How to Reset a Samsung Refrigerator: The Definitive Guide

Written By David Varnes

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

If your Samsung refrigerator isn’t working properly, you may need to reset it. This can be done in a few simple steps. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of resetting your Samsung refrigerator. Keep in mind that this process may vary depending on the model of refrigerator that you have.

Let’s get started!

How to Soft-Reset a Samsung Refrigerator?

Instructions for resetting a Samsung refrigerator will vary by model. Some Samsung refrigerators have a reset button on the inside. If that’s the case, it’ll be clearly identified and located either behind the ice bucket or on the control panel.

The majority of Samsung refrigerators do not have a dedicated reset button, but they can generally be reset using a standard key combination. For five seconds, press and hold the Power Cool and Power Freeze buttons at the same time. If the reset was successful, you’ll hear a chime, and the fridge will restart with its original settings.

How to Hard-Reset a Samsung Refrigerator?

Follow these steps:

  • Turn off the refrigerator by using the ‘power off‘ button and unplugging it from the outlet.
  • Leave the fridge turned off and disconnected for 15 minutes so it may reset.
  • Connect the refrigerator and turn it on using the power switch. The fridge should have rebooted by now.

How To Reset Samsung Fridge After A Power Outage?

If your Samsung fridge experiences a power outage, it may be necessary to reset it. The processor of the refrigerator could become locked as a result of this.

Here’s what you should do once your electricity is restored:

  1. Remove the plug from the wall outlet.
  2. Allow at least 30 seconds before attempting to reconnect it.
  3. Connect the device back into the wall outlet.

Your fridge may power up correctly when the electricity is restored, but the display will show the factory settings rather than the actual temperature you had chosen.

If this happens, set the device to “Power Cool” and “Power Freeze” modes until it cools down to your desired temperatures again.

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When Do You Need to Reset a Samsung Refrigerator?

Occasionally, you might encounter problems with the unit running at an incorrect temperature or behaving strangely after a power outage. Here are some situations in which you may need to reset the unit:

Incorrect Temperature Display

If your fridge’s temperature display is fluttering, displaying ambiguous or no readings, take a look at what may be causing the problem first. Inconsistent readings might be caused by a real thermostat fault. Someone could have placed very hot food in the fridge, making it difficult for the appliance to maintain a consistent temperature.

The touchscreen control panel may be used to set the temperature. This may be located on the inside or outside of the refrigerator door, depending on the model. To reveal the present temperature, press the Fridge or Freezer button.

To adjust the fridge temperature, keep tapping the Fridge button. The temperature setting is decreased by one degree with each press of the button until it reaches its lowest possible level. The settings will “loop” back to the highest degree if you tap the button again. To alter the freezer section’s temperature, hold down the button till it matches the fridge’s current temperature reading.

If the display doesn’t work, press and hold the Power Cool and Power Freeze buttons for five seconds to reset the fridge. The entire device will be reset in this case.

Turning Off Demo Mode

In Demo mode, the fridge will seem to be operating normally, but the cooling function is turned off. If your Samsung refrigerator is trapped in Demo mode, you’ll have to reset it. The method for doing so depends on how old your refrigerator is.

Demo mode can be deactivated by pressing and holding the Energy Saver and Freezer buttons for 10 seconds on models manufactured before 2014.

If your fridge is a more recent model, you may press and hold the Freezer, Energy Save, and Lighting buttons for 10 seconds. If that doesn’t work, try pressing and holding the Freezer, Energy Saver, and Fridge buttons.

The Refrigerator is in Shop Mode

When refrigerators are in the showroom, they are kept in shop mode and occasionally remain stuck in that mode after purchase. The compressor is actually off when the lights are on and everything appears to be functioning, as indicated by your Samsung fridge saying off.

There is no cooling in this scenario, and the normal functions of the refrigerator are disrupted. In addition, a casual push on a button might cause your Samsung fridge to go into shop mode, which you can check for by seeing whether it says off. Whatever the reason, if your refrigerator is in shop mode, it must be reset!

Resetting a Frozen Touchscreen

In most situations, a frozen touchscreen may be reset. If that doesn’t work, consider switching the screen off and on again, which is possible by removing the small panel at the top of the fridge behind the right-hand door and turning it on.

Turn off the red switch, wait a few moments, then turn it back on. The screen should now appear to be functioning normally.

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Common Error Codes

Common Error CodesDefinition
5EAn issue with the Fridge Defrost Sensor
8EAn issue with the ice maker sensor
14E, 39C, and 39EAn issue with ice production
22C and 22EAn issue with the refrigerator fan because the door is left open for too long
33EAn issue with the ice pipe heater
40C and 40EAn issue with the ice room fan
83E, 85E, 86E, and 88An issue with the circuit breaker
85CAn issue with low voltage from the power source
Blinking “Ice Off”The ice bucket is misplaced
OFF or OF OFThe fridge is in-shop or demo mode

Where is the Reset Button on a Samsung Refrigerator?

A reset button may be found on the inside of some Samsung refrigerators. If that’s the case, it’ll be clearly labeled and placed either behind the ice bucket or on the control panel. A standard key combination can usually reset Samsung refrigerators without a dedicated reset button.

On other Samsung refrigerators, check the top of your refrigerator door for a tiny panel that flips up. A button or a switch called “reset” will be found below. This switch can be pressed or flipped to reset refrigerators with this functionality.


Samsung refrigerators are smart, and they come with self-diagnosis capabilities. Resetting is typically a fast and simple remedy for the majority of refrigerator malfunctions. A standard hard reset is generally enough to restart the machine’s system and start again.

Samsung refrigerators do not all reset in the same manner. As a result, reading the manual to perform the reset correctly will save you a lot of time.