Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
Washer will run through almost entire cycle then go into SUD error. Will eventually then go to F21 error. I can get the unit to drain after I push stop. Pump seems to work, no clogs that are apparent, using correct soap.
I don't just got done checking and sure enough it was filled with socks, rocks, and small debris. I don't know yet if it fixed it but will know in a few hours. In any case, these items could not have been good. First, try to make sure all water is out. Run on spin cycle for 10 minutes, be prepared for about 4 to 6 cups of water coming out.
the fix: You should always unplug for safety!
There are three screws at the very bottom of washer. You will need and extension and a star tip. They are on good and tight so I used a cordless drill and extension. I'm sorry I can't tell you which star tip I used. I bought a little security kit from harbor freight that has all these tips and one worked. Their is a white canister that has one hose in and another hose out. Just unscrew slowley and clean if dirty. You might be as surprised as I was if you find any junk.
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
Thanks for the tip, this worked perfect and was pretty straightforward. I just tilted the washer back and propped it up with some wood blocks. 3 screws are right on the front at the very bottom. I used a 9/32 socket to remove them. The front cover slides right off. The drain trap cleanout is right in the middle. Turn the large white knob counter-clockwise to remove it and clean.
Thanks again for all the tips!! Very easy to DIY and saves $$ on a repairman.
Posted on Mar 27, 2010
This is pretty good! We just did ours as we have been getting the same codes... The screws are on the front of the machine at the bottom. If you have the under drawers that lift the machine they are just above that. We should have tried the spin and drain cycle first as A LOT of water came out. Flooded the floor but now the floor is clean and the washer works.... Lots of debris was in the canister thing. Thanks everyone for great posts!!!
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
I had the same SUD error, and your solution fixed it perfectly! The only difference was the cause: we had started using those "all-in-one" washer-to-dryer sheets a month or so ago, and hadn't noticed that every so often, one would go missing...guess where four of them ended up?
Thanks for the fix!
Posted on Jul 23, 2010
Before you go to open up the filter, get out the shop vac and vaccum out the water through the drain hose. It will empty out 99% of the water that would otherwise wind up on the floor. Once done and closed up, pour about a quart of water into the machine so as not to run the drain pump dry once the machine starts up next time. If cleaning junk out of the filter does not solve the problem, it might be that your water pressure switch is malfunctioning. You can replace it yourself pretty easily.
Posted on Sep 28, 2013
I have done that twice already drained the washing machine, and it had not worked, everytime I run my washer either the Sud or f35 pop up within the first min... Please help
Posted on Dec 05, 2011
Perfect instructions. I tilted the washer back, popped off the screws, then cleaned the canister. It took more time cleaning the floor from the water that drained than the actual fix but washer is up and running smooth. Thanks!
Posted on Feb 04, 2013
I keep getting the f21 error. Check the large object filter and drain hose. Removed some socks and quarters. Washer worked for 4 loads then received error again. I check and nothing in the filter or drain hose. The pump also checks out to be working. Any thoughts?
Posted on Oct 24, 2012
Thank you sooo much for posting about this washer. I'm a 60 year old grandma and I fixed it myself too. I found a mini treasure in that strainer .. lots of coins, my grandson's guitar pick, pins and needles and a piece of paper that was covering lots of area which was probably why I got the SUD and another error. HL F or FHL? Can't remember now .. anyway .. woohoo for me! I did it all by myself!
Posted on Jul 07, 2012
Wow, how did all that **** get in there. Found a pocketknife, quarter, inkpen, tie strap, lots of lint, and two all purpose washer sheets. Easy fix. Thanks for the help.
Posted on Feb 15, 2012
"ERROR F21" I also took the front panel off of the front at the bottom. Very easy anyone can do it. Just make sure you have a bucket or towel to catch all the water. I found a sock, a nail, money, a Nerf bullet even an army man. I was shocked with every thing I found in there. Fixed my problem and took less than 5 min to unscrew the screws, clean it out and then put it back together.
Posted on Feb 01, 2012
THANK YOU, THANK YOU....SAVED ME NOT ONLY $$$ BUT GRIEF...2 PENNIES, A BUTTON, PEARLS...AND LINT..LINT...DOGGIE HAIR..ETC
WHO EVER YOU ARE YOUR A SAINT! NOW I CAN CANCEL MY SEARS REPAIR APPOINTMENT
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The error code F35 is commonly associated with the Sud error, which comes on within a minute of running any cycle. It means the Analog Pressure Sensor (small plastic electronic circuit) has gone bad. It could also mean the Air Pressure Tube from the Sensor has a hole or isn't connected.
Once you get the new Sensor, remove the 3 screws holding the top panel inplace - they are on the backside on the very top. Remove the top and look at the far back upper right corner (looking from the front). There is a small crimson & black piece attached to the metal side wall with 5 blue wires& 1 black wire (pressure tube) attached to it. Make sure there are no leaks or disconnects...if not, then replace with new sensor.
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