Stop Samsung Dishwashers from Opening Automatically

Automatic dishwasher doors are a recipe for every imaginable home accident, and it’s incredibly terrifying if you have little ones flitting in and out of your kitchen. So, how can you stop Samsung dishwasher doors from opening automatically? 

Deactivate the Samsung AutoRelease Dry setting to prevent the doors from opening. To deactivate this feature, press the sanitize button followed by the Delay/Start button. 

This article provides a detailed guide to deactivating this feature. It also addresses other common issues with your Samsung dishwasher that can cause doors to malfunction, such as improper placement and worn seals.

Read on to fix your Samsung dishwasher door to your liking.

Does the Samsung Dishwasher Open When Done?

With the auto-release dry function, Samsung dishwashers will open automatically after a wash cycle. However, old dishwasher models may not have this feature. Check the user manual to see if your appliance has the auto-release dry function. 

Note that the auto-release setting has no significant impact on the dishwasher efficiency and performance.

What is the Samsung Auto Release Dry Function? 

The auto-release dry function opens the dishwasher door within the last 5 to 15 minutes of a wash cycle. Contrary to many users’ fears, the doors will only open when the internal temperature is less than 122 degrees Fahrenheit. 

According to the manufacturer, there’s little chance of hot water spilling from these kitchen appliances. 

However, it’s best to practice caution when dealing with dishwashers. What’s more? You can easily deactivate the auto-release dry functions via the steps in the next section. 

Note that it is impossible to close the dishwasher door for the next two minutes after the door opens under the auto-release dry mode. Attempting to close the door may damage your dishwasher.


How to Turn Off Auto Release on Samsung Dishwasher

The Samsung Auto Release Dry setting is the default for Samsung dishwashers. In addition, it allows fresh air to circulate within the dishwasher. However, this feature is more of an inconvenience. 

Most users prefer more control over the opening or closing of their dishwasher door. Besides, automatic doors may lead to hazards, such as hot water spills or hot vapor scalding your skin. So, here’s how to take back “control” over your Samsung dishwasher doors. 

Step 1: Locate the power button and switch on the dishwasher. 

Step 2: Enter the Settings Menu. 

This is where it gets tricky since a wrong step can damage the appliance. Press and hold down the Delay/Start and Sanitize button to access the settings option. Hold it down until you see U0 or U1 on the screen display. 

Step 3: Click the Sanitize button multiple times until you see” A1″ or “A0” on the screen display. Next, click on Delay Start to select either A0 or A1. 

You have successfully disabled the Samsung Auto Release Dry setting if the display screen shows A0. However, you’ve activated the auto dry setting if an A1 appears on the screen. 

Now, you can save your setting by pressing the power button. Contact your Samsung customer care representative if the problem persists. Never hesitate to reach out to your nearest care representative. 

No one wants a splash of hot water or vapor filling their nostrils when Samsung doors automatically open.

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Why Do Samsung Dishwashers Pop Open Automatically?

Sometimes, the Samsung auto-release dry setting is not the problem. The problem may be more profound than toggling a few features. Malfunctioning doors can also contribute to this issue. So, here are other reasons why your dishwasher door opens automatically.

Faulty door hinge 

Dishwasher doors develop faulty hinges with continuous usage. You may experience this issue early on due to rough and excessive use. For example, dropping heavy items on open dishwasher doors can loosen the hinge. 

Improper Placement

Is your appliance firmly inserted between the countertop? Wrong dishwasher placement is one of the reasons why the doors keep opening during operation. 

Always check to see if you fixed the appliance properly. Ensure the space is not cramped or loose. Furthermore, the door might open during a cleaning cycle if the dishwasher is not on a leveled surface. 

Worn-Out Door Seals 

Door seals prevent water spills during cycles. However, these seals may weaken with time and cause dishwasher doors to swing open during cycles. Note that this problem is not limited to old dishwashers. 

Doors with newly-replaced seals are hard to close within the first few weeks. To solve this issue, operate the appliance at the highest settings. 

Dishwasher springs are also another reason why that door won’t close. In addition, dishwasher doors won’t close when you overload the appliance. 

Common Issues with Samsung Dishwashers 

Samsung dishwashers come with common flaws you’ll find in most dishwashers. For example, users may find dirty dishes after a cycle due to a dirty filter assembly or clogged spray arm. Food particles gradually accumulate within the small holes in the spray arms. 

Always check the water inlet valve or the door seal if the appliance spills water all over the floor. Also, remove the bottom panel to get a better view of the cause of leakage. 

Leaking dishwashers is also another peculiar issue with Samsung dishwashers. Sometimes, your Samsung dishwasher may not drain water. The culprit, this time, may be a blocked drain hose or a defective check valve. 

Don’t forget to check the drainage pump to see if it’s functioning. There’s also a possibility that food particles are clogging the filter assembly. 

How to Fix Samsung Dishwasher That Won’t Start

This is a common issue with some Samsung dishwasher models. Users may get error messages when the dishwasher doesn’t start. 

Resetting the appliance is often the first course of action. Check the manual to get information on how to do a factory reset. If an error code keeps cropping up, it’s time for a trained professional to check the appliance. 


It’s easy to stop your Samsung dishwasher from opening automatically. All you need is to deactivate the auto dry release settings. However, contact your nearest Samsung repair center if the problem persists after deactivating the auto dry release settings.