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Frigidaire Front Load Washer E20 error turned into E21

I came to your site yesterday and found out how to fix my front loadwasher. I had my friend come over to fix it and well, you all missed stink-o-rama 2007. I was amazed to see how much stuff was caught in this interceptor... and I saying that right? The interceptor reminds me of a huge thimble with holes. The diameter would be a little larger than a quarter and the length about 4 inches. There was over a $1.00's worth of change, grass, lint, gross crap caught to the point that we had to dig it out of this interceptor? with a flathead screwdriver and it smelled like rotten eggs to the point of us all almost vomiting! I am surprised that a machine capable of handling such large loads and promoting how tough it is would not warn the customer of this interceptor?(which is hard to get to and there are several screws that have to come off to get to it) filling up with crap. I mean, who hasn't washed grass out of clothing? Who has forgotten a loose coin? I am just so freaked out about how this looks to be a maintance problem, and if I didn't look it up, it would have cost us at least $200.00 for a repair person to come out and fix. Now, it is leaking, did I mention that already? Wow. Modern technology... So, could you now tell me why it smells like rotten eggs and now it is leaking... HELP... I am so frustrated...

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It smells because it doesn't get to clear out properly because its blocked, simple, it doesn't always drain the smelly water (imaging washing plates in the sink using the same water all week) it leaks because you have either damaged something taking this unit to bits, or you have not built it back together properly oh and i am a retired appliance engineer, we know modern technology, what you have to ask yourself, was your own repair worth it, prevention is better than cure, if you removed items of junk from clothing before feeding them into modern technology, it wouldn't need cleaning out??

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What do i do when my washer affinity frigidaire displays E20

Hello friend, thank you for your post!

I see your question is labeled under Frigidaire washer, ATF6000ES, and your washer is receiving an error code of "E20". "E20" stands for the water is not pumping out fast enough which means it could be an issue with your control panel or drain pump. I would recommend having a professional come out and properly repair your appliance. I hope this is helpful. -Matt


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Good Morning Friend,

I see that you are receiving an E21 on your Frigidaire washer, model# ATF6000ES. The E21 error code states that water is not pumping out fast enough. Here are a couple of suggestions that you can try.

    1)Check the drain hose for any kinks or clogs. Also, make sure that the drain hose is only 6-8 inches down in the drain pipe. If the drain hose gets backed up with water this error can occur.

    2)Make sure that the actual drain pipe, where the drain hose goes into, is only a maximum height of 8 feet. If it is longer than 8 feet, you will need to cut some of the pipe off.

    3)Make sure that your homes drain pipes are not clogged. If they are, you will need to unclog them. Call a plumber if necessary.

    After checking the above suggestions, reset your washer by either unplugging it or shutting the power off at your homes circuit breaker, for 3-5 minutes. When you restore power, start any cycle on your washer. If you are still receiving an E21 error code, I suggest contacting your local authorized technician for further assistance. They will be able to diagnose your washer and determine why you are receiving an E21 on your appliance. Hope this is helpful.

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E20 is not an exact error code. It's indicating a possible pump out problem. Here is a few possible causes of an E20 error code:

1. Restriction in the drain pump

2. Failed pump

3. Water not pumping out fast enough (crimped drain hose)

4. Too many suds ( too much detergent or wrong kind)

5. Pressure switch (not communicating with control board)

6. Loose wire at pressure switch

7. Loose wire at pump or control board

8. Failed control board

When washer turns on there is a horrible buzzing sound, e 20 error message was on before

This is a blocked drain error code (E20) which can be due to a clogged/kinked drain hose, blocked drain filter/coin trap, or a broken drain pump. The link below provides the detailed troubleshooting procedure of this error code. In addition, replace the drain pump after having found no problem with the drain hose, cleaned the filter, and checked the drain pump impeller but the drain pump just hums, buzzes or whirs.

Error Code E20 on Frigidaire Front Load Washing Machines


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Frigidaire Front Load Washer (E20)

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It doesn't spin because it has to drain first. E20 means not draining. You'll very likely have something caught in your drain pump. If you take the two screw off at the front, very bottom of you washer you'll be able to pull down the small panel to reveal the drain pump at the right corner. if you empty all the water from your machine you can take off the spring clamp attaching the thick rubber hose from your tub to your drain pump. ( you may want to have some old towels ready ) With this off you can feel around for what's blocking the drain pump's impeller. You may want to take the screws out that secure the drain pump to the base and the other spring clamp that attaches the drain hose to the drain pump. Good luck!

Error code E21

you need a phillps screwdriver remove the top . control panel then the front... hope it helps

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Greetings jeanne1568,

Other consumers have reported this error message and found it relates to your "Coin trap assembly" being blocked, therefore not allowing all the water to pump out. The suggestion out there is to remove the front access panel, and remove the clamp that connects this trap assembly to the pump and clean it out.

I hope this helps.

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