Some of your appliances such as your Frigidaire refrigerator may not seem to work after the outage.
This occurrence is more common than you may think; however it does not always mean that your fridge is done for, it could simply mean that there is a problem with a component of the fridge. In today’s guide, we will provide some common reasons why this is happening and some simple fixes for the said issue.
Why Is My Frigidaire Fridge Not Working After Power Outage?
There are several possibilities as to why your Frigidaire fridge is not working correctly after a power outage has occurred.
It is important to note that not all refrigerators will power back on by themselves immediately after a power outage, as it may take manually turning the fridge back on.
Power outages are not uncommon as they are quite a common occurrence, especially in big cities where all of the power being distributed is interconnected to one large power supply, which means if something goes wrong at the center of the power supply, then all of the smaller connections will falter as well.
Since power outages are more common than one may think, the manufacturers of fridges such as your Frigidaire fridge do install safety measures for such an event.
This means that a power outage such as the one you recently experienced, should not kill your fridge outright; however, it is not uncommon for a fridge to be rendered useless following a power outage. While this is probably the least likely scenario, it should not be counted out as a possibility.
After a power outage has occurred, all outlet-connected appliances and devices will lose power; however in the case of the fridge, if the door is not opened after the power outage, it will still retain the cold air that is keeping it cool inside of the fridge for some time.
1. Frigidaire Fridge May Require Manual Power On
It may seem obvious, but you may not have thought of turning the Frigidaire fridge back on after the power outage. Many refrigerators will turn back on automatically; however, this is not true for every Frigidaire fridge model.
This may seem inconvenient but it can also help to prevent an electrical shortage from occurring, since sometimes when the fridge turns back on automatically following a power outage, the surge of power can cause a reaction from either the power cord to the Frigidaire fridge or even the electrical outlet.
Such an electrical short can lead to a power cord burning out or even an electrical fire, which is never good for anyone.
Fix – Turn The Frigidaire Fridge Back On
If you believe that your Frigidaire fridge is not powering on following a power outage, you may have to manually turn the fridge back on.
As a safety precaution, some refrigerators will not turn back on automatically after a power outage, which makes it completely reasonable that you may not have thought of manually turning the fridge back on.
Luckily, this is simple enough to accomplish with no professional assistance needed, as all you will need to do is set the temperature for the fridge part and the freezer to the “0” temperature setting. After you have done this, you will want to give it at least 20 minutes or so to balance out the system’s functions.
Once you have waited for an appropriate amount of time, you can then set the temperature for the Frigidaire fridge portion to 37 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the safest temperature to have your fridge set to for all seasons.
After that, set your freezer to 0 degrees Fahrenheit as this is the optimal setting for a freezer.
Now, you will want to give the fridge ample time to balance its temperature without opening the doors, which should be around 24 hours.
2. Check The Circuit Breaker
The moment the power comes back on after the power outage, the first thing you will want to do is check the circuit breaker for your home.
It is a good habit to form to check the circuit breaker after a power outage to make sure the circuit breaker is still in good condition.
Since the circuit break typically takes the majority of the surge during a power outage, some components on the circuit breaker can become unstable or even broken, which means it is always good to check the circuit breaker following a power outage.
If you are not familiar with the circuit breaker for your home, you will be just fine as you can see the circuit breaker as a safety control center for all of the electricity in your home.
The circuit breaker may seem intimidating but it is made to be relatively simple for any homeowner to use. With that said, it is always a good idea to exercise caution when working with any form of electricity.
Fix – Try The Switches on The Circuit Breaker
The first thing you will want to do after a power outage and your Beko fridge is not working properly is to flip the power switch for the fridge on the circuit breaker.
Once you have located the circuit breaker for your home, it will typically have labels to indicate which switch controls which power line. For example, if there are labels, the label may read “Refridgerator” or “Kitchen.”
If there are no labels for the switches, your best bet will be to switch off the main power switch for the circuit breaker and then switch it back on.
When you flip the main switch for the circuit breaker, it will turn off the power supply for everything connected to an outlet in your home. When you flip the main switch back on, the power will be restored to all functioning outlets within your home and this very well could get your Beko fridge back to a properly functioning state.
3. Frigidaire Fridge May Require A Reset
When a power outage occurs, the power to all electrical appliances in your home that are connected via an electrical outlet has the power cut immediately and rather abruptly.
This quick cut of power supply can sometimes confuse the refrigerator’s system and or compressor.
So it is not only possible that your Frigidaire fridge may not turn back on automatically following a power outage, but it is also possible that the control board for the fridge essentially got confused by the abrupt cut of the power supply. This is also a rather common issue to experience after a power outage.
Fix – Reset Your Frigidaire Fridge
After a power outage, your Frigidaire fridge’s system may have become confused since this is rather quite common with large power-receiving appliances such as your fridge.
Sometimes after a power outage, all you need to do to regain the use of your fridge is to reset it. This can be done by unplugging the fridge for around 5 to 10 minutes or by pressing and holding a series of buttons on the fridge’s control panel.
It varies from model to model, but generally speaking, most models use a similar combination. Give this a try as it could be the answer to your refrigerator problem.
4. Inspect The Electrical Outlet
It is important to understand that a refrigerator is typically plugged into a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) electrical outlet, which is not all too different from a regular outlet other than it serves as a protective measure to avoid electrical shock and the circuit will also have a “Reset” button or slide on the outlet.
The GFCI outlet may have been tripped when the power outage happened, which will require flipping the switch on the circuit breaker or pressing the “Reset” button or slider on the outlet.
However, if you have already tried both of these methods and your Frigidaire fridge is still not working, then you will want to examine the power cord for the fridge and the GFCI electrical outlet.
Fix – Check The Power Supply
What you are looking for on the GFCI outlet and the power cable is any burning, melting, or damage. Make sure to flip the circuit breaker switch for the GFCI outlet to avoid any potential electrical shock and also be sure to unplug the refrigerator.
Are there any burn marks on the outlet or power cable? Has anything melted? If so, you will want to transfer your food and drinks to a cooler and keep GFCI electrical outlet powered down.
As for the power cable, you will also want to check for any exposed wires. If you noticed any amount of insulation has fallen from the power cable, you will need to immediately disconnect the fridge, move your food to another cooling unit, and have a professional replace the power cable if possible.
Exposed wires can lead to electricity erratically arcing from the cable to nearby surfaces. That is how electrical fires begin.
5. No Cooling Inside Frigidaire Fridge?
After a power outage, your Frigidaire fridge may still be running without you being able to genuinely tell that the appliance is still functioning.
You will want to listen closely to your Frigidaire fridge to tell if it is indeed running. It may be making whirling or swishing sounds, which is actually quite normal after the power has been cut so abruptly.
Though your Frigidaire fridge can make a series of noises that may or may not indicate a problem with the appliance. However, noises being made from the refrigerator are typically a good sign that the fridge is at least receiving power.
Fix – Wait and See
Does it not seem like the Frigidaire fridge is cooling? Do not panic quite yet. If you hear the refrigerator running, chances are there is nothing to worry about.
It needs at least 15 minutes before you will feel any genuine difference on the inside of the fridge.
Just make sure the temperature controls are set to 37 degrees Fahrenheit for the fridge and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. The power outage might have reset the temperature settings.
If it has been an hour or so and nothing has changed, then you may be looking at a dead fridge or, best-case scenario, a component has failed.
In fact, listen in for any noises. Your fridge can make some noises that may or may not indicate an issue. Be patient and wait and see if the fridge starts to cool and function properly.