If your Samsung oven has locked itself and you don’t know what to do, this guide is for you. The oven door locks automatically to protect you from high internal temperatures, especially after a cooking session or self-cleaning cycle. Fortunately, unlocking your oven door is easy to do. In this guide, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions to help you open the door.
What Causes Samsung Ovens to Lock?
Samsung ovens are designed to lock automatically when their internal temperatures reach extreme highs. This smart-locking feature serves as a protective measure to prevent accidental injuries caused by touching a scorching oven door. The auto-lock function can also activate if you’ve engaged the “Child Lock” or “Control Lock” features.
The Simplest Way to Unlock Your Samsung Oven
Your Samsung oven door locks mainly when the oven is extremely hot. Before you can attempt to unlock the door, you need to allow it to cool down naturally first. The door should then unlock by itself. However, if it doesn’t, you can follow the steps below.
Step 1 – Ensure the Oven Has Cooled Down
Check that the internal temperature in the oven has dropped to around 200° F (93° C) or lower.
Step 2 – Press the Unlock Button
If the oven has definitely reached a temperature lower than 200° F (93° C), the next step is to press the unlock button. You should be able to find the “Lock” button on the control board. Press and hold the lock button for 3 to 5 seconds or until you hear a beeping noise. The beeping noise will notify you that the locking mechanism is engaged or disengaged. In some models, an LED backlight will turn on and off to inform you of the lock status.
Step 3 – Turn the Range On
If the door doesn’t unlock after pressing the “Lock” button, the next step is to make sure the range is turned on. For some Samsung models, the oven door won’t be able to unlock unless the range is turned on. If this applies to your oven model, turn the range on and check if the door unlocks. If not, carry out step 2 again. If the door still won’t unlock, proceed to the next step.
Step 4 – Reset Your Oven
To reset your oven, turn the circuit breaker off or unplug the oven from the power socket. Wait for a couple of minutes before restoring power. Once the power turns back on, check if the door has unlocked. If not, you may need to get a technician to come and inspect your oven. You can also try some of the other methods discussed in this guide.
How to Unlock Your Samsung Oven After a Power Outage
Power interruptions can disrupt the normal functioning of your Samsung oven, potentially leading to a locked door. For instance, if a power outage occurs during a self-cleaning cycle, the door might stay locked even after power is restored.
After a power interruption, follow these steps to unlock the oven door:
- Unplug the oven from the power socket or switch the circuit breaker off.
- Allow the oven to remain unplugged for at least 5 minutes, giving it time to cool if necessary.
- Plug the oven back in or switch the circuit breaker back on.
- Press the “Clear/Off” button to reset the oven.
- Check if the door unlocks. If the door is still locked, Press the “Self-Clean” button.
- Press “Clear/Off” after 60 seconds or when the oven attempts to start the self-cleaning process. You can then check if the door has unlocked.
- If the door is still locked, run a self-cleaning cycle for an hour or two, followed by a cooling period. You can then check if the door has unlocked. If the door is still locked, try the next method in this guide.
How to Unlock a Samsung Oven After a Cleaning Cycle
After a self-cleaning cycle, your Samsung oven might remain locked due to its elevated internal temperature. This safety measure prevents the door from being opened until it has sufficiently cooled down.
To unlock the oven door after a cleaning cycle, follow these steps:
- Unplug the oven from the socket or switch the circuit breaker off.
- Allow the oven to cool for 30 to 90 minutes.
- Turn the power back on.
- Check if the oven door is unlocked. If the door remains locked, you must get a technician to come and inspect your Samsung oven.
Deactivating a Samsung Child Lock
Specific Samsung oven models offer a child lock or control lock feature to prevent unauthorized access. The door and control panel will be locked if this function is engaged.
Here’s how to deactivate child lock on your Samsung oven:
- Locate the “Child Lock” or “Control Lock” button.
- Press and hold the button for at least three seconds to unlock the door.
- If the door doesn’t unlock, attempt the other methods discussed in this guide if you haven’t already, or get a technician to come and inspect your appliance.
Is Your Samsung Oven Door Still Locked?
If you’ve gone through all the solutions in this without success, unfortunately, your oven might be facing a mechanical glitch. This implies that one or more of its components could be malfunctioning. In most cases, the faulty component will be the locking mechanism, which is relatively straightforward to fix. However, the control board might be defective in more severe cases, requiring a more complex repair. If you’re experienced working with electrical appliances and have the correct tools, you can test and replace those two components yourself. However, if you don’t have any experience working with electronics, you will need to call a professional appliance technician to come and inspect your Samsung oven.