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F21 Drain Problem with empty washer

The washer runs tries to pump water out then quits with error code F21. The Troubleshooting guide says a drain problem but all suggestions don't help (Check drain hose, clean drain filter, power cycle). In testing it I found the washer will pump all but 4-5 cups out very quickly then just keep running. If all the water is drained via the drain plug and the washer started it keeps trying to drain still. I'm guessing a sensor is screwed because it keeps thinking its full of water. Diagnostic mode doesn't run because the pump keeps turning on. Any info on how to find/ test a drain sensor?

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    cold water runs into washer while washer is off. it started after cleaning out hose strainers. was working fine before.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    water keeps running out of drain hose

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Please see what I (royale) have done with my problem.

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