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F35 Message on Brand New Washer

Help - we just had our Kenmore Elite HE5t Steam Washer delivered.  Did the express wash - which went fine.  Then went to do a load of whites and within 2 minutes go a Suds message blinking - after another 3 minutes it turns to a F35 message.  I am using the correct detergent, have stopped the machine and tried a "drain and rinse" cycle, and have tried re-setting it by unplugging the washer for an hour - I don't understand - this is brand new!

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  • tcunningham Dec 03, 2008

    Thank you - a repair person came out - it was some pressure switch that was defective with the washer.  It needs to be replaced.

  • Swenlin Dec 05, 2008

    Just got back from an 8 day holiday - we have a ton of laundry.  Our Kenmore washer is less than a year old.  Trying to do our first load and we get the F35.  Tried again and we get the SUDS error... then it eventually switches back to the F35.  What annoys me most about this is that only a handful of "F" errors are explained in the Sears manual - F35 isn't one of them.  It is obviously a specific error that means a specific thing - why not actually DEFINE it so the owners know too.  :o/

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Suds is determined using the level sw located on top right rear side. remove top cover to see. most letter codes do convert to a f code. most common reason for suds error is use of standard detergent or too much detergent. running a empty load of fabric softener can clean the system. or rinse/spin with nothing. other common problem is this is a whirlpool product.

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