How to calibrate Samsung washing machine?

Calibrating your Samsung washing machine is a crucial step in ensuring the machine functions at its optimum potential.

Precisely calibrating the washing machine not only extends its lifespan but also enhances its performance, thus curtailing the need for costly repairs.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll go through step-by-step instructions on how to calibrate your Samsung washing machine to get the most out of it.

In a nutshell

Empty the washtub and turn off your Samsung washer. Next, turn on the washer and hold down the Temp and Delay End (+) buttons on the control panel for at least 3 seconds. Once you see the “Cb” code on the display panel, hit the Start/Pause button so that the washer enters the calibration mode.

Note: The options and settings may vary depending on your Samsung washing machine model and type.

What is calibration in washing machines?

Calibration is a process that tweaks the settings of your washing machine so that it functions seamlessly.

As time passes, your washing machine might encounter an imbalance, ultimately leading to an irregular distribution of the load.

Consequently, this imbalance triggers vibrations or unwanted noise in your washing machine, eventually leading to poor performance and possible damage to the washer and clothes.

This is where calibration plays a key role in fine-tuning the settings of your washing machine.

In simple terms, it is a process of ensuring that a device or instrument is accurate and precise.

Calibration also involves comparing the output of the device to a known standard and then making necessary adjustments to produce accurate output.

So, by calibrating your Samsung washing machine, you can make sure that it can determine the water level accurately based on the number of loads or the weight of your laundry.

In the calibration process, certain checks are also performed to determine the status of the functional components.

When should you calibrate your washing machine?

It may happen that you have recently installed your Samsung washing machine or moved it to a different place altogether.

In the above situation, it is always a good practice to calibrate the washing machine before running the regular cycles.

Additionally, over time, if you feel that your washer is not able to detect the load type or adjust the water levels automatically, you should simply run a calibration cycle.

Apart from that, here are some common reasons why you may want to run a calibration on your Samsung washing machine.

  • Your washing machine is vibrating or shaking.
  • The machine is making unusual noises.
  • The load is not being washed evenly.
  • The machine is not draining water properly.
  • The clothes are coming out damp or wet.

How to calibrate the Samsung washing machine? (Front-load and top-load)

To calibrate the Samsung front-load washing machine, you should use the ‘Temp’ and ‘Delay End (+)’ buttons.

Here’s how you can get your Samsung front-load washer calibrated.

Step 1: Empty the washtub

Turn off the washing machine from power and empty the wash tub by removing all laundry or items.

Step 2: Restart the washing machine

The next, step is to restart the washing machine to prime it for calibration.

Step 3: Press and hold the Temp and Delay end buttons

press temp and dely end button

As soon as the washer turns on and the lights on the control panel flash, you should press and hold the “temp” and ‘Delay End (+)’ simultaneously for at least 3 seconds.

Soon you will see the “Cb” code flashing on the display panel.

Once you see the “Cb” code, release the buttons as it means the washer has entered the calibration mode.

Finally, press the START/PAUSE button to run the calibration cycle.

Step 4: Let the calibration cycle run

As soon as you press the Start/Pause button the drum in the washer will run the calibration cycle.

The drum will rotate clockwise and counterclockwise for around 3 minutes (if it’s a front-loader).

If your washer type is a top-loader, the pulsator will move clockwise and counterclockwise for a minute.

Step 5: Calibration cycle completion

If the cycle stops, you will see 0 flashing on the display panel, indicating that the calibration cycle has been completed.

Do not get confused if the washer turns off automatically, because it actually does after the calibration cycle ends.

Now you can start using the washing machine to clean your regular loads of laundry.

How do you calibrate the Samsung FlexWash washing machine?

Samsung FlexWash washing machine includes 2 compartments for washing clothes, a top loader, and a front loader in a single unit.

The top compartment includes a smaller tub that is designed like a top-load model.

It is especially suitable for smaller, more delicate loads.

Just beneath the top loader sits a front loader with a larger compartment. This is the main compartment that can accommodate larger loads of laundry.

When it comes to calibrating the Samsung Flex washing machine, you can do it by following the below steps.

Note: You will have to do it separately and can start from the upper washer, followed by the lower washer.

Steps to calibrate the Samsung FlexWash washers

Step 1: Empty the washtub

Similar to regular models, you should first unload the washer by removing all the laundry items.

Step 2: Run the calibration cycle

Samsung’s Flex washing machine models include separate POWER buttons for each compartment.

Here, you will need to press POWER on the control panel of the washer to turn it on.

Step 3: Press hold on the required settings

Once the upper washer is on, simply hold and press the “Cotton” and ‘Temp’ buttons together for about 3 seconds.

Doing this will activate the calibration cycle on the upper washer of the Flex washing machine model.

Similarly, you need to press and hold the “Temp” and “Delay End” buttons on the lower washer to get the calibration mode activated.

Step 4: Run the calibration cycle

Now, press the START/PAUSE button on the control panel to start the calibration cycle.

How long does the calibration in the Samsung washing machine last?

The calibration mode or cycle duration will vary depending on the type and model of your Samsung washing machine. However, the duration of the calibration mode typically ranges from 3 to 5 minutes.

Things to keep in mind before calibrating your Samsung washing machine

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before or during calibrating the Samsung washing machine.

Read the Manual

Before attempting to calibrate your washing machine, it’s essential to read the user manual provided by Samsung.

The manual in most cases provides step-by-step instructions specific to your washing machine model, which will ensure a successful calibration process.

Check the Water Supply

Before calibrating your washing machine, ensure that your water supply is working correctly.

This means checking that the water pressure is sufficient and that there are no leaks in the hoses or connections.

Clean the Washing Machine

It’s essential to clean your washing machine before calibrating it.

A clean washing machine ensures accurate readings during calibration and prevents issues caused by dirt or debris.

Check the Load Capacity

It’s equally important to know the load capacity of your washing machine and to ensure that you’re not overloading it.

Overloading your washing machine can cause it to become unbalanced and affect the calibration process.

Check the Drum for Balance

It’s always a good idea to check the drum for any items that may have become stuck or lodged in the machine.

These items can affect the balance of the machine, causing issues during calibration.

Make sure the washing machine is installed properly

It’s essential to ensure that your Samsung washing machine is installed correctly before attempting to calibrate it.

This means ensuring that the machine is level, properly connected to the water supply and that the electrical connections are secure.

A poorly installed washing machine can affect its performance and calibration.

Ensuring the transit bolts are off

Check if the transit bolts have been properly removed from your Samsung washing machine.

These bolts are placed inside the machine during transportation to prevent damage, but they need to be removed before use.

Leaving the transit bolts in place during calibration can affect the accuracy of the readings.

Troubleshooting Calibration Mode

Calibrating a Samsung washing machine may occasionally encounter issues.

Here are common problems you might face during the calibration process and how to resolve them:

Issue: Display Doesn’t Show “Cb” Code

Solution: Ensure you’re following the correct button combination for your specific model. Double-check the buttons and hold them simultaneously as described in the guide. If the “Cb” code doesn’t appear, restart the process and press the buttons accurately.

Issue: Calibration Cycle Doesn’t Start

Solution: If the calibration cycle does not begin after pushing the Start/Pause button, double-check that you’ve complied with the previous instructions. Ensure the washer is connected to power and that the water supply functions correctly.

Issue: Cycle Stops Prematurely

Solution: If the calibration cycle stops before completion, it might indicate an interruption in power or a malfunction. Restart the process from the beginning, ensuring a stable power supply. If the problem persists, contact Samsung customer support or a qualified technician.

Issue: Washer Doesn’t Exit Calibration Mode

Solution: If the washer remains in calibration mode after the cycle finishes, attempt turning off the power, waiting briefly, and then powering it on again. Should the problem persist, consult the user manual for detailed guidance on exiting calibration mode.

Issue: Unusual Noises or Vibrations Persist After Calibration

Solution: If your washing machine continues to produce strange noises or excessive vibrations after calibration, it might indicate an underlying mechanical issue. Reduce the load size and ensure the machine is level. If problems persist, it’s recommended to seek professional assistance.

Issue: Incorrect Water Level Detection

Solution: If the washer still fails to detect the appropriate water level after calibration, ensure that the water supply is connected and pressure is sufficient. and also check for clogs in the water inlet valves. If the problem remains, contact Samsung support for guidance.

Issue: Buttons Unresponsive

Solution: If the control panel buttons are unresponsive during calibration, check if the control lock feature is activated. Consult your user manual to get more information on how to unlock the controls. If the problem persists, there could be an electrical issue that necessitates professional assistance.

Remember that the troubleshooting steps provided are general suggestions.

Specific models might have unique issues or solutions.

If you encounter persistent problems that you can’t resolve using the troubleshooting tips, it’s best to consult the official user manual or contact Samsung customer support or a professional technician.

Final Thoughts

When you install the washer for the first time or move the washer for any other reason, chances are that the machine may have become unlevel during transit, affecting its performance and calibration.

So, it is essential to calibrate your washing machine when it is installed for the first time or after you have moved it to some other location.

Also, don’t forget to get rid of the transit bolts before calibrating your washer.

The overall calibration process is quite simple and does not require a whole lot of time and expertise, it only takes a few minutes for the washer to be up and running.

Contact the manufacturer for more information to find out if your washer can be calibrated or not, and don’t forget to keep the model number handy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to calibrate my Samsung washing machine?

You don’t need to calibrate your Samsung washing machine frequently. It’s recommended to calibrate your washing machine after moving the washer from one place to another or when you notice any degradation of performance.

Can I calibrate my Samsung washing machine myself?

Yes, you can calibrate your Samsung washing machine yourself, and this does not require any professional or technical expertise.

What should I do if my Samsung washing machine is still vibrating or shaking after calibration?

If your washing machine is still vibrating or shaking after calibration, it may be due to a mechanical issue or other technical underlying causes. Try reducing the load on your washer and see if that helps. If this does not work, it’s best to contact a qualified technician for repairs.

Can calibration improve the efficiency of my Samsung washing machine?

Yes, calibration can improve the efficiency of your Samsung washing machine by ensuring it’s working at its optimal level.

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