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Samsung RSH Series Test Mode

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Samsung RSH fridge freezers test more detailsThe service test function set out in this article are intended for use by appliance repair technicians and not for the general public.

Using any of this information to test or repair your own Samsung side by side American style fridge freezer is undertaken entirely at your own risk and the information is offered with no warranty or liability from UK Whitegoods.

Should you require more help or assistance please use the forums as we will be unable to offer you support by any other means.

If you do not feel confident on reading this article please use our engineer search facility to locate a local repair company that will be able to help you.

RSH Series Functional Test

Press the power freeze and the fridge buttons for more than 8 seconds at the same time. Both the freezer & fridge temperature display will be turn off indicating that the test mode has been entered.

Samsung rsh fridge freezer test mode entry

With inverter compressor models, when you press the test button, the test function will be selected in the following order:

  • Forced Operation (FF)
  • R Off Forced Operation (OF r)
  • Forced Fridge Defrost (rd)
  • ForcedFridge / Freezer Defrost (Fd)

With AC compressor models, when you press the test button, the test function will be selected in the following order:

  • Forced Operation (FF)
  • Forced Fridge Defrost (rd)
  • Forced Fridge/Freezer Defrost (Fd)

> Cancelled (Normal Operation)

Samsung's recommended way to cancel the test function is turning off and then back on the unit at the mains.

Running The Tests

Forced Operation

For all models:

When the fridge button is pressed once at the test mode. FF lights up on the display panel indicating Forced Operation. You should also hear a “beeping” sound.

At the forced operation, when you press the Fridge button once OF r lights up on the display.

All Forced Operation (FF/OF r) : 3450RPM

Samsung fridge freezer test display 1AC Compressor Model

As with other models when you press the Fridge button once at the test mode, FF lights up on the display, indicating forced operation. And again, you'll get the "beeping" sound.

Samsung fridge freezer test display 2

When Forced Operation is selected, the compressor starts operating immediately without the usual seven minute delay at any operating mode.

At this time, if the fridge freezer is in the middle of defrost cycle the defrost will be stopped immediately and Forced Operation will be performed.

When forced operation is selected, compressor and freezer fan (F-Fan) will run continuously.

FF : fridge compartment will be controlled according to its set temperature.

OF r : fridge compartment will be off (For checking TDM Valve; F Valve Open, R Valve Off)

When forced operation is selected, the freezer temperature will be set to -25°C and the fridge temperature will be set to 1°C automatically.

During the forced operation, the Power Freeze and the Quick Cool functions do not work. When the Power Freeze or the Quick Cool is selected, its indicator lamp will be turned off in ten seconds automatically.

To cancel the forced operation in the middle of its operation, plug out and in the unit or perform the test cancellation mode as the test cancelling instructions below.

With the forced operation the fridge freezer will "beep" (0.25 sec on then 0.75 sec off) until the forced operation is completed and the sound can't be turned off.

Forced Defrost

Press the fridge button one more time at fridge off forced operation [OF r], rd lights upon the display. At this time, the forced operation stops immediately and R-Defrost will be performed at the same time.

Press the fridge button one more time at Forced R-Defrost [rd], Fd lights up on the display. At this time, the forced operation stops immediately and R-Defrost will be performed at the same time.

You'll then get a “beep” sound for 3 seconds and then it will perform Forced F/R-Defrost while sending out “0.5 sec On and 0.5 sec Off” sound.

Samsung fridge freezer test display 3

After that you get another "beep" sound for 3 seconds and then it will perform Forced F/R-Defrost while sending out "0.5 sec On and 0.5 sec Off" sound.

When you press the fridge button one more time at forced operation 3 [FF 3], Fd lights up on theDisplay Panel. At this time, the forced operation stops immediately and F/R-Defrost will be performed at the same time.

Samsung fridge freezer test display 4

Cancelling Test Mode

During the F/R-Defrost mode, put the display to the test mode and press the fridge button once.

Then, the F/R-Defrost mode will be cancelled and it will go to the normal operation mode.

Or, turn off and on the unit at the mains supply to cancel the test mode.

  Samsung Freezer Spares

Please check that any Samsung spares recommended are suitable for use on your particular model number in full, the model number is vital in getting the correct spare part. If you are unsure about the suitability of any spare part please ask to ensure that you get the correct spares for your freezer.

Please, don't guess or assume as spares can be altered on a production run with the same model number having several different alternative components used.

  More Samsung Freezer Help, Advice & Guidance

Should you need more help and guidance please use the links from this article as most of them will help you to understand your Samsung freezer a lot better and probably very much help you in diagnosing the fault you have. Of course there are many other articles on the site that will also help you do this.

In addition you can post in our help and advice forums after registering but please do pay heed to the information below before doing so and read the guides, they are there to help you.

You must understand certain things before you begin or attempt any repairs on your own and we want to make these points very, very clear to anyone that decides to investigate one of these or any other fridge freezers:

  • We are not responsible for your safety, you are and by using this guide you accept that and accept that any damage that you may cause and work undertaken is entirely at your own risk.
  • We will advise the common causes of the fault codes but we cannot guarantee that any parts or work recommended will resolve the issue. It is entirely your responsibility to diagnose your particular problem and resolve it.
  • We are not responsible for you buying spares that do not resolve the problem, this is down to your own diagnosis not ours.
  • No warranty is inferred, implied or given.

Please understand that these Samsung fault or error codes are not a "magic bullet", they will not tell you what the problem is, they will only offer you an indication of where the problem lies and they are no substitute for good old fashioned diagnostic skills. You can find out more about what fault codes actually tell you in this article. So please be well aware that, even with this new found knowledge you will still have to actually be capable of investigating and diagnosing the problem and this means adhering to basic appliance safety for working on them. 

Note that manufacturers can and do change fault codes without notice and we cannot guarantee that these error codes will apply to your particular model as all codes apply to a wide range of appliances and not normally any one specific model. To determine if these fault codes do apply to your particular Samsung freezer model please post a request to confirm this in the forums.

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