Defrosting your Samsung refrigerator can be done in a simple process that involves following a few steps. These include turning off the refrigerator, emptying it of all its content, and leaving the refrigerator open for the ice to melt. However, there are other methods to try when it comes to learning how to defrost your Samsung refrigerator.
Frost formation in your Samsung refrigerator could be due to several reasons which we would also look at in this article. But, you need to know how to get rid of frost when they form in your refrigerator. Leaving them in your refrigerator could result in damages in the nearest future.
So, let’s get into what causes frost to build up in a Samsung refrigerator and how to defrost a Samsung refrigerator after a nasty ice buildup.
How to Defrost A Samsung Refrigerator – What Causes Frost Formation?
Frost forms in your refrigerator due to several reasons. Most of these reasons are a result of your daily activities. How you make use of your Samsung refrigerator plays a great role in whatever happens to it. But, at times frost formation in your Samsung refrigerator may not be of your doing. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at these possible causes of frost formation in your refrigerator.
- Warm air
This is the major cause of frost formation in your Samsung refrigerator. When the evaporator coils which produces cool air in your refrigerator get in contact with humidity or warm air, ice begins to form. So, how exactly does warm air get into your refrigerator in the first place?
When you open your refrigerator to get something out, you introduce foreign air. Of course, carrying out this action shortly will not let in all the warm air that will cause heavy frost buildup. But, when you keep opening your refrigerator several times during the day, you risk getting a nasty frost wall in there.
So, instead of getting something from your refrigerator every few minutes, take whatever you need for the day out. This way, you’ll keep the amount of warm air entering your refrigerator at minimal levels.
- Refrigerant level
The level of refrigerant in your refrigerator also determines if frost formation will occur on not. Refrigerators with low refrigerant levels result in improper compression of the refrigerant in the compressor. So, warm gas is released instead of cold gas.
If your refrigerant is too much, it may leak into your refrigerator’s coils in liquid form. This can also cause frost formation.
- Damaged parts
If some of your refrigerator parts are damaged, you might experience frost formation. The most important parts that can cause frost formation include the defrost thermostat and compressor.
The defrost thermostat is used to regulate the time for cooling and defrosting. If the defrost thermostat of your Samsung refrigerator is damaged, the refrigerator could keep cooling until it forms frost in your refrigerator.
If you find out that frost is building up in your newly purchased refrigerator, it means the compressor is most likely broken. When you notice this, place a call to the manufacturers for a replacement. Also, self-defrosting freezers cool for about 6 to 12 hours before defrosting. They defrost by turning on the defrost heater and turning off the compressor. If the compressor is broken, this process won’t happen.
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How to Defrost A Samsung Refrigerator – Dos and Don’ts of Defrosting
There are several things you shouldn’t try while defrosting your refrigerator. Also, there are things you have to do to ensure that your Samsung refrigerator doesn’t get damaged.
i. Have all the tools ready – You don’ want to be running helter-skelter when it’s time to defrost your refrigerator. Have your bowls of water and other tools you need to defrost your Samsung refrigerator quickly.
ii. Multitask when you have to – So, you just want to sit while the ice melts? No, you shouldn’t do that. While the ice melts, you can take that time to go through the cooler containing the items from your refrigerator.
iii. Clean after the job is done – It is important to clean up the refrigerator after defrosting; especially if it is long overdue for a cleanup. You can use the waiting time to wash the glass shelves, clean the doors and the sides of the fridge, and clean other parts of the refrigerator you removed before defrosting.
- Ignore electricity
You might think everything is going fine until a surge of electric current lifts you off your feet. How can this happen and how do you prevent it?
The first thing you should remember is that you’re dealing with an electrical appliance. Another thing you’re dealing with when defrosting is water (lots of it!).
So, when you’re using items like a hair-dryer to hasten the defrosting process, you risk getting yourself electrocuted. If the dryer is too close to the wall, not only is it likely to burn the refrigerator wall, but you could get shocked in the process. For these reasons, it is important to keep electrical equipment several inches away from the ice.
- Leave the door open
Except you’re using bowls of steaming hot water to defrost your Samsung refrigerator, you should keep the door open. You need as much warm air as you can get. So, closing your door only allows the cold air in your refrigerator to circulate. As a result, you may not defrost your refrigerator for a long time, and it will get damaged in the process.
- Watch as the ice build
Some users leave their refrigerator for years without defrosting or cleaning. Even if you’ve tried to keep it a bit clean all that time, refrigerators will develop frost as time goes on. Don’t wait until your refrigerator door can’t get shut anymore until you decide to defrost it. If you end up waiting for so long, it will take you days before you can successfully defrost your refrigerator.
- Make use of sharp objects
Some users also tend to use anything at all to defrost their refrigerator including sharp objects. Probably out of desperation, they pick up metal blades, and other sharp devices to get these stubborn ice off their refrigerator walls. These things are dangerous! Using sharp objects such as knives to scrape ice could spoil the fridge wall and also destroy the coils.
Essentials Required to Defrost Your Samsung Refrigerator
- Old dry towels
- Medium-sized bowls
- A large cooler
- Some washing liquid
- Plastic spatula
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Where Is the Defrost Button on a Samsung Refrigerator?
There is no exact ‘defrost button’ on a Samsung refrigerator. But there is a defrost timer and it can be found on almost every new generation Samsung fridge.
To locate it, check the back of the fridge, the lower kickplate or the control panel. A defrost timer will have four metal terminals protruding from its bottom. Once you see something like that, know it is the defrost timer. You can also check your owner’s manual to see what it says about the timer.
The defrost timer will automatically take the fridge to the cooling mode and back to defrost mode when needed. Therefore, there will be no need to manually press any button to get your Samsung fridge to defrost.
How to Defrost A Samsung Refrigerator — Steps
- Turn it off
Before you start cleaning your Samsung refrigerator, make sure you turn it off. Leaving the refrigerator turned on while you try to defrost it may just lead to more frost buildup. For instance, if you leave your refrigerator on and place bowls of hot water on the shelves, you may damage the refrigerator. While the evaporator coil is trying to release cool air, the steam from the hot water would be trapped on the coil. As a result, frost forms on the coil.
Also, you may just end up damaging your refrigerator. Meanwhile, let’s not forget that the refrigerator is an electrical appliance, and electrocution can occur if things get out of hand.
- Remove all items
After turning it off, remove all items from your refrigerator. If the edibles in your refrigerator are not so many, you can eat time prior to the time for defrosting. But if it would take time to eat it all, get a large cooler filled with ice. In this cooler, you would put all the items you removed from your refrigerator. Emptying your refrigerator provides more space for the defrosting process.
- Remove the shelves
So, as mentioned above, defrosting your refrigerator is a perfect opportunity for you to clean it. But, the shelves in your refrigerator may be stuck. If the frost in your refrigerator is very thick, there’s a strong chance that it has surrounded the edges of your shelves. This makes them hard to remove. In this case, leave them while you continue the defrost process. After a while, you would be able to break the ice around them.
- Open the doors
The basic method of defrosting your Samsung refrigerator is leaving the door open. Since the refrigerator is turned off, opening the door will allow warm air to seep in. This warm air melts the ice stuck on the walls. Now, this may be a somewhat long process, especially if the ice in your refrigerator is thick. It might take you an entire day (sometimes more) to get it all off. So, we provided activities to hasten this process below.
While you’re defrosting your refrigerator, make sure you clean the parts properly. Once you’re able to get the shelves out, wash them with soap and water and wipe them dry with clean towels. After the defrosting is completed, use some cleaning liquid to clean the inside of your Samsung refrigerator.
- Rearrange the Samsung refrigerator
Ensure that the refrigerator is dry before you start arranging the parts back. Place the shelves and drawers where they belong before returning the items you removed from them. You might decide to turn it on first to get it cool before placing your items in it, but this process introduces warm air into your fridge. As a result, you may have frost buildup again. Instead, place all your items back in the refrigerator, close the doors, and turn it on.
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Here are other things you can do to hasten the defrost process
- Using bowls of hot water
This is one of the most popular methods of defrosting refrigerators quickly. If you still have your shelves in the fridge, place a bowl of hot water on each shelf. The steam would heat up the ice on the walls. They would speed up the process. But you have to keep changing the water after 10 minutes because ice would have dropped in the bowls and the water won’t be effective.
Scraping is also a common but riskier method of defrosting your Samsung refrigerator. If you want to carry out this method, ensure you do it well. Use a traditional ice scraper, wooden spoon, or plastic spatula to scrape the ice off your refrigerator walls. Avoid sharp objects to prevent injuries, or puncturing the walls and gas line of your refrigerator.
- Use a blow dryer
Using a hairdryer to defrost your refrigerator is safe. Of course, the hair dryer you use should be portable, so it can enter your Samsung refrigerator properly. Make sure there’s no water on the floor or around you, and also keep the hairdryer and cord away from the ice.
Ensure you focus on one area at a time, so that your dryer does not overheat. But when the frost is thin, avoid heating a part of your refrigerator too much to prevent damages. Place old towels on the floor of your refrigerator to collect water and ice that forms from this procedure.
- Use a fan
If you live in a warm environment, using a fan is a very good idea. The fan will circulate warm air into your refrigerator. For instance, if you have a deep freezer in your garage, using a fan would melt the ice faster.
To do this, open your refrigerator door and set the fan outside the refrigerator. Although it might take some time for the ice to completely melt, you’re speeding up the process without doing so much work.
5. Apply alcohol and hot cloth
Alcohol on hot cloth breaks down the ice in your refrigerator very fast. Dip the rag in hot water and then pour alcohol on it. Place the cloth on the loose edges of ice in the refrigerator. You would observe that these areas start melting rapidly. This method is best for defrosting refrigerators when the ice is thin.
How to Fix Samsung Refrigerator Defrost Problem
To fix a Samsung refrigerator defrost problem, you need to first check the defrost system for faults. The system consist of the control board, defrost timer, heater assembly, sensor with fuse and thermostat.
The ones to check first are the control board and timer. If your fridge is not defrosting, check the control board using a multimeter. And if the control board is working, there will be continuity. However, if the control board is not working, the multimeter will not move. You will have to change it.
For the timer, move the fridge dial to ‘defrost’ to see if it is working. If the heater comes on and the compressor goes off, then the timer is fine. But if this doesn’t happen, then the timer is bad and it is time to change it.
To check if the other components are working, use a multimeter to test for continuity. If the meter is not moving, then the components are defective. Once you identify the faulty part, change it.
Note: It’s is best to get a professional to check and change them.
Why is Your Samsung Refrigerator Not Defrosting?
- A defective main control board
The main control board regulates the distribution of power to every part of the refrigerator. So, if the main control board is faulty, it may not send any voltage to the defrost system. When this occurs, you would notice the frost buildup in your refrigerator. This is not usually the problem most times. So, you should ensure that other parts work perfectly before you decide to get a new main power control board.
- Defective defrost timer and heater
The defrost timer turns on the defrost heater at intervals during the day. When the timer is faulty, the defrost heater is not turned on when it should.
The defrost heater removes all the frost that has formed on the evaporator coil. If the defrost heater is defective, frost would form on the evaporator coil and on the walls of your Samsung refrigerator.
- Damaged defrost control board
You can look into the defrost control board after you’ve tested the defrost heater and timer, and they’re both okay. If the defrost control board is faulty, your refrigerator would not go into the defrost cycle.
- Damaged defrost thermostat
The defrost thermostat of your Samsung refrigerator is responsible for monitoring the temperature of the evaporator coils. When the evaporator coil drops below a certain temperature, the defrost thermostat contacts will close. This triggers the defrost timer to allow voltage to flow to the defrost heater. Then, the defrost heater melts the ice on the evaporator coil.
If you have a defective thermostat, the thermostat contacts will not close, and the defrost heater won’t melt the ice on the evaporator coil.
Why Is My Refrigerator Not Cooling after Defrost?
The main reason why your refrigerator is not cooling after defrosting is that the timer is faulty. There is a defrost timer that balances the fridge between the defrost mode and the cooling mode.
It keeps too much frost from building on top of the evaporator coils. It also stops the frost from melting and leaving the fridge without any cooling effect.
If this timer develops a fault, it will get stuck at either the defrost mode or the cooling mode. Check to see if it is stuck on the defrost mode. If it is, then that will explain the no cooling effect. That will tell you it is time to get a new one.
How To Defrost A Samsung Refrigerator — Specific Types/Models
How to Defrost Samsung Double Door Fridge
To defrost your Samsung double door fridge, just hold down the ‘fridge’ and ‘power freeze’ buttons until the display screen on your fridge goes blank. Tap on any other button until ‘Fd’ shows on the hitherto blank screen. This process is known as force defrost.
This process, however, is dependent on the model. There are other wayss to take your fridge into the defrost mode manually.
Note: Most Samsung double door fridges have defrost timers. A defrost timer will automatically take your fridge from the cooling mode to the defrost mode without your manual input. It times this process so that the evaporator coils will not be overloaded with ice. This creates a much-needed balance for the fridge.
How to Force Defrost Samsung RF28
To force defrost a Samsung RF28 refrigerator, hold down both the ‘energy saver’ and ‘power freeze/freezer’ buttons at the same time. Hold them down for about 4 seconds until you hear a beep and ‘OFF’ appears on the display.
What this actually does is to turn the fridge off but it is another way to defrost the fridge manually.
Another way is to hold down the ‘energy saver’ and ‘fridge/power cool’ buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds. The fridge will go off. When you press the ‘fridge/power cool’ button again, it will go into a forced freeze mode.
Pressing the same button 3 more times will take it into forced defrost mode.
How to Force Defrost Samsung RF263 Refrigerator
To force defrost Samsung RF263 refrigerator, hold down the ‘energy saver’ and ‘fridge’ buttons at the same time, for about 8 seconds. The LED display screen will go blank. Then you tap the ‘fridge’ button 4 times to get to the ‘Fd’ mode. ‘Fd’ stands for forced defrost.
Force defrosting a Samsung RF 263 refrigerator is about the same as force defrosting other high-end and more recent Samsung refrigerators. The difference will lie on the buttons to combine for the process.
However, bear in mind that almost all Samsung refrigerators defrost automatically. More times than not, you will not need to manually defrost.
How to Defrost Samsung RF263BEAESR Ice Maker
To force defrost Samsung RF263BEAESR ice maker, hold down the ‘energy saver’ button and the ‘fridge’ button for about 8-10 seconds. You will hear a beep as the LED display screen goes blank.
When this happens, tap the ‘fridge’ button until you see ‘Fd’ displayed on the LED display screen. You will have to tap it 4 times before you get to ‘Fd’.
When you set your entire refrigerator to force defrost, it will automatically defrost the ice maker, too. There is no separate process for force defrosting the ice maker.
How to Defrost Samsung RF263BEAESR
To force defrost Samsung RF263BEAESR, you will need to find the energy saver button on the left hand side of the fridge. Then find the fridge button on the right hand side of the fridge. Press both of them simultaneously for 8 seconds. This will cause the display screen to go blank.
Lightly tap on the fridge button 4 times. On the third tap, you will see ‘rd’ just before ‘Fd’. That is ‘refrigerator defrosting’ and that is not what you are looking for. One more tap will take you to the forced defrost mode.
How to Force Defrost Samsung RF24FSEDBSR
To force defrost Samsung RF24FSEDBSR, hold down the combination of the fridge and energy saver buttons. Hold them down at the same time and wait till the display goes off. This usually takes between 8 to 10 seconds.
Once the screen goes off, press the fridge button. You will see’ FF’ which stands for forced freeze. Press the fridge button till you see ‘Fd’ which is the forced defrost you are looking for.
Doing this will get your fridge beeping. This beeping will continue until the defrosting process is completed and you return the fridge to normal.
How to Force Defrost Samsung RF23J9011SR
To force defrost Samsung RF23J9011SR, press both the ‘cool select’ and ‘freezer’ buttons at the same time. Hold both of them down for 8 seconds when you will hear a beep as the LED display screen goes dark.
Tap on any other button and you will see different options – FF, OF C, Fr and then Fd. That means you will press whichever button you choose 4 times to get the forced defrost option. But be sure you are looking at the screen to see the Fd option before you stop.
There will be a continuous beeping from fridge while it force defrosts for about 25 minutes. At the end, it will stop, signaling you that your fridge is fully defrosted.
How to Force Defrost Samsung SRF680CDLS
To force defrost a Samsung SRF680CDLS refrigerator, press the ‘fridge’ and ‘energy saver’ buttons at the same time. You will find the energy saver button on the left hand side of the fridge and the fridge button on the right hand side.
After about 8 to 10 seconds, the display screen on your fridge will go dark, as if the fridge has gone off. Tap on the button that says ‘fridge’ again until you get to the option that says ‘Fd’. That is the option for forced defrost.
Only use the forced defrost option when the automatic defrost option is not giving you the results you need. Otherwise, just let the fridge defrost automatically.
Defrosting your Samsung refrigerator is something that should be done at least once a year. To keep your refrigerator in good working condition, defrost and clean it properly. The process is a simple one, but it may take you several hours to completely get the ice out. So, there are other procedures you can carry out to get all the ice out of your refrigerator in a shorter period.
Meanwhile, if you’re using a self-defrosting Samsung refrigerator, defective parts may cause the ice not to melt when it should. These parts include the control board, defrost system, compressor, and defrost thermostat. When this occurs, you have to manually defrost your Samsung refrigerator following the steps above. Then, call a technician to fix the refrigerator.
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How to Defrost A Samsung refrigerator — FAQs
How Do I Force Defrost My Samsung Ice Maker
To force defrost your Samsung ice maker, press and hold the energy saver and fridge/power cool buttons for about 8 – 10 seconds. As soon as it beeps, press the energy saver button several times until you see force defrost (Fd) on the display screen. The fridge will continue beeping for as long as it will take the ice maker to defrost.
How Do I Turn Off Forced Defrost on Samsung Refrigerator
To turn off forced defrost on Samsung refrigerator, press the energy saver and power freeze/freezer buttons at the same time. The display screen will go blank and automatically come back on.
Why Do I Need to Defrost My Samsung Refrigerator?
Defrosting your Samsung refrigerator keeps it working efficiently.
Air contains water vapor. So, when the evaporator temperature goes below the freezing temperatures of the water, the condensate that usually forms on the evaporator will turn to ice and stay glued to the evaporator. And as time goes on, an accumulation of ice can form and later block the circulation of cold air in the refrigerator.
Hence, the contents in the refrigerator are not as cold they ought to be because the cold air did not circulate properly.
What Do I Do if My Samsung Refrigerator Is Not Defrosting?
If your Samsung refrigerator is not defrosting, check the control board, bi-thermostat, thermistor and defrost heater. These make up a good defrost system. If one or all of them are not working, then you will need to replace them.
Read the refrigerator manual to change them yourself or get a professional to look at it and offer solutions.
The control board runs the cycle for defrosting. If it is working properly, then the heater will come on several times a day to thaw frost. Then the thermostat will cool the coils.
But if it is not working properly, the heater and thermostat won’t function properly.
How Long Does it Take to Defrost a Samsung Refrigerator?
Samsung refrigerators take no less than 8 hours to defrost as long as all the necessary things have been done, like unplugging the refrigerator before defrosting and taking all the food out. However, to be on the safer side, it is better to give it a full day to complete the defrosting process.
After the defrosting process has been completed, remember to dry up the inside of the refrigerator using clean and dry towels to prevent mold from growing in the corners of the refrigerator.
Does Samsung Refrigerator Have a Forced Defrost Alarm?
A Samsung refrigerator does not have a forced defrost alarm. But you will hear a beep when you are putting the fridge in a forced defrost mode. This beep is to alert you when the display goes blank. This beep will continue until you take the fridge back to normal mode or you unplug it from the power source.
To take your fridge to a manual or forced defrost mode, hold down the ‘fridge’ and ‘power freeze’ buttons simultaneously. Hold them down until the display on the fridge becomes blank. For some models, ‘Fd’ will come up on its own. But for other models, you will need to press another random button until ‘Fd’ shows on the display.
How Often Should I Defrost my Samsung Refrigerator?
Samsung refrigerators should be defrosted once every year or more if you usually have ice build-up in your refrigerator. An exception to defrosting once every year is if the ice build-up is more than ¼ inch thick because ice build-up can prevent the refrigerator from working effectively, making compressors do double the work they are supposed to just to keep temperatures at normal levels.
Now, ice build-up can happen for a number of reasons, one of which is incomplete timed defrost functions. This is why you should always carry out a complete defrosting process when necessary.
What is Force Defrost in a Samsung Refrigerator?
The force defrost cycle is a way to get your Samsung refrigerator working normally after a large amount of frost builds up and obstructs airflow into the fresh food area. This is usually a common occurrence whenever the door of the refrigerator is not properly closed for a few hours and if you want a faster-defrosting method.
As long as the defrost thermostat, heater, and control of the refrigerator are working fine, you should be able to run a force defrost cycle to get rid of all the excess frost.
How do I Force Defrost my Samsung Refrigerator?
To force defrost a Samsung refrigerator, press the Power Freeze and Fridge buttons on “tabletop” control models at the same time for 8 seconds until the display panel turns blank. Then, press any other button until “Fd” comes up. The sound of the beep will be heard afterward; this shows that the refrigerator defrosting has begun.
For dispenser models, press Freezer (top left) and Lighting (middle right) buttons at the same time for 8 seconds until the display turns blank. Then, press any other button until “Fd” comes up.
After the defrosting process is complete, make sure you disconnect the refrigerator from the power to reset.
How Long Does it Take to Force Defrost a Samsung Refrigerator?
Force defrosting a Samsung refrigerator will only take twenty minutes, which is a shorter time compared to how the defrosting process is normally carried out.
After pressing the Power Freeze and Fridge buttons at the same time for 8 seconds, the defrost cycle will run for twenty minutes. During the defrosting process, the only sound you will hear is that of the beeping of the refrigerator. Once the defrosting process is complete, the refrigerator will now begin to operate normally.