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F-H code and water won't stop

Our washer stops on the rise cycle, beeps loudly with the error code F-H. It's hard to figure out how to get it to unfreeze. I've cancelled everything and can get it to then start on the "drain and spin" cycle to at least drain the water down, but I can see the water outlet in the door frame continuing to pour in water. Even when the cycle is through and it says "clothes clean", water doesn't stop. Earlier I went to check the status (no lights, cycle finished), and I opened the door and water poured out. What is happening? (Sears site has no Q&A for service support). Help!

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  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2007

    same problem

  • KyraDavila Jan 04, 2008

    I'm having the same problem...any solutions? Help please!!

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2008

    We are having the same problem. Please help. The error will not go away and I must cancel the program and drain and spin tehe clothes.

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2008

    Help!! I am having the same problem. Mine also flashes F/H and also gets stuck on the rinse cycle. I also have not been able to get the code off of the door open unless I reset everything and then drain. I too had water pour out the door and was such an mess!! I must say it's very upseting to spend the money and still have the mess, what's saving time about this????

    Please help..

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    same problem and no idea what to do

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    I have the same problem. I found this site,I tried what they said, but my filter was not clogged. It's worht a shot to try though! Here's the link.

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2008

    Same problem here, but completely intermittent. I have searched for "kenmore he4t FH" and found that it could be a pressure switch problem. this switch is not communicating with the CCU board to indicate enough water is in the tub. After reading all the blogs about how long and $$$ it is to get a sears repair person out, I am going to attempt to fix it myself, following the guidelines from the "Samurai Appliance site". He says a wiring harness may have come loose.

  • Anonymous May 05, 2008

    cleaned water inlet filter

    unplugged and re plugged

  • Anonymous Sep 15, 2008

    Thank you for the suggestion of the made my day a whole lot better...I have been fighting with my washer for weeks, and now I have fixed the problem with only a modicum of effort!!



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If after 30 seconds the control does not detect water entering machine and then valves will be turned off and the error code will be displayed.
If the control has turned the water valves on and after 8 minutes the flow meter has detected 10.5 gallons of water passing through it, but has not detected the pressure switch trip, the valves will be turned off and the error code will flash.

Press PAUSE/CANCEL twice to clear the display.

Potential Causes

• If there is no water in the unit:
- Make sure that both valves at the water source(s) are turned on all the way.
- Check for plugged or kinked inlet hoses or plugged screens in the inlet valves
- Verify inlet valve operation
• If there is water in the unit:
- Verify Drain pump operation
- Pressure Switch Hose is in good condition and properly connected to Tub and Pressure switch

• Verify there is not a siphon problem
• Verify wire harness connections to; Inlet Valves, Pressure Switch, Drain Pump, Flow Meter, and Central Control Unit (CCU)
• Check all hoses for possible leaks
• Verify pressure switch operation
• Verify flow meter operation
• Verify CCU operation

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