Question about Kenmore 45981 Washer
This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet model front loading washers. If you experience a problem where the door becomes jammed and will not unlock or open, here's an easy way to gain access inside your washer WITHOUT calling the repairman.
1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.
3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.
4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.
Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: washer flashing dl on the screen
"dL" indicates Door Lock Failure: dL flashes if the following conditions occur:
Door lid is not closed completely due to interference.
Wash media buildup is preventing the lock bolt from extending.
Machine/motor control detects open door lid switch when attempting to lock.
Machine/motor control cannot determine if door lock is in a locked state.
Check for lock interference with lid or lock bezel
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
SOURCE: flashing codes
you have a communication problem between your door lock and your ccu board. Are you hearing a click click click before it fails? If so this is a relay inside your ccu board. Replace the board this will solve your problem
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
SOURCE: won't start flashes dL then F
Door lock error
A Door Lock Error occurs if the door cannot be locked. It will try to lock
it 6 times before displaying the error.
• Door Lock Mechanism broken or removed from the Door
• Check Door Lock/Switch Assembly
• Check the wire harness connections to the Door Lock/Switch Assembly and Central Control Unit (CCU)
• Door Lock/Switch Assembly Failure
Replace failed component.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
"Fdl" is a door latch error code. This error is an indication of either a door latch failure, Central Control Unit (CCU) failure, or interconnecting wiring between the two. The CCU is the main computer for the washer and it controls all functions. If you had a storm outage this could be something as minor as a glitch in the programming, or something as major as a CCU failure. You can attempt to reset the CCU by unplugging the washer for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes this all that is required to clear momentary glitches. If the error code reappears after a CCU reset, then you may have a legitimate problem.
For more troubleshooting advice refer to your technical data sheet located inside the washer. I apologize, but I do not have all the connectors pins for the door latch and CCU memorized. Refer to this sheet to get the correct connector plug lay-out and perform the steps required to determine if the latch is defective, or if the CCU is defective.
The tech sheet should be located inside the lower kick panel directly below the door. If not located directly behind the panel, it will be affixed to one of the interior cabinet walls. The lower panel can be removed by loosening the screws under the bottom front edge of the panel. With the screws removed, the panel will drop down, then off.
HINT: Propping the front legs of the washer up can give you better access to the screws (a 2 x 4 works well for this).
If you cannot get the door to unlatch, you may also try the manual release to reset the door latch. The following link explains how:
Sometimes resetting a jammed latch can restore operation.
The CCU can be accessed by removing the top washer panel. Simply remove the three screws that hold the panel in place in the rear of the washer. With the screws removed, the top panel will slide back, then off. The CCU is located in the top center of the washer directly above the wash tub.
If the door latch DOES turn out to be the problem and you need to replace it, the following link explains how:
Electrical storms can be devastating to home appliances and electronics. Which means...you could end up with more than one problem. If the problem can't be resolved by a simple reset of the door lacth or CCU, you may also review your home owner's insurance policy to see if storm damage to appliances is covered.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Hopefully you won't require any parts. I hope you find this information helpful.
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
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