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F02l Problem that everyone else is having/

I have pulled my washer out and where is this bottom panel are we talking underneath? I have one solid panel on the back of mine???

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If this is in reference to the "F21" error code on a Kenmore Elite front loader, the bottom panel is directly below the door. It comes off by removing the screws under the bottom front edge. With the screws removed, the panel will drop down, then come off.

NOTE: You may have to prop the two front feet of the washer up for better access (a 2 x 4 works well for this).

"F21" is a Long Drain error code, which usually means the drain pump reservoir is clogged with debris, the drain lines are obstructed, or the drain is not working. The following link explains:

If this is not what you are talking about, or if you have questions about this repair, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009


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