Troubleshooting Samsung Front Load Washer Error Codes

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Flashing numbers and letters mean something has gone wrong with your Samsung front load washer. But what? And, of course, you can't find your washer manual. It could be something simple that you can fix yourself and avoid a service call.

Or, it could be serious enough that you should step away from the washer. In 2016, Samsung issued a recall of 2.8 million top-loading washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016 because the top can unexpectedly detach while in use, posing a risk of injury from impact, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

A complete list of recalled models can be found on the CPSC Website.

This chart will help you decipher the codes and make an informed decision. If your Samsung Dryer starts flashing error codes, head over to this chart to decipher those as well.

Samsung Front Load Washer Fault Codes

Fault
Code

Washer Problem

Repair Steps

LO or FL

 

Door lock errorOnce the washer cycle is complete if the door fails to unlock after seven tries, you'll get the LO or FL code. Begin by unplugging the washer and force open the door. Check the wiring connections to the door lock/switch and tighten if needed. Forcing the door open may damage the door lock/switch which is often made of plastic. However, it is simple to replace and much less expensive than calling a technician.,
dsDoor is not lockedIf the washer won't start and you see "ds", the washer door is open and the lock is malfunctioning. Use the diagnostic test mode to check the door lock/switch assembly. If that shows the lock is is defective, replace it.
dcUnbalanced loadThe dc code means the load has been detected as unbalanced during the final spin. The basket won't spin over 150 rpm when unbalanced and this code is displayed. Cancel the cycle or just let it end. Redistribute the load and respin. If this doesn't solve the problem, there may be damage to the suspension system. Check those areas for any wear and tear including metal or plastic shavings on the floor of the washer interior.

Sud

(F70)

Too many sudsUsing a regular detergent or even too much high-efficiency (HE) detergent will produce excessive suds. This extends the length of the cycle, leaves your clothes sticky and soiled (dirt redeposits) and leaves your washer stinking! Allow the suds to settle and move to the spin cycle. Rerun the clothes using no detergent and then clean your washer.
lEWater level sensor failureFirst, unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections between the water level sensor and the main control board. After plugging in the washer, the IE code still appears, the water level pressure sensor should be replaced.
nFWater fill problemIf the washer takes 40 minutes or more to fill or if the water level doesn't change after six minutes, this code will appear. Check that the water supply faucets behind the washer are fully open and kink free. The lines can also freeze if the washer is exposed to low temperatures. It may also appear if the water inlet fill valves are defective. Replace the assembly.
LELow water level during cyclesWater level drops can be caused by leaks in the washer tub or an improperly installed drain line which can siphon water out of the washer.
OEOverflow or too high water levels

A washer that is overfilled is usually caused by water inlet valves that are not shutting off the water flow properly. Replace the water inlet valve assembly.

nF1

Hot and cold water lines are reversed

Connect the hot and cold water fill hoses correctly on the back of the washer.

tEWater temperature is either too high or too lowRun the diagnostic test mode to check the water temperature that the control board is sensing. If the actual temperature is significantly different, the temperature sensor or thermistor should be replaced.
ndWater will not drain

If the washer fails to drain within 15 minutes, check the washer drain filter and hose for a clog or restriction. If the drain pump is defective or damaged, replace it.

E2

Stuck key on control board

Try to free the key by gentle force. If you can't free the key, replace the user interface control board (also called the sub-PCB control board).

3ENo signal from the drive motor tachometerUnplug the washer. Check the wire harness connections on the drive motor and the electronic control board. If the wiring connections are sound, the drive motor or the tachometer usually needs to be replaced.
2EInternal control board failure

Unplug the washer for 5 minutes to reset the electronic control board. Plug the washer back in. If the code returns, replace the electronic control board.

AECommunication error between the Main PCB and Sub PCB in the control panelCheck the wire harness connections between the PCB control boards in the control panel. If the wiring connections are sound, replace one or both of the control boards.
SFMain PCB error

Unplug the washer for 5 minutes to reset the electronic control board. Plug the washer back in. If the code returns, replace the electronic control board.

HrHeater relay failureThe heater relay is a component on the Main PCB control board. Unplug the washer for 5 minutes to reset the Main PCB control board. Plug the washer back in. If the code returns, replace the Main PCB control board.