Using Vacation Mode on a Samsung Fridge

Last Update date : Jan 30. 2023

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Vacation mode is designed to reduce the power usage when you go on holiday for longer periods of time. If your fridge has Vacation Mode, turning it on will keep the freezer running normally, but will keep the temperature of the other compartments at 15 °C. 

Please be advised that this is a general guide, as designs and features vary depending on the model of the refrigerator. To check the design and features specific to your refrigerator, please refer to your user manual.

Fridge Models that are likely to have Vacation Mode:

Please be advised that NOT all refrigerators have the vacation mode function. To check the design and features specific to your refrigerator, please refer to your user manual

Side by Side and French Door Samsung refrigerators are the most likely to have the Vacation Mode functionality. The easiest way to tell if your fridge has Vacation mode is to check the control panel (if any) for a Vacation button. Fridges without a display or control panel will not be able to utilise Vacation mode. 

If you're going away but your fridge does not have Vacation Mode:

  • Close the water valve to make sure you won't come home to water leaks
  • Remove all food and ice from the fridge
  • Unplug the refrigerator from the power supply
  • Wipe excess moisture from inside and leave the doors open, to prevent mould or odour.


15°C is not cool enough to be considered a safe temperature for storing food while you're away. Between 5 °C and 60 °C there is the potential for bacteria to multiply. If you're only going away for a couple of days, consider leaving the fridge at the normal temperature. Vacation mode is designed reduce the power usage while you're away for periods of time longer than 3 weeks (ie. longer than the shelf life of most food inside the fridge). See the CSIRO website on Refrigerated Food for more information on recommended temperatures.

Using Vacation Mode:

Type 1.

A 'Vacation' button, or a button with 'Vacation (3 sec)' located under it will be on the fridge control panel. To enable or disable vacation mode, simply press the 'Vacation' button, or press and hold the button with 'Vacation (3 sec)' below it for 3 seconds.

Type 2.

If your fridge has an umbrella vacation icon icon and the display panel looks similar to the one below, the following steps could be helpful.

1. Tap any key to wake the screen. Press the circle circle icon and select the fridge.

2. Then, press or to select vacation icon Vacation Mode. When activated the icon will light up.

If you're having trouble with Vacation Mode on your Samsung fridge, please get in touch with our Chat Support team or call 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia) for further assistance.

If you require further assistance, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page or contact our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia). You can also contact our Chat Support team or reach us through Samsung Members Community.

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