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Kenmore Elite HE3 Front load..error code F H

Keep getting error code F H more and more frequently. now washer will not complete any cycle. there does not seem to be any less water flwoing in during cycles. troubleshoot guide says it is water input problem, but doesn't tell where filters are or how to get at them. any help would be appreciated

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  • vinlorri1 Aug 18, 2008

    the model number is 110.45872400. not sure why you couldn't find it. it seems to be a popular unit and is all over the internet. all kenmore or sears says is to have a service tech come out to the house for a large service fee which i am trying to avoid if all i have to do is clean a filter.

  • mealiffe Oct 26, 2008

    Same problem... F H occurs after about 20 seconds into start cycle and then the door won't even unlock. Is there a solution?

  • plazapaintin Oct 26, 2008

    Kenmore Elite Model #45991: Error Code F11 keeps coming up whenever I use a spin above low. Door won't open until I finally trick it to ending the cycle but the clothes are soaking wet. Is this the same problem with the drain? Where is the filter that needs to be cleaned?

  • LG2008 Dec 29, 2008

    Yes same issue, not all settings working. Need a fix.


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**Before you begin make sure to turn off either the hot and cold water valves.**

The resolution is to remove the hot and cold water hoses connected to the back of the washer and remove and clean the microfine filters located inside washer's intake valves.
*The purpose of the filter is to capture all of the mineral deposits from harsh or rusted water particles.*

Basically, unscrew the hoses (connected directly to the back of the washer)
Carefully, remove the filters (they are very sensitive and could puncture easliy)

Clean them off with an old tooth brush in soapy water.

Finally, replace the filter(s), hoses and finally turn on the hot and cold water valves and best of all you will save yourself about $125!


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Thanks! the stop and re-start worked for me. I am at a vacation rental and have never operated this model of washer b4. I interrupted the cycle to add soap and got the F H code. Now here's another question, since there is not operating manual here, when do you add the soap for this model? At home in my top load, I start the water, add soap, then put clothes in. This obviously does not work with front load.

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I can not find your washer or the error codes. please call this number below and let them know that you need the meaning of the code and what to do to fix it.

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Call 1-888-KENMORE (1-888-536-6673).

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Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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    Cameron Viseth Aug 18, 2008

    ok do this.

    select stop (press it 2 times)

    select drain and spin if there is water in the tub.

    reselect cycle and start.


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Check the air trap (bottom of tub) on the south end of the air tube attached to the pressure switch (top right rear under the top cover). Mine was plugged with 7 years of crud causing an FH error code, stopping the wash cycle. Great machine - saved hundreds of bucks I suspect.

Posted on Nov 06, 2011

I took off the panel at the back of the unit. the area where the hoses are attached. there is a small screen filter there. (like the one on a sink faucet). i cleaned it and the washer has worked perfectly ever since. no more FH error the way this means low water inflow.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

Where it says Kenmore elite, try pulling this out it is a compartment. It holds your laundry detergent,bleach,and fabric softner. The compartment just blends in. Good luck you will enjoy the wash.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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