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F02 problem Our washer (Elite) is flashing the F02 and beeping. It won't restart. I can't find my manual to know what F02 means. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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This is actually for the Kenmore Elite, but it should help.
You have to check your filter to remove blockage. Lift the machine at front to have access to 3 torx screws under the front panel. Slide downwards out. Have a wet vac ready. You will see the pump filter right in front. Gently unscrew, water will begin to drip, use the wet vac. Remove the cap & pull the filter out to remove all debris & lint, make sure there is nothing in the impeller. Refit carefully.

Your dealer wants to make more $$ so he won't write these details in the user's manual.

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I can't think of what that error is off the top of my head and the owners manual would not tell you what that code means. Take off the bottom panel of the washer (3 screws underneath usually 1/4" or #20 torx) and the tech sheet is inside against the right sied or on the back of the panel. It will tell you what that means and some tips on what to look for. If you have any questions let me know.

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