breaker switch back to the ON position to restore power.
Power Cool + Power FreezerStep 1: Locate the Power Cool and Power Freezer buttons on the Frigidaire control panel.

Step 2: Press the Power Cool and Power Freezer buttons at the same time. Hold them down for a few seconds until the fridge resets.

Step 3: Wait for the fridge to restart.

Power Cycling

One of the easiest ways to reset any appliance, including your Frigidaire refrigerator, is by disconnecting it from its power source. If you can’t find a dedicated reset button on your unit, power cycle it instead.

There are two ways to go about this. You can either unplug your fridge’s power cord, or you can turn its power off at the circuit breaker.

In most modern homes, the circuit breaker is usually located in an area with minimal foot traffic, such as the basement, garage, or supply room.

Power Cool + Power Freezer

If your Frigidaire model has Power Cool and Power Freezer buttons, you can press this button combination to reset your refrigerator. After pressing the buttons, your unit should turn off and restarts on its own.

The Power Cool and Power Freezer buttons are usually located on the control panel. To verify that your unit has these buttons, check your user manual.

How To Reset the Water Filter Light

Your refrigerator’s water filter needs to be replaced every six months or so. Depending on usage and water quality, you might have to replace it more often.

Not to worry, your fridge has a water filter light that illuminates whenever the water filter needs changing. Once you’ve replaced the filter, you must reset the indicator light so that you can get the next reminder six months later.

To reset the water filter light on a Frigidaire fridge, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Tap on the Options button on the display.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and select Water Filter.
  • Step 3: Press and hold the Set button until the display stops flashing.

How to Reset the Defrost Timer of a Frigidaire Refrigerator

A defrost timer regulates the temperature of your Frigidaire refrigerator. It periodically turns off the compressor and evaporator fan motors, raising the temperature in the fridge to melt ice and prevent frost build-up.

For older models, the motor or bearings in the timer can wear out over time, which can prevent it from advancing into the defrost cycle. Your fridge will no longer automatically defrost until you resolve the problem.

If it is a minor issue, resetting the defrost timer should do the trick. However, if there is damage to the timer, a replacement is necessary.

Here’s how you can reset the defrost timer on a Top Freezer Frigidaire model.

  • Step 1: Locate the defrost timer.

The location of the timer will vary per fridge model. To search faster, refer to your user manual.

Some defrost timers are mounted inside a console on the top wall of the fridge, while others are on the bottom or back panel.

  • Step 2: Look for the circular notch on the timer.
  • Step 3: Use a flathead screwdriver to turn the notch in a counterclockwise direction until the fan motors stop running.
  • Step 4: Wait for a few minutes for your fridge to start defrosting.

How to Reset Frigidaire Fridge Alarms

Frigidaire refrigerators can speak to you in all kinds of ways. Aside from codes, your appliance has a variety of alarms that warn you about different errors.

Here’s a quick overview of your fridge’s alarms and how to reset them.

Power Failure Alarm• Check your user manual for instructions specific to your fridge model.

• Press the Mute Alarm or Default Settings button to reset the PF alarm.

• If that doesn’t work, press the Options menu and select the PF alarm. Then, push the Set button to reset it.
High Temp Alarm• Press the Mute Alarm button.
Door Ajar Alarm• Push the Set button to reset the Door Ajar alarm. 
Flapper Alarm• Wait for the alarm to automatically reset after 2 minutes.

• To do a manual reset, remove the jammed ice cube in the chute and press the Set button.
Sabbath Mode• We recommend checking your user manual for detailed instructions.

• For Frigidaire Gallery models, push the arrow down and + buttons at the same time for 5 seconds.

• For Frigidaire Professional models, simultaneously press the – and + keys for 5 seconds.

Power Failure Alarm

One of the most common alarms that you will encounter with your Frigidaire refrigerator is the Power Failure alarm. 

During a power outage, your unit will display a PF or Power Failure code. It will also start beeping once power is restored.

Depending on your fridge model, you can reset the alarm by pressing Alarm Reset, Mute Alarm, or the Default Settings button. Other models will require you to select the PF alarm in the Options menu before clicking on the Set button to acknowledge it.

High Temp Alarm

Your Frigidaire refrigerator’s High Temp alarm activates when its main compartment reaches 55°F(12.78°C) or its freezer reaches around 26°F(-3.33°C). You will also see an H, Hi, or H1 code(frigidaire H1 code) on the display when this happens.

To reset the alarm, press Mute Alarm on the display. Although it stops the beeping, the H1 error code will remain illuminated until the fridge reaches safe temperatures.

The ideal temperature for the fridge section is 40°F(4°C), while the freezer is 0°F(-18°C).

Door Ajar Alarm

If you leave the refrigerator door for over 5 minutes, the Door Ajar alarm will activate and the code will appear on the display. 

Make sure to close the door properly to prevent the fridge’s temperature from increasing, which can set off the High Temp alarm. Then, press the Set button to reset the Door Ajar alarm. 

Flapper Alarm

Does your refrigerator have an ice dispenser? Sometimes, ice can get jammed into the ice chute, and it will sound the Flapper alarm to let you know.

Along with the alarm, you will see a DI SP code on the fridge display.

Although the alarm will automatically reset after 2 minutes, you can do a manual reset by removing the jammed ice cube and pressing the Set button.

Sabbath Mode

Like most modern appliances, your Frigidaire fridge has a Sabbath mode, which allows users to observe certain religious practices during specific holidays. An SB or Sb code on the display indicates that this mode has been activated.

In Sabbath mode, your fridge’s lights, dispenser, and display will not function. However, its fridge and freezer compartments will stay cool to keep your food fresh.

Since there are different ways to activate and deactivate Sabbath mode, we recommend checking your user manual for detailed instructions.

  • For Frigidaire Gallery models, simultaneously push the arrow down and + buttons for 5 seconds to reset this alarm.
  • For Frigidaire Professional models, simultaneously press the – and + keys for 5 seconds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the reset button on a Frigidaire refrigerator/freezer?

A Frigidaire refrigerator doesn’t have a dedicated reset button, but there are other ways to reset the appliance. You can power cycle it, or you can press a button combination (Power Cool and Power Freezer)—that is if it applies to your fridge model.

Can a power outage trigger the need for a reset on a Frigidaire refrigerator?

Most modern refrigerators might experience software glitches due to power outages and fluctuations. In such cases, you can do a reset to clear the errors and false alarms in the system.

Are there any precautions I should take before performing a reset on my Frigidaire refrigerator?

If you want to reset your Frigidaire fridge by unplugging the cord, never tug on the cord itself as this can damage the wiring inside. Instead, hold the plug and simply pull it out of the outlet.

Before resetting any circuit breaker, wear protective gloves and eyewear. Make sure to stand back or to the side of the panel in case it sparks when you flip the switch.

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