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How Do I Defrost My Samsung Ice Maker? [Quick Guide]

If you are asking yourself ‘How do I defrost my Samsung ice maker?’ and don’t know the answer, this article guides you on what to do.

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Can You Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker?

You can defrost a Samsung refrigerator ice maker. However, there is no defrost mode or code for defrosting the ice maker. The best way to do this is to defrost the ice maker manually by turning it off and allowing it to rest without working.

Defrosting the ice maker could also mean defrosting the frozen fan in the ice room at the back of it, if your model has one.

How Do You Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker?

To defrost the ice maker in a Samsung refrigerator, take the following steps:

1. Reset Ice Maker

Resetting the ice maker tends to cause it to start defrosting itself. So this is the first step in defrosting the ice maker.

To reset the ice maker, remove the ice bucket and find the test button. It is usually rectangular and, depending on the model, it could be on the bottom, on the front or on the side of the ice maker. There may be an arrow on it or the word TEST written on it.

When you find this button, press it and hold it until a chime sounds. This begins the test cycle which will run for a few minutes. Put the ice bucket in so that any ice left in the ice maker will drop in it and not on the floor.

A chime should sound at the end of the cycle, indicating that the test cycle is over. This way, you know that the ice maker has reset. This is the time the ice maker should start defrosting itself.

2. Manual Defrost

But if resetting the ice maker does not get it to defrost automatically, the next thing to do is to defrost it manually.

Remove every content of the freezer and store them somewhere else. Place some thick towels close by and with a hair dryer, start defrosting the ice around the ice maker until it all melts. Mop up the water from the melted ice with the towels.

These steps usually help in defrosting a Samsung ice maker. However, it is important to find the reason for the ice buildup in the first place.

How Do You Force Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker?

To force defrost a Samsung ice maker, you need to force defrost the refrigerator. To force defrost a Samsung refrigerator, press the Energy Saver and Power Cool button at the same time and hold them for about 12 seconds or until the display goes blank.

Next, press the Power Cool button again or any other button and the refrigerator goes into forced freeze 1. Press the same button 2 more times and the refrigerator gets into forced freeze 3. The next press of the button takes the unit into forced defrost mode.

As the unit defrosts, the ice maker defrosts as well.

It is important to note here that while these steps to get to the forced defrost mode works for most Samsung refrigerators, getting to the forced defrost mode is still unique for some refrigerators.

This video shows another combination of buttons to press in order to get a Samsung refrigerator into the forced defrost mode to defrost the ice maker…

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How Long Does a Samsung Ice Maker Defrost Take?

A Samsung ice maker defrost takes as long as the level of ice buildup needs to defrost. The length of time is also dependent on the defrost method you choose.

Using a hair dryer, it could take a few hours if the ice buildup is high. But if it is not, it could take less than a few hours.

Using the manual defrost method, the ice maker could take up to 6 hours to defrost fully.

Important Note

If the ice maker of your Samsung refrigerator is not defrosting automatically when it should or if it frosts up easily, contact Samsung Support center to request service. Alternatively, chat with us as we have experienced refrigerator technicians who are ready to service your appliances.

Remember to unplug the refrigerator before checking the ice maker for faults. It is important to do this in order to protect yourself from electrocution. Do this unless the diagnostic work needs the unit to have an electric power supply.