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With AEG washers E40 means defective door lock. Since a faulty door lock switch may go
out with vibration you often do not get the error all the time. The door
lock switch must be tested and eventually replaced. Call the AEG number listed in the user manual if you want to get in touch with an authorized technician or if you need replacement parts for your washing machine.
I've just bought one of these machines, and the manual says the E40 warning means the door is not properly closed. Seems like that would be obvious if it were true, but maybe check that it is closing completely.
E40 is an error from the door locking mech (interlock).this is the bit
behind the port hole door frame ,where the door
striker pin goes through hole.hope this helps you.held on with 2 screws
and you need to remove plastic clamp from door gasket to gain access. E40.door not locking.door interlock faulty or triac faulty on pcb hope this helps pls do let me know
E40 is a door interlock fault, it is either faulty or the wiring between it and the main board is at fault,
Only way to open door is to remove top cover, and try to force the door open from the inside, if you can see the door latch, try pushing it with a screw driver or something to release it, worst case scenario, is you will have to break the lock to release the door.
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1 Beep/E10--Error: Water doesn't enter Cause: Water supply problem, Check kinks and faucets 1 Beep/E10--Error: Water leaks Cause: Water connections loose,household drain clog,oversudsing. Correct problems. 1 Beep/E10--Error: Dispenser drawer is open Cause: Washer will not operate if drawer is open. 2 Beeps/E20--Error: Water dosen't drain. Cause: Drain is kinked or household clog. Correct. 3 Beeps/E30--Error: Drum overfilled. Cause: Inlet valve,pressure switch or control board failure.Select drain/spin to remove water. Restart. 4 Beeps/E40--Error: Door is open. Cause: Washer will not operate if door is open. Close door. 5 Beeps/E50--Error: Motor is overheated. Cause: Wait 30 minutes to cool down. Restart. 7 Beeps/E70--Error: Cold water doesn't enter. Cause: Hoses crossed,faucet problem. 15 Beeps/EF0--Error: Oversudsing. Cause: Too much detergent,or improper detergent for machine. 15 Beeps/EF0--Error: Hot water doesn't enter. Cause: Hoses crossed,faucet problem.
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The E40 error code indicates a loss of electrical power usually but not always due to the door not shutting properly or not locking. But, since you smelled burning it could be any electrical short that blew a fuse and shut the machine down. It could also be the motor windings with the internal overload protector shutting it down.