“My Electrolux refrigerator is malfunctioning.”
Well then, you need to reset it.
Resetting may sound like a very technical process.
But it’s super fast and easy to perform. I promise you’ll be done in no time.
Don’t believe me? Then, check out the steps below.
Read on to learn:
- 7 simple steps to reset an Electrolux refrigerator.
- How to reset the display panel after a power outage.
- What “CE” error code means and how a reset can fix it.
- Whether Electrolux fridges have dedicated reset buttons.
- And much much more…
How to reset an Electrolux refrigerator?
To reset an Electrolux refrigerator, press the “Factory default” button on the display panel. Or press the “ON/OFF” button and unplug the unit for about 5 minutes. If the display panel continues to malfunction after that, press a combination of control buttons to reset it.
7 steps to reset an Electrolux refrigerator
#1: Identify the fridge error code
Is your Electrolux refrigerator displaying some random letters and numbers on its panel?
Then, that must be an error code.
Electrolux fridges display error codes to alert users of some issues with the unit.
“Will a reset be able to fix it?”
A reset can fix certain errors, but not all of them.
According to Electrolux manufacturers, you should only reset your fridge if you see a “CE” error code on the display panel.
CE indicates communication error. And in some models, it can appear as “Cr.”
It occurs when the user interface loses contact with the main control board (PCB). In simple words, it happens when the display panel fails to receive and deliver signals to the PCB.
Note: The PCB is the “brain” of the fridge. It controls and connects its major components, such as the compressor. Its primary function is to ensure the proper and correct operation of the appliance.
Several things can cause CE error code to appear, including:
- Faulty display panel.
- Worn-out control board.
- Disconnected or damaged wiring.
And when this error occurs, some of your fridge’s extra functions can fail to work.
That being said…
If your Electrolux fridge is displaying CE or Cr error code. Or some of its functions aren’t working, continue with the next step.
But if it’s a different one, review your product manual for other troubleshooting methods.
#2: Press the “Factory default” button on the display panel
Talking about just one error code made me lose my breath…
Anyway, if you’ve reached this point, then your fridge might be:
- Displaying a CE or Cr error code.
- Malfunctioning after a power outage.
Regardless of which, your best and quickest solution is to reset your appliance.
So, shall we?
To start the resetting process…
First, locate and press the “Factory default” button on the display panel.
Note: This only applies to some fridge models with a front display panel. If yours doesn’t have one, skip this step and proceed to step #4.
Here are some models that have a “Factory default” button:
- Similar side-by-side models.
- Similar models with dispensers.
- Similar 3-door French door models.
Here’s how to do it:
- Activate the display panel by touching it anywhere on the screen.
- Press the “Options” button at the top-left corner.
- Press the “Factory default” button near the top-right corner.
After this, just wait for the reset process to finish. The display panel should turn OFF and ON once. And you may also hear a chime, depending on your fridge model.
Doing this will reset your fridge’s temperature setting and display panel.
You can also watch this video to learn how to locate the “Factory default” button on your fridge:
#3: Press the “ON/OFF” button on the display panel
If that didn’t work, reset your Electrolux refrigerator manually.
Note: This particular step works with the same models mentioned in step #2.
To start the manual reset, locate and press the “ON/OFF” button on the display panel.
Here’s how to do it:
- Activate the fridge’s display panel.
- Tap the “Options” button at the top-left corner.
- Press the “ON/OFF button at the top-right corner.
“I can’t find it on the display panel.”
Some Electrolux fridge models have separate “POWER” and “OFF” buttons.
If that’s your case, press the OFF button once to start the resetting process.
#4: Unplug your refrigerator
Once you’ve turned OFF your fridge, unplug it from the power source.
Just pull out its plug from the power socket.
Doing this allows the fridge’s compressor to reboot and return to its default settings. Which also improves the fridge’s cooling function.
“I have a problem. I can’t reach the plug…”
You can just toggle OFF its circuit breaker to cut off the refrigerator’s power supply.
#5: Replug it after a few minutes
Next, wait for a few minutes before replugging your fridge. Or toggling ON its circuit breaker.
Depending on the situation, here’s how long you should keep it unplugged:
- If due to a power outage: 30 seconds.
- If due to CE or Cr error code: 5 minutes.
- If the ice maker isn’t producing ice: 2 minutes.
Your fridge would need a certain amount of time to refresh its system after cutting off its power supply.
Allow it to rest so that it can completely and successfully return to its default setting.
Once the time has passed, replug your refrigerator properly.
Note: Technically, this completes the manual reset process.
But if you’ve done step #2 or #3, continue to the step below.
#6: Press the “ON/OFF” button once more
For Electrolux fridges with ON/OFF and POWER buttons…
Press the buttons to reactivate your appliance and its display panel.
To do that:
- Activate the front display panel.
- Tap the “Options” icon at the top-left corner.
- Press the “ON/OFF” button once to turn ON your fridge.
Note: The steps may vary slightly on fridge models with a separate POWER button. You may review your product manual for more accurate instructions.
And now you’re done with the manual reset.
To check whether the reset is successful:
- Check if the ice maker is working.
- See if the dispenser works properly.
- Test the buttons on the display panel.
- Assess whether the vents are releasing cool air.
If everything is back to their regular operation, you can stop here.
But if the issue with the display panel persists, proceed with the last step below.
#7: Press a combination of buttons on the display panel
I see, your fridge’s display panel isn’t working properly yet?
Well then, I guess you have to reset the display panel.
Here’s how to do it:
- Activate the display panel.
- Press a combination of buttons simultaneously.
- Hold them for about 8 to 10 seconds.
The process is done once the display panel turns OFF and ON once.
Depending on your fridge model, here are the button combinations you should press:
- “Freezer” + “Ref” buttons.
- “Lighting” + “Power Save” buttons.
- “Ice Type” + “Filter Reset” buttons.
- “Energy-saving” + “Lighting” buttons.
- “Power Freezer” + “Vacation” buttons.
- “Power Cool” + “Power Freeze” buttons.
To know which one applies to your model, refer to your product manual. Or contact Electrolux support.
BONUS: Contact Electrolux support for service
If anything fails, then it’s time to ask for help from Electrolux support.
You can ask them for other guided troubleshooting methods.
Or you can even schedule a repair service. Especially if you think your fridge’s PCB or wirings are damaged.
Just make sure to provide your Electrolux fridge model and serial numbers. So that they can provide you with personalized service.
In case they’ve offered you a product return and exchange, ready the following as well:
- Sales invoice.
- Official receipt.
- Date of purchase.
- Warranty card (if given).
Note: Electrolux appliances’ general warranty lasts for 1 year.
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Frequently asked questions:
Is there a reset button on an Electrolux refrigerator?
There’s no reset button on an Electrolux refrigerator. To reset it, you have to press the “Factory default” button on the display panel. Or do a manual reset by unplugging your appliance for 5 minutes. Additionally, you can press a series of buttons to reset the display panel.
There are 3 ways to reset an Electrolux refrigerator:
- By pressing the “Factory default” button.
- By unplugging the unit for a few minutes.
- By pressing a series of buttons on the display panel.
“Which one should I do?”
As a general rule, if your fridge runs into some problem, reset it by pressing the “Factory default” button.
However, not all Electrolux fridges have that particular button.
In that case, you should do a manual reset. Which is done by unplugging the fridge for a few minutes. You can also do this method if the first one fails to work.
Suppose the display panel continues to malfunction after that. Then that’s the only time you should do a display panel reset. And you can do that by pressing a combination of buttons.
When should you reset an Electrolux refrigerator?
You should reset an Electrolux fridge if the unit malfunctions after a power outage. Or when you see a “CE” or “Cr” error code on the front display panel.
A reset can resolve issues. But it can also trigger other problems when performed unnecessarily.
So, reset your fridge only if:
- Some buttons are unresponsive.
- The ice maker isn’t producing ice.
- You can’t exit the “Vacation” mode.
- The fridge isn’t cooling after a power outage.