A flashing little light doesn't always mean a big problem for the hulking kitchen appliance. The blinking lights on the refrigerator may seem confusing at first, but they are intended to assist you in quickly working out what may be wrong with the appliance.
When the GE Profile refrigerator interior light is blinking, it may just need a simple reset. Common problems that are fairly easy to remedy can cause the issue, and a reset of the GE refrigerator can stop those lights from blinking.
Water Dispenser Light Flashes
If the GE refrigerator water dispenser light is blinking, then it could be a problem with the ice maker. GE Appliances recommends turning the ice maker to the off position for 15 seconds. Push the water dispenser paddle exactly three times during those 15 seconds before turning the ice maker back on.
The rake inside the machine will turn to the home position, where the rake's teeth are in line with the ice stripper's teeth. The ice maker should begin to start making ice again within three minutes. GE notes that the heater inside of the ice maker can get hot to the touch so be careful when handling the machine parts.
The light should then stop blinking. If the ice machine takes more than seven minutes to make a bath of ice, it will go into Harvest Fix mode. If that final mode doesn't work, then the ice maker light will flash continually. The ice maker may need to be replaced if the light continues to flash after resetting the machine.
GE Refrigerator Control Board Reset
The control panel will flash codes when it's not working properly. According to Sears Parts Direct, some of the most common error codes that will flash across the control board have to do with the temperature of the freezer. These include:
- The freezer or fridge is not cold enough.
- The interior is too cold, and frost is building up.
- The ice maker isn't making ice or ice is thin and small.
- The refrigerator or freezer simply needs some routine maintenance to keep the appliance at the correct temperature and all of its many parts running smoothly.
If the control panel continues to flash codes or has blinking lights, then it can be reset by unplugging the appliance for 30 seconds. Check that water filters are correctly placed in the appliance and replace old ones.
What Common Error Codes Mean
The control panel will flash codes to alert you to these common issues with the appliance. The FF code means that the temperature inside of the freezer compartment has risen above normal for a steady two hours. Check that the doors are properly closed and the gaskets that run around the edges of the doors are in good shape.
The PF code will appear if there has been a power failure that caused a drop in temperature inside the appliance for a lengthy amount of time. If the ice maker does not work well, a CI will appear on the control board. CC means the temperature inside the freezer is too warm and dE notes that there is a problem with the defrost system.
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