How to Reset Any GE Refrigerator (easiest way)

With more than 90 years experience in the refrigerator manufacturing industry, General Electric (GE) refrigerators are a well known trusted brand. This popular brand with its wide range of refrigerator models are easily recognisable and known to be reliable. However, like all appliances, they can develop the odd problem.

If you need to reset your GE refrigerator and are not sure of the correct way to do it, keep reading. In this article we’ll give you all the information you’ll need to successfully reset your GE refrigerator. And explain what any error code your refrigerator might be displaying means.

Do GE Refrigerators Have A Reset Button?

Most GE refrigerators don’t have a reset button as such, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be reset. To reset your GE refrigerator follow the advice of our refrigerator expert below.

How To Reset Your GE refrigerator

The first stage in the process of resetting your GE refrigerator is to remove its power. To do this either unplug the power cord from the wall socket or switch the circuit breaker off. After around 5 to 10 minutes, reconnect the power and turn the wall socket on, you should hear the refrigerator start up.

Then open the freezer and locate the shut off switch, turn it off and allow at least one minute to pass before turning it back on. Finally, find the ice maker shut off which is usually located at the top of the ice maker. Push the ice maker shut off up and down and repeat three times, your GE refrigerator is now reset.

How To Reset The Temperature On A GE Profile Refrigerator

To reset the temperature on a GE Profile refrigerator, just press the temperature button on the control panel, this will get you into self-diagnostic mode. Once both refrigerator and freezer temperature control displays are displayed, set them both to “5”. 

Then press and hold all four of the temperature adjustment buttons for 3 to 5 seconds, you’ll then notice “0” flash on the display screen. As soon as you see the “0” on the screen, press “1” and “5” this will reset your appliance.

How To Reset The Compressor

To reset the compressor on your GE refrigerator, remove it from mains power by unplugging it or switching the circuit breaker off. Wait for around 10 to 15 minutes, then reconnect the power, don’t worry if the compressor doesn’t kick in immediately, it may have already accumulated enough pressure which it will need to dump before it starts, to avoid damage.

How To Reset The Door Alarm

If the door alarm is sounding it’s either because the door isn’t shut properly, in which case just close the door correctly and the alarm will stop. 

Or the doors are not operating correctly, if this is the case, it’s time to call an engineer before everything inside your refrigerator gets spoiled.


GE Refrigerator Error Codes

Smart fridges have self-diagnostic systems that will display an error code if they detect a fault. While it’s not always possible to effect a repair yourself, it’s useful to understand what that code signifies. Below is a list of common GE error codes and what they are used to signify.

Error CodeCode Meaning
CCFreezer Temperature Fault
88 or 89Electrical Fault
dEDefrost Fault
E2Control Board Fault
DFDefrost Fault
CI Ice Maker Fault
HRSAppliance Remains In Defrost Mode
FFFreezer Fault

To remove an error code from the display of your GE refrigerator select and press the system check button. This will clear the error code from the screen. If the code reappears, this would imply there is a problem that needs dealing with.

If it is beyond your level of competence and safety, we suggest you call in an electrical engineer to diagnose and repair your refrigerator. Never tamper with anything electrical unless you are certain it is safe to do so.

GE Refrigerator Normal Operating Codes

Not every code displayed on your GE refrigerator is an error code. Some are just normal operating codes, it might be helpful for you to familiarise yourself with these to avoid any unnecessary concern.

Display CodeFunction
ECTurbo cool
tCTurbo Cool
EFTurbo Freeze
tFTurbo Freeze

These are standard functions and nothing to worry about. However, if you see any of the error codes displayed instead of these, and they won’t clear, contact an engineer.

How To Reset The Display Panel After A Power Outage

After a power outage the display will be showing “88” to reset this just press the energy saving button and the alarm light button simultaneously and hold for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds you will hear a beep and the display panel will be reset.

How To Reset The Temperature On A GE French Door Refrigerator

To reset the temperature on a GE French door refrigerator use the touch screen temperature display panel for the fridge and tap the pad until your desired temperature is reached. Be aware the setting control only goes in one direction so you may have to go way past where you want to be before it returns to low temps again.

If the result isn’t satisfactory, wait a full 24 hours before repeating as it could take that long to achieve the desired level. If you want to adjust the temperature on your freezer repeat the above actions on the freezer temperature pad.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reset my GE refrigerator control board?

To reset the control board on a GE refrigerator just remove the refrigerator from the power supply by removing the plug or turning the circuit breaker off. Allow 5 to 10 minutes and then reconnect the power.

Does a GE refrigerator have a reset button?

GE refrigerators do not have a specific reset button, but there are a number of ways to reset the appliance if needed.

How do you reset a GE side by side refrigerator?

To reset a GE side by side refrigerator press and hold the energy saver and alarm light buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. You will hear a beep when the 10 seconds are up, release the buttons and the refrigerator is reset.

2 comments on “How to Reset Any GE Refrigerator (easiest way)

  1. Thank you for your straight forward guide. Managed to get it running again without pulling out any more of my hair. Lifesaver!

  2. Huge thanks for the guide on resetting! I followed the steps and my fridge is back to working again (at least for now).

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