Frigidaire Washer Code E2 – Troubleshooting Guide

Error codes can be troubling, but not if you know what they mean. For example, suppose you’re seeing the E2 error code on your Frigidaire washer. In that case, you’ve come to the right place!

The E2 error code on a Frigidaire washer means that the appliance is taking too long to drain. The delayed draining is likely caused by a clogged drain filter/coin trap, a kinked or pinched drain hose, or a clogged standpipe. Once you’ve cleared the root cause and the washer can normally drain again, the code will no longer be a problem.

The following sections of this guide will tell you everything you need to know to troubleshoot and fix the E2 error code on your Frigidaire washing machine.

What The E2 Code Means On A Frigidaire Washer?

The E2 error code is triggered on your Frigidaire washing machine when the appliance takes too long to drain. A typical drain cycle only takes a minute or two. When that process goes beyond the washer’s preset time, it’ll sense a problem and trigger the E2 error code.

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Why Proper Draining Is Crucial For Washing Machines?

Draining is one of the most critical functions of a washing machine. Once a full washer has removed dirt and stains from your laundry, the washer must remove the dirty water. Only then can the washer refill itself with clean water and continue the wash process.

That’s why a wash program includes more than one draining cycle. All draining cycles will drain at the end. However, they’ll likely have one or more additional draining cycles throughout the program.

As the washer drains and dirty water flows out, it carries with it dirt, lint, as well as the diluted leftovers of your laundry detergent.

Whenever there’s a problem with the drain function, such as the ones that trigger the E2 error code, the wash program will take longer than it should. Plus, you’ll likely find a puddle of water leftover in the drum even when you’ve removed your laundry.

Possible Causes And Solutions

The most likely reasons for delayed draining in your washing machine are buildups in the drain filter (also known as the coin trap), a kinked or pinched drain hose, or a clog in the standpipe (i.e. in your household’s drainage system).

Let’s check out each of those causes and what you can do to fix them.

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Foreign Objects and Buildups in Drain Filter

What it is: Like most other washing machine brands, Frigidaire washers also have a built-in drain filter, sometimes referred to as a ‘coin trap’. This part aims to catch foreign objects that fall out from clothes pockets inside the washer drum.

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In doing so, the trap prevents those items from clogging the drain hose or any other part beyond that.

On Frigidaire washers, the coin trap or drain filter is an internal component. So, unlike some other washer brands, you can’t remove it from outside the machine. Instead, you’ll have to access the internal parts of the washer to reach the coin trap.

How it fails: As you continue using your Frigidaire washer over many months and years, the coin trap will gradually catch more and more items. Foreign objects from clothes pockets will become lodged in there, while dirt and lint will also get trapped in the same place.

Over an extended period, those items will form a severe clog that restricts the movement of drain water out of the washer. When that clog continues to go unresolved, the water flow will become restricted bad enough to trigger the E2 error code.

How to fix it: To resolve this problem, you must remove the coin trap and clean it thoroughly. Then, you can access that part by removing the washer’s toe panel and accessing the area under the drum. There, you’ll be able to find the coin trap and detach it from the rest of the washer.

Careful, though, as water will likely spill out when you detach the trap. So, prepare several pieces of cloth to wipe up and catch any spills.

With the coin trap removed, wash it thoroughly in the kitchen sink and remove any foreign objects stuck inside. Once it’s cleaned, you can reinstall it inside the washer.

Read: How To Effectively Clean Washing Machine?

Kinked or Pinched Drain Hose

What it is: When water is drained out of your washer, it flows through a drain hose that leads to your household’s drainage system. The drain hose is attached to the back of your Frigidaire washer, typically towards the lower half of the appliance.

You can position the drain hose in whatever way you need, as it’s detachable and made from flexible materials. As a result, the drain hose gives you plenty of flexibility in where you can place the washer in your laundry room.

How it fails: Unfortunately, because the drain hose is made from flexible materials, it’s prone to getting kinked or pinched. For instance, if you position the hose around objects or other obstacles, parts of the hose could develop a kink that restricts the water flow inside.

The same problem can also happen if a heavy object falls onto the hose. For example, a heavy box that falls onto the hose will pinch it, preventing water from flowing through as smoothly as it should.

How to fix it: You can resolve this issue very quickly by checking the entire length of the drain hose and freeing it from any kinks or pinches. For the best results, and to prevent this problem from happening again, try to minimize the length that the drain hose has to reach between the washer and the standpipe.

The shorter the length of the drain hose, the lower the chances of it getting kinked or pinched.

Clogged Standpipe 

What it is: The standpipe is a vertical pipe connected to your household’s drainage system. It’s built into your laundry area or room so you can slide the washer’s drain hose into it. That way, drain water from your washer can flow smoothly into the pipe to be carried away.

How it fails: Like other parts of your household’s plumbing, the standpipe is prone to clogs as well. When that happens, water that’s drained out of your washer will get backed up back into the washer.

That will prevent the water from draining quickly enough and will trigger the E2 error code.

How to fix it: Firstly, remove the drain hose from the standpipe. Then, try your best to clear any clogs that you can reach. Alternatively, you can try to snake the standpipe clear or use a drain cleaning product of your choice.

Suppose the clog is too severe for you to clean yourself. In that case, you’ll want to engage the services of a qualified plumber.

Read: Does Washing Machine Drain Hose Need To Be Elevated?

How To Clear The E2 Code On Your Frigidaire Washer?

The E2 error code on your Frigidaire washer will clear once you’ve restored the washer’s ability to drain water quickly.

You can then perform a washer reset to clear the E2 and any other error code that’s currently active.

How To Reset A Frigidaire Washer?

The process to reset a Frigidaire washer is commonly referred to as ‘power cycling‘, which is the task of turning it off and on again. You can perform that reset following these steps:

  • Turn Off: Firstly, you must turn the washer off completely. Putting it on Standby isn’t enough, so pull out the plug from the wall socket or shut off its dedicated circuit breaker.
  • Wait: Wait for one minute. That amount of time is necessary to let the washer clear its memory.
  • Turn On: After one minute, you can turn the washer back on and continue using it like you usually do.

How To Test Your Frigidaire Washer After Fixing It?

The most practical way to test your Frigidaire washer after repairs is to run a complete wash program and look for any error codes to appear. Pay close attention during the drain cycle, as that’s the part affected by the E2 error code.

You can also use the washer’s diagnostic mode to run individual tests and read error codes.

How To Enter Diagnostic Mode And Read Error Codes On Your Frigidaire Washer?

The diagnostic mode on a Frigidaire washer is enabled by pressing the Power, Soak, and Extra Rinse buttons together until lights on the display start flashing.

Then, you can select individual tests to run by pressing the corresponding button on the table below:

  • Wash Test: Soil Level button
  • Spin Test: Temp button
  • Water Valve Test: Fabric Softener button
  • Auto-Sensing Test: Delay button
  • To end the current test and start a new one: Power button

Reader Comments (1)

  1. Does a Frigidaire FFTW4120SW1 washer have a coin trap? If so, where do I find it? How do I know if my drain pump is bad?

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