Electrolux Dryer Won’t Stop Spraying Water

Electrolux dryers are considered among the best ones in the world, but, like any other appliance, they can have issues sometimes. Some users report that their dryer sprays or leaks water, even when it’s turned off. Why does this happen with your Electrolux dryer, and how can you fix it?

Electrolux Dryer

Your Electrolux dryer keeps spraying water because of a faulty inlet valve that can’t close correctly or because of issues with the control board. To fix these issues, you can try changing modes or resetting the dryer. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the valve or the control board.

If you want to know more, read the rest of this article. I’ll cover all the possible reasons why your dryer is spraying or leaking water. Additionally, I’ll show you multiple ways of fixing this issue step-by-step.

Why Is My Electrolux Dryer Spraying Water?

Electrolux dryers have an option called Perfect Steam. When you choose this option, a water inlet sprays steam into the clothes inside the dryer before cooling down. The steam reduces wrinkles, and static cling significantly in the fabric compared to normal modes.

However, a relatively common complaint about these dryers is that sometimes they spray water even when they’re not in Perfect Steam mode anymore. Worse, some spraying even after you shut the dryer off. What can you do to stop the dryer from doing the opposite of what it’s supposed to do?

Electrolux dryer is spraying water due to a faulty inlet valve

Your Electrolux dryer is spraying water due to a faulty inlet valve. If the inlet valve doesn’t close correctly, it’ll spray water into the dryer drum, making your clothes wet. Additionally, it might be a problem with your control board. The best solution is to replace the faulty parts.

1. Faulty Inlet Valve

The most probable cause of your Electrolux dryer spraying water is a faulty inlet valve. This valve controls the steam that should be sprayed into the drum of the dryer when you choose the Perfect Steam mode. If there are no issues, this valve should enable steam to be sprayed on the clothes inside the drawer and then close once the cycle is over.

However, this steam valve can have issues, like most dryer parts. It may be faulty or damaged, which can cause it not to close properly. As a result, your dryer will keep spraying water, even after the cycle is done or when you’re not using the Perfect Steam option.

How To Fix

When the steam inlet valve is damaged or faulty, it’ll keep causing problems until it’s replaced. You can call a professional to do the replacement, or you can give it a go yourself if you want. To replace the steam valve of your Electrolux dryer, follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the dryer from power.
  2. Close the water supply.
  3. Unscrew the main top panel and the main top mounting bracket.
  4. Remove the water line from the inlet valve. 
  5. Release the rear panel by removing the screw and then take a picture of the wires on the terminal block.
  6. Disconnect the wires.
  7. Remove all the screws and fully open the rear panel.
  8. Disconnect the inlet valve harness.
  9. Detach the water line by releasing the locking ring.
  10. Remove the old valve.
  11. Insert the new valve in the rear bulkhead and secure it using screws.
  12. Connect the valve and the wire harness to the water line.
  13. Close the back panel using screws.
  14. Reconnect the wires on the terminal block according to the picture you’ve taken.
  15. Reconnect the water supply line to the valve.
  16. Put everything back and plug the dryer back.

Here’s a video that helps you visualize every step of the process: 

As you can see, this process can be a bit complicated, so if you feel unsure, contact a professional to do it correctly and safely.

If you need to use the dryer as soon as possible but don’t have time to replace the steam valve, you can try using the dryer without choosing the Perfect Steam or the Sanitize option. These two are the only options that are supposed to activate the valve, so you may be able to use the dryer without water spraying inside the drum. However, depending on the type of damage, this may not work.

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2. Problems With the Control Board

If your Electrolux dryer steam inlet valve is not faulty or damaged, then the problem is in the main control board. The control board is an electronic circuit that controls all the tasks that the dryer needs to perform. When the control board is physically damaged or burnt, it can become erratic. For instance, it may open the inlet valve even when you’re not using the Perfect Steam option.

problems with the control board

How To Fix

A damaged or burnt control board can cause issues, so you need to find a solution quickly. You can try resetting your dryer first before resorting to more complicated fixes. To reset your Electrolux dryer, you should unplug it from the power outlet, wait for a few minutes, and then plug it in again. If the problem persists, you can continue exploring other fixes.

The best solution for a faulty control board is to replace it with a new, identical match. Like the inlet valve above, the control board can be a bit complicated to replace by a non-professional, so it’s recommended you leave it to the hands of the experts.

Here’s a video that can help you.

Before you replace the control board, you may want to check if it’s really the cause of your dryer spraying water. To check it, you need to open the top panel, much like described above, and locate the control board. If it has signs of damage, it needs replacing.


There are two main reasons why your Electrolux dryer won’t stop spraying water. First, there might be an issue with the steam inlet valve, causing it not to close properly and spray water even when it’s not supposed to.

Secondly, the control board may be damaged, which may cause it to lose control and perform the wrong tasks at the wrong time. In both cases, you must replace damaged or faulty parts with new ones. It’s recommended you call a professional to do these replacements.