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Speed Queen Washer Flashing Lights (How To Fix)

The Speed Queen washer is one of the most reliable washing machines on the market. Still, all appliances break from time to time and require attention. When you notice that the machine is blinking its lights at you, pay attention because it is trying to warn you that something is going wrong with the machine.

The Speed Queen washer flashing lights are there to warn you that something is going wrong with your machine. Error codes can show up as blinking lights in the top loading machines. Usually, there is a fault with the machine filling or something wrong with the control board.

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Your Speed Queen machine was designed to diagnose if it is experiencing a mechanical fault and flash the lights on the control panel in a specific sequence to communicate with you what is going wrong with it.

Reasons Why Speed Queen Washer Flashing Lights

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Most of the mechanical components of the Speed Queen machines have been tested to last 10,400 loads, which translates to roughly 25 years. So, if your machine is only a couple of years old, chances are that the flashing lights you see blinking at you are not an indication of mechanical failure.

The reasons why your Speed Queen washer lights flash indicate common problems with water filling the machine to the correct level, blocked filters, or miscellaneous faults like faulty float switch, water valve, or faulty sensor.

The common problem your Speed Queen may experience is the water that does not reach the appropriate level to start a washing cycle. It could happen when you live in a low water pressure area and don’t have sufficient water pressure to fill the machine. The other reason is that there is a blockage in the inlet system. Check that the inlet hoses are not kinked or twisted. Water will not be able to get through a twisted hose. The hoses also have small filters at the ends that can easily become clogged with debris present in the water source.

The lights will also start flashing if the lint filter screens inside the machine become blocked.

Other reasons for the flashing lights on the control panel are parts like a faulty float switch located at the bottom right of your machine. This part can get covered with grime and malfunction. If that happens, the machine will not be able to get the correct signal from the switch and may even fill with water, but the message will not get read correctly by the control panel.

The water valve is also one of the parts that can get damaged easily. Check its functionality if you notice flashing lights on the control panel.

Tips On How to Avoid or Fix Speed Queen Washer Flashing Lights

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The Speed Queen washing machine will serve you well if you take good care of it. Do regular maintenance tasks to keep it going and try not to overfill it with clothing. If you still cannot work out why the lights are flashing, switch it off and unplug it for a couple of minutes to reset it.

The best way to avoid or fix Speed Queen washer flashing lights is to ensure you maintain it regularly and care for the machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, make sure that there are no output board errors or water errors.

The following are the possible errors you will see on the control panel of the machine:

When the In Use and Spin buttons flash twice, it indicates an output board ID error. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use and Spin buttons flash four times, it indicates the outboard relay shorted error. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the machine flashes In Use, Rinse, and Spin buttons twice, it indicates that the machine is not ready. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the machine continuously flashes the In Use, Rinse, and Spin buttons, it indicates outboard IO or communications error. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use button flashes three times, it indicates an error with drainage. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use button flashes twice, it indicates a filling error. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use button flashes four times, it indicates no water error. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use and Rinse buttons flash twice, it indicates that your machine will overflow. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use button flashes once, it indicates there is an error with the pressure sensor. To fix it, terminate the cycle and power down the machine to clear the error.

When the In Use button flashes seven times, it indicates a blockage in the water drainage pipe. To fix it, unblock the drainage outlet, which will reset within one minute.

The last one is the water leak error which causes the In Use button to flash six times. The code will reset itself within one minute.

ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on January 16, 2023.

To summarize, the Speed Queen generally is a reliable washing machine that will clean your clothes for years to come. If you notice unusual control panel lights flashing, you can consult this guide to figure out what the machine is trying to tell you. Once you sort out the problem and reset the machine, you can start another load.