Fridge door Alarm

Beeps if you leave open the door over 20 seconds

3V battery operation, simple circuitry

Circuit diagram:

Fridge door Alarm-Circuit diagram


  • R1 10K 1/4W Resistor
  • R2 Photo resistor (any type)
  • R3,R4 100K 1/4W Resistors
  • C1 10nF 63V Polyester Capacitor
  • C2 100µF 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
  • D1,D2 1N4148 75V 150mA Diodes
  • IC1 4060 14 stage ripple counter and oscillator IC
  • Q1 BC337 45V 800mA NPN Transistor
  • BZ1 Piezo sounder (incorporating 3KHz oscillator)
  • SW1 Miniature SPST slide Switch
  • B1 3V Battery (2 AA 1.5V Cells in series)

Circuit operation:

This circuit, enclosed in a small box, is placed in the fridge near the lamp (if any) or the opening. With the door closed the interior of the fridge is in the dark, the photo resistor R2 has a high resistance (>200K) thus clamping IC1 by holding pin 12 high. When a beam of light enters from the opening, or the fridge lamp lights, the photo resistor lowers its resistance (<2K), pin 12 goes low, IC1 starts counting and, after a preset delay (20 seconds in this case) the piezo sounder beeps for 20 sec. then stops for the same lapse of time and the cycle repeats until the fridge door closes. D2 connected to pin 6 of IC1 makes the piezo sounder beeping 3 times per second.


  • Connecting D1 to pin 2 of IC1 halves the delay time.
  • Delay time can be varied changing C1 and/or R3 values.
  • Any photo resistor type should work well.
  • Current drawing is insignificant, so SW1 can be eliminated.
  • Place the circuit near the lamp and take it away when defrosting, to avoid circuit damage due to excessive moisture.
  • Don't place it in the freezer.
author: RED Free Circuit Designs
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