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I have a Siemens washingmachine which stops during washing. I get the message F18 all the time. I have opened it to remove the item, but there is nothing there. I still get the F 18 all the time

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Hi,

F18 Refers to Machine is taking too long to Pump the Water Out.The main Reason is Blockage or Restriction in the Filters. Empty the Water Out and Clean the Filter Out.

Make sure that the Pump is Working as well.

Hope i helped you.

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