Frigidaire Washing Machine Error Codes and Fixes

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A washing machine that doesn’t work can be an annoying thing to deal with in your house. Washing machines are supposed to make your life more convenient since you don’t have to spend time leaving your house to go to a laundromat to wash your clothes if you have a washer and washer in your house.

When your washing machine fails you, all you can do is try to fix it. Luckily there are error codes that tell you exactly what’s wrong with the machine. If you own a Frigidaire washing machine, here are the error codes and their meaning so that you can fix it.

Frigidaire Washing Machine Error Codes

E31

This error code means that the water pressure sensor isn’t communicating with the electronic control board. The best way to fix this is to have the electronic control board replaced.

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The electronic control board manages your washer’s parts and controls the drying cycle times. Before you replace it, you might want to call a technician because it’s hard to determine if the control board is the source of the problem. Even though the washer is giving you one of these error codes, you might want to have the technician do an advanced diagnostic test. If this is what’s wrong, then it’s a low difficulty repair that you can do yourself if you’re comfortable with this fix.

If you need to replace the electronic control board of your washer because you get this error code, then here are the steps that you need to take.

1. Unplug your washer to shut off the power. If you have a gas washer, you need to shut off the gas too. This ensures that you’re safe while you’re working on your washer.

2. Slide the washer away from the wall so you can access the back of the washer.

3. Remove the top panel by finding the two screws that hold it in place. You’ll need a 1/4th inch nut driver to unscrew them. All you have to do is pull the top panel back slightly so that you can release the tabs that hold it in place and you can pull it off completely.

4. Take a picture of the wiring behind this panel because you’ll need to rewire them in the same way to the new electronic control board.

5. Remove the old electronic control board. Release the locking tabs from the wire connectors and pull the wire harness plug from the connection receptacle on it. Unscrew the head screw and slide the electronic control board to release it from the support bracket.

6. Attach the new electronic control board by positioning it in the support bracket and pushing it into the mounting slots. Line it up with screw holes and replace the mounting screw.

7. Connect the wires to the new board the way it was connected to the old one using the picture as a reference.

8. Reinsert the top panel by screwing in the screws.

9. Restore power to your washer.

Make sure the error code doesn’t appear again and ensure that your washer works like normal.

E43

This error code means there’s a door lock issue.

The door switch and strike is a safety feature that’s on front load washing machines. On most of the models, the door switch has to be closed and the door lock needs to activate so that the washer will start. What happens when the washer won’t start is that the door switch isn’t activating the door locked and the washer isn’t sensing that it can start. This is a safety mechanism so that water or clothes don’t go flying around if the washer starts without the top closing.

If you want to test to see if the door switch and strike in the washing machine is broken, you need to use a multimeter (view on Amazon). Here’s how you use a multimeter to test the switch and strike.

1. If you want to locate the switch, the switch is located in the door frame of the washing machine but you might also find it in the door lock assembly.

2. Inspect the strike to make sure that it engages the lock assembly properly. The door should remain closed when you’re inspecting it.

3. Look for any signs of damage or cracking on the strike once you locate it.

4. Test the switch for continuity. Unplug the washing machine so that you can be safe while you’re troubleshooting the issue.

5. Remove the front panel in order to access the switch. You’ll have to unscrew the front panel so that you can see it.

6. Remove the switch from it so that you can test it once you access the front panel.

7. Make sure the multimeter is set to the RX1 setting.

8. Place the probes on the switch terminals. You should get a reading of infinity. Now that the probes are on the terminals, make sure you press on and hold the switches button. Your reading should be zero or very close to zero.

If the results that you get aren’t matching the results listed above, you need a replacement door switch and strike. You’ll have to get a manufacturer approved part specific to your washer brand, make and model. Once you do this, you can install it yourself if you feel comfortable doing that. You don’t feel comfortable installing it yourself, you can call a professional technician to do it for you.

E5D, E5E, E5F

These error codes all mean that you’re having motor control board communication issues.

All of your washing machines have a motor in it that makes it spin and agitate during the cleaning cycle. All of the top load washing machines have a reversing motor, which means the motor spins in one direction for agitating and in the other for spinning and draining. The front loading washing machine does the opposite where the motor spins in one direction no matter what. If the motor does not start but you hear your washing machine humming or buzzing, then there’s definitely something wrong with the drive motor.

You can test your drive motor with a multimeter to see if there’s something wrong with it.

1. Unplug your washing machine from the power source because you’ll be handling electrical components and it’s unsafe.

2. Remove the cabinet of your washer by unscrewing it.

3. Consult your owner’s manual and find the drive motor in the washing machine.

4. Disconnect the wires from the motor. When you’re disconnecting the wires, make sure you use the metal connectors connected to them and do not pull directly on the wires themselves.

5. Use a multimeter that’s on the RX1 setting and touch the terminals of the motor. Once you have the meter’s probes on the terminals, you can test for continuity. You should get a reading of 0 or almost 0.

6. Now that you have one probe still on the terminal, use the other probe to touch the bare metal housing of the motor. This is how you test for ground connection and you should not get any reading from the test on your multimeter.

If your readings differ from any that you’re supposed to get, then you need a replacement drive motor. You might need a little help finding one specific to your washer, and because of all the wires involved, you might need to get a professional technician to install the drive motor for you.

EF2

This error code means there are too many suds in your washer. This mainly happens after you use too much detergent.

Too much detergent is definitely an issue that you could be ruining your washing machine. Too much detergent can cause excessive soap bubbles on your clothing and on the inside of the washing machine. It’s important to use enough detergent to get your clothes clean, but if you use too much, then your laundry will be stiff and irritate your skin. Your washing machine needs to be cleaned especially after you use too much detergent, and this could be what’s stopping your washing machine from rinsing.

Here are the necessary steps you need to take to fix your washing machine after using too much detergent.

1. Remove all of the clothes from your washer machine.

2. Wipe the inside of your washing machine with a dry cloth so you can remove as much soap residue and bubbles as you can. Once this residue was removed you need another clean cloth.

3. Fill your washing machine with water.

4. Add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to your washing machine.

5. Run the washing machine in a complete cycle. The vinegar will act as a rinse agent and this will break down any of the excessive celebration who is left in the washer.

6. Now, run the washing machine on the second cycle to rinse the vinegar smell and remove soap residue that is still there.

7. Repeat the last two steps until the salt residue is completely removed from your machine.

If you see any of these error codes, now you know what issues they’re associated with and you can fix them. You’ll likely have a working washing machine in no time.

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