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Fdl Error Code

This advice is for how to troubleshoot an "Fdl" error code on Whirlpool Duet and Kenmore Elite series FRONT LOADER washers.

"Fdl" is a lock latch error code. This is an indication of either a defective door latch, defective Central Control Unit (CCU), or an interconnecting cable problem between the two.

The CCU is the main computer for the washer. It controls nearly every function, including the action of the door latch. It is located in the top center of the washer directly behind the wash tub.

It is recommended that you refer to the technical data sheet that comes with your washer in determining how to isolate the source of the problem. The tech sheet is located inside the washer behind the lower toe panel. To access, locate and remove the screws that hold the panel in place under the bottom front edge of the washer. You may have to prop the two front feet of the washer up for better access (a 2x4 works well for this). With the screws removed, the panel will drop down and come off. The tech sheet will either be located directly behind the panel, or affixed to one of the interior cabinet walls. Included are all diagnostics procedures, troubleshooting data, error code explanations and wiring diagrams. Refer to the tech sheet and follow these steps:

1. Remove the washer TOP panel of the washer by removing the screws that hold the panel in place in the rear of the washer. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back then lift off.

2. Locate the interconencting wiring that runs between the door latch and CCU. Check for loose connections or possible broken wires. Then, take each connector, unplug and reseat one at a time. This can often restore a connection that may have oxidized oer time, or might have been loose.

3. Perform an operational test to see if error code persists. If the error code reappears, lightly tap the CCU at the point where the door latch connection is. In some cases, the relay that controls the latch can stick. Tapping the CCU can sometimes free up a stuck relay.

If the error code continues at this point, refer to the troubleshooting steps and recommended test points in the tech sheet to isolate whether the problem is the CCU or door latch.

If you determine the cause to be the door latch, the following link explains the steps required to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575840-replacing_a_door_latch

If you determine the problem to be the CCU, follow these steps to replace one:

1. Pry up on the release tabs along the top of the existing CCU and remove it from the mounting bracket with all the connectors still attached.

2. Snap the replacement CCU in place and transfer all the wire connectors one at a time from the old board to the new one.

Refer to the wire connector illustrations outlined in the technical data sheet to ensure all connections are correct.

Replacements parts (if required) can be purchased from any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. the first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.

NOTE: Sears will sometimes offer a refurbished CCU which can cut the cost in half. The part number will end in the letter "R".

If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Cannot get power; outlet is fine. Duet washer 1.5 yr. old. Door locked


This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet model front loading washers. If you experience a problem where the door becomes jammed and will not unlock or open, here's an easy way to gain access inside your washer WITHOUT calling the repairman.

1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.
3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.
4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.

Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement.

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FDL fault code on kenmore elite washer


F DL
A Door Lock Error occurs if the door cannot be locked. It will try to lock it six times before displaying the error code.

Nov 08, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Will not lock, seems to be in the locked position. DS pushed "something" in that should be out.


You'll need to manually unlock it.



This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet model front loading washers. If you experience a problem where the door becomes jammed and will not unlock or open, here's an easy way to gain access inside your washer WITHOUT calling the repairman.

1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.
3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.
4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.

Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement.


Thanks for using FixYa - a 4 THUMBS rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.

May 26, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

1 Answer

kenmore 45986 door lock


This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet model front loading washers. If you experience a problem where the door becomes jammed and will not unlock or open, here's an easy way to gain access inside your washer WITHOUT calling the repairman.

1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.
3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.
4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.

Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" "DLE" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement.


Thanks for using FixYa - a 4 THUMBS rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.

Jan 25, 2009 | Kenmore 43142 Front Load Washer

2 Answers

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The "Fdl" code is a Door Latch Lock error. Inspect the door latch for obstructions that may be preventing it from locking and doublecheck the wire harness to ensure all the connectors are intact. If the latch is defective, use the following link for advice on how to replace it:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r587965-door_latch_replacement_fdl_error

Another method of replacing the latch is to remove the top panel and work form the top down behind the front panel. Due to limited space, this may not be desireable to some.

Replacement latches can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, appliancepartspros.com, or repairclinic.com. Use your model number for your search criteria. These sites have great service and offer competitive pricing. Check out all three for the best savings.

I hope this information helps you. Let me know if you need further assistance.

Jan 06, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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