How to Diagnose Almost Any Washing Machine Display Error

Washer error codes

Is your washing machine displaying an error code?

That sucks! I know how concerning it can be when your washer displays an unfamiliar error code.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll guide you through the most common error codes across different brands.

To diagnose almost any washing machine display error, please read the manufacturer’s manual and look for common issues, including an unbalanced load, unlevel unit, door problems, drainage or water inlet issues, and more. Reset your washer to clear the error code or inspect the internal components.

Read on to stop your washer from displaying an error!

Fixing Washers Error Codes: 5 Brands Explained

Your washing machine will display an error code to help you diagnose and fix a malfunction immediately.

However, some error codes will be displayed due to a temporary glitch. So, before opening your washer and testing the internal components, I recommend performing a reset. To do so, simply unplug the machine from its power source, wait a few minutes, and plug it back in.

If the error code persists, it’s important to have the manufacturer’s manual handy. If you can’t find it, don’t worry! Try using our free resource below or go to Google and type “[brand] [model] Washing Machine Manual PDF.” For example, “Samsung WA46CG3505AVA4  Washing Machine Manual PDF”.

Keep in mind that clearing some washing machine error codes will probably require replacing specific components. It’s crucial that you know your washer’s model number to ensure you find the correct replacement part.

Find any replacement part:

Once you’ve performed a reset and have your washer’s manual and model number, it’s time to delve into the most common error codes for five different brands.

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Common LG Washer Error Codes

LG is among the best washer brands due to its features, long lifespan, and superior quality. Unfortunately, even the best models can display error codes.

These are the most common display errors in LG washers:

Washer Error CodeMeaningHow to Fix It
OEThere’s a drainage issueCheck the drain hose. Make sure it’s not kinked, and replace it if necessary.
I also recommend forcing the draining process by selecting a spin cycle.
If the OE error code persists, please unplug the unit, access the drain pump, and make sure it’s not clogged with small items. If you notice any signs of damage, replace the drain pump (it typically costs $20-$80).
Don’t forget to make sure your washing machine is level.
Note: Front-load LG washers have a removable filter. Make sure it’s not clogged.
IEYour washer is having difficulty filling with water.Make sure the water supply valves are open, and replace the hoses if they’re damaged.
Don’t forget to clean the inlet filter screens to make sure they allow water to flow into your washer.
When fixing an IE error, I also test the water inlet valve, which is responsible for controlling the water flow. To properly test it, you must be in service mode or at the point where the water valve is activated in the wash cycle. With a multimeter, check if the valve gets 120V AC.
If the valve is not working, replace it with a new one.

UE or UbIt indicates that the laundry load is unbalanced.Rearrange your clothes and ensure they’re evenly distributed around the drum.
If you’re washing a small load, try adding a few towels to distribute the weight.
However, if the error persists, level your washer and adjust the feet if necessary.
PFYour washer has experienced a power interruption.Check the power cord and make sure your washer is properly plugged into the outlet. If the cord is damaged, replace it with a new one. If the outlet is not working, try using a different one and call a certified electrician.
It’s also important to check if the circuit breaker has tripped. If it has, please reset it.
A spirit level on top of a washing machine
Make sure your LG washer is level to prevent drainage issues and an unbalanced load.

If you couldn’t find your washer’s error code in the table above, click here to access LG’s support page and download your manual.

Troubleshooting Samsung Washer Error Codes

Understanding the displayed error code on your Samsung washer is crucial to fixing any underlying issue.

The most common Samsung washer error messages are:

Washer Error CodeMeaningHow to Fix It
4E,1 4C, nF, and NCYour washer is not filling with water.Make sure the water supply hoses are connected to the correct inlets. Straighten the hoses if they’re kinked and replace them if they’re broken.
Open the water valves completely. If the error persists, clean the inlet filter screens and test the water valve with a multimeter. If you don’t get a reading of 120AC, replace the water valve.
Don’t forget to check the pressure switch, timer, and control board.
dS, d5, FL, LO, L0, dE, dE1, dE2, dC, dC1, dL, 1 dC, 1dC4, 1dC1The door is open. As a result, the washing cycle will stop.Make sure there are no clothes caught in the door or lid. Then, try closing the door again until it clicks into place.
If the error persists, check the door latch and make sure the door seal (for front-loaders) is not damaged. If it is, please replace it.
Don’t forget to test the door or lid switch with a multimeter for continuity. If the switch is faulty, you’ll need to get a replacement.
SUd, 5UD, Sd, 5d, SUdS, 5Ud5There are too many suds inside your washer. As a result, the cycle will stop to allow the suds to dissipate naturally.Make sure you’re using the right type and amount of detergent. If you have a High-Efficiency washer, use compatible products to prevent excessive suds.
OE, 0E, OC, 0C, 1 OC, 1 0CYour washing machine is overflowing with water. Turn off the water supply and make sure the drain hose is properly positioned. Replace the drain hose if you notice it’s damaged.
Don’t forget to test the water inlet valve with a multimeter and inspect the pressure switch. If the issue persists, I find it best to call a professional.

If you’re dealing with a different error code, click here to download your washer’s manual from Samsung’s support page.

Understanding Whirlpool and Maytag Washer Error Codes

Now, let’s explore the meanings behind Whirlpool and Maytag error codes to get your washing machine working in no time.

Washer Error CodeMeaningHow to Fix It
drn or F9 E1Your washer is having difficulty draining water.Make sure the drain hose is properly installed and check for any visible signs of damage. Straighten out and unclog the hose. Replace it if needed.
Inspect the drain pump and ensure it’s not blocked. If it’s damaged, please buy a replacement part.
If you have a front-load washer, don’t forget to clean the drain filter.
Additionally, I always advise using the right detergent to prevent excessive suds, which cause delays in draining.
F5 E2 or LdL It indicates that the door or lid is not locking.Remove any clothes that may have accidentally become trapped in the lid or door. If you have a front-loading washer, please clean the door gasket with warm water and vinegar and inspect it. If the gasket is damaged or broken, replace it with a new one.
Test the door switch for continuity using a multimeter and replace it if necessary.
F# E# or F#There’s a system error due to a software glitch.To clear a software glicth, please restart your washing machine by unplugging it from the wall outlet, waiting for a couple of minutes, and plugging it back in. You can also turn it off at the circuit breaker.
OLYou’re overloading your washing machine.Open the lid or door and remove some items. Aim to fill your washing machine to 75% of its capacity.
Don’t forget to distibute your clothes evely in the drum to prevent excessive shaking and clear the error code.

If your Whirlpool washing machine is displaying a different error message, please click here to download your specific manual from the brand’s support page. For Maytag washers, click here.

Frequent Electrolux Washer Error Codes

Electrolux is one of the best-rated washing machines. Unfortunately, even the most reliable brands can experience issues and display error messages.

Here’s what the error codes on your Electrolux washer mean:

Washer Error CodeMeaningHow to Fix It
E20, E21, or C2Your washing machine is not draining water.Check the drain hose and look for any signs of damage. If it’s kinked, please straigten it. Don’t forget to refer to the manufacturer’s manual and ensure the drain hose is properly installed.
Make sure you’re using the right amount of detergent. From what I’ve seen, excessive suds can cause drainage issues.
If your washer is still displaying the error, please check the drain pump and ensure it’s not obstructed. If necessary, replace it with a new one.
Note: If you have a front-loader, please clean the filter.

E40 or E41The door is not properly closed or your washer is overloaded.Give the door or lid a firm push until you hear a click. If you notice the door is not closing, check the door seal (for front-loaders) and switch. Replace any components if necessary.
If your washer is overloaded, don’t forget to remove some items from the drum. Clothes should be able to move freely.
EH0 There’s an issue with the power supply.Examine the power cord for any visible signs of damage, such as fraying or exposed wires. If needed, get a replacement.
Make sure the cord is securely connected to both the washer and the outlet.
It’s also important to try another power outlet and avoid using extension cords. Ensure your machine is on its own dedicated circuit.
Don’t forget to reset your washer.
EF5It indicates that your washer is not spinning.Stop the washing cycle and open the door to balance your laundry load. Avoid overloading or underloading the drum.
Drainage issues can also keep your washer from spinning, so please check the drain hose, clean the drain filter (if appliacable), check the drain pump, and level the unit by adjusting the feet.
A diagram of where a front load washer's drain pump is located
If your washing machine is not spinning or having draiange issues, please check the drain pump.

Couldn’t find your washer’s error code in the table above? Click here to go to Electrolux’s support page.

Fixing Your Washer’s Error Code

Hopefully, now you know how to fix your washing machine’s error code.

Remember that washers typically display an error message due to a power failure, drainage or water supply issues, or spinning problems. Don’t forget that errors can also indicate that the unit is overloaded, the load in unbalanced, or the door is open.

Performing a reset can clear most error codes. However, if the issue persists, access the internal components of your washer, consult the manufacturer’s manual, or call a professional.

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