How To Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker

By Nick Evans •  Last Updated: 11/08/21 •  8 min read

Wondering how to defrost your Samsung ice maker? You’re in the right place.

Samsung ice makers perform well until they freeze over. While Samsung ice makers are more reliable than other brands, most ice makers run into issues eventually. Issues with ice makers are commonly caused by ice building up of a blockage in the refrigerator. When Ice builds up the Samsung ice maker won’t work properly and it’s unable to produce ice or produce ice properly. If you’re having issues with your Samsung ice maker you’re in the right place. 

We’re going to take you through everything you need to know about these Samsung ice makers. We’re going to take you through the necessary steps to defrost a Samsung ice maker, practices for maintaining one, and the common issues that these products have.

Let’s get into it.

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Best Ways to Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker 

If your Samsung ice maker is too frosty there are a few ways to defrost it. The best methods are to restart the ice maker and to manually defrost the ice maker, which is done by force. Restarting the ice maker is faster but most of the time a manual defrost is needed.

Restart the Ice Maker 

One of the easiest ways to defrost a Samsung ice maker is to restart the ice maker; this is also the first method you should attempt. The ice maker can be defrosted by removing the ice bucket and looking for the button that says “test.”

Where the button is located and its shape depends on the model of the Samsung refrigerator that you have but it’s often a rectangle. The button is typically located on the side, back, or bottom of the Samsung ice maker. Once you find the button you have to hold it down for a few seconds; you have to wait until you hear it make a slight ringing sound.

Initiating the test will put the Samsung ice maker into testing mode. In testing mode, the ice maker will attempt to defrost and begin making ice again. The test is over once it makes another chime. You can then check to see if everything worked.

If the Samsung ice maker is not defrosting by the end of the test you’ll have to manually defrost it.

Manual Defrost

Manually defrosting a Samsung ice maker is more complicated than restarting the ice maker. That said, it’s the most effective way to defrost it. To begin a manual defrost, remove everything from the ice maker and store it elsewhere until defrosting is complete. Then, look for a heating element that can defrost ice quickly; we recommend a hairdryer. Before you start defrosting the ice maker, place something in the area to absorb water when the ice melts.

Once you have everything you need it’s time to get to work. Start defrosting the ice maker with a hairdryer or another heating element until all of the ice turns to water. You can then restart the ice maker and check to see if it works. Once you’re done defrosting remove any water that leaked out to ensure it doesn’t freeze and cause other issues in your Samsung refrigerator.

A manual defrost is a great way to temporarily fix the problem. Still, you should troubleshoot your Samsung refrigerator to prevent the problem from happening again.

How Long Does It Take To Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker?

Defrosting a Samsung ice maker manually can take between 6-10 hours to defrost. The time it takes to defrost depends on what you’re using to defrost the ice maker. For example, a hairdryer will defrost an ice maker in about 5-6 hours. On the other hand, letting the ice melt without using a heating element can take between 8-12 hours (depending on the conditions). You can also use the force defrost feature and which takes between 20-30 minutes depending on your ice maker.

Defrosting an ice maker is time-consuming but necessary if your ice maker isn’t producing ice. If you fail to defrost the ice maker it can cause other issues with your Samsung refrigerator.

Common Issues With Samsung Ice Makers  

Samsung refrigerators are reliable products and some of the best refrigerators around. Unfortunately, extra technology leads to extra problems. These issues can occur with the Samsung refrigerator and the Samsung ice maker.

Frozen Ice Tray 

One of the most common issues with a Samsung ice maker is the ice tray. A frozen ice tray creates a small barrier that causes ice makers to freeze over. To see if the ice tray is the issue, look for a blockage of ice, ice cubes, or even shards of ice. These are all indicators of a frozen ice tray. Once you remove the blockage the ice maker should function properly.

Low Refrigerator Temperature 

Refrigerators have a lot of internal plumbing. If the refrigerator temperature is too low it can cause the inlet tube to freeze. This tube is responsible for allowing water to flow freely to the ice maker. While this issue is more challenging, you can raise your refrigerator temperature to see if that defrosts the ice maker. Low refrigerator temperature can also cause other issues with your Samsung refrigerator, so we recommend reading the owner’s manual to identify the right temperature setting for your unit.

Clogged Water Filter 

Samsung refrigerators come with a water filter. The water filter is responsible for removing toxins from drinking water to ensure you have clean water and ice. If the water filter is clogged it will prevent water from flowing to the ice maker. Water filters commonly become blocked due to freezing, getting dirty, or general malfunction. This issue is hard to check but you can attempt to clean or replace the filter and see if it fixes the problem. You can also check the water filter lines to see if they’re blocked. Water filter lines can also become blocked and prevent water from flowing to the ice maker.

Understanding the common issues with Samsung refrigerators can help you troubleshoot problems faster and reach better solutions.

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Maintaining Your Samsung Ice Maker 

Maintaining your Samsung ice maker is the best way to prevent frosting issues from happening. Samsung ice maker maintenance consists of defrosting it when issues begin and keeping it clean. That said, cleaning an ice maker is not the same as washing dishes or other types of cleaning.

To maintain your Samsung ice maker we have several tips for you below:

Cleaning and maintaining your Samsung ice maker will prevent issues from happening and extend the lifespan of your Samsung ice maker and refrigerator.

Cleaning Your Samsung Ice Maker

Keeping your Samsung ice maker clean is one of the best ways to prevent it from becoming frozen. While there are several methods to clean your Samsung ice maker, our favorite cleaning solution is a mixture of water and vinegar. It’s a simple solution you can make with items in your home and we’ll take you through the necessary steps to deeply clean your Samsung ice maker.

To clean your Samsung ice maker follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the water valve that brings water to the ice maker and water dispenser.
  2. Take out the ice bin and remove all ice from the bin.
  3. If the ice maker is frozen, give it time to defrost.
  4. Pour 4 cups of white vinegar (distilled) into the ice maker and water dispenser lines. We recommend using a funnel to prevent messes.
  5. Allow the vinegar solution to sit for 10-20 minutes.
  6. Turn the water valve back on and test the water dispenser and ice maker.

Having a clean Samsung ice maker is a big part of refrigerator maintenance. It can help you extend the lifespan of your refrigerator and ice maker.

Stay Frosty 

A frosted ice maker is not a problem you want to have. When an ice maker is frosted it won’t function properly and it won’t produce ice. Plus, if it does produce ice, it comes at the expense of extra electricity and time. If you have a Samsung ice maker that needs defrosting we recommend following the steps listed above to defrost it. 

That said, you can always take the necessary precautions to prevent ice build-up in the first place, which will save you time and the hassle of defrosting your Samsung ice maker.

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