One of the most common error codes in a Samsung washer is the E3 error code. This fault code shows on your washer’s display screen when your washing machine stops abruptly after running and starts the drain pump.
Apart from the E3 code, the washer may display error OE, OF, or OC error codes as the machine undergo the process described above.
Error code OE shows in the new Samsung washer models, while old models, released before 2007, display the E3 error code.
What does Error Code E3 Mean?
When your washer displays the E3 error code, it means that your Samsung washer’s drum has water overflow. Your washer’s water level sensor picks this problem and sends a signal to your system’s control panel, indicating there is excess water in your washer’s drum.
To be specific, this signal indicates there is more water in your drum than what is needed to run a given program. Therefore, your washer stops washing. Your device will then turn on its drain pump and shows the E3 error code on its display screen.
While the E3 fault code indicates water overflow in your washer, it may also indicate incorrect pressure switch readings.
If your Samsung washer does not have a digital display screen, you can use its indicators on the panel to tell faults within the washer. Check the 40 degrees Celsius, cold water lamp, and the other washing modes. When they flash simultaneously, it means your washer has an overfill.
What Causes the E3 Error Code in Your Samsung Washing Machine?
When your washer shows E3, OF, OE or OC on its digital display screen it may be as a result of:
- Poor connections of your washer’s drain hose to its sewer pipe. This results in the washing machine getting filled with water through its hose.
- Your washer’s water filling valve may be blocked.
- You might be using very poor-quality washing powder, or you use a lot of washing powder in every cycle you run in your Samsung washing machine.
- It may also indicate an error occurred within the washing machine’s control module.
Some users prefer to call a repair appliance when they see this error code for fear that it may be indicative of a severe problem within your washer’s system.
How to Fix this Issue
To solve this issue and eliminate the E3 error code from your Samsung washer’s digital display, you need to troubleshoot the error code. This depends on what caused the E3 error code to appear on your washer’s display screen in the first place. Follow these steps to fix the issue and restore your washing machine back to its optimal efficiency.
A lot of foam forms in your washer if you used a lot of powder in your washer’s drum. The foam gets into your washer’s pressure witch tube and increases its pressure. Therefore, your washer’s water level sensors begin the draining process.
This prompts the washer’s diagnostic mechanism to send a signal to the system control panel, which shows error codes OE, OC, and E3 on your washer’s digital display screen.
When this happens, you have to drain all the water inside your Samsung washing machine. This should be followed by removing laundry from the machine.
Once the machine is empty, you need to run its rinse cycle to clean your washer’s drum. Run your washer to ensure its OC error is erased.
If your washing machine is not properly connected to the drain hose, it will show the OF, OE, and E3 error codes on its digital display. You will have to carry out a manual discharge into the sewer pipe.
If your washer has a temporary fault in its control module, you need to follow this process to fix it. First, you need to switch off your washer by unplugging it from its main power source. Let the washing machine sit for a minimum of five minutes before you plug it into its power source and start it.
If none of these repair solutions do restore your washer back to its optimum efficiency, you need to seek the services of a qualified appliance repair. On the same note, there are issues that need to be handled by a specialist.
They include a faulty water level sensor, which can be fixed by replacing the element; a clogged tube and air chamber of your washer’s pressure switch, which can be fixed by cleaning; and a defective control controller, which can be fixed by changing the fuse or the whole controller.
In addition to this, when your washing machine has a damaged filling valve (view on Amazon), you need to call a specialist to replace it.
If it has a weak contact or a break in the wire of your water level sensor, you will have to install a new cable with proper functioning wires or connect all the damaged wires.
E3 is not the Same as 3E
Often users confuse between these two error codes. While E3 indicates an overflow in your washer’s drum, error code 3E means a missing or weak signal in the appliance’s tacho sensor.
When you see the 3E error code on your Samsung washer digital display screen, it indicates a fault in the normal functioning of your engine or hall sensor. It is caused by excessive loading of your washer’s drum as you do your laundry. Here is a list of more reasons why your washer’s engine malfunctions.
- Jamming of the area between your washer’s tank and its drum by a foreign object
- A malfunction in your washer’s control module
- Failure in your washing machine’s vibration sensor
- Damaged hall sensor
- The weakening of your washer’s drive belt
- A reduction in your engine’s power that is caused by broken winding or worn brushes
- A fault within your washer’s control module
Sometimes the 3E fault code shows on your washer’s display screen because your appliance’s tacho sensor shows incorrect signals.
When this happens, it might indicate oxidation in your washer’s motor shaft or magnetic ring. Dirt may also get in between the ring of the hall sensor and the motor shaft, causing the same issue in your Samsung washing machine.
Therefore, when you see the 3E code, you need to dig deeper into the washer by carrying out a severe diagnosis to determine the exact problem with your washer. Be careful not to confuse one error code for the other.
The E3 code points to an overflow within your washer’s drum, while the 3E fault code means your washing machine’s tacho sensor has a weak signal. These issues have different solutions.
Additionally, remember to take safety precautions when dealing with electrical parts of your washer. Call an appliance repair specialist when you encounter an issue that is beyond your scope.