How to Remove a Samsung Ice Maker [Quick Guide]

Knowing how to remove an ice maker from a refrigerator is necessary for easy maintenance. Therefore, this article details how to remove a Samsung ice maker.

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How to Remove the Ice Bucket from a Samsung Refrigerator

To remove the ice bucket from a Samsung refrigerator, find the opening under the bucket and slide your hands into it. Next, with both hands, gently wiggle it a little to shake it loose. Don’t force it in order not to damage it.

Some Samsung refrigerator models have a lever or a button that releases the ice bucket. So check your user manual to determine how to remove yours if wiggling it gently does not release it.

If ice forms in the ice bucket in the freezer, remove the ice as quickly as possible. Next, check to see if there is any white wire dangling from the ice maker. If you don’t see this wire, it is possible the ice formed from water spilt into the bucket.

However, if you see this wire dangling, contact the Samsung Support center to request service. Otherwise, chat with any of our refrigerator technicians who are readily available to assist you with any refrigerator problem you have.

Note: If you have a Samsung Smart refrigerator that can connect to SmartThings and the ice maker is frozen over, Samsung has a firmware update that prevents and possibly resolves this freezing issue. Keeping the unit connected at all times helps prevent freezing.

How to Remove a Samsung Ice Maker

To remove the ice maker from a Samsung refrigerator, do the following:

Step 1

Determine if the ice maker is frozen. You will need to thaw it. To do this, put the refrigerator into the forced defrost mode. The button combination to use for this depends on the model of the Samsung refrigerator you have.

But for most, pressing the Energy Saver and Fridge button at the same time for about 8 seconds and pressing the Fridge button 3 more times until Fd displays gets the unit into the forced defrost mode.

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Leave it in this mode for about 10 minutes before removing it from the mode. To do this, press the same buttons and press the Fridge button until the display becomes blank and the beeping stops.

Step 2

Disconnect the refrigerator from the power source or trip the circuit breaker if you cannot reach the power source.

Step 3

Remove the ice bucket by grabbing it at the bottom where the opening is, lifting it slightly and pulling it out gently.

If there is any extra ice in the ice maker compartment after you remove the bucket, thaw it by leaving the door open and giving it time. It is not advisable to use a heat gun or a hair dryer for this purpose because it could damage the plastic and this cannot be repaired.

Step 4

Remove the housing covering the wires by unscrewing the Philips screw holding it in place. Next, lift the cover up and towards you to remove it. Pull the wiring of the ice maker out of the side of the compartment. Depress the clip that locks it in place and remove the plug of the wiring.

Step 5

Unmount the Philips screw holding the ice duct tray in place. With a flat blade screwdriver, pry the tray to the right and pull down on it gently.

If the ice maker in your Samsung refrigerator model has a cooling coil built into the bottom of it, move it to remove the ice maker.

With a flat blade screwdriver, pry the coil down from the top, enough to enable you to slide the ice maker out. The coil will stay in place.

Be careful with the coil so that you don’t puncture it. If you do, the unit is damaged and cannot be fixed. And before removing it, ensure that there is no ice on it; all the ice must melt.

Step 6

To slide the ice maker out from the top of the coil, press down the top clip locking it in place, pull it forward a bit and push it down. This loosens the ice maker from the housing.

Note that these steps apply to all Samsung refrigerator ice maker models, including the side-by-side and French-door models.

This video shows how to remove and replace the ice maker from a Samsung refrigerator…

How to Remove Ice from a Samsung Ice Maker

To remove ice from a Samsung ice maker, defrost the refrigerator manually. Disconnect the unit from power and leave the door open so that all the ice can melt fast. This removes the ice from the ice maker.

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You can also put the refrigerator in the forced defrost mode. For some models, do this by pressing the Lighting and the Freezer buttons at the same time and holding them for about 12 seconds.

The display will go blank. Press the Lighting button 4 times to get the unit to the forced defrost mode. The unit will beep for the duration of the defrost, which is between 15 to 20 minutes. This gets ice off the ice maker.

For some other Samsung refrigerator models, you will have to press the Energy Saver and the Fridge buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds to get the same result.

However, consult the manual of the Samsung refrigerator model you have to know how to put the unit into the forced defrost mode.

A quicker way to thaw the ice is by using a hair dryer. But this method is not recommended because the heat could damage the plastic in the unit beyond repair.

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How to Remove a Stuck Ice Maker from a Samsung Refrigerator

To remove a stuck ice maker from a Samsung refrigerator, check to see if it is frozen in place. If it is, thaw the ice by defrosting the refrigerator manually or putting it into the forced defrost mode.

While applying a heat source directly to the ice maker to melt the ice is quick and effective, it is usually not advisable to use this method. This is because it can cause electric shock and destroy the plastic in the refrigerator irreparably.

However, if the ice maker is not frozen in place yet it is stuck, contact the Samsung Support Center to report the issue and request immediate service.

How to Remove a Samsung Ice Maker Auger

To remove the ice maker auger from a Samsung refrigerator, start by opening the freezer door and removing the ice bucket Follow the steps in this article or check the user manual to find instructions on removing the storage bucket. Next, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws on the over of the wire harness and set them aside.

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Disconnect the wires harness and move the wires out of the way. Next, remove the screws on the ice maker cover at the bottom, and move the cover out of the way. Gently push the heating coil under the ice maker down to create enough space to move the ice maker.

Now, release the retaining clip on top of the ice maker and remove the machine. Note that this method of removing an ice maker only applies to specific models. Check the refrigerator’s user manual for steps to remove the ice maker or take the steps already detailed in this article.

Once you remove the ice maker, use a flat-head screwdriver to release the retaining tab on the wire harness and disconnect the wires. Push the wires aside and insert a large flat-head screwdriver under the auger assembly at the back of the ice maker compartment. The screwdriver should lift the auger up so you can easily remove it. Now, you can safely pull the auger out.


Before learning how to remove a Samsung ice maker, be sure that there is a good reason for it. It is important not to remove the ice maker often so that you don’t damage it irreparably.

And if there is any need for repairs and you are not sure how to do it, contact the experts to fix it for you. We have experienced technicians ready to offer expert service.


Always disconnect the Samsung refrigerator from the wall outlet before running diagnostics or fixing any part of it. This is to avoid electric shock or damage to the unit.

Additionally, wear work gloves if you have a good pair. It is an added layer of protection for your hands from sharp parts of the refrigerator.

How to Remove a Samsung Ice Maker – Related FAQs

1. How to Remove the Cover from a Samsung Ice Maker

To remove the cover from a Samsung ice maker, open the door of the freezer and find the ice maker. Next, place your hands on either side of the ice maker, push the sides in slightly and lift the cover up with just a little pressure. Don’t push too hard and don’t lift it forcefully or you damage it.

Here is a video of how to remove and replace the cover of a Samsung ice maker…

2. How to Remove an Ice Maker Tray from a Samsung Refrigerator

To remove the ice maker tray or the ice cube tray from a Samsung refrigerator, simply defrost the unit in order to thaw the ice holding the tray in place. You can either defrost it manually or put it in the forced defrost mode.

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