Electrolux Dryer Start Button Flashing – Causes + Fixes

If your Electrolux dryer’s start button suddenly won’t stop flashing, you’ll be stranded with a dryer that won’t work and a load of wet laundry on your hands. It is thus understandable that most dryer owners dread having to face such a situation.

dryer start button flashing

The most common reason the start button keeps flashing on an Electrolux dryer is that the door is not properly shut. You can easily fix this by firmly pushing the door until the latch is properly attached. This issue can also be due to a hardware malfunction, such as a broken door switch.

In this article, I will look into the common reasons why the start/pause button on the Electrolux dryer may keep flashing. I will also provide some helpful fixes for each of these issues. Let’s dive right in. 

1. The Dryer Door Is Not Properly Locked

If your Electrolux dryer’s start/pause button continues to flash even after closing the door, this could be a sign that the door is not properly shut. A flashing start/stop function is a safety precaution to prevent the dryer from starting if the door is not securely closed. 

There are various reasons for this problem. For instance, there may be a piece of clothing blocking the latch and keeping the door from being completely shut. If there’s nothing stuck in the door, you may need to check if the latch itself is broken.

the dryer door is not properly locked

How To Fix

The dryer door needs to be shut properly in order to work, and you should hear it snapping shut. If you don’t hear a snap, then look out for any piece of clothing blocking the latch that could be preventing the door from closing. If there is no such material in the way, you likely have a broken or malfunctioning latch on your hands. 

In this case, you need to replace the latch immediately. I recommend seeking the services of a professional repairman to make this replacement.

2. A Defective Start Switch

Another reason the start/pause button on an Electrolux dryer may keep flashing is a faulty start switch. The start switch is typically located under the console panel, which is located on the top of the dryer.

If the switch is faulty, your dryer won’t start – a clear sign that there’s a problem – and the button will start to flash. 

How To Fix

To resolve the issue of a defective start switch, you need to find a replacement start switch. With the right tools you can access the start switch by opening the control panel:

  • Screwdriver
  • Nut driver
  • Work gloves 

The next step would be to unplug the start switch and install the replacement switch. Always ensure your dryer is off for safety purposes before accessing the control panel. 

A good rule of thumb is to unplug the dryer from the power outlet before opening it up to mitigate the risk of electrical shock. 

3. A Defective Door Switch

A defective door switch can also cause the start/pause button to keep flashing even after you shut the dryer door. Unlike the mechanical door latch, a dryer door switch essentially communicates to the dryer whether the door is closed.

If the door switch is working properly, it will communicate to the dryer that it is safe to begin the drying cycle. If the start/pause button keeps flashing, this indicates that the dryer thinks that the door is not shut. 

This could mean that the door switch itself needs to be fixed. Read our article on how to fix the push-to-start dryer button to learn more about how this issue impacts dryer performance.

How To Fix

One of the possible solutions to this problem is to replace the dryer door switch if it is broken. The good news is that the dryer door switch is one of the easiest parts of the dryer to repair. 

You will need the following to replace the door switch: 

  • A screwdriver
  • A working replacement
  • A putty knife 

You may also try to reset the switch. To do this, follow the steps below: 

  1. Use your thumb to push the door switch in. 
  2. With your thumb, slide the door switch to fling back the button on the switch. 
  3. Repeat this process two or three times. This should reset the switch.

If it doesn’t, it means the dryer door switch is broken and needs to be replaced. 

4. The Delayed Start Option Is Enabled

The start/pause function blinks for several reasons, usually to indicate that the drying cycle has finished. However, if the start/pause function keeps blinking but the appliance will not start, you may have the delayed start option enabled.

How To Fix

According to the Electrolux website, you can fix this issue by disabling the delayed start settings. Follow these simple steps to disable this function: 

  1. Turn the Electrolux dryer off and switch it back on again.
  2. Alternatively, reset the drying machine by unplugging it from the wall socket, waiting three minutes, and then plugging the dryer back in again.
  3. If the flashing continues, refer to the appliance user manual on how to disable this setting.

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5. Child Lock Is Enabled

The start/pause button may also keep flashing if you have enabled the child lock on your dryer. A tell-tale sign that this is the case is when the drying machine produces three beeps when you try to start it and then flashes a red light. 

child lock is enabled

How To Fix

This is an easy issue to fix on the dryer. Simply disable the child lock on your dryer by referring to your dryer’s individual user manual. 

If you cannot access the user manual, I recommend contacting the Electrolux support staff or a trained handyperson for assistance disabling the child lock.

6. The Dryer Is in Energy-Saving Mode

A flashing start/pause button may also result from the dryer being in energy-saving mode. These appliances are designed to flash the start/pause button when in energy-saving mode. 

How To Fix

To solve this problem, disable the energy-saving mode option. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Switch the Electrolux dryer off and then switch it back on again. 
  2. Once the dryer restarts, select a new drying cycle and press the start/pause button. 

Your dryer should be back to normal functioning.


There are many different reasons why the start/pause function may keep flashing and prevent the drying cycle from starting. This could be due to a fault in the closing mechanism, such as the door switch or latch. 

Other reasons for this problem include the following:

  • The dryer is in energy-saving mode
  • The child lock is enabled
  • The delayed start option is enabled

Replacing faulty or broken closing mechanism parts can easily resolve these issues. Alternatively, reset your dryer by switching it off and on again to remove energy-saving mode, child locks, and delayed start options.