Samsung washer error code tE indicates a faulty thermistor also known as the temperature sensor. The temperature sensor is a small round device that monitors the water temperature during the wash cycle. Over time several things can happen that will cause your washer to display the tE fault code. Below is a list of several things to check before ordering or calling for service.
How To Fix Samsung Washer tE Error Code:
1. Unplug the washing machine:
Unplugging the washing machine may reset the control board. If the tE is displayed because of an electrical glitch or a software issue, unplugging the washer for several minutes may reset it. Leave the washer unplugged or the breaker off for a full 3-4 minutes. Leaving the machine unplugged for 3-4 minutes will allow the capacitors on the PCB control board to complete discharge. Once discharged the control has been reset.
2. Check Wiring Connection On Sensor:
Check wiring connection on the sensor. The connection could be dirty or loose. I’ve seen the terminal ends on the molex connector become dirty. Moisture will build up on the terminal ends and break the contact on the switch. When this happens the error code is displayed because the board can not read the sensor. You can use a small wire brush or contact cleaner to clean the end of the molex connector. I’ve also seen the wire on the temperature sensor break. Right at the sensor itself. So double check that. You could also follow the wires from the sensor to the board and with a multimeter test each of the two wires for continuity. If one wire does not have continuity, then the wire harness will need to be replaced because it’s broken.
3. Use Diagnostics:
You can enter diagnostics on your Samsung washer and read what temperature the control thinks the sensor is. If the reading is significantly different, you know for sure the temperature sensor is out of range and will simply need to be replaced. Diagnostics is different depending on the model number. You can use the ASK Matt tab at the top of this page or use the comment from below to post your model number and I can explain how. From the white and orange wire on CN 3 the temperature sensor should read roughly 50-57kΩ at room temperature. I believe based on the chart Samsung considers room temp 70F.
How To Replace Temperature Sensor (Thermistor):
The temperature sensor also known as the thermistor is located on the back of the washer. Unplug the washer before you attempt to make any repair to the appliance. The sensor is mounted to the bottom back of the drum. It’s held in place with two small screws. Once the screws are removed the sensor will slide out and you can remove the plug and play connector. The wire come off the sensor and connect to a small plug and play molex connector. Once you’re at this point you have pretty much replaced and fix the tE error code. Simply reverse the process and put the screws and panel back in place. Plug the machine in and run a quick cycle test. If the tE error code does not come back, the problem is solved. If the tE error is displayed after replacing the temperature sensor, the wire harness is damaged or the control board is the culprit.
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