My washer stopped working with the above code. I have tried the solutions posted previously (unsucessfully), which would probably work fine, but for the small detail of not being able to remove the screws. Is there some trick? I have tried both allen wrenches and screwdrivers with no success. Please help if possible. The washer is full of water and there are now sopping wet clothes in my sink.
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Re: Code F dL on Kenmore Elite HE 3t
The screws are a #20 torx bit. Once you take those out, remove the panel. Behind it is a white plastic pump. I usually remove the torx screw in it too so it can come out further and I can get a bucket under it. As you unscrew the front of it counter clock wise, drain out the water SLOWLY. Then clean debris from the trap.
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"Fdl" is a door latch error code. This is an indication of either a defective door latch, door catch, defective Central Control Unit (CCU), or an interconnecting cable problem between the two. The following link explains how to troubleshoot the problem:
I have included parts resources, and the steps required to replace any defective parts. Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. the first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.
Read through the information provided and post back with your complete MODEL NUMBER if you have questions. I hope you find this information helpful.
F-DL code is for your washer and if the main control has not been replaced then that is what I would replace most of the time F-DL is also seen with a F-11 code later in the cycle, i am sure you hear the washer try to lock the door a few times and pop up F-DL. the main control part # is based off of the model#
The "Fdl" error code indicates a problem with the door latch assembly. The clicking sound you hear is the door latch attempting to latch. If it fails to latch, the wash cycle will not start and the error code and audible beep will occur. There should be a tech sheet inside the washer. It's usually located behind the bottom panel under the door, or along the inside of the casing on either the left or right hand side. The tech sheet will have a list of error codes, procedures on how to perform diagnostics, and troubleshooting hints. It's strongly recommended that you leave the tech sheet inside the washer, so you don't lose it. Repairclinic.com carries the door latch for about $50 and is listed as item number 1094190.
Searspartsdirect carries it for slightly less for about $43 and lists it under the "Door and Latch Parts" as item number 7 (part #8181700).
If you go to my profile and click on "Tips and Tricks" I have a posting there on how to change the door latch on a front loader. It's a very simple repair that any Do-It-Yourselfer can accomplish.
If you can't find the instructions you need, or need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.