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Jkenmore Elite 9 HE 4 washer

It has FdL flashing and I cant get repair man here until Tuesday. i have clothes in washer and it is locked and will not unlock. I have unplugged and plugged back in but it will not unlock. HELP!

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Re: jkenmore Elite 9 HE 4 washer

Take the plug off the wall, remove the rear panel, there is a hose coming into the outlet area from the tub. With a pair of pliers ease the grip clip on this hose, be prepared for a lot of water. If possible you could collect it into something low like a basin. After all the water has come out, gently try the door to open. Do not force the door. If you dont succeed put on the machine switch on for a minute, and then off. Wait for 2 minutes, the door should open when you try.

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What is code FDL

FDL code is a door lock code on these washers, but be advised, the older models had an issue with the main control boards loosing connection at the soldered joints for the door switch. They would loose solder, and the board would think the fault was the door lock and it was actually the board.

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This is obviously a door lock/switch assembly failure. The fault code FdL flashes if the door locking routine fails, after six attempts, to lock the door. You should hear the door lock clicks six times before the fault code flashes. Replacing the door lock/switch assembly is the only viable solution and it's a do-it-yourself repair. You only need a pair of needle-nose pliers to stretch the door gasket retaining hoop and a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws securing the door lock/switch assembly to the front panel. Click on the link below for the detailed instructions on how to replace the door lock/switch assembly.

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If the door fails to lock after six (6) attempts "Fdl" will display. The "Fdl" error code indicates the door failed to lock or the control does not detect the door being locked. The likely failure is the door lock mechanism. There is always a chance there could be a loose wire connection between the door lock mechanism and the Central Control Unit (CCU) causing the error too.

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A Door Lock Error occurs if the door cannot be locked. It will try to lock it six times before displaying the error code.

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Kenmore Elite HE3 front loader F-11 and FDL codes

yes!! the F/11 is triggered under high voltage conditions like high speed spinning. The part is called the MCU motor control unit. if it goes into failure while using your machine and locks the door, just wait 3 minutes and the door will unlock after the MCU resets. Try using you machine with a low speed spin for awhile.

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Fdl is a code that indicates a door lock error. This error occurs because the door cannot be locked. The door will try to lock six times before displaying the error code. You have a faulty door lock switch. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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I have a Kenmore Elite Quiet Pak 4 HE3T Washer. The door is locked with clothes in it. The displays is saying F dL. What has happened and how can we open the door.

FdL Door lock error A Door Lock Error occurs if the door cannot be locked. It will try to lock it six times before displaying the error code.

Possible Causes / Procedure

• Door lock mechanism is broken or removed from door.
• Door switch/lock unit failure.
1. Unplug washer or disconnect power.
2. Check door switch/lock unit.
3. Check the wire harness connections to the door switch/lock unit and Central Control Unit (CCU).

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If sound like a lid switch issue. Open the top of the washer to get an access to the lid switch(located near the doorframe). Look for a loose wire or a broken switch. In case there is no loose wire or broken switch, you should replace the switch. Good luck!

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