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Kenmore elite HE3t

Washer cycle does not finish after hours, flashes F02 code... Is there a filter that may need cleaning? The pump does not remove the water from the chamber...

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Take the front panel off (it's simply three hex screws along the bottom and a nudge upwards that do the trick), unscrew the cap to the pump filter, have a bucket handy for the torrent of water behind it.

This will expose the Pump Inlet Strainer.

Front-load washers have this design flaw. You'll be surprised what you'll find in there - panties, missing socks, nylons, hairballs, coins, legos, etc.

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Posted on May 27, 2009

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    blueextc3221 May 27, 2009

    1. Unplug the washer

    2. Take of the toe panel in the front by removing the three screws.

    3. Get a bunch of towels (I mean a bunch!!!)

    4. The pump is in the center, and it has a plastic grip handle that one can unscrew to remove the filter. As you unscrew it, LOTS of water will come out. Be ready with the towels. A cookie sheet helps to collect the water too.

    5. Clean the filter assembly.

    6. If one wishes to check the inlet of the pump, remove the back panel, about 12 screws. (Note, the following works for replace the pump as well)

    7. Remove the large bellow from the bottom of the tub that goets to inlet of the pump by removing the clamp

    9. Lift up on the plastic cover that covers the wires that power the pump. There may be a small plastic catch that is lifted up as to allow the connector to become free.

    8. Remove the Torx screw that holds that is the center just under the filter screen.

    9. Pull the pump forward.

    10. Unclamp the pump outlet hose.

    11. Remove pump

    12. Unclamp the large bellow on the pumps inlet and inspect for debris.

    13. Clean pump and fitler w/o getting water on the pump.

    14. Install in reverse order. Remember, it is much easier to put the inlet bellow and outlet hose on the pump before you put into the washer

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    blueextc3221 May 27, 2009

    F2 means the machine didn't pump out in the 8 minutes

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