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Balay Dryer Error e18

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What is the e18 Balay error that is affecting your dryer?

Have you ever put your clothes to dry and in the end you find a puddle of water and an error message on the screen? Well, that's what the error code E18 means: your dryer has a problem with water drainage. And no, it's not that your dryer has turned into a decorative fountain, but that something is failing.

In this article, I'm going to explain what this type of error is, what are its possible causes and how to solve it easily and quickly. This way you can enjoy your dry and soft clothes again without having to call technical service or spend extra money. Interested? Then keep reading and don't miss a comma.

The error code E18 indicates that the dryer cannot properly evacuate the water. This can be due to several reasons, such as:

  • The drain hose is bent, clogged or poorly connected: Maybe you forgot to connect it to the drain or to the condensation tank, or perhaps it has coiled up like a snake and doesn't let the water pass.
  • The lint filter is dirty or clogged with fabric softener residue: This usually happens when you use too much fabric softener or when you don't clean the filter after each use. Lint accumulates and forms a compact mass that blocks the flow of water.
  • The condensation tank is full or the filter is blocked: The tank is where the water that condenses when drying clothes is collected. If you don't empty it frequently, it can fill up and trigger error code E18. The same happens if the tank's filter is dirty or clogged.
  • The heat exchanger is dirty or clogged: The heat exchanger is responsible for cooling the hot air that comes out of the dryer and causing the water to condense. If it's dirty or clogged by lint, the process is not carried out correctly and the water stays inside the dryer.
  • There is a failure in the heating circuit, the sensor, or the electronic system: These are the most delicate and complex components of the dryer, and also the most difficult to repair. If there is a failure in any of them, it can affect the operation of the dryer and trigger the E18 error code.

These are the most common causes, but there can be others more specific depending on the model of your dryer. The important thing is to know how to identify the problem and act accordingly.

How to solve the e18 error of the Balay dryer?

Before you get to work, the first thing you should do is disconnect the dryer from the power supply to avoid accidents. Then, follow these steps to try to fix the E18 error code:

  1. Restart the dryer: Sometimes, a simple restart can solve the problem. To do this, hold down the start/pause button for a few seconds until the screen turns off. Then, turn it back on and select a short program to check if it works correctly. If it doesn't work, unplug the dryer from the power outlet, wait a few minutes, and reconnect it. If it still doesn't work, move on to the next step.
  2. Check the drain hose: Make sure it is not bent, clogged, or poorly connected to the drain or the condensation tank. If necessary, clean the hose with hot water and a brush to remove any residue that may prevent the passage of water. If you see that the hose is very deteriorated or has leaks, replace it with a new one.
  3. Clean the lint filter: Open the dryer door and remove any lint that may have accumulated on the door and surrounding area. Then, remove the lint filter and open it to remove the lint inside. If it's very dirty or clogged with fabric softener residue, wash it with hot water and dry it well before replacing it. If you see that the filter is broken or damaged, replace it with a new one.
  4. Empty the condensation tank: Remove the tank while keeping it horizontal and empty the water inside. Then, put it back in, making sure it fits well. If the tank has a filter, also clean it with hot water and dry it well. If you see that the tank is cracked or has leaks, replace it with a new one.
  5. Clean the heat exchanger: Open the lower cover of the dryer and remove the heat exchanger by pulling on the handle. Clean it with hot water and a brush to remove lint and any dirt that may clog it. Dry it well before replacing it. If you see that the heat exchanger is rusted or damaged, replace it with a new one.
  6. Check the heating circuit, the sensor, and the electronic system: If you have performed all the previous steps and the E18 error code persists, there may be a fault in one of these components. In that case, it is best to contact the official Balay technical service so they can check your dryer and give you a suitable solution.

As you have seen, the E18 error code on a Balay dryer means that there is a problem with the water draining. To solve it, you can follow these steps:

  • Restart the dryer
  • Check the drain hose
  • Clean the lint filter
  • Empty the condensation tank
  • Clean the heat exchanger
  • Check the heating circuit, the sensor, and the electronic system

I hope this article has been useful and that you have been able to fix the E18 error code on your Balay dryer. If you liked it, share it with your friends and leave me a comment with your opinion. Until next time! And remember: if your dryer does strange things, don't be scared, it's just an error code.

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