How to Reset Electrolux Washing Machine (6 Methods)

There are six different ways you can reset an Electrolux washing machine, and there’s not a single ‘reset’ button in sight. But don’t worry, I’ve got them all listed below, along with a washing machine maintenance checklist to keep your machine in tip-top condition.

Is There a Reset Button on an Electrolux Washing Machine?

Generally, there is no reset button on Electrolux washing machines. Although you might see one on other brands, it’s more common for Electrolux machines to use a combination of buttons (model dependent) to reset. 

How to Reset an Electrolux Washing Machine

To reset your Electrolux washing machine, you need to use a combination of buttons, but which ones will depend on your machine.

The most common method is to open the door of the machine > power it on > wait 7-10 seconds > then press and hold both the ‘Soil’ and ‘Options’ buttons together until you hear a beep. You can then release the buttons and the machine should be reset.

If this doesn’t work, or you don’t have the buttons listed, work your way through the options below. The hard reset method will work for everyone if all else fails. 

Option 2 – Door Open/Close Method

Another reset method is to open and close the washing machine door repeatedly – at least 6 times within 12 seconds. 

Option 3 – Power Off then Power On

Another option you can try is turning the machine off using the power button, wait a few minutes, then turn it back on again.

Option 4 – Spin Speed & Soil

This method will usually erase all saved settings and return the machine to factory reset. Turn the machine on, then press and hold the ‘Spin Speed’ and ‘Soil’ buttons together until you hear a beep.

Option 5 – Reset an Electrolux Washer/Dryer

If you have a combination type machine – then you’ll usually need to press and hold the ‘Dryness’ and ‘Temperature’ buttons together for 6-8 seconds (or until you hear a beep).

Option 6 – Hard Reset

If the above options don’t work, try turning your machine off at the mains power for 5-10 minutes before turning it back on.

This type of hard reset works with most appliances, however, it will clear any error codes before you get a chance to see what they are – which might cause more problems later on if you have not fixed the source of the problem.

How to Reset Electrolux Washer Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Follow the same steps above, starting with the most common method which is to open the door of the machine > power it on > wait 7-10 seconds > then press and hold both the ‘Soil’ and ‘Options’ buttons together, until you hear a beep. You can then release the buttons and the machine should be reset.

Reasons for Resetting Electrolux Washing Machine

There are a couple of reasons why you want to reset your Electrolux washing machine. I’ve listed some of the most common reasons below.

Water Leaks

Whether you’ve noticed the leak or error code first (E13), all this essentially means is there’s water or moisture somewhere it shouldn’t be… OR the moisture sensor is broken and sending off faulty signals.

You can fix this by tightening up any loose hoses or connections and checking that they’re all free-flowing, with no kinks or obvious blockages.

Washer Isn’t Draining

If your machine is stuck full of water and won’t drain (error codes C2/E20/E21/E22) – you might be looking to reset it.

However, this usually means there’s either a blockage somewhere or a kink in the drainage hose so a reset alone won’t help.

The most common problem and easiest fix is with the filter – especially if you wear PPE masks, hair bobbles, or trainer socks as these are the most common culprits in my house.

You’ll need to look out 3-4 large towels to prevent a minor flood as when you remove the filter, you’re also going to release all the water from the machine.

Water Can’t Get In

If your machine is throwing an error (usually E10/E11/E12) near the start of the cycle, it’s likely because it can’t get the water in to fill up the machine. This is most common if you’ve just plugged in the appliance or if you’re experiencing low water pressure due to a burst pipe in the area.

If your washer has been plugged in and worked before, check there’s not something wrong with the water in the rest of your house. Simply run a cold water tap and see whether the pressure is what you’d think is normal.

If the tap is dry or trickling, it’s likely a problem with the local water supply than the machine. Wait until the supply is back to normal, then try starting the washing machine again after you’ve reset the machine.

If your machine is new, double-check all the supply hoses, make sure hot-hot and cold-cold lines match up where needed, that there are no kinks in the lines, and that all the water valves are open.

Jammed Buttons or Door Lock

If you’ve got an older appliance or kids with sticky fingers, one of the buttons on your washer might be stuck in / jammed / constantly depressed, or you might not be able to get the door open (errors E40/E41/E42/E43/E44/E45).

In some cases, it can be quite a quick fix for this one – turn the machine off, then give the buttons a good clean. Press them individually until you find the stuck one, then give that some extra attention. A small cocktail stick or interdental brush might help you release it if it’s proving tricky.

If the door is stuck, try resetting the machine and then leaving it powered off for 5 minutes before opening. Beware that if the machine hasn’t drained, it’s likely to leak everywhere so have plenty of towels to hand just in case. If the door still won’t open – you’ll need to call in an appliance technician to help.

Unbalanced Load / Excess Wobbling or Movement Across the Floor

If the machine has started ‘walking’ across the floor, is showing an EF5 error code, or is vibrating more than usual, it’s likely the load is somehow unbalanced; it might be that some heavy items have become tangled, or maybe you’ve just put one too many jumpers in.

Try to untangle and rearrange the load if you can so that it’s more balanced, then restart the machine. If this doesn’t work, remove a few items and try again.

Washing Machine Maintenance Checklist

General Tips:

  1. Make sure to only use as much detergent as you need – overdoing it can lead you to need more maintenance than you otherwise would and clog up the machine.
  2. Don’t overload the machine. Each machine will have a maximum capacity, usually 6-10kg, and putting too much in can damage the appliance. 

After Each Load:

  1. Leave the machine door/lid open when you’re not using it. This helps to keep your machine fresh and odor-free. 


  1. Clean out the filter at least once a month; it’s usually in the agitator if you have a top-load or behind a panel on the bottom of the front if it’s a front-load machine.
  2. Run a cleaning cycle, sometimes referred to as a maintenance wash. Detergent, dirt, softener, and bacteria can build up in your machine – so it’s important to run a cleaning cycle regularly and clean out your door seal and detergent drawer at the same time.


  1. Check that your machine has enough space around it, ideally at least 3-4 inches between the back of the machine and the wall will help prevent damage to the fill and drainage hoses.
  2. Check the hoses, and make sure there are no obvious leaks, damage, or deterioration. Generally, these should be replaced every 3-5 years as part of routine maintenance.
  3. Check that the machine is level and balanced. If your machine is excessively vibrating or knocking against walls, check the feet underneath and adjust as necessary. You can use a spirit level to check, both side to side and front to back – this is easier with a helper!

To Wrap Up

If your Electrolux washing machine needs a reset – it’s usually a quick fix. However, if you find yourself needing to do it regularly (more than once a month), you might want to consider getting an appliance technician out to give the machine a service or investigate the source of the problem for a longer-term fix.

Just by following the maintenance checklist above, you can avoid so many problems down the road.

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