Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

2 Answers

DL flashes over and over

Ok my kenmore elite front loader blinks DL DL DL then occasionally F F F, beeping along with it . it pretty much locks the door so i cant get in then out of no where it will work after 20 min or so of shaking it or preesing random buttons ,this time is the longest it continued for please help me.

Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 262 Answers

Unplug machine for 2 minutes this will reset the computer if problem continues look behind bottom front cover and there is a tech sheet that will tell you what the f code is the DL code is bad door lock assembly. it could be the main control (mother board throwing you these codes) Ive seen this happen before

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 6 Answers

Unplug your machine, remove the top panel, and recheck all the wiring is connected. Sometimes it jiggles loose from the machine's vibration. Hope this helps! It worked for us!

Posted on Jan 02, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Kenmore elite model # 110.45088400. We set a cycle, washer starts beeping and reads F then blinks to DL. We hit pause to clear then try to restart while it makes clicking sounds and it continues to read...

Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

'DL' stands for Door Lock error. There is likely to be a problem with either the door solenoid/lock or the 'door closed' sensor requiring a service engineer's attention I suggest. Sorry ;-0(

If this has assisted and/or clarified the situation for you please consider a 4 thumbs up on our rating.
Thanks and good luck!
John C

Aug 24, 2011 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

When I try to use the washer I press the Express Wash Cycle as usual. The panel lights up as usual but when I press the start button it dosen't start. I don't hear the front load door lock as usual and...

Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

'F' for fault, 'dL' for door lock and you don't hear it operating. It's pretty clear there is a problem either with the lock operating solenoid (highly likely 'cos you don't hear it operate) or the door lock sensor (not so likely).
Either you need to replace it or it needs replacing by a service engineer. Sorry, no other option ;-0(

Good luck,
John C

Mar 04, 2011 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

I own a kenmore elite front loader and it has quit working. When I set it 2 wash it only beeps and flashes dl and f. I had a technician look at it over 6 months ago and he said I needed to replace the...

Possible causes:

Door lock mechanism is broken or removed from door.
Door switch/lock unit failure.
1. Check door switch/lock unit.
2. Check the wire harness connections of the door switch/lock unit to the Central Control Unit (CCU).

Try these sites for spares:

May 24, 2010 | Kenmore 44102 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Kenmore Elite front load washer stops and blinks F35 and locks up

f35 code indicates a pressure switch problem. Try unplugging unit for 2 minutes.Plug back in and test.If F35 reappears,check hose from tub to pressure switch

Nov 04, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

2 Answers

My Kenmore Elite front loader HE3 washer will not start.

The door lock is not telling the control the door is locked. Faulty door switch or failed control or loose wire.Try pushing in on the door while it tries to start. Advanced trouble shooting may be required.

Jun 20, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Dl flashes and won't restart

Hi. Without model # I can't be certain but, (UNPLUG machine) if you remove the panel under the door and reach up along the right side of the tub, you can feel a little lever with a lood on it to unlock the door so that you can atleast get your close out. It sounds like the door switch has gone bad.
I hope this helps. Please let me know.


May 27, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

I am getting an DL F code on my front loader

"dL" indicates Door Lock Failure: dL flashes if the following conditions occur:
Door lid is not closed completely due to interference.
Wash media buildup is preventing the lock bolt from extending.
Machine/motor control detects open door lid switch when attempting to lock.
Machine/motor control cannot determine if door lock is in a locked state.
Check for lock interference with lid or lock bezel

Jan 04, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

Not finding what you are looking for?
Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer Logo

758 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenmore Washing Machines Experts

Sal De

Level 3 Expert

2694 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5648 Answers

 Brian Main
Brian Main

Level 3 Expert

467 Answers

Are you a Kenmore Washing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides