Are you experiencing the E10 error code on your Frigidaire washer? Not sure what it means? Don’t worry! Everything you need to know is in this guide.
The E10 error code on a Frigidaire washer can mean two things (depending on the model and year of manufacturing): either the machine isn’t receiving an incoming water supply, or the washer has sensed a leak. The most likely triggers for this error code are an incoming water supply issue, oversudsing, or a drain hose that’s positioned too low.
Keep reading as we dive deeper into each of these possible triggers and what you can do to resolve them yourself.
What The E10 Code Means On A Frigidaire Washer?
There are two possibilities when it comes to the E10 error code on a Frigidaire washer. Firstly, it could be that the washer is not receiving any incoming water supply. However, the code can also mean that there is a water leak somewhere in the washing machine.
You’ll need to troubleshoot several parts of the washer to find the root cause that’s triggering this code. That’s because the most likely triggers are a lack of inflowing water, an oversudsing condition, or if the drain hose is placed too far into the standpipe (i.e. your household’s drain).
As you can see, several possibilities trigger the E10 error code. One way to narrow down the root cause is to look for accompanying symptoms.
For example, if you start a new wash program, but it doesn’t go past the filling stage, that could be a sign that the problem is related to the incoming water supply.
Besides that, be on the lookout for excess suds flowing out of the washing machine and onto your laundry room floor. When this happens, it’s a strong sign that oversudsing could be the root cause.
Possible Causes And Solutions
The most likely triggers of the E10 error code are a lack of incoming water, oversudsing, and a drain hose that’s too low. We’ll dive deeper into each of these possibilities and what you can do to resolve them.
No Incoming Water Supply
What it is: Your Frigidaire washer needs a continuous supply of water that it can draw from at any given time. That water supply comes from your household water supply through a hose attached to the back of your washing machine, which is controlled by a nearby tap.
The tap should be opened fully at all times so that water can flow in whenever you start a new wash program.
How it fails: One of the most likely triggers for the E10 error code is a lack of incoming water. That’s why your troubleshooting should begin with the washer’s incoming water supply at three main points:
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- Household Water Supply: Firstly, check that your household does indeed have a steady supply of water. You can do this by opening other taps around the house (e.g., the kitchen sink and bathroom) to ensure that you’re not experiencing a water supply outage or disruption.
- The Tap Leading To The Washer: Next, check the tap that leads to the washer. The tap should be opened all the way to ensure maximum water flow and pressure to the washing machine.
- The Hose That Connects The Tap To The Washer: Lastly, check the hose connecting the tap to the back of the washer. This hose must be free from any kinks or bends and must not be clogged. You can check this by detaching the hose from the back of the washer and checking its water flow.
How to fix it: Assuming that your household is indeed receiving a steady water supply, you’ll want to ensure that the tap for the washer is opened all the way. Plus, clear any kinks in the water supply hose and flush out any sediment that might be clogging it.
What it is: Suds consist of the foam that’s produced when laundry detergent mixes with water and air inside your washer. They’re a natural byproduct of the washing process that helps to remove dirt, stains, and odors when they’re present in reasonable amounts.
How it fails: Although suds are an essential part of the laundry washing process, there is such a thing as ‘too much of a good thing’. An excess of suds, or ‘oversudsing’, will happen if you use too much detergent relative to the size of your laundry load.
Besides that, the same can also happen if you do not use High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent, which is designed to produce fewer suds overall.
How to fix it: Oversudsing is entirely preventable. Firstly, read the instructions on your detergent container to ensure that you’re using the correct amount. The precise amount of detergent will depend on the size of your current laundry load, so adjust accordingly.
You can also prevent oversudsing by switching over to High Efficiency (HE) detergent as well.
Let’s suppose you’ve confirmed that oversudsing is the issue. In that case, you’ll also want to run an empty cycle or two in the washer to clean out all excess suds.
When doing this, choose the cycle with the highest volume of water and highest water temperature. That will also help remove any buildups of excess detergent that might be trapped in the washer.
Low Drain Hose Height
What it is: The drain hose carries used water from your washer and lets it flow to your household drain via a standpipe. While one end of the hose is attached to your washer directly, the other is meant to slide into the standpipe at the correct height.
How it fails: The E10 error code will be triggered if the drain hose is placed too low into the standpipe. Yes, the hose is supposed to go into the standpipe. However, the problem arises when the hose is pushed too far down into the standpipe, and the bend in that hose falls below the 24” minimum required.
More specifically, doing so will prevent the drain water from flowing into the standpipe smoothly. That will trigger the E10 error code.
How to fix it: Fixing this problem is very straightforward. All you have to do is reposition the drain hose in the standpipe and ensure that the bend is at least 24” high. Once you do that, the flow of drain water will be smooth and unrestricted, preventing any problems.
How To Clear The E10 Code On Your Frigidaire Washer?
Performing a reset is enough to clear the E10 error code. Before doing that, though, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve finished troubleshooting and repairing the problem that triggered the code in the first place.
By following the troubleshooting steps above and fixing the root cause, you’ll ensure that the E10 code doesn’t persist or return anytime soon.
Once that’s done, you can reset the washer following the steps below.
How To Reset A Frigidaire Washer?
To reset a Frigidaire washer, you’ll need to cycle its power following the steps below:
- Disconnect: Firstly, disconnect the washing machine from its power source. That means taking its plug out of the wall socket and shutting off the dedicated circuit breaker if it has one.
- Leave Alone: Leave it alone for at least one minute once there isn’t any power leading to the washer. The washer requires this time to dissipate any electrical energy that it might still have inside. In doing so, its memory will clear itself along with the E10 error code.
- Reconnect: After you’ve given the washer enough time, you can reconnect it to its power source and continue using it like usual.
By completing these three steps, you have successfully reset your Frigidaire washing machine.
How To Test Your Frigidaire Washer After Fixing It?
Naturally, you’ll want to make sure that your troubleshooting and repairing was done correctly. The best way to test the machine after a fix is to run a complete wash program from start to finish.
Doing that will allow you to see if the washer’s functions are working correctly. Also, you’ll get a chance to see if any error codes reappear.
Suppose you’d like to perform more thorough tests on the machine. In that case, follow the steps below to run the washer’s diagnostic mode and test for other error codes.
How To Enter Diagnostic Mode And Read Error Codes On Your Frigidaire Washer?
On Frigidaire washers, the diagnostic mode can be enabled by pressing three buttons together. Those three buttons are:
- Extra Rinse
When done correctly, lights on the washer’s display will flash to let you know that you’ve entered the diagnostic mode. Next, you can choose specific tests to run by pressing the following buttons:
- Wash Test: Soil Level Button.
- Spin Test: Press The Temp Button.
- Water Valve Test: Fabric Softener Button.
- Auto-Sensing Test: Press The Delay Button.
To stop a running test and select another one, you must first press the Power button.