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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Depending on how fritzed your drain pump is this may or may not work. I've been using HE detergent because it is supposed to cause fewer suds. However, apparently is causing more suds than needed. I need to use only a couple tablespoons? If your clothes are not dirty enough for the soap to grab onto then extra suds are the result. The repair guy said we had an excessive amount of suds in the system and this affects the sensor and causes the drain pump to run and run and run until it shuts off from overheating. This is why we get the F2 and/or suds error code. He said once a month run the machine on the hottest water cycle with a cup of bleach (no clothes). This will clear out any suds build-up and is cheaper than Afresh which works, too, (but smells cleaner than bleach). After sitting for a day our pump started working again (yay!) It also stopped making the horrible loud sound. So glad I do not have to replace the pump!! yet...(knock on wood!).
Posted on May 13, 2009
SOURCE: Kenmore Elite HE3 F02 error
If you checked the drain pump reservoir and the problem still persists, you may have a pump with a damaged motor/impeller, or something lodged in one of the drain lines. In particular, the drain line that runs from the bottom of the wash tub to the inlet side of the pump.
I recommend you remove the inlet hose, first and inspect for clogs. In is common for small garments to become lodged in this area and restrict water flow to the drain pump. Check the output drain line for obstructions as well.
It does not take much to damage this small drain pumps. The error code is generated if the drain cycle exceeds 8 minutes. So...if the impeller or motor become damaged, and the pump does not pull water at the correct volume, you may still experience the drain error. In this case, you will have to replace the pump in order to get the error to clear. The following link explains how:
Replacements can be purchased at any of the following websites:
Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. the first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.
If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Mar 06, 2010
SOURCE: Kenmore Elite error message F 02
Here is what the manufacture says about F02 - Below this are my comments
If the drain time exceeds eight minutes, the water valves are
turned off and “F/02” is flashed.
Press PAUSE/CANCEL two times to clear the display.
NOTE: After four minutes the “Sud” error will be displayed,
then four minutes later the “F/02” error code will be
Possible Causes / Procedure
1. Check the drain hose and make sure it is not plugged
2. Unplug washer or disconnect power.
3. Check the electrical connections at the pump and make
sure the pump is running.
4. Check the drain pump filter for foreign objects.
5. Plug in washer or reconnect power.
6. If the above does not correct the problem, go to step 7.
7. Unplug washer or disconnect power.
8. Replace the pump.
If you washed a rug with a rubber backing or small articles like baby socks you may have a plugged up pump. To access the pump lay on the floor and remove the 3 screws holding the lower panel of washer on. Pull down and out on the panel to remove. Lay out a lot of towels under the unit, I mean a lot... Look in the center for a white cap about the diameter of a large cup, it will have a handle on it to turn, turn this left(counter clockwise) to unscrew. This will unscrew and pull out, but be careful when it comes out so does all the water. Clean out the trap that is in your hand and anything you see or feel in the sump area the trap came from. Reassemble and test. If this does not work you will more than likely need a new drain pump, that is the component on the right of that trap you just cleaned out.
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
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