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Front Loading washer Kenmore Ht3

My front loading washer Kenmore Elite HT3 is flashing DLF and won't start. Please tell me what is wrong, or what it means by the error code and what I have to do to resolve the issue.

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  • esterhale Dec 22, 2008

    where is the switch you speak of

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Error code Fdl

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    on a Kenmore front load washer

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Here are the steps to unlocking the door manually if clothes are still in the machine.
1.Unplug machine
2.remove bottom panel
3.Reach up along the inside of the front panel and locate the botttom of the door latch assembly
4.Located on the bottom of the door latch assembly is a tear dropped shaped tab
5. Gently pull down on the tab about a 1/4 inch or until a click is heard.
6. You may now open the door.

This code means the door lock mechanism has failed or the central control unit has failed. Replace the door lock mech. first. This should fix the problem. (before replacing anything make sure there is no obstruction around the switch or in the switch.) After the machine has been unplugged it may fix itself. if not replace door lock mech.

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