A refrigerator is one of the most reliable appliances in the home. They rarely give any problems and just sit there doing their job without you needing to think about it. However, there are times when they stop working or do something odd and need to be reset.
Since so little troubleshooting or maintenance is required for a Beko fridge freezer, not many people know how to reset a fridge. There are a few ways to reset a Beko fridge by unplugging it, sometimes being one of them. The key is understanding how to reset and under what circumstances.
This article will cover everything you need to know about how to reset a Beko fridge freezer.
When do you need to reset a fridge freezer?
There are some issues that a fridge freezer has that require a reset. There are signs to look for that signal that you are having some issues that can be resolved by doing this. For instance, if the temperature is not reaching what you had programmed or you are unable to program the temperature then a reset is necessary. In many cases, this will resolve the problem and you can move on without any issues.
You could have the Beko fridge and freezer acting up due to a power outage that suddenly makes it difficult to reprogram the temperature settings. Or, there is a lot of frost in the freezer that is affecting the temperature controls.
There are other times when you get an error code if you have a certain Beko fridge freezer model that has a digital display. Sometimes the error code is not accurate and the appliance is not having the problem that is indicated. In this case, a reset will get it back to normal.
Lastly, sometimes the onboard computer or circuit board gets confused and the fridge beeps nonstop even though there are no signs that the door is left open or other problems aren’t present. A reset will stop the beeping.
These are the common reasons to have to reset a Beko fridge and very often they work. However, there are times when there is something wrong with the fridge freezer that a reset won’t do much to fix. The first thing to do is to go over how to reset and then figure out how to solve the problem when resetting doesn’t work.
The 7 steps to reset a fridge freezer
Resetting a Beko fridge freezer is not something to do without planning ahead. It involves a bit of time and your food can get spoiled and your floor wet if you don’t prepare ahead of doing the reset. Luckily, the process of resetting a Beko fridge freezer is fairly easy. The thing to keep in mind is that it takes a long time. Unfortunately, it is not something that takes a few minutes. It’s also important to note that there is no dedicated reset button to do this procedure.
1 – Empty the fridge and freezer
The reset process can take over an hour and in some cases can see your fridge left at an ambient temperature for up to 24 hours. This means that there is a high chance that your food is going to spoil or thaw. Most thawed food cannot be refrozen or you risk getting quite sick when you eat it.
Make sure to have a backup system for you to store your frozen food so it stays frozen and that you keep your food from the fridge at around the same temperature as it is in the fridge for at least a few hours.
Having a neighbor or friend keep your food for you during this process is ideal. Otherwise, try to find a cooler that will keep your food frozen and cold for the duration of this process.
2 – Unplug from the mains
One thing to understand about modern appliances is that they have a computer that controls the operation. When you turn them off, there is still some memory left in the circuit board that needs to clear. This means that you have to unplug the Beko fridge freezer from the power source and wait long enough for the memory to clear so you can program it the way that you like.
Unplug the fridge and don’t be alarmed by the noise that it will inevitably make. This is normal and expected. The noise is partly made because the compressor, evaporator, and condenser coils, fan motors, thermostats, and sensors will all be powering down.
If you have a Beko fridge freezer that is hardwired into the mains, then shut it off by using the circuit breaker panel and switching the power source off for that area of the electrical supply.
Make sure to have some towels to place around the floor when you turn it off this way since there will be condensation that drips as well as the ice from the freezer that will melt.
3 – Turn the temperature setting to 0
If your Beko fridge freezer model has a dial to set the internal temperature then turn it to 0 since there is still going to be some residual current left in the system even though you’ve unplugged it. This will speed up the process since it will be slow to drop the temperature if you don’t do this step.
Those that have a digital display and buttons will need to press and hold the “Fast Freeze” and “Super Cool” buttons for at least 5 seconds.
4 – Keep it off for 40 minutes
Leaving it off for at least this amount of time is going to clear the computer and do a hard reset. This effectively reboots the system and clears the memory. If you plug it back in too early then you risk it going right back to the state it was in before when you were having your problem.
During this time you can do some routine maintenance that will help your fridge start working fine again. Vacuuming out the condenser, for example, is something that needs to be done when the Beko fridge is off so this presents the perfect opportunity to do that.
5 – Turn the fridge freezer back on
Now that enough time has passed you should plug the appliance back in or switch the circuit breaker for it back to the On position. Once that is done you can turn the unit on as well. This should be the end of the resetting process and your fridge should be ready now for new settings. You just need to do a quick evaluation that things are working as they should.
The first thing to do is to make sure that the display is working and that there isn’t an error code. If you have a Beko fridge model that doesn’t have a digital display then ensure that the light is on. If the display is lit normally and the light is on, then listen to hear if the compressor has kicked on. This is the distinctive hum that you hear when the fridge is running.
6 – Set the temperature
Those that have the basic temperature dial should now set it to 2 or 3 depending on how cold you like it. The coldest is 0 and the warmest is 5. Something in the middle will ensure that you have it cold enough that food won’t spoil, yet, at the same time that you don’t have items close to the back of the Beko fridge begin to freeze slightly.
For those with a digital control panel, you will need to program it for the right internal temperature for both the fridge and freezer. Start by pressing the icon for the Beko fridge several times until it gives you the option to set the temp. A temp of around 4°C is ideal for most people.
Then do the same for the freezer by pressing the freezer icon until you are able to set the temperature. The ideal temperature is something around -18°C.
Pressing the Key Lock button on the display will protect those settings so they can’t be changed by accident. If you have children that love to play with buttons then this is a good idea to set on your fridge freezer.
7 – Wait for it to fully cool
Unfortunately, you can’t start restocking your fridge and freezer just yet. You will need to wait up to 24 hours for it to finally reach the desired temp. The freezer takes especially long to get to -18°C and it is really important that it is fully frozen there.
Putting frozen foods into a freezer that is not at the right temp could put foods into the danger zone and end up giving you food poisoning.
You may be able to stock the fridge as it takes less time to cool. Start with putting things like condiments in that aren’t at a high risk of spoiling. When it reaches the new temperature setting then think about restocking meats and fish.
How to keep your freezer and fridge working effectively
Now that you’ve gotten your Beko fridge freezer combo reset and working as intended, it’s a good idea to make sure it stays that way. There are habits that you can take on and some routine maintenance to do that will keep the appliance working well into the future.
Check ambient temperature
One thing that can shorten the life of your refrigerator and freezer is to have a high ambient temp around it. It is important to see if there is good airflow around the appliance since this affects how well it can maintain its internal temp.
If the surrounding area is too hot then it will be difficult for the unit to work properly. Make sure that there is nothing obstructing the airflow around it such as cabinets above it, or being too close to a heater.
Inspect the door seal
The cold air inside the fridge or freezer needs to stay that way and the door seals are what keep it in. It is important to make sure that this seal is always connected flush to the fridge so it doesn’t allow warm air to get inside and cool air to get out.
If it looks like it doesn’t seal tightly then you will need to replace it.
Don’t overload it
If you put too much food inside the fridge or the freezer compartments then it takes a long time to cool down since you can’t get good airflow inside. This means that some food may end up getting warm or thawing slightly and could spoil. You’ll also notice too much ice forming inside the freezer. To avoid this, always make sure to only fill them up with enough food to get you through the next few days to a week. You can avoid overloading the fridge or the freezer bin by just getting the essentials.
Clean the condenser
The condenser is what controls the cooling system as it removes the warm air from inside the appliance to keep it at the right temperature. The condenser can get clogged with dust and debris over time and struggle to do its job. Cleaning it regularly is essential.
When the unit is unplugged from the wall socket during the hard reset then you can take a handheld vacuum and clean the dirt and dust off of it so it works properly.
Check the light
There is a light inside the unit that goes on when you open the door. It will shut off when you close it because there is a sensor that does so. When the sensor isn’t working properly then the light could be staying on even when the door is closed. This means that you could have the light warming things up inside the fridge.
This heat can not only spoil your food, but it can end up causing technical problems with the operation of the fridge. Make sure to test the sensor of the light with a multimeter if the food inside doesn’t seem to be cooling down enough.
Although it is fairly simple to reset a Beko fridge, you can see that there is a bit that you need to know before you get started. Luckily, with the help of this article, you can avoid any problems since you will now know everything that is involved with resetting it. Your Beko refrigerator and freezer could be the most important appliance you have in the home since healthy food that isn’t spoiled is essential.