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Water leaking from rear seal

The FA code has come on. I can get the machine running by removing the styrofoam float so the limit switch is not tripped. The machine will run but there is water weeping from the rear of the drum where the bearing and seal are. What is the difficulty and cost of replacing the seal and probably the bearing.

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It is extremly difficult to change the seal and or bearings on a front load washer.

I'm a sears technician, and it is a 2 hour job for two of us to do it, and we know what has to come off and have done it, several times.

The cost of the job, is approx $450 for parts and labour.

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What does FA mean on the machine

Hello. You didn't state the model number of the washer so my help is limited. The FA error code on some washers indicates the flood sensor has been tripped. (Check for a water leak asap) There is a sensor, usually located at the bottom, rear, that trips if water comes into contact with it.(shorts across the terminals) and causes an immediate shut-down of the washer. I'm assuming this is a front-loading unit. Depending on the model, you will have to either remove the service panel from the middle of the rear panel or, remove the entire metal rear cover of the washer--about 20 screws more or less, the top 3 and middle 2 will be machine thread and not sheet metal screws(have a much coarser thread).
Check for water residue trails( to help you locate the source of the leak. Don't rule out a leak coming from one or more of the inlet water valves located at the top, rear of the washer underneath the top cover. Shut off the water at the wall first, and then do what *I* do--start from the top and work my way down. If the valves *are* leaking, there usually will be rust and moisture around the magnet coils of the suspect valve(s). (i.e. LG washers are notorious for leaking inlet water valves and I keep several sets on the svc van). Also, carefully check out the electric drain pump for a cracked casing or loose hose clamps--I hate those spring clamps--replace them with automobile hose clamps if you can(the kind that you use a screwdriver to tighten). If the valves aren't leaking, CAREFULLY check any and all hoses coming from the dispenser holder on a front-loader and the lines leading to the different dispensers on a top loader. I hope I helped you!

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Avantixx wvd24460gb what is fault 17

If the error is E17, the drain pump filter is clogged. Unplug the washer first. You will need to remove the front panel on the washer. Some models have Torx screws holding the front panel at the bottom; in that case, you'll need to elevate the front of the washer. Get a bucket to collect the water from the tub. Then remove the cap over the pump; don't break it off. Let the water in the tub fall into the bucket. Then reach into the trap and clean out the foreign objects. Near the bottom of the area, there is a micro-switch that may have styrofoam under it. Check if there is any water causing the styrofoam to float and keep the switch up. Dry out any water there. Replace the cap and the front panel. Try your washer again.

I hope this helps.

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Two red fasing lights on right hand side of machine

Both lights flashing usually is caused by a water leak into the case of the machine which trips the float switch in the base. You can reset this by tipping the machine forwards at 45 degrees and allowing the water to drain out on to the floor. It will reset everything but if you still have a leak it will trip ou again due to the float switch.

I had the same problem with the 2 red lights flashing, which was fixed by emptying the float tray as above.
On further investigation I found that the door seal had rubbed on itself at the 6 o'clock position and had worn a small hole which was causing the water leak.

To replace or repair the Door Seal you will need to remove the front panel.

1. Turn power off and unplug machine after opening door.

2. Remove the front panel lower kick plate by inserting a thin ruler between the kick plate and front panel about 4 inches from each end and lever down until it releases.

3. Remove the 2 screws at the door lock switch on the front panel.

4. With the kick plate removed you will see 2 screws at each lower edge of the front panel, remove these 4 screws.

5. Remove the spring loaded band from around the edge of the door seal facing you and after that release the seal from the front panel and push in.

6. Remove the hex bolt from the 6 o'clock position just below the door seal on the front panel.

7. You should now be able to lower the front panel out of the locating pins and remove it.

8. With front panel removed you will be able to remove the tensioning band which holds the door seal in place around the drum by undoing the screw at the right hand side of the band at the 3 o'clock position. It is accessible from above with a long bladed screwdriver. Take note of how far it is tensioned on the thread of the screw and try not to undo it all the way or you may lose the nut on the band.

9. Once you have removed the band, slip the seal off the drum and slide the water outlet to the seal from the dispenser.

10. When you replace the seal do not do the tensioning band up too tightly or you will hear it squeak when you spin the drum in either direction.

11.Reassembly is the reverse of removal, taking care to put the door manual release strap through the inner slot in the front panel.

I repaired my door seal with Silicone Sealant and loose weave fabric tape after rubbing it clean with alcohol as i didn't want to pay $100 for a new seal from Miele.


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Error code FA

FA is the emergency shutoff switch that detects when water is pooling underneath the machine (a leak)
You may have to remove the back of the machine to check the float switch underneath. Empty any water from the catch tray and check for leaks.

Mar 02, 2012 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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Check drain check Inlet lights flashing any ideas?

This usually means that the water pump has not been able to completely 'drain' the water in your washing machine: this may be caused by obstruction in your Drain outlet or a faulty pump.
Your user manual should tell you where to find and check the drain plug for obstructions (could be Lint, coins, pieces of materials, tissue papers, etc).

Hope it helps!

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How do i re set an EFO code on an AEG LAVAMAT

you just need to mop up the water inside the cabinet to allow the float switch in the base to reset.check there is nothing stopping the float returning to the floor. a small leak from the door seal can cause enough of a leak to trip it . clean the door glass and seal to stop this. or change the door seal.

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Awm8143 FA code

Service manual say FA is "aquastop failure- check aquastop switch", (aquastop switch is flood switch located in base of machine), however looking at the parts view of this machine, it doesn't seem to have a flood switch-odd.
F9 is an overflow problem- manual says to check pressure switch.
Both faults seem to indicate either a leak or overflow problem- remove rear panel and check base for any water, which would indicate a leak.
If OK, next step would be to remove front panel (remove wire and spring from around door seal, remove 2 screws holding door lock, remove 3 screws along base- front panel comes off by pulling down and out towards you-can be a bit tight)
Pressure switch is located just above door lock-it has the black tube going to it- remove tube and blow into switch-you should hear it click.
Also check the chamber that the other end of the tube connects to on the bottom front of tub- this chamber can get blocked up and cause overfill problems.
Please note- always disconnect from power supply before attempting any repairs. If in any doubt, best to leave for an expert.
Good luck!!

Aug 11, 2009 | Whirlpool AWM8143 Front Load Washer

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FA is the emergency shutoff switch that detects when water is pooling underneath the machine -> a leak.
"Check float switch under machine, empty any water from catchment tray, check for water leaks or oversudsing".

Jul 10, 2008 | Whirlpool AWM8143 Front Load Washer

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F9/FA Whirlpool 6th sense frontloader washer

F09 is "overflow failure" - check drain pump, pressure switch, blocked drain.
FA is the emergency shutoff switch that detects when water is pooling underneath the machine.

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Miele novotronic w/m fault light flashing

We had the same problem on a Premier 500 and solved it by tilting the machine forward. Some more water ran out and the lights went off.

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