Went on a service call in Parker, Arizona for a Whirlpool washer, model number WTW8500DC0, that wasn’t filling fast enough, very slow fill and it would time out per the control board. The error code was F8E1 LONG FILL.
I checked the customers water pressure to the washer on both hot and cold and it was good water pressure. Then I checked the water inlet valve screens and they were not clogged.
I ordered a new water inlet valve and went back to the customers house to install it, and it worked great, much faster water fill and no more error code F8E1.
Here’s the water inlet valve for this model:
Western Arizona Forecast
Cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Not as cool. Lows 42 to 52. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of measurable rain 50 percent. Rainfall less than a tenth of an inch.
Showers. Locally heavy rain possible in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs 56 to 61. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent. Rainfall up to three quarters of an inch possible.
When I arrived I opened the freezer door and there was massive frost build-up on the back panel inside the freezer. I Unplugged the refrigerator from the wall outlet, then I got my heat gun and started defrosting it, then I removed the back panel inside the freezer and continued defrosting the evaporator coil.
I noticed a bulge on the top of the defrost thermostat, and ohm tested it while it was still covered in frost and I got no ohms reading at all, so it was bad and the cause of this problem.
Here’s the defrost thermostat for this model:
5303918202 Defrost Thermostat
Western Arizona Forecast
Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73 to 78. East wind 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming north 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of measurable rain 10 percent.
Mostly clear, breezy and cooler. Lows 47 to 57. North wind 15 to 25 mph.
Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs 71 to 76. North wind 15 to 25 mph.
I removed back panel in the freezer and found lots of ice clogging up the air vents going to the refrigerator section, and ice clogging the drain line below the freezer evaporator. I de-iced it all, it took awhile to do, but it has to be done before the refrigerator will cool properly again.
I saw the evaporator fan wasn’t running in the freezer, so I removed the electrical connector from it and used my multimeter to see if it was getting 120 volts to it, and it was. So I replaced the evaporator fan motor and it started blowing cold air.
Here’s the evaporator fan motor for this model:
Western Arizona Weather:
Mostly clear. Lows 63 to 73. East wind 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday- Excessive Heat Warning
Partly sunny and hot. Highs 102 to 107. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph in the morning becoming south in the afternoon.