Resetting your refrigerator compressor is one way to defrost the fridge or otherwise adjust its temperature. A reset can also resolve other internal issues like incorrect timer cycles. Try a reset first when addressing weirdness with fridge temperature controls.
Disconnect your fridge from its power source by removing the power cord from the wall outlet or by flipping the correct circuit breaker in the breaker panel.
- There may be whooshing or knocking noises, which is normal.
- Remain unplugged for 10 minutes.
Adjust Control Panel Settings
After unplugging the refrigerator adjust the control panel inside the fridge.
- Set the controls to “zero" or switch them off entirely.
- If you hear a clunk when turning the thermostat to zero, then your compressor's internals are sloppy and likely needs replacing.
- Return power to your refrigerator.
- In the event of ice buildup, consider performing a freezer defrost as part of regular maintenance.
Reset Fridge and Freezer Temperature Settings
Return your control panel to the appropriate cold setting. This may be 4 or 5 on a 1-10 scale, or may simply be labeled “cold”.
- Wait for Temperature to Stabilize. This may take more than 24 hours, depending on the model, so be patient.
Hopefully your fridge compressor has rebounded and is back to normal. If there are still issues with frost buildup, perform a freezer defrost. If this doesn't remediate your ice buildup and temperature control issues, refer to the following wikis: