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Control panel locked in Samsung refrigerator

Samsung refrigerators have a few different lock functions, depending on what model you have. These include Control Lock, Child Lock, and Dispenser Lock. The locks are useful for keeping your kids from messing with the settings, or accidentally changing something when you bump against the panel. Child Lock and Dispenser Lock also prevent you from dispensing water or ice. If you try to use the panel and see the lock icon is lit, or the panel only responds with a chime, you'll know it needs to be unlocked.

How to unlock the control panel on your refrigerator

Once you familiarize yourself with the settings on your control panel, you'll have complete control over your fridge.

Automatic Control Lock: This feature locks control panels that are located inside the refrigerator or on the top of a door. The panel automatically locks after 1 minute of inactivity to avoid accidental contact. Unlock it by touching and holding Door Alarm until you hear a chime (3 seconds).

Control Lock and Dispenser Lock buttons on Samsung refrigerator

Dispenser Lock: This feature appears on refrigerators with the control panel inside and outside of the door, and disables the water and ice dispenser. To unlock/lock the dispenser, first unlock the control panel by touching and holding Door Alarm until you hear a chime (3 seconds). Then touch and hold Water/Ice until you hear a chime (3 seconds). The control panel will automatically lock again after 1 minute.

Child Lock (Control Lock): Some refrigerators have a child lock (control lock) that locks the control panel and the dispenser at the same time. This appears on panels that are located outside of the refrigerator and can be locked/unlocked by holding Ice Maker Off until you hear a chime (3 seconds).

The methods for turning these features on and off can vary slightly depending on the refrigerator model. If these steps don't match with your refrigerator, check your user manual.

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