Electrolux washing machine frozen

Electrolux washing machine frozen

Hanging Electrolux during the washing process is not a reason to panic and call a technician. You can bring your washing machine to life without the hassle of nerves and spending money on a professional. It is enough to disconnect the machine from the network, study typical breakdowns, assess the scale of the problem and fix the problem. Step-by-step instructions with explanations and recommendations will help you save your machine.

Why did the equipment freeze?

It is not difficult to understand that the Electrolux washing machine has frozen. The drum stops, the LEDs on the dashboard go out or blink randomly, and the system does not respond to user commands. Pressing buttons and turning the selector is useless - you need to act differently.

When the machine freezes, the first step is to rule out a technical “glitch” of the system. To do this, we reboot the machine: disconnect the equipment from the power supply, wait 15-20 minutes, and then restore the connection and try to start the cycle. If the error is reset, the panel lights up, and the washer offers to continue washing - there is no problem.

If the reboot did not help, then the instructions on what to do will look different. First you should empty the drum and only then start diagnosing. Simply turning on the “Drain” program will not work - if it freezes, you will have to act through the drain filter. The sequence is:

  • Find the technical door. Hatch located in the lower right corner of the hull,
  • Carefully pry the door open and release the latches,
  • Find the emergency drain hose and the rubbish filter (black round plug),
  • Substitute the container,
  • Activate the emergency drain or unscrew the rubbish filter,
  • Wait until all the water leaves the tank (at the “finish” the machine tilts forward slightly).

2-3 minutes after the water is drained, the hatch blocking device, UBL, will work, and you can open the machine and take things out of the drum. Now we begin to find the cause of the failure. It is worth understanding that modern Electrolux are equipped with many components, sensors, devices and microcircuits. Everything is tied to electronics, and the output of one element affects the functioning of the entire equipment. Therefore, several malfunctions at once can lead to a system freeze. Among them:

  • Overload or underload of the drum (each washing machine has a maximum and minimum load weight),
  • Incorrect mode selection,
  • Problems with UBL,
  • Clogged drain (drain hose, pump, rubbish filter),
  • Failure of the filling valve,
  • Engine or pump failure,
  • Failure in the electronics (control board, wiring).

The most serious malfunction is an electronic failure. In this case, independent repair is not recommended; it is safer and cheaper to immediately contact a service center. Fortunately, the control board rarely fails; more often the user encounters breakdowns that can be easily fixed at home. We will tell you in more detail how to detect and fix them.

How to look for a breakdown?

If the system suddenly freezes, it rarely displays an error code - the Electrolux self-diagnosis does not have time to work. It is necessary to search for the fault manually, relying on logic, knowledge of the machine’s structure, accompanying “symptoms” and recommendations of the technicians. First, we analyse the behaviour of the washing machine immediately before stopping. It is important to understand when the failure occurred: immediately after starting the program or during the washing process.

If the washing machine stalls immediately after starting the mode, then most likely the UBL or another electronic element has failed. The system immediately detects the problem and crashes, resulting in a freeze. Also, among the “initial” reasons is drum overload or an incorrectly selected program. But, as practice shows, in response to such user errors, the machine generates an error code before shutting down.

The most common breakdown that leads to freezing is a non-working UBL. The self-diagnosis system manages to warn the user about an error in rare cases; in most situations, the board “flies” immediately and goes silent. It is not difficult to check the serviceability of the lock: just try to unlock the hatch. If the handle gives way, it means that the electronic lock did not work and requires repair. A closed door says otherwise.

At the start, the control module may also fail. Here, diagnosing at home is too risky - one wrong move will lead to death. It is better not to experiment and ask experienced technicians to check the board. Specialists will evaluate the electronic unit using the following steps:

  • Disconnect the board from the body (pull out the tray for detergents, unscrew the bolts holding the dashboard and release the wiring connected to the module),
  • Carefully examine and ring each element of the board one by one with a multimeter,
  • If necessary, the software of the unit will be re-uploaded.

If the washing machine stops and freezes during the washing process, then the problem lies in the valve, motor or drain. The breakdown can be more accurately characterized by analysing the behaviour of the machine before shutting down. It is important to evaluate the sound of braking, the current stage of the cycle, and the appearance of an indication or error code on the display. Then it will become clear what led to the failure. One of three typical scenarios happens.

  • The machine started, the program was activated, the door closed, the machine began to hum. After 2-3 minutes, the hum changed to a hissing and quiet crackling sound, then the dashboard went out and froze. It is logical that the failure occurred due to problems with water supply. The inlet valve is broken, the inlet hose is clogged, or there are other problems with the water supply.
  • The washing machine turned on, water filled the tank, but the drum remained motionless. The equipment tried to spin up several times, then it buzzed loudly, crackled and finally froze. There are problems with the engine.
  • The machine turned on, accepted the user settings, filled with water, spun the drum and began washing. But when switching to rinsing or spinning, a failure occurred. With a hum, the machine tried to start the drain, but could not and froze. Everything points to problems with the drainage, debris filter, impeller or pump.

To return the machine to “life”, you will have to check the possible cause of the failure. Partially disassemble the machine and get to the valve, motor or pump, testing them for serviceability. There is no need to remove parts from the case - just hook the probes of a multimeter turned on in ohmmeter mode to the contacts. “Getting” to the pump and engine is not difficult: you need to tilt the equipment a little back, remove the pan and find the required elements.

Is it possible to repair it yourself?

Identifying the cause of the freeze is not enough. It is important not only to identify the breakdown, but also to eliminate it. In theory, everything looks simply, but in practice, many beginning craftsmen encounter difficulties. All from ignorance, haste and failure to follow instructions.

There is no need to be afraid of doing your own repairs. But it is important to assess your strengths without risking Electrolux in vain. So, if you suspect faulty electronics, it is unwise to do home diagnostics, but cleaning a clogged drain, replacing a pump or motor is quite possible.

Some easily fixed problems include a clogged drain. To deal with it, just disconnect and wash the drain hose, smoke and clean the drain filter, or remove dirt from the pump. It is not difficult to figure out the intake valve. What should I do?

  • Unplug the washing machine.
  • Remove the top cover.
  • Release the valve from the wires.
  • Remove the valve.
  • Install new one.

A system freeze is not always a serious failure. There was a one-time “glitch” or a clogged drain. The main thing is to act according to the instructions.