How Do You Reset a Hotpoint Refrigerator?

Is your Hotpoint refrigerator making weird noises? Or is the ice maker malfunctioning? 

Such issues with the refrigerator are quite common, but unfortunately, not many homeowners know how to tackle them. And when one is unsure about electrical devices, the first thing he/she does is call up a repairman or electrician. 

But believe it or not- you can fix these minor issues with some easy resetting methods. You could either turn off your Hotpoint fridge, check the power indicator light, or inspect the fridge door for the reset button.

So, if you’re wondering, “How do you reset a Hotpoint refrigerator?” keep reading till the end… 

How To Reset A Hotpoint Fridge?

Step 1

Check the roof inside your Hotpoint fridge to locate the control panel. Therein, you’ll spot a knob that controls the freezer. Twist it to the “Off” position.

Step 2

Once that’s done, pull the refrigerator power cord from the wall socket or any other source of electricity that you might be using. Note that this is an essential step in most types of resetting methods. 

Step 3

After unplugging the fridge, you will notice the power indicator light turning off. This light is located next to the knob you saw on the first step. Now, your Hotpoint fridge has turned off completely. This should help in resetting the internal thermostat. 

Step 4

Next, plug the refrigerator back into the dedicated wall socket and turn the freezer operation knob to the desired position. Allow the fridge to cool for some time, and thereafter, it should start functioning properly.

If not, we recommend checking the user manual for model-specific resetting steps.

How To Reset Hotpoint Fridge Freezer?

The freezer side often causes problems in a refrigerator due to frozen evaporator coils, a malfunctioning condenser, etc. So, if the previous method did not help, try the following steps… 

Step 1

Pull out the freezer dial and snap the shaft with a pair of pliers. 

Step 2

Twist the fridge dial such that it forms a 12 o’clock position. Then snap it off, too.

Step 3

Now, swap the positions of both the dials. Doing so will turn off the freezer, and you’ll be able to reset it efficiently and get a new dial in the meantime. 

How To Reset The Compressor In Hotpoint Refrigerators?

Step 1

Unplug the fridge from the power socket and let it remain that way for a few minutes. Also, switch off the fridge and freezer controls located inside the fridge.

Step 2

Now insert the plug back in and set the required temperature on the freezer and fridge controls. You must allow the refrigerator to adjust to the new temperature settings. 

Note that this method resets the thermostat, which, in turn, resets the compressor of most refrigerator brands. 

How To Reset Defrost Timer Of Any Hotpoint Model?

Step 1

First, locate the defrost timer on the control panel of the refrigerator. Then you’ll have to find the round notch and twist it counterclockwise with a flathead screwdriver. 

Step 2

As a result, the evaporator fan will stop working, and you won’t be able to hear it anymore. This indicates that you have successfully reset the defrost system.

How To Reset The Ice Maker Of A Hotpoint Fridge?

Step 1

Unplug the fridge for about a minute and plug it back again. 

Step 2

Pause for at least 20 seconds and press the ice feeler arm down thrice. Note that the feeler arm in some refrigerators go up-and-down while others may go side-by-side.

How To Reset The Water Filter Light?

Step 1

Replace the water filter and press the “Filter Reset” button. Hold for 8 seconds.

Step 2

This should turn off the indicator. But if you’re unable to find the reset button for the filter, make sure you check the display panel.

Does Your Hotpoint Fridge Need A Reset?

1. Power Outage

Frequent cases of power outages can cause issues in your Hotpoint fridge. As such, it may not start properly or get damaged internally. And if the lights seem to fluctuate, the temperature of the fridge will end up changing rapidly, which is, again, a serious concern.

As a result, resetting the fridge cannot solve the issue, so it’s best to consult a professional after a power outage or a power surge.

2. Error Codes

If you’re unable to figure out what has gone wrong with your Hotpoint refrigerator, look for error codes on the control panel. These codes indicate the issue with the fridge, and you can take action accordingly.

Note that resetting the fridge may cause the error codes to disappear, but that does not mean that the problem has been solved. If it still persists, the error code will flash again after some time, so we recommend keeping the user manual handy or contacting a professional.

3. Specific Issues

Sometimes there may be issues that cannot be solved with a reset. Like, the light inside the fridge may not turn on, or there may be issues with the ice dispenser. While the fridge may not require repairs, there may be different ways to fix it at home. 

4. Sabbath Mode

Most fridges are equipped with the Sabbath Mode, which allows the user to open and close the refrigerator and freezer door without triggering the interior lights. In this mode, you will not be able to use any of the controls, and the water filter light remains disabled. 

As such, you may not realize that the Sabbath Mode of the fridge is turned on and assume that it needs a repair. So, make sure that you check the user manual to know more about the settings and save yourself from the time and money that may go into calling a repairperson.

5. Showroom Mode

Similar to the previous setting, a refrigerator also features a Showroom Mode (demo mode), wherein all the functions are deactivated except the interior lighting. As the name suggests, this mode is used when the fridge is on display in a store.

However, the steps to release the demo mode may differ for every model, so we suggest checking the user manual to reset the fridge.

FAQs About Resetting A Hotpoint Refrigerator 

Do all Hotpoint refrigerators have a reset button?

A Hotpoint fridge does not typically feature reset or auto buttons. In fact, most refrigerator brands do not recommend resetting the fridge unless you are moving or cleaning it, or need to repair it after a power outage.

So, you will have to press a combination of buttons to reset the unit. Do keep in mind that the method may differ for every model, so it is always wise to refer to the user manual before taking any action.

What could cause my Hotpoint refrigerator to stop cooling?

Some causes behind inefficient cooling are as follows…

1. Dusty condenser coils
2. A broken condenser fan
3. A broken evaporator fan
4. Frosted evaporator coils
5. A broken air inlet damper

What setting should my hotpoint fridge be on

The setting for a Hotpoint fridge should be at or around 37°F for the refrigerator and 0°F for the freezer. These temperatures are considered optimal for keeping food fresh and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.

The settings can be adjusted using the control panel or thermostat on the fridge. It’s important to check the temperature regularly and adjust as needed, keeping in mind that the setting can be affected by the frequency of door opening, the amount of food stored and the room temperature.

Always consult the user manual for the specific model of refrigerator for instructions and recommendations.

Hotpoint fridge freezer thermostat not working

A faulty thermostat in a Hotpoint fridge freezer can cause temperature issues and can be difficult to diagnose. One of the first signs of a malfunctioning thermostat is an excessive build-up of frost or ice.

Another sign is that the fridge or freezer is not maintaining the correct temperature. To check if the thermostat is working, you can try adjusting the temperature setting, if the temperature does not change or the unit does not respond, the thermostat may be faulty.

It’s important to consult the user manual for the specific model of refrigerator for instructions on how to check and replace the thermostat. If unsure or the problem persists, it is recommended to seek professional service.



Finally, we’ve reached the end of this comprehensive guide, so we hope you were able to pick up some tips and tricks to reset your Hotpoint fridge successfully. 

But before we sign off, we’d like to reiterate the importance of plugging off a fridge or any other electrical appliance before resetting or repairing it. We also suggest emptying the refrigerator and freezer beforehand.

That said, stay tuned because we’ll be back with another interesting guide soon. Until then, stay safe!

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