Problems with an Electrolux washer

Modern Electrolux washing machines have similar problems and solutions. Some models use standard error codes. This makes fault finding easier. E10 indicates a problem with the water supply. E20 means an issue with draining the machine. E40 indicates you have left the door open.

Machine not filling

If the machine does not fill, this probably means the washing machine tap is switched off. Code E10, if showing, will confirm this. Turn the lever to allow the water to enter the machine. You will probably hear the brief sound of rushing water as it enters the hose. If this is not the problem, check that the inlet hose is not twisted or bent. This could prevent water entering the machine. If the hose is not kinked, try cleaning the water inlet filters.

Cleaning the water inlet filters

There are usually filters at both ends of the water inlet hose and they catch debris. Have a plastic bowl or other vessel handy to catch any water in the hose. Turn off the tap. Disconnect the hose at the tap end. Use a hard brush on the filter to clean it. Connect the hose back to the tap. Unscrew the hose at the machine end. Clean the filter at that end in the same way. Screw the hose back onto the machine. Ensure both connections are tight. Switch on the tap again.

Machine not starting

If your Electrolux washing machine will not start, and your machine displays error codes, confirm the machine is showing E40. Check the door is closed. It may be slightly ajar and this could be causing the problem. If this is not the issue, ensure the plug is fully inserted into the mains socket. Look at the selector dial on the machine to see it is correctly set. Further, make sure the child safety lock is deactivated.


If the machine will not empty or spin and you see error code E20, check the drain hose. Straighten it out if it is kinked. If you find water on the floor, you might have used too much detergent. Unsatisfactory washing results, on the other hand, may indicate the opposite. If the door will not open, it could be because the wash cycle has not yet ended. If there is no water visible in the drum, this may not be a problem. Modern washing machines are economical and use relatively small amounts of water.

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Frank Luger had his first educational resources published in the early 1990s. He worked on a major reading system for Cambridge University Press, became an information-technology adviser and authored interactive whiteboard resources for "The Guardian." Luger studied English literature and holds a Bachelor of Education honors degree from Leeds University.