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Sears Kenmore Calypso Washer

My washer will not wash. It fills with water and then 'FL' starts flashing.
Can anyone tell me what the problem might be or what 'FL' means?

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  • Anonymous May 14, 2008

    my washer will not but overfill with water.what do i do?

  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    Yes, same problem here. I have also been getting ob, and sd. The codes were randomly coming up throughout the day on Saturday. On Sunday, I've tried every combo I could think of, and every single one leads to fl. I can't afford costly repairs. This machine was really expensive and rated #2 from CR when I purchased it. Oh well, live and learn.

  • ScottinBV May 23, 2008

    I have the same problem. Washer fills and will make it to the rinse cycle but will not flush the water out. The pump "cycles" - hums - and symbol FL flashes (guide says this means over fill). I used a Shop Vac to siphon the water out and found no damage, kinks, blockage in the drain hose.

  • alamp9608 Feb 17, 2009

    I have the Calypso washing machine about 5 1/2 years. It has had an ongoing problem of leaving black mold on the clothes. I had a 5 year warrantee and each time the service came during this period they cleaned it out, told me not to use so much detergent, sold me a product to use once a month, etc. It usually was ok for a few months but gradually the black tar like substance reappeared. Now it is with every wash. The repair man told me recently that it is mold and to basically throw out the machine.I am about ready to do that. any other suggestions?

  • jappell Apr 11, 2009

    I just learned today and did not know that there was a Class Action on this machine.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    same problem as previous person

    washer will not fill with water and does the hum thing like it is trying to work

    Any ideas om how to fix?

    We also have random problems with black streaks on th clothes what is that and how can we stop it?

  • bittybo Apr 17, 2009

    i have had my washing machine for 5 years with no problem. suddenly a large humming sound and it will not drain. called sears and repairman said i need a new pump and sears is charging me 350.00 to buy the pump which they are sending to the house in 10 days at which point i then have to make another appointment to get it repaired. the service man said the eclipse was a piece of junk. i saud i only bought it because cr rated it as a top washing machine. he said i was better off buying a new washing machine which now run a 1000.00.  i am so angry it is the calypso GV9959k top load washer. i lost my job. all out money is gone in the stock market and i had to take my dog for emergency treatment at the vet for 400. i guess i will not eat and use utilities  until i get some extra cash

  • ALBERT GARCIA
    ALBERT GARCIA May 11, 2010

    do you hear the motor starting ? like a hum? but wont start?

    let me know AJ

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Usually "FL" means one of two problems, both with the drain system. The good news is that both are relatively easy to fix yourself. "LD" can also be fixed by doing the following as well.

First, get the washer somewhere outside, in a garage or basement where you can afford to have large amounts of water spill out onto the ground. It may be easier to dismantle the inside of the basin and get as much of the water shop-vac'd out before you move it. Once it's outside, open up the back panel, and on the bottom left you will see a large black hose with clips on either end. Take the clip that attaches the hose to the bottom of the tub off and all the left over water will spill out. Turn it on it's face now, take the bottom panel off, and remove each of the clips on the hoses (drain hose to) and make sure nothing is blocking any of the lines. If it is, then remove it and this MIGHT fix your problem.

The other option (if the previous doesn't work) is to replace your pump motor, because odds are it has gone bad. The Calypso washers are notorious for having drain issues, and there was even a class action lawsuit a few years back that would have likely allowed you to get the washer fixed for free. If you do need to get a new drain pump motor, they go for anywhere between $80-100 and are a breeze to switch out. Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

Yes. It did, then it goes to the 'FL' mode. I don't know what 'FL' means. When I first bought the machine, I did ask for a manual. The little Sears store I bought it from in Kingman, Arizona had given the manual out on loan to another customer who never returned it. This is the first problem I've had with the machine, so did not give it another thought.
Thank you,

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