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Washer flashes F20 on the cycle status. motor is running , door is locked, NO lights are on. Clothes are in washer. Help

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My washer just did the same thing... just fixed it... take top cover off....look where your water comes in .. just past the valves u will see a little device in the line where the water goes into the detergent... take that off.. clean it... run water through it.. blow air through it.. make sure it spins.. put back together and hopefully it works... worked on mine.. good luck

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