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F-2 Error Code

What does it mean? It stops mid cycle and I have to unplug it in order to get the machine started again and I keep getting the same code.

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  • mrslmz May 24, 2008

    When the machine has a load of clothes in it, the cycle stops and F-02 is displayed. The machine will not drain and spin with an average load of clothes and water in it. However, it will go thorugh the Drain/Spin cycle when there are just a few items or the machine is empty. Initially, we made certain that the hose was not clogged.

  • wallytwin May 28, 2008

    The machine stopped in mid cycle flashing F-02. When I tried to get the machine to go again it would not start and the cancel button would not work either. Eventually F-02 displayed again and the door unlocked. At this point the machine has water in it and will not work.

  • joeybladb Jun 01, 2008

    I've got an F02 code as well, and I can't get it to open -- it's full of water -- it won't even spin or do anything. Just putters around for 5 minutes that starts beeping.

    I checked the drain hose and it's good. 

    I googled around a bit and tried out a few things:

    You can remove the bottom front panel very easily (3 screws at the very bottom of the machine). This reveals the drain filter access, which is basically a big white plastic handle which you can turn to unscrew the filter -- the filter is attached to this.

    I grabbed a bunch of towels and a wet-vac, and began to unscrew this thing. Gallons of water poured out all over the place, but I kept at it. Finally all the water was gone, and I checked the filter, but it had no obstructions.

    I noticed that the drain pump motor housing is extremely hot. I suspect IT might be the cause.

    I put the filter back in and started the Drain-Spin cycle. Halfway through, I opened the filter just enough to get a dribble of water out, and wet-vac'd it up. The cycle completed after about 10 minutes, and I drained the filter housing out.

    I don't think the drain pump motor is working! I've removed it, and I'm going to shop around for a replacement.



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I replaced the pump motor (, #280187) and it works now. The part was back ordered and via express delivery took a total of about 2 weeks.

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I had a repair man come in and he cleaned the coin trap and pump housing, it had some small rocks and other small items. After cleaning it out it worked well again.

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F2 is long drain so your already on the right track. check and replace drain pump.

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