Electrolux dryers are usually some of the best dryers on the market, but like every other product on the market, they come with their fair share of problems. Sometimes, these problems can even be dangerous for your health and safety. It’s important to know how to diagnose these issues and fix them as soon as possible so you can continue to enjoy your Electrolux products.
Common Electrolux Dryer Problems – Troubleshoot and Diagnosis
Diagnosing and fixing these issues is crucial, and an integral part of prolonging and improving the lifespan and efficiency of your machine. Here’s a quick rundown of the six most common Electrolux dryer problems, their causes, and how to fix them.
1. Fire Hazard due to Faulty Design
Recently, a lawsuit has been filed against the popular appliance company Electrolux. The case concerns one of its dryers which supposedly caused a fire in one of the user’s house. The cause is unknown, but it’s caused many people to question whether or not this particular model of the dryer is safe.
A fire in the laundry room of the home is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. This is what happened to the plaintiff when her Electrolux dryer started a fire in her home. The dryer failed to perform normally, as it required service beyond the norm to operate properly. As a result, the dryer started a fire, causing damage to every room of the home.
A new lawsuit against Electrolux has been filed. The company is being sued by State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (a subsidiary of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company) for $12,000,000. State Farm Fire and Casualty claims that 200 of their policy holders had damage to their property caused by fire. The damages are sizeable, with some exceeding $300,000.
According to a product liability lawsuit, the Electrolux dryer allows for the buildup of lint in places that are difficult to reach and clean. Consumers report jamming their fingers trying to remove the material and say they were otherwise unable to access and clean the built-up lint — or were unable to do so at all.
The Electrolux dryer has no warning system, which means the owner of the product does not yet know about the lint buildup inside. This accumulation of lint will eventually cause a fire.
2. Excessive Lint Build Up
If your Electrolux dryer is shaking or becomes unserviceable, odds are that lint has built up within the blower wheel. The first step to solving this problem is finding the source of the lint. Oftentimes, defective filters or improperly fitted dryers will allow lint to pass through and collect within the blower wheel. Ordering a new filter is usually the first step towards fixing this issue.
The best way to fix this issue is to buy a new filter and replace it yourself — not only will this save you money, but it will also help you to be more acquainted with your appliance and its functioning.
You can repair your Electrolux dryer by replacing its lint filter. The original filter is attached to the housing, but the new one comes with a special adapter that lets you screw it into the original housing. This prevents damage during replacement and ensures that airflow remains consistent within the machine.
All you need to do is remove the connector from the old sensor housing. You might need to use a pair of pliers to remove the two screws holding it in place. Once you have removed both screws, pull out the sensor housing.
3. Defective/Broken Drive Belt
A drive belt is one of the most important components in your dryer. It is responsible for transmitting all of the power that goes into drying your clothing or linens. And it’s the longest belt in your dryer, too! This belt wraps around the drum pulley, the tensioning pulley, and then around the motor pulley.
This belt keeps your dryer running smoothly and efficiently — but it can break from normal use. If your belt is broken, you probably won’t be able to start the dryer and finish your clothes — or even hear it!
To see if a belt is broken, reach into the machine and give the drum a spin. If it turns with no resistance, then yes, your belt is broken. Next, take a look at the belt to confirm that it’s been damaged. Broken belts usually show signs of damage. Once you’ve confirmed that your belt is busted, replace it with a new one.
4. Dryer Making Rumbling Noise
Another common issue is the rumbling noise. This problem doesn’t affect the performance of the Electrolux dryer, but it can be so loud and annoying that it’s impossible to ignore. While this isn’t an issue with getting clothes to dry, it can be uncomfortable for nearby residents. Lint buildup in the blower house of the dryer appears to be the cause of this issue, so further preventative measures should be taken to ensure that users don’t experience this problem.
You can follow the same steps as we mentioned in issue#1 to fix this issue. However, this step may need you to purchase some dryer parts such as a filter, etc.
Don’t worry if you want to fix something at home, but don’t have the money for new parts. With the help of a few tools and a simple guide, you can make repairs on your dryer at a fraction of the cost of a new machine.
To take off the dryer top panel, first open the door of the dryer. Set the door aside. Next, remove the screws that are under the door with a Philips head screwdriver. Remove any other screws from around the dryer as well. The front panels can be removed by removing any screws from beneath them and at either side of them, and at the very top of them as well.
Disconnect all wires from the dryer panels by removing the screws on the back of the panels. Remove the bulkhead cover by removing all screws. Take off the front panel by removing its screws.
Since the blower wheel has a bearing in it, make sure no lint or other debris is lodged in it. If it feels rough, don’t use the dryer until you’ve removed whatever is in there. It may take a long time for the dryer to dry clothes because of all the lint in the blower wheel or in the ducting. Remove all of the lint from them with a brush or a vacuum cleaner.
To protect your dryer from excess lint, you might want to consider using a long screwdriver to remove all the lint from the dryer trap. Alternatively, there’s also a cleaning tool available on online shopping sites that helps dislodge lint from your dryer vent.
5. Burnt Out Heating Element
Electrolux dryers are not as durable as they once were. Poor quality heating elements and grounding issues can cause your machine to break down faster than you would like — and that’s not the only problem you will face as an Electrolux customer.
The Electrolux tumble dryer Error Code E64 is a message that appears when the heating element burns out.
Error Code E64 is critical because it prevents your dryer from heating up or drying clothes. If you don’t fix Error Code E64 with de-scaling, your dryer will not dry clothes properly.
When using a dryer, it is important to check the heating element regularly. This simple part takes most of the damage when overheating occurs. A heating element that has collapsed against the sides of the tube, or completely burned through, can be dangerous, as it is possible that wires are now touching each other where they shouldn’t be.
If your dryer heating element looks normal but starts to trigger error codes, you can use a multimeter to perform a continuity test. If the reading is between 0 and 50 ohms of resistance, then heating element is OK.
When a dryer’s heating element is not heating or does not heat, a multimeter can help you determine whether the issue is with the heating element or the thermostat. You can use a multimeter to test whether an electrical current is running through the element. If the current is not running, then it means that there isn’t any power to the element and you will need to remove it and replace it.
6. Defective Moisture Sensor
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a rush to get your clothes dry, or you want to make sure they’re free of wrinkles — the dryer moisture sensor in this brand will handle it. The sensor monitors the moisture in your clothes and sends a wireless signal to the board when the cycle is complete.
If the moisture sensor is malfunctioning, it could malfunction and cause your clothes to be dried longer than needed. This may cause your garments to shrink or warp due to the excess heat. It could also cause your clothes to appear discolored or permanently creased.
7. Dryer Making Grinding Noise
The biggest problem is that the dryer makes a grinding noise. This typically happens when there’s lint in the dryer or if one of the drum rollers is damaged. If you have this issue, it is best to check the filter for lint buildup and clean out any debris. If there isn’t lint in either of these locations, you might have to replace your drum roller.
Unscrewing the screws is a must for all dryer repairs. However, there are several different types of screws that are used on dryers. Usually, there are 2 or 3 screw types that are 4 inches long, but this fact isn’t always the case. The first step to any repair job is to remove these screws. Remove the panel to access other parts of the dryer for repair work.
First, disconnect the dryer’s power cord to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself or damage the appliance. Unscrew the panel that covers the laundry detergent dispenser. Lift up on the panel to remove it from its clips. Pull out any of the existing screws holding the front panel together and set them aside in a safe place.
Dryer rollers are a common source of trouble for dryers, and usually the first signs of a damaged roller will be a rumbling noise from inside your dryer. If you hear a rattling sound from your dryer, turn it off immediately and inspect the back panel for any loose hardware or obstructions.
If one or more of the rollers in your dryer are worn down, the entire set of rollers needs to be replaced. If you only replace one roller, the other rollers will wear out quickly, and the noise will recur. This is because worn-out rollers can’t absorb force evenly when they rotate, so the dryer will have to apply extra force to each roller in order to spin them.