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Calypso displaying SL or5L messages, did you get it fixed?

I'm having the same problem you and others had with the Calypso stoppinig and displaying the error codes SL or 5L. Any advise you can share to resolve this issue is appreciated.

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  • jpreston Apr 12, 2009

    How does one check the condition of the U-Joint or replace it? Can someone post how to disassemble the washer? Does the top just snap loose? Do you have to remove the plastic "Calypso" trim on the front?

  • chuckboone May 04, 2009

    Could this be a sensor issue? We are having the same issue. It appears to keep cycling and then eventually errors out. The pump does pump the water out, we have run extra rinse cycles, so it would not appear to be a suds issue. Quote for replacing the pump is $350, which is about what we paid for this machine used.

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I see at least 2 of these a week. 9 out of 10 times, it's the pump. If the u-joint is bad, it will put strain on the motor causing it to think it's overloaded as well.

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SL Suds lock The motor controller senses a suds lock condition by analyzing the current draw on the drive motor. If a potential suds lock is detected, the control tries up to 3 times to clean out the unit with a mini-cycle.

"SL" is displayed if suds are detected but the unit is unable to clean out suds. This may indicate a bad pump, an extra heavy load, excessive detergent or excessive suds.

Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display

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Error FL


FL= Flood Condition
FL flashes if any overfill condition occurs. This condition occurs when excessive water in the tub causes the overfill switch to trip. The control must realize that the trip was due to an overfill condition instead of a suds lock condition in order for FL to be displayed.

With an overfill condition, the beeper repeats a warning every 10 seconds with no time out. The pump is cycled in drain mode for 30 seconds on 30 seconds off until the overfill switch resets or power is discontinued to the unit.

Note: Press STOP/CANCEL to clear display on all error codes

Causes of flood condition. Inlet valves stuck on, sediment in water level pressure tube, water pressure tubing vibrated off the switch. Bad switch (highly unlikely).

Other codes:
PF power failure
Er control lost settings during PF
LF Long fill Clogged inlet screens
CE Com error between motor and control
Ld Long drain Clogged/slow drain/pump
CA/CI Motor amping up
ob off balance load
Sr relay failure no control to motor
LS Lid switch no signal from lid switch, error occurs if the motor and control disagree as to the position of the lid switch. Usually means corosion is buit up in the switch and the motor knows the lid is shut but the control does not. Code appears when start button is pressed.
open lid= flashing display time If the lid is opened time remaining flashes in display. Close lid and press start to continue.
SL Suds Lock Current draw on motor is sensed by motor control and a suds lock is declared. The control trys 3 times to fix this by doing a mini cycle, SL is displayed if the unit was unable to correct the problem. This problem is caused by:
Bad pump
Extra heavy load
Excessive detergent
or Excessive suds/wrong stuff

Last summer me and my buddy Robert worked on a one of these and took some pix:

CALYPSO REPAIR MANUAL AND SOME PHOTOS

Feb 19, 2011 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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FL code on a Calypso Whirlpool washer


FL= Flood Condition
FL flashes if any overfill condition

occurs. This condition occurs when

excessive water in the tub causes the

overfill switch to trip. The control must

realize that the trio was due to an

overfill condition instead of a suds lock

condition in order for FL to be displayed.

With an overfill condition, the beeper

repeats a warning every 10 seconds with no

time out. The pump is cycled in drain mode

for 30 secondson 30 seconds off untill the

overfill switch resets or power is

discontinued to the unit.

Note: Press STOP/CANCEL to clear display on all error codes

Causes of flood condition. Inlet valves

stuck on, Sediment in water level pressure

tube.

Other codes:
PF power failure
Er control lost settings during PF
LF Long fill Clogged inlet screens
CE Com error between motor and control
Ld Long drain Clogged/slow drain/pump
CA/CI Motor amping up
ob off balance load
Sr relay failure no control to motor
LS Lid switch no signal from lid switch, error occurs if the motor and control disagree as to the position of the lid switch. Usually means corosion is buit up in the switch and the motor knows the lid is shut but the control does not. Cose appears when start button is pressed.
open lid= flashing display time If the lid is opened time remaining flashes in display. Close lid and press start to continue.
SL Suds Lock Current draw on motor is sensed by motor control and a suds lock is declared The control trys 3 times to fix this by doing a mini cycle, SL is displayed if the unit was unable to correct the problem. This problem is caused by:
Bad pump
Extra heavy load
Excessive detergent
or Excessive suds/wrong stuff

Feb 04, 2010 | Washing Machines

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I keep getting a code "SL" on the display. Before this happens,the washer will stop counting back at 26,and seemingly try to go through the same process a few times. What is the problem and how much might...


Error code "SL" is displayed if suds are detected but the machine is unable to clean it out after three tries with a mini-cycle. This may indicate a bad pump, an extra heavy load, or inappropriate detergent is used.

Press STOP/CANCEL button to clear the display. Do not overload the machine and use a high efficiency (HE) detergent. Use 1/2, or even lower, of the normal amount if regular detergent is used.

The drain pump assembly price ranges between $110 and $130 exclusive of service fee if you ask a technician to replace it for you. Please advise me if the error code still appear on the display for the drain pump troubleshooting and replacement procedure.

Jan 14, 2010 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Calypso Washer is not washing clothes or spinning; getting LF error message. Water is going into the machine but no washing action.


Hi There
I'm Sending you the fault codes. Hope this helps you and get you in the right direction.

LF Long Fill If the water fill time exceeds ten minutes, the water valves are turned off and LF is flashed.

Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display. Thank you for writing to fix ya.
Best regards Richard

Dec 11, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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I have an error message that reads ob. I have an


OB MEANS OFF BALANCE if the motor controller detects an unrecoverable off-blance condition, the machine controller will shut down and display ob. the lid switch must be opened at least once before restarting the cycle if this condition occurs. opening the lid will allow you to view and redistribute the load. press stop/cancel to clear the display. hope this helps.

Oct 27, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Cabrio Whirlpool WTW6600SWO


you have a cabrio not a calypso..1st calypso did not display f1 codes BUT a cabrio does indicating bad control module.. changed 1 last week same issue..i'm sure if you go to sears .com click parts link type in your model number it will come up a cabrio..let me know how it turns out

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GETTING SL error


Suds lock, use he soap and be sure to use the cup at mark 1 or less. If you have a water softener use a 1/4 less.

Aug 03, 2008 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Calypso kenmore washer won't spin enough water out during cycle...error displays SL


ck pump for lint /obstruction blocking impeller ..lean washer back remove pump bottom 4 screws if new style old style remove hoses and ck

Jul 21, 2008 | Washing Machines

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SL or 5L error codes, Fixed?


Sorry, I haven't. In fact, I started to use my older washing machine, because I got someone to fix this one and it still wouldn't work. He told me that the newer models are not built to last, and that they are purposely built to break down and need constant fixing. Good luck.

Jul 12, 2008 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Kenmore Elite Calypso Washer


I'm in the process of tearing apart my Calypso, Ugh. I found the diagnostic chart inside the machine. 5L is actually 'SL' which means suds lock, and can be an indicator of a failed pump, an extra heavy load, excessive detergent, or excessive suds. Corrective action is to press Stop/Cancel to clear the display.

Mar 26, 2008 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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