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Samsung Refrigerator Filter Light Won’t Reset?

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Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 01:27 pm

We have heard this saying many times – water is life. Clean water is even more so.

Water is treated in the industries before passing it down through taps. Despite this treatment, water is still bound to carry impurities along the way.

These impurities are picked up from the pipes and even through the tubes of the refrigerator.

This is where refrigerator water filters come in.

After about six months of owning a Samsung refrigerator, the water filter indicator would turn red. When this happens, it does not mean that the water filter is inadequate or faulty. Instead, this indicates that it needs replacement. Replacing and resetting a refrigerator water filter is one of the easiest things to do. You can do it yourself in a few steps without having to call the attention of a technician. 

Why Does it Happen?

Samsung refrigerator filters are bottle-like containers that contain activated charcoal. This activated charcoal helps to cleanse the tap water of chemicals and toxins.

It also helps to improve the taste and smell of the water. These filters possess the capacity to run for about six months or through 450-500 gallons of water.

After this time has passed, the filter signals that it needs to be replaced. 

All refrigerators with water filters have simple instructions that help reset the water filter.

For some refrigerators, all you have to do is hold down the icemaker button for about three seconds to reset, while others, like the Samsung American fridge, require you to hold down at two different switches.

But doing this alone does not reset the water filter. The red indicator will keep on coming on until you change the water filter.

Where Is The Filter Reset Button?

The location of the filter reset button depends on the model of the refrigerator. Below are common areas for some general refrigerator types:

#1. 3-Door, French Door Samsung Refrigerators

Most of these refrigerators do not have their dispensers outside the doors. So the operational buttons are found on the inside of the fridge by the right wall.

Some of these require you to hold down the icemaker button for about three seconds. This is usually written just under the button.

#2. 4-Door, French Door Samsung Refrigerators

Most of these refrigerators have their dispensers installed outside the doors. Some even have their operational buttons just on top of the dispenser.

Others have their button on the inside of the refrigerator, just like the three-door refrigerators. The button instructions are usually the same as in the three-door refrigerators.

#3. Samsung American Refrigerator

These refrigerators are usually different from the French door refrigerators.

First, most of them require you to press and hold down the fridge and power cool buttons simultaneously.

Then, after about three seconds, the filter indicator chimes and goes off.

Generally, the instructions for a refrigerator filter reset are always clear to see on the button section of the fridge. Irrespective of where they may be.

#4. 4-Door, French Door Samsung Refrigerators With Touch Screens

If your refrigerator has a touch screen, the button’s location is a bit different. It does not come as a button but as a message. This message will come as a notification. 

How To Reset It?

To properly reset a Samsung refrigerator filter, you must first replace it. Replacing the water filter depends on the location of the water filter.

The following are different ways to reset the water filter depending on its site:

#1. Inside the Refrigerator

Most Samsung refrigerators have their water filters inside. It is usually found in the first compartment, between the crisper drawers.

You will see a twist knob here positioned vertically. On the 12 o’clock mark is a padlock sign. The filter is locked in. twist the knob in an anticlockwise direction until you hear a click.

Or until it stops at another point where there is an open padlock sign. Usually, this sign is at the seven o’clock mark.

After unlocking it:

  1. Pull it out gently and watch for drops of water.
  2. Remove the cap on the new filter, replace it with the twist knob and slide it into position. This replacement should be of the same model as the old one or at least the same design.
  3. After sliding it in, twist the knob back to the lock position to lock the filter in.

Suppose your refrigerator has a door alarm, press and holds it down for about three seconds to disable it.

Then press and hold the icemaker button for the same seconds to reset the water filter.

If you do not have a door alarm, follow the instructions in the button section to reset the water filter.

#2. Inside the Refrigerator

If your refrigerator is the Samsung Aqua-Free Plus refrigerator, your filter is most like in the top right corner of the refrigerator.

It looks like a feeding bottle plugged into a suction.

To replace it, twist the bottle to unscrew it. Next, remove the plastic cap over the new bottle and screw the bottle into the correct position.

These filters usually come with sticker dates to remind you when you need to change the water filter.

#3. Behind the Refrigerator

If your Samsung is the American Refrigerator model, then the water filter might be at the back of the refrigerator.

In this case, the first thing you do is turn off the water supply to the fridge. Then put a bucket or pail under the filter to catch any water that may spill.

Next, proceed to disconnect the tubes that hold the filter by first removing the red clips that hold the tubes.

Then gently pull out the pipes. 

The new filter might have its clips and some tubes. Gently take those out and replace them with the old pins and tubes.

Do this with care and with the inlet end facing downwards. After connecting the inlet tube, turn on the water supply to allow water to run through the filter.

This helps to clear out any excess chemicals in the filter. 

When about two liters of the water has run out, turn off the water supply and connect the outlet tubes. Next, place the filter back in its holder and turn on the water supply.

Then move to the front of the refrigerator to operate the reset buttons as already explained.

What Happens After Resetting The Button?

After resetting the water filter, take a large cup under the dispenser and allow water to run. The water should be about a gallon or two.

This is done to let the air out of the filter and remove some excess chemicals.

When the water runs freely and looks clean, your filter has been properly reset and is ready for use.


Before carrying out any replacement, always turn off the refrigerator to reduce the chances of electrocution.

After replacing the filter, check for leaks to ensure it is appropriately placed.

The replacement does not necessarily have to be a Samsung model. But it must be the same design and have a matching model number.

Also, it is essential to maintain eco-friendliness. For example, you can recycle one to two gallons of water that you run out of the dispenser.

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