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Kenmore Washer Error Codes

When experiencing a problem that impairs its functions, a Kenmore residential washer displays error codes. Though designed to indicate the nature of the error, to anyone without a copy of a washer manual handy, the codes might as well be Martian cryptography. Luckily, the Manage My Life website has partnered with Kenmore and made manuals for each make and model of Kenmore washer available online. The error codes are differentiated between top and front-loading machines.


FH Error Code

When a front-loading Kenmore residential washer displays the "FH" error code, the machine is experiencing a water-inlet problem.  A water-inlet problem is the result of the washer receiving too little water to operate.

The Kenmore owner's manual suggests five home remedies for this problem: Check that the water faucets connected to the washer are turned on; that the inlet screens in the washer's connection hose are not clogged; that the hose is not kinked; and that the hose is not frozen.  If none of these problems are present, turn off the washer, unplug it, plug it back in, and restart the machine.


FL Error Code

The "FL" error code on a top-loading Kenmore residential washer indicates that the machine has over filled.  When a residential Kenmore washer is overfull, it will beep every 10 seconds.

The pump will cycle on and off every 30 seconds in an attempt to rectify the problem.  To stop the pump or restart the machine, either disengage and then re-engage the power source to the washer, or push the overfill reset switch.

If water continues to enter the machines after the "FL" error has appeared, shut off the inlet flow faucet or the machine will overflow. 


F02 Error Code

The "F02" error code on a front-loading Kenmore residential washer indicates that the machine is experiencing a drainage problem.  Home-remedy solutions for this error code, as suggested by the Kenmore manual, are similar to those for the "FH" error code: Insure that the drainage hose is not kinked, frozen, or clogged.

If none of these problems are present, check that the hose is less than 96 inches, or 8 feet, above the floor.  A hose more than eight feel from the floor will not drain properly.

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