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I get two codes , dL and F. I cleaned the filter but stil get both codes. Thanks

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"Fdl" is a door latch error code. This is an indication of either a defective door latch, door catch, defective Central Control Unit (CCU), or an interconnecting cable problem between the two. The following link explains how to troubleshoot this problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4490349-fdl_error_code


I have included parts resources, and the steps required to replace any defective parts. Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. the first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.
For a full explanation of all the error codes, each one of these appliances comes with a technical data sheet inside.

To access, you will need to remove the lower toe panel under the door. The access screws are located under the bottom front edge of the panel. You may have to prop the two front fett of the washer up for better access ( a 2x4 works well for this). With the screws removed, the panel should drop down, then come off. If the tech sheet isn't directly behind the panel, it will be affixed to one of the interior cabinet walls.

The tech sheet lists all error code definitions, troubleshooting data, diagnostics procedures and wiring diagrams. I mention the tech sheet because you may need it to troubleshoot this error code.


Read through the information provided and post back with your complete MODEL NUMBER if you have questions. I hope you find this information helpful.

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WHEN THEY CAME OUT TO SWITCH OUT THE BOARD FOR THE F1 CODE THE GENTLEMAN TOLD ME IT WAS OK. I HAD TOLD HIM THAT DL CODE WAS COMING ON AS WELL AND ALL HE SAID HE WAS ONLY SUPPOSE TO CHANGE OUT THE BOARD....


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
2 things- 'DL' and 'smells!

'DL' stands for 'Door Lock (Error)' indicating that there is a problem either with the door lock or the door locked sensor requiring another service call, sorry ;-0(
I CONSIDER IT DISGUSTING THAT THE SO CALLED GENTLEMAN WOULD NOT ATTEND TO THE 'DL' AT THE SAME TIME. THAT MEANS IT WILL COST YOU A DOUBLE VISIT.

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  2. the fact that there is 'foul' water being left in the drum.
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I would suggest checking the plumbing u-bend for trouble first, then following the notes on checking and cleaning the drain filter and the drain pump to ensure there is nothing 'obnoxious' hanging around the two of them! Finally run the occasional 90+ wash, or use specialised lower temperature powder/fluid, to kill bacteria.
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REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
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