Samsung Fridge Error Codes: What They Mean and How to Fix Them

Samsung Fridge Error Codes: What They Mean and How to Fix Them

If you own a Samsung fridge, you may have encountered some error codes on the display panel. These codes are meant to alert you of any problems or malfunctions with your fridge, and help you troubleshoot them. However, not all error codes are easy to understand or fix, and some may require professional assistance.

In this blog post, I will explain what some of the most common Samsung fridge error codes mean, and how you can fix them yourself or when you should call a technician. I will also give you some tips on how to prevent these errors from happening in the first place, and how to maintain your fridge in good condition.

Common Samsung Fridge Error Codes and Their Meanings

Here are some of the most common Samsung fridge error codes and their meanings, according to the Samsung website1 and other sources23:

  • AP: This code means that the fridge is acting as an access point for Wi-Fi features such as SmartThings. This code will appear when you press and hold the button indicated during SmartThings setup, and will go away once the setup is complete or after some time, if the setup does not complete.
  • 21E: This code means that there is a freezer fan error, which means that the electronics are not sensing rotational feedback from the fan when it is supposed to be turning. This usually means that the fan is frozen up, which can be caused by the door being left open or if there is a gap in the door gasket when it is supposed to be closed. It could also be a fan motor failure.
  • 22E or 22C: This code means that there is a fridge fan error, which can be caused by running the fridge with the door left open too long. This can result in frost buildup on the fan, which prevents it from spinning properly. It could also be a fan motor failure.
  • 41 or 42 and interior blue lights flashing: This code means that there is a problem with the Family Hub panel, which may need to be rebooted using the power switch on the inside at the top of the right door. If the issue persists, the panel may need to be replaced.
  • 41C: This code means that there is an ice maker sensor error, which means that the sensor is disconnected or not working. This can be caused by a lack of water in the ice maker, or a faulty sensor or wiring. You may need to check the water line and the sensor, and contact Samsung for a replacement if needed.
  • 76C or blinking Autofill indicator: This code means that there is water detected in the Autofill compartment, which may indicate a leak or a spill. You may need to dry the compartment and check the water line for any damage or blockage.
  • 85C: This code means that there is a voltage or power error, which may be caused by a brief power outage or a faulty power source. This can affect the performance of the fridge and the PBA inverter. You may need to unplug the fridge and wait for a few minutes, then plug it back in and reset the system. If the error persists, you may need to check the power source and the PBA inverter, and contact a technician if needed.
  • 0F: This code means that the fridge is in showroom mode, which means that it is not cooling or freezing, but only displaying the features. This mode is used for demonstration purposes in stores, and can be activated or deactivated by pressing the Power Freeze and the Freezer buttons simultaneously and holding them for 3-5 seconds.

There are other error codes that may appear on your Samsung fridge, but these are some of the most common ones. If you see an error code that is not listed here, you can refer to the user manual or the Samsung website for more information, or contact Samsung customer service for assistance.

How to Fix Samsung Fridge Error Codes

Some of the Samsung fridge error codes can be fixed by yourself, while others may require professional help. Here are some general steps on how to fix Samsung fridge error codes, depending on the type and severity of the problem:

  • Reset the fridge: Sometimes, a simple reset can clear the error code and restore the fridge to normal operation. To reset the fridge, you can unplug it and wait for a few minutes, then plug it back in and turn it on. You can also press the Power Freeze and Power Cool buttons (or the two top left and right side buttons, if the panel on your fridge is different) simultaneously and hold them for about 15-20 seconds, until you hear a beep. This will run a self-check cycle and display the error codes, if any. You can also clear the error codes by pressing the same buttons again.
  • Defrost the fridge: If the error code is related to a fan error, such as 21E or 22E, it may be caused by frost buildup on the fan, which prevents it from spinning properly. To defrost the fridge, you can unplug it and leave the doors open for a few hours, until the frost melts and the fan is free to move. You can also use a hairdryer to speed up the process, but be careful not to damage the fan or the wiring. After defrosting, plug the fridge back in and close the doors and resume normal operation. If the error code returns, it may indicate a fan motor failure, which needs to be replaced by a technician.
  • Check the water line and the sensor: If the error code is related to an ice maker error, such as 41C or 76C, it may be caused by a lack of water in the ice maker, or a faulty sensor or wiring. To check the water line, make sure that it is connected properly and that there is no damage or blockage. You can also try to flush the water line by turning off the water supply and disconnecting the line from the fridge, then running water through it into a bucket. Reconnect the line and turn on the water supply, and see if the error code clears. To check the sensor, make sure that it is plugged in securely and that there is no corrosion or dirt on the contacts. You can also use a multimeter to test the resistance of the sensor, and compare it to the specifications in the user manual. If the sensor is faulty, you may need to replace it with a new one.
  • Replace the faulty part: If the error code is related to a component failure, such as a fan motor, a PBA inverter, or a Family Hub panel, you may need to replace the faulty part with a new one. This may require professional assistance, as these parts are not easy to access or install. You can contact Samsung customer service or a certified technician to order the replacement part and schedule a service appointment. Make sure to provide the model and serial number of your fridge, and the error code that you see on the display panel.

How to Prevent Samsung Fridge Error Codes

The best way to prevent Samsung fridge error codes is to maintain your fridge in good condition and avoid any situations that may cause problems or malfunctions. Here are some tips on how to prevent Samsung fridge error codes:

  • Clean the fridge regularly: Cleaning the fridge regularly can prevent dust, dirt, and grease from accumulating on the fan, the sensor, and the wiring, which can affect their performance and cause errors. You can use a soft cloth and a mild detergent to wipe the exterior and interior of the fridge, and a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust from the back and the bottom of the fridge. You can also use a soft brush to clean the condenser coils, which are located behind the fridge or under the front grille. Make sure to unplug the fridge before cleaning, and plug it back in after cleaning.
  • Check the door gasket and the alignment: Checking the door gasket and the alignment can prevent air leaks and frost buildup, which can cause fan errors and cooling issues. You can check the door gasket by closing the door on a dollar bill and pulling it out. If the bill slides out easily, the gasket is loose and needs to be replaced. You can also check the alignment by looking at the gap between the doors and the cabinet. If the gap is uneven, the doors are misaligned and need to be adjusted. You can use a wrench to loosen the bolts on the hinges and adjust the doors until they are level and aligned. Make sure to tighten the bolts after adjusting.
  • Use the right settings and features: Using the right settings and features can prevent overloading and overheating, which can cause power and voltage errors and damage the components. You can use the control panel to adjust the temperature and the mode of the fridge, according to your needs and preferences. You can also use the features such as Power Freeze, Power Cool, and Vacation Mode, to optimize the performance and the energy efficiency of the fridge. However, do not use these features for too long or too often, as they may strain the system and cause errors. You can also avoid using the showroom mode, unless you are displaying the fridge in a store, as it will disable the cooling and freezing functions of the fridge.
  • Protect the fridge from power surges and outages: Protecting the fridge from power surges and outages can prevent voltage and power errors and protect the electronics and the components. You can use a surge protector or a voltage stabilizer to plug in the fridge, and avoid using extension cords or multiple outlets. You can also install a backup generator or a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to provide power to the fridge in case of a power outage. However, if the fridge experiences a power surge or outage, you may need to reset the fridge and clear the error codes, as described above.

Conclusion

Samsung fridge error codes are meant to alert you of any problems or malfunctions with your fridge, and help you troubleshoot them. However, not all error codes are easy to understand or fix, and some may require professional assistance. In this blog post, I have explained what some of the most common Samsung fridge error codes mean, and how you can fix them yourself or when you should call a technician. I have also given you some tips on how to prevent these errors from happening in the first place, and how to maintain your fridge in good condition.