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Washer cycle lights flash and washer will not start. Whats it mean?

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  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2007

    Door won't open. Lights flash and won't start.

  • herms Nov 12, 2007

    Washer door is closed but the washer will not lock and start the cycle. It makes a beeping noise and is flashing what appears to be F 6L.

  • tikenzie Nov 23, 2007

    The door won't lock on my machine He3, model number 45872400, press normal, works fine, no error codes at all, but when I push start nothing happens. Hold it, nothing still....tried all cycles they all switch and appears fine but the door wont lock to start the machine

  • legmakr Nov 26, 2007

    i have the HE4T elite model and it will not start and door will not go to lock mode, it just started for no reason. please help its a great machine!!

  • gneedell May 07, 2008

    I have the same problem. Lights flash and will not start. Worked fine one minute and not the next.

  • chriskimber Jun 03, 2008

    My HE3t flash with a code F/02. What is this code mean. I lost my manual.!!!!

  • grace face Jun 04, 2008

    I am getting the same problem, after a few minutes of being in the wash cycle, it starts beeping and giving a code of F02. Please help! thanks

  • Anonymous Jun 10, 2008

    F code

  • beckypat Jul 28, 2008

    I try to start the washer but nothing happens, the cycle lights light up- no error code but machine will not start cycle.  Could it be something with the door lock?

  • Anonymous Sep 18, 2008

    door lock will not lock, no error codes

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    the washer will start its cycle but after a few minutes it will stop and beep flashing F 15 code, does anyone know what I can do to fix this? I cleaned out the trap in the washer and I have tried unplugging for a couple hours to reset
    Kenmore elite HE3t

  • momcherry15 Mar 25, 2009

    washer has an odor was told to empty the catch basin but I can't find it. Does anyone know?

  • gneedell May 11, 2010

    removed the panel, checked wires. any other ideas?



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I am getting an F35 code on the washer has anyone had this problem

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  • fullhousecom Dec 04, 2010

    what i did is to removed the water level pressure switch and blow some air into the pressure switch and put it back then run the washer again with just water and make sure you use only he brand of laundry detergent...


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Unplug your machine, remove the top panel, doublecheck all of the wires are securely connected. Sometimes the wires are loosened due to the vibration of the washer. Hope this works for you! It worked for our Kenmore Elite H3 when no cycles would start and flashed the error code "dL/F" (door lock failure).

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How do you remove the panel?

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Also remove the bottom panel (3 torx screws) and unscrew the round drain plug in the very prepared with towels to catch water...(unplug first of course) you may find coins, pens, etc trapped in the screen we did preventing drainage...also shine a flashlight further into the drain to inspect for baby socks

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Any error codes?

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

  • erica graber Jan 04, 2009

    sounds like you have a bad pump. check the p[ump catch first by removeing the kick panel turn the pump catch you might find socks in there if not you need a new pump


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