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7 Steps To Reset Your Frigidaire Refrigerator In 27 Sec (2023)

How To Reset Frigidaire Refrigerator

Is your Frigidaire refrigerator not cooling anymore?

Or did it stop working unexpectedly?

Well, whichever your case is, you might be thinking of a way to reset it in hopes of fixing the issue.

The good thing is, it’s possible and it can be done in only a matter of seconds.


Continue reading to find out:

  • If there’s a reset button on a Frigidaire refrigerator or not.
  • The easiest method to reboot or troubleshoot your fridge.
  • 7 steps on how to reset a Frigidaire refrigerator in 27 seconds.
  • When you should restart your fridge and why you have to do it. 
  • And so much more…

How to reset a Frigidaire refrigerator?

To reset a Frigidaire refrigerator, simply unplug its cord from the socket. Open its doors. Then wait for 15 minutes before plugging it back in. If this doesn’t work, you may also find its defrost timer. This can be inside or at the back. Then, turn its dial to the left to get the fan working again.

7 steps to reset a Frigidaire refrigerator

#1: Unplug your fridge

First, remove the plug of your refrigerator from the electrical outlet.

Typically, this is the only step when doing a reset on most fridges.

You only need to leave your refrigerator unplugged for at least 5 minutes. (Some may do this for up to 30 to 45 minutes.)

Then plug the cord in right after.

And that’s it – you just did a ‘hard reset’ in only a few seconds.

But if this step alone doesn’t work or if your fridge has switched off on its own…

Keep reading ’till the end.

Note: After unplugging your refrigerator, you might hear some sounds (e.g., rustling, clunking). Don’t fret, it’s normal. The noises are coming from the compressor as it stops running. Its motor shakes and it produces unusual sounds.

#2: Open your fridge and look for the defrost timer

In most Frigidaire refrigerators, you can find this timer inside the unit. 

So open your fridge doors to look for it.

“Where is it located?”

It’s either placed at the bottom or behind the temperature control panel. 

And if you know what you’re looking for, you can find it right away.

“So, what does it look like?”

A defrost timer is usually a white box.

Its job is to control the amount of frost in refrigerators.

To prevent a buildup of ice in your equipment, this timer automatically turns on. Then it’ll melt all the frost inside.

Now, this could be damaged over time. 

And this might be the reason why your fridge suddenly shuts down or stops cooling.

Note: Once you find it, proceed to step #4. But if not, try the next step below.

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#3: Detach the rear access panel of your fridge

If you can’t find the defrost timer inside your refrigerator, it might be placed at the back.

So, move your fridge away from the wall and look at its rear. 

You’ll see a back access panel at the bottom part. And you now have to detach it to control the defrost timer.


This can be done in only a few seconds. 

But, make sure first that you have a 3/8″ socket multi-purpose screwdriver with you. 

  1. Remove all the screws that hold the rear panel. (More or less, you only need to unhinge 4 of these.)
  2. Take out the panel.
  3. Look for the defrost timer box. (This could be beside the compressor or the black rounded motor.)

And then…

#4: Turn its switch counterclockwise

If you already found the defrost timer, find its switch next.

“Okay. What does it look like?”

It’s a tiny hole with a notch on it so you’ll easily spot it.

Now, insert the tip of a flat-head screwdriver into the notch.

Then turn it to the left or counterclockwise.

Note: If you want to know how to do this in actual, watch this short clip:

“Is this the reset button of a Frigidaire refrigerator?”

Technically, no.

It only resets the defrost timer.

By switching it on, you’ll only remove your fridge from the defrost mode. 

So if the timer is defective, you’ll not be able to fix it by doing this step alone.

However, this will cause your fridge to kick in after it suddenly stopped working. So it could be a temporary fix or another way to ‘reset’ it.

Note: If your fridge isn’t cooling properly, you might have a defective defrost timer. This will cause a frost buildup on your evaporator coils. And this is the reason why it stopped cooling.

Also, you have to manually turn the switch every now and then to get it out of the defrost cycle.

To solve this, you may contact a repairman to inspect your machine. Or reach Frigidaire service repair support

But before doing it, try lowering the thermostat first and cleaning its door gaskets.

Based on their manual, the latter can be done using only:

  • Soap.
  • Water.
  • Soft fabric.

Learn more: 9 Things To Do When Your Smart Fridge Isn’t Cooling (DIY)

#5: Pay attention to the noises it’ll make

Pay Attention To The Noises It'll Make

“What will happen next?”

After switching the dial, the evaporative fan will start to work.

You’ll also see and hear it spinning so its noise will be audible.

If not, your fridge isn’t working yet. You may need to repeat the steps and see if you skipped anything.

But when you hear the fan’s noises, congratulations.

It’ll now draw cool air and supply it to your refrigerator. 

So if you place your hand inside the fridge, you can feel that it’s cooling again.

Problem fixed!

#6: Reattach the rear access panel (if you did step #3)

Now, if the ‘reset’ was successful, you only have to reattach the back panel that you removed a while ago.

Put it back in its original position. 

Then again, use your 3/8″ socket multi-purpose screwdriver to secure it with its screws.

#7: Check your fridge and let it adjust on its own

Did you have a temperature problem on your unit earlier?

Either your fridge is too cold or not cooling anymore?

If so, check your unit after doing the reset if it’s cooling again or not.

Also, refrigerators usually stabilize after 24 hours. So during this time, avoid adjusting your fridge’s temperature.

When a day or more has passed, only then can you set the desired temperature.

What is the ideal temperature setting for a refrigerator?

According to Frigidaire, it’ll depend on the type of your fridge.

  • If with dial controls: Set it to “Normal” mode.
  • If Multi-Door with Temp Drawer: The fresh food niche should be at 39° F (3.9° C)
  • If with electronic controls: The fresh food section must be at 37° F (2.8° C). While the freezer is at 0° F (-18° C).

Frequently asked questions:

Is there a reset button on a Frigidaire refrigerator?

There’s no reset button on a Frigidaire refrigerator. Usually, other fridges don’t have one as well. The only way to reset them is by unplugging the cord and putting it back in after 5 minutes.

But if your unit stopped working, there’s a similar method to a reset.

“What is it?”

It’s by turning the defrost timer dial.

So what it does is take your fridge out from the defrost mode. Then it’ll make your device work again like magic.

For the detailed steps, read the procedure above. 

When should you reset a Frigidaire refrigerator?

You should reset a Frigidaire refrigerator if you need to fix its cooling system or defrost it. Do this if the temperature is too high from your set point and it’s not cooling anymore. As well as if it’s too low and cold inside.

A reset might also help if you’re having an issue with the defrost timer. Or if your fridge stopped working all of a sudden.

By doing this, you’ll allow the machine to cool down for a few minutes and defrost itself. Then cause it to return to its normal temperature.

So a reset can also enhance your fridge’s performance and save energy.

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