Top 5 Most Common Electrolux Dryer Problems

Electrolux dryers are typically good dryers, but they often come with several problems, some of which make them dangerous for your health and safety.

It is important to know how to diagnose the problems and fix them.

Read on to learn about the 5 most common Electrolux problems and how to fix them.

Top 5 Electrolux Dryer Problems You Need To Know

1.     Electrolux Dryer Can Catch Fire Due To Design Flaw

In 2012, a class action lawsuit against Electrolux was proposed due to a fire started by an Electrolux dryer.

Although the plaintiff did not suffer any actual injury, the lawsuit was filed nonetheless since the judge found that the dryer failed to operate normally and required service beyond the norm. As a result, the dryer started a fire.

More so, the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company charged legal action against Electrolux as well.

They sought to recover $12,000,000 paid out to about 200 of its policy holders for fire-related damage, some of which cost more than $300,000.

According to the suit, the Electrolux dryer allows for the buildup of lint in places that are not easily accessed.

More so, there is never a warning about the lint buildup, which causes the owner to not even realize that there is a buildup in the first place.

This then results in the accumulation of lint that causes a fire.

Even if the dryer does not catch on fire, many customers have complained that the dryer overheats and burns clothing.

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Unfortunately, there is no easy fix to this problem. This problem is purely related to the design of the Electrolux and does not include replacing parts.

2.     Lint Build Up In The Blower Wheel

Another common problem that faces Electrolux dryers is that lint builds up in the blower wheel.

The reason for this is that lint is able to get past the filter, causing the dryer to shake and become unserviceable. Luckily, there is a way to fix this issue.

Begin by ordering a new filter from Electrolux.

More specifically, you need to order the Filter Assembly, Lint Clamshell 5304511374, which allows air to enter only through the top.

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This filter is used by the current model dryers that do not have this issue.

You will also need to purchase the Grill Assembly, Lint W/ Moisture Sensor 5304515376.

This is a modified lint housing that includes the same sensor types as the original, but the housing is more effective.

You will replace the original just by unscrewing it from the model and screwing the new housing in.

The main trick, however, is that the connector attached to the new sensor housing is not suitable for all Electrolux dryers.

Disconnect the sensor from the old housing and connect it to the new housing instead.

3.     Dryer Makes A Rumbling Noise

Another common issue of Electrolux dryers is that they make a rumbling noise.

Although this noise does not affect the effectiveness of the dryer, the noise is loud, annoying, and impossible to ignore.

This problem is associated with the previous problem, which is lint buildup in the blower house.

To fix this problem, you can change the lint housing and parts by following the steps listed above.

If you do not want to buy new parts, however, there is another alternative.

Begin by taking off the top panel and setting it aside. Then, remove the front panels by removing the screws under the door, below the dryer, and at the top of the dryer.

Then, disconnect the wiring to the panels so you can completely remove the front panel.

Set the front panel aside. Remove the bulkhead as well after disconnecting the wires and screws.

Look at the wheels and see if there is any damage. Most likely, the wheels are not damaged. Instead, there is likely a lot of lint within the wheels.

Remove all the lint. More so, there is probably a lot of lint around the blower wheel. Remove the lint from the blower wheel.

You should consider using a long screwdriver to remove all the lint. Additionally, remove the lint from the housing duct.

Reassemble the dryer once all the lint has been removed.

4.     Heating Element Burnt Out

Electrolux dryers are also prone to the heating element burning out or grounded. When this happens, you will receive an Error Code E64.

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This error code makes it easy to detect the problem. It is imperative to fix this problem because your dryer will not heat up or dry clothes properly with An E64 Error Code present.

When this reading comes up, disassemble the dryer, and take out the heating element.

You will probably see that the heating element has collapsed against the sides in some way.

The reason for this collapse is overheating. Well-functioning heating elements include wiring that is right in the middle of the tube, not collapsed.

If the element does not look collapsed but the error code keeps popping up, you will need to use a multimeter to perform a continuity test.

There could be an issue within the unit that is impossible to detect with your eyes.

If the reading is between 0 and 50 ohms of resistance, then the heating element is continuous.

If the reading does not change or only changes a little, then it is not continuous.

If the model is collapsed or the multimeter reading shows that the flow is not continuous, you need to replace the heating element.

Luckily, this is easy to do. All you need to do is buy a completely new heating element and install it in the place of the burnt-out one.

Make sure that the dryer is unplugged before replacing any parts.

5.     Drum Rollers Make A Grinding Noise

Finally, the last common problem of Electrolux dryers is that they make a grinding noise.

More often than not, this grinding noise is either caused by lint or a worn-out drum roller.

Luckily, determining which of these issues is the case involves the same steps.

Take off the top panel and set it aside. Then, remove the front panel.

Do this by unscrewing the screws located under the door, below the dryer, and on top of the dryer.

Also, disconnect the panel wiring to completely remove the front panel. Set the front panel to the side. Remove the bulkhead.

You should have access to the wheels now. Look and see if there is any damage to the roller or if they are worn down.

If you see that one or more of the rollers look damaged, then you need to replace all of the rollers.

If you only replace one roller, then the dryer is likely to make the noise again from the non-replaced rollers wearing down.

You want the rollers to be even to prevent the grinding noise.

Final Thoughts

We hope that is guide has helped you diagnose and fix your Electrolux dryer problem.

Remember to always unplug your dryer before servicing and practice safety precautions whenever necessary.

Additionally, remember to be safe in general. If there is a fire, leave the home and call the fire department immediately.

Reader Comments (85)

  1. I, too, have an Electrolux dryer that is quite new (only a month old). I hate this thing and wish I had not purchased it ($1000), keeping my old LG dryer instead. Sheets are a nightmare to dry, and I have learned to toss in an old, but clean, beach towel with a sheet load (fitted bottom plus top and pillowcase). I have found that I cannot get anything thoroughly dried in this dryer, no matter what the item(s) is/are. I am now resorting to timed dry with heat boost in order to dry my laundry. Yes, the washer is fine, but Electrolux really screwed up on the dryer. Cleaning that awful double lint filter is another nightmare as the lint just will not come out, no matter how I tackle it (brush, dryer cloth, bare hand) so I end up hauling it to my garage for the good ole shop vac to clean. Wish I could get my hard-earned money back for this horrid dryer…

  2. Had our electrolux dryer for a year and a half. We needed to run ours on a extra cycle in order for our cloths to dry. There was no lint build up in the pipe or anywhere else that we could see. I read that the fan inside the dryer on these machines was getting a build up of lint maybe thats why the cloths were not drying. There was no way i was going to keep taking it apart to clean the fan and also i read it could be a fire hazard. We ended up buying a GE dryer .What a difference between the two. Mind you the Electrolux washer is great but not the dryer.

  3. Ours is misting water and it’s not on the mist cycle? Who ever heard of water being hooked up to a dryer? Just something else to go wrong. I am in unhooking the water line. What can it hurt?

    • Ours flooded the drum with a good inch of water. I couldn’t get the steam mist to stop spraying even with it shut off. Had to run and get my husband to move the unit and shut the main water in the laundry room off.

  4. I have an Electrolux dryer (EIMED60LT3) that after 5 years just started making a low, very low rumbling sound. Sound starts when first coming on, continues for 5 minutes or so, but then goes away (sound back to normal blower motor sound.) Clothes are drying fine/normal. Pretty diligent about removing lint from filter, but unit is used A LOT – usually everyday. Thoughts??

    • Sounds like a vibration or something is worn out, but where its coming from not sure… Maybe, Drum rollers or idler pulley

    • Ours is the dryer. We had service in it to replace whole electric panel, heating elements and moisture sensor all in first year:( just to not get the initial problem solved which is the stopping of the dryer less the 5 minutes of the time set saying clean lint trap (which is spotless)do not recommend either washer nor dryer bought in October 2020.. nothing but problems

  5. my electrolux ultmate care tm 700 only runs for 1minute and 50 seconds then won,t dry any more only had it since 2021 in january

  6. My electrolux dryer can take a set of king sheets and turn them into a 12×12 “package” The drum only turns in one direction and everything rolls up into a wet ball. I now have to dry each sheet individually to prevent it, but the fitted sheet still rolls up. I have to finish by air drying it. Things also get caught on the edges of the lint filter and get twisted into a rope. This is a terrible dryer. I wish it would break so I can replace it. Won’t buy another Electrolux product.

    • Melissa,

      This has been my experience as well. My Electrolux units are one year old. The dryer has already been serviced once under warranty repair. Clothes were catching in the lint trap and tearing. It’s been ok for 6 months, but I recently have had the Bounce dryer sheets sticking to lint area and drum. Matter of time before it tears a clothing item. Don’t get me started on everything drying in a wrinkled ball. I hate this dryer. Paid $1000 for it. I want to throw it on my curb just so I don’t have to worry about it anymore. Truly I have never been more disappointed in any appliance in my life.

    • Why because one of the them is longer and clothes can get stuck between it and the machine resulting in the drum belt snapping off or melting off.
      Second belt being replaced and I’m going to placing the curved baffle (longer one) with one like the other two.

  7. Same problem our dryer new in 20/20 ,sock got twisted in lint trap produced a big ball wrapping clothes around an round. Next time pulled lint trap out of its place allowing clothes to get sucked in fan.had to take the dryer all apart to get at the fan and remove clothes.we were lucky because when the lint trap came out the banging was so loud we could at least shut it off.however

  8. I bought an Electrolux washer and dryer 3 1/2 years ago. I’ve had to replace the belt 3 times ,I’ve had to clean out the blower wheel several times and now the repair company I just paid 100 dollars to wants another 345.00 to replace the controll board,
    Never again

  9. Purchased dryer 8/19. Im having the same lint trap coming out during cycle/clothing going into the empty space and getting lodged in the blower since the first week of ownership. I was told this was “A one in a million occurrence”. It’s happened many times. Also excessive lint buildup in the blower. The last time I had the technician out because the dryer was making such loud noise he cleaned the blower and dryer returned to normal operation. I would love to participate in a class action suit!

    Does anyone have specific directions to disassemble the dryer to access the blower for cleaning? The repair service charges approx $200 to clean it. Very much regretting this purchase.

    • I have this exact same issue! I’ve had it less than a year & this has happened 3 times! I hate this dryer! Have you had any other developments? This is not one in a million!

      • Just happened to me today.. burning smell & insane noises alarmed me to run downstairs.. lint collector was tumbling around with laundry, which led to items blocking the lint compartment as well as a socked lodged/ twisted around something underneath the drum.. it would have caught on fire had I not been home. I just learned today via online research that in 2012 a 12,000,000 lawsuit was filed due this faulty lint issue!! I’ve contacted Lowes to inform them in detail about this issue, Electrolux customer service reps put me on hold then dropped calls etc. I then was instructed by lowes manager to email a specific Electrolux representative etc. I don’t need a repair, I NEED a refund.. these machines need to be recalled Now

    • I bought my Electrolux dryer in Aug 2021. 2 weeks after purchasing the lint trap came out. Socks got lodged at the entry of the blower so that the dryer would not start. It took me a few days the 1st time to get the socks unstuck so the dryer would start. The 2nd time it happened (lint trap came out when clothes were drying), it took me a week and several bruises on my arm to get the socks unstuck and to have a working dryer again. I called Home Depot where I purchased the dryer and they advised my only recourse is with Electrolux. I wished Home Depot would have warned me about problems with Electrolux dryers. I would never have purchased this dryer. I contacted Electrolux who said they could not send a technician to “evaluate” the situation until 1 month later. I am very frustrated that I have to babysit a brand new dryer and appear to not have any quick actions by Electrolux.

    • Also had problem of lint trap pulled out during a cycle and sucked clothes in and got stuck stopping drum from moving after only 3 weeks of purchase! Called Electrolux and was told we have to try to get clothes unstuck ourselves and try another cycle to see if it happens again before they will send a technician out or we could be charged for the service! Poor customer service, why should we have to do the work on a brand new $1000 dryer and risk ruining our clothes again!!!

    • SAME!!! we bought 2 sets of these machines 2019, it’s done it since day 1 and repair guy replaces lint catcher, that does NOT fix the issue!! so annoyed! so what do we do, replace the machines???? they don’t exactly give these things away.

  10. My steam electrolux dryer of 2 years had a valve go and my dryer was full of water. Water was pouring out of the dryer all over my floor. Terrible Design. Now I’m supposed to take the valve off and send it to Electrolux, and wait until who knows when for a determination of failure!

  11. Just replaced our Electrolux dryer of two and a half years…because of lint build up that we could not access…terrible design!…do not buy Electrolux!..we are beyond upset!

  12. This sucks, but I’m replacing the entire dryer before we burn the house down. The entire vent was full of lint and blowing out onto our driveway the first time we realized we had an issue, now it’s still clogging up the pipe.
    Not buying from this company again.


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