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Kenmore Elite he3 washer door will not unlock after a FH error

I had the water off and then forgot to turn it on before starting the washer. The washer ran and then there was FH error, which I found out means no water. Now it won't cancel out or let me open the door. Can you help me?

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  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    same problem. When I press Pause/cancel nothing happens. The motor is still running. I have unplugged it for two days and it still wont reset.

  • dhinagilbert May 05, 2009

    I do getting FH error.



    My washing machine model is KENMORE ELITE HE3t 110-42936



    Any idea how to fix this problem?



    It is a not going to spin?

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    IT WAS LIFESAVING!! THANK YOU!!!
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I had the same problem. The manual is useless and hitting the pase/reset button did nothing for me. The wife called the help line and they said they would be out on Monday at $75.00 to check it out. Oh, but the good part is that the $75.00 would go towards the part (if needed). If you forget to turn the water on, and the washer stops working, it seems that it should be smart enough to shut off and continue working when water is put back on.

Anyway, knowing that nothing was broken I decided to pull off the cover. Disconnect the power cord 1st. You ill need a "star" type screwdriver (its a 6 pointed tip). Probably a couple dollars at the local hardware dept. Take the 3 screws off located on the back/top of the cover. Slide the cove back & then pull it off. I then plugged the washer back in. Same humming noise & still locked. I pulled off the connector labeled "D P 21". It is located near the middle of the CPU box and it has 2 black wires coming out from it. You should have the humming noise stop. Wait a few minutes to see if the washer shuts down. If it does then the door will be unlocked. I then had the wife start a new cycle and all is well.

*Note: If you unplug D P 21 and after a few minutes it still doesn't shut off, try pressing the reset button twice and wait again.

Sears can now kiss my **** for wanting to charge me $75.00 for something that was never broken!

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  • Jarhead John Sep 16, 2011

    This solution worked! And was soooooo easy to do. Thanks Junk! And I'm with you on Sears. GE too! My model: Kenmore Elite 110.4596*

  • junkmail67 Sep 19, 2011

    No problem Jarhead!

  • Elite Training Nov 26, 2011

    It worked for us too! Sears can also kiss our a**! Thank you for the help!

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I used Junkmail67's solution and it worked great! Thanks.

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Unplug for 30 min to reset. some times 2hr. It has a computer in it.thats like rebooting.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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SOURCE: kenmore elite he3 flashing FH

The following link explains the "FH" error:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r615354-fh_error_code_whirlpool_duet_kenmore

This can be a rather tough one to figure out, even with the error code explanation. I would recommend unplugging the washer for AT LEAST 30 minutes first. This will reset the Central Control Unit (CCU). In many cases this is all that is required to correct momentary glitches with the unit. If the error code reappears, check your washer installation to rule out the easiest possiblities, first. This means checking to ensure you don't have a siphoning condition, checking your drain lines and checking to ensure your fill hoses aren't kinked or clogged. Read through the link thoroughly and let me know if you have questions. I hope this helps you.

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