How To Reset An Electrolux Washing Machine

Electrolux washing machines don’t have a designated reset button, but that doesn’t mean that the appliance can’t be reset. In this article I will explain all of the ways that allow you to reset your Electrolux washing machine.

Keep reading to find out more.

How Can I Reset My Electrolux Washing Machine?

It is highly unlikely that you’ll find a reset button on your Electrolux washing machine. The most common way to perform a reset is to use a combination of buttons.

However, the button combination needed to reset your washer will depend on the model you own.

Commonly Used Method For Resetting An Electrolux Washer

The most commonly used method involves opening the washer door, powering the machine on, waiting around 10 seconds. You then press and hold the “soil” and “ options” buttons simultaneously until the machine makes a beep sound.

Once the beep sound is heard, you can release the buttons and the appliance has reset.

However, some models don’t have those buttons and in some cases even if your model does, this method doesn’t always cause the appliance to reset. If you’ve tried this and your washer hasn’t reset, you’ll need to move onto one of the following methods.

Repeatedly Opening & Closing The Door

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On some Electrolux washing machines, repeatedly opening and closing the door for 6 times in 12 seconds can cause the appliance to reset.

For this method to work, it’s important that you perform the task 6 times within 12 seconds. Even then, it might not work depending on your particular model.

Using The Power Button To Reset Your Washer

There are some Electrolux washing machines that can be reset by turning the power off using the power button. Then waiting for 3 minutes and then turning it back on again.

This is another method that works for some models but not for all.

Using The Soil & Spin Speed Buttons

This method is typically used to remove all saved settings from the washer’s memory and return it to the condition it was in when it left the factory.

Also known as a factory reset, this method involves turning the washer on, pressing and holding the “soil” and “spin speed” buttons simultaneously until the washer beeps. This typically takes 3 to 5 seconds and works on many Electrolux washers.

Using The Temperature & Dryness Buttons

If you own a combination Electrolux washer/dryer and you need to reset it, try pressing and holding the “temperature” and “dryness” buttons for around 10 seconds or until you hear a beep sound.

The washer/dryer will then reset to its original factory reset.

Performing A Hard Reset

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If all else fails, you will need to perform a hard reset which involves; disconnecting the power supply by removing the plug from the wall socket or flipping the circuit breaker.

Allow 10 to 15 minutes to pass to discharge all residual power in the machine. Then reconnect the power supply. 

This will erase any error codes which could reset the washer. However, if there is a problem with your appliance, you no longer have access to the error code for reference.

This could cause you problems at a later date if the machine stops working.

Resetting The WiFi Or Bluetooth On An Electrolux Washer

If you own an Electrolux washer that is connected to the WiFi or uses Bluetooth and it needs to be reset. Just follow the methods above starting with the one that seems to work in most cases which is;

  1. Open the washer door
  2. Turn the power on
  3. Wait for 10 seconds
  4. Press & hold the “options & “soil” buttons simultaneously until the washer beeps
  5. Once you hear the beep, release the buttons

Why Would You Need To Reset Your Electrolux Washing Machine?

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There are several reasons why you might need to reset your Electrolux washing machine which include;

Washer Not Draining

If your washing machine is full of water and fails to drain or is displaying one of these error codes; C2, E20, E21, E22 which relate to drainage issues. The first thing to do is check the drain hose for any twists or kinks that might be causing a blockage.

Then check the filter as this is a common place for a blockage to occur. Remember that all of the water that’s trapped inside the drum of the appliance will gush out through the filter housing as you undo the filter.

Be sure to place a container in front of the filter and only open the filter part way. Then close it once the container is full. You will need to repeat this action until all of the water has been removed.

Then you can check the filter for any blockages which can be caused by any number of things including;

  • Coins
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Buttons
  • Face Masks
  • Or anything left in the pockets of laundry

Once you have dealt with the cause of the drainage failure, you will usually need to reset the washer to get it working properly again.

Water Leaks

You might notice a pool of water under the appliance or you might see track lines of water running down the machine. In some cases you can’t see any signs of a water leak but the washer is displaying an error code (typically E13).

This indicates that one of the sensors has detected water or moisture where it shouldn’t be. In some cases you can fix this yourself by inspecting and tightening any loose connections or hoses.

Or you might need to call in a professional to assist you with any leaks etc. Once the problem has been dealt with, the machine will need to be reset.

No Or Insufficient Water

If your washer displays one of the following error codes; E10, E11, E12 somewhere near the beginning of the cycle, it typically indicates that there is a problem with the water supply. If you have only just installed the washer, you will need to check the inlet hose and that the inlet tap is fully opened.

However, if you have been using the washer for a while, the problem could be caused by low water pressure due to a problem with a burst pipe in your area. Check the cold tap in the kitchen and see if it’s flowing properly.

If it is, then the problem isn’t due to a water supply issue and you’ll need to check the inlet hose and tap as well as the inlet valve.

Once the problem has been resolved, you will most likely need to reset the washer.

Imbalanced Load

If your washing machine is moving across the floor and/or displaying the EF5 error code, and vibrating excessively, the most probable cause is an imbalance load. This is commonly caused by larger items all becoming tangled in the drum and sticking to one side or you have overloaded the drum.

You will need to stop the machine, rearrange the laundry in the drum and maybe remove a few items. Then restart the machine after clearing the error code.

Stuck Buttons Or Stuck Door Lock

If you own an older machine or you have children that play with the buttons with sticky fingers, one of the buttons might be stuck or the door might not open.

This is usually accompanied by one of the following error codes;

  • E40
  • E41
  • E42
  • E43
  • E44
  • E45

You can often clear this problem by simply giving the buttons a clean. Try pressing each button individually until you find the one that’s stuck.

You can then often free this button using a cocktail stick or toothpick. However, if the door is stuck, you might be able to free it by resetting the appliance and leaving the power off for around 5 to 10 minutes before opening.

Take care though, because if the washer is full of water, it could leak all over the floor as you open the door. If the door still won’t open, you might need to contact a technician to sort it out for you.

Ways To Prevent Problems With You Electrolux Washing Machine

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As with most things in life prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent your Electrolux washing machine from needing to be reset is to do the following;

  • Never use more detergent than is recommended to prevent clogging
  • Never overload the washer (never load more than ¾ of the maximum drum capacity)
  • Always leave the washer door open when not in use (to prevent mould and mildew spores breeding)
  • Clean the filter every month
  • Run a hot (90oC) cleaning wash cycle once a month ( to remove any residual detergent, fabric softener, mould, mildew and bacteria)
  • Inspect the inlet and drain hoses once a month to ensure they’re not twisted, kinked or leaking
  • Ensure the washer is level using a spirit level and adjust the feet accordingly

All of these tips will help prevent your washer from developing any problems. Although the list is quite long, the actual checks will only take a few minutes.

A short price to pay for a lifetime of clean, trouble-free laundry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I manually reset my Electrolux washing machine?

To manually reset your Electrolux washing machine all you need to do is disconnect the power supply for 10 to 15 minutes to allow any residual power to discharge. Then reconnect the power supply and the washer should have reset.

How can I stop my Electrolux washing machine?

To stop your Electrolux washing machine mid-cycle, press the on/off button and turn the dial to rinse/spin and allow this cycle to drain the drum.

How do I reset my Electrolux front load washer?

You can reset your Electrolux front load washer by disconnecting the power supply for 10 to 15 minutes to allow any residual power to dissipate. Then reconnect the power supply and the washer will have been reset to factory settings.

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