Kenmore  Washer  Kenmore Washer Error Codes for Top-Load VMAX Models

These error code explanations can help you diagnose a problem with your 110 Model Kenmore top-load VMAX washer.  For DIY 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. You can also search for owner’s manuals and find washing machine replacement parts.

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Error Code Condition Check/Repair Shop Parts
LF or F8E1 Long fill Make sure that both water supply valves behind the washer are fully open. In winter, check the fill lines for freezing. Check the drain system for a siphon problem. If the water valve assembly is defective, replace it.
Water valve assembly
Sd or F0E2 Oversuds If you see excessive suds in the washer, start using the right amount of high-efficiency (HE) detergent.
(HE) detergent
F0E3 Overload The size of the load exceeds the washer's capacity. Open the lid and remove some garments. Restart the cycle.
F0E4 Spin limited by water temperature This code displays when the water temperature is too high during the final spin. Spin speed is limited to 500 rpm when this code appears. Check the water valve functions using the diagnostic test mode. Replace the water valve assembly if the hot water valve sticks open.
Water valve assembly
F0E5 Off balance load Distribute items evenly when loading. Level the washer cabinet. Check for weak suspension springs. With the washer empty, open the lid and push down firmly on the basket. The basket should not bounce up and down more than once when pushed. Replace the suspension springs if defective.
Suspension springs
F1E1 Main electronic control board failure Try to reset the control board by unplugging the washer for 5 minutes and then restoring power. If the F1E1 code returns after restoring power, replace the main electronic control board.
Main electronic control board
F1E2 Main electronic control board failure This code signals a failure in the motor control circuit of the main electronic control board. Unplug the washer and check the main electronic control board wiring. Check the drive motor wiring. Reconnect any loose wires. Open the lid and spin the impeller inside the basket. The impeller should rotate freely. Remove the restriction in the drive system if the impeller doesn't spin freely. If the basket spins freely, replace the main electronic control board.
Main electronic control board
F1E3 Mismatch of the main electronic control board and the user interface control The code appears when you install the wrong user interface control. Order and install the correct user interface control for your model of washer.
User interface control
F2E1 Stuck button Attempt to release the stuck button. If you cannot release the stuck button, replace the user interface control.
User interface control
F2E3 User interface control or main electronic control board mismatched The code appears when you install the wrong user interface control or main electronic control board. Order and install the correct user interface control or main electronic control board for your model of washer.
User interface control board, main electronic control board
F2E4 User interface control error Unplug the washer. Open the console and check the wire harness connection between the main electronic control board and the user interface control. If the wire harness connection is okay, replace the user interface control.
User Interface control
F2E5 User interface failure Unplug the washer and replace the user interface control.
User interface control
F3E1 Water level signal out of range Check the water level pressure tube for kinks, blockages or air leaks. Replace the water level pressure tube if damaged. The water level detector is a component of the main electronic control board. If the water level pressure tube is okay, replace the main electronic control board.
Water level pressure tube, main electronic control board
F3E2 Water temperature sensor failure The water temperature sensor is a component on the water valve assembly. Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connection between the main electronic control board and the water valve assembly. Reconnect any loose wires. Replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wiring is okay, replace the water valve assembly.
Water valve assembly
F5E1 Lid switch error This code displays when the lid switch detects an open lid with the lid locked. Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections on the lid lock/switch. If the wiring connections are okay, replace the lid lock/switch.
Lid lock/switch
F5E2 Lid won't lock Check for debris in the lid lock mechanism that could prevent it from locking. Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections for the lid lock/switch on the main electronic control board. Examine the lid lock/switch assembly. If it’s damaged or defective, replace it.
Lid lock/switch
F5E3 Lid won't unlock Unplug the washer. Check the wire harness connections for the lid lock/switch assembly on the main electronic control board. If the connections are okay, then you will typically need to force the lid open. This will usually break the lid lock/switch. Replace the lid lock/switch if it’s damaged or broken.
Lid lock/switch
F5E4 Lid not opened between loads The main electronic control board doesn't detect the lid opening between loads. Unplug the washer and check the wiring connections between the lid lock/switch and the main electronic control board. If the wiring connections are okay, replace the lid lock/switch.
Lid lock/switch
F6E2 or F6E3 Communication error This code signals a communication failure between the user interface control and the main electronic control board. Unplug the washer and check the wire harness between the user interface control and the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Replace the wire harness if damaged. Replace the user interface control. If the problem persists, replace the main electronic control board.
User interface, main electronic control board, wire harness
F7E0 Loss of electrical power Plug in the power cord securely. Replace the power cord if damaged. Unplug the washer and check the power cord wiring connections on the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Have an electrician check voltage at the electrical outlet.
Power cord
F7E1 Loss of power during spin mode This fault code displays when power is lost during the spin mode. The washer pauses for 5 minutes to allow the spin basket to stop before continuing the cycle. Plug in the power cord securely. Replace the power cord if damaged. Unplug the washer and check the power cord wiring connections on the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Have an electrician check voltage at the electrical outlet.
Power cord
F7E2 Drive motor failure Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections between the drive motor and the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Replace the wire harness if damaged. Open the lid and spin the impeller inside the basket. The impeller should rotate freely. Remove the restriction in the drive system if the impeller doesn't spin freely. If the basket spins freely, replace the drive motor. If the problem persists, replace the main electronic control board.
Drive motor, wire harness, main electronic control board
F7E3 The clutch engaged the spin basket during the wash cycle The clutch should only engage the spin basket during the spin cycle. Unplug the washer and check the clutch for obstructions. Remove any obstructions and replace the clutch if damaged.
Clutch
F7E4 and F7E5 Clutch failure The clutch failed to engage the spin basket in the spin mode. Unplug the washer and check the clutch for obstructions. Remove any obstructions. Replace the clutch if damaged. Check the wiring connections between the clutch and the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wiring connections are okay, replace the clutch.
Clutch, wire harness
F7E6 Drive motor circuit failure Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections between the drive motor and the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wire harness is okay, replace the drive motor.
Drive motor, wire harness
F7E7 Motor not able to reach target rpm Mechanical friction in the drive system caused by items stuck between the spin basket and tub prevents the motor from reaching the target rpm. Remove any obstructions between the spin basket and tub. An unbalanced load can also cause the F7E7 error code. Distribute items evenly when loading. Level the washer cabinet. Check for weak suspension springs. With the washer empty, open the lid and push down firmly on the basket. The basket should not bounce up and down more than once when pushed. Replace the suspension springs if defective. Unplug the washer and check the wire harness connections between the drive motor and the main electronic control board. Reconnect any loose wires. Replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wire harness is okay, replace the drive motor.
Drive motor, suspension springs
F7E8 Overheated motor Mechanical friction in the drive system caused by items stuck between the spin basket and tub can overheat the motor. Remove any obstructions between the spin basket and tub. The water level and load size detection systems may need calibrating if water level is too low for the selected cycle. Run the Service Calibration in the Service Test Mode to calibrate water level to washer cycles. A defective drive motor will overheat. Replace the drive motor if defective.
Drive motor
F7E9 Locked rotor The motor doesn’t move when activated. Check for mechanical friction in the drive system caused by items stuck between the spin basket and tub. Remove any obstructions between the basket and tub. If there are no obstructions, replace the drive motor.
Drive motor
F8E3 Overflow or flood condition The electronic control senses a water level that exceeds washer capacity. Check the water level pressure tube for kinks, blockages or air leaks. Replace the water level pressure tube if damaged. Check to see if water siphons out through the drain hose. Install the washer drain system according to installation manual guidelines to prevent siphoning of fill water. A leaking water valve can cause the F8E3 code. Unplug the washer and see if the tub fills with water. If so, replace the water valve assembly.
Water level pressure tube, water valve assembly
F8E6 Water hazard This fault code displays when the main electronic control board senses water in the tub with the lid open for more than 10 minutes. A leaking water inlet valve fills the tub when the washer is off. Replace the water inlet valve if leaking.
Water inlet valve
F9E1, F9E2, drn or dr Long drain time This code is displayed when the water level does not change after the drain pump runs. If the washer does not drain, check the drain hose and washer drain for a clog or restriction. Unplug the washer and check the drain pump for a clog. If the drain pump is defective, replace it. If the washer is draining correctly and the drop in water level isn’t being detected, replace the main electronic control board.
Drain pump, main electronic control board