There may be times when it is necessary to reset a Samsung refrigerator. If so, here is the proper way to do it.
The easiest and most effective way to reset a Samsung refrigerator is to disconnect it from the power and reconnect it after 30 seconds. Doing so allows the residual energy to dissipate and resets your settings.
When we contact customer service for any issue, one of the first things that we’re often told is to turn the device off and turn it back on again. This is true of everything from our modem to our home computer.
The same is also true for many appliances and there can be a lot of benefits to turning something off and back on again. Your Samsung refrigerator, however, does not have an on/off button.
We will take a look at some of the reasons why you would reset your Samsung refrigerator and some of the different methods that may be used to do so. We will also consider why it is not something you should do frequently.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator
The first thing we will consider is an expanded overview of how to properly reset your Samsung refrigerator. Doing this the right way will help to expand the benefits while reducing the possibility of damaging the appliance.
Step 1: In the first step, you need to disconnect the refrigerator from the power source. If you have access to the plug, you can simply unplug the refrigerator from the wall. Otherwise, you will need to turn off the circuit breaker in the breaker panel.
Step 2: It is important to leave the refrigerator disconnected for a minimum of 30 seconds. Doing so allows any residual energy to dissipate. It will also give the small computer inside of your refrigerator an opportunity to reset.
30 seconds is the minimum to leave it disconnected but you may find it beneficial for the refrigerator to remain unplugged for five minutes or longer. Just be careful not to let it unplugged so long that the temperature gets warm inside of the refrigerator.
Step 3: Now is the time for you to reestablish power to the refrigerator. This can be done by plugging in the refrigerator again or turning on the circuit breaker. It will take a few minutes for your refrigerator to fully start but at that point, the reset process is complete.
Your Samsung refrigerator may also have various other options for resetting certain processes. This can include anything from resetting the display to resetting the icemaker.
It would be impossible to cover every scenario in one article when it comes to these issues. You can check with your owner’s manual or look online at the Samsung website for any options that are available for your specific unit.
There is a reason why Samsung does not want you to clear the unit by resetting it on too many occasions. First of all, restarting the refrigerator and restarting the compressor in the middle of a cycle can have serious consequences. Otherwise, you are losing a lot of your history.
The history is kept in memory in the Samsung refrigerator for a length of time. This can be beneficial if you have various error messages or if you have settings established for you and your family.
Resetting your Samsung refrigerator means that you are losing all of those settings. Essentially, turning off the refrigerator and turning it back on again will reset everything back to factory settings in many cases.
In addition, it is rarely ever truly necessary to reset a refrigerator. Your Samsung refrigerator will continue to work day after day, but there are times when you may need to reset it. Here are a few:
88 88 – When you see this error code, it means that there was a power outage and the refrigerator did not properly boot up. It is necessary to reset the refrigerator when you see this error code to get the control panel back up and working properly.
Moving – If you have to move the refrigerator, you obviously are going to have to reset it. This isn’t done for the purpose of resetting the refrigerator but rather, it is to move it from one place to another. In this instance, resetting your Samsung refrigerator is just a side benefit.
Cleaning – When it is time to clean your Samsung refrigerator or freezer, you will find it beneficial to unplug the refrigerator temporarily. This will also have the side benefit of performing a reset, but it is not for the specific purpose of resetting the settings.
Some of the other instances in which it may be necessary to reset the refrigerator include if you need to reset the network or if you need to reset the display.
In those particular instances, there are specific methods of resetting that will have the desired effect but will not completely remove all of the settings that have been established.
Of course, if you contact customer service for any reason and a Samsung representative tells you to reset the refrigerator, it is the right thing to do. They are the ones who know best when you should reset a Samsung refrigerator and when you should seek another option.
In certain circumstances, resetting the refrigerator is not going to have any benefit for the issues that are occurring. These include problems of a mechanical nature, if cleaning is necessary, or if there is no power to the refrigerator.
Obviously, if you don’t have power to the refrigerator, then a reset will not do any good. That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t need to investigate the issue.
In many cases, a power outage to the refrigerator that is not affecting the rest of the home is associated with the circuit breaker. You can inspect the circuit breaker in the breaker panel to see if it has tripped.
If the breaker did trip, you can reset it by turning the breaker fully to the off position and then back to the on position. If it continues to trip, you may need to contact an electrician.
Keep in mind, your Samsung refrigerator uses a lot of energy. That is why you should only be running the refrigerator on a dedicated circuit. If you have something else plugged into the same receptacle, such as a microwave, you may be overloading the circuit breaker and causing it to trip.
One other issue to keep in mind is how you load your refrigerator. Having plenty of food is always a good thing but having too much food in your refrigerator or freezer can cause problems.
Having a good balance of enough food in the refrigerator but not too much can save energy and make your Samsung refrigerator much more effective.
We will now look at some of the specific problems that can lead to a Samsung refrigerator not operating properly and a reset needing done. Hard resets are going to be the typical way that they are completed, but that is not always the case.
Is There A Reset Button On A Samsung Refrigerator?
Have you been searching for your Samsung refrigerator reset button? It may be hiding right in front of you.
Some Samsung refrigerators have dedicated reset buttons but they are not on the control panel. They are typically located inside of the door and are clearly labeled as a reset button. Other Samsung refrigerators do not include a reset button but there are keypad combinations that can reset the control panel display.
There is a reason why Samsung does not put a hard reset button on the refrigerators. Quite simply, it is rarely ever necessary to reset your refrigerator in that way.
They don’t want to make it too easy for the refrigerator to be continually reset. Doing so may allow people to reset the refrigerator to erase error codes that are indicating something is wrong with the unit.
In addition, turning the power on and off frequently can be a problem. For one thing, it can be damaging to the compressor if it is constantly stopped in the middle of a cycle. For another, you may accidentally reset the refrigerator and not turn it back on, which would ruin the food inside.
If you really need to reset your Samsung refrigerator, the method of performing a hard reset is the same on every unit. By following these steps, you can perform a hard reset and often correct errors that are occurring.
First of all, disconnect the refrigerator from the power by either unplugging it at the wall or turning off the circuit breaker. In either case, you should ensure that the refrigerator is completely disconnected by checking the control panel and pushing buttons.
At a minimum, you should wait for 30 seconds before reestablishing the power again. Doing so allows any residual energy to dissipate and gives the internal control panel time to clear. Some people find it beneficial to wait five minutes or a little longer before reestablishing power.
When you plug in the refrigerator again or turn on the circuit breaker, it will take a few minutes for the appliance to fully restart. Once it does, you should have cleared the error issues and will be dealing with a factory reset.
If a reset in this way does not work, you may need to look into the possibility that something needs to be repaired. This could include problems with mechanical issues, such as the compressor or internal fans.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator To Factory Settings
Are you trying to reset your Samsung refrigerator to factory settings? There are some options that would allow you to do so.
If you have a Samsung Family Hub, you can reset the refrigerator using the control panel. Navigate to Settings, select About, and navigate to ‘Factory Data Reset’. After selecting reset, you will be prompted to verify by selecting reset again. Choose ‘Delete all data’ and you will be back to factory settings.
It is not generally recommended that you go back to factory settings on any Samsung refrigerator. Doing so would erase your history and some information that could be quite valuable at troubleshooting problems.
If you are having error problems and feel that it is necessary to reset the refrigerator fully, it is better if you contact customer support with Samsung first. They can walk you through the process of determining what has gone wrong with your refrigerator so that you don’t lose that information in the process.
On a standard Samsung refrigerator, resetting to factory settings is a matter of turning the refrigerator off by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. You can turn the power back on after 30 seconds and the factory reset will be complete.
One issue to consider with a factory reset is if the refrigerator is not cooling and you are getting the ‘OF OF’ error code. If that is the case, your Samsung refrigerator is in demo mode.
It is not necessary to factory reset a refrigerator that is in demo mode. In order to fix this problem, you will have to simultaneously press and hold multiple buttons on the control panel. These buttons will differ from one unit to another.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator After Power Outage
If you have recently experienced a power outage at your home, you may be necessary to reset your Samsung refrigerator. This will clear the control panel display and get you back up and running again.
After a power outage, your Samsung refrigerator may be displaying 88 88. That means that your refrigerator did not restart properly after the outage. To restart your refrigerator, disconnect the appliance from the power or turn off the circuit breaker for 30 seconds. After reconnecting the power, it should be operating again.
Although a hard reset is one way to clear the control panel error message, it is not always going to correct every problem that can occur during the power outage. In some cases, a power outage can damage the refrigerator.
One of the ways in which it does so is through a power surge. When the power surge occurs, it can damage the electronic components inside of the refrigerator and they may need repaired.
This could include the internal control board. Although you cannot test the control board, you can inspect it visually if you continue to get errors. The control board can be replaced.
Not every power outage comes with a power surge but when it does occur, it can be very damaging to any electronic appliance attached to the electrical circuitry.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator After Changing Filter
If your filter light is displaying on your Samsung refrigerator, it is possible to fix the problem and clear the light.
Generally speaking, the easiest way to clear the light on your Samsung refrigerator after you change the filter is to press the necessary buttons simultaneously. These buttons will differ from one Samsung unit to another but they are often labeled as filter change. Hold down those look button simultaneously for a few seconds until the light clears.
It is possible to clear the filter light, regardless of whether you actually change the filter or not. You should be cautious about clearing the light, however, if the filter needs replaced.
Most of us depend on our refrigerator for clean and cool water. We may use the water throughout the day for everything from a drink to getting water for the coffee pot.
The water filter is generally a carbon-based water filter and it will eventually get clogged up with debris. When that occurs, the water is going to come out more slowly and eventually, it will stop coming out altogether.
In addition, if the carbon-based water filter is not filtering water properly, you will not get the full benefit of having it in your refrigerator.
Fortunately, the water filter in a Samsung refrigerator is relatively easy to replace. Typically, you just twist the old unit out and then push in the new filter.
In some cases, the filter light may turn off automatically when you replace the old filter with a new one. If not, look for the buttons that are labeled water filter indicator light and hold them and simultaneously until the light goes off.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator After Defrosting
Most Samsung refrigerators are going to defrost automatically on a continual basis. If you have to defrost your refrigerator manually, you may need to reset it after you are finished.
Resetting a Samsung refrigerator after defrosting is a simple matter of reestablishing power to the appliance. Generally speaking, you will already have the appliance unplugged for a significant amount of time. Plugging the power back in again will reset the refrigerator and after it has completed the startup process, your settings will be back to normal.
Most people consider it necessary to reset a Samsung refrigerator after defrosting it in this way. In reality, however, it is not typically necessary.
If you find that you are continually resetting your refrigerator and having to defrost it manually, there may be other issues that need to be addressed. One of those issues is the possibility that the door seal is not operating properly.
If the freezer door is not sealed properly, it will allow air in from the outside and that will cause frost to occur in the freezer unit. You can check the seal by putting a one dollar bill in and closing the door on it. If the dollar bill pulls out easily, the seal is not working properly.
You may also have the freezer to full, which can cause problems with cooling as well. The freezer may continually run in order to keep things cooled down and that can lead to problems.
It is important to keep enough food in the freezer that you aren’t cooling a lot of empty space but not so much that you are making it difficult for air to circulate. Having a good balance will help to make the Samsung refrigerator run more economically and keep your food at the right temperature.
If you find that you continually need to manually defrost the freezer, you may need to contact a repairman to come out and check the issue. There is typically something else going on aside from the possibility that you need to reset your refrigerator.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Compressor
If you are having problems with the compressor in your Samsung refrigerator, there may be a possibility of resetting things and getting it working again.
Generally speaking, you can reset the compressor by performing a hard reset of the refrigerator. This would include disconnecting the refrigerator from the power for up to five minutes and then re-connecting it again. It may sometimes help the compressor to start running again properly but that is not always going to be the case.
Sometimes, the compressor is more of a mechanical issue and resetting the refrigerator is not necessarily going to help fix the problem. It is always a good idea to try it first, however, and you might be surprised that it works well for you.
If you do reset the refrigerator, don’t be surprised if the compressor doesn’t come on right away. Compressors will sometimes stop for a period of time before they restart in order to keep from damaging the compressor. This is true of the compressor in your refrigerator, just as it is true of the compressor in your air conditioning unit.
If the compressor has not been working properly, you may need to clean the coils or perhaps have it looked at by a qualified service technician. Unfortunately, compressors are not easy to fix and often, they need to be replaced if they are not working properly.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Control Panel
Is your Samsung refrigerator control panel giving you problems? A simple reset may be able to fix the issue.
The easiest method of resetting a Samsung refrigerator control panel is to hold down the lighting and energy save buttons simultaneously. You may need to hold those buttons down for several seconds until the display resets. Otherwise, you will have to perform a hard reset of the refrigerator.
There are a variety of issues that could result in the control panel not operating properly. At times, small errors inside of the control board can add up and can cause the refrigerator to experience a major glitch.
Resetting the control board will often reset the control panel at the same time. This is done with a hard reset, in which you disconnect the refrigerator from the power for a while and then reconnect it again.
Generally speaking, Samsung does not want you to reset the refrigerator too often. There are certain circumstances where it is necessary, however, such as if the control panel is displaying errors that can’t be cleared or if you have to move the refrigerator to another location.
Fortunately, the process of resetting the control panel is not all that difficult. The first step in the process is to unplug the refrigerator or turn off the circuit breaker for 30 seconds.
Turning off the power to the refrigerator allows any memory to be cleared and the residual power will be dissipated. After waiting 30 seconds, you can plug the refrigerator in or turn on the circuit breaker again.
It will take a few minutes for the refrigerator to start up fully. During that time, you may see various codes coming up on the control panel display but after the startup process is finished, it should be operating properly again.
If you are having a specific error code that continues to show up, it is necessary to find out what is causing it and what can be done to clear it permanently. This isn’t a matter of resetting the refrigerator, it’s necessary to fix the problem behind it.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Display/Screen
If you are having problems with your Samsung refrigerator display screen, it is possible to fix the issue. Sometimes, it can be done with the push of a few buttons.
Samsung refrigerator display screens can be reset by holding down the ‘power cool’ and ‘power freeze’ buttons simultaneously. You may need to hold them down for a few seconds until the screen turns off and back on again. Otherwise, you can do a hard reset of the refrigerator.
It is not generally recommended to reset the refrigerator. Samsung has not built it in automatically because of the rarity that it is needed.
In the case of a display screen not working, however, performing a hard reset may be the option that works best for you. Here is how to do it:
First of all, disconnect the refrigerator from the power. The easiest way to do so is to unplugged the refrigerator but if you don’t have easy access to the receptacle, you can turn off the breaker in the breaker panel.
It will take a few moments for the residual power to fully dissipate from the refrigerator. You should wait at least 30 seconds or as long as five minutes before you turn the refrigerator back on again.
Even after you turn on the refrigerator, it is going to take some time before it fully restarts again. During this time, you may get various error messages on the screen as it is resetting.
After the refrigerator has fully restarted, the screen should be working again. This is not something that you should do on a regular basis and if you continue to have ongoing problems with the display screen, it’s a good idea to contact the technician.
One thing that you shouldn’t do is to ignore any error messages on the screen and simply reset it to get rid of those messages. Error messages are there to alert you to problems with the refrigerator that could potentially damage the unit or what is inside.
Researching what the error messages means can give you specific direction on what should be done. Once you correct to the underlying issue, you can then clear the error message by resetting the refrigerator and it will not return again.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Filter Alarm/Indicator/Light
There are lights and alarms on Samsung refrigerators to alert you to problems. If those lights or alarms continue to persist, they can be an annoyance.
The easiest way to disable an alarm on your refrigerator is by holding the reset filter button down for three seconds. That filter button is typically associated with the alarm and it may even be labeled as such. If the alarm continues to persist, you may need to check the seal or door sensor for issues.
Generally speaking, you should not turn off any alarms or lights because they are alerting you to problems that may exist. At times, they can even be associated with error messages that display on the control panel.
If you have any error messages or if you are being alerted to a problem through an alarm or light, try to determine what is behind it. You can always reset the system to correct the issue and get rid of the light or beeping sound but it is not going to stay away for long.
After you have corrected the issue, you may still need to reset the refrigerator in order to turn off the alarm or light. This can be done by doing a hard reset.
In order to hard reset the refrigerator, unplug it from the wall or flip the circuit breaker to the off position. Wait for 30 seconds before reestablishing power again.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Ice Maker
There are various ways to reset a Samsung refrigerator. If the ice maker needs reset, it is an easy thing to do.
Unlike other ways of resetting a Samsung refrigerator, there is a reset button directly located on the ice maker. You may need to remove the ice tray and then look under the motor housing. Press and hold the reset button and the motor will begin to torque. At that point, you can release the button and it is reset.
There may be various reasons why the ice maker needs to be reset. If it is not producing ice, resetting the icemaker can work because it helps free things up again.
That being said, there may also be other reasons why it is not producing ice. This could include problems with the water supply.
While you are in pressing the reset button, closely inspect the tube that supplies water to the icemaker. Ensure that it is not frozen or clogged in any way.
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There may also be a test button that will spin the icemaker. If you have the tray removed, be cautious because the ice within the icemaker will end up on the floor.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Temperature
If the temperature isn’t set properly in your Samsung refrigerator, there are methods for resetting the temperature back to factory standards.
If your Samsung refrigerator is controlled digitally, you can reset the control panel and turn the temperature back to the base standard. It may need to be adjusted up or down, depending upon what you have in the refrigerator and how the temperature sensor is working. Otherwise, you can do a hard reset to bring the temperature back to factory standards.
If you do reset the temperature, it may take up to 24 hours before the temperature is adjusted completely inside the refrigerator compartment. Don’t continue to adjust the temperature, because you may end up at one extreme or the other.
Purchase a thermometer to check the temperature regularly. Use it in different parts of the refrigerator compartment because it may not read the same in each area.
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Once you have established where the proper temperature is for your Samsung refrigerator, write it down. It will be helpful to get you back where you need to be if the refrigerator is reset again.
How To Reset Samsung Refrigerator Water Filter
The light that alerts you to replace the water filter will show up on occasion on your Samsung refrigerator. It can be reset, regardless of whether you change the water filter or not.
You can reset the water filter light on your Samsung refrigerator by pressing and holding the water filter button. The button is found on the control panel and it may differ from one model to another. It may not be the primary purpose of the button but look for where it is labeled and use that option.
Although it is possible to reset the water filter light if you don’t change the water filter, that isn’t the best choice. You can change the filter easily and there are good reasons to do so.
A carbon water filter will clog after some time has passed and you will not get the same water flow that you did at first. The change happens gradually, so you may not notice until the filter is replaced.
In addition, the longer you use the carbon water filter, the less it will filter the water. Eventually, you could be drinking water that is contaminated compared to what it would be if you changed the filter.
If you want to reset your Samsung refrigerator, you can do so by disconnecting the appliance from power and reconnecting it after 30 seconds. It is easiest if you unplug the refrigerator but you can also turn off the circuit breaker. Resetting your Samsung refrigerator in this way will correct many small problems.
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