Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
Error code F02
Washer will not drain and spin.
I took the lower front panel off and checked filter, it was clear.
I took hose from pump to drain, it was clear and not kinked.
I turned it on after it had sat for awhile and it worked.
Error code F02 again. I let it set for an hour and it worked again. I've had the pump out and there is no physical damage that I can see. I've seen the pump work with the filter pulled. Could the pump be getting hot or are there some sensors involved that might be shutting the pump off.
Based on what you said about clicking noise from pump and pump getting hot (this pump is liquid cooled-sealed) I would recommend replacing the pump first then the control board. Board is located on top right front corner, not inside console area, simply slide the top back to see this. unit slides back to unmount. however as I said before this code did not exist and usually means bad board and this is common on whirlpool made machines. you do not need buy this from sears, use sears for part numbers these are whirlpool numbers.
Posted on Mar 22, 2009
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F02 is a drain error in your Kenmore washer, if the unit is unable to drain then after 4 minutes it will display suds and then F02. The first thing that should be done is cleaning the drain hose and the drain pump filter, you can take out three torx screws from the bottom front panel and then clean the area completely, lift up the cap to clean the filter. If the error returns then check the drain pump if it is not working then replacing the pump is recommended repair. Please get back to me if you have any other questions.
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he F02 message is a long drain error and it may mean the pump is clogged or bad. You don't provide a lot of detail about if the water is draining out or not but the first thing to check for this error is the drain pump.
The image below shows how to access the pump and remove the filter. This may be your only problem. With the access panel removed you can also make sure the pump is running. Remember to unplug the washer before removing the access panel.
Check the pump for the F02 and make sure you're using HE detergent and there's not excessive suds.
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