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Kenmore Elite HE3 front loading washer

Please help!  My washer won't start!  The washing cycle light just flashes, and when you press and hold the start button, it will not start.  There is no error code.  Any suggstions?  Thanks!

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  • klmcbeth Nov 02, 2007

    Same thing here

  • gmellis625 Nov 21, 2008

    Lights work, Door is closed. No error codes. I push a cycle selection, the push start and nothing happens.



    I checked the filter--it's clear.



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Before you go crazy trying to solve the F2 code make sure the filter is clear. Disconnect the power cord, PLEASE. Remove the kick plate on the bottom front by removing the 3 screws below it. You will need a hex socket and extension or a torx screw driver. If there is water in the machine and it will not drain you will need a shop vac and some old towels to catch the water when you open the filter. Now, you will see the filter in front of you. Have the towels ready and vac turned on. Quickly unscrew the filter cap and stick the vac hose right in the filter to catch the water. Clean the filter cap. Did you find any socks, money or other debree ? If yes that may have been your problem. Put the filter back on and HAND tighten well. Test the machine. From now on empty all pockets before you do the laundry. You just saved yourself a big repair charge. Be proud of yourself.

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The door switch/interlock is not working or the door is not closed properly. Close the door firmly with an extra push on the door handle.

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Thank you geomac--you are a national hero!! I didn't feel like losing an hour to go buy a Wet Vac (or ask a neighbor), so I used a cup to get most of the water out of the washing machine (fortunately these machines don't use much water) and then rigged a funnel to direct most of the water into a bucket (I benefitted by having my unit up on the optional drawer/pedestal that I got when I bought the machine). The residual water that spilled I was able to get up with a towel...Thanks again!

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Clothes and towels smell stinky even when I use a fabric softener. Is there a cleansing I should be doing?

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Ok got the f02 code openend the front drained thumb screw.. cleaned up all the water off the floor.. there was no abstruction ,, got frustrated went to bed the next morning in a calmer frame of mind looked under machine and noticed the stablizers on the left side were both broken..Q:1 were do I get 2 new stabnlizers "shocks" Q:2 would this cause f02 code or should I still order a new pump? Q:3 is this machine worth all the tyrouble???

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