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H and F flashing no numbers

I have an HE 3 Kenmore front loader washer. I have just started having problems with my washer. (my 5 year warranty expirded two months ago)
After the washer runs for a couple of miniute I will hear a beeping sound and F and H will start flashing until I press the start button again and the washer will start working as normal.

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Re: H and F flashing no numbers

Check for kinked hoses and blocked screens on the inlet. It could also be a problem with the pressure hose, if its out of its clip on the back of the machine it could have gotten rubbed on the tub and has a pin hole in it. it should be in a clip that also holds the drain hose. could also be a drain issue, or a flow meter problem or a CCU problem. Hope this helps, email me back if you need to.

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