Tip & How-To about Washing Machines

Check the drain pump

One for the books: Kenmore HE3t starting throwing an FH. Did the normal things. Popped the top, pulled the solenoids body, the flow switch, and the pressure switch w/ the hose. I happen to have a Fluke, so I checked the water solenoids for shorts but they were good. Spun the flow switch, but got continuity (though it 'stall' a few times and the sound makes me think the wheel's bearings is probably going). Blew into the pressure switch, but it engaged at both pressures w/ good continuity. I even dunked the pressure switches hose in water to check for leaks w/ a blow test, but still good. So, I rinsed the flow switch in hot water and put it back together. No joy. I even started checking all of the connections into the boards. My wife asked what I thought was happening when the soap tray's lobe gear engaged, but no water flowed, and I happened to say, "I think the program checks to see if the drain pump is OK before it will pump water, so as to avoid flooding." Then it hit me. In the past I had an F2, pulled the drain pump, and found a baby sock in it. So, I pulled the bottom cover, and low and behold, the drain pump's Molex connector had wiggled its way out. Plugged it in, started it up, all is good.

Basically, it is a simple program. On starting a wash cycle, the program goes through several self-checks to ensure the machine can make all the way through the wash process. Just listen to all clicks gurrgles, and whishes. Among things like spin the main motor slowly, test the water solenoids, and verify the pressure switch can hit the 1st trip point, the drain pump must also 'respond' to a run command to ensure the unit does not flood.

Posted by on

Washing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

2 Answers

I have a kenmore he4t washer it is throwing a fh code. I have replaced the pressure switch and checked all the hoses they are all good. This washer dose not have a flow meter why am I getting this code?

you might find out that it experts because it sounds like it is an electrical problem like a solenoid. it would be advisable to get an expert to look at it.

Jun 12, 2014 | Washing Machines

1 Answer

HE3t has an FH error code checked the following and are OK. pressure switch, flow meter, and inlet valves water flows in without restriction. What else could it be? Craig


Thank you for contacting fixya.com.

FH error code means low water inflow. In this error washer is not filling when the fill valve opens.
To clear the error please follow the bellow instructions:-
Press the "Stop" button twice with your finger. This cancels the cycle and stops the washer. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.Turn the water shut off valves clockwise to stop the water flow to the washer through the supply hoses. Pull the washer away from the wall enough that you can access the hose connections at the back of the washer.

Set a bucket under the area of the hose connections. Unscrew the hose connections from the back of the washer. If necessary, use a pair of slip joint pliers to help start the connections turning until you can turn them by hand. Set the ends of the hoses inside the bucket.Inspect the screens on the inlet ports on the back of the washer where the hoses connect. Sediment and other debris can block these screens, causing fill problems. Clean the screen with an old toothbrush.

Thread the hoses back onto the washer. Look for kinks in the hoses. Kinks cut off water supply to the washer which causes the FH error code. Once you connect the hoses, turn the water supply valves counter-clockwise to supply water to the washer. Move the bucket away from the washer and push the washer back into its working position.Plug the power cord back into the outlet and start the wash cycle again. If the FH error code comes up again, call a service repairman. If the hoses have no kinks and the inlet screens are clean, there is a problem with either the pressure switch or the flow meter.

Please get back to us if you have further query else please accept the suggestion.

Jun 02, 2011 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

1 Answer

How do you fix a FH code ( water inlet problem) on a Kenmore Elite HE3t front load washer

The FH indicates a fill failure and this is usually caused by a bad water valve, flow meter or pressure switch.

One key to determining the cause of the FH error is how fast the error comes up in a cycle. If the error appears within a1 or 2 minutes then the most likely cause will be the water valve or flow meter.

If the error doesn't appear foe several minutes then the pressure switch can be the source of the problem.

Both water valves must be turned on and working. Even if a cold wash is selected at some point during the fill the hot water valve will be energized and if there is no water then the FH error will show up. Sometimes a consumer will turn the hot water valve off to save energy but you can't turn one valve off on this washer.

Nov 28, 2010 | Kenmore Washing Machines

2 Answers

error code FH on my AWM, what does it mean?


"FH" is a No Water Detect error.It is an indication that you either have no water coming into the washer, or very little water at all. Check whether the water taps are turned on sufficiently, the inlet hoses are not kinked, the water inlet valve is not clogged, you don't have a siphoning issue, and/or the drain pump is working.

Thank you !!

Jul 12, 2010 | Whirlpool AWM8163 Front Load Washer

Not finding what you are looking for?

214 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Washing Machines Experts

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers


Level 3 Expert

78267 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

16993 Answers

Are you a Washing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions