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Samsung Refrigerator Blinking [How to Fix]

A Samsung refrigerator blinking is not normal; it means something is wrong. In this article, we discuss how to fix the origin of the problem.

Samsung refrigerator blinking
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How to Stop a Samsung Refrigerator from Blinking

If you find that your Samsung refrigerator is blinking, check to see which parts are blinking to determine how to fix it:

1. Main Control Panel

To stop the blinking on the main control panel of a Samsung refrigerator, open the door of the refrigerator and check how cold it is.

If it is not cold enough or not cold at all, check the temperature setting to be sure it is at the correct point. Usually, for refrigerators, the setting should be 38 degrees Celsius or 4 degrees Fahrenheit. For freezers, it should be 12 degrees Celsius or 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Therefore, if the temperature setting for any of the compartments is not at the right point, adjust it. Then, give the unit about 4 hours to adjust to the new setting before determining if this fixes the problem. The blinking will stop automatically once the temperature drops.

One of the main reasons why a Samsung refrigerator blinks is that the temperature inside is too high. The blinking is to alert you to this factor. When the door of the refrigerator is left open for too long or not closed properly, it tends to reduce the cold air inside.

Consequently, the temperature climbs. And when it gets to about 59 degrees Fahrenheit, the refrigerator starts blinking or beeping to alert you to the abnormal temperature.

Another reason for this is power outage. The temperature within the refrigerator tends to rise when there is no power supply. And when the power is restored, the unit needs some time before the temperature drops again.

However, if adjusting the temperature and making sure the door is properly shut do not lower the temperature in the unit, then it is likely it has a cooling issue. Report it to Samsung as soon as possible and request service.

2. Deli Drawer Panel

To stop the blinking on the panel of the deli drawer, disconnect the refrigerator from power or power down the circuit breaker. Wait for 2 minutes before reconnecting it or powering up the circuit breaker.

Give it another minute to see if the blinking returns. If it doesn’t, you know the unit just had a minor error and resetting it fixed the error. But if the blinking returns, it is time to service the refrigerator. Contact Samsung Service center to request service.

3. Errors

Some error codes, such as that the ones that indicate a power outage, blink. To determine how to fix such blinking error codes, do the following:

i. 41 or 42 with the Blue Lights Inside Blinking

Simply reboot the refrigerator’s Family Hub by pressing the switch on top of the door on the right. The error code should disappear as the blinking also stops.

This error usually occurs in Family Hub refrigerator models and it means something is wrong with the Hub.

ii. Autofill Indicator Blinking or 76C

It means there is water in the Autofill compartment. To fix this, check to see from where the water is leaking.

Water Leaking from Dispenser, Drawer or Under the Refrigerator

If the leak is coming from the dispenser, under the unit or under the drawer, check to see if the unit is properly leveled. The wheels that move the unit should not touch the floor.

So if they are on the floor, it means the front part of the unit is not raised high enough. Therefore, water is not draining properly and is leaking. Check the user manual for the refrigerator for instructions on how to correctly level the refrigerator.

Another probable cause for this could be that something spilled inside the refrigerator and is leaking. It could also be that there is too much condensation due to high temperature. Simply clear the water to see if any of these is applicable.

Give it a few hours to see if the leak continues after clearing the water. If it does, contact Samsung for service.

Water Leaking from the Autofill Pitcher

Go to the Autofill section and take the pitcher out. Dry it completely and check to see if there is any water in the compartment from where you took it. Even if there isn’t, take the drain cap off so that any residue in the drain pipe can flow out. This leaves the compartment free of water. However, if the model of the Samsung refrigerator you own does not have this drain cap, then skip it.

Next, check the pitcher and its lid to see if there is any crack or damage. If there is none, then you don’t have to do anything about them. But if there is, you need to get a replacement pitcher with a lid.

However, be sure to get the right type of pitcher for a Samsung refrigerator, as any other type won’t work appropriately.

Be sure to align the lid to the pitcher correctly otherwise, water will leak. And before putting them together, make sure there is no moisture on them. Moisture will make the Autofill function not work.

In addition, ensure that the button that activates the Autofill feature when the pitcher comes in contact with it is not stuck or damaged. If it is or if the pitcher does not touch it fully when installed, the feature won’t work.

Water Leaking from the Back of the Refrigerator

The Samsung refrigerator itself could be damaged, causing water to leak incessantly from it. If this is the case or you are not sure about correctly diagnosing this, contact Samsung to request service. You can also have one of our refrigerator repair agents run a check for you.

There is also a chance that some other part of the refrigerator, such as the water line, has sprung a leak. Therefore, check the water line and the inlet valve and tighten connections securely. If any of them is damaged or broken, replace them as soon as possible.

Water Leaking from the Water Filter

To determine if the water filter is leaking and causing the refrigerator to blink, check to see if it is a genuine and correct fit for the unit. Remove the filter and check for a serial number on the neck of the bottle. The number tells you its genuineness.

Also, check for a rib on the bottle. Counterfeits do not have this rib and the serial number while genuine ones do.

If the rib and number are there, then inspect the filter for any damage. Replace it if you find that there is any damage to it. Be sure to use the right filter for a Samsung refrigerator.

Additionally, check the filter housing for damage. You can easily tell this if water keeps leaking even after removing the filter itself. To fix this, contact Samsung Service center.

Water Leaking Because of Ice

Make sure the refrigerator is level, with the front part tilting slightly up to aid proper drainage and for the door to close automatically. If the unit is not level, water won’t drain properly and it will form ice over time. And when the ice starts melting, the refrigerator looks as if it is leaking.

However, remove the ice to be sure the leak is coming from it and not from the refrigerator itself. Otherwise, you may be fixing the wrong thing.

iii. Icons Blinking after Power Outage or Being Plugged In

This is not an indication of an error in the refrigerator but a normal operation. The refrigerator is in a self-diagnostic mode and the blinking will stop when everything is certified to be in good working condition.

iv. Ice Off Blinking

Check the ice bucks to be sure it is there in the unit and that you inserted it correctly. The ice maker won’t work properly to make ice if it does not detect the bucket. And the blinking won’t stop until the ice bucket is adjusted properly. Fixing this stops the blinking.

Note: When you reset a Samsung refrigerator, the temperature display will blink. But this is completely normal.

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Samsung Freezer Temperature Blinking – Quick Fix

Check the setting of the temperature for the freezer section to see if it is at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius. If it is higher than this or higher than 5 degrees Fahrenheit, it will explain why the temperature is blinking: the interior temperature is too high.

Adjust the setting to a lower point and give the freezer a few hours to cool appropriately. Once the temperature drops, the blinking temperature display will stop.

Samsung Fridge Blinking after a Power Outage

Stop the blinking by pressing the Lighting and Power Save buttons and holding them for about 10 seconds. The error code 1E, SE or 1E SE with the blinking will stop.

There is also the option of pressing the freezer and fridge buttons simultaneously and holding them for about 10 seconds for the codes to disappear.


A Samsung refrigerator blinking is just the unit’s healthy way of telling you that something is wrong, especially when it concerns the temperature. However, it is important to run diagnostics to be sure nothing else is wrong with the unit.

Contact Samsung to report any technical issue or to request service if the blinking does not stop after fixing every part. If you would rather go independent, we have qualified technicians on hand to help you.

Remember to unplug the refrigerator before running diagnostics or replacing any defective part. Doing this is the first step in safety.