Tip & How-To about Washing Machines
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.
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Jun 12, 2014 | Washing Machines
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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.
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
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.
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Jun 02, 2011 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer
Jan 13, 2011 | Kenmore HE3T Washer
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.
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