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Error code F09 for HE3T Kenmore waher

I get the error F09 in the last 30- minutes of a normal wash cycle.
In the manual, error F4-F16 are mentioned as electrical problems. What does F09 mean?

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Re: Error code F09 for HE3T Kenmore waher

Shannabug is right on the money. I had the same problem a few days ago. F09 came up - I hit pause twice - since there was water still in the drum I did a spin and drain.


Right below the kickboard there are three torqux screws - now's a good time to get a Torqux folding key set. Once removed - give the side of the kick board a rap on the side - sometimes you may have to use an object to hit it with - it'll fall right off.

On the bottom, dead center is a white cylinder facing you with a screw cap. This is the filter/catch basket - to the right of that is your pump.

Before you screw off the cap, make sure you have lots of paper towels - I had a shop-vac - as I loosened the cap I had the vacuum **** up the water that was coming out - I removed the filter and there was two pencils in there - apparently my son never emptied his pocket. I put the shop vac into the filter chamber and started sucking up anything else that may have been there.

When you put the cap back on, ensure the little notch on top of the cap is facing up, and screw it back on securely. Put the kick board back on - and you're ready to go.

If you continue to have a problem you can clean out the drain tube with a shop-vac - and/or purchase a new pump - but now you see where it is, and how easy it is to change it - you can now save yourself a few hundred dollars by changing it yourself!

IMPORTANT - BEFORE YOU DO THIS UNPLUG THE SYSTEM. This will make sure no injuries, and while you are doing the filter, the computer is getting to reboot itself.

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Re: Error code F09 for HE3T Kenmore waher

F09 is the water pump. It usually means something is clogging it. Take the front cover off of the washer and the water pump is located right in the middle front. Unscrew the cover to the pump and make sure there is nothing clogging it. I just had this issue and found a quarter, a nickel and a button. Since I removed the items there has not been a problem.

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Re: Error code F09 for HE3T Kenmore waher

I get F9 from time to time. It is either because the load is too large and the weight of it wet triggers the error. I have gotten it when I put in already wet cloths. My main problem when F9 error occurs is that my water hose has gotten bent or kinked either right where it comes out of the machine or where it drains into the wall.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

Re: Error code F09 for HE3T Kenmore waher

Thanks for the answers.
Here is what we did. Washed twice with no cloths in the machine - some debris came out during the rinse cycle. No more F09 after that.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008

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F02 means that there is a drain problem, and F09 is overflow condition. When you get both error , it is usually because of a faulty pressure switch. Better testing the drain system as described below , before replacing the pressure switch..

To start try clearing the error by disconnecting the power cord or tripping the circuit breaker for five minutes. If you can clear the error, then the problem was just temporary.

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If the drain lines are not clogged, the drain pump can be tested by reading ohms at solenoid (contacts on valve), and by energizing the pump directly.

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HF error flashes, then after 7 min. drains machine, but won,t go in wash cycle

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