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Frigidaire Dryer E68

Our Frigidaire Dryer GLEQ2152ES developed the E68 button stuck issue. It is under 3 years old. We have tried pressing all the buttons lightly, but this isn't working. It still starts the drying cycle, then starts beeping and cuts off blinking error E68. It just so happens we just ended up replacing the waching front load washer due to an error code that the repair person wanted over 400 dollars to replace. So we just bought a new machine! Don't tell me I am going to have to buy a new dryer also!
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  • Same problem here in Maui Hawai'i. Electrolux finally caved and gave me a service concession for TWO NEW control boards for both my washer and dryer. 2 Months after the new control board was installed in the dryer, it is now beeping randomly at all times of day and night. The washer, seven months later is entirely unoperational and is showing a control board error. GRRRRRR! Please let me know if there is a class action suit and I would be happy to contribute.
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  • I cant believe this washer and dryer have not been recalled, What a nightmare. I have the same front load set, with the same problems. The washer started first, clicking, beeping in the middle of a load of wash, wouldnt complete cycle. Got the tech out here and he replaced the control board, plugged it in and wa-la...clicking and beeping. The next day the dryer started doing the same thing, beeping and blinking with error code E9E. Tech calls us up next day and says to remove the cordlesss phone base from the laundry room, and unplugg the machines and try again....they both worked fine til now..5 months later......they both went out at the exact same time during wash and dry usage and have been beeping and clicking in unison ever since. we do not have a wireless device in that room anymore. We are ready to put them both out in the street and have a bonfire!!!!
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  • I’m Frugal Fixer
    I believe that Arthur Lee has commented on the underlying cause for these beeping error codes. My dryer also exhibited an error code, but it was not in the table of published codes. The rep (mentioned earlier here) was kind to email respond but could not offer any codes other than the ones listed on the guide supplied inside the dryer. My machine also did the random beeping, led flashing even when not using it - middle of the night frustration. Like Arthur Lee, I too had a suspicion that the dryer was not exhausting properly. It would beep three times and seem to overheat and shut down the heating element, while continuing to work otherwise until cooling down then again working properly. Even though it was located close to the building vent, the vent piping had several 90 degree angles impeding the free flow of exhaust air. The internal dryer drum and exhaust fan share the same motor which makes the exhaust air flow weak at best. This seems to fit with the idea of humidity sensitivity on the control board due to improper customer supplied exhaust piping. For me, the solution was to add a dryer booster exhaust fan to accomodate the excessive turns in the exhaust piping.
    • Just an update to my earlier post. Soon after my earlier suggestion posted the dreaded beeping returned. The diagnostic would never identify a stuck button even though the machine indicated error 68. On first attempt I only removed and cleaned the circuit board with isopropyl alcohol but the same beeping soon after resumed. This time I more carefully checked the board and found one of the four resistors at the rotary encoder did not ohm out like the other three. I came to the conclusion that it was open and followed Ken's suggestion to solder a 10k resistor in parallel to the surface mount one. Now each of the four encoder data line resistors measure alike and so far no beeping... !!! Thanks to all, especially Ken and ZQSu for their technical advice!
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  • Hi, I had a similar problem as the one described. Dryer would randomly beep (which I could live with) even when not being used. Then it started to show E68 errors and it would stop working.

    My dryer is out of warranty, so I was about to service it myself. I opened the case got to the circuit board and figured I'd look at it before buying a replacement.

    Turns out there was some dust and mold on the board at a few places. I used a bit of alcohol to clean up the board and put it back to test. The dryer hasn't beeped once in the last 3 days (it would normally beep after a few minutes) and I've been able to get full cycles.

    So I believe the E68 and random beeps could also be related to improper isolation of the circuit board. Most likely, dust gets in and with the heat and humidity, some mold appears. This dust and mold probably allow current to pass depending on the temperature. This would also explain why the problem had been getting worse and worse with time.

    So before having your dryer serviced, have a look at the circuit board and see if you can clean it up.
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  • Congratulations on fixing it. And cleaning is always a good first step.

    It's still a fail on the part of the company that the control board can be compromised by a little humidity. It;s a DRYER, ffs,not a DVD player. The clear coating slopped onto some parts of the board indicate that the company knew they would have this problem.

    One way or another, it's inferior, inappropriate design on the part of the company. Yes, better protection of the board would help, but some of the electronic design compromises (eg no external pull-down resistors on inputs) were flat-out lame.

    if you own a modern car, you're driving some electronics through heat, cold, slush, rain... car washes... so we know that electronics can be designed to survive the elements.

    For the record, the resistors I added about 2 years ago are still on the job; our dryer has been fine ever since.
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  • Actually, I couldn't believe it, but 10 minutes after posting this, it started beeping again. It's not a E68 anymore though, it's random beeps, so I guess it did fix part of the issue.

    As for the design, ken, I'm 100% with you on this. It's a shame that the controller, which is such an expensive en important part for the dryer, is so poorly protected. I'll definitely avoid Electrolux for my next appliances.

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  • If you check my earlier comments, I mention that i first had the E68 problem, which adding one resistor fixed, but after a while I had a second problem, which behaved as though the selector knob was being randomly turned (beeps and the displayed mode kept changing) The selector knob is a rotary encoder with 4 data lines, one of the data lines was floating between the two logic states, hence the random switching. I added another 10k resistor to pull up that line a bit more... problem was gone (and still OK after 2 years)

    It's possible that the first resistor I added created the second situation and ZQSu, the father of this fix, has told us of his ideas around this... but, like him... since it's working, I'm not prepared to do any more of Frigidaire's homework for them.
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  • I just did the 10K ohm resistor fix on my Frigidaire dryer, model LEQ1442ES0. Ours was manufactured 04/2006 and started the E68 error code in recent weeks (June 2012). It would run about 10 seconds, quit and then beep the E68 code. I wish I had learned a little more before I paid a guy to come run through the tests...yes I could have done that and have since run the tests numerous times. I was able to definitely determine it was the dryness button. Today I spent $15 at Radioshack and just made the fix. The dryer runs, there is no error code and when I run the test for the buttons they all check out now. Whoo-hoo! I am hoping it keeps running just fine, as I have no desire to spend anymore money on appliances.

    Also we had a Frigidaire dishwasher; it last just 2 years before something electronic went wrong. We trashed it and replaced with a Bosch. Though we much preferred the Frigidaire to this Bosch in terms of how well dishes fit and how well it cleaned, I will not buy another Frigidaire. We also have the matching front load washer to the aforementioned dryer. The washer is also buggy. It beeps whenever it wants, even when its in-cycle, or not being used at all...it's just random beeps. I need to test it for a code or "sticky" button I guess.

    Still my point is, the score for Frigidaire appliance reliability is 0 for 3 in our house. Never again will we buy one.
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  • To all that have this same problem,let me reassure you that this solution WORKS! I tried cleaning board and putting it back, still the same error code. Figured if I was prepared to spend 150$ it was worth trying the 1.60 $ cure first, Took me all of 30 minutes total to remove board(easier the second time)verify with a meter where a good ground was, solder the 10 K resistor,and replace the board back in dryer. lo and behold,NO E68 code!!!!! I love the internet and all those that make it happen ! big thanks!!!
    Herb in Georgia
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  • Herberts solutions sounds like a good fix, but I have no clue how to take this thing apart or solder. Any advice for a widow who needs an inexpensive repairman? I fixed my furnace about a month ago, but this sounds way too complicated for me.
    • I actually unplugged it for days, and when I plugged it back in it worked fine until a few days ago and now is doing it again. It's unplugged again and I'll let you know how it comes out this time.
    • It's a no go this time. It lasted 9 months without a problem, but now it continues to give the error code and shut off. I have no idea how to do the things you guys have suggested so I guess I will have to go get a new dryer or call repair. The dryer is at least 9 years old and actually did have the motor and something else replaced within the first 2 years. First repair man didn't know what he was doing, replaced all kinds of stuff, and after he left it still had a problem. They sent someone else the second time, fortunately I bought the extended warranty. So this dryer had all kinds of work done to it right away. I for sure won't ever buy a Frigidaire anything.
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  • Mickey, I like the limited distance you used on the board, but I can't see where you grounded the resistor for the tape. I know you're grounding the other end of the resistor, but it would be nice to visually see it. If possible a drawing would help or better yet someone post their picture. I get grounding the other end, but I like Mickey's way, but I can't see what he grounded it to at the end of the board, preferrably to ground, but seeing sometime is believing. Somebody post a more detailed picture please! Thanks.
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  • I’m Nelmst
    We have had random beeping for the past two years. The fix has been to unplug it & use the drying rack in front of the wood stove. Today (14-Oct-12) was the first E68 code and the dryer shut off during a cycle. A few more attempts and a few more failures.

    The board was clean. The switches all respond when pressed. Right or wrong, a switch press yielded a reaction.

    While Ken (above) mentions an open resistor, I did not have that. What I think I found is something that was mentioned earlier. That is, floating data lines off the encoder. Open lines were spastic. I may not have had the correct ground. Even with the wrong ground, if there is one, a "high" line should have looked a bit more stable. My meter was bouncing (Digital) around 1V to 7ish Volts. There were big swings with every sample. Also, I was measuring a power supply circuit of 15V. This seems a little high, but I measured it off (what I think) is the output of the switcher.

    However... When I measured a data line on the encoder pulled "low" it measured -0.9V. This, and a 15V supply voltage, makes me think my ground was not the ground I should have had.

    I did find that when the encoder switch is set for 30 minutes all lines are "low" If the dryer starts going crazy again, I am going to set the dial for "30" and see if there is a change.
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  • Same song and dance here. Now no dryer and a baby due in less than three months. Money is tight as it is, I don't need this too. Just spent $185 to replace the motor last month. E68 has been flashing for two years, but I had been able to dry on the timed dry setting up until tonight. Still can't believe there hasn't been a recall. I just contacted the Electrolux guy listed above, hopefully he's still there.
    • The 1/4 watt 10k ohm 5% tolerance resistor idea works perfectly. I cant understand why frigidaire won't put out this information to help save their own reputation. Its in the picture above and connects from the bottom left corner of S2 which is #52 the dryness button switch to a ground on the board by C64. Insulate the resistor with two small pieces of heat shrink. the heat shrink cost me $5 for a pack and the resistors were in a 5 pack for $1.49. so a little elbow work and $6.49 plus a nice ride on my motorcycle to radioshack saved my folks $700. thanks John for posting that photo. I tried to post mine but this website has a limit on picture sizes. and I wasnt about to take the panel on the dryer apart again to retake the picture,,,lol
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  • The 1/4 watt 10k ohm 5% tolerance resistor idea works perfectly. I cant understand why frigidaire won't put out this information to help save their own reputation. Its in the picture above and connects from the bottom left corner of S2 which is #52 the dryness button switch to a ground on the board by C64. Insulate the resistor with two small pieces of heat shrink. the heat shrink cost me $5 for a pack and the resistors were in a 5 pack for $1.49. so a little elbow work and $6.49 plus a nice ride on my motorcycle to radioshack saved my folks $700. thanks John for posting that photo. I tried to post mine but this website has a limit on picture sizes. and I wasnt about to take the panel on the dryer apart again to retake the picture,,,lol
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  • How do I get to the circuit board? Need disassembly instructions please. (Model GLEQ215ES1)
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  • HUGE thank you to ZQsu, and also to Ken, MickeyMakadan, etc. for confirming the fix, the pictures, etc. I was also getting E68, and after following suggestions on other sites, thought it might be related to the thermistor. After replacing that, I was still having the error. I found this thread, soldered in the resistor, and it's been about three weeks with NO error. Many thanks for saving me from having to replace the entire control board!
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  • I also have repeated problems with this Frigidaire JUNK. I will never purchase another appliance with their name. My washer was telling us to replace circuit board, ended up we replaced door switch. Dryer has been flashing E68 and beeping for a very long time. Unplugging did work for awhile but not anymore.Now we found this site and my husband pulled the board once again and we have burnt a resistor and diode. Frigidaire is a waste of money!!! It is going to the barn and our old dryer is coming back.
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