Hand adjusting a Frigidaire Air Conditioner

Owners love their Frigidaire air conditioners, but sometimes they need a little maintenance. One of the first steps to maintaining your Frigidaire air conditioner is learning how to reset Frigidaire air conditioner if the computer malfunctions.

Read this for a step-by-step guide that walks you through two different methods of resetting a Frigidaire air conditioner. Keep reading to learn how to reset the unit as well as common problems that can be remedied with a simple reset.

How to Reset Frigidaire Air Conditioner 

These are the simple steps to reset your air conditioner if it’s on the fritz:

First, you need to find where the reset button is on the unit. It may be in varying spots depending on the model you have. If you still have your unit’s owner manual, it will tell you exactly where to find the button.

Unplug the air conditioner and count to twenty. Count out loud because you don’t want to go too fast. When you finish counting, plug the unit back in immediately.

Now, hold down the reset button for about three seconds; feel free to count out loud again. Release the button, and the air conditioner should be reset now.

Alternative Reset Method

If you’ve tried the above steps but they didn’t work, don’t fret. There is one more reset method you can give a try before you call for backup.

First, Find the circuit breaker panel on your air conditioner. Now, turn the circuit breaker to the off position. Wait for a few minutes before turning it back on. Watch an episode of Cheers or something. Now just turn the unit back on, and — fingers crossed! — it will work.

This method essentially reboots the control panel from the bottom up, so any error codes should be eliminated, and the air conditioner should work again.

Reasons to Know How to Reset Frigidaire Air Conditioner

There are a few problems that can be solved by simply resetting your air conditioner.

If you are experiencing any of the following problems, try resetting it before you take it apart or call a professional.

  • Refrigerant leaks
  • Broken remote control
  • Control panel non-responsive
  • Dirty filter
  • Sensor malfunctions
  • Thermostat on the wrong setting
  • Drainage issues
  • Excessive noise or vibration

Steps to Reset The Air Filter of a Frigidaire Air Conditioner

While we’re on the subject, we wanted to walk you through how to clean and reset your filter, as well. You can do so with these simple steps:

  1. Turn off the AC
  2. Find the filter compartment, then open it
  3. Take the filter out by its tab
  4. Vacuum the filter gently
  5. Wipe the dust off the sides using a microfiber cloth damp with warm water
  6. Allow the filter to air dry fully (it may take a few hours)
  7. Re-insert the filter
  8. Hold down on the reset filter button until the light goes off

Importance of Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your unit is imperative to keep it running well. Many manufacturers suggest calling a professional to inspect your unit once a year, but this isn’t financially plausible for everyone.

If you don’t want to call an expert every year, you should regularly reset and clean your unit to ensure too much dust doesn’t build up and cause a malfunction. If you can call an expert to inspect it, that is the best way to keep the air conditioner running smoothly for years to come.

Bottom Line

There are a few different reasons you may want to reset your Frigidaire air conditioner, and fortunately, it is relatively simple to do. Hopefully, this guide will help you fix whatever problem you may be having with your air conditioner.

Frigidaire air conditioners are great products because they last a long time and work efficiently, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need some routine maintenance or TLC. Make sure you take proper care of your unit, and then you’ll only need to reference this guide once a year or so.

And if you tried everything here, don’t forget that HVAC specialists are always available to help you get your air conditioner back on track.


What are error codes?

Error codes show up on your Frigidaire unit when there has been a lapse in functioning or some other problem. The air conditioner will remember these problems and report error codes that can be helpful when experts come to fix your unit.

But if your air conditioner is working fine and has error codes in it, it can overwhelm the computer system, so it’s best to clear them once they are resolved.

When should I call a specialist?

If you have successfully reset the air conditioner and it is still having problems, you should call an HVAC specialist to inspect the issue. In addition, if there is ever exposed wire or the unit trips your circuit breaker, it is best to call a professional, whether it is an HVAC specialist or an electrician.

If you were unable to reset the unit, you should also call a specialist. Do not try to reset the air conditioner more than once or twice, or it can damage the internal computer.