It might be necessary to reset your Samsung dishwasher due to a power interruption or a malfunction. There are several methods to perform a dishwasher reset, and we’ll guide you through 5 of them. Additionally, we’ll offer some handy tips for troubleshooting any issues.
How to Reset Your Samsung Dishwasher
You can reset your Samsung dishwasher using one of these methods…
- Power Cycling the Dishwasher This is the simplest method to reset your Samsung dishwasher. You just need to unplug the dishwasher from its power source, wait for around 15 minutes, then plug it back in. This can help fix minor glitches.
- Using the Reset Button Some Samsung dishwasher models come with a reset button. To use it, you first need to press the On/Off button to turn off the dishwasher. Simply press the Start/Reset button for 3 to 5 seconds. After you release the button, the dishwasher will reset.
- Resetting from the Control Panel If your Samsung dishwasher has a digital control panel, you can use it to reset the dishwasher. First, press the power button to switch off the dishwasher. Then, press and hold the Hi-Temp Wash button, and while still holding it, press the Start/Reset button and hold them both for about 3 seconds. After that, release the buttons, and the dishwasher should reset.
- Performing a Factory Reset This method should be used when you’re experiencing more serious issues. A factory reset will erase all the settings and restore the dishwasher to its original state. To do this, turn off the dishwasher, then press and hold the Delay Start + Delicate + Power buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. The dishwasher will beep, indicating that the factory reset is initiated.
- Putting the Dishwasher into Service Mode This method is usually used by service technicians and should be your last resort if none of the above methods work. You would need to switch off the dishwasher, then press and hold the Sanitize + Left Select Cycle buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds. This will put the dishwasher into service mode.
1. Power Cycling the Dishwasher
- Locate the Power Source: Find where your dishwasher is plugged into the wall. This is typically behind the machine, so you may need to pull it out slightly to gain access.
- Unplug the Dishwasher: Carefully unplug the dishwasher from its power source. Make sure to keep your hands dry to avoid any electrical shock.
- Wait for 15 Minutes: Once unplugged, let the dishwasher remain disconnected for around 15 minutes. During this time, the machine’s memory will clear and any minor system glitches may be corrected. This is essentially a soft reset for the dishwasher.
- Plug It Back In: After the 15-minute wait, plug the dishwasher back into the power outlet. Make sure it is securely connected.
- Check the Dishwasher: Now, turn the dishwasher on to see if it is working properly. If the issue persists, you may need to try one of the other reset methods.
2. Using the Reset Button
- Locate the On/Off Button: The first step is to locate the “On/Off” button on your dishwasher. It is typically located on the top or front panel of the dishwasher.
- Turn Off the Dishwasher: Press the “On/Off” button. This will turn off your dishwasher. It’s important to ensure that the dishwasher is off before proceeding to the next step.
- Find the Start/Reset Button: Next, locate the “Start/Reset” button. This button is usually found near the “On/Off” button.
- Keep the Start/Reset Button Depressed: For approximately 3 seconds, keep the “Start/Reset” button pressed down. Make sure to hold it for the entire duration.
- Release the Start/Reset Button: After holding the button for about 3 seconds, release it. This action will initiate the reset process of your Samsung dishwasher.
- Wait for the Dishwasher to Reset: After you release the button, the dishwasher will start the resetting process. You may notice some lights flashing or hear some sounds during this process – this is normal.
3. Resetting from the Control Panel
- Locate the Power Button: The first step is to locate the power button on your Samsung dishwasher. It’s usually found on the dishwasher’s control panel.
- Switch Off the Dishwasher: Press the power button to switch off the dishwasher. This is to ensure that the dishwasher is not running any cycles while you attempt to reset it.
- Locate the Hi-Temp Wash Button: This button is usually found on the control panel of the dishwasher as well. It’s typically marked as ‘Hi-Temp Wash.’
- Press and Hold the Hi-Temp Wash Button: Next, press and hold the Hi-Temp Wash button. Make sure you keep holding it down throughout the next step.
- Locate the Start/Reset Button: While still holding down the Hi-Temp Wash button, find the Start/Reset button. This button is also on the control panel and is typically marked as ‘Start’ or ‘Reset.’
- Press and Hold the Start/Reset Button: With the Hi-Temp Wash button still held down, press and hold the Start/Reset button.
- Hold Both Buttons for 3 Seconds: Continue to hold both the Hi-Temp Wash button and the Start/Reset button for about 3 seconds.
- Release Both Buttons: After approximately 3 seconds have passed, you can release both buttons.
- Wait for the Dishwasher to Reset: Once you’ve released both buttons, the dishwasher should begin the reset process. This procedure may take a few minutes, during which you should avoid pressing any additional buttons on the dishwasher.
4. Performing a Factory Reset
- Turn off the Dishwasher: Before you initiate the factory reset, ensure that your dishwasher is turned off. This can be done by pressing the power button.
- Locate the Necessary Buttons: You’ll find the Delay Start, Delicate, and Power buttons on your dishwasher’s control panel. The exact location of these buttons may vary depending on the model, so refer to your dishwasher user manual if needed.
- Press and Hold the Buttons: Once you’ve located the necessary buttons, you need to press and hold the Delay Start, Delicate, and Power buttons simultaneously. Ensure that you’re pressing all three buttons at the same time.
- Wait for 10 Seconds: Continue holding the buttons for about 10 seconds. This duration is crucial for the reset process to initiate.
- Listen for the Beep: After the 10 seconds have passed, your dishwasher will beep, indicating that the factory reset process has begun. If you didn’t hear a beep, you might need to repeat the process.
- Confirm Reset: Once the reset is initiated, all settings will be erased, and your dishwasher will be restored to its original settings. Now, you can set up your dishwasher according to your preferences.
5. Putting the Dishwasher into Service Mode
- Switch off the Dishwasher: Locate the power button on your Samsung dishwasher’s control panel and press it to turn off the device. Ensure all operations have ceased before proceeding.
- Locate the Necessary Buttons: Find the ‘Sanitize’ button and the ‘Left Select Cycle’ button on the dishwasher’s control panel. These are the two buttons you will need to press simultaneously in the next step.
- Press and Hold the Sanitize + Left Select Cycle Buttons: Position your fingers over both the ‘Sanitize’ and ‘Left Select Cycle’ buttons. Press and hold these two buttons at the same time.
- Wait for 3 Seconds: Continue holding both buttons down for a full count of three seconds. Make sure not to release them prematurely.
- Release the Buttons: After you have held the buttons for 3 seconds, release them. This action should put your dishwasher into service mode.
Please remember that this method of putting the dishwasher into service mode is typically used by service technicians. It should be used as a last resort if other reset methods do not work. Always refer to the user manual or contact a professional if you have any doubts or concerns.
Disconnecting Power to the Dishwasher
For hardwired dishwashers, follow these instructions.
- Stop all operations by switching off the dishwasher. Make sure to interrupt any running cycle.
- Locate the breaker panel in your home. It is usually found in a utility area such as the basement or garage.
- Identify the circuit that is linked to your dishwasher. It should be clearly labeled on the panel.
- Switch off that particular circuit to disconnect the power supply to your dishwasher.
- Leave the dishwasher disconnected for a duration of 5 to 10 minutes. This allows any residual power to drain, effectively resetting the machine.
- After the wait, turn the circuit back on to restore the power supply to your dishwasher.
- Now, start your dishwasher and initiate a test cycle to ensure it’s functioning properly. Note any error codes or irregularities during this test run.
For freestanding dishwashers, the steps are as follows.
- Press the “Off” button on the control panel to stop any current cycles and safely prepare the dishwasher for disconnection.
- After the dishwasher is off, unplug the cord from the wall socket for safety and to cut off the power to the control board.
- Allow the dishwasher to sit unplugged for 5 to 10 minutes. This helps to discharge any residual electricity and can aid in resetting the system.
- Once the waiting period is over, plug the cord back into the wall socket to restore power to the dishwasher.
- Turn the dishwasher back on and start a test cycle. If it runs smoothly, the reset was successful. If not, a more serious problem might be present that needs professional help.
Reset Wi-Fi Network
Resetting the Network is a unique reset process. To wipe all Wi-Fi and network data from your Wi-Fi-enabled dishwasher, execute these steps:
- Begin by pressing and holding the Smart Control until the AP indicator appears (this usually takes around 3 seconds).
- Next, press and hold the Hi-Temp Wash until you hear the dishwasher make a chime sound (typically after about 7 seconds).
- Finally, power down your dishwasher.
When Should You Reset Samsung Dishwasher?
Resetting your dishwasher can be beneficial in various scenarios, such as when removing error codes, dealing with long delays, or when the dishwasher gets stuck mid-cycle.
Removing Error Codes
Error codes that appear on your Samsung dishwasher’s display can often be cleared by resetting the machine. After rebooting the dishwasher, wait for 5 to 10 minutes to see if the error code reappears. If it does, consult your owner’s manual to determine which part needs to be fixed or replaced.
Addressing Long Delays
Should your dishwasher experience delays in moving from the filling stage to the washing stage, it may imply that the control board is struggling with an overload. This could indicate a malfunctioning control board or a problem with charge retention. To reset the control board, you should disconnect the dishwasher from the power source and wait approximately 30 minutes before powering it up again.
Resolving Stuck Mid Cycle Issues
A power outage can sometimes cause a dishwashers to become “stuck” right in the middle of a washing cycle. When power is restored, the dishwasher might forget its operation and stay in standby mode until you reset it.
When Shouldn’t You Reset a Samsung Dishwasher?
Resetting a dishwasher can fix many small issues, but it’s not a cure-all. It won’t solve problems caused by broken parts, including blocked filters leading to stagnant water, water collecting in dishes, no hot water, or leaks. It also can’t handle issues like limescale build-up, greasy dishes after washing, faulty detergent or rinse aid dispensers, or a door stuck due to a child lock.
Samsung Dishwasher Error Codes
Error codes can help diagnose the issues that your Samsung dishwasher might be facing. Here’s a brief list of some common Samsung error codes and their meanings:
- 1E – Debris or foreign objects have blocked the filter assembly, inhibiting proper operation.
- 3C – The recirculating pump, responsible for moving water within the dishwasher, is faulty.
- 9E – The tub contains insufficient water for the dishwasher to function optimally.
- CE – There has been a disruption in the communication between the dishwasher’s control board and the dishwasher itself, affecting operation.
- HE – The dishwasher is unable to adequately heat the water, affecting the cleaning process.
- HE1 – The thermistor, a critical temperature-sensing component, is not functioning correctly. Heavy – A water leak has been detected somewhere within the dishwasher.
- LC/LE – A water leak has been identified on the lower part of the dishwasher tub, a potential sign of damage or wear.
- OE/OC – The dishwasher has been overfilled with water, leading to potential malfunctioning.
Why Is My Samsung Dishwasher Blinking and Beeping?
If your Samsung dishwasher is blinking and beeping, it’s often a sign that the water in your dishwasher is too hot. Should your dishwasher be connected to a hot water source, consider lowering the temperature setting on your water heater. Dishwashers typically use water between 110 and 140°F. If the water temperature exceeds 140°F, the dishwasher will pause to prevent heat damage to the tub’s walls and your dishes.
Samsung Dishwasher Blinking Normal Light
Running a Test Cycle in Your Samsung Dishwasher
If your dishwasher continues to experience problems after multiple resets, there may be a defective component inside the dishwasher. To confirm this, run a test cycle as follows:
- Initiate the process by powering up your dishwasher. Locate the power button on the dishwasher’s control panel, typically found on the top or front of the unit, and press it to switch on the appliance.
- Once the dishwasher is on, locate the Start/Delay button on the control panel. Press and hold this button. Continue to do so until you observe the code ’17H’ appearing on the dishwasher’s digital display. This might take a few seconds.
- Next, find the High Temp button on the dishwasher’s control panel. Once found, press and keep holding this button. Wait until the code ‘AS’ is displayed on the screen. This is an indication that the dishwasher has entered a specific mode.
- After seeing the ‘AS’ code, locate the Start button on the control panel and press it down. Continue to hold it until you are instructed to release.
- Once you’ve carried out the previous steps, wait patiently. During this period, the dishwasher will run through its power cycle, which may produce some operational sounds. Do not interrupt the process.
- As soon as the dishwasher ceases to make any sounds, indicating the end of the power cycle, turn your attention to the dishwasher’s display. Check for any error code that might appear.
Resetting your Samsung dishwasher is a simple troubleshooting method. If the issues persist after resetting, feel free to leave your exact issue in the comments below and please give us your Samsung dishwasher model number. If you choose, you can contact Samsung’s customer service for further assistance. Remember to always unplug your dishwasher before performing any repairs to ensure safety.