How to Fix the Electrolux and Frigidaire E64 Dryer Code
The E64 error code on a Frigidaire or Electrolux dryer usually indicates a problem in the heating system, which could involve the lint screen, heating element, thermal fuse, or cycling thermostat. To fix this, you can start with a simple reset: unplug the dryer for a few minutes and then plug it back in. If the E64 error still shows up after you reset, you may need to inspect and potentially replace one of these parts.
What is the E64 Error Code on a Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer?
If your Frigidaire or Electrolux dryer displays an E64 error, it indicates a problem with the heating system. This error applies to both brands since Frigidaire is a subsidiary of Electrolux, and their dryers frequently have similar designs and components. This problem could be caused by:
- Loose Wiring or Damaged Power Cord: Electrical wiring in dryers is essential for powering the heating element, sensors, and controls. Wires can become loose, frayed, or damaged due to heat, movement, or aging. This can lead to shorts or interruptions in the electrical flow, potentially causing the error.
- Faulty Parts: The key heating components, the heating element, thermal fuse, and cycling thermostat, can fail due to wear over time. When this happens, the dryer may not heat effectively or safely, which can trigger the error.
- Clogged Lint Screen: A blocked lint screen can restrict proper airflow, causing the heating system to overheat or malfunction, leading to the error code. Remember to regularly clean and maintain the lint screen.
How to Clear the E64 Error Code on Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer
When you see an E64 code on your Frigidaire or Electrolux dryer, first try resetting it. This easy step can often solve the error. If not, parts like the lint screen, heating element, thermal fuse, or cycling thermostat may need replacement.
How to Reset a Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer
Power cycling is a simple process that can clear error codes and fix minor issues. To perform a power cycle on your Frigidaire or Electrolux dryer, follow these steps:
- Switch off the dryer using its power button or control panel.
- Physically unplug the dryer from its power source.
- Leave the dryer unplugged for about 1-2 minutes. This waiting period allows any residual power to dissipate.
- Reconnect the dryer to the power source.
- Power on the dryer. It should start up as normal, and you can check to see if the E64 error code has been cleared.
How to Inspect and Clean the Lint Screen on a Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer
If the lint screen in your Frigidaire or Electrolux dryer is dirty, it can block the air from moving freely. This can make the dryer get too hot and might damage the heating element. So, it's important to clean the lint screen regularly to avoid the E64 error. Here's how you can do it:
- Unplug the dryer from its outlet.
- Find the lint screen either inside the dryer door or on top of the dryer.
- Gently pull it out. For some models, you may need to turn it counterclockwise to release it.
- Remove as much lint as you can by hand.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to suck out any remaining lint.
- After vacuuming, wash the screen with soapy water. Use a mild detergent or dish soap. Gently scrub the screen with a soft brush or sponge to remove stubborn lint or residue.
- Rinse the lint screen thoroughly under running water, ensuring all soap residue is washed off.
- Let it air dry completely before you put it back in the dryer.
How to Inspect and Replace the Heating Element on a Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer
The heating element is an electrical device that generates heat used to dry clothes. It looks like a long, coiled wire. It may be encased in a metal housing or tube. You'll usually find it located around the drum area, often at the back. The heater coils may become damaged over time, preventing proper heating and causing the E64 code. Signs of a damaged heating element include gaps in the coil, discoloration, distortion, corrosion, or evidence of charring or melting. Follow these steps to inspect it:
- Always unplug the dryer from its power source before starting.
- Depending on your dryer model, you may need to remove the top panel, control panel, and the front panel to access the heating element. This usually involves removing screws and gently lifting off these parts.
- Set your multimeter to the ohms setting. Disconnect the heating element from the circuit by removing any connected wires.
- Place the multimeter probes on the terminals of the heating element. A good heating element should show some resistance on the multimeter (typically between 10 to 50 ohms, but this can vary). No resistance (infinity) indicates a faulty element.
- If the heating element is faulty, remove it by detaching any mounting screws or brackets holding it in place.
- Install the new heating element by securing it in the same position as the old one.
- Reconnect any wires to the new heating element. Ensure everything is secured in place.
- Carefully reassemble all the parts in reverse order.
How to Inspect and Replace the Thermal Fuse on a Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer
A thermal fuse is a safety device designed to prevent fires. It detects the temperature inside the dryer and will cut off the power if it overheats. This fuse is usually small and slender, colored white or metallic, and has two wires attached to it. You can often find it in the blower area. If this fuse "blows" or stops working, it disrupts the electricity going to the part of the dryer that heats up, causing the dryer not to heat as it should. This is what leads to the E64 error showing up. To replace the thermal fuse:
- Make sure the dryer is unplugged for safety.
- Locate the thermal fuse. It's often mounted on the blower housing or near the heating element. Depending on the dryer model, you might need to remove the back panel or the lower front panel.
- Disconnect the wires from the thermal fuse.
- Set a multimeter to the continuity setting.
- Place the multimeter probes on each terminal of the thermal fuse. A good thermal fuse should show continuity. No continuity indicates a blown fuse.
- Remove the faulty thermal fuse by detaching it from its housing.
- Install the new fuse by placing it in the same position and securing it.
- Reconnect the wires to the new thermal fuse.
- Carefully reattach any panels or parts that were removed.
How to Inspect and Replace the Cycling Thermostat on a Frigidaire or Electrolux Dryer
The cycling thermostat in a dryer regulates the temperature inside the drum. It cycles on and off to maintain the desired temperature for drying clothes. This part usually looks like a small, round, metal device with a couple of wire connections, and sometimes it has a dial or disc you can see. You'll typically find it near the blower or along the path where air flows close to the drum. If this thermostat isn't working right, the dryer might get too hot or not heat up enough. You can test and replace the cycling thermostat by:
- Make sure the dryer is unplugged from its power source for safety.
- Take off the back panel (or another panel, depending on your dryer model).
- Look for the thermostat close to the blower housing.
- Use a multimeter on the ohms setting.
- Carefully remove the wires from the thermostat (remember where they go for later).
- Touch the multimeter probes to the thermostat's connectors. If it's working, the multimeter will show a continuous connection. No connection means it's probably broken.
- If the thermostat is faulty, remove it by unscrewing or unclipping it from its housing.
- Reattach the wires to the appropriate terminals on the new thermostat.
- Reassemble the dryer by carefully reattaching any panels or parts that were removed.
Addressing the E64 error is essential because without fixing it, your dryer won't heat up properly. If the code remains after trying these steps, or if you're hesitant about fixing it yourself, it's highly recommended to seek professional help for a safe and successful repair.