When your ice machine stops making ice, it doesn’t mean that it’s broken and unusable anymore. Like most fridges, the Samsung ice maker also has the tendency to freeze over.
If frost has taken over your ice maker, it could further damage essential parts of your appliance.
Luckily, you don’t have to pick up the phone to call in a repairman or even spend more money to order a replacement. There are several steps that you can take in order to fix your fridge.
In this article, we will walk you through the basic steps you need to take to defrost your ice maker. This article will also tell you how to perform a forced defrost if necessary.
Why does a Samsung ice maker freeze over?
Samsung ice makers freeze over often due to dirt and debris collected in the vents that circulate air in the appliance. This happens when the ice maker isn’t cleaned regularly.
Freezing is also due to faulty door seals that allow warm air into the refrigerator, resulting in rapid frost formation.
A simple solution to solve the problem would be to scrape the ice off and then diligently wipe the device clean.
But once there is too much ice build-up, you cannot simply wipe these off. You have to defrost your Samsung Ice Maker:
How to Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker
To defrost your Samsung ice maker, locate the “reset” button.
Hold it down for at least five seconds to allow the ice maker to reboot on its own. Leave it to reboot overnight.
To find the reset button, first, you need to remove the tray or ice bucket.
If the ice bucket or tray is frozen into place, don’t yank it out. This may cause further damage to the appliance.
Instead, gently wiggle it out of its place or melt a bit of the ice with some hot water before pulling it out.
Tucked inside the ice maker, just slightly out of reach, you should find a button that says “test” or “reset”. Press this button to reset the appliance.
If the reset is successful, your ice maker should be fully operational again, producing two trays of ice every three hours.
If your ice maker is still not producing ice or works slower than normal, your reset failed to fully defrost the appliance. In this case, proceed to the next step: a forced defrost.
How to Force Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker
To force defrost a Samsung ice maker, press the “power freeze” and “fridge” buttons simultaneously for 8 seconds.
When the screen goes blank and you hear a beep, release the buttons. This should prompt “FD” to appear on the display.
Take note that the buttons to press to initiate a force defrost can vary depending on the model that you use.
A forced freezer defrost will melt all of the ice in the ice maker compartment, so make sure that you have laid down some towels and rags to catch the melted ice.
If, after an hour, your freezer is still full of ice, the force defrost was unsuccessful. You should then perform a forced fridge defrost by selecting “RD” on the interface or simply unplugging the appliance.
Once the forced defrost is complete, take out the ice compartment and use a towel to wipe the device dry.
How to Prevent Future Ice Build-up in a Samsung Ice Maker
To prevent ice build-up in your ice maker, you need to keep excess moisture and humidity away from the appliance.
Make sure the ice maker is set to the right temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is also important to perform a defrost at least once a month and keep the ice maker clean.
Prevention is better than cure, as they say. It may be a pain to maintain your Samsung appliances, but most issues can be resolved with simple cleaning and reset procedures.
To avoid future frost build-up in your Samsung Ice Maker, here are several tips:
- Take time to defrost the ice maker once a month.
- Keep the ice maker clean.
This way, you can get rid of frost before it gets too severe. This step also involves checking on the water filters on a regular basis and replacing them when needed.
Be sure that the door seals are clean as well so that warm air and unnecessary moisture will be kept out of the ice maker.
Any moisture will be instantly frozen by the ice maker’s coils. If too much ice accumulates on the coils, the flow of cool air in the freezer may be restricted.
- Check that your Samsung refrigerator is set to the correct temperature.
The ideal temperature for a freezer or ice maker is 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Any number above or below this could cause severe damage to the appliance and could even be the reason for quick food spoilage.
- Test the system regularly.
You have to check all the parts of the ice maker to see if they are fully functioning. From the coils to the vents, and the tubes where the water flows to and from.
By checking these parts regularly, you will find things that need to be repaired in the long run, or if they simply need to be cleaned.
- Give the ice maker a break every now and then. If you don’t need to make copious amounts of ice daily, let your ice maker rest for at least a day or two.
And there you have it — simple steps to defrost your Samsung ice maker.
Although a very tedious step to take as an appliance owner, maintaining your ice maker regularly is a necessary step to take to prevent frost formation. A defrost should only be necessary if the frost has become too much to handle.