How To Use Self Clean on a Samsung Oven

VIA Appliance
October 3, 2022
Oven Repair

Thanks to the Self Cleaning function on Samsung ovens, cleaning your oven no longer has to be a difficult task. The Self Clean function uses high temperatures to burn away any food or residue on the inside of the oven. Our step-by-step guide walks you through how to use the Self Clean function successfully. 

This guide covers all of the main models of Samsung ovens, including:






















Before you begin

Before you start the self-cleaning cycle on your Samsung oven, be sure to follow the below steps. 

  • Ensure you open a window or make sure that the room is well-ventilated. Running the self-cleaning cycle can cause unpleasant fumes.
  • Make sure children and pets are kept away from the area. The outside of the oven can get hot enough to cause a burn when a self-cleaning cycle is running. 
  • Take out all of the oven’s racks and other equipment such as trays or pans. If foreign materials are left inside the oven cavity, they could ignite and cause damage to the oven racks.
  • Remove any aluminum foil and wipe away any excessive grime before starting the cycle. 
  • Ensure that the lower drawer of the oven is removed. 
  • Do NOT add any oven cleaners to your oven before starting the self-cleaning cycle. This can cause damage to the inside of your oven as well as create toxic fumes. 

Starting the Self Clean cycle

Once you have followed the above steps, it is time to begin your self-cleaning cycle.

  • Select “Self Clean,” and then select “Start” to begin a self-cleaning cycle.
  • You can choose the duration you wish to run the self-cleaning cycle for by pressing “Self Clean” more than once before selecting “Start.” The three-hour option is standard, but you can also choose to run it for five hours for a very dirty oven or two hours if your oven is relatively clean. 
  • Be aware that the door will lock and a lock icon will appear while Self Clean is running. The door will stay locked after the self-cleaning cycle is finished until the oven has cooled down sufficiently. This is for your safety due to how hot the oven gets during the self-cleaning cycle. 

Using the Steam Clean option

Some Samsung models feature a Steam Clean setting, which can be used as an alternative to the standard Self Clean function described above. The Steam Clean function is not as intensive as the ultra-hot Self Clean function, so this is a good option if your oven is only mildly dirty.

 If your Samsung oven has a Steam Clean function, here’s how to use it:

  • If your oven has a large amount of grime or food residue, rub detergent into the residue before beginning the steam cleaning cycle as this helps break up the grease.
  • Empty the oven and take out the oven racks and any other accessories before beginning a steam cleaning cycle 
  • Fill the Steam Clean tray with one cup of tap water (not distilled water). Pour it directly into the oven’s bottom if your oven lacks a tray. Next, shut the oven door.
  • On the control panel, select “Steam Clean” and then select “Start.”
  • The oven will be extremely hot and have a large amount of water remaining on the bottom after this cycle. Use a sponge or soft, dry cloth to remove it once it has cooled.

Using the Descale and Drain function

If your oven model includes a water reservoir, you also have the option of using these self cleaning functions:

Descale function:

This setting removes minerals from the oven that impact the taste of food. Descaling fluid is necessary for the cycle. When your oven prompts you to descale if you use steam cooking, it is highly recommended that you do it in order to prevent unpleasant flavors to your food. 

This cleaning cycle has more steps than regular cleaning cycles. For instructions specific to your model, consult your user manual.

Drain function:

When you select this function, water is drained from the steam system into the reservoir. It is ideal for flushing the system and starting over, or when using the steam cook function for extended periods of time.

After the Self Clean cycle is finished

After the self-cleaning cycle is finished, it is absolutely essential to ensure that the oven has cooled sufficiently before you open it. This is important both if you are using the regular self-cleaning or the steam cleaning function. Opening the oven too soon can lead to burns or the inhalation of fumes. 

Once your oven has cooled enough to open, you need to use a wet cloth or sponge to remove the remaining residue inside. This is either in the form of a fine dust if you used the self-cleaning cycle, or excess water if you used the steam clean cycle. 

You can now replace any racks or trays you removed from the oven before running the self-cleaning function. These can be wiped down with water and a mild detergent before returning them to the oven. Make sure not to use any harsh cleaning chemicals on any part of your Samsung oven. 

You also still need to clean the exterior of the oven by hand, as the self-clean function does not extend to the exterior or the cooktop. This can be done with a moist cloth or sponge and a mild detergent. Your oven will now be perfectly clean both inside and out!

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