A non-spinning front load Electrolux washer model EWFLS70IW doesn’t necessarily indicate your appliance is ready to be hauled off to the junkyard. While the malfunction does put a serious damper on your laundry plans, finding out the cause and replacing the faulty component can be a fairly simple repair. The most common malfunctions behind a non-spinning front load washer are a defective motor control board and a non-functioning door latch. Luckily, both parts are relatively easy to replace.
Before repairing your appliance, unplug it or switch it off at the circuit breaker. Make sure to also turn off your washer’s water supply. To protect your hands and eyes, please wear work gloves and safety goggles throughout the repair.
The Motor Control Board
Located near the drive motor at the back of your washer, the motor control board regulates how fast and in what direction the drive motor rotates the washing machine tub. A faulty motor control board can send the wrong message to the motor, causing it to not spin the tub or to spin it too slowly. If you believe the motor control board in your washer is malfunctioning, simply follow the replacement guide below.
- Phillips Screwdriver
- T-20 Torx bit
- Needle Nose Pliers
How to Replace the Motor Control Board in Your Electrolux Washer
- Using your pliers, unthread the hot and cold water supply lines that run to your washer’s inlet valve. Some water left in the lines may spill out, so have a towel handy to wipe up the liquid.
- Underneath the inlet valve, take out the screws that hold the drain hose retainer in place. Then, slide the retainer down the drain hose and out of the way.
- Unthread the screws securing the washer main top to the washer cabinet. Pull the main top backward an inch and then lift it up to remove it.
- Now you’ll need to uninstall the vibration dampener, which is located at the top of your washer. To do so, simply unthread the screws holding it in place. Once the screws are removed, lift the component up and out of your washing machine.
- Next, disconnect the power cord wire connector and the grounding wire from the main top mounting bracket. Then, using your needle nose pliers, dislodge the wire retaining clip from the small opening on the mounting bracket.
- Remove the main top mounting bracket by unthreading the screws that secure it to the washer. Once you’ve taken out all the screws, pull the bracket off the appliance.
- Near the bottom left side of the rear panel, remove the screws that hold the motor control board to the rear panel of your washer. To finally detach the rear panel from your washer, take out the rest of the screws securing it to the appliance.
- Using your Phillips screwdriver, unthread the screws holding the motor control board to the floor of your washer. Then, place the control board on its back to detach its top cover. With the cover removed, you’ll have a clear view of the wires running to the control board. At this point, we suggest using your phone to take a picture. This will help you connect the wires to their proper terminals when it’s time to install the new motor control board. After you’ve taken a photo, disconnect the wires from the board. Then, use your needle nose pliers to remove the wire retaining clips installed on the front of the control board housing.
- Now it’s time to install the new motor control board. Start by looking at the picture you took of the wire connections. Then, connect the wires to their proper terminals. Once that’s done, insert the wire retainers into the openings on the front of the control board housing.
- Stand the motor control board up and secure it to the floor of the washer with the screws you took out earlier. Next, snap the control board cover back onto the top of the motor control board.
- Realign the rear panel, and rethread its screws to secure it to the washing machine. Then, reattach the screws that hold the motor control board to the rear panel.
- Retrieve the main top mounting bracket, and reinstall it. Next, attach the grounding wire to the bracket and reconnect the power cord wire connector. Then, snap the wire retaining clip back into the mounting bracket.
- Reposition the vibration dampener and secure it. Slide the washer main top into place and rethread its screws.
- Slide the drain hose retainer back up the drain hose and secure it to the rear panel. Then, reattach the hot and cold water lines to the inlet valve and tighten the connections with your pliers.
- To finish off your repair, plug your washer back in and turn on its water supply.
The Door Latch
When the door to your front load washer is closed, the door latch switch sends a signal to your appliance’s main control board, which indicates it’s safe to start the washing machine. If the door latch is faulty, the switch may not activate, meaning your control board won’t receive the signal to start spinning. Replacing the switch is fairly easy and shouldn’t take long at all.
- Phillips Screwdriver
How to Replace the Door Latch in Your Electrolux Washer
- Begin by opening the washer door. Next, use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws holding the door trim locking plate in place. Once the screw is out, rotate the door trim counterclockwise to separate it from the front of your washer.
- With the trim out of the way, you now have access to the front of the door latch. To begin uninstalling it, unthread the two mounting screws holding the part in place. Then, slide the door latch to the right to remove it from your washer’s front panel. Once you can see the door latch wire connections, disconnect them.
- Now that the defective latch is removed, grab the new latch and start installing it. First, connect the wire harness to the new door latch. Next, position the door latch on the washer’s front panel and slide the component to the left. Once the latch is positioned correctly, secure it with the screws you took out earlier.
- Realign the door trim, and this time, rotate the trim clockwise to reattach it to your washer’s front panel. Then, rethread the screw that secures the trim locking plate.
- Finish up your repair by plugging your washer back in and turning its water supply on.
If a faulty motor control board or a defective door latch aren’t the cause of your non-spinning washer, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you repair your appliance.