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Washer kenmore elite calypso 21086

Washing machine stops in the middle of a cycle and reads (SL), i don' thave and owners manuel.. what do u think this could be. ????

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Re: washer kenmore elite calypso 21086

Promblem with the lid switch is it happing durning the drain spin cycle

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SL is a suds lock code it can be caused by the drain pump not draining the water, too much detergent, non HE detergent, or extra heavy loads, try running it empty, if code persits it is a computer/main controller/timer failure

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