Your Samsung refrigerator can face any number of problems throughout its life. However, not all of those problems require intense troubleshooting or repairs. Instead, many of them can be cleared by resetting the fridge and its control panel.
Resetting the control panel on your Samsung refrigerator can be helpful when there’s a glitch or short-term error, when troubleshooting trouble codes, or after performing repairs or parts replacements. Reset the control panel through power cycling or pressing and holding the Power Cool and Power Freeze buttons. Family Hub™ can also be reset using the red switch inside the right-hand door at the top.
Keep reading to discover more about how to reset your Samsung refrigerator control panel and when that reset will be helpful to you.
When Should I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator Control Panel?
Before you learn the different methods to reset your Samsung refrigerator control panel, it’s helpful to understand when a reset would be helpful.
A reset can save you plenty of time and prevent the frustrations that come with a lengthy troubleshooting process when done correctly.
So, here are a few scenarios when resetting the control panel would be very helpful to you:
Scenario 1: To Clear Glitch or Other Short-Term Errors
Your Samsung refrigerator relies on many electronic parts to function correctly and efficiently. That’s especially true when it comes to the control panel and many other parts of the appliance.
Unfortunately, electronic components suffer from glitches, which are short-term errors. For example, when the fridge and its control panel suffer such a glitch, one or more of its features will stop working correctly.
For example, you might find that the control panel doesn’t respond to any of your inputs, perhaps after a power outage. Even though the control panel and other parts aren’t damaged, a glitch could cause that problem to happen.
Besides that, it’s not uncommon to find that the control panel has frozen for no apparent reason.
A reset would allow the control panel to reboot from the start and function normally again with these and other glitches.
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Scenario 2: When Troubleshooting Error Codes
Next, resetting the control panel will also be helpful whenever you’re troubleshooting any error codes that it shows.
Resetting the control panel would be helpful to clear any codes that result from glitches, as mentioned in Scenario 1.
Besides that, a reset would also be helpful for error codes relating to the control panel or the fridge’s various sensors.
Scenario 3: When Cleaning, Repairing, Or Replacing Parts
Resetting your Samsung refrigerator control panel is also crucial when cleaning, repairing, or replacing specific parts of the refrigerator.
For example, let’s suppose that you’re repairing or replacing a fridge part that’s causing the appliance to malfunction. After completing the repair or replacement, you might find that the fridge still isn’t functioning correctly.
A quick reset would allow the fridge and its control panel to boot up from the start, ensuring that all corresponding parts are functioning as they should.
Scenario 4: After Moving or Transporting The Fridge
Lastly, resetting the fridge control panel would be an excellent idea after transporting the fridge between two places, like the store and your home. The same is also true if you plan on relocating the refrigerator from one part of your home to another.
A quick reset of the control panel would ensure that the fridge and all its parts are functioning correctly before you continue using the appliance.
Scenario 5: The Fridge Is In Demo Mode
Samsung refrigerators have a built-in Demo Mode. When you activate this mode, the fridge will not work except for turning on its interior light.
The Demo Mode is useful for when the refrigerator is on show at the store or if you’re troubleshooting the appliance.
In some cases, resetting the control panel will disable the Demo Mode on your refrigerator. However, some models might have a dedicated button to disable the mode.
The best way to be sure is to check your fridge owner’s manual to see if a reset is necessary to disable the Demo Mode.
How Do I Reset My Samsung Refrigerator Control Panel?
There are 3 ways that you can reset the control panel on your Samsung refrigerator:
Method 1: Power Cycling
Power cycling will take 5 minutes to reset the control panel and the fridge as a whole.
To perform this method, follow these steps:
- First, remove the fridge’s plug from the wall socket. Alternatively, you can switch off the circuit breaker that supplies power to the refrigerator.
- Next, leave the fridge alone for 5 minutes. During that time, any electricity in the control panel or other parts will dissipate naturally. That will cause the control panel to reset.
- Lastly, reconnect the fridge to its power supply. Depending on how warm the fridge is internal, it might take several hours for its temperature to stabilize.
Method 2: Press And Hold Button Combinations
Another reset method that you can use is to press and hold a combination of buttons on the control panel.
You’ll need to press and hold the Power Cool and Power Freeze buttons for 5 seconds on some Samsung refrigerator models. You’ll know that the reset is successful when you hear a chime from the fridge notifying you that the reset process is happening.
The exact button combination can be different for some Samsung refrigerator models. So, be sure to refer to your user manual for more information.
Method 3: Reset Button
Samsung Family Hub™ refrigerator models also offer one more method that you can use to reset the control panel.
These models have a dedicated red reset switch that you can find inside the fridge, at the top of the right-hand door.
To perform the reset, flip the red switch off for a few moments before switching it back on. That will reset the control panel and get it working normally again.
Method 4: Factory Reset
Samsung Family Hub™ refrigerators also offer another option, if necessary, which is to perform a factory reset on the entire refrigerator.
You can do that through the Settings menu on the control panel by following these steps:
- First select ‘About Family Hub’
- Then selecting ‘Factory Data Reset’,
- Next, selecting ‘Reset’
- Then, selecting ‘Reset’ a second time when prompted
- Lastly, selecting ‘Delete all data’
A factory data reset is much more thorough compared to Method 3. With this method, you’ll also erase any settings, files, and apps installed through the Family Hub™ control panel.
Here are a few more questions and answers to help as you reset your Samsung refrigerator control panel:
Does A Samsung Refrigerator Have A Reset Button?
Samsung refrigerators do not have a dedicated reset button. However, some models have a red switch inside that you can use to reset the control panel. If your Samsung fridge model has that switch, you’ll find it inside at the top of the right-hand door.
Why Is My Samsung Fridge Not Cooling?
Your Samsung fridge will not cool if it’s in Demo Mode. The Demo Mode will disable the refrigerator’s functions, despite keeping the interior light on. Resetting the appliance could disable the Demo Mode depending on your fridge model.
Why Is My Samsung Fridge Touch Screen Not Working?
The touch screen on your Samsung fridge will likely stop working after a power interruption. For example, a power outage or brownout (a sudden voltage drop) could cause the screen to malfunction. Resetting the fridge will get the touch screen working again.
How Long Is A Samsung Refrigerator Supposed To Last?
A Samsung refrigerator can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance. Of course, errors can happen at any time. Still, they’ll become more likely as your fridge approaches the end of its useful lifespan. Knowing how to reset your fridge will help you when any errors happen.
Is It Worth Repairing A Fridge?
A fridge is typically worth repairing if it’s only a few years old. However, suppose it’s approaching the end of its lifespan (e.g. 10-15 years). In that case, you might find it better to invest in a newer model instead.