Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
Our HE3t opens the hot water valve intermittently (along with the cold valve) even when COLD/COLD or TAP COLD/COLD is selected in the NORMAL cycle.
This is causing the water to be too hot for washing certain types of clothes.
Do I have a bad controller board ? Any other things I should check ? Thanks for the help
It appears your timer/controller board has failed in this instance.
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One key to determining the cause of the FH error is how fast the error comes up in a cycle. If the error appears within a1 or 2 minutes then the most likely cause will be the water valve or flow meter.
If the error doesn't appear foe several minutes then the pressure switch can be the source of the problem.
Both water valves must be turned on and working. Even if a cold wash is selected at some point during the fill the hot water valve will be energized and if there is no water then the FH error will show up. Sometimes a consumer will turn the hot water valve off to save energy but you can't turn one valve off on this washer.
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