How do I fix my F1 code on my Kenmore washer?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

F1 is an error code on Kenmore washers that indicates a problem with the washer's control board. This error code can be caused by a variety of issues, such as a power surge, a faulty control board, or a loose wire. If the washer is displaying the F1 error code, it is important to unplug the washer and check the control board for any signs of damage. If the control board is damaged, it will need to be replaced. If the control board is not damaged, check the wiring for any loose or damaged wires. Once all the wiring has been checked, plug the washer back in and attempt to run a cycle. If the washer still displays the F1 error code, it will need to be serviced by a qualified technician.

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1. Check the drain hose for a clog

  1. Remove the front panel of the washer.
  2. Inspect the drain hose for any obstructions or kinks.
  3. If there are any obstructions or kinks, use a plunger to clear the obstruction.
  4. Check to see if the drain hose is flowing freely.
  5. If the drain hose is not flowing freely, replace the hose.

2. Check the drain pump for a clog

  1. Open the front door of the washer and locate the drain pump. It is a white plastic device with a handle on the top.
  2. Remove the drain pump by unscrewing the handle.
  3. Inspect the impeller for debris or wear. If there is debris, clean it off and re-install the impeller. If there is wear, replace the drain pump.
  4. Reinstall the drain pump by screwing the handle back on.
  5. Close the front door of the washer.
  6. Turn on the washer and check for any leaks.

3. Check the washing machine's water supply hoses for a clog

  1. Check the water level in the washer. If the water level is low, the hoses may be blocked.
  2. Check the hoses for cracks or leaks.
  3. Disconnect the hose from the washer.
  4. Inspect the hose for any clogs or debris.
  5. Clean any clogs or debris from the hose using a hose cleaner.
  6. Connect the hose to the washer and check for leaks.
  7. Reconnect the hose to the water supply and check for leaks.

4. Check the pressure switch for a clog

1.Turn off the water supply to the washer. 2.Remove the front panel of the washer by pulling it away from the machine. 3.Locate the pressure switch. It is a rectangular box with a handle on one end and a black plastic cover on the other. 4.Remove the black plastic cover by unscrewing it. 5.Check the pressure switch for a clog. If there is a clog, remove the clog using a plunger. 6.Replace the pressure switch cover and screw it in place. 7.Turn on the water supply to the washer and test the washer.

5. Clean the drain pump filter

  1. Turn off the washer and unplug it.
  2. Remove the front panel by pulling down on the handle.
  3. Remove the drain pump filter by unscrewing it.
  4. Wash the filter with a garden hose or sink sprayer.
  5. Reinstall the filter by screwing it in place.
  6. Reconnect the washer to the power supply and turn it on.
  7. Check the wash cycle status LED to see if the code has been cleared.

6. Clean the washing machine's inlet screens

The steps to clean the washing machine's inlet screens are as follows:

  1. Remove the washing machine's front panel by removing the four screws that hold it in place.
  2. Remove the inlet screen and wash drum.
  3. Clean the screen with a damp cloth and a mild detergent.
  4. Dry the screen and replace it.
  5. Replace the wash drum.
  6. Reattach the front panel and screw it in place.

Some users might also have success with the following opitons:

  1. Replace the drain pump.
  2. Replace the pressure switch.