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Thread: 110.44936202 Kenmore HE3T Error code "FH"

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    Default 110.44936202 Kenmore HE3T Error code "FH"

    Model Number: 110.44936202
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    I have had this problem for about the last 3 years or so. It started soon after we purchased the washer.
    The error code "FH" comes on and the cycle will stop. I can push "Pause" and then "Start" and the machine will resume operation.
    Recently, as the timer counts down the cycle, the machine stops every minute and shows the code. I have tried to check the possible causes as listed in the manual.
    Of course, there is water in the unit and it seems to flow into and then drain out just fine. I have no leaks and the inlet filters are clean.
    Again, this is an intermittent problem and sometimes a cycle will run perfectly without error code or stoppage. It is happening more often now.
    I would appreciate any help anyone can offer.
    Thanks, Steve.

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    Here is what that says:

    F/H:
    Condition

    No water detected entering machine or Pressure switch trip not detected.

    If after 30 seconds the control does not detect water entering machine and then valves will be turned off and the error code will be displayed.

    Or

    If the control has turned the water valves on and after 8 minutes the flow meter has detected 10.5 gallons of water passing through it, but has not detected the pressure switch trip, the valves will be turned off and the error code will flash.

    Check/Repair:

    Press PAUSE/CANCEL twice to clear the display.

    If there is no water in the unit:

    1. Make sure that both valves at the water source(s) are turned on all the way.

    2. Check for plugged or kinked inlet hoses or plugged screens in the inlet valves

    3. Verify inlet valve operation

    If there is water in the unit:

    1. Verify Drain pump operation
    2. Pressure Switch Hose is in good condition and properly connected to Tub and Pressure switch
    Verify there is not a siphon problem
    Verify wire harness connections to:Inlet Valves, Pressure Switch, Drain Pump, Flow Meter, and Central Control Unit (CCU)
    Check all hoses for possible leaks
    Verify pressure switch operation
    Verify flow meter operation
    Verify CCU operation

    If this is intermittent, it would be very hard to determine the cause.
    I myself have rarely run into this issue, and when I did, it was mainly caused by low water pressure into the water from the customers water supply, or clogged inlet water valve screens.

    Make sure you don't have any duct tape or something around your drain pipe, it needs that air gap to prevent siphoning.

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    Default FH error code

    I was getting the FH error code on my HE3. It would over fill with water on the wash cycle, stop, and beep. It was caused by a hole in the air tube, a small black rubber tubing in the back of the washer. This tubing should be secured to the case with a retainer clip (upper right side in the back) but can come loose and then is hit by the pulley, eventually making a hole in the tubing. This is a simple repair, remove the top (three screws at the back edge of the top panel). Inspect the small black tubing for a worn spot &/or hole. I purchased a plastic barb coupling, 3/16 x 3/16, at a hardware store, cut out about 2" of the worn tubing and spliced the two ends together. When you do this, have the coupling at hand, don't drop the lower end. Seat the coupling into the lower end first, then attach the upper end of the tubing. I used a nylon tie to secure the tubing to the broken retainer clip, problem solved.

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    Thanks LindaP for sharing what you found on yours and the fix.

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    I had very very similar symptoms with my He3t, 7 years old now. FH code during wash cycle and running diagnostics step 4? (wash) - with high water levels and resetting the control panel to drain/spin (no spin) to get the water out. Indications were the "Pressure switch" but LindaP's comments on the tubing led me to the other end of the tube that connects to an air trap at the bottom of the tub. It was plugged with 7 years of soap and scum (yuck!). Cleaning it out opened the air pressure path to the pressure switch - good switch - bad airflow. FYI - open the back of the machine and use the troubleshooting guide fastened inside the side panel. It doesn't always get you to the solution but it does get you in the neighborhood - then check it all related paths before buying parts. About 3 hours this Saturday afternoon saved me hundreds of dollars.

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    Good advise andedave! Thanks for the input!
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    I have a similar problem with my HE3T. Washer runs normally until rinse cycle, then it just beeps and flashes a code FH. I have hot water and I have cold water as long as its on wash cycle. Just no cold water on rinse. I have checked the screens on the inlet valves and they are clean. Any help would be appreciated SorryI didnt mention it is a front loader.
    Last edited by fuelguy; August 10th, 2014 at 10:14 PM.

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    Hi,

    We would need the model number of your washer first.

    Click here: Appliance Parts at RepairClinic. 125 Brands. 365 Day Returns.

    Then you will see a link that says: Help me find my model number.

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    Sorry. The make is Kenmore. Model # is 110.44936202. Serial # CSP5103168

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    Also I just removed the front cover of machine and noticed a small amount of water on front of metal tray on either side of siphon pump but dont see anything leaking. Thanks

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