How to Reset Frigidaire Air Conditioner (10 Ways to Do It!)

So, your Frigidaire air conditioner won’t turn on or keeps powering off? Or perhaps it won’t blow air, and you don’t know why! Then you should know how to reset Frigidaire air conditioner, and I will outline the steps.

The most popular reset technique involves unplugging the air conditioner for about 15 seconds and pressing the reset button for 3-5 seconds. Alternatively, flip off the circuit breaker and wait 10 minutes before flipping it back. 

Of course, there are other techniques, 10 in total, which I’ll share in this post. I’ll also explain why you should reset your AC, having touched on some of the reasons in my open statement.

That’ll let you know when a reset is necessary and when it’s not. Moreover, I’ll explain what to do when the reset button keeps tripping off, even after resetting. Of course, the fixes come from focusing on the potential causes.

Let’s jump into it; 

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Why Should You Reset Your Frigidaire Air Conditioner?

Several reasons could prompt you to reset your Frigidaire air conditioner or any other brand. They include the following:

  • When your air conditioner doesn’t turn on – By resetting your AC, you can power it on when it’s unable to do so. That’s highly advisable when you can’t tell why your AC won’t power on. 
  • When your air conditioner has low power – If you cannot tell why your air conditioner has low power, consider resetting it. That’s more important if none of the AC’s major components are running. 
  • When the compressor doesn’t run, despite the AC turning on – While you expect the AC not to turn on when the compressor doesn’t turn on, sometimes it’s only the latter. If so, consider resetting the AC. 
  • When the AC doesn’t work even though the compressor and fan are running – Sometimes, the compressor and fan may run, but the air conditioner won’t work. In such a case, consider an AC reset. 
  • After a power failure/surge – It’s highly recommended to reset an air conditioner following a power fault. That’ll ensure it runs smoothly and nothing goes wrong with its program setup. Besides, the reset will help it cool down. 
  • When the AC runs intermittently – If your Frigidaire air conditioner runs briefly and stops, consider resetting it. 
  • When you want to protect the circuit breaker – The air conditioner is likely to blow the circuit breaker when it kicks in, which may result in an explosion. It’s advisable to reset the unit to avoid it.
  • When the AC doesn’t blow air – Consider resetting the air conditioner if it won’t blow for whatever reason. 
  • When the thermostat malfunctions – If you cannot set the temperature correctly because of a thermostat malfunction, consider resetting the AC.

10 Ways to Reset Frigidaire Air Conditioner Quickly

Now that you understand when to reset a Frigidaire conditioner, here are ten quick ways to do it:

1. ‘Reset Button’ Air Conditioner Reset

If you can locate the AC reset button on your unit, consider using this technique to reset it. For your information, you can reset the buttons on the AC power plug. So, check there first.

Search behind the unit’s service panel if it’s not on the plug. The reset button is ordinarily red. 

Here’s how to reset Frigidaire air conditioner using the reset button:

  • Unplug the AC unit from the wall socket and wait for 15 or more seconds
  • Plug the AC back into the electrical outlet and press the reset button
  • Hold down the AC’s reset button for 2-3 seconds and then release it 
  • If all goes well, the AC will kick on, but if it doesn’t, repeat the above steps and hold the reset button for 5 seconds.
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2. Hard Reset

A hard reset requires you to unplug your AC unit from the power and plug it back after 10-30 minutes, just like the reset button technique. 

The difference is that you wait longer but do not use the reset button. This reset technique is recommended when troubleshooting a Frigidaire window air conditioner

Remember, you can remove the batteries from the AC’s remorse control before plugging back the AC.

3. ‘Circuit Breaker’ AC Reset

This is another straightforward AC reset technique that you can try out. The method involves the circuit breaker and not the reset button as follows;

  • Locate the circuit breaker panel of your AC
  • Flip off the breaker
  • Wait for 10 minutes to flip the breaker back on
  • Switch on the AC unit to see if it kicks on

4. ‘Dip Switch’ Reset

Some Frigidaire ACs have a dip switch internally. You need to locate these switches, which look like tiny circuit boards on the back of the AC.

If you cannot find the dip switches, consult your manual or talk to a qualified technician. The reset technique only requires you to turn on the dip switches.

5. Outside ‘Reset Button’ Technique

Some Frigidaire air conditioners have an outside reset button instead of the dip switches, which is different from the usual plug reset button.

So, you can reset such an AC by pressing this button. You can do that after unplugging and plugging back the AC. 

6. ‘Fan Reset’ Technique

If the fan is the issue, you can specifically reset it, and while at it, you’ll reset the entire unit. Here’s how to go about it;

  • Turn on your AC unit and allow it to run briefly or until the unit makes a clicking sound 
  • Switch off the fan for about 30 seconds
  • Set the AC to ‘cool’ mode and then hold down the down arrow until the unit beeps twice
  • Now set it to ‘fan only’ or ‘auto/heat,’ depending on whether you want the AC to cool or heat your space
  • Then press the fan switch and hold on for 30 seconds to press ‘auto’ one more time
  • Once the AC beeps twice again, turn it off and take out the front panel
  • Push down the button on AC/fault indicator (using a screwdriver) to reset it
  • Turn the button anticlockwise as you press it down until it comes out
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7. Factory Reset 

You can also reset your Frigidaire air conditioner to its ‘initial’ factory settings. This technique only works when you have the AC’s factory code, which you can get on its keypad. 

Remember, these codes differ between AC models. So, you’ve to write yours down for future use. You only need to key in the factory to reset the AC. 

8. Isolator Switch 

Some Frigidaire air conditioners have an isolator switch between them and the main power/electrical supply. This switch’s job is to isolate the air conditioner to protect it from electrical damage. 

You can reset the unit by switching off the isolator switch. The technique allows you to not only reset but also restart the AC. 

9. Thermostat Reset

If you notice that the thermostat is malfunctioning, perhaps unable to adjust the temperature accordingly, you can reset it specifically.

Note that the thermostat enables the AC to cool your space depending on specific temperature settings. If it’s malfunctioning, the AC won’t cool.

You can reset a malfunctioning thermostat by reprogramming the AC or pressing the thermostat’s reset switch for 5 seconds. You can find the reset button under or on the thermostat’s cover.

10. Filter Reset 

Lastly, you can reset a Frigidaire air conditioner by resetting its filter. Note, however, that this is only applicable when your filter reset light comes on.

By resetting the filter, you can bypass the need to replace it, saving you money, especially when it is newly fitted. Overall, here’s how to reset Frigidaire air conditioner filter:

  • Power off the air conditioner
  • Open up the filter compartment and take out the filter
  • Vacuum the filter to get rid of the dirt cake. Be careful, nonetheless, not to damage the light filter
  • You can also wipe off the dirt using a soft cloth soaked in warm water with regular detergent
  • Wipe dry the filter or allow it to dry by itself
  • Refit the light filter and turn on the AC
  • Press the filter reset button for 3-5 seconds to complete the filter reset.
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Frigidaire Air Conditioner Reset Button Keeps Tripping? Here’s Why and What to Do

Sometimes the Frigidaire air conditioner reset button or circuit breaker constantly trips, which means it’s unreliable in protecting your AC. well, there are several possible explanations for that, and they are as follows:

  • Dirty filter or unit – Dirt makes it hard for the blower to work, so it works extra hard. Doing so causes it to draw extra electricity, which causes the reset button to trip. Change the AC’s air filter and clean it outside correctly to fix it. 
  • Shortened motor – If the motor overheats, its wire installation breaks down and may catch fire. Once the motor shorts, the circuit breaker will trip repeatedly. To fix it, call an expert technician or electrician. 
  • Grounded compressor – If the compressor’s electrical winding breaks, we say it’s grounded, and the danger is that the coil burns out. Once that happens, the reset button will trip. You can fix that by cleaning the refrigerant line but if it doesn’t work, replace the malfunctioning compressor. 
  • Hard-starting compressor – At all times, the compressor may not be grounded but will struggle to turn on, mainly because it’s aging. If so, the reset button will repeatedly trip. Thus, replace the compressor. 

People Also Ask

1. How Do You Manually Reset an Air Conditioner?

You can manually reset an air conditioner by unplugging it or flipping off the circuit breaker for 10-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can unplug it for 15 seconds and hold the reset button down for 3-5 seconds. 

2. How Do You Troubleshoot a Frigidaire Air Conditioner?

You can quickly troubleshoot a Frigidaire air conditioner that won’t start, cool, or blow air by resetting it. That involves unplugging it for 15 seconds and holding the reset button down for 3-5 seconds. It may also help clean the AC, readjust the temperature, and replace whatever defective component. 

3. How Do I Reset My Frigidaire Air Conditioner Filter?

You can reset your Frigidaire air conditioner filter by taking it out and cleaning it. Once the filter is clean, reinstall it and press the reset button briefly to complete the reset.

Closing Thought On How to Reset Frigidaire Air Conditioner:

Above are ten ways you can reset your Frigidaire air conditioner. So, choose whatever technique you like and use it. What’s important is that you can fix the issue and restore your AC to its proper working status.

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