Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
It will not run a load and it just beeps and shows F dL now. For over a week it was just F11. This expensive machine stinks if you ask me.
Press on pause for about 15 seconds, then open the door, choose your program, close the door hard and press on start.
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
There are other threads in fixya with the same problem, and I'm trying to get to all of them but there's too many, so please pass this along. The problem is contact fretting and is very easy to fix. It costs next to nothing and only takes a bit of work. Please see my post on mysteryonion's page at
It is dated Wed Feb 25, 2009, 11:58:03 pm, and you can search for my name - "monettsys"
The same problem will occur with any machine that uses tin-lead contacts in the connectors.
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
F dl refers to a door lock issue, failur to lock,f 11 refers to a communications error between door lock and 2 central computers on board, just replaced a machine controller for a cust today to fix the Fdl. part deneding on model can be 165-300 dollars.
Posted on Mar 02, 2008
Close door hard. Then HIT it on the Handle.
Posted on Mar 02, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Hello and welcome to FixYa
DL f is a door lock error and is caused due to an issue with the door lock when it is unable to lock/unlock. Please check the door lock mechanism/door switch assembly and replace the part that has gone bad so that the issue is resolved. Please get back to me if you have any other questions.
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