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  • What does LA-1 mean shown in the electronic readout on the face of the fridge?

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  • guest

    November 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Just wanted to know what “LA-1” meant on the electronic readout on the face of the fridge? We just bought several of these fridges for the Spokane VA Hospital

  • ectofix

    November 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Most of us here (particularly ME) are technicians working primarily on equipment in the food service sector.  In that realm, Follett only sells ice machines.  Thanks to your question, I now see that Follett also makes refrigerators and freezers, but are classified as “medical-grade”.


    On Follett’s website, they offer information many medical-grade product lines and models.  Perhaps if you could identify exactly what yours is, you can find a manual on your refrigerator by using this link: 

  • john

    November 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Found this manual for Follett medical grade refrigeration on their website. I don’t know if it’s your model, but the codes match the issue. 


    So, LA1 means the temperature is below the set point. 


    Are you experiencing any problems with the contents of the unit being frozen when they should not be?

  • fixbear

    November 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Follet make a lot of machines, so if you could provide a model number it would help to narrow down the type of controller you have.


    If you have a Dixell controller (Emerson) ,  LA means that it has reached the low temp alarm value.

  • john

    November 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I should mention this isn’t automatically cause for concern, as these alarms can be set to a specific temperature. I don’t know much about the medical field, so I don’t know what temperatures are appropriate for refrigeration of medical related items. With that in mind, I’d avoid changing these settings until you talk to Follett, specifically if this equipment is new.


    If the equipment is used, the previous owner may have set the temperature alarms for their situation, or something could be malfunctioning.

  • fixbear

    November 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve done work for several hospitals in my area. And the one thing I’ve learned about machines placed in such locations is that you have to lock down the controls.  Someone always thinks s they know better than the manufacturer or the tech on the settings.  And it is usually a problem with a open door or added load that causes the warm product.  They like to push buttons.  If these are one of the popular under counter coolers that they place ion a counter for patient drinks or to keep meds cool. They are preset to 38 degrees holding temp. The alarm  is usually a option.

  • guest

    November 24, 2017 at 5:32 am

    If you do have a Dixell controller, it is telling you that it has reached the alarm lower setting. There is also a hi temp alarm. These are set independently of the temp setting. If these are medical grade units, they are pre set from Dixell and not necessarily Follett.

    I don’t know if you have a set up manual from Follett, but in my experience, it is better to get the model number off the controller and do a search for an operators manual on line. Believe it or not, Heatcraft has an extensive library on these units.

    Be forewarned, these controllers are made in Europe and English is not their first language. For example, when they talk about room temperature, they mean the inside of the unit, etc. etc.

    All you probably need to do is go into the programing, find the low temp setpoint and drop it down a few degrees from what your box is going to run at.

    Good luck, Rico 

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