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Kenmore front end loader HE 3t Model 110.45972400

How difficult is it to change out the door latch on this unit?

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  • Lavacenter Oct 08, 2008

    We bought our Kenmore front loader He3t Model #110.45972400 in Nov 2006.  It's not yet 2 yrs old and we can't find a new door latch assembly part for our model at "Appliance Repair Clinic."  We need to replace the original door latch assembly to stop error code "dL/F" and get on with the business of washing clothes.  Any suggestions?

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    It's Oct 15, 2008, seven days since the posting from Lavacenter on Oct 8th.  There has been no reply or help from this website.  

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We have a Kenmore Elite 3T and it is showing FdL, and will not lock the door and turn on. What does that mean?


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Thanks for using FixYa. Error “dlf” or "F dl"means a door latch failure. This means that you’ll need to replace the door latch assembly however before doing that you can leave the washer unplugged for 30minutes so that it resets itself. In the meantime when it’s unplugged just inspect the door latch wiring to ensure all the connector plugs are intact and not loose or broken. You can access the door latch wiring harness by removing the top panel of the washer. To remove the top panel just remove the three screws that hold the panel in place in the rear of the washer. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back, and then lift off. Locate the door latch assembly behind the front panel on the right hand side. Trace all the connectors from the door latch to the Central Control Unit (CCU) and make sure they are properly seated at both ends. If after doing this still the issue is not resolved then unfortunately you have to get the door latch replaced. Please do rate the solution if the issue is resolved else post a comment for further assistance.



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Rylee

Sep 06, 2010 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Where can I find a door latch for the Kenmore HE 3t


"Fdl" is a door latch error code. This is an indication of either a defective door latch, door catch, defective Central Control Unit (CCU), or an interconnecting cable problem between the two. The following link explains how to troubleshoot the problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4490349-fdl_error_code


I have included parts resources, and the steps required to replace any defective parts. Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. the first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.


Read through the information provided and post back with your complete MODEL NUMBER if you have questions. I hope you find this information helpful.

Jul 19, 2010 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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Kenmore elliet washing machine, front loader


To open the door manually:

UNPLUG the machine...

Remove the toekick panel (way down at the bottom).

Feeling along the inside of the front panel. You should be able to find a tab shaped like a teardrop attached to the door latch unit.

Pull the tab down just a little bit ... gently ... until the door opens (or you hear the latch click - then try to open the door).

Is the machine displaying a code?

Apr 29, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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I love my kenmore HE 3t front end loader washer. Lately it's been acting stupid and has been flashing a "DL" code and no matter what I do will not open the door. What can I do? I really can't afford a...


"Fdl" is a door latch error code. This could be an indication of a door latch failure, or a defective relay on the Central Control Unit (CCU) that controls the door latch.

If you cannot get the door to open, there is a manual release you can use to open the door. The following link explains how to access:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576511-door_jam_on_kenmore_elite_and_whirlpool_

Make sure you UNPLUG the washer before servicig inside the unit. In some cases, using the manual release can return the washer to normal operation. However, if you still have problems there is a tech sheet inside the appliance that explains all the error codes and how to troubleshoot them. The test points required to diagnose the problem are also included. The tech sheet should be located directly behind the lower toe panel, or affixed to one of the interior cabinet walls. I would begin by checking all the interconnecting wire connectors between the CCU and door latch to ensure the connectors are all seated properly. Unplugging them and reseating each one can help.

If you determine the door latch to be the cause of the problem, the following link explains how to access and replace:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575840-replacing_a_door_latch

Replacement parts (if required) can be purchased on line at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancpartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between these sites, so shop and compare.

If you have any questions about this repair, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Feb 17, 2010 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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Kenmore HE2T front loading automatic washer...model 110.4756,4757..displaying F22 error message? What does that mean and how do I fix it?


"F22" is a door latch error. It can mean any of the following:

1. The door latch mechanism is broken. Inspect the door latch to ensure it is intact and not broken. Verify the electrical connections are making good contact.

2. The door latch hook (located on the door) is broken or worn. If the latch hook is damaged, it may not allow the door latch to engage and lock properly.

3. The interconnecting wiring between the Central Control Unit (CCU) and the door latch are loose, broken, or not making good contact. The CCU is the main computer for the washer. You will need to remove the top panel of the washer in order to access. Simply remove the retaining screws located in the back of the washer and the panel will slide back, then lift off.

4. Defective CCU. The CCU controls nearly all the functions of the washer, including the door latch. If the CCU fails, the proper lock/unlock signals do not get sent to the latch mechanism.

Determing how to troubleshoot the CCU and Door Latch is in the technical data sheet included with your washer. The tech sheet is located behind the lower toe panel directly below the door. If the tech sheet isn't behind the toe panel, it will be affixed to one of the interior cabinet walls. I do not have the procedure memorized, but there are some tests you can try to determine if the problem is the CCU or latch.

If you determine the latch needs replaced, the following link may assist you:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r587965-door_latch_replacement_fdl_error

The procedures I provided are for Kenmore Elite series front loaders, which are the larger cousing to the HE2. The steps are nearly the same except for how to remove the door gasket from the front facing of the washer. The HE2 models are glued on instead of using a wire hoop (unless yours is a later model and has been modified). You can use a metal putty knife to carefully peel the gasket loose and reseal it when completed. A good appliance gasket cement (found at any appliance parts retailer) will work. You can also use a plumber's sealant. Just make sure you use a pliable rubber cement. Do not use super glue.

Some prefer to try to work through the top of the washer and avoid removing the gasket. This may be possible with the larger top loaders, but the smaller models are usually a bit more difficult to access.

Replacement parts can be purchased on line at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
appliancepartspros.com
pcappliancerepair.com
repairclinic.com

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Aug 31, 2009 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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Received an error code dl f on my Kenmore Elite 45986. Replaced the locking mechanism and I am still receving the same error and results. It just clicks and gives this error code. Thanks "dl F" error code...


The "Fdl" error code indicates a problem with the door latch assembly. The clicking sound you hear is the door latch attempting to latch. If it fails to latch, the wash cycle will not start and the error code and audible beep will occur. There should be a tech sheet inside the washer. It's usually located behind the bottom panel under the door, or along the inside of the casing on either the left or right hand side. The tech sheet will have a list of error codes, procedures on how to perform diagnostics, and troubleshooting hints. It's strongly recommended that you leave the tech sheet inside the washer, so you don't lose it.
Repairclinic.com carries the door latch for about $50 and is listed as item number 1094190.

Searspartsdirect carries it for slightly less for about $43 and lists it under the "Door and Latch Parts" as item number 7 (part #8181700).

If you go to my profile and click on "Tips and Tricks" I have a posting there on how to change the door latch on a front loader. It's a very simple repair that any Do-It-Yourselfer can accomplish.

If you can't find the instructions you need, or need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

May 11, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Kenmore elite HE 3t - error code F dU and door is locked


Just in case there is a pull string with a loop, all plastic under the latch, need to pull the toe panel off and reach up inside the right, unplugged of course until you feel the switch. a pull latch is below the switch incase this happens and hats off to all star/ a serial error or a faulty switch is most of what causes this to start.

Jul 29, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Washing Machine door latch replacement


Go to searspartsdirect.com and type in your model number. The door latch assembly can be found under the "Door and Latch Parts" heading as item number 7 (part #8181700). If you need instructions on how to replace, just follow this link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r587965-door_latch_replacement_fdl_error

If you do not wish to purchase parts online, use the part number provided and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. I hope this helps you.

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Yes, there is a manual release for the door. Follow this link for step-by step instructions:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r622155-kenmore_elite_whirlpool_duet_door_jammed

Let me know if you need further assistance. I hope this is helpful to you.

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Coded"F dl"


"Fdl" is a door lock error. It's usually attributed to a defective door latch mechansim and/or wiring harness from the Central Control Unit (CCU). More commonly, however, the door latch is the culprit and needs to be replaced. Post back with your model number (located around the door opening) and I can give you advice on where to get replacement parts. If you go to my profile and look under "Tips and Tricks", I have step-by-step instructions on how to replace a door latch on a front loader. I hope this helps you.

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