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KENMORE ELITE WASHER error (DL) then (F)

My washer will not start. There is a clicking sound and about 1 min. it starts beeping and give this error (DL) then (F). Where can I get the error codes for this machine. (110.45991400)

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  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2008

    Had a new door latch installed and still 2 days later get the F dL code............................

  • kentsworld Oct 05, 2008

    washer panel is completely dark other than F71 showing in the display panel. tried unplugging the machine and letting it sit. Still no change and machine showing same thing on display machine when plugged back in. Will check around the door for any possible problems.

  • ThumpSmash Apr 09, 2009

    How can I replace the door latch if I can't open the door!!!! HELP!

  • dr-regi Apr 13, 2009

    It was the relay on the MCB that unlocks the door. All I did was opened up the relay and took some very fine sand paper and contact cleaner to clean the contacts. I've had no more problems from the relay since I cleaned them. This might or might not be a permanent fix for this problem, but it sure does save $200-$400 dollars. I guess you could also replace the relay to solve the problem.

  • anamonous Apr 27, 2009

    Same issue I've been unplugging the cables and replugging them on the formatter board and it has reolved the issue. But I will try to sand the contact to see if it can be a more permanant fix. As to reply to the other poster you can manually open the door if you reach your hand up bedind the door and pull down on a round white peice of platic which is the back up door release. It's located on the door lock behind the door.



    Anthony

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    I had the same problem and replaced the door latch. It was about 60.00 but it fix the problem for now I hope this is the onlty thing that goes wrong. I am in the same boat as others for a machine that cost alot of money three years ago to me I should not be having these problems so early. Thank you for your comments in helping me fix my washer.

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  • Ja9Decoste May 04, 2009

    I have the F then the DL code. My washer starts fine but does not drain. I cleaned the trap/filter, there was a sock in it. Thought that would fix it but it is still beeping. It just keeps rinsing and beeping. If it wasn't so expensive I would hit it with a sledge hammer!!

  • teresa315 May 09, 2009

    How do I find the relay that needs to be cleaned?

  • tiamaria69 May 16, 2009

    I am having the exact came problem.  The washer won't start, it just clicks.  then in about 10 to 20 seconds the DL message flashes, followed by the (F).  And nothing works.... I am also having problems getting the washer to drain completely, and finish spinning... Not so happy with this washer... And to think I traded in my other "crappy" calypso washer (that was finally recalled) for yet another "crappy" washer.... 

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The "Fdl" error code indicates a problem with the door latch assembly. The clicking sound you hear is the door latch attempting to latch. If it fails to latch, the wash cycle will not start and the error code and audible beep will occur. There should be a tech sheet inside the washer. It's usually located behind the bottom panel under the door, or along the inside of the casing on either the left or right hand side. The tech sheet will have a list of error codes, procedures on how to perform diagnostics, and troubleshooting hints. It's strongly recommended that you leave the tech sheet inside the washer, so you don't lose it.

Repairclinic.com carries the door latch for about $50 and is listed as item number 1094190.

Searspartsdirect carries it for slightly less for about $43 and lists it under the "Door and Latch Parts" as item number 7 (part #8181700).

If you go to my profile and click on "Tips and Tricks" I have a posting there on how to change the door latch on a front loader. It's a very simple repair that any Do-It-Yourselfer can accomplish.

If you can't find the instructions you need, or need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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  • Monkeyface11 May 18, 2012

    How do I get to your site to get the tips on how to do the door latch?

  • Suzanne Bonham Aug 25, 2013

    Hi I went to your profile and clicked "tips". 5 pages later I am not seeing what I'm looking for and having to scan through each individual title - is there possibly a search box? or a link? THanks,

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If that didnt fix the f/dl problem then it is your MCB, the relay that tells the door to lock is broken. to get one of those it is a factory order and runs about $200-$400. peace be with you

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The information posted here was exactly correct. I was able to reach up and manually release the door once I removed the bottom panel. Word to the wise though, you will need a star driver to get the panel off. While I did not need to replace the switch yet, I believe it could be done easily. Thanks to all for the info.

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Got the FDL variable..." FRONT DOOR LATCH" vacuumed the door latch and connector, that worked!

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