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Washing Machine Hoses

When unhooking washer hoses from the washer or the wall supply, whether moving to a new home or working on your washing machine, always change the rubber seals where the hoses connect. The seals could have been overtightened causing them to tear slightly but could have sealed for years. Now that the hoses have been taken off they may not seal correctly and even a leaking drip from them can cause a big water problem in your home. ALSO, the rubber hoses that you can buy and the ones that come with your washer are usually labeled to change either within 3yrs. or 5yrs.. These hoses are prone to burst and I have customers that told me the horror stories of a faucet being turned on in their home. It is not pretty. Replace these hoses with either a nylon or steel braided hose for added assurance they do not burst before the time specified.

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I have the Kenmore Oasis Elite Top Loader and I am almost always getting a LF reading on the washer. It never completes a full load. What does LF mean?


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

LF = Long Fill

This is caused by either low water pressure or dirty inlet water valve screens. Turn off the water at the wall connection and remove the water hoses at the washer connection. (NOTE hot and cold installed positions) Use a thin knife blade on the outside of the inlet screens and lift them out of the water valve. Wash them under slow running water by rubbing your fingers on both sides of the screen. Once the screens are clean reinstall them in the inlet water valve. Re-connect the washer fill hoses. Just for grins... check the wall connection of the water hoses to make sure there are not HOSE screens at the wall end of the hoses.

(As a retailer of home laundry equipment we always installed fill hose water screens at the wall connections due to the local water supply having bouts of micro debris.)
You can clean the washer screens but if the installer also added at the wall connection hose screens you may still have the problem of a slow fill. Just check.

If after doing the above and you know you have good water pressure you may have a problem with the inlet water valve itself in that debris has got past the inlet screens and blocked the diaphragm passage. IF this has happened the only fix it to replace then inlet water valve.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

Feb 01, 2011 | Kenmore Elite Oasis 27052 Top Load Washer

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FH appears


The FH error code on your Kenmore Elite washing machine is an indicator that there is a problem with incoming water. When there is little water coming into the machine, the FH code will appear and the washer will stop. There are a couple of common problems you can check while you are resetting the FH error code. You will need to remove the power supply to the washer to reset the code

Look for the "Pause/Cancel" button on the washer control panel. The button will be below the digital time clock and to the lower right of the wash cycle selector.

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    Press the "Pause/Cancel" button twice to cancel the wash cycle. Unplug the Kenmore Elite washer from the wall outlet.

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    Check for kinks in the water supply hose while the washer does not have power. Turn off the water supply spigots and remove the hoses from the back of the washer. Check the port screens at the hose connections for sediment buildup and clean as necessary.

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    Connect the water supply hoses back to the washer and turn on the water spigots. Plug the washer cord back into the wall outlet.

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    Select the wash cycle and press the "Start" button.

  • If the error code come back you will probably have to change the water inlet valves. No hard to do and you can fdo this yourself

  • Dec 14, 2010 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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    the machine wont take in water


    Most washers have an electric water valve in the back where the water hoses connect to the washer, and there are screens in it that can plug up with rust from your homes' pipes. The supply hoses may also have screens. If that is not the problem, it could be that the electric valve is bad, which is easy to change. First, as a repair man I always look for the simple fixes first, like making sure the water is turned on. Robin

    Jun 09, 2010 | Hotpoint Aquarius WF220 Front Load Washer

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    WF448AAP Drain hose short, door swings to left, washer on right?


    plumbing in the wall is usually placed according to where your unit is going to be placed,..not the case here as i/you can see,..you should be able to get a piece of hose (from private appliance store) and an "insert coupling" (has little "barbs" on it so it stays put after you clamp it) and make your extension,...don't make it to long or to tight, you don't want tension on the hose,....baby sit this "custom repair" to insure it dosn't leak, ya know, watch a couple loads go thru it's cycle,......if you can't get this happening, you can have the drain in the wall moved,....not a big job if your drain is plastic. good luck.

    Jan 03, 2010 | Samsung WF448AAW 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load...

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    Our Clothes smell musty and the washer smells too


    clogged water screens , defective water level pressure switch , clogged drain, kinked drain hose ,. defective water pump , defective water tempeerture switch, damaged water valve solenoid , water inlet valve has an interal malfunction

    Oct 03, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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