When your Frigidaire dryer beeps three times, it usually means that something is wrong and it’s getting you to do some fixing. But getting to the fix is difficult, especially when there are so many possible causes to the problem. Surely, any dryer owner would freak out at those beeps!
Your Frigidaire Dryer is beeping either due to a faulty control board or mechanical failure due to overheating caused by clogged vents. This can be fixed via a complete control board replacement or through de-clogging the vents from clumps of lint.
This article will elaborate on some possible causes for the beeping. It will also guide you on some fixes to get your dryer up and running again. Say goodbye to stressful laundry days and get your dryer back in optimal condition, so let’s start!
1. The Control Board Is Worn Out
After years and years of use, it’s normal for control boards to show signs of damage. Electrical wirings may be damaged due to power surges, and external factors such as air and water may affect the material’s condition.
With the control board damaged, it’s bound to produce eerie noises and lights even when a button isn’t pressed. There could either be a failure between the buttons and the control board or a failure between the control board and the display.
How To Fix
Unfortunately, replacing the control board is the fastest and easiest fix.
Get a reliable replacement control board and ensure it fits the model and make of your dryer.
- Unscrew the top panel. The screws that keep the panel in place can be found at the back of the dryer. Set the top panel aside. This gives you access to the screws holding the front panel, which you will also have to unscrew.
- On the dryer’s right side are two connections you will have to detach from each other.
- Behind the front panel are some more screws that are tricky to get to. Some are in the corners and nooks and crannies of the dryer. If the panel doesn’t come off, keep tugging until you find all the screws that keep the panel attached.
- Removing the front panel will also pull on the wires you have detached. As you remove them, take mental notes, or better yet, take pictures of the wire’s orientation. You will need this once you attach the new control board. By now, you will notice that several wires are still attached to the control board.
- Detach them using your hands, although some might require pliers. Make sure you do not place the plier’s prongs on the wires themselves but on the head of the wires.
- Then, unscrew the control board from the front panel. Have your new control board ready.
- Remove all attachments from the old control board and attach them to the new one. Take note of how they are all attached to the old control board and use them as references.
- Re-screw the new board onto the front panel and re-screw the entire panel back to the dryer. Reattach all the connections and re-screw the top panel.
- Turn your dryer on to see if the dryer still beeps. If it stops, then you’re good to go!
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2. The Control Board Is Damaged by Overheating
An often overlooked factor is the amount of additional heat the dryer produces due to clogged vents. Usually, when the heat cannot exit, it finds its way into the many components of the dryer. Even other dryer brands are prone to heating problems due to lint buildup.
Control boards and the display tend to have heat-sensitive components; when these are damaged, they make eerie sounds and display strange lights.
How To Fix
Do note that this fix assumes you’ve already replaced the control board. The succeeding paragraphs will only try to ensure that overheating won’t be the new control board’s cause for failure.
To prevent overheating, you can do the following:
- The first thing to do is disconnect from all power sources. If your Frigidaire is gas-powered, make sure to turn off the gas valve. Then, disconnect the vent tube by unscrewing it away from your dryer.
- Use a thin metallic object to push out clumps of lint from the tube. Trust me, lint is a dryer owner’s worst enemy. Once done, check the tube on the dryer to see if there are remaining lint clumps inside. Use a vacuum if necessary.
- Then, check the tube for rips and cracks. If there are, then you may need to replace the tube. Keep in mind that the diameter of the replacement tube and the dryer vent has to be similar. Too small restricts airflow, and too large attracts lint.
- Once it’s settled, connect the tube to any external exhaust. Tighten using the clamps and screws. However, if there are no rips and cracks, you may reattach the vent and check to see if the problem is fixed.
The control board plays an essential role in the operations of your dryer. Sadly, it is also among the most delicate. Having a faulty control board won’t be too much of a headache anymore if you get a reliable replacement and follow all the advice in this article.