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Code SL or 5L? - Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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It is Code SL which means Suds Lock. Either you have too much soap suds for it to drain properly or Your drain pump is clogged and not spinning properly. Try running it through a rinse and spin cycle and if you still get a code (SL or Ld) then you will probably need to replace your drain pump.

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  • mattinator Jun 03, 2011

    i kept getting SL code on Calypso otherwise known as Suds Lock and fixed it easily in under 10 mins. In my case, the pump and machine in general seemed to functioning so, i knew it wasn't the pump (i hate to admit it but i thought it was the pump and when i took the pump out, which took me 20 min's, it looked perfectly fine and yes, these machines are notorious for pump failures but that was not my issue). What happened was, some stuff got underneath dome/basket thingy (open lid, look inside washer, and you're staring at it - it's the round object in the bottom of the tub that moves the clothes up and down). It was, periodically, blocking the check ball valve or something like that and confusing the machine (the machine seemed to function, more or less, normally which was maddening). Remove dome using 2 flat balde, short screwdrivers. Insert into two of the four slots you'll find on the plastic dome thing. Push in, pry up - fairly hard. Ensure you use two slots side by side - do not use two slots across from each other (which, would seem more intuitive, i admit). At first i didn't think it was going to work but just keep at it - what you're doing is pushing in on a simple plastic clip so you need to push in, and pull up. Then use a socket to remove the 6 or 8 hex head screws holding down the basket. You can leave the screws in their holes. once they are all loose, pull it up, and you'll see the bottom of the stainless tub. therein you will, no doubt, find some stuff. I found: a 20 dollar bill (sweeeet), a plastic card, a quarter, and a large section of pillow case that my wife admitted had gotten stuck, and tore off a month ago by her hands (tks honey). ANyways, i was able to just hold the basket up with one hand, pull this stuff out one by one, and put the basket back in place without removing the loose screws and i had it back together in like, 1 min. It was really easy - easy enough for literally anyone to do (I am no repairman, though, i am pretty handy but seriously, my 10 yr old could have done it).

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SOURCE: we got error code SL or it may have been 5L...not

this is a long or slow drain issue you will need to check the drain pump for obstructions.

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SL is a suds lock code it can be caused by the drain pump not draining the water, too much detergent, non HE detergent, or extra heavy loads, try running it empty, if code persits it is a computer/main controller/timer failure

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