If you’re wondering how to reset your Samsung refrigerator or are worried about causing further damage by pressing the wrong buttons, this article is a reset and repair guide.
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Where Is the Reset Button on a Samsung Refrigerator?
The reset button on a Samsung refrigerator is found on the interior side of the refrigerator, either on the control panel or behind the ice bucket.
Not all Samsung refrigerators have a reset button. Samsung refrigerator reset buttons are commonly found in refrigerators with water filters or ice makers. The reset button helps you restore your Samsung Refrigerator to its normal working mode.
For Samsung refrigerators with water filter indicators, the reset button comes in handy after you change the refrigerator’s water filter.
Signs That Show That You Need to Reset Your Samsung Refrigerator
Here are some of the signs that show that you need to reset your Samsung refrigerator:
1. Erratic Temperature Display
The temperature display is erratic and blinking wildly, or it’s not even working at all.
This could be due to several reasons, such as improper closing of the refrigerator door or leaving the door open for too long.
It could also be that you have some hot food in the fridge (it is always advisable to let food cool a bit before placing it in the refrigerator).
2. Refrigerator Still in Shop Mode
It might also be that your refrigerator is in shop mode, which is the mode the refrigerator typically is in the showroom.
The lights would be on in this mode, but the compressor won’t run. So, the cooling action will be off. The same goes for the ice maker and water dispenser.
That way, potential customers can see the nice features of the refrigerator without it running any cooling operation.
Once you pay for the refrigerator, the store resets it to activate normal functions, since you may not know how to do it on your own or forget to do it.
Also, somewhere along the line, while using it in your home, you may press a button that takes it back to shop mode settings.
Either way, a reset is needed.
You can check out this video to learn how to take your Samsung refrigerator out of Shop (Demo) mode:
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It is also important to note that Samsung refrigerators have the ability to self-diagnose. So, when a glitch or error occurs, it is quickly detected.
Error codes on the refrigerator display indicate the faults or errors in the refrigerator. Understanding what each code stands for would help to know what went wrong and what to do next. This is why it is it’s important that you check out the Samsung error code directory.
Now, usually, if it’s a minor glitch, the refrigerator should reset itself after a while, but if it doesn’t, you can follow the steps below to reset your Samsung refrigerator
How To Reset Your Samsung Refrigerator: General Hard Reset
To do a hard reset of your Samsung refrigerator, do the following…
1. Turn it off and unplug
This shutdown provides time for the appliance to break the loop of conflicting commands, reboot, and refresh.
Use the Power Off button for your Samsung refrigerator to turn it off and then unplug it from the power outlet.
2. Wait a while
To allow enough time for it to settle and refresh, leave your refrigerator off for up to 10 or 15 minutes. Some experts would even recommend up to 24 hours.
3. Plug the refrigerator in again and turn it on
By now, the refrigerator’s control board is reset and most likely would have rebalanced and recalibrated itself. Plug it into the power socket and turn it on.
How To Reset A Samsung Refrigerator From Shop Mode
To reset your Samsung refrigerator and get it out of shop mode, press the power freeze and power cool buttons simultaneously, holding it for a while – for about 2 to 5 seconds. Thereafter, release the buttons. The refrigerator would have been reset, and the cooling function will resume.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator From Demo Mode
To reset your Samsung refrigerator and get it out of demo mode, press the Energy Saver and Freezer buttons at the same time, and hold them for about 10 seconds. Do keep in mind that this method works only for Samsung refrigerators from 2014 and older.
For newer Samsung refrigerators, you will need to press Freezer, Energy Save, and Lighting simultaneously. In some cases, you will need to press Freezer, Energy Save, and Fridge and hold them simultaneously for about 10 seconds.
Once the demo mode is successfully reset (or deactivated), the display will show the refrigerator’s current temperature.
How To Reset Your Samsung Refrigerator: Control Panel
To reset your Samsung refrigerator control panel, simply press the Power Cool and Power Freeze buttons at the same time and hold for about 10 seconds until you see the numbers on the display reset.
But what if your control panel is not displaying or the buttons are not working at all? Well, it could be that your refrigerator is in Child lock mode, or there’s a glitch in the system.
Carry out a general reset by following the steps above. If that doesn’t work, deactivate the child lock mode (if it is on).
To deactivate the child lock feature on your Samsung refrigerator, simply press and hold the child lock button for a few seconds.
In the absence of one (depending on the model), follow the steps provided for your model in the product manual.
Here’s another way to carry out a control panel display reset…
To reset your control panel display, locate the reset switch at the top of the right door (interior side), switch it off, and then on again. The unit will reboot, and the Samsung logo will appear on the panel.
If it doesn’t work, switch it off again and leave it for some time before switching it back on. And if this reset does not work, disconnect the refrigerator from the electric power and allow the electronic control board to reset.
Reconnect it back to power after about five minutes; this hard reset should fix the board. Otherwise, you may need a new electronic control board or PCB.
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How To Reset Your Samsung Refrigerator: Wire Harness
At times, the display might blink an error code indicating that there is a communication problem between the refrigerator door and the main control unit.
This could be an issue with the wire harness connecting them.
Here again, knowing the type of problem through the specific error code would guide you.
To reset, switch off the unit and unplug it. Then check the wire harness to see if it is disconnected.
If it is, simply reconnect. If it is in place, disconnect and reconnect it back. Then plug it in and switch on the refrigerator. It would have removed the error code.
Here’s a video to guide you on how to check your Samsung refrigerator’s wire harness:
How To Reset Samsung Fridge Touch Screen
To reset a Samsung fridge touch screen, find a red switch on top of the fridge (This red switch is behind a small panel on the right door. The panel has Push written on it). Flip the red switch and then flip it back to its original position again. Your touch screen should start working now. Note that these steps apply to the Family Hub refrigerator models.
For a visual demonstration, watch the video below…
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How To Reset a Samsung Fridge Temperature
To reset the temperature of your Samsung fridge, do the following…
1. Go to the control panel or touch screen display (Some Samsung refrigerator models have theirs inside the fridge while others have their displays outside).
2. Press the fridge button to display the current temperature (The temperature ranges from 34 to 44 degrees Fahrenheit).
3. Keep pressing the fridge button until you reach your desired temperature. Assuming you want to increase the temperature to 37 degrees, and it is currently at 35 degrees, tapping the button once will take the temperature to 34 degrees, which is the lowest temperature for the fridge.
Tap the button again while it’s at 34 degrees, and it will go up to 44 degrees which is the highest point. You can then press the button again to take it to 43 and so on until it reaches 37.
Important note: The temperature setting does NOT have up or down buttons but goes in circles from 44 degrees down to 34 degrees and back to 44 degrees.
For a visual walkthrough, watch the video below…
How To Reset/Change a Samsung Freezer Temperature
To reset or change a Samsung freezer temperature, do the following…
Step 1: Locate the control panel
Depending on your model of Samsung refrigerator, it could either be inside the fridge or outside. If it’s a model that has the control panel inside, make sure you turn off the child lock.
Step 2: Press the freezer button until you reach your desired temperature. Note that on some freezers, you will have to hold it for about 5 seconds so it stays at the temperature you set it on. Also note that the freezer temperature circles from -8 degrees to -7, -6, -5, and so on until you get to 5 degrees and back again.
For a video demonstration of how to reset the temperature of the freezer of a Samsung refrigerator, watch the video below…
Samsung Freezer Icing Over Reset Button – RS261MDBP Model
Several issues can cause the freezer to ice up and cover the reset button on the ice maker. The first thing to check is the door; ensure it seals tightly and the gasket works well. The next thing to check is the freezer’s temperature setting.
Setting it too low affects the cold air and may lead to ice buildup. The same applies if the appliance is in the path of direct sunlight or other heat sources. You must also check the ice maker flap to ensure it closes well and no ice fragment keeps it open.
In addition, rearrange the freezer contents to encourage proper air circulation and reduce the ice buildup. Learn more in this article on a Samsung freezer icing up about fixing the problem and removing the ice over the reset button without damaging it.
Samsung Freezer Cools Only After Reset – What to Do
If your Samsung freezer only cools after you reset it, it may be an issue with an internal component. It may also be dirt on the condenser coils, a weak gasket, or the freezer’s location.
Therefore, ensure the freezer is not in a heat zone, the power cord is correctly plugged into a power source, compressor, start relay, condenser coils, evaporator fan, temperature setting, and food arrangement. Check out this article on a Samsung freezer not working for steps to troubleshoot and fix the problem.
How Do I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator After a Power Outage?
To reset your Samsung fridge after a power outage, press the power save and lighting buttons for 10 seconds or press the fridge and freezer buttons at the same time for 10 seconds.
When you have a power outage, your Samsung refrigerator shows error codes 1E and/or SE. Holding the fridge and freezer buttons at the same time will reset the refrigerator and remove these error codes. However, before resetting your refrigerator, you should try the power save and lighting buttons options.
If the Samsung refrigerator lights do not reset after a power outage, note that you must manually reset it. The lights and power outage indicator will keep blinking and you may also hear a beep until after the reset. If the power outage indicator does not reset, unplug the refrigerator for about two to five minutes.
This gives the control board time to reset and work normally. However, if a hard reset does not fix the control board or repair the lights, you may need to replace the control board. Have an appliance technician run tests on the board before replacing it.
How Do I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator to Factory Settings?
Check the user manual for steps to restore the refrigerator to factory settings. But if you want to reset your Samsung Family Hub refrigerator back to factory settings, go to the touch screen and find Settings.
Tap About Family Hub under Settings and tap factory data reset. You will find the Reset option; tap it and tap it again when the screen prompts you. Then, select Delete All data to clear the configuration and restore the refrigerator to its factory settings.
A factory reset will help you reset the Family Hub pin if you cannot find it. You can also locate the Home button and press it until the screen goes blank. You will get an option to reset the appliance to factory settings, and this will remove the pin.
How To Reset Samsung Ice Maker After Power Outage
To reset the ice maker of your Samsung refrigerator after a power outage, do the following…
1. Pull out the ice tray. If this doesn’t come out, you must defrost your ice maker first.
2. Locate the reset button. Look to the side. You should see the blue reset button there.
3. Hold down the reset button till you hear a beep. This will reset your ice maker.
How Do I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator 22E Error Code?
You can reset your Samsung refrigerator 22E error code by pressing the power and lighting buttons on the refrigerator display and holding them down for 8 to 10 seconds.
The 22E error code only shows when your machine is not performing well or is broken. This error code can be caused by a blade lock, water stagnation in the drainage, clogged vent hole, circuit board damage, melting system failure, motor problems, or wiring discontinuity.
If you try pressing the recommended buttons on the refrigerator display and the error code does not go off, you can check each possible problem individually.
How Do I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator 33E Error Code?
To reset your Samsung refrigerator 33E error code, reboot the electronic control board by plugging the refrigerator into the power outlet and pressing the energy saver and lighting buttons for 8 to 10 seconds.
If pressing down the lighting and energy saver buttons doesn’t fix the code, then you will need to take more serious actions.
Other things you can do to reset your Samsung refrigerator 33E error code include repairing or replacing the thin wire around the inlet hose, replacing the microcircuit chip, replacing a possibly damaged left door, or fixing the damaged wiring.
Note: There are other error codes that may appear on a Samsung fridge. Therefore, follow the resources and instructions in this article to reset or fix error codes on your Samsung fridge or call for professional help.
Will Error 85E on a Samsung Refrigerator Reset Itself?
An error 85E on a Samsung refrigerator will not reset itself. If you see this error code on the refrigerator’s display, it may indicate a power loss to the refrigerator. There may be a power outage, circuit breaker issues, or a disconnected power cord. Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet or turn off the circuit breaker, and reconnect it after about two minutes. that should fix the error code. Contact Samsung for further assistance if the error code returns.
How Do I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator Ice Maker?
To reset a Samsung refrigerator ice maker, start by pulling out the ice tray. If this doesn’t come out easily, you will need to defrost it. Afterward, press and hold the blue reset button (you will find it at the side of the ice maker) for around 5 seconds or until you hear a chime. Put the tray back in, and then ENJOY!
What If I Reset the Samsung Ice Maker More than Once?
You can reset the ice maker only once within 24 hours. The same applies to the refrigerator. You can cause functional issues with the ice maker if you reset it more than once. Besides, the machine needs 24 hours after a reset to make ice. So, you only delay the process if you keep resetting it within a 24-hour period.
Samsung Ice Maker Reset Not Working – What to Do
If you find that the normal reset process for your Samsung refrigerator ice maker is not working, you may have to run a test. To do this, start by removing the ice tray. This allows you to access the test button. How you remove the ice tray will vary by model, so consult the user manual for specific steps to remove the tray.
Next, locate the Test button behind or under the ice maker. But you may want to ensure you find the correct location for your specific model. Press the button when you find it and hold it for some seconds until the ice maker chimes. Depending on the model, you may have to hold it for about ten seconds or more.
Let go of the button when you hear the chime because it indicates the ice maker is in Test mode. Allow the test to run for its duration without interrupting it. The test may take about six minutes, so do not worry if it does not seem fast enough.
The Samsung refrigerator will make a chiming sound when the test is complete. Then, you can put the ice tray back under the ice maker and push it until it hits the back of the refrigerator. That way, the ice maker can function well. Give it up to 24 hours to produce ice well again.
If the Samsung ice maker reset button does not chime before or after the test, run the test again and wait for it. It should chime once the test is complete and successful. Otherwise, your ice maker or entire refrigerator may need service.
Samsung Ice Maker Not Making Ice After Reset – Solved
If the ice maker in your Samsung refrigerator does not make ice after resetting it, there are several things to check. Ensure the ice maker has adequate water supply and the water pressure is enough. Insufficient water supply or water pressure can stop the machine from working. Also, a faulty auger motor or clogged water filter restricts the water flow to the ice maker.
Other possible causes of the problem are ice accumulated in the ice maker and storage bin, and a defective water inlet valve. If you recently replaced the water filter, check the flow from the main source and adjust the saddle valve. Open it to the full and inspect the inlet valve; it may be clogged, leaking, or not working because it is electrically controlled.
Replace the inlet valve if it does not open enough or at all to fill the ice mold in the ice maker. Remove the ice storage bin and check for ice clumps in it. Run warm water into it to melt the ice and clear the ice maker if it has ice stuck in it. Ensure the ejector blades turn freely and the auger motor runs smoothly. Otherwise, you may want to replace the auger motor or storage bin.
The water pressure must be at least 20 psi to supply water to the ice maker. You can use a pressure gauge to check the pressure, and adjust or fix it with a pressure regulator. Buy these devices from any local hardware store.
Note: These repair steps also apply if your Samsung fridge ice maker only works when the reset button is selected but stops afterward. The same applies if the ice maker does nothing when you press the reset button.
Samsung Refrigerator Ice Maker Tray Stays in the Sideways Position Until I Hit the Reset Button
Try running a test on the ice maker to determine if there is a fault. Press the test button; hold it for about ten seconds or until there is a chime as the tray turns. The test should run for six minutes or more and should correct the tray issue. However, schedule service for the ice maker if the problem persists.
Samsung Ice Maker Leaking Water After Pushing the Reset Button – Quick Fix
Ensure the water inlet valve is not overfilling the ice maker if it leaks after a reset. Typically, the ice maker resumes normal functions after resetting it. But if the inlet valve malfunctions, it may cause an overflow. Also, check the refrigerator’s leveling; an improperly leveled can cause minor errors, such as the ice maker leaking water.
You may only notice after resetting the machine. Furthermore, the ice maker may not forming ice, which may cause the water to leak as the inlet keeps filling it with water. This indicates a problem with the machine which a technician should troubleshoot and fix.
There is also the possibility that the ice maker is leaking, which means you need to use a food-grade sealant or replace the ice maker. If the ice chute has an ice buildup, the ice will eventually melt and leak from the unit. Check for gaps in the chute or ice bucket that may let warm air into the compartment and cause an ice buildup.
Samsung Ice Maker Chimes After Reset and Dumps Water Into the Ice Bucket – Fixed
You must determine whether or not the ice maker produces ice. It takes 24 hours after an ice maker reset to produce ice. If you have not waited this length of time, the ice maker may not have the time to produce ice. If that is the case, ensure the freezer temperature is low enough to accommodate the ice maker. Then, give it time to run for a day to make ice.
But if the ice maker still dumps water into the ice bucket, try resetting it again. Ensure it chimes before the test starts and chimes again after the test. The ice maker should begin working after ward. Otherwise, schedule service to check for faulty parts and see if you need a replacement ice maker.
Samsung Refrigerator Dumps Once Only After Reset Button
If your Samsung refrigerator ice maker dumps ice only once after you press the reset button, check the water supply. Ensure the main supply valve is fully open and the nothing obstructs the water line. Also, the water inlet valve must open and close at the specified time to fill the machine.
Additionally, check the temperature to ensure it is low enough to make regular batches of ice. However, note that the ice maker takes 24 hours after a test or reset process to make ice. That means you may only see one batch of ice after resetting the machine until it resumes regular operation.
If the problem persists after a day or two, contact Samsung and request service or hire an independent technician for further assistance.
Why Do I Have to Reset My Samsung Ice Maker All the Time?
The water pressure may be too low for a reset to work. The water pressure should be at least 20 psi for the water flow to be adequate for the ice maker. The machine will not make ice or reset if the water pressure is lower than required by the ice maker. Check the pressure with a water pressure gauge and if it is too low, use a regulator to fix it or hire a plumber for the job.
You may also want to check the water inlet valve, possible ice blockage, water filter, or the auger motor. One or more of these parts are faulty and you should troubleshoot and repair it as quickly as possible.
Samsung Ice Maker Beeping After Reset – Fixed
Try resetting or testing the ice maker again. It may stop the beeping but if not, check the ice maker control board. You may need a trained technician to check the ice maker or replace the control board.
What Does a Filter Reset Mean on a Samsung Fridge?
A filter reset means that after replacing the water filter in your refrigerator, you must reset the indicator that alerts you to the need to replace the filter. You will need to reset it so it can alert when it is time to replace the filter again.
Most refrigerators do not have an automatic reset function, so you must manually press the reset button or follow the combination of buttons to reset the indicator. Otherwise, it may keep blinking and may cause issues with the water filter and refrigerator.
How To Reset Your Samsung Refrigerator: Filter Indicator
If this filter indicator gives you issues, you can solve the problem by pressing a few buttons.
However, the particular buttons depend on the refrigerator model. For yours, you might need to press the alarm, ice/water, ice type/water, ice type, and child lock buttons or press the crushed ice button.
Whichever works for the model you use (check the user’s manual), the buttons should be pressed and held for a few seconds before releasing.
You can also click here to read our detailed post or check out this video below for a visual guide on how to reset your Samsung refrigerator water filter indicator:
Samsung Refrigerator Filter Light Won’t Reset
If you have trouble resetting the filter light after replacing the water filter, it is crucial to determine whether or not you used the right filter. Each Samsung refrigerator model has a specific type of water filter that works for it. Also, each has specific reset instructions after installing the filter.
Your refrigerator’s user manual is handy for determining what to do in this situation. If you no longer have the manual, check for online manuals for how to reset the filter light correctly. However, if the filter type is correct and you follow the proper steps to rese the light yet, it does not reset, your refrigerator may need service. Contact the Samsung Service Center to schedule service.
How to Reset Set a Lock on a Samsung Fridge
You cannot reset the lock on your Samsung fridge, but you can unlock the Child Lock feature. Locate the Child Lock button on the control panel and press and hold it for about three to five seconds. The lit Child Lock indicator will go off and the disabled features will become active.
If your model does not have a dedicated Child Lock button, press and hold the Fridge and Vacation buttons for about three seconds. Alternatively, locate the Ice Off button and press it for about five seconds to disable the lock feature. Consult the refrigerator’s user manual for specific steps to unlock the refrigerator.
When the Child Lock feature is active, you cannot use the control panel or some dispenser functions. you may also notice a lock icon on the screen if you push the reset button on your Samsung refrigerator ice maker. You must unlock the unit before using specific functions.
How to Reset the Alarm on My Samsung Refrigerator
You must determine the alarm you need to reset; a Samsung refrigerator has a door and temperature alarm. Whichever it is, locate the alarm button on the refrigerator’s control panel. The control panel may be in front, on the door frame, or on the inside top part of the refrigerator.
Touch the button to turn off the alarm, but press and hold it for a few seconds to reset it. For a Family Hub refrigerator model, tap the Apps button to open the Fridge Manager and find Fridge Settings. Open the settings, locate the Door Alarm option, and tap it to turn it off or reset it.
Follow the instructions in the user manual in your home or online to reset the alarm on your specific model. If the alarm continues beeping or the indicator flashes, it may be a fault with the control board. However, determining why the alarm is beeping is crucial.
A door alarm alerts you to an open door, and the indicator continues flashing until you fully close the door and the temperature drops. You may need to schedule service if resetting the alarm does not work. the control board may malfunction or there may be other causes for the problem. Contact Samsung for further assistance.
How to Reset the Defrost Button on a Samsung Refrigerator
There is no method for resetting the defrost button on your Samsung refrigerator. The refrigerator does not have a dedicated defrost button but uses a combination of buttons to defrost the freezer if the automatic defrost function does not work. In most cases, you can put the refrigerator into a forced defrost mode or manually defrost it.
How to Reset the Defrost Timer in a Samsung French-Door Refrigerator
To reset the defrost timer on your Samsung French-door refrigerator, locate it at the back of the unit. Consult the user manual for the timer’s exact location. Disconnect the refrigerator from the electric power when you find the timer and unthread the screws holding it in place.
Next, disconnect the wires connected to the timer and get a multimeter. It is crucial to test the timer to ensure it is working before resetting it. Otherwise, the process is unnecessary because you will only need to replace a faulty timer. Check the connection between pins 1 and 2, and pins 1 and 4.
If you get the right values after testing between the pins with an open circuit, fix the timer back to the refrigerator and reconnect it to the electric power. Use a small flathead screwdriver to turn the timer to the left or counterclockwise. You will find a round notch on the timer where the screwdriver will fit.
Keep turning the timer until the the fan stops running., indicating the defrost timer is reset. The fan should resume its normal functions once the refrigerator detects a successful reset. This process should fix minor issues with the timer and get it working again.
How to Reset a Samsung Fridge Fan Not Running
You cannot reset a fridge fan by pressing a button, but you can check if it is running by pressing the door switch. When you open the freezer door, press the switch to get the fan running again. Typically, opening the freezer door stops the fan until you press the switch. if the fan starts running again, the problem is solved.
But if it does not run, check for obstructions such as ice or debris. Clear them and try the fan again. If the problem persists, you may need a new fan motor or entire fan assembly.
Overall, if nothing happens after attempting to reset your Samsung refrigerator, your unit might be in need of service. So, call a professional to have it checked out.
Also, keep in mind that there might be slight differences in steps required due to the differences in models. So, always check and stick to the instructions for yours.
A Quick Recap!
Samsung refrigerators can self-diagnose and communicate errors.
Usually, a general reset by turning the unit off is enough to reboot the system.
However, for specific issues that can’t be solved with that, pressing the right buttons according to the refrigerator model will get the job done.
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How to Reset Your Samsung Refrigerator — Related FAQs
1. Do Samsung Refrigerators Have Reset Buttons?
Unfortunately, not all Samsung refrigerators have a reset button. However, you can reset your Samsung refrigerator by pressing Power Cool and Power Freeze buttons simultaneously and holding them for about 10 seconds.
2. How To Reset Samsung French Door Refrigerator After Power Outage
Locate the Power Freeze and Power Cool buttons to reset your Samsung French door refrigerator after a power outage.
Press and hold down these buttons simultaneously till you hear a beep. This will reset your refrigerator. Note that this reset works for other Samsung refrigerator models.
However, if you are looking for how to reset a Samsung refrigerator after a power outage and your model does not have the Power Freeze and Power Cool buttons, turn off the circuit breaker or unplug the appliance from the wall outlet for a few minutes.
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