Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
My washer sometimes shows a F2 code during the spin cycle and does not spin out the clothes. This stops the cycle and we hear a beeping sound. I sometimes can select the spin/drain cycle and it will complete the wash but most of the time i have to flip the breaker to reset the machine... any suggestions about the F2 code?
What a blessing to find others with the same exact problem. Had a call in to Kenmore service center and was having to wait 8 days till a repair man could show up. Service call would have been at least $110 for the man to show up at the door. After discovering this website my wife and I are proud to announce that we found two (our 2 year olds) socks and one of my wife's nursing pads clogging up the filter along with some thread and a little gunk. Cleaned it out and in 10 minutes from start to finish we were done. Ran the machine twice and find it is running just like new. Like other postings here we found that a 45 minute wash took 90 minutes because the machine never could spin out on the first try. We thought it had problems balancing out the load of wash. Now it spins out quickly and without wasting time. I think of how much extra money it cost us to run the machine like this. Also, while we were sitting in our laundry room admiring the return of our washer I took a look at our complimentary Kenmore Elite HE3t dryer. Everyone who reads this far please do the following:
1. Unscrew the bottom panel of the dryer (unplug machine first)
2. Unscrew the black metal chute that goes from the lint catcher down to the blower (two sheet metal screws) pullout and clean.
3. Unscrew entire lint catcher from inside. (5 screws total) and clean.
5. One more step to really get all the lint includes pulling the entire machine out and removing the outside vent from the base of the machine. There is a 2 foot pipe to be cleaned out that extends from the other side of the blower.
I could not believe how much lint had bypassed the lint screen and had created a wall in front of the blower. I had previously checked the vent pipe leading to the outside wall and found no buildup whatsoever so I figured everything was okay. Was I ever wrong. I had found that the dryer (which is only 4 and 1/2 years old) was now taking 59 minutes to dry at normal temp instead of
the 41 minutes to dry when we first bought the machine. After I performed this service the dryer was back to drying the clothes in 41 minutes time or even less!!! In the future I will do this service, as described above, on a yearly basis. Once again we were wasting energy because we did not do this simple maintenance.
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
Perfect! I had the same problem, but I could not get the machine to release the lock on the door, even after multiple breaker resets. So, I was stuck with water in my unit when trying to do this. And, if it isn't obvious, don't remove the drain filter unless you have something to catch ALOT of water. Luckily, I have the riser (drawer) unit under the washer, so I was able to drain the tank in a bucket. I did the following:
1) Turn off breaker to unit, for safety.
2) removed the front panel, as described above.
3) removed the screw holding the drain pump filter assembly to the main unit.
4) gently pulled the drain pump filter assembly out of the channels holding it to the washer chasis.
5) gently pulled it out far enough to reach over a car washing bucket I had put into the open riser drawer.
6) gently unscrew the filter drain knob enough to release water into the bucket. If your using a smaller drain catch (cooking pan, oil pan, etc) you'll likely need to close the drain knob and empty your water.
7) once all the water was out (~3 gallons I think), I pulled out the filter to find my prize..... Five of my 2 year old's missing socks, including some since he was a newborn. Yeah... yuck!
8) cleaned out the filter and filter assembly... and threw away the socks and other goop.
9) Put it all back together: put the filter back in, returned it to its chasis housing, and put the screw back in the filter assembly. Then, put the front panel back on and flipped the breaker back on.
Washing clothes again after about 30 minutes of work and the $100+ bucks still in my pocket.
Thank you all and hope the extra info helps someone out there.
Posted on Dec 12, 2007
I just had this same problem. The service man came out and fixed it. You have a block in your drane pump. F2 is means your machine can not drain properly. There is a safty catch filter on your pump, which insures that socks, money and so on will not go to the pump. That is what need cleaning. Good luck.
Posted on Aug 22, 2006
I have the same problem. I cleaned out the filter (just some hairs and a bobby pin), drained all the hoses, removed the hose from the tub to the pump, removed the drain sensor, removed the pump itself and cleaned and examined it all, then reassembled. A few loads washed well after that but sometimes it stops and gives me the same F2 and Sud errors. Sometimes it works fine. When it doesn't, I unplug the machine, wait, and plug it in and do drain/spin and sometimes it starts to work again. If not, I have to keep unplugging and trying drain/spin. BTW, the pump and impeller looked brand new.
I can tell when the draining won't work by the sound. It sounds like a motor cranking but no water getting to it. What could be wrong?
Posted on Jan 06, 2010
YOU DIRTY DISH RAG YOU!!
Thank you for your advice SOLUTION # 3. We removed the front panel and opened the knob on the pump and found a dirty dish rag caught there was the problem. Saved us a service call and who knows what else!
This site ROCKS!
Posted on Jun 16, 2008
Awesome! No socks found - just gunk. and the washer reset itself to spin.
Posted on Jun 16, 2008
Just had the same problem! Thank you all for the information and TNT_GUY's details were very helpful.
Posted on Dec 16, 2007
Thank you very much, I found also found my wife's knee high stocking in the filter. You guys saved me a service call. God Bless...
Posted on Nov 29, 2007
This is very easy to fix yourself. remove 3 screws holding the lower front panel. Remove any water in the washer.( bail it or wet dry vac). The pump has a large knob on the front of it. Unscrew it (counter clockwise) and pull out the screen. I found one of my wifes knee high stockings in it. All fixed works well
Posted on Nov 27, 2007
Where the codes are:
We found a service technician's brochure explaining all codes.
(part 4619 702 0653 rev. A / 8181790 rev A)
taped inside the side of the washer. I got it by removing the bottom access panel under the door. It also explains how to open the door: remove the panel and pull the tab behind the lock up inside.
Posted on Jul 11, 2008
Yup,just pulled mine,There was a couple pieces of wire and goop,trying it now,seems to be fine.Thnx for the easy fix that could have cost alot
Posted on Apr 06, 2008
A simple fix thankyou.. I found mine full of lint and the small drain holes all plugged with my sons airsoft bb's. Another saved service call.
Posted on Mar 30, 2008
I had 2 coins and lint in my filter, works perfect now. Thanks
Posted on Dec 02, 2007
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