Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
First it intermittantly wouldn't spin out, but we thought it was because my mother in law under-loaded it or overloaded it.
Then it started displaying an F 5 error code and won't work at all.
The technician says 600 to fix - it is just out of warranty.
HELP? please - do you know what the error code means or what I can do?
"F05" is an indication of a water temperature sensor (NTC) error. Check the Water Temperature Sensor and check connections to the Water Temperature Sensor. To access, you will have to UNPLUG your washer and remove the lower access panel under the door. The panel comes off by removing the screws under the bottom edge. HINT: If you place a block of wood under each front foot of the washer, it will make access to the screws much easier. If the panel sticks, a tap on the sides will knock it free. The panel will drop down then come off. The sensor (NTC) is located at the base of the wash tub in the front on the heating element. This will be a small square shaped plug between the heating element terminals. Unplug the wire harness and take a resistance check. Readings will be as follows:
Temperature Meter Reading
32°F (0°C) 35.9 Kω
86°F (30°C) 9.7 Kω
104°F (40°C) 6.6 Kω
122°F (50°C) 4.6 Kω
140°F (60°C) 3.2 Kω
158°F (70°C) 2.3 Kω
203°F (95°C) 1 Kω
Roughly...around 9K ohms at room temperature if I'm reading the chart correctly. Take readings as listed and also double check the connector to make sure it is not oxidized. Try cleaning the plug and reconnecting to see if the error code goes away. If not, you will probably have to replace the sensor.
The part number is 8181705 and listed as "NTC" at Searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and you will find the part under the "Tub and Basket" heading. The best part of all - the NTC only cost $9.75. I hope this helps you.
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