Common Error Codes on an Electrolux Dishwasher and What They Mean

Fred's Appliance
November 9, 2020
Dishwasher Repair

When an appliance throws out an error code, you feel immediate frustration because that appliance is no longer working. However, error codes are actually a huge boon to you when you do have an appliance problem. Would you rather have an appliance that didn’t function at all with no signs as to what went wrong or an appliance that threw out an error code that you could look up in the owner’s manual or at least Google online? You definitely want that error code to help you get a speedy repair done.

Unfortunately, every brand of appliance has different error codes that it uses. There is no universal code that you need to know. If you have an Electrolux brand dishwasher, there are a few common error codes that you will want to know when things go wrong, but can look up every error code online.

Electrolux Error Code #iC0

The #iC0 error code, also presenting as iC1, iC2, and iC3 errors, is a sign that there is a problem with the main control board of the dishwasher. Essentially, it means there is a problem with the brain of your appliance. When there is a control board issue, you will be lucky to get an error code rather than no sign at all because it is also responsible for generating those error codes.

If the dishwasher does throw out this error code, it means that the control board is having issues sending signals to the rest of the dishwasher and it is preventing the dishwasher from starting. If you are having this problem, the first thing you will want to try is unplugging the dishwasher for at least a minute. This does a reset on your machine and can fix the issue if the malfunction was a temporary one. However, if your dishwasher throws out this error code, it can be an early sign that the control board is going faulty. If the reset does not fix the error code, you will need to replace the control board in order to get your dishwasher working again.

Electrolux Error Code #LOC

This is the most likely error code you will see on your Electrolux dishwasher. When you see it, you will likely be unable to open your dishwasher door. Error code #LOC means that the door lock is engaged on the appliance. Interestingly enough, you won’t be able to run a wash cycle until you get the door unlocked either. The lock is typically used as a child safety feature.

If your dishwasher does not have a designated door lock or child lock button, you will need to hold down the air dry button on the control panel. Hold down the button until you see the lock disengage. Once done, you will be able to both open the door or run the cycle.

It is also worth noting that this error code can actually mean an error with the door lock. This means that pressing air dry may not actually disengage the lock, which means you will need to manually disassemble and unlock it. Afterwards, you will need to replace the door lock.

Electrolux Error Code #Er-03

This error code is thrown out if the wash motor has started to malfunction. You will get it when the wash motor has completely failed or has an obstruction that is preventing it from starting. Without the wash motor, your dishes will not be cleaned.

Before you rush out and buy a new wash motor for your dishwasher, you will want to open it up and check for any obstructions that are preventing the wash motor from starting. In some models, you may be able to check the wash motor from inside the tub by removing the filter. However, other models will require you to uninstall the dishwasher and check it in the back.

If there are no obstructions, you can check the wiring, but usually you will just be better off replacing the wash motor. This error code is only for that one part, so it is usually the only thing malfunctioning when you get it.

Electrolux Error Code #20

If you have opened your dishwasher and found it still full of water and throwing out this error code or an #i20 error code, it means you have a problem with the drain system. This code can actually be thrown out when there is a communication problem with the parts responsible for the drain system. As such, you can try unplugging your dishwasher for a minute to perform a reset. If this does work, then it is likely the pressure switch or drain pump is on its way out.

If the reset did not work, the first thing you will want to check is the drain line. If there is an obstruction, it can manifest in this error code. Next you will want to check the actual working parts like the drain pump of pressure switch. The drain pump can also become clogged, but you will also want to test them with a multimeter to make sure they are actually working and don’t need replaced.

Electrolux Error Code #30

Commonly accompanied with this error code (also displayed as #i30) is a big old puddle of water in front of your dishwasher. The puddle tells you all you need to know, but the error code helps you confirm it. The #30 error code indicates a leaking issue. If you don’t see a puddle, the leak could be more minor, but will still be doing damage somewhere.

When this code happens, you will want to check the impeller to make sure it still turns, check the drain hose, and check the water fill valve. When you are checking parts, you want to do so right after a wash with the electricity unplugged. This way, you can check the parts mentioned above and find the one that feels physically wet. This can be a big clue as to which part is causing the leak. You can also use where the puddling occurs as an indicator.

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