How to Reset a Samsung Dishwasher (Full Guide)

There’s no denying that having a dishwasher installed in your home is one of the greatest luxuries in life. Although, the market is also filled with numerous brands, each with various pros and cons, which makes it nearly impossible to know which brand is the best for you.

One brand, in particular, that has built up quite the reputation in recent years for their dishwashers is Samsung. Due to the fact that all of their products are not only renowned for being aesthetically pleasing and integrated with smart technology, but also for being remarkably silent. Plus, they’re not overly expensive compared to other major appliance brands either.

Although, if you do choose to invest in a Samsung dishwasher, you will need to know how and when to reset it if any problems happen to arise. So, here is everything you need to know about how to reset a Samsung dishwasher.

Is there a Reset Button on a Samsung Dishwasher? Samsung 24" Built-In Stainless Steel Dishwasher

Whenever an error occurs with your dishwasher, the first thing that often comes to mind is to simply reset the entire unit. This is a great way to fix minor issues, as it will effectively erase all of the previous settings and configurations that could be the root of the problem.

The good news is that a lot of the newer and more advanced Samsung models come with an integrated reset button combined with the start button on the control panel. Which can reset the entire machine in less than 2 minutes. However, if you have an older model, or if the button is not working, then you can try the following method to reset your Samsung dishwasher.

How to Reset a Samsung Dishwasher (Step-by-step)

1. Turn off the dishwasher

The first thing you will need to do is turn off the dishwasher by hitting the power button, and then cutting off the power completely by turning off the circuit breaker or unplugging the unit entirely.

2. Wait 1-5 minutes

Once you have cut off all power from the machine, you will need to wait up to 5 minutes for the electrical charge to clear out.

3. Turn it back on

After you’ve finished the waiting period, you can then safely turn the dishwasher back on and begin a brand-new cycle.

Can You Do a Full Factory Reset on a Samsung Dishwasher?

Factory resets are the best way to return all of the appliance’s settings back to its original factory state. Which will essentially wipe the entire unit clean of any stored data and potentially fix the issue at hand.

Unfortunately, there is no factory reset button on a Samsung dishwasher, so, the best method would be to manually reset it using the steps mentioned above. However, Samsung dishwashers do have a different type of reset called a Network reset, which will erase all WIFI and network information from the dishwasher, which could solve any connectivity issues.

Can I Reset the Samsung Dishwasher During a Cycle?

Nobody wants to deal with having to reset their dishwasher while a cycle is taking place, although, there might be situations where this is needed. Luckily, you can reset a Samsung dishwasher during its cycle by following the same method as before, but with a particular caveat.

After you’ve turned off the dishwasher, and removed the power supply, you might need to wait an additional 2 or 3 minutes to ensure that all of the remaining water pumps out of the dishwasher. Once all of the water has been removed, you can continue the process as usual.

Samsung Dishwasher Trouble Shooting

How Can I Run a Diagnostic on my Samsung Dishwasher?

Samsung 24" Built-In Stainless Steel Dishwasher

There are a number of reasons why your dishwasher won’t be working the way it should, and running a quick diagnostic can help you discover the root of the problem. While there doesn’t appear to be any integrated technology that can immediately identify the issue, you can generally find out what the root of the problem is by analyzing the situation extensively.

First, check for the drain near the bottom of the tub to ensure that is not clogged. If it is, then take a drain cleaning product (or a natural drain cleaning solution like baking soda or vinegar) and pour it down the drain to clear it out. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then check to make sure that the drain hose has not been damaged, as well as the connection between the drain hose and for any air gaps. Generally, there will be error codes or flashing lights displayed on the control panel if there are major issues like this in play.

My Samsung Dishwasher Won’t Turn Off?

If you notice that your Samsung dishwasher is not turning off, this is generally due to an issue with the leak sensor. If the sensor detects any moisture at all, then it will attempt to drain the dishwasher, which will prevent it from turning off as a result. This can be fixed rather quickly by selecting a different cycle, and checking for error codes or leaks.

My Samsung Dishwasher Won’t Turn On?

If your Samsung dishwasher is not turning on after you’re finished loading it up, then there is likely to be an external issue at play. This could have to do with the switch, your kitchen breaker or something more serious, but generally just flipping all of them on or off should do the trick.

Why is My Samsung Dishwasher Not Draining?

If you find that your Samsung dishwasher is not draining this could be due to clogged drains, an issue with your drain hose, a damaged air gap, or drain tube. If the drains are clogged or if any one of the components are damaged and won’t work properly, then this could result in the dishwater taking longer to drain (if at all). Error codes should pop up to display this issue, which we will go into more detail on below, but if the dishwasher does not drain then you could need to manually drain it with a cup and bucket.

How Do I Fix the LC Code on Samsung Dishwasher?

One of the most common error codes that tend to appear for Samsung dishwashers is the LC error code. This will generally take place in the middle of a wash cycle, and will indicate that the leak sensor is detecting water or moisture from somewhere inside the unit. First, you will need to check around to make sure that there is no visible leaks in or around the dishwasher, then look for blockages that could be preventing the water from exiting the bin.

If after clearing out any built up food particles you still are getting the LC error code, then this could indicate a deeper problem with the drain hose, or water lines. Check for connection issues, and potential blockages, otherwise you might need to call a professional repair service.

How Do I Fix the OC Code on Samsung Dishwasher?

If you ever see an OC error code pop up on the display of your Samsung dishwasher, this is to indicate a drainage error, highlighting that there is more water in your dishwasher. For this, you will need to check the drainage hose and sink to ensure that there is no debris that could be getting in the way. The good news is that once you clean it all up, the error code should disappear and the dishwasher should run normally again.

Why is My Samsung Dishwasher Normal Light Blinking?

Certainly one of the more confusing messages people tend to receive from their Samsung dishwashers is when the ‘Normal’ light starts blinking. There are a number of reasons why this message could be popping up, although, it is usually due to an excess amount of moisture. A blinking Normal light will generally indicate that the dishwasher’s leak sensor has detected moisture or that there is not enough water in the machine. With that being said, if you ever see the Normal light flashing along with other lights, this could be a sign that a button is stuck, there is hot water present, or that the thermistor has been short-circuited.

Why is My Samsung Dishwasher Heavy Light Blinking?

The control panel on Samsung dishwashers is designed to allow for the machine to communicate back to you the cycles that are currently running or if any issues arise. However, when you take a closer glance at the display panel, you will notice a button labeled ‘Heavy’. This button (when flashing) is actually an error code meant to indicate that there is too much water present inside of the dishwasher. To stop the light from flashing, you will need to reset your dishwasher manually by pressing down and holding the Start/Reset button for three seconds. Or cutting off the power line, and letting the dishwasher sit for 1-5 minutes before turning it back on.

How to Reset Samsung Dishwasher Error Codes When Fixed?

In order to reset a Samsung dishwasher after you have solved the errors presented through the codes displayed on the screen, you will need to run a manual reset. Obviously, these codes are designed to indicate to you that there is a problem that needs to be dealt with. So, before you go ahead and reset your dishwasher, double (and even triple) check to ensure that the issue has truly been solved. After you reset the dishwasher, it will run again as usual, and if you have not actually solved the problem, the issues will persist and more error codes will pop up.

Final Thoughts

Samsung has been one of the leading electronics companies in the world for the last couple of decades thanks to its exceptionally popular smartphones and televisions. Although, it turns out that Samsung appliances are made with the exact same industry-leading innovation, not the least of which includes their dishwashers.

Not only is almost every Samsung dishwasher absolutely stunning in appearance, but they also tend to feature remarkable wash cycles that are both effective and silent in operation. All of their products are also smart-home integrated, and incredibly convenient to use. Now with this handy guide in your side pocket, you’re fit to become a proud owner of a Samsung dishwasher.

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