Automatic ice makers and dispensers are some of the handiest features of any Samsung fridge.
After all, nobody has the time to fill in ice molds and wait for the water to freeze. However, too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing.
That said, your ice maker could be making too much ice, which may overflow from the ice bucket and the ice tray. It is worth noting that your Samsung refrigerator should be equipped with either an optical sensor or a mechanical arm that notifies the ice machine once it is full.
In other words, your Samsung ice maker won’t stop making ice unless these features detect that the ice cubes have piled high enough. But before locating and troubleshooting the problem, you want to turn off the ice maker.
So, without further ado, read on and learn how to turn the ice maker off (and on), and other quick tips.
How To Turn Off An Ice Maker And Turn It Back On
Ice maker settings vary depending on the Samsung fridge model you are using. That said, here are three common ways to turn off the ice maker and stop the ice bucket from overfilling:
Method 1: Ensure that your fridge is turned on, and look for the “Ice Maker Off” option on the dispenser control panel. Press this button until it lights up.
After this, you can check the ice maker indicator to confirm its operating status. That said, the “Off” indicator turns on when the ice maker is not operating.
Once you press the dispenser level for more than five seconds, the ice maker will automatically turn back on. Also, ensure that you wait at least a minute before turning it back on.
Method 2: Some ice makers come with an “Ice Type” feature that allows users to indicate whether they want the ice maker to produce ice cubes or various other textures and sizes.
And although the ice maker will stop making more ice, it can still dispense cubes that are already formed.
Method 3: To power off a bottom ice maker, keep pressing the “Ice-Make” button until the “Off” LED indicator lights up to confirm that you have successfully turned off the component.
Here, you must press the same button for a few seconds, and the ice maker will turn back on and start making ice.
How To Reset A Samsung Ice Maker
Although sometimes used interchangeably, turning a Samsung ice maker on and off is different from resetting it. In fact, most fridges are equipped with an ice maker reset button, which you must only use if you are experiencing low or no ice production.
If you have a Samsung model without a dispenser on the door, follow these steps to reset the ice maker:
Step 1: Open the freezer compartment and search the back left corner for the ice maker — depending on the model, it may or may not have a front cover. However, most ice makers are attached to the roof of the freezer.
Step 2: Now, look under the motor housing and you will find the reset switch or test button. You can release the reset switch once you hear the sound of the ice tray motor beginning to move.
Step 3: Once your ice maker is reset, you must wait for about 24 hours before checking whether it can produce ice. Also, remember not to reset the ice maker more than once in 24 hours.
Common Issues With A Samsung Ice Maker
1. Too Much Ice
Although ice makers are equipped with features to detect whether the ice bucket is at full capacity, they may still overflow. The most common cause of this ice maker issue is an ice bucket that has not been appropriately positioned.
So, ensure that your ice bucket is not installed backward or sideways or on the wrong shelf. If you find that the ice bucket is in the wrong place, remember to turn the ice maker off before repositioning it.
You can then remove the ice bucket by holding one side of the bucket with one hand and using the other to support it from the bottom.
2. Dirty Ice Cubes
While cloudy and foggy ice cubes are normal, the presence of black specks of dirt could be a sign of a damaged or dirty water filter. A plumber could help correct this problem by flushing the water supply. And if the problem persists, you should consider replacing the water filter.
3. Small Ice Cubes Or Crushed Ice
Most Samsung ice makers allow users to indicate their preference by picking between three settings — cubed, crushed, and no ice. However, if the ice maker dispenses slushy or small ice cubes every time, the culprit may be low water pressure. That said, the minimum requirement for most Samsung refrigerators is 20 psi.
More often than not, ice cubes may overflow from an ice bucket because of incorrect installation. In this case, you don’t need to reset the ice maker — simply turn it off and reposition the parts.
However, learning how to reset the ice maker, among other components of your Samsung fridge, may help you with general appliance maintenance and dealing with other common issues. That said, you should consider resetting the ice maker if it is not dispensing ice or filling with water.
And once you have given the parts enough time to stabilize, you can wind down with a beverage topped off with fresh ice cubes from the dispenser.