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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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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.

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I turn on my switch, power comes on. I press scrub the lights come on but when I close the door lights go off and the machine doresn't run?


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This is a condition called "flood safe mode" which means that water has gotten into the base pan underneath of the dishwasher causing a float switch to activate and tell the board that there is water in the unit.

You will have to pull the entire dishwasher out and remove the left side panel. Turn the power off at the circuit breaker to the machine and use towels or rags to soak up the water in the base pan. You will see a little round Styrofoam float that looks like a hockey puck. Once the water is out then the float will sit down on the ground again and the error will be gone. Because you say it would work sometimes that's probably because some of the water would evaporate and it would start working, but because the issue kept coming back I would assume something is leaking. It isn't fun to find leaks on these units you just have to take the right and left side panels off and watch for leaks. But unfortunately that's the only thing you can do.

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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.
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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.
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