How to Defrost Samsung Ice Maker

Written By David Varnes

David Varnes is an Appliance Repair Professional with over 15 years of experience.

If you are like most people, you rely on your Samsung ice maker to keep your drinks cold and your food fresh. But what do you do when the ice maker stops working properly?

In this blog post, we will show you how to defrost the Samsung ice maker in three easy steps.

How to Defrost Samsung Ice Maker

Simply follow these three easy methods to fix your ice maker. The easiest way to repair an ice maker is to reset it.

Step 1

A blue square reset button will be found in the upright corner when you remove the ice maker tray carefully.

Step 2

Reset the fridge by pressing and holding the button for about 10 seconds until you hear a click to indicate that it has been reset.

Step 3

The ice maker would reset and begin to defrost in 24 hours.

Related: Samsung Refrigerator Temperature Blinking

How to Force Defrost Samsung Ice Maker

You may turn on the Force defrost function in Samsung ice makers and refrigerators by using the control panel. The heater loops are activated to activate the heat pipes, which then melt away the ice fill-ups.

To begin using the Samsung force defrost function, do as follows:

Step 1

Power the Samsung ice maker on and simultaneously press the Freezer and Lightning buttons for approximately 10 seconds, or until the display goes blank.

Step 2

If the screen is completely white, it indicates that the fridge has gone into Defrost mode. Once the screen goes blank, use any button on the seven-segment display to switch through the choices until you come across the Fd mode.

Step 3

If the refrigerator’s alarm beeps, it means that it has been put into Force Defrost mode.

This function is not automatic, so you may have to apply it several times a year. The Force defrosting process may vary by model type, as we’ve previously discussed in the steps.

Tabletop Model

For the tabletop version, you may use the Force defrost method by pressing the Power Freezer and Fridge buttons simultaneously for 8 seconds. Keep pushing the buttons until the screen goes blank. After that, go through choices until the LED display says Fd. A tone will sound when defrost begins.

Water Dispenser Model

For the dispenser version, hold down both Power Freezer and Lightning buttons for about 10 seconds. The screen will flash and come back on, at which point you may choose through alternatives until the word Fd appears on the screen. The fridge will enter Force Defrost mode and begin operating.

Common Issues With Samsung Ice Makers  

Samsung refrigerators, like other Samsung goods, are well-made. However, extra technology brings with it more complications. The Samsung refrigerator and the Samsung ice maker can both provide problems.

Frozen Ice Tray 

The most frequent problem with a Samsung ice maker is the ice tray. A frozen ice tray forms a little dam, preventing ice makers from freezing over. Look for a blockage of ice, cubes, or even shards of ice to determine if the ice tray is the issue. These are all signs that the ice tray has frozen.

Low Refrigerator Temperature 

Refrigerators have a lot of tubing inside. If the refrigerator temperature is too low, the inlet tube may become ice. This tube regulates water flow to the ice maker. While this problem is more difficult, you can try warming up your refrigerator to see if it thaws the ice maker. Low fridge temperatures can also lead to various issues with Samsung ice makers.

Clogged Water Filter 

A water filter is provided with every Samsung refrigerator. The water filter is used to eliminate contaminants from drinking water to guarantee that it is safe to drink. If the water filter becomes blocked, no water will enter the ice maker. Water filters commonly become clogged as a result of freezing, dust accumulation, or other factors.

This is a tough one to solve, but you may remove or replace the filter and see if that helps. You can also check to see whether the water filter lines are clogged. Water filter lines might become blocked over time and prevent water from flowing to the ice maker.

How Long Does It Take to Defrost the Samsung Ice Maker?

It might take 20 minutes for the ice fill-ups to be removed if you use the Force defrost method. You don’t have to empty the fridge or remove any food items while using the Force Defrost technique.

However, it might take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours for the ice maker to resume functioning properly after you’ve defrosted it using the reset option.

How Often Should You Defrost?

To get rid of all extra ice and debris from a Samsung refrigerator, defrost it once a year. If there is an accumulation of ice or if it causes a blockage, you may thaw the machine more frequently.

Ice buildup is one of the most prevalent refrigerator problems because ice obstructions stifle air circulation, which is required for refrigerators/freezers to maintain consistent temperatures.

Ice build-ups can also be caused by condensation that forms inside the appliance from water vapors that cling to its walls as it freezes. This typically happens as a result of routine use.

When the doors are closed, the air within the fridge is warmed, and the combination of chilly and warm air causes water vapor to freeze. Furthermore, self-defrosting refrigerators minimize ice formation and run efficiently as possible to save energy.


The ice-build might be a stressful problem for any refrigerator or ice maker. When it comes to Samsung ice makers, the Force Defrost makes defrosting your fridge significantly faster and easier. It’s possible to defrost your refrigerator without causing any long-term damage, such as changing pipes, by defrosting it in the comfort of your home.