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Old 06-19-2010, 09:36 PM
 
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I was out of town for a week and when I arrived home, I learned from neighbors that the power was out for about 6 hours. I fully expected my alarm clocks, appliances and other electronics to be flashing 12:00 but my refrigerator was off and needless to say I had to throw away a lot of food. Why didn't the refrigerator turn back on when the power was restored? Would a powerful high joule surge protector have prevented the refrigerator from being affected by a power outage?
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:48 PM
 
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I was out of town for a week and when I arrived home, I learned from neighbors that the power was out for about 6 hours. I fully expected my alarm clocks, appliances and other electronics to be flashing 12:00 but my refrigerator was off and needless to say I had to throw away a lot of food. Why didn't the refrigerator turn back on when the power was restored? Would a powerful high joule surge protector have prevented the refrigerator from being affected by a power outage?
how did you turn it on?
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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A surge protector isn't going to do anything if the power goes out. For that, you'll need a standby generator.

That said, you'll want to look into why the fridge didn't come back on when the power came back. If it's an older fridge, the timer may have gotten stuck in the defrost mode.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:33 AM
 
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how did you turn it on?
I unplugged it, then plugged it back in and set the temperatures in the freezer and refrigerators to the highest setting and within a few hours, everything was operational.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:51 PM
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Location: Redlands, CA
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It must have an internal breaker that resets when you unplug it. Protects the motor and circuitry...not your filet mignon >>>>
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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Had that happen. If one of the new models with all electronic controls, it reset back to 0 just like shipment. Manufacture came out and replaced something and it now restarts and goes to last setting (like it should) upon power restoral.
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Old Today, 02:36 PM
 
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Default Power outtage and restore on refrigerators

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Had that happen. If one of the new models with all electronic controls, it reset back to 0 just like shipment. Manufacture came out and replaced something and it now restarts and goes to last setting (like it should) upon power restoral.
Could I ask what brand of refrigerator you have? I am currently scrambling to decide if we should cancel an order on a kitchenaid refrigerator because of this possible issue. My husband called the service department and they told him that yes he would have to hit a reset button if the power went out. I am wondering though if that person was knowledable enough to know this for a fact. It does make sense and yet your comment gives me hope that there is a fridge with digital controls that really does restart on its own without needing to press a reset button. We lose power periodically because of frequent thunder storms and I do not want to buy a new fridge that may spoil our food if we are not home to press a reset button! Thanks for your reply, if you don't mind sharing your fridge brand and/or model number. I realize your post is old but a similar model may be available and I'd like to know the brand especially, since they were able to install something to make it work right. Thanks! Laura
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Old Today, 03:33 PM
 
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Our new Kenmore refrigerator has come back on at the desired setting both times our power was off during the first 3 weeks we lived in this new house in June.
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