MY KENMORE ELITE OASIS WILL NOT FILL UP AT ALL. I KEEP GETTING LF CODE(LONG FILL). SEARS SERVICE TECH SAID THE PROBLEM WAS THE WATER INLET VALVE AND CHARGED ME $270 DOLLARS WITHOUT EVEN TESTING THE MACHINE. I THINK THEY KNOW THIS VALVE IS DEFECTIVE. I WILL NEVER BUY SEARS PRODUCTS AGAIN.
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Re: The dreaded LF code
HI, there is not a defect notice or recall on this particular unit but, we get a lot of complaints about this specific issue concerning the LF code on a frequent basis. this issue dose concern the inlet valve.
The replacement will work better than the factory installed piece. This is basically a blind defect.(defective factory part).
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The LF code stands for long fill.. I would suspect a water inlet solenoid valve as the most likely suspect. It may be the hot or the cold valve. If the valve does not completely open the time to fill your machine takes too long. You can't replace just the one valve because the part contains all of the water inlet valves. That of course jacks up the cost but what can you do.
Following is the LF troubleshooting response from the Whirlpool Cabrio Service Manual. The Cabrio is the same as the Kenmore Oasis.
“LF” (Washer is taking too long to fill) Check the following: Are the water inlet hoses kinked or clogged? Are the water inlet valve screens clear? Are both water faucets turned on? Is the drain hose sticking too far into the standpipe (siphoning)? Is the pressure transducer hose kinked or dislodged? Press PAUSE/CANCEL to clear display.
It takes a while to load but following is the manual in PDF format.
It means that your machine is taking longer then a specified time (~10 Mins) to fill!! Check your water pressure, the water valves, the little filters in the hose, where it screws into the water and/or machine. Good Luck
this is a fault in the water valve control, "LF" means Long fill (fill time exceeeded), so u will need to have the sears guy out to sort this problem out. are the water valves on the wall turned on all the way?
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news for Oasis F-51 sufferers! Sears
will replace the electronic control board (the F51 prob) for free, in warranty
or not. Serial #s for the Bad Board are: CS48 - CS52 or CT01-CT49. Call Sears
hv to rate me ‘very helpful’, or the call won’t get thru!!
The LF code indicates "Long Fill" which means it is taking too long for the water to fill the washer (times out). From the owner's manual:
"LF" (Washer is taking too long to fill)
Check the following:
Are the water inlet hoses kinked or clogged?
Are the water inlet valve screens clear?
Press STOP to clear display.
Here's a suggestion I found that worked for me:
Check your drain hose to see it it's stuffed too far down the standpipe. Another poster had this problem and it gave her LF errors.
If the drain hose hangs down too far it can siphon water out of the washer, and then the washer thinks it's taking too long too fill.
There's supposed to be a U-shaped plastic bracket that sets the length of the drain hose where it goes into the standpipe. Your installer may have tossed it.