The Electrolux washing machine doesn’t sound right. You go to check on it and see an E35 code. While this is aggravating, it is an easy fix when you know what the code means and what you should do next.
An Electrolux washer error code E35 means the washer drum is overfilling. This can be caused by one of two things. Either the water inlet valve is bad or the pressure sensor is faulty. Fortunately, there is a quick way to determine which is the root of the problem.
The other possible but unusual problem could be low water pressure from the house. The inlet valve requires at least 20 psi to shut off. Getting less than that from an inadequate water supply means it may not fully close. Water can continue to pour into the washer causing an overflow.
Follow the steps below to diagnose and fix the problem with your Electrolux washer. These are issues that can be fixed by anyone, even if you have a limited toolset and little mechanical knowledge.
Diagnosing the problem
As long as the water isn’t already flooding the floor, the first thing to do is to turn the main switch off. The inlet valve is the problem if the water keeps running after turning the main switch off.
The inlet water valve is what is responsible for filling the tub with water. It receives the message to fill or stop filling from the pressure switch. The pressure switch shuts down the inlet valve when the tub reaches the correct water level. If either fails, you can have an overflow
The problem could be with the pressure switch rather than in the inlet valve. One way to check it is to check the air tube first.
One of the first things you should do after checking the water inlet valve is to pull the plug from the wall outlet. It may continue to fill with water, proving it is indeed the inlet valve switch that is the problem.
If it stops filling, that could also indicate the pressure switch isn’t working. You will need to run a diagnostic cycle.
Be sure to turn off the water valves on the main water supply behind the washer to stop the water from overflowing from the washer onto the floor. You will need to turn off both the hot and cold water knobs.
The Electrolux Brand
The focus of Electrolux is on water efficiency and saving energy. This is why the company only manufacturers front-load washer models. Front-load washers automatically sense how much water your load needs and makes the necessary adjustments in water levels, according to the company.
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Electrolux washers were named the best washer in 2021 by U.S. News. U.S. News said the washer was picked because it was excellent in saving energy, great at removing stains, and is made in the U.S.A.
What to Do to Fix the Problem
There are different options to fix the two most common problems causing an overflow of the washer. A faulty water inlet valve is the most common cause.
Replacing the Water Inlet Valve
The first thing to do after the water is shut off is to find the control panel. It is located on the machine’s topside.
- Remove the plastic end caps on the panel. You will need a screwdriver to remove the screws on the panel. Pull the panel up.
- There is a sensor wire beneath the control panel that controls the washer lid. Unplug it.
- Take the screwdriver and remove both spring clips located on the cabinet. Tilt the cabinet forward, lift it and remove it.
- Next, you need to find the water supply lines on the back of the washer and detach them using the screwdriver. Be sure to have a towel ready to clean up water spilled.
- You will see two wires on the water inlet valve terminals. Pull those off. Remove the mounting screw to get the water valve out.
- Put a clamp on the hose attached to the inlet valve and slid the hose off. There may be some water spilled.
- Put the hose’s end on a new water inlet valve and secure it. Put the valve back in and mount it by resecuring the mounting plate with the screw. Be sure to tighten it. Attached the wire connects to the terminals on the new valves.
What If It Isn’t the Water Valve?
A machine that doesn’t fill after the main power switch is turned points to another problem. You will need to do some diagnostics before you try to replace the pressure switch.
- Plug the washer back in and drain the washer by going into the diagnostic cycle to the seventh step where it instructs you how to drain the tub. Turn the program knob seven clicks and it should start draining.
- Next, you will need to run the washer through a complete diagnostic cycle.
- If the washer fills with water on the diagnostic, you will need to reinstall the mainboard and finish the complete diagnostic test.
- A stop in running water should lead you to check the cable located between the mainboard and the pressure switch. It should be connected correctly on both ends.
- You may find it is not connected properly. Reconnect or replace it and then go through the entire diagnostic check.
- A correctly connected cable should prompt you to then replace the pressure switch as that is the only thing left that could be wrong.
Run the diagnostic cycle after you replace the switch.
How To Replace a Pressure Switch
Make sure the washer is unplugged. Pull the dial on the water level switch off. It’s the one that selects load size.
- Get into the control panel by removing the plastic end caps with the screwdriver, just as you would replace the inlet switch. Pull the panel out. Take the water level switch cover off. It’s on the control panel’s left side.
- There will be a clear hose beneath it. Remove it and then disconnect all wiring connected to the terminals.
- Next, remove the screws that secure the switch. You can also twist it on some models.
- Attach the hose and wiring to the new switch, put it back, and secure it with either screws or clamps.
- Reassemble the control panel. Replace the dial. Plug the washer back into the outlet.
How to reset the Electrolux washer?
Your Electrolux washer will automatically reset when you plug it back in. The error code should be gone when it powers up.
How to run diagnostic mode on Electrolux washer?
Enter the control panel by first pressing the cancel button and then any other button.
The selector knob must be turned far left within five seconds.
Hold down the cancel button and the far left button under the display simultaneously for at least three seconds.
Flashing lights will tell you that you are now in diagnostic mode. Running a diagnostic cycle is as simple as turning the program knob. That is literally all you have to do to run through the cycle.
- One-click activates the hot water solenoid.
- Two clicks activate the bleach water solenoid.
- Three clicks activate bleach and wash water solenoids.
- Four activates the prewash solenoid.
- Five clicks deactivate the door lock. Open it to make sure the interior light comes on.
- Six clicks activate the door lock. Tumbling will start and the heater will activate.
- Seven clicks activate the drain pump and the washer will spin on high.
- Nine clicks list all the error codes. E00 indicates there are no errors.
- Turning 10 clicks downloads the latest software.
- Return the knob to the start position, going clockwise. Press cancel and the far left button again simultaneously and hold them down until the lights quit flashing.
Tell your repairman what error codes are given.
What if my Electrolux keeps pausing?
One reason why your washer keeps pausing could be the washer door is not shut completely. This could be because the door lock is faulty. A faulty door lock will stop the washer in mid-cycle. It may need to be replaced.
The Electrolux washer has many smart features including error codes that notify that something is wrong. While error codes can be annoying, this error code can help save you from a mess of an overflowing washer with water all over the floor.
The design of this washer allows people with some minimal skill to fix and replace basic parts without calling a repairman. That will save you money over the life of the washer.
Using some common sense, a screwdriver and basic knowledge can help you replace things like a water inlet valve or pressure sensor that are common issues with an overfilled tub. You can then use the diagnostic cycle to make sure there are no other problems.
Neither takes a lot of time and are cheap fixes for an aggravating problem of overfilling. Going through the steps will have your washer working properly again quickly.