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How To Reset Frigidaire Washer

In old western movies, when it was time to wash clothes, we would see images of women in knee-deep water, slapping clothes against a large rock. Thanks to modern technology we have the luxury of doing laundry inside our homes. But this doesn’t mean the washing machine works perfectly every time.

You can reset a Frigidaire washer by unplugging the washer from its wall outlet or turning off the circuit breaker supplying power to the outlet. Leave the power disconnected for 5 minutes. You can also press and hold the ‘Pause/Cancel’ button to clear the last command.

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Resetting the washing machine is a quick and simple process to do, regardless of the Frigidaire model you have. If your Frigidaire washer is not responding to commands or has stopped mid-cycle, continue reading to see how you can troubleshoot the issue before you call in the professionals.

Is There A Reset Button On A Frigidaire Washer?

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Reset buttons are a wonderful thing, much like the backspace button on a computer keypad. But reset buttons have evolved over the years. We still have the option to ‘start over’ but it’s not at the push of one button.

Generally speaking, Frigidaire washers do not have an actual reset button. There is, however, a sequence of buttons or control knob turns that will clear the washer commands, resetting the washing machine’s control board so that it will respond to new commands.

It is important to know how to reset your Frigidaire washer. The washing machine is not a complicated machine but being an electronic machine, it does not take much to cause a glitch within the machine’s control board.

Any interruption in power can cause the Frigidaire washer control board to freeze and become unresponsive. A power surge or power failure can pause a command mid-cycle, causing the washer to become unresponsive.

Sometimes there are even things we do that cause the washer to stop working. An unbalanced or uneven load is one way. When large items, such as towels, are washed with smaller items, like socks, the weight of the wet items will become unevenly distributed in the washer drum.

The washer will rock back and forth in an attempt to redistribute the load. If it is unsuccessful, the washer will shut itself off. This not only saves the washer from unnecessary damage but also prevents it from overheating, which poses a potential fire hazard.

Even though the washer shuts off as a safety feature, this action can cause the washing machine to become stuck in the ‘Spin’ cycle, and it will not respond to any new commands.

Whether you are reading this article because your Frigidaire washer is currently not responding to commands or you are simply educating yourself, this article will outline how to correctly reset a Frigidaire washer.

The following steps are successful for any model of Frigidaire washer. If the steps outlined in this article do not resolve the issue you are experiencing, the problem could be due to an electrical issue or other faulty hardware.

How To Reset Frigidaire Washer To Factory Settings

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Hearing the words ‘factory reset’ can be a little intimidating, even scary to some individuals. A factory reset, though, is a beneficial way to clear any glitches within an electronic appliance’s command center.

To reset a Frigidaire washer to factory settings, simultaneously press and hold the ‘Spin Speed’ and ‘Soil Level’ buttons. Continue pressing the buttons until you hear the display panel beep. The washer has now been reset to its original default factory settings.

Our washing machine gets a lot of use, especially these days. We rely on our Frigidaire washing machine to help us stay healthy and clean. It is only natural, then, that the washing machine needs to be reset.

If your Frigidaire washing machine has a dial control knob, you can reset the washer with a series of dial turns. The following steps will outline what you need to do. There are a lot of clockwise, counterclockwise steps so take your time and read the steps carefully.

Step 1: Turn the washing machine off.

Step 2: Rotate the control dial to the ‘Normal’ setting.

Step 3: Rotate the dial counterclockwise once.

Step 4: Rotate the dial clockwise 3 times.

Step 5: Rotate the dial counterclockwise once.

Step 6: Rotate the dial clockwise once.

Step 7: Press the ‘Start’ button.

Step 8: Once the cycle indicator lights are illuminated, press the ‘Start/Stop’ button.

Step 9: Rotate the dial clockwise until the ‘Rinse’, ‘Wash’, and ‘Stop’ command lights are all illuminated.

Step 10: Turn the washing machine off for a few seconds.

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Step 11: Turn the washing machine on. The washer has been reset to its default factory settings.

You can run an empty load in the washer to test if the reset was successful. Choose any cycle other than ‘Spin’ or ‘Final Cycle’. If the washer starts up, the process is successful and the washer has been reset.

If the washer does not respond to the new commands, you can repeat the steps. An additional step to try is to unplug the washer from the wall outlet before starting. Removing all power to the washer will ensure any new commands will be received.

How to Reset Frigidaire Affinity Washer

Performing a factory reset on a Frigidaire Affinity washer can help resolve certain issues and restore the washer to its default settings. To reset, ensure the washer is powered on and idle. Press and hold the “Cancel” button and the “Start” button simultaneously for approximately 3 seconds. Release the buttons once the display shows a series of lights or an error code. Wait for a few seconds while the washer resets to its factory settings.

A washer reset might be needed in situations where the washer has started acting strange or is displaying some random issues, or probably the normal cycle – or some other cycle- has stopped working2. In these cases, performing a factory reset can help resolve the issue and restore the washer to its default settings. It is important to note that a factory reset should only be performed as a last resort after other troubleshooting methods have been exhausted. If the issue persists after performing a factory reset, it may be necessary to consult a professional for further assistance.

Frigidaire Washer Reset Computer/Control Board

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Our appliances rely on a computer/control board to work. The control board is the brain of the appliance. It controls everything from starting the selected wash cycle to the temperature settings and the final spin cycle. Without a working control board, the washing machine is useless.

To reset a Frigidaire washer computer/control board, remove power from the washing machine by either unplugging the washer from the wall outlet or turning off the circuit breaker supplying power to the wall outlet. Leave the power disconnected for 30 seconds.

With so much continual use, the washing machine can become stuck. A glitch in communication between the control board and the other working components of the washer can cause the washer to become stuck in the last cycle chosen. It can also prevent the washer from responding to any commands.

Removing the washer’s power supply breaks the control board’s electronic connection to the rest of the machine. By breaking this connection you are, in a sense, trying to wake up the machine. If resetting the control board did not work the first time, you can repeat the steps again.

How To Reset/Clear Frigidaire Washer Error Code

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Seeing an error code displayed on any appliance can quickly cause you to develop a migraine. But these codes are a good thing. It is how your appliance lets you know what is wrong. It also saves you from having to do a lot of time-consuming troubleshooting.

Depending on the error code, your Frigidaire washer could be alerting you to an issue with the water pump, the heating element, or even the amount of electricity it is receiving. Your Frigidaire User’s Manual will address the error codes and what they mean.

Some error codes can be easily remedied without the assistance of a professional. Here are some examples.

E43-46, E95 Error Codes

These error codes mean there is an issue with the control board. As was mentioned earlier in this article, the control board is the brain of the washing machine. If the control board does not work, your washing machine will not work.

To reset these error codes, unplug the washing machine from its power source for 5 minutes. After restoring power, wait 30 seconds before turning the washing machine on. The disruption in the power supply will clear these error codes.

E21 Error Code

This error code means there is a problem with the motor circuit. This error affects the washer’s ability to drain efficiently and in a timely manner. If you notice it takes longer than usual for the washer barrel to drain, this could be one of the reasons.

Before resetting the washing machine, first check the drain hose for any clogs or kinks that could prevent the washer from draining. If the problem persists, the following steps will reset the washing machine and clear the above-mentioned error codes.

Step 1: Choose any wash cycle and press ‘Start’.

Step 2: Press the ‘Cancel’ button to stop the cycle.

Step 3: Press the ‘Cancel’ button again. The display panel lights should turn off.

Step 4: Press the ‘Cancel’ button again to turn the display lights on.

Step 5: Press and hold the ‘Start/Pause’ button for 3 seconds or until the display lights start flashing sequentially.

Step 6: Unplug the washer from its power source for 20 seconds.

Step 7: Restore power back to the washer. The washer has been reset and the error codes have been cleared.

If your Frigidaire washer continues to display these error codes after being reset, there could be an electrical problem with the drain pump. A qualified Frigidaire technician can safely and easily do this repair.

To reset/clear Frigidaire washer error codes, turn the washing machine off on the control panel. Unplug the washer from the wall outlet. Press and hold the ‘Start/Pause’ button for 5 seconds. Plug the washer back into the wall outlet and turn the washer on.

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If you have a different brand of washing machine please find your brand in our how to reset your washing machine article.

If all fails you can check out Frigidaire Washer Control Board on amazon.

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