Samsung Dryer Vent Sensor Reset (Step by Step)

The Samsung dryer vent is designed to remove excess heat generated during the dryer cycle to prevent incidents like fires. If the Samsung dryer vent sensor fails, it might prevent the dryer from functioning properly. You will notice heating issues with the dryer when this happens. To solve the problem, a reset could be needed.

When it comes to resetting the Samsung dryer vent sensor, you will have to reset the entire dryer.

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Samsung Dryer Vent Sensor Reset (Step by Step)

To Reset the Samsung Dryer:

Step 1: Unplug the Samsung dryer from the power source or turn off the circuit breakers. If your Samsung dryer is connected to more than one circuit breaker, ensure that all of them are turned off

Step 2: You can test to make sure the dryer is fully disconnected from the power. To check, open the door and check for the dryer light. You can also push the buttons on the control panel to make sure they’re unresponsive.

Step 3: Leave the dryer disconnected for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the electrical charge clear out of the dryer. During this time, the dryer will reset the memory, sensor, and any other controls that have been established.

Step 4: Once the time elapses, reestablish power to the Samsung dryer by plugging the dryer cord in or turning back on the circuit breakers. Wait till the dryer restarts. With that, the dryer is completely reset.

Step 5: While resetting the Samsung dryer vent sensor is the first thing that comes to mind when experiencing heating problems, it is not always the solution. If you notice any temperature or heating error codes on your Samsung dryer which are related to the vent sensor, resetting the dryer will clear the error codes. However, it will not solve the problem. In this case, you would have to look for the reason behind the error code.

How to Run a Vent Blockage Test

Error codes that have to deal with the vent usually signal a vent blockage issue.

A vent blockage issue signifies that the vent is clogged. You can confirm this by running a vent blockage test. To run the test;

  • Ensure that it is empty before you close the door. Removing laundry from the drum will improve your chances of getting accurate results.
  • Press “POWER” to turn the dryer on and wait for about 5 seconds, then press and hold “Adjust Time Up + Dry Level until Ins or In appears on display. This combination might not work on some modes. If it doesn’t work, try “Ccyle 1 + Wrinkle Prevent” or “Air Fluff + Wrinkle Prevent”
  • The next step is to press and hold START/PAUSE to start the Vent Blockage test. This test has a run time of about 2 minutes. Do not open the door during the test.
  • When the test is complete, the results will be displayed.

The results could be:

  • 0 or End: The duck system is normal and unblocked.
  • Clg, Cg – This indicates that the vent is clogged.
  • C80, C8 – This indicates that about 80% of the vent is clogged.
  • C90, C9 – This indicates that over 90% of the vent is clogged.
  • C1, CL1 – This indicates that laundry is detected inside the drum.
  • Ct – This indicates that the dryer is below freezing or above 104°F

Not all models allow for a vent blockage test. Fortunately, there are other ways to test if the vent is blockage and the cause of the low heat issue. In models without the vent blockage test, you will have to disconnect the vent and check the dryer’s heater performance.

To get started:

  • Disconnect the exhaust vent from the dryer
  • You will have to run a Time Dry Cycle for at least 30 seconds (turn off the Eco Dry settings, if your model has any)
  • With your hand, feel for hot air inside the drum
  • If the dryer feels hotter when the vent is disconnected, it means the vent need cleaning to get rid of the debris causing the clog. If you fixed the vent previously check if it meets the requirements set in the user manual.
  • However, if you feel the same amount of air with the vent disconnected. It means the vent is not the cause of the low heat issue.
  • If you conclude that the vent is clogged, you would have to clean. Hire a technician to clean the vent properly.

How To Reset Samsung Dryer Heating Element

The dryer heating element might not be unconnected to the issues you’re having with the dryer vent. You might want to reset the heating element to check if it solves the problem.

You can reset the Samsung dryer heating element by resetting the entire dryer. To do this, you need to unplug it and plug it back in again. Ensure that you give enough time between both stages. When unplugged, turn off the circuit breaker and wait for about 10 minutes for any electrical current left in the dryer to be dissipate.

After plugging it back in, check if the dryer heating element is working as it should. If not, then you need to contact a technician. In some cases, the heating element in your Samsung dryer may need replacing. A technician should be able to confirm if the heating element if faulty.

How to Perform a Network Reset

A network reset will erase all Wi-Fi and network information from the dryer. A network reset can only be done if your dryer has Wi-Fi capability. To perform a network reset, follow the steps below

  • Hold Smart Control until AP displays (this should take about 3 seconds).
  • Hold Temp until OK displays (this should take about 7 seconds). The display will go back to AP after this.
  • Turn off the dryer.

Wrapping Up

Resetting the Samsung Dryer Vent Sensor can help in cases where the Samsung dryer fails to work or overheat. You might also want to check if there is any error code associated with the Samsung dryer. Error codes will provide a better diagnosis of the issue with the dryer so you can take the right steps to fix them.


  • Keith Rowland

    Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.