How to Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker

Samsung Ice Maker

Samsung ice makers’ are an excellent appliance until it begins to produce too much ice. When ice builds up around the ice maker, it stops the appliance from working correctly and can even affect the functioning of your refrigerator.

The best way to get rid of ice buildup is to defrost your appliance, but if there’s no setting to press to defrost the appliance. What are you supposed to do?

This article will cover how to defrost a Samsung ice maker.

How to Defrost a Samsung Ice Maker

There are a few methods to follow when defrosting a Samsung ice maker. Here are three solutions you can try.

Turn Off Your Mini Fridge

One way is to defrost the entire fridge manually. This can help eliminate ice buildup all over the fridge, but you should only use this method when you don’t have a lot of groceries to spoil. Unplug the fridge, open the door, and wait two to four hours for the ice buildup to defrost. You can point a fan at the ice maker or place bowls of boiling water inside to speed up the manual defrosting process.

Reset The Ice Maker

The second method is to reset the ice maker, which should solve your problem with it filling up with ice. Take out the ice maker tray and locate the reset button (usually in the upper right corner). Hold the blue reset button for ten seconds until you hear a click. This automatically resets the ice maker and defrosts it. However, you will need to wait 24 hours before using your ice maker again as it needs time to reset.

Force Defrost

Finally, if none of these methods work, you can force defrost your Samsung ice maker, clearing up the problem faster. To activate the force defrost mode, press and hold the “Freezer” and “Lightning” buttons for about 10 seconds (read the manual to double-check because different Samsung models require different buttons to activate the force defrost mode).

When the screen goes blank, you’ll know that the appliance is entering force defrost mode. Then, press any button to access the reset menu and move through the menu until you get to the “Fd” option, which stands for “force defrost.” Once you hear a beep, the appliance is force defrosting, and the ice buildup should be gone in about five minutes. Once the ice is gone, reset your fridge.


In this article, we’ve discussed how to defrost your Samsung ice maker. Even the most well-maintained ice maker will experience ice buildup over time. When you notice ice clogging your ice maker, the solution is to defrost it. 

There are three ways of frosting your Samsung ice maker: defrosting the entire fridge, resetting the ice maker, or force defrosting the ice maker. All methods require a little patience for all of the ice to melt, but it’ll have your appliance working again.