Maytag Refrigerator Control Panel Reset? (Explained)

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The refrigerator is one appliance we use primarily at home, and they run for more extended periods.

However, they are bound to have some issues sometimes, which will make them not function properly. A reset sets your refrigerator back to its standard settings.

If the problem is like error codes on the control panel display, a reset can be the remedy.

There are ways to carry out a reset on your Maytag refrigerator control panel to get it back to an excellent working condition.

To reset your Maytag refrigerator control panel, you either reset the refrigerator or reset the control panel itself. To reset your refrigerator, you should switch it off for five to 10 minutes and switch it back on. And to reset the control panel, press and hold the energy/power save and lighting button for about 10 seconds. 

How to Reset Maytag Refrigerator Control Panel?

To reset a Maytag refrigerator control panel is relatively easy, but it depends on the model you are using.

Why is this! Sometimes, not all models of appliances made by a manufacturer have the same setting options.

However, you shouldn’t have a problem resetting your Maytag because this article will discuss all you need to know about resetting your Maytag refrigerator.

To reset the Maytag refrigerator control panel, you will have to use a combination of some keys by pressing and holding it for some seconds.

Depending on the one you see fit, you can try any of these button combinations below to reset the control panel.

  • Press and hold the ‘power save’ and ‘lighting’ buttons together for 8-10seconds. This is the most common way to reset a Maytag refrigerator control panel.
  • Press and hold the ‘refrigerator’ and ‘freezer’ buttons together for 8-10 seconds.
  • For 8- 10 secs, press and hold the ‘power cool‘ and ‘power freeze’ buttons to reset.
  • For about 10 seconds, press and hold the ‘ice type’ and ‘filter reset’ buttons.
  • Press and hold the ‘power freeze’ and ‘vacation’ buttons together for 10 seconds.

You might be wondering, do Maytag buttons have a reset button? Unfortunately, no, they don’t.

However, unlike some other refrigerators, you can find a reset button option on the control panel to do a reset quickly.

You have to hold the reset button for about 30 seconds, and it will automatically reset.

This doesn’t drop the standard and quality of a Maytag refrigerator. Moreover, these two types of resetting are almost the same because they both require pressing and holding a button(s). 

Reasons to Reset the Control Panel of a Maytag Refrigerator?

There are many things to know and consider when it comes to resetting a refrigerator’s control panel.

You don’t necessarily have to reset your refrigerator control panel, as there are instances to do so, and not based on a specific problem.

Resetting a refrigerator itself or the control panel is the first action to carry out when experiencing any problem with your refrigerator.

It’s essential to do this before considering changing any parts or troubleshooting. So when should you reset it?

#1. Refrigerator In Showroom Mode.

The showroom mode keeps the cooling and every other refrigerator option off except the lighting inside.

It is mainly used by retailers to display the fridge to you at the store.

Also, the control panel will not work when in this mode, so you have to deactivate it before resetting.

Setting to this mode is the vendor’s way of preserving its lifespan. So before using the refrigerator, you will have to reset it to work.

To exit it from showroom mode, follow these simple steps below;

  • Press the temp setting button on the control panel to select the ‘MAX.’
  • Press and hold the door switch to enable door closing.
  • Now, you also press and hold the ‘TEMP SETTING ‘ button for like five seconds. Now the refrigerator is out of showroom mode.

#2. Error Codes On The Panel Display

Most models of Maytag refrigerators come with technologies that help make a fridge easy to use.

For example, the fridge can self-diagnose itself with the digital control panel.

In addition, it will display any error in the form of a particular error code.

When this error code comes up, you will have to reset it because most causes of the error code are related to settings problems. For example, when an ‘F’ is flashing, a reset will fix it.

However, there may be other reasons to do a reset. For example, it can also be a power outage, a problem with the temperature, or when you replace the control board.

But as I said earlier, a reset is the first fix option before going for a fix or replacing. 

How to Reset the Maytag Refrigerator?

Considering the reasons for resetting a refrigerator control panel, you should note the essence of this reset.

You carry out a reset when you have a problem with your refrigerator, mostly a cooling failure or temperature error.

But when you can’t fix the problem from the control panel, you should consider a Maytag refrigerator reset.

If, after resetting the refrigerator control panel, it still doesn’t work, resetting it is the next option. 

Maytag refrigerators do not have a reset code like other refrigerators, but there is a programming code on the refrigerator’s label plate.

Below are detailed and straightforward steps to follow to carry out a  Maytag refrigerator reset successfully;

#1. Get The Programming Code

Find your programming code on the right-hand side of your inside refrigerator. It’s on the label plate where your serial and model number are given.

#2. Press The Door Alarm And Temperature Down Key

Press and hold the door alarm button on the control panel, and also press the temperature down the option of the fridge.

#3. Get into Programming Mode And Confirm Entry

After carrying out step 2, free the door alarm button, and wait for 3 seconds before releasing the other switch.

After doing this, a message will display ‘PE’; now, you are successfully in the programming mode.

Also, pressing the button that reduces the refrigerator’s temperature confirms your entry.

#4. Programming Code Confirmation

After confirming your entry, you’ll see a code that is supposed to match the code you saw in ‘step 1’ on the display.

If it’s wrong, then you should put the correct one.

If the code is valid, exit the programming mode by pressing and holding the door alarm key for 3 seconds.

#5. Enter in The Correct Code

Press the keys to increase or decrease the refrigerator’s temperature to type in the right code.

Pressing the up key to freezing temperature shifts the decimal point for you to insert the first number.

And pressing the up key for fridge temperature allows the entry of the first digit, so you have to push it many times to get the number.

If your first number is 4, press the refrigerator temperature up four times at the decimal point to show the number 4.

Now, move the decimal position to the second spot and press the freezer temperature up the number of times the second digit is. Continue the process for the other numbers.

#6. Save And Exit Programming

Push and hold the button to decrease the refrigerator’s temperature to save the code. Now you can turn on the fridge by releasing the button and pressing it again.

Finally, you close the fridge door to exit the programming.

You can carry out a hard reset by turning the circuit breaker off, then wait for about 10 minutes for it to clear the previous memory.

Also, waiting will allow the compressor to rest, and it will suck out any power inside the refrigerator.

Now restore power by turning the circuit breaker on.

Note: After reset, you can leave the refrigerator off for up to 24 hours. And switch it back on to reset fully.

Also, you can visit your manufacturers’ online service to explain your problem.

You have to provide the experts with your Maytag model number and your type; they are always willing to help.


The information about resetting your Maytag refrigerator should be enough to help you fix your refrigerator.

However, if trying both the refrigerator display reset and refrigerator reset doesn’t work, contact a professional for help.

And always use the user manual or guide because it contains more information about your refrigerator.

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