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Hi there i have the kenmore elite 45986 my washer is showing f21 i cannot seem to unlock the door i have checked the top drain it looks fine i called to have sears come out to check it out and they want 200,00 just to walk into my house if i could get some assistance that would be great

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Hello, welcome to FixYa.

Based on your post I understand you have a F21 problem with a Kenmore washer, the F21 error means an excessive drain time was detected as you may or may not already know...also the reason the door won't unlock.


If you follow the link to my solution to this error designed specifically for "do-it-yourselfers" you should be fixed up in no time...including unlocking the door. (It's much quicker for me than pasting or retyping the complete solution several hundred times, that's how common this is)

http://www.fixya.com/support/r9090359-whirlpool_frontload_f2_f21_sd_suds

Thank you for visiting FixYa for your washer inquiry. Please take a moment to rate my assistance both here and on my tip link and leave a brief testimony.

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Posted on May 26, 2011

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Hello & Welcome to FixYa

F21 error is displayed when the washer is unable to drain, press PAUSE/CANCEL button twice to clear the display. After this please check the drain hose and drain pump filter for any blockages and make sure it is not clogged with foreign particles. You can also check the drain pump to verify that its working. Please get back to me if you have any other questions.

Kevin

Posted on May 26, 2011

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