Does Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Have A Reset Button?

By - Hs Saini

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Are you the kind of person who has become very reliant on your Kenmore refrigerator for preserving food and groceries? 

There is no doubt that you usually become very tense when you discover that your refrigerator is no longer functioning optimally.

In this article, you will come to know simple things that you can do on your own that can serve as a first aid to your Kenmore elite refrigerator.

There is no button in Kenmore elite refrigerators designated for resetting your refrigerator. Nevertheless, you will discover that depending on the model of Kenmore you are dealing with, there are different locations for finding the other buttons that can help you reset the various compartments of your Kenmore elite refrigerator.

Is There a Reset Button on a Kenmore Refrigerator?

There is no special button with designation on resetting your Kenmore elite refrigerator.

But several buttons in your Kenmore refrigerator serve the purpose of resetting different compartments in the fridge.

So, combining these buttons to achieve your aim isn’t a bad idea.

Another reason why a button reset for the entire refrigerator is not possible is that the compressor, which is the heart of the fridge, lacks a reset button.

And as a result, it cannot be shut down by a controller. But there are other ways to bring down the functioning of the compressor little by little.

These ways are pretty effective and give the required results.

Also, even though there is no one button to reset the Kenmore refrigerator, you can take your Kenmore refrigerator back to its default setting.

That is, the way it was when you first installed it, doing so by simultaneously pressing the ultra ice and home buttons with a few other steps, which we will discuss later in detail.

Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Ice Maker  Reset Button?

The Kenmore elite refrigerator ice maker is either located on the front panel’s left side as a tiny hole or in the bottom left corner of your ice maker.

If your model has a small hole, you will need to press the button in the hole and hold for about three to five seconds to reset the ice maker.

Note that there is a lever instead of a button in some Kenmore elite refrigerators, and you can also use this lever to reset your ice maker.

To reset your Kenmore ice maker, all you need to do is raise the lever to turn off the ice maker and raise it again to turn the icemaker back on.

This simple step can help you reset a Kenmore ice maker that lacks a reset button.

Where is the Home Button on a Kenmore Elite Refrigerator?

We can not refer to a particular button as the home button in Kenmore elite.

But, it is imperative to know that the home buttons of your Kenmore refrigerator consist of three buttons found in front of your refrigerator.

You can also refer to these three buttons as the “main controls.”

Other controls are hidden inside, behind the doors of your refrigerator. Sadly, you can only access settings like the temperature control inside the fridge.

Your refrigerator’s simplicity and streamlined look are due to Kenmore’s limiting the home buttons to just a few.

Apart from the control pad located on the dispenser, which works to regulate temperature In both the freezer and fridge compartments, the three buttons form the home buttons to reset Kenmore elite refrigerator.

These buttons are; the dispenser button, the alarm button, and the lock button.

How to Reset Kenmore Elite Refrigerator?

There are three ways you can reset your Kenmore elite refrigerator. First, you can do this by simply using the hard reset (factory reset buttons).

Secondly, you can carry out a reset for a power outage. Finally, you can reset your refrigerator by performing an individual reset in the different compartments within your Kenmore refrigerator.

By using your buttons, you would have to press and hold the ultra ice and home buttons at the same time for about five seconds.

This action will result in shutting down all controls. Next, you will then unplug the power cord from the power source.

This is all it takes to reset your refrigerator using the buttons. The second way we talked about is you carrying out a reset after a power outage.

When there is a power outage, you first need to head straight to the refrigerator breaker, which you can find in the service panel.

First, take out the power cord; next, switch off the breaker for ten to fifteen seconds before restoring the power.

The third way you can reset your refrigerator is by resetting different compartments within the fridge.

The following are the separate compartments and how to reset them:

#1. The Freezer

If your refrigerator fails to keep your food frozen, you need to reset your Kenmore elite freezer.

You can achieve this by pressing and holding the up and down arrows while simultaneously attaching the power cord back to the power source.

Next, you should push and hold the alarm reset button for about three to five seconds, as this will automatically cause the control lock to become disabled.

#2. Water Filter Light

When your refrigerator water filter light shows you an orange light, it tells you to reset it. To successfully reset it, press and hold the lock and the light pads for some time.

Then, when the filter indicator light blinks for three seconds, if the light turns blue, it means that the water filter is well functioning.

#3. Ice Maker

To effectively use your Kenmore ice maker will mean that you have to recycle the ice maker.

If you turn off the ice maker and remove the power cord from the power, this will cut off the power supply going into the ice maker unit.

This may take up to four or five minutes to complete and achieve the goal to reset.

Likewise, to prevent any malfunctioning and constant resetting of the Kenmore ice maker, you should switch off the ice maker if you are experiencing the following situations:

  • If you would shut off your water supply for several days
  • If you intend to remove the ice bin for up to one to two minutes
  • If the refrigerator becomes unused for several days.

#4. Refrigerator Temperature

You can quickly do this by pressing and holding the refrigerator and freezer control buttons until the display on the refrigerator begins to beep.

When this begins to happen, press the temperature control button again.

When you have carried the steps mentioned above, you can set your refrigerator temperature at the standard 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

But note that at whatever temperature you intend to place it, it should stay within the range of 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then allow your Kenmore elite refrigerator 24 hours to adjust to the temperature reset fully.


Kenmore’s elite refrigerators have no special button with a designation to reset it. However, some controls can be used to reset the Kenmore refrigerator entirely or by compartments.

Now I know, and I am sure you can locate and reset your Kenmore icemaker, as well as the home buttons.

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