I have this problem too. Also i've had error code 5 come up as well. I think error code 3 is saying that pumping water out for so many minuites has failed. I've cleaned and run the pump out of the machine and everything works ok and there is no blockages. There still could be a problem when wired back in the machine. I have seen the pumped water coming out of the waste hose. Does anyone know if there is a sycro motor on the back of the controller or program selector that may be failing ? (ie: teeth worn off drive gear like you get on centrol heating valves).
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Drain pump probably not working. Put machine on cycle 7 and it should turn on the drain pump straight away. you can hear this near the bottom of the machine. if it is silent hten the pump probably needs replacing. I repaired mine be removing it and then dismantle the magnet from the tube then give it a good clean out.
If you are certain that all pipes are clear, then you may wish to check the pressure pot & pressure switch ( & small hose joining the two as this could be telling lies to the program unit. If the machine is emptying but the switch fails to read the level correctly, it can cause the same sort of error problem.
Pressure pots can fill with the "grey soap gunk" and switches pressure are a reletively common fault also.
the usual issues with this type of washer is the relay board located inside the top of the unit. as i remember mfgs make a nice unit but are not so good for sealing the electronics off from the rest of the unit. chances are some moisture is up in the relay or relay socket. easy access you will see several relays. pull and tag each as you do to avoid confusion. check for corrision build up on any part of this unit. this should help..