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HF error At the point of the rinse cycle my Kenmore HE3T beeps the H/F signal and will not continue until I hit pause once and restart the machine. There is no water inlet problem but apparently it thinks there is. I fear that one day it won't restart! Any suggestions? Thank-you.

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The "F/H" error code can be attributed to a number of things.

If NO water is in the washer:

- Check the inlet hoses for kinks or clogs.
- Check the water inlet valve for clogs and clean the inlet screens.

If there IS water in the washer:

- Verify the Drain Pump turns on.
- Verify the Pressure switch hose is in good condition and is connected properly from the tub to the switch. The hose is an air hose that is attached to the wash tub on the right-hand side (facing in from the front - with the lower panel removed) and runs to the pressure switch (located in the rear of the washer on the right-hand side - facing from the front, with the top panel removed). Make sure the hose is attached at both ends and has no leaks.
- Make sure you don't have a siphon problem. This occurs if you place the drain hose into the standpipe at the wall too far. If the drain hose sits in the standpipe in a manner where there is no air gap (i.e., drain hose sitting in the waste trap, or fits too tight at the top to allow air in the pipe) water will start to siphon out of the machine as it fills. This is a common problem.
- Check the flowmeter to see if it is operating properly. The flowmeter is white cylindrical device located near the inlet valve that senses water flow into the washer and tells the presssure switch to cut off. If the flowmeter fails, the pressure switch does not receive the correct input signal and the washer generates an error code.

In a nutshell, check the easy things, first. I would begin with making sure the inlet hoses are not clogged or kinked and the make sure the drain hose is not causing a siphon issue. Then follow the recommended steps mentioned above.

You can place the washer in diagnostics mode for troubleshooting by selecting DRAIN/SPIN, NO/SPIN and then press any button under OPTIONS 4 times (must be the same button). The washer display will change to "C00" and start a series of tests. For a complete list of error codes and diagnostics procedures, look inside the lower panel under the door. There should be a tech sheet somewhere inside the washer that explains all of this in detail.

If it's not a simple hose issue, I suspect you may have a flowmeter problem, or an air hose leaking to the pressure switch. These are the more common problems I have found associated with this error. I hope this helps you. Post back if you have any further questions.

Posted on May 07, 2008

  • apollo11land Sep 06, 2010

    I also have this same error code, and I found this post very helpful.
    Our washer displays this error intermittantly and if you pause it and restart it it keeps filling up with water. It seems like the water flow is fine but the sensor that determins there is sufficient water in the tub is not working. I am assuming that this is the presure switch mentioned in your response but I am having a tough time finding it on the sears site.



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