Frigidaire freezers are reliable appliances that don’t often give issues. However, there can occasionally be a blinking green light. What causes this, and is there anything you can do about it without having to call a technician?
A blinking green light on a Frigidaire freezer indicates that there’s a worn-out door seal, inadequate power supply, or an overloaded freezer. The freezer might also need to be reset. You can fix this by buying a new door seal, checking your power supply, resetting, and not overloading your freezer.
This article will provide an in-depth explanation of the blinking green light issues above. It will also provide some helpful tips to get your Frigidaire freezer’s green light to stop blinking.
1. Worn-Out or Damaged Door Seal
A blinking green light on a Frigidaire freezer indicates that the freezer is not at its optimal temperature. A worn-out door seal can prevent the freezer from reaching the optimal temperature as it prevents the door from being properly closed.
If you haven’t shut your freezer door properly and it has remained partially open for some time, the green light will also start blinking.
How To Fix?
The first step is to check if your freezer was accidentally left open. If so, close it immediately, and the blinking green light will stop once the optimal temperature is reached.
However, if you think that it’s because of a worn-out or damaged door seal, inspect it for confirmation. Other signs of a damaged door seal include:
- Frost on the freezer’s walls
- The freezer using up more energy than usual
- The food you store in the freezer doesn’t last as long as before and appears only partially frozen
If your freezer door seal is damaged, you should replace it. You can do this yourself, or ask a technician to do it for you. If you opt to do it yourself, buy a Frigidaire-approved door seal, and follow the guide below:
- Peel away the old door seal. This should be quite easy because the seal is likely already loose. Start from one corner and go all the way around.
- Clean the place where you have removed the old door seal to help the new one adhere more effectively. You can use warm water and dish soap to remove the grub and grime.
- Install the new seal according to the instructions on the packaging and ensure that it sticks.
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2. Inadequate Power Supply
If you have confirmed that the door seal is in order, but the light is still blinking, then the issue may be a faulty or inadequate power supply to the freezer.
Intermittent or inadequate power supply to the freezer will cause it to stop maintaining its optimal temperature.
How To Fix?
The first thing you should do is ensure that the socket into which the freezer is plugged is functioning well.
If you suspect that there’s an issue with your power outlet, plug the freezer into another outlet and check if this resolves the issue. You can also use a voltage tester to check the power outlet. Klein Tools Voltage Tester (available on Amazon.com) is a cost-effective and highly-rated product that you can use for other purposes as well.
An inadequate or intermittent power supply can also be due to a damaged freezer power cord, and you can easily check if this is the issue by inspecting the cord. If the cord is damaged, ask an electrician to repair or replace it.
3. Overloaded Freezer
How much food you put in your freezer can affect how your freezer works. Too many items in the freezer will force it to work harder to maintain its optimal temperature. If the freezer struggles to operate at the correct temperature, the green light will blink continuously.
Additionally, the excess freezer items can block the air vents, restricting airflow and stopping the freezer from functioning as it should.
A freezer needs proper air circulation to remain cold, and overloading it will lead to not only spoilage of your freezer items but also higher energy consumption.
How To Fix?
The solution here is simple. You will need to ensure that your freezer is not overloaded.
You will know if your freezer is overloaded by the space available for the free flow of air. You can check your Frigidaire freezer’s maximum capacity by consulting the user manual. Alternatively, if your freezer looks filled to the brim, the chances are that it is too full, and you will need to remove some items.
If you are continuously running out of freezer space or your freezer is always packed to the fullest, you may need to consider upgrading to a larger model.
4. Your Frigidaire Freezer Must Be Reset
The final cause of a Frigidaire freezer’s green light blinking is that the appliance needs to be reset. Resetting your freezer can help with various issues, including timer cycle problems and temperature regulation issues. If you don’t have a self-defrosting freezer, you should reset it when you defrost it manually.
How To Fix
Here’s how to reset your Frigidaire freezer:
- Open your freezer, and remove any frozen items so that you have access to the buttons on the wall.
- Look for the “Power Cool” and “Power Freezer” buttons inside the freezer.
- Press these buttons down at the same time, and hold them for at least 15 seconds.
- After this, your freezer will be reset, and the blinking green light should be a thing of the past.
However, if the light continues to blink, you might need a professional to assess the problem for a complete resolution.
General Maintenance Tips for a Frigidaire Freezer
To prevent issues such as a blinking green light from recurring, it’s a good idea to maintain your Frigidaire freezer.
Here are some useful tips:
- Clean the inside of the freezer at least twice a year. This involves removing all the food from your freezer, and giving it a good wipe-down with a gentle cleaner. You should also throw out any expired food. Cleaning your freezer twice a year can prevent bacterial growth, bad smells, and will keep your frozen food safe to eat.
- Clean the condenser coil once a year. The condenser coils are located at the back of the freezer, and you can clean them by unplugging the appliance, and using a clean, dry cloth. You could also use a vacuum cleaner to remove excess dust.
- Keep your freezer at the recommended temperature. For your freezer to run properly and last long, ensure that you always keep it at the right temperature. The ideal temperature for a freezer is 0°F (-17.78°C).
If your Frigidaire freezer has a blinking light, it is not usually due to a serious issue. Some common causes include:
- An overloaded freezer
- Worn-out or damaged door seal
- Inadequate power supply
- A need to reset the freezer
You can easily resolve these issues yourself but if you don’t feel comfortable replacing parts, you should consult an approved Frigidaire technician.