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Common Frigidaire Refrigerator Error Codes: Causes and Troubleshooting

Owning a fridge is one thing and knowing what to expect is another. Electronics work, but they also become problematic at some point.

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Most of the problems register as error codes that need interpretation. I recommend understanding the different codes your Frigidaire fridge may display.

Do not feel intimidated when error codes pop up on your fridge display. Most people switch off their fridges, hoping the error will disappear.

I suggest getting to the bottom of the issue rather than switching it off and on, as the error might recur. After all, these error codes help troubleshoot and fix potential fridge problems.

Different models of the Frigidaire will show different error codes. I will tackle a few error codes that appear in most models. My goal is to explain the codes’ meanings. I’ll also help you better interpret the challenges for a more lasting solution.

Deciphering Error Codes on Frigidaire Fridges

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I will cover the most common errors and their meanings. By the end of this article, you will know the best solutions and steps to take whenever such error codes appear.

Error Code OP

When the OP error displays on the temperature screen, this is a sign that the freezer door is open. Close and check if the error disappears. If it persists, chances are that there is a temperature sensor issue in the freezer.

Troubleshoot the error by first ensuring the freezer door is closed. Next, unplug the fridge and find the location of the freezer temperature sensor.

Inspect the sensor. Also, check the wiring between the sensor and the electronic control board. There may be damages and potential faults.

In case you locate something, I recommend fixing it quickly. You may need to repair or replace the component depending on the type and extent of the damage. After fixing possible damages, turn the fridge back on and check if the OP error persists.

Error Codes that May Appear on the Refrigerator Display

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Several error codes may appear on the fridge display screen. Each of these codes has a different meaning. Knowing what each means can help with giving the right solution.

The SH Error Code

It displays on the fridge temperature screen. It signifies the temperature sensor shorting out. To troubleshoot the error:

  • Disconnect the fridge from the power source
  • Find the fridge temperature sensor.
  • Remove the wire harness from the temperature sensor
  • Use a multimeter to check for continuity in the sensor.
  • Find any faults and make sure to replace them immediately. Your goal is to end the error code

DF Error Code

This error code indicates an existing problem with the defrost circuit. It comes about when the defrost control board cannot activate the defrost cycle.

  • You need first to inspect some components in the defrost control board.
  • Check the wiring harness connecting the defrost control board to the timer.
  • Determine if there is damage or loose wiring.
  • Next, use a multimeter to check for continuity.
  • Replace or repair the components you find as defective and damaged.

The SY or EF Error Code

This error code signifies an issue with the evaporator fan. In most cases, it is a circuit failure.

Usually, warm air from the fridge is drawn and then blown over the evaporator coils by the evaporator fan.

Cool air is forced into the fridge compartment. This happens after the liquid refrigerant absorbs all the heat by cooling the coils.

Your fridge will thus fail to keep things cold if the evaporator fan continues to operate.

  • Fix it by first disconnecting the fridge from the power source.
  • Next, find the evaporator fan location.
  • Visually inspect the wire harness connection. This is important as it brings out loose and damaged wires.
  • Depending on the kind of damage, repair or replace the wires.
  • Use a multimeter to confirm continuity if the error or damage is not apparent.
  • Complete by replacing the problematic wires.

The SY, CE, SY, OR CF error codes

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When the error codes display on the screen, know there is a communication failure. The electronic control board and the user interface are not communicating.

  • Troubleshoot by first disconnecting the fridge from its power source.
  • Find the wire harness connecting the electronic control board and the user interface.
  • Examine for visible damage.
  • If no clear wire damage is evident, use a millimeter to confirm continuity.
  • Replace any of the damaged wires after confirming them.

The SB Error Code

This code pops up to signify that the fridge is in Sabbath mode. This mode is often available in certain models to support specific religious lifestyles.

A good example is the Orthodox Jewish community. They have to observe the sabbath and often set this fridge mode.

Whenever it comes up, it is possible that someone pressed the mode.

The fridge’s ice maker, control panel, and lights will not work in this mode. But the freezer and refrigerator will keep cooling items inside.

Do not worry if the mode displays. It may be accidental or a kid’s fault.

Fix it by holding the “V” and “+” buttons for at least five seconds. This will turn the Sabbath mode off and restore your fridge settings to what you want.


What are the common problems with Frigidaire refrigerators?

Frigidaire fridges exhibit specific problems. Some of the most common include failing to cool as the refrigerator stays warm. It is also possible for the freezer to have frost build up. The ice and water dispenser may also fail, and the fridge may run non-stop.

How do I run a diagnostic on my Frigidaire refrigerator?

Activate the Diagnostic Mode on a Frigidaire fridge. Hold down the freezer temperature up button with the freezer temperature down button. Release and depress the two at the same time next.

What does F1 mean on a Frigidaire?

The F1 errors mean that the control board has failed in several ways. This is also one of the most common errors and always signifies a need to replace the control board.

Video explaining Frigidaire refrigerator diagnostic. It shows you how to troubleshoot your fridge