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Washer DL error

The washer will sometimes start and then mid stream give this DL/F error. You press start and it just clicks.

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Re: washer DL error

F/DL is indeed a door lock error. I had this on my machine, did a lot of research and getting some idea of how it works. The code is generated when the CCU can't lock the door. Possible causes are door latch mechanism, connecting wiring, or the CCU. I could hear clicking from the CCU on my machine which indicated to me the CCU was trying to lock the door. It tries 6 times before setting the F/DL code. I tested the latch and wiring from the CCU - OK. The clicking I heard had to be relay(s) so I figured the problem was relay contact failure. I removed the CCU board, determined which relays were suspect (there are two for lock & unlock). I changed them both and saved myself spending $300 CA on a new CCU. The relays cost just over $2 each. I found replacement relays @ Electro Sonic (; minimum $25 order plus shipping $7.50). Relay made by OMRON part # G5LE-14-DC12 replacment for original G5LE-1-VD 12VDC. I'm not impressed to have to change a $300 CCU because of a $2 relay failure. For me this was worth the try as I have some experience working with circuit boards. The relays would be a quick repair for anyone with similar experience. Hope this helps someone.

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I just had this happen the dL code was displayed, and I wiggled the main wire going into the back of the machine. The door instantly locked and the machine came on !! So in my case it was a loose wire. The machine is about 2 years old.

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Re: washer DL error

Dl is door lock failure. Now listen for the clicks if u hear them coming from the top back of the machine then u need a new control ccu if its coming from the door then u need a new door lock

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The thing is with the new machines and codes, you have to go with what they tell you. without a model number i can not be 100% sure. But i can say with great certainty that a DL error is Door Lock. This happens to machines sometimes and causes weird problems. It all depends on how the door lock is acting. Sometimes you can't get the machine to start at all, sometimes it will run a bit and stop. To fix this a new door lock would need to be installed. With the model number, I can give an average price and a part number if you wanted to get the lock yourself and repair it :)

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