5 Steps To Reset GE Refrigerator in Few Seconds!

By - Ron Singh

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Your refrigerator is an important part of your home that you use daily. It helps to preserve and keep your food fresh.

Now, if your refrigerator suddenly develops a problem, like not producing ice or displaying an error code. 

What do you do? Especially when you have a GE refrigerator that has no reset button. You have to reset it manually.

I’ll explain in this article how to reset your GE refrigerator and get it functioning again.

Resetting your GE refrigerator is simple. First, unplug your refrigerator from the power and wait a minute before plugging it back in. Next, access the refrigerator’s freezer to turn off the shutoff switch for 30 seconds, then turn it on. Finally, reset the icemaker by lifting and lowering the shutoff arm at the top three times.

How Do I Reset My GE Refrigerator?

How to Reset GE Refrigerator in Five Steps

Here are the steps to reset your GE refrigerator: 

  • Shut off the power to the outlet and unplug the refrigerator.
  • Reconnect the power
  • Power off the freezer’s shutoff switch.
  • On the shutoff switch
  • Reset

#1. Shut off the Power to the Outlet and Unplug the Refrigerator

The first step in resetting your GE refrigerator is disconnecting it from the power supply. Then, you either turn off the circuit breaker or pull the plug out of the wall socket. 

While doing this, you can clean off the dust gathered behind your refrigerator. In cases where you can access the power cord, it’s best to pull the plug out of the wall socket.

However, this isn’t so easy in some kitchen setups. For example, you can’t easily access the power cord of a refrigerator in a built-in cabinet because its wiring is in the wall. 

So, you shut off the power by turning off the circuit breaker. However, this isn’t the best recourse because it can result in accidents. Only do this when you can’t access the power cord.

#2. Reconnect the Power

After you’ve ensured that you’ve disconnected the power from your refrigerator, leave it off for 30 seconds to a minute before reconnecting it.

The duration that it’s left unconnected is to ensure that the power leaves the refrigerator completely because of its leftover current.

#3. Power off the Freezer’s Shutoff Switch

If your GE refrigerator is still not working well after completing the two steps above, turn the shutoff switch in the freezer from on to off. 

The shutoff switch in the freezer helps control that section’s cooling. So by turning it OFF, you let the freezer’s system start up again and do its job.

This switch is usually found in the top-back area of the freezer. However, the location may change depending on your GE refrigerator model. So, open the freezer and put off the switch. 

#4. On the Shutoff Switch

After turning off the shutoff switch, leave it off for 30 seconds before turning it on. The purpose is to ensure that the freezer reboots and the cooling function can start up again.

#5. Reset

In your refrigerator, an ice maker shutoff arm controls the section and the amount of ice the ice maker makes.

Pull the shutoff arm up and down three times to reset your refrigerator. Before you can access the shutoff arm, take the tray on top of the ice maker to access the arm and pull it.

After following these steps, you’ve reset your GE refrigerator. However, if your refrigerator still doesn’t reset and displays an ‘E’ and ‘S.’

Hold the “Lighting” and “Energy Saving” buttons together for about 10 seconds. Then release the buttons; the display error has been reset.

How Do You Hard Reset a GE Refrigerator?

You can do a hard reset on your GE refrigerator by disconnecting the power cord from the power supply for an hour before reconnecting it.

A hard reset is also known as a factory reset. When doing a factory or hard reset on your GE refrigerator, you are clearing the memory of the refrigerator. 

What makes it a hard reset is that, after unplugging the power cord from the power supply, leave it disconnected for about 45 minutes to an hour.

The duration your GE refrigerator is left unplugged is for the memory to clear and the refrigerator to fully reset.

You can also do a hard reset by turning off the circuit breaker. However, you should only do this if there’s no other way to avoid damaging something.

Note that you can also do a hard reset to clear problems that you can do with your soft reset.

However, if your refrigerator doesn’t turn on after a hard reset, you’ll need to replace its motherboard or compressor. 

You can find out what part needs replacing by calling a technician or ordering a diagnostics test online.

How Do I Reset My GE Refrigerator Control Panel?

To reset your GE refrigerator’s control panel, you must turn off your refrigerator for five minutes before you can turn it on again.

After switching off your refrigerator, access the control panel of your GE Refrigerator wherever it is, depending on the model.

Resetting the control panel most of the time clears the memory and removes the remnant energy that is letting the errors build up.

However, after resetting the control panel, you need to do a hard reset of your refrigerator if you cannot reset the control panel and are still getting errors.

In many cases, your refrigerator will be able to function normally immediately after being reset. 

If you experience any problems after resetting your refrigerator, try unplugging it for 30 seconds and then plugging it back in before trying again.

Note that resetting your refrigerator doesn’t correct what’s wrong with it; it is only a quick fix. It only corrects minor issues completely.

Another way you can reset the control panel of your refrigerator is by switching it off for a while.

To reset the control, disconnect the fridge or shut off the power at the circuit breaker for thirty seconds.

Depending on your model and age, additional steps may be required to reset your refrigerator. But, it is normal and nothing to worry about!

How Do You Unlock the Control Panel on a GE Refrigerator?

You can unlock the control panel of your GE refrigerator in two ways. First, I’ll show you how to do that in the table below.

Using the lock button.Press and hold the lock button for three seconds..
Reset control.Disconnect the fridge’s power for 30 seconds before reconnecting it.

However, note that your GE refrigerator’s control panel differs on each model. For example, some touch screen control, some membrane control, and others have capacitive touch control.

Due to the different models available, you might need to use your user’s guide to get specific information on unlocking the control panel.

If, after trying any or both of the methods above, you’re still unable to unlock the control panel of your GE refrigerator, contact a GE technician for help.

How Do I Reset the Compressor of My GE Refrigerator? 

In a nutshell, you can reset the compressor of your GE refrigerator by unplugging your power cord from the wall socket, then wait for a few minutes before reconnecting it.

Next, I’ll explain in detail how you can reset your compressor in your GE refrigerator if your compressor doesn’t turn on or the power goes out while the door is open. 

#1. Disconnect Your Refrigerator from Its Power Source

Firstly, disconnect your refrigerator from its power source. Sometimes, you may hear some sounds after doing this, but don’t worry, it’s normal.

However, ensure that your refrigerator stays disconnected from its power source for about 10-15 minutes; otherwise, the reset process won’t work.

#2. Disconnect from the Control Panel 

Now that you’ve disconnected your refrigerator from the power source, it’s time to unplug the fridge and freezer from the control panel. 

Again, you can do this from the control panel in the refrigerator. After switching it off, you can reconnect your refrigerator to its power source.

After reconnecting your refrigerator, if the compressor doesn’t start immediately, don’t worry. 

It may have built up too much pressure and needs to be let out before it can start, so there is no damage.

#3. Reset Temperature Settings

Next, reset the settings for the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer. Please set it to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or the recommended temperature based on your refrigerator’s model.

#4. Monitor the Refrigerator Temperature 

You should wait at least 24 hours before the refrigerator’s temperature becomes stable, so don’t worry.

If you cannot reset the compressor after trying all the steps, contact a GE technician for help.

However, you must know that you might need to replace the compressor and spend more than budgeted.


In summary, electrical appliances can malfunction at any time. If your refrigerator suddenly malfunctions, it could cost you to waste items in it.

So, you must know how to reset it to avoid damage and save time and money. Resetting your GE refrigerator is easy as long as you follow instructions, and it wouldn’t cost you.

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