My washer started the other day, then stopped before beginning the cycle even though water is in the tub. I tried to start another cycle and it began, but then stopped again after some water went in. Then the digital screen has been flashing the letters "FL" since and won't allow another cycle to start. I took the clothes out and there is still maybe a few gallons of water in the tub. Do I need to reset? What does FL mean, full load, flood, filter? Should I reset, or is it a filter problem if there is one.
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Re: Kenmore washer starting
"FL" is an over fill indication. Unplug the machine first (if you haven't tried that already) in an attempt to clear. If the problem persists, check all connections going to your control board, which is located under the control panel. Take them off one at a time and look for any contacts that may be corroded or dirty. This could be an indication that you have a bad control board, or a pressure switch that is starting to malfunction. Let me know if this helps.
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Please be carful as running the agitator without enough water will overheat and kick out the motor, however it should be ok when it resets itself.
Yes, the machine should stop agitating when you lift the lid so this too is part of the problem.
After looking at the print I can only suggest that the cam contacts in the timer ( contacts 12 and 14) that start the motor are burned and stuck together.
Does the washer leak water into the tub even when it is not on. If so, your fill valve is leaking or sticking.
I would also check the following components for problems: -Air pressure switch. This is usually located inside the control area and likely is attached to the water level control. Try attaching a small piece of tubing to the pressure switch and gently blow into it. If it turns off, the problem likely lies elsewhere.
-Air tube. This clear tube can get crimped or worn from the vibration of the washer's normal operation. Any holes, cracks or crimps will prevent the air pressure created by the water in the tub from getting to the pressure switch.
-Soap residue in the air dome. The airdome is the piece attached to the side of the washtub that allows water in the tub to exert air pressure into the tube and the pressure switch. Soap residue can create an obstruction that prevents the pressure from being transmitted up the tube. Try cleaning with vinegar or ammonia. (Remember: Clean the tub and tubing thoroughly with water after cleaning. Ammonia and Vinegar are both corrosive to electrical parts.)
It's the timer, if your washing machine fills with water and begins agitating, but the timer never advances--or if the washer is in a spin cycle and the timer won't advance. Then you need to replace the timer.
It may be a cold-water supply problem, if the washing machine fills with water, agitates, drains, and spins, but then doesn't fill with rinse water. See There's no cold water.
A defective pressure switch can interfere with the cycles that depend upon the switch to indicate when water has filled or emptied from the tub. It can also result in underfilling or overfilling of the tub. The switch routes current from the timer control to the temperature switch and the water inlet valve when the tub needs to be filled. Once full, the pressure switch cuts the current and reroutes it to the motor on the timer control to continue the cycle.