Kenmore Calypso top-load washer error codes

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These error code explanations can help you diagnose a problem with your Kenmore Calypso top-load washer. For repair how-to help, visit the PartsDirect repair help section, which includes repair help for washing machines, other major appliances, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, vacuum cleaners and more. Search for your model number to find a complete list of replacement parts for your washer.

Error Code
Condition
DIY advice
PF

Power failure

Check/Repair

The washer lost power during a cycle. Press Start to continue the cycle from the point that power was lost or press Stop/Cancel to clear the display and cancel the cycle.

Possible parts
FL

Overfill level reached

Check/Repair

Unplug the washer to see if it fills when the power is disconnected. If so, replace the water inlet valve assembly because a valve isn't shutting off water flow. If the washer isn't overfilled, replace the water level pressure switch because it isn't detecting water level accurately. Some models have a separate flood water level pressure switch to detect the overfill condition. Replace the flood water level pressure switch in those models.

Possible parts
Water inlet valve assembly, water level pressure switch or flood water level pressure switch
Er

Control board error

Check/Repair

The electronic control board failed to save cycle information during a power failure. Press Stop/Cancel to clear the display and set a new cycle to finish the load.

Possible parts
LF

Long fill

Check/Repair

Make sure the water supply faucets behind the washer are fully open. Check the water fill lines for kinks or freezing in the winter. Check the water inlet valves. If the valves don't open when activated, unplug the washer and replace the water inlet valve assembly.

Possible parts
Water inlet valve assembly
CE

Communications error between the main electronic control board and the motor control board

Check/Repair

Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections between the main electronic control board and the motor control board. Reconnect any loose wires or replace the wire harness if damaged. Check the wire harness connections between the motor control board and the drive motor. Also check the wire harness connections between the drain pump and the motor control board because the motor control board also powers the drain pump. Reconnect any loose wires or replace any wire harness that's damaged. If the wire connections are okay, replace the motor control board. If the problem continues, replace the main electronic control board.

Possible parts
Wire harness, motor control board, main electronic control board
Ld

Long drain

Check/Repair

Check the house washer drain and clear any clogs. Check the drain hose and clear any kinks or clogs. Unplug the washer and drain the tub using a wet/dry shop vac. Check the hose between the tub and the drain pump and clear any clogs. Check the drain pump and clear any clogs. If the drain pump doesn't run when activated, check the wire harness connections between the motor control board and the drain pump. Reconnect any loose wires or replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wire connections are okay, replace the drain pump.

Possible parts
Drain pump, wire harness
CA or CI

Drive motor locked up

Check/Repair

Overloading the washer can prevent the drive motor from spinning. Fill the basket loosely with clothes but don't pack the garments down or continue to add clothes once the basket is full. Remove some clothes if you overfilled the washer. If you didn't overfill the washer, then the washer could have a defective drive motor or failed u-joint.

Possible parts
Drive motor, U-joint
Or or Sr

Failed relay on the main electronic control board

Check/Repair

Unplug the washer and replace the main electronic control board.

Possible parts
Main electronic control board
LS

Lid switch error

Check/Repair

The LS code appears if you press Start with the lid open. Close the lid before starting the cycle. Replace the lid switch if it isn't accurately detecting whether the lid is open or closed.

Possible parts
Lid switch
SL

Excessive suds

Check/Repair

Use the correct amount of high efficiency detergent if you see excessive suds. Allow the washer to sit idle for 30 minutes to dissipate excessive suds and then run the Rinse/Spin cycle to drain the water. Start a new cycle without adding any detergent to rinse detergent out of the load.

Possible parts
HE detergent
Ob

Unbalanced load

Check/Repair

Open the lid and redistribute the clothes inside the basket. Restart the washer to finish the cycle.

Possible parts

Symptoms common to all washers

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Main causes: worn agitator dogs, bad clutch, broken motor coupler, shifter assembly failure, broken door lock, suspension component failure
Main causes: no water supply, bad water valves, water-level pressure switch failure, control system failure, bad door lock or lid switch
Main causes: clogged drain hose, house drain clogged, bad drain pump, water-level pressure switch failure, bad control board or timer
Main causes: leaky water inlet valve, faulty water-level pressure switch, bad electronic control board
Main causes: water heater failure, bad water temperature switch, faulty control board, bad water valve, faulty water temperature sensor
Main causes: bad lid switch or door lock, bad timer or electronic control board, wiring failure, bad water inlet valve assembly
Main causes: unbalanced load, loose spanner nut, worn drive block, broken shock absorber or suspension spring, debris in drain pump
Main causes: lack of electrical power, wiring failure, bad power cord, electronic control board failure, bad user interface board
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, bad pressure switch, broken shifter assembly, faulty control system

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