How to Reset a Samsung Washer [2023]

By Nick Evans •  Last Updated: 01/18/23 •  13 min read

Wondering how to reset a Samsung washer? You have landed in the right place.

While Samsung washing machines are great products with unique features, sometimes these washers need to be reset.

Resetting a Samsung washer is not challenging, but there are a few things you need to be aware of before resetting the machine. It is not always as simple as unplugging it and plugging it back in. In some cases, you’ll have to navigate the washing machine settings to get the best results. 

We’re going to take you through everything you need to know about Samsung washers. We’ll cover how to reset them, some of the common issues they have, and how to prevent issues from happening.

Read on to learn more below.

Samsung Washing Machine Error Codes 

The most common reason to reset a Samsung washing machine is that it’s displaying an error code. These are codes that tell the user there’s an issue with the appliance. Some error codes are mild and can be fixed with a factory reset, while others are more serious and can require a professional technician. 

Below is a list of some Samsung error codes and what they pertain to:

These are what most Samsung washing machine codes look like and many codes can be resolved with a factory reset.

Steps for Performing a Basic  Reset for Your Samsung Washing Machine

Resetting your Samsung washing machine is easy. For many errors, all you need to do is perform a factory reset. When a factory reset is completed, the error will disappear and the washing machine will work properly. Not all Samsung washing machine errors can be fixed by factoring resetting your washing and some issues may require a professional technician. Below are the instructions to reset your Samsung washing machine to its factory settings.

1. Cut Power From the Breaker 

First and foremost, before you begin working on a washing machine, always cut the power to the washing machine from the breaker. Doing so ensures that you’re protected from shocks and other electrical problems. Disconnecting the washing machine from the circuit breaker can also aid in the reset because it cuts all power to the machine. Many appliances that remain plugged in draw some amperage from power outlets, so disconnecting the Samsung washing machine from the breaker can help the process.

2. Unplug the Samsung Washing Machine 

Next, unplug the Samsung washing machine from the power outlet. When you disconnect the washing machine from the power outlet, leave it unplugged for about 5 minutes. Having no electricity run through the computer for 5 minutes helps the systems reset completely. Then, restore the connection to the washing machine from the circuit breaker and plug it back in. 

3. Start a New Program 

Finally, start a new program. To determine if your Samsung washing machine is working properly, running a new program is the fastest way to tell. If the program runs properly the washing machine has been reset properly. Unfortunately, a simple reset like this doesn’t always fix the washing machine. For these situations, you can delve into the error codes and individually address them.

How to Reset Specific Samsung Washing Machine Errors 

Samsung washing machines produce error codes when there’s an issue. These error codes show you what’s wrong with the machine. Depending on the error core there are several ways to reset a Samsung washing machine. We’ll take you through the most common error codes and cover the methods to reset them.

Below are the specific codes that we’re going to cover:

bE Error Code 

We’ll begin with the bE error code because it can be serious. When there’s a problem with a Samsung washing machine’s motor a bE code will be on the LCD screen.

Usually, the bE code appears with a minor motor problem, so you can perform a factory reset to fix it. This code differs from the LO error code because it can be handled with a factory reset.

dS Error Code 

The dS code is displayed when there’s an issue with the door. Specifically, this code appears when there’s a problem with the door locking mechanism while the Samsung washing machine is running.

Most of the time, fixing the dS error code is as simple as turning the device off and locking the door. Once the door is locked the code will disappear from the screen.

FL Error Code 

The FL code is another error code that’s based on an issue with the door. Unlike the dS code, the FL code is less specific. For this reason, an FL code can appear for many reasons and even alongside another error code.

These reasons include the door being open during a wash cycle, things being pressed against the door during washing, and the door not locking properly. To solve the FL error code you need to secure the door, make sure nothing is touching it, and perform a factory reset.

Hr Error Code 

The Hr code occurs when there’s an issue with temperature in a Samsung washing machine (mostly for hoses). Because these machines have hot and cold cycles, many problems with temperature can be present. One example is the Samsung washing machine not getting hot enough. If that happens the code Hr will be displayed on the screen.

To fix the code, check all of the hose connections. When washing many loads of laundry each week the hose connections can become loose or disconnected. Reconnecting the hoses will solve the problem.

LE Error Code 

The LE error code is important because if it’s displayed on the screen of a Samsung washing machine you can’t begin a cycle. This is because the code LE appears when a washing machine doesn’t have enough water for a load of laundry.

To solve the error you’ll have to supply the washing machine with a better water supply. For most Samsung washers a good rule of thumb to follow is to give it at least 20 PSI of pressure.

You can also check for errors with the water entry valve and perform a factory reset after fixing these problems.

LO Error Code 

The LO code indicates that the door is being blocked from opening because of heat within the washing machine. Instead of being unable to close the washing machine door, opening the Samsung washing machine will be challenging.

The good news is that you just need to wait for this code out. Most Samsung washing machines have fans that turn on to cool off the machine. However, you’ll have to address why the LO error code appeared to prevent it from happening again.

E3 Error Code 

E3 error codes on Samsung washing machines are displayed when there is a problem with the motor. For example, the motor not starting before a load can cause the E3 code to appear.

To resolve this code you can attempt to reset the cycle and begin a new one. If the code remains and the motor does not start we recommend reaching out to Samsung or a Samsung professional.

Working on a Samsung washing machine motor on your own is never a good idea.

nD Error Code 

You’ll get an nD error code when the Samsung washing machine fails to drain. You’ll likely notice this code before seeing it displayed on the screen because the unit will be filled with dirty water.

To solve the problem make sure you clean the lint filter, check for drainage problems (kinked hose), and wait for the water to drain. Once the water is drained the code will be gone.

nF Error Code

The opposite of the nD code, the nF code occurs when the Samsung washing machine does not fill up with water. A Samsung washing machine might not fill with water for many reasons, so it’s important to check them all. To begin, check the faucets. If no faucet’s open and pouring water into the machine, you’ll have to open it.

Next, it’s time to check the hoses.

Look for the inlet hose and make sure any kinks are removed; the inlet hose is responsible for bringing water to the machine. If everything is working and the washing machine still fails to fill, it could be an issue with the water lines in your home.

8E Error Code 

You’ll come across an 8E error code on rare occasions where there’s an overcurrent of electricity. If your home has too much energy flowing through the Samsung washing machine it won’t function properly, start loads, or turn on. To solve this error code you need to address the issue with the power.

We recommend cutting power to the machine and making sure the circuit breaker is working properly. If the circuit breaker is working properly, unplug and plug the Samsung washing back in.

9E1 Error Code 

Another power issue, the 9E error code appears when the Samsung washing machine is not getting enough power. The 9E1 code can also appear when the power supply is unstable (like if the cord is loose). To fix this error code you have to address the power problem. If the power cord is damaged you’ll have to replace it. You can also reset the circuit breaker and unplug the machine. Doing so will perform a factory reset, which can help.

AE/13E Error Code 

An AE/13E code means that there’s a problem with the washing machine’s signal and communication. The best way to solve this code is to reset the washing machine with a factory reset. You can disconnect power from the circuit breaker or remove the plug from the wall and wait 5 minutes before plugging it back in. Following these methods should fix the signal issues.

These are only a handful of the most common error codes that appear on the LCD monitor of Samsung washing machines. If you come across a code you’re unsure about, we always recommend contacting Samsung.

Resetting Other Samsung Washing Machine Options

The benefit of owning a Samsung washing machine is that it has more customizable settings than other washing machines.

Some of these settings help you use fewer utilities and other settings connect the machine to your home’s WiFi.

We’ll take you through some simple ways to reset these features.

Factory Reset

One of the best ways to clear codes and restore your Samsung washing machine to its original settings is to perform a factory reset. Factory resets should only be used as a last resort because you’ll lose your data and subroutines. Below are the steps to perform a factory reset:

  1. Make sure the washing machine is plugged in.
  2. Turn the LCD screen off.
  3. Press the spin, soil level, and power buttons at the same time for at least 5 seconds.
  4. Wait until you hear a “chime sound,” which indicates self-test mode.
  5. Press the spin button for the lock test.
  6. Lock the door and press the “temp” button, which activates the water valve test.
  7. Press the soil level button to test the drain pump.
  8. Once the tests are performed and everything is in working order, the Samsung washing machine will be reset.

It’s important to keep in mind that a factory reset brings the Samsung washing machine to factory settings, which means you’ll have to program your preferences again.

Resetting the WiFi 

Another common thing to reset on Samsung washing machines is the WiFi. The steps to solve WiFi-related issues are down below:

  1. Reset your router and check to see if the problem was solved.
  2. If resetting the router did not solve the problem, press the smart control button on the washing machine.
  3. Wait until it displays AP
  4. Hold the temperature button until it says OK.
  5. Then, wait for the washing machine to display AP again. 

Once these steps are followed the network connection will be reset and you can attempt to connect the Samsung washing machine back to your network.

Resetting Ecobubble Mode 

Samsung’s Ecobubble technology helps Samsung washing machines operate with less water and electricity. The benefit of this feature is that the user saves money on their water and electric bills. While Ecobubble mode is efficient, it doesn’t always work properly. If there’s an issue with Ecobubble mode we recommend performing a basic reset to see if that addresses the problem. If not, you’ll have to go with a factory reset instead. When a factory reset doesn’t work it’s time to speak with a Samsung professional. 

When all else fails, never be afraid to speak with a professional. 

How to Prevent Samsung Washing Machine Errors 

Samsung washing machines can have several errors. These errors require a reset and sometimes resetting your washing machine can be a hassle. To help you prevent these issues from occurring, we’re going to take you through a handful of prevention methods.

Monitor Drainage

One of the most common reasons for a Samsung washing machine to have an error is because of a drainage issue. When a Samsung washing machine fails to drain properly it creates an error code. Furthermore, drainage issues can cause the washing machine to turn off during a washing cycle. To prevent drainage problems make sure the washing machine is not overheating and that drainage pumps are clear from debris.

Don’t Overload the Machine 

Overloading a washing machine is the fastest way to cause problems. When there are too many things in the machine it can lead to drainage issues and overwork the motor. Working the motor too hard can lead to overheating, which will cause the machine to shut down and display the HR error code. From there, you’ll have to perform a manual reset. To avoid this issue, make sure you don’t overload the machine and leave some room at the top of the device.

Clean the Lint Filter 

Samsung washing machines have a lint filter. These lint filters collect lint from clothes and prevent lint from appearing on clothes after they’ve been washed. If the lint filter doesn’t get changed and becomes clogged, it can cause the nF error code to appear. To prevent this issue from happening you can change the filters when they start to look dirty.

To prevent further issues, make sure you read the owner’s manual of your Samsung washing machine.

Final Thoughts 

There are many types of Samsung washers and dozens of ways to reset them. We’ve covered each method in detail and you can reset some Samsung washers the same way as others. For example, the factory settings on many Samsung washers are the same or similar.

As long as you follow the steps in our guide you’ll be able to reset any Samsung washing machine you come across. For some situations, though, we recommend reaching out to a Samsung professional if you can’t reset it on your own.

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