Speed Queen Washer Error Codes Explained

March 6, 2024
Washer Repair

There are hundreds of potential error codes that can be displayed on Speed Queen washers. This guide will run through the most common ones, explain what they mean and offer tips for resolving them. 

If the error code displayed on your Speed Queen washer is not listed here, you should be able to find information on it by doing a quick internet search for that specific code.

Speed Queen washer error codes

Here are some common error codes you may encounter on your front or top-load Speed Queen washer.

E dr, E:dr, or Edr

This error code is the Drain Alarm Error. It displays when the washer fails to drain the water within a reasonable time after a cycle. To resolve this, you can:

  • Check the drain hose for kinks or blockages.
  • Check the pump for blockages.
  • Make sure the drain system is installed correctly.

E FL, E:FL, or EFL

This error code displays when the washer fails to reach the fill level within 30 minutes of running a cycle. To fix it, you can:

  • Make sure the water supply is turned on.
  • Check the water supply hoses for kinks.
  • Check the water pressure.
  • Clean the screens on the mixing valve.

E PS or Er, PS

This error code indicates an issue with the pressure sensor, which is failing to get a reading on the water fill level. To resolve this problem:

  • Check the wire harness and connectors on the pressure sensor.
  • If the wiring is fine, the sensor may need replacing.

E Ub or E:Ub

This error code indicates the machine is struggling to balance the load. To fix the issue, you can:

  • Manually redistribute the load evenly in the drum.
  • Ensure the load isn’t too big or small.

E oF or Er, OF

This error code means the water has filled too high in the washer, which can trigger the overflow sensor or switch. To resolve this, you can:

  • Check the drain hose for clogs.
  • Check the water inlet valve to see if it is leaking.
  • Check the pressure hose for kinks, clogs, or leaks.

E dL or E:dL

This error code displays when the door fails to unlock three minutes after a cycle is complete or fails to lock within 15 seconds of starting a cycle. Potential solutions include:

  • Check for laundry or other items obstructing the door or lock.
  • Open and close the door again, ensuring it’s properly closed.

E SudS or Er, SL

This error code indicates there are excessive suds in the machine. The machine will automatically run suds removal routines to remove the suds. To prevent this issue from occurring again:

  • Use less detergent.
  • Ensure you use the recommended type of detergent, such as HE detergent if you have a high-efficiency machine.
  • Check the drain hose for clogs or kinks.
  • Make sure that no foreign objects are stuck between the drum and the outer tub.


This error code appears if there was a power failure while the machine was in Delayed Start mode. To resolve this, simply press Power/Cancel to clear the error.

E bELt or Er, bb

This error code indicates the control board on your machine has detected a broken belt. To resolve this, you will need to:

  • Unplug the washer until you locate and fix the problem.
  • Inspect the belt and pulleys inside the washer for damage, fraying, and tears.
  • Replace any damaged parts.
  • Call in an appliance repair specialist to help if you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself.   

E LF or Er, LF

This is the Water Leak Fill Error. It displays when the machine detects a potential water leak while it is filling, causing an unexpected increase in water level. To resolve this:

  • Press the START keypad three times within five seconds to clear the error.
  • Check if the water inlet valves are damaged or stuck open due to debris.

FAQs on Speed Queen washer error codes

Here are some frequently asked questions about error codes on Speed Queen washers.

Can I fix the error code myself?

In some cases, yes, you may be able to resolve it yourself, depending on your DIY capabilities and the complexity of the error. However, never go beyond what you are comfortable doing; call in an expert if you need to. 

Also, always unplug the machine for your safety if you’re attempting any fixes that require you to replace parts or inspect inside the appliance.

How will my warranty be affected?

Most Speed Queen washers, when purchased new, come with a three, five, or seven-year warranty. If your appliance is still under warranty, it’s better to contact a professional service to help you resolve any severe error codes, such as if you suspect a part is broken. This is because if you attempt to fix it yourself you may void the warranty.

When is it time to replace my Speed Queen washer?

If you’re experiencing frequent error codes on your Speed Queen appliance that require expensive repairs to fix, it’s not cleaning your clothes properly, or it is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider replacing your washer.

How can I reset my Speed Queen washer?

Sometimes, to clear an error code, you just need to do a simple reset, especially if you believe the issue has been resolved but the error persists. However, you should only reset the machine once. If the error code comes back after that, the issue probably hasn’t been fixed, and you should seek the help of an expert.

While some Speed Queen washers have a reset button on the control panel, you can also reset it by unplugging the appliance, waiting for five minutes, and then plugging it back in again.


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