Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
I keep getting an error code that flashes F then 2. I have been pausing the cycle and then pushing the start button and the load will finish with 22 minutes left in the cycle. Last night the machine would not drain and every time I would try to start it the code would come backe up. I tried th drain and spin cylce, but the machine only filled with more water and the error code came up again. Any suggestions? I have a Kenmore Elite HE3 front load washer model # .44836300. Thanks
Our HE 3T front loading washer keeps flashing an "F2" Error Code while in the middle of the washe cycle. If we push cancel then "start" button it will start up again. It will sometimes do this 2 or 3 times during the cycle.
Had this problem on our Kenmore machine.
This is what done.
1. Unplug the washer
2. Take of the toe panel in the front by removing the three screws.
3. Get a bunch of towels (I mean a bunch!!!)
4. The pump is in the center, and it has a plastic grip handle that one can unscrew to remove the filter. As you unscrew it, LOTS of water will come out. Be ready with the towels. A cookie sheet helps to collect the water too.
5. Clean the filter assembly.
6. If one wishes to check the inlet of the pump, remove the back panel, about 12 screws. (Note, the following works for replace the pump as well)
7. Remove the large bellow from the bottom of the tub that goets to inlet of the pump by removing the clamp
9. Lift up on the plastic cover that covers the wires that power the pump. There may be a small plastic catch that is lifted up as to allow the connector to become free.
8. Remove the Torx screw that holds that is the center just under the filter screen.
9. Pull the pump forward.
10. Unclamp the pump outlet hose.
11. Remove pump
12. Unclamp the large bellow on the pumps inlet and inspect for debris.
13. Clean pump and fitler w/o getting water on the pump.
14. Install in reverse order. Remember, it is much easire to put the inlet bellow and outlet hose on the pump before you put into the washer
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
BEWARE!! Do NOT use the new Purex "all in one" WASHER and dryer sheets in a Kenmore Elite h3 front load washer!!!. I was getting f2 and SUD error messages on my washer and have read previous posts about socks, bra straps and panties being found in the filter. I just cleaned out our filter, (very simple to do) and found 3 of the sheets clogging the filter. We have only been using the sheets for a couple of months. they work very well and save money as well as being very convenient. But they will clog the filter. The sheets have detergent, fabric softener and static control in ONE sheet. You put one in the washer and move it to the dryer with the wet clothes for drying. The problem is the sheet will sometimes "disappear" . Apparently it finds its way out with the drain water in the washer and clogs the filter. Be careful using these sheets.
Posted on Nov 29, 2009
To my knowledge, F02 error indicates "not draining" which could be:
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
To solve the problem of the water gushing out just turn the filter a little and let it seep, take a shop vac and put near the bottom. It takes a while longer but I only had to use one towell in the end.
I just cleaned out my filter and found almost $5.00 in change with lint blocking everything.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
The problem is with the filter which is clogged.
To check the pump, remove the bottom access panel where you will find access to the pump clean-out (white screw cap).
- Unscrew the pump slowly discarding the water.
- After the water is removed, remove the filter.
- Clean the filter. Then drain the hose from the tub. Check pump impeller for any additional dust.
Put them back.
Should work now.
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
We followed these instructions & our washer is now working & we made $3.56 in the process. The plug was VERY VERY clogged.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
One more reason that the F02 error code may show is that the water pressure sensing line may be plugged with gunk. Our pump would run and run after draining the washer properly, and would not shut off or proceed to the spin without shutting down with the F02 code. Cleaned the drain (and the drain hoses) of 5 years of messy buildup, but I also needed to clean the white plastic hosing at the bottom end of the little pressure sensing hose. That is what solved my problem - working like new again. If you know the pump is pumping water effectively, try this (access through back panel - took 20 minutes tops.)
Posted on Sep 24, 2012
I had F-02 error. Found solutions listed here. I followed the steps to clean filter and found a balloon stuck in the drain hose leaving the pump! Not a small balloon either and I can't see how it could possibly get thru the filter. Everything is fine now!
thanks for the posts!
Posted on Jan 25, 2010
Thank you all for taking the time to post these steps. You have saved us all countless hundreds of dollars.
I especially love the idea of the disposable aluminum foil pan that can be molded to fit under the gusher of water. Super idea!!!
Thank you all very much!!!
Posted on Dec 29, 2011
This right on the money. Started the last couple of months with Machine finishing the washing cycle and water sitting in the bottom. Just started another spin cycle and it was ok. Then today it was starting beeping and flash an F 02 on the LED read out. Found this post and unplugged then I removed the kick plate 3 screws and it popped right off. At the front bottom center there is a big plastic piece that you unscrew. Get 10 towels laid out on the floor you will need them. Once the water stopped I finished screwing the filter out. It was full of all kinds of stuff. Cleaned it out, put it back in and turned the washer back in and it now works fine.
Posted on Dec 07, 2009
IWhen you drain time exceeds more than eight minutes, the water valves are shut off and the "F02" code flashes
1) Press the pause/cancel buttton 2 times to clear the readout.
Also: about 4 minutes later the SUD error code will be shown, then 4 minutes later the "F02" error code will be shown.
1. Inspect the drain hose check for kinks or cloggs.
2. Disconnect power to the unit.
3. Inspect the electrical connections to the pump and determine if the pump is working correctly.
4. Inspect the drain pump filter for foreign objects. usually the problem
5. Connect power
6. If that doesnt work then unplug the washer/ kill breaker and replace the drain pump or call for service..
Posted on Jan 28, 2010
To keep the water from flooding the washer and floor, I took out the pump mounting screw, slide the pump out of the bracket. You can raise the pump up a couple inches and slide a pan under it. I used a foil disposable pan. If you bend the front of the pan down, you can direct it right into a bucket. No mess. :)
Posted on Apr 22, 2011
Thanks!!! I too discovered two small socks, ink pen, change, screws, nails, hair pins and black crude in my filter thanks to your post I removes the toe panel and got right to the filter cleaned and we were good to go!!!
Posted on Aug 15, 2012
Worked like a charm....thank you thank you thank you!!!
Posted on May 05, 2012
Followed the solution provided by 'Tom in NY' and was able to solve the F02 clogging problem in 20 minutes. Great post Thanks folks.
Posted on Jan 19, 2011
Do I need to reset any electrical, such as controll panel,after I take off and replace drain pump motor on kenmore 11042926200 washer
Posted on Feb 04, 2010
Depending on how fritzed your drain pump is this may or may not work. I've been using HE detergent because it is supposed to cause fewer suds. However, apparently is causing more suds than needed. I need to use only a couple tablespoons? If your clothes are not dirty enough for the soap to grab onto then extra suds are the result. The repair guy said we had an excessive amount of suds in the system and this affects the sensor and causes the drain pump to run and run and run until it shuts off from overheating. This is why we get the F2 and/or suds error code. He said once a month run the machine on the hottest water cycle with a cup of bleach (no clothes). This will clear out any suds build-up and is cheaper than Afresh which works, too, (but smells cleaner than bleach). After sitting for a day our pump started working again (yay!) It also stopped making the horrible loud sound. So glad I do not have to replace the pump!! yet...(knock on wood!).
Posted on May 13, 2009
Can I just say thank you? I followed your suggestion and it was a relatively easy fix that has been driving me nuts! Maybe now I'll finally catch up on laundry!
Posted on Aug 15, 2008
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