Question about Frigidaire GLEH1642DS Front Load Stacked Washer/Dryer
How can I disable the loud buzzer which sounds at the end of wash or dry cycle?
I too was terribly annoyed by the volume of the buzzer on the Frigidaire Gallery set that I have in my apartment. Because there is no way to turn it off with a switch I decided to look around and managed to find a technician manual that had some diagrams of where the buzzers are located.
I managed to turn both of them off and then put together a manual with pictures labeled detailing what you need to do. It takes about 5-10 minutes and requires nothing more than removing 6 screws and then pulling and taping off 2 wires but make sure you turn the power off first :)
Hopefully this makes things easier on someone...
Posted on Jul 16, 2010
I just completed this using the instruction link posted here dated 12/23/2007 solution #2.
There are two different buzzers, one for the washer and one for the dryer. There are two wires leading to each black box as described in the link. You know you are looking at the right black box if it doesn't have a user dial directly corresponding on the outside of the panel.
For the washer, I unplugged one wire directly plugged into the washer buzzer and then taped with electrical tape.
For the dryer, I had to follow the wire from the dryer buzzer to one of the wires leading to the dryer timer/dial mechanism (sorry I don't know the correct name for it but I think you know what I mean) and I unplugged one of the wires connected to the dryer time/dial and then taped with electrical tape. There was not an easy way to disconnect the wire from the dryer buzzer as it was wired inside the box.
The wires can be unplugged without cutting any. So, if you are concerned about warranty issues, it can be untaped and replugged without any even knowing.
TIP: My fingers are small enough but I was not strong enough to pull the wires off so is used some pliers wrapped in cloth to unplug.
Stromski: There is no way to get to the dryer connection without removing the panel. There are a total of 6 screws to remove and they are all located in front. There are two panels, the large front panel that must be removed first. This comes off completely with removing two screws.
The second is the control panel and comes off with the four screws as described by Gordon R dated 1/17/2008 in the the link "For the challenged mechanics, you do not have to remove any of the knobs. Remove the front angled plate between the washer and dryer. Then you will see the silver screws (one on each side on a tab) and the small black screws (one on each side on the very end holding the end plate on).
After removing the screws, pull the bottom out a bit, and then pull the whole unit down and out. I found the right side was sticky. When I took a good look at the tabs on the left side, I saw how they were attached and the type of pull out from the bottom and pull down and then away motion I needed."
This second panel (the control panel with the knobs) only comes forward staying hinged from the bottom. It takes a bit of jiggling but it will come forward, a little from the bottom and then more from the top. There is no need to try and remove this completely. Also, it was a nice way to get some dust vacuumed out.
Good luck! I too had called Frigidaire two years ago and they gave me the same response about not being able to do it, warranty issues, etc. I can now do laundry late at night without waking up the neighbors because our windows are open. With two dirty toddlers, we have more laundry than ever, as of today I am now happily buzzer free!
Thank you Fixya and all who responded to this! Woo hoo!!!!
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
I disabled the buzzer today and made a few mistakes along the way, but here's the easy way.
First, take a look at the parts manual, ftp://ftp.electrolux-na.com/ProdInfo_PDF/Webster/5995482162.pdf, page 6 item 14 shows the buzzer.
Remove the two screws beneath the control panel
Then the two screws holding up the white diagonal back panel
Then the five screws holding up a metal plate behind the white panel
Then two more screws that hold in the back panel
Gently, but with authority, push the control panel down and out.
The buzzer is easily accessible and the wires can be pulled with needle nosed pliers
Most importantly, turn off the power before working on the unit. I was cocky and thought I could do it without turning off the power but when reassembling, something touched something else and I got a big spark, cloud, and a little burning around the frame.
Fortunately, it looks like the unit is still working.
Posted on Dec 07, 2008
Thx dstke for posting the link to the diagrams. Really helps to locate the wires.
Just one note: pulling the control panel down and out was a lot harder than I thought. It took help from a flat screwdriver, which left a couple marks. Not too visible though and quietness is well worth it.
Posted on Feb 20, 2010
Try here: http://servicetechhelp.com/discus/messages/2801/18992.html?1177391649
Posted on Dec 23, 2007
I managed to get one of the washer buzzer wires unplugged and taped off. I did not take the console off, as the above link suggested, but worked backwards with a mirror (NOT EASY!).
I still have not gotten to the dryer buzzer. The exhaust duct runs right up behind the console on that side. I will take a closer look at the parts diagram to get the console off. The unit is in a closet, so I hope the screws for the console are accessable from the front.
Posted on Dec 23, 2007
Tips for a great answer:
Hello Craig McDaniel - The buzzer signal will sound when the cycle ends and briefly every 5 minutes as it is a reminder to remove the load. For this purpose, unfortunately the buzzer signal cannot be disable. Most of this brands laundry centers and microwaves are preset to do this.
Usually answered in minutes!