Did you know that the beeping of a Frigidaire refrigerator can mean a lot of things?
But to understand it, you must observe its pattern first.
Some fridges let out 3 or 5 beeps per minute.
While others beep continuously.
And sometimes, there are also error messages.
So, what do they mean?
And what are the things you can do to stop this annoying sound?
Keep reading to find out:
- How to defrost your Frigidaire refrigerator properly.
- 7 different ways to fix a beeping Frigidaire refrigerator.
- The main reasons why your fridge produces that sound.
- 5 simple tips on how to maintain your Frigidaire refrigerator.
- And many more…
Why is my Frigidaire refrigerator beeping?
Your Frigidaire refrigerator is beeping because it’s telling you something. If your power went out, it’s asking you to do a reset. There could also be an issue with its doors. Say, they weren’t closed properly or you have a faulty door switch. Its temperature may also be incorrect and it needs help.
There are many possible reasons for this beeping issue.
So to help you trace the exact problem, here’s a summary:
If your Frigidaire unit is beeping 3 or 5 times and not cooling:
- The door/s might be open.
- The door switch is defective.
- It has too much frost buildup.
- It has jammed ice in the chute.
- It may have a high temperature inside.
But if the sound is continuous:
- It might be warning you of a malfunction. (E.g., faulty circuit board)
How do I stop my Frigidaire refrigerator from beeping? 7 ways to fix it
#1: Press the alarm reset button
First, is the beeping caused by a power outage?
If so, and “PF” or “Power Failure” appears on your display, it may only take you a few seconds to fix it.
Simply press your fridge’s alarm reset button.
If “PF” shows up on the panel, your refrigerator is telling you that it had a power failure recently. And you have to acknowledge the alarm for it to stop.
Where’s the alarm reset button?
In some Frigidaire models, it’s the “Mute” or “Default Settings” button.
But in others, you have to click “Options” first. Then select “Set” to turn the alert off.
#2: Force reset it
If you already clicked the button and nothing happens, a reboot may solve your problem.
This is the common fix if your Frigidaire refrigerator is suddenly beeping 3 or 5 times and not running.
And also, if it didn’t have any issues before the outage happened.
How to force reset:
- Unplug your fridge from the wall outlet.
- Open its doors for around 5 minutes.
- Plug its cord back in afterwards.
- Once your fridge lets out a beep, close its doors.
And that’s it.
You might be doubtful about this. But usually, this simple solution resolves most issues. So try this first before doing anything else.
“How does it help?”
Resetting clears up any errors in the system.
This is also the same with other devices like TVs and computers.
So, if something unexpected happened (e.g., power outage), your fridge needs a reset. This is so that it’ll work properly again.
But if this didn’t solve your problem, try the next one below.
Note: Instead of unplugging it, you can also shut off your fridge’s circuit breaker. Then turn it on again after 5 minutes.
#3: Close its doors properly
Next, if your power didn’t go off, it could also be that your fridge doors were left open for a long time.
So look at your display panel and check if there’s an error message saying “Door Ajar.”
If you see it, that’s the reason why your Frigidaire refrigerator is beeping 3 or 5 times.
How to fix it:
Step 1: Nudge or close your fridge doors properly.
The alarm turns on if the doors are open for more than 5 minutes.
This could be due to an accident. But, there might also be an object that prevents the doors from closing completely.
Say, a plastic bag or a fallen lid of a container.
So check all of the sides to see if the doors are shut off tightly. Then wait until your fridge stops beeping.
Step 2: Rearrange or reduce the items inside.
If your fridge has lots of contents, check if you can take out some of it.
Like leftover food that’s been stored for days or discarded goods.
But if there’s nothing to be thrown away, rearrange the items instead.
Remove any object that may block the doors. This is so that your fridge will be closed entirely.
“Help! My Frigidaire refrigerator still beeps although its doors are closed.”
Do you see another error message?
If yes, it’ll likely stop after your fridge reaches the right temperature.
This can show up as an “H,” “HI,” or “High Temp.”
And it’s a result of the opened doors.
Because of it, your fridge now has a higher temperature inside.
It needs help as it couldn’t keep the ideal cooling setting. And this is why it beeps and alerts you of the situation.
So it requires more time to cool again.
Reading recommendation: 15 Refrigerator Do’s And Don’ts (Avoid #7 At All Times)
#4: Clean or replace its door seal
Does your Frigidaire refrigerator keep beeping but not cooling?
If this is the case, you might also have a door issue.
But this time, they were not left open due to a mishap or an object.
It could be that its door gasket is dirty or damaged.
Due to this, the doors don’t shut tightly whenever you close them.
And this is the reason why your fridge finds it hard to cool the inside.
“When does the alarm activate?”
Your fridge will beep if the:
- Refrigerator: is at 55° F (13° C).
- Freezer: is at or below 26° F (-3.33° C).
How to fix it:
Step 1: Inspect your fridge door seal first.
Step 2: If you see that it’s filthy, remove the dirt on its surface and grooves.
For this, soak a soft clean cloth in a soap and water solution. Then wipe the door seal.
Note: According to the manual, you can also add 2 tbsp (28.3 g) of baking soda per quart of warm water. Also, make sure to wring any excess water from the cloth before wiping anything. Especially the parts with controls and lights.
Step 3: If the door gasket is defective, replace it with a new one.
In the long run, door seals will degrade due to wear and tear.
You’ll know if it needs to be changed if it’s brittle and has cracks on it.
But for a more accurate test, here’s what you need to do first:
- Get a dollar bill and insert it halfway in the fridge.
- Close the door.
- See if the dollar bill stays pressed in its place or not.
- If it stays there: The seal still has enough pressure to shut the doors.
- If it slides or gets out: The gasket doesn’t provide an airtight seal anymore. So it needs a replacement asap.
To know how to change door seals in a Frigidaire, watch this video:
#5: Inspect its door switch
If you’re sure that your fridge doors are closed completely…
You might have a faulty door switch.
If this is the reason, your fridge thinks that the doors aren’t closed even if they’re not.
How to fix it:
- Click the “Mute” or alarm reset button on your fridge panel.
- See if the door switch is stuck or not.
- If not, and the alarm still beeps while your fridge is closed, contact a repairman to check and fix your unit.
#6: Take out the jammed ice in the chute
There’s also one more error message that you can get.
It’s called “flapper.”
And as its name suggests, it warns you of an object that’s blocking the ice chute.
There could be a large chunk of ice inside it. So your fridge can’t dispense anymore and beeps as a call for help.
How to fix it:
- Check your fridge’s flapper or ice chute door.
- If you see a jammed ice, remove it from the opening.
- Reset the alarm.
The alarm may restart on its own after 2 minutes.
But you can also do this manually. Just click the “Set” button once you take out the ice. And there you go.
Note: If none of the 2 tips works, you might have a faulty circuit board. To fix this, you have to contact a technician. (Quick info: The circuit board controls the functions of your fridge. As well as your freezer. So it has to be changed asap.)
#7: Turn its defrost timer switch to the left
Does your Frigidaire refrigerator still beep when its doors are closed? Or even after you did the tips above?
If so, let’s consider other possible reasons.
One of these is a defective defrost timer.
“What is it?”
It regulates the frost inside our fridges.
When it’s too much, it turns on automatically. Then it’ll cause all the ice build-up to melt.
But like any other device, it may stop functioning well too.
Once this happens, nothing will control the amount of frost inside your fridge. And your unit may stop cooling or running.
How to fix it:
Luckily, there’s an easy solution for this.
However, it’s only temporary. As you have to do this whenever the issue arises.
Step 1: Look for the defrost timer switch.
This could be inside the fridge – behind or under the temperature controls. Or in the rear access panel.
Note: For the latter, you have to remove it first using a 3/8″ socket multi-purpose screwdriver.
Step 2: Turn its switch to the left.
Once you’ve found the timer, you can see a hole in the middle of it.
Put the tip of a flat screwdriver inside it. Then turn it to the left or counterclockwise.
Step 3: Reattach the rear access panel.
If your defrost timer is at the back, return the access panel to its place.
Step 4: Allow your fridge to stabilize.
Once it’s working again, see if your fridge stops beeping.
Then check if it’s cooling properly and let it cool on its own.
This means that you shouldn’t adjust its temperature yet.
Allow your fridge to stabilize. Then check it again after 24 hours have passed.
Note: For a permanent fix, you need to change your defrost timer switch. You can buy this at a local hardware store or on Amazon.
Further reading: 7 Steps To Reset Your Frigidaire Refrigerator In 27 Sec
#BONUS: Bonus: 5 tips to maintain your Frigidaire refrigerator
#1: Keep your fridge well-stocked
In other terms, avoid over or under-stocking your fridge.
If there are too many items inside, the cold air won’t circulate properly. And they can also block vents.
This will cause a high interior temperature. Then it could lead to the malfunction of your freezer or fridge – which may also result in beeping.
So, remove any old goods inside. Especially those that are already spoiled or rotten.
Use this chance to ‘declutter’ your fridge. And only leave what’s necessary.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
It’s not good to put only a few items inside your fridge either.
The items inside help retain coldness. So if there are enough goods in there, your fridge wouldn’t need to work twice as hard.
#2: Monitor its temperature
To avoid beeping issues or any other problems, check your fridge temperature as much as you can.
You’ll never know, but you might have turned the dial by accident. And if it’s set too high, your food and fridge are at risk.
So if you notice that it’s the wrong one, adjust it right away.
“At what temperature should I set my Frigidaire refrigerator?”
Frigidaire says that this will vary per model.
For fridges with dial controls, it should be set to “Normal” mode.
For models that are multi-door, the fresh food section must be at 39° F (3.9° C).
But for refrigerators with electronic controls:
- Freezer: 0° F (-18° C).
- Fresh food niche: 37° F (2.8° C).
#3: Make cleaning its inside a regular habit
To keep your fridge working, its insides should be cleaned at least every month.
Aside from ice buildup, this can also prevent bad odors. And you obviously don’t want to drink or eat something that tastes weird.
What to do?
- Use a soft damp cloth to wipe the insides of your fridge. Avoid using tougher fabrics and brushes with hard bristles.
- Remove all the contents of your fridge before cleaning. Place them on a container or clean counter.
- Take out all the removable parts (e.g., drawers, bins).
- Clean them with a soft cloth soaked in water and soap. And dry them with another clean towel.
- Wipe and dry all the areas inside of your fridge.
- Put the removable parts back inside.
#4: Clean your fridge’s exterior as well
To function properly, your Frigidaire should be clean inside and outside.
So wipe its door handles and panel as well.
But, make sure that you already squeezed out the excess water from your cloth before cleaning the controls.
If you have a stainless steel model, apply a recommended cleaner.
For this type of fridge, it’s the Frigidaire ReadyClean Stainless Steel cleaner.
It’ll give your unit a protective layer from dirt and dust. And it can also help in cleaning hard stains.
Note: Only use water and soap (or baking soda) when cleaning the exterior. Avoid harsh chemicals like alcohol, ammonia, or bleach.
#5: Manually defrost your fridge (when needed)
Your Frigidaire refrigerator may also beep due to frost build-up.
Modern fridges usually defrost on their own once or twice daily.
But if you notice that there’s half an inch thick of ice on your walls, do it manually.
“How can I do it?”
This will vary per model. So here’s a summary for each:
Method #1: For those with an electronic control panel
- Look for your fridge’s control panel inside. (It’s usually on the upper middle part.)
- Find the “On/Off” or “Freezer-Fridge” button.
- Click and hold it for about 3 seconds to turn the compressor off.
- Let your fridge defrost for up to 30 minutes.
- Stop the defrosting cycle by pressing the same button before by 3 seconds.
Method #2: For those with temperature dials
- Find the 2 temperature dials in your freezer and refrigerator. (These can be found on the top part of a side-by-side refrigerator.)
- Look for the one with a text saying “Freezer.”
- Set the dial to zero to switch off the compressor.
- Let your fridge defrost for about 30 minutes.
- Set it to the ideal temperature. (Turn the dial to “Normal” mode.)