How to Fix a Samsung Fridge Error Code 22E

How to Fix a Samsung Fridge Error Code 22E

If your fridge display shows 22E or 22C, here’s how to resolve it
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If your Samsung fridge is displaying a 22E or a 22C error code, it means there is an issue with the evaporator fan. This error code may appear if the door wasn’t fully closed, resulting in the fridge not being able to cool properly. If you ran a diagnostic test on your fridge and it displays a 22E or 22C error code, the fan issues may be due to ice buildup or a motor failure. Both of which would prevent the fan from working properly to cool your fridge.

Troubleshooting a Samsung Fridge 22E or 22C Error Code

If you come home to your fridge door ajar and the 22E fault code being displayed, resolving this is a simple process. You will want to transfer any unspoiled food from the fridge and freezer into a cooler. Unplug the fridge and leave the doors open for a few hours. After that time has passed, close the doors and plug the fridge back in. Your fridge fan should now work correctly, and this method should clear the 22E error code from the fridge display. If unplugging the fridge does not resolve the issue, or the error code comes back again later, you will want to inspect the parts listed below or call for a technician.

How to Fix Samsung Fridge 22E Fan Issues

If you have noticed that your fridge isn’t getting cool, or the fan is making noises besides the normal operating sound, there may be other issues with your evaporator fan. Running a diagnostic test and getting the error code 22E or 22C would confirm this.

The method to run a diagnostic test on your Samsung fridge will vary depending on the model you have. It will typically involve pressing in two buttons simultaneously, and holding for about 10 seconds until you hear a chime. The display will then flash and the fridge will run its diagnostic. Consult your user manual for the exact buttons to press on your fridge model. Common ones include the top left/top right buttons, power freezer/power cool buttons, or the freezer/fridge buttons.

If your diagnostic test resulted in a 22E or 22C error code, here is how you can inspect and replace the parts that may be causing the issue. With the fridge unplugged, access the evaporator fan behind the back panel of the freezer compartment. Inspect the fan blades to see if they are damaged or loose. Then check that the motor shaft turns freely. If the fan doesn’t turn freely, the evaporator fan motor will need to be replaced. Note that if your refrigerator displays an error code of 21E instead of 22E, that is directly related to the fan freezing up. A lack of airflow can cause ice buildup, which would cause the fan to not rotate.

How to Replace the Evaporator Fan

If you notice that the evaporator fan is damaged, you will need to replace this part. You can find a new OEM evaporator fan for your Samsung fridge by searching with your model number. The fan sits on the evaporator motor shaft, and you will need to remove the motor assembly from the fridge to replace the fan. Once removed, you should be able to just pull off the damaged fan and push the new one into place.

How to Replace an Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor pulls air over the evaporator coils when the compressor is running. This air is then circulated into the fridge to keep your fresh food cool. If your fridge is noisier than normal, the motor may be failing. You’ll also notice that the fridge is warmer than normal, and there will likely be frost buildup on the fan when you inspect it. Installing a new evaporator fan motor is a simple repair. Please note that exact steps may vary based on your model of refrigerator.

  1. Before you begin, you’ll need to clear space in the freezer. Move any items into a cooler while you work, then disconnect the power to your fridge.
  2. The evaporate fan motor is found behind the panel at the back of the freezer compartment. You may need a screwdriver or a nutdriver in order to remove the panel.
  3. Disconnect the motor assembly wire harness. You may need a pair of pliers for this task.
  4. Connect the new evaporator fan motor by clipping in the wire harness.
  5. You can then reinstall the back panel in your freezer, add your items back in, and plug in your fridge.

How to Prevent Future Samsung Fridge 22E Error Codes

The best way to ensure your Samsung fridge doesn’t run into further 22E error codes to making sure the door is fully closed each time. If you overfill the fridge or freezer, something may prevent the doors from closing properly and creating a tight seal. You can also check that the door gasket is in good condition. If the gasket is dirty, it may also be preventing a tight seal, which cleaning would resolve. If the gasket is cracked or damaged, you will likely need to replace it.

How to Replace a Door Gasket

If your Samsung fridge door gasket needs to be replaced, begin by removing the damaged gasket. Do this by starting at one corner and pulling the gasket away from the door frame. Inspect the grove the gasket fits into for any dirt or debris, and clean it out. To install a new gasket, again start at a corner and insert the gasket into the channel ensuring it is flush with the fridge door.

How to Fix a Samsung Fridge Error Code 22E

Resolving a Samsung fridge 22E error code is generally as easy as “turn it off and back on again” but that’s not always the case. If you’ve tried the above methods to fix the 22E error code, and are still experiencing issues, it may be time to call in a repair technician! There may be underlying issues affecting the evaporator fan that they’ll be able to find with their years of diagnosing experience.

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PUBLISHED ON September 29, 2023
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