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7 Steps To Reset Your Maytag Refrigerator In 39 Sec (2022)

how to reset Maytag refrigerator

Is your Maytag fridge control panel not working after a power outage?

Don’t worry! It’s only a minor electronic glitch caused by power interruption.

Plus, fixing it is very easy. You just have to reset your appliance.

That being said, if you want to get your refrigerator back to running…

Continue reading to learn:

  • 7 easy steps to reset a Maytag refrigerator.
  • What to do if a reset didn’t resolve the problem.
  • Whether Maytag refrigerators have reset buttons.
  • 7 ways to reactivate the control panel after a power outage.
  • And a lot more…

How to reset a Maytag refrigerator?

To reset a Maytag refrigerator, reboot the control panel first by pressing a series of buttons. If that didn’t help, unplug the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, replug the unit and set your desired temperature setting. Finally, check the fridge’s cooling function and test its control panel.


7 steps to reset a Maytag refrigerator


#1: Press a series of control buttons

After a power outage, your Maytag refrigerator may either:

  • Lose all of its functions.
  • Lose only its control panel’s functionality.

Is your fridge cooling but some of its control buttons aren’t working? Continue reading this section to reset the control panel.

But if the whole unit isn’t running at all, jump to step #2.

Going back…

To reset the front control panel, you have to press a series of buttons.

Doing this helps resolve electronic glitches and other power-related errors.

Here’s are the 7 ways to do it:

Note: Refer to your user’s manual to see which troubleshooting steps apply to your fridge model.

  1. Press and hold the REF + FREEZER buttons.
  2. Press and hold the LIGHTING + POWER SAVE buttons.
  3. Press and hold the FILTER RESET + ICE TYPE buttons.
  4. Press and hold the ENERGY SAVE + LIGHTING buttons.
  5. Press and hold the VACATION + QUICK FREEZE buttons.
  6. Press and hold the VACATION + POWER FREEZE buttons.
  7. Press and hold the POWER COOL + POWER FREEZE buttons.

For it to be successful, you have to hold the buttons for about 8 to 10 seconds.

Did you just replace your fridge’s control panel? Then, watch this video to know how to reprogram it:

#2: Cut off the fridge’s power supply

If that didn’t resolve the issue or the whole control panel is unresponsive…

Reset the refrigerator.

To do that…

First, you have to cut off the fridge’s power supply by unplugging its power cord from the wall socket. Or by switching OFF its circuit breaker.

If you can easily access the refrigerator’s plug, unplug it from the power source. As this is the best way to remove power from your appliance.

But if that isn’t possible, just switch OFF its circuit breaker on the breaker box.

“How does cutting off the power supply reset the fridge?”

For an appliance to reset, you have to reboot its system.

Things like voice-assistant speakers and WiFi routers have “reset buttons” specifically for that.

But since there’s no reset button on a Maytag refrigerator, you can only reboot it by removing its power supply.

#3: Turn ON the fridge after 5 to 10 minutes

After cutting off its power supply, wait for several minutes.

Doing this is necessary to ensure that there’s no power current running on the appliance. As this can fail and mess up the resetting process.

Plus, it allows the fridge’s compressor and condenser coils to rest and refresh. Which results in more efficient cooling.

After 5 to 10 minutes…

Turn ON the refrigerator by replugging it or switching ON its circuit breaker.

While you’re at it, make sure also to check the following:

  • Is the power socket not loose?
  • Is the power cord damaged-free?
  • Is the fuse in the circuit breaker in good condition?

This is important to prevent damage due to short circuits or power interruptions.

#4: Set desired temperature setting

Have you turned ON your fridge already?

If yes, check whether its cooling system is running. 

You must feel cool air coming from the vents. And you should hear and feel a vibration on its back.

Once done, set your desired temperature setting.

You can do that by pressing the UP or DOWN arrows on the control panel until you reach your desired temperature.

To ensure proper food preservation, set your  fridge at:

  • Freezer: 0°F (-18°C).
  • Common compartment: 40°F (4°C).

For Maytag fridge models with 0-9 temperature levels, set it to level 5 or 6

Note: This completes the resetting process.

#5: Test the control panel’s functionality

To see whether the resetting process is successful, test its control panel.

Use this short checklist as your guide:

  • Are all the buttons responsive?
  • Does the LED light work when pressing a button?
  • Do you hear a beep tone when pressing a button?
  • Is the information displayed correct and accurate?

When testing the temperature UP and DOWN controls, open the fridge after a few minutes. And see if the temperature changes.

Or use a digital thermometer to check the temperature level.

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#6: Wait for the fridge to cool to the right temperature

Wait for the fridge to cool to the right temperature

“I’ve reset my fridge already. But I don’t think it’s cooling properly.”

I know it can be alarming…

But don’t worry, it’s normal.

It can take up to 24 hours for your fridge to cool to the right temperature after a reset.

So, before you try other troubleshooting methods, observe its performance for a day. And see if it has improved in any way.

If it doesn’t, proceed to step #7.

#7: Contact Maytag support for service

If a reset didn’t resolve the problem, contact Maytag support for assistance or service.

Make sure to prepare your fridge’s model and serial numbers.

You can find them in your product user’s manual. Or inside the refrigerator. Just look for a rectangular sticker near the fridge door.

“What will happen if I call them?”

They may provide other troubleshooting methods that you can try.

Or send a professional technician to your home to diagnose and fix your appliance.

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Frequently asked questions:


Is there a reset button on a Maytag refrigerator?

There is no reset button on a Maytag refrigerator. To reset it, try resetting its control panel first by pressing a series of buttons. If that didn’t work, unplug the appliance for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then, replug it and set your desired temperature setting.

It can take a whole day for your fridge to cool to the right temperature after a reset.

So, I suggest resetting your fridge before you restock supplies. That way, none of your perishable goods will spoil.

If a reset is immediately needed, transfer your supplies to another fridge. Or at least to a tightly-sealed container.

Tip: Fill the container with ice to preserve highly-perishable goods such as meat and milk.

Learn more: How to maintain a refrigerator?

When should you reset a Maytag refrigerator?

You should reset a Maytag refrigerator if it malfunctions after a power outage. This is necessary if the fridge isn’t cooling properly or the control panel is unresponsive. You can also reset your fridge if you’re moving it to another location.

To help you further, here are some signs you should look out for:

  • The fridge light isn’t working.
  • Vents aren’t releasing cool air.
  • Motor and compressor aren’t running.
  • Control panel buttons aren’t responding.

If your appliance has other issues, review your user’s manual for specific solutions. Or contact Maytag support.

The reason:

A reset isn’t always needed to resolve errors. Plus, it can also damage your unit if done unnecessarily and improperly.