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Dispelling Two Big Urban Myths about the F35 / Sud Error Codes in Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washers

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 01 December 2013 · 992 views
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The F35 / Sud error code is one of the more common codes to pop up in the display of the late-model Whirlpool Duet front load washers. There's a lot of urban mythology out there on the Internet about these codes, their causes, and how to fix them. I'm going to deal with the two most prevalent myths out there and inoculate you against their error.

Urban Myth Number 1: "The F35 / Sud error code is caused by a clogged drain pump and to fix it, you have to clean out the drain pump cleanout port."

Reality: The drain pump and its cleanout port have absolutely nothing to do with this particular error code. The control board is programmed to display completely different error codes pertaining to the drain pump such as:

- F01 Pump driver error
- F21 Long drain time
- F27 Overflow condition

You can find these yourself on the tech sheet located inside the washer, either under the top panel or behind the bottom front panel. On that tech sheet, you'll see over six pages of very specific error codes-- 30 in all! -- dealing with distinct, specific aspects on the machine's function and operation.

The F35 error code specifically deals with faults related to the Analog Pressure Sensor (APS). The Sud error code pertains to excess suds detection in the machine. When these two codes occur together (and they don't always), it leads you to a very specific diagnosis but one which has nothing to do with the drain pump.

I know there's a video out on Youtube with a lot of views where the guy claims this fixed it but I assure you that was purely coincidental. He was a DIYer who was just guessing. Saying that a poor drain caused the F35 / Sud error combo is like saying a flat tire caused your car engine to quit starting.


Urban Myth Number 2: "To clear the F35 error code, try pulling the rubber tube off the APS and blowing hard into the tube nipple on the APS to reset it."

Reality: Blowing into the APS does absolutely nothing good. But it does ruin an APS that was already good. These are not like the old bellows pressure switches. Analog pressure sensors are digital transducers that convert an analog pressure into a digital information stream for the CCU. Telling people to blow into the APS is simply going to make them ruin a hundred+ dollar part.

There is some merit, however, to pulling the black rubber tube off the APS and blowing into it back toward the drum (NOT into the APS) to clear any gookus that may have gotten lodged in there and is interfering with the changes in air pressure being sent up the tube to the APS.


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Let's take a walk through a Whirlpool Duet washer with the F35 / Sud error code combo and investigate its real cause and how to fix it:



Here's the link to the Analog Pressure Sensor (APS) that I replaced to fix the problem in this particular model: http://www.repaircli...0415587/1938628

As mentioned in the video, a defective APS is the single-most common cause for the F35 / Sud error code combo. There are at least two variations on the APS theme, so be sure to look up the correct sensor based on your complete model number and buy it here. That way, in the off chance that the APS doesn't fix it, you can return it for a refund and buy either the CCU or the Steamer board.


How to troubleshoot a Bosch dishwasher that won't finish a cycle, runs forever, or shows 2H in the display

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 29 November 2013 · 1,321 views
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This is always a problem with the dishwasher's water heating system. In Bosch dishwashers, if they can't heat the water enough, they'll just keep running until they do. Kinda dumb design, I think. In comparison, Whirlpool-built dishwashers at least give you an obvious fault code like the clean light flashing seven times. But, I rectum that's my Pro-Amerkan bias bleedin' through. :blinky:

Water heating problems in Bosch dishwashers come down to one of two problems:

- problem with the control board not sending voltage to the heater assembly or

- problem with the heater assembly itself

How's a brutha supposed to know which is which? Ah, Grasshoppah, come with me now on a journey of Total Appliance Enlightenment ™...

Remove the front panel so you can access the control board wiring.

Put one lead of your meter in the control board where the red wire connects. That's the heater power supply line. Attach the other lead of your meter to chassis ground.

Start the dishwasher in Quick Wash.

You're looking for 120vac on your meter. Wait for it, wait for it...

If you don't get 120vac there, you're done: order the new control board based on your exact, complete model number.

If you need help opening the dishwasher door and accessing the control panel, see this video.

If you get voltage there, then you know the control board is working for the Quick Wash cycle. However, I have seen several times where the control board puts out the voltage on the Quick Wash cycle but not the Normal cycle. At this point, you need to make a current draw measurement through the red wire to see if current is actually flowing through the heater now that you're getting voltage (about 9 amps for a good heater). If you are getting current, this confirms that the heater is good; again, replace the control board. If, OTOH, you are NOT getting current flow with 120vac present on the red wire, then you need to replace the heater assembly, the specfic heater you need will depend on your exact, complete model number, which is always read from the tag on the dishwasher itself, not from the paperwork or useless User Guide.

Go ye forth and conquer!


Icemaker Wiring Info for Frigidaire Whirlpool and LG Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Icemaker Repair, Refrigerator Repair 29 November 2013 · 537 views
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Sometimes, you want to use an ice maker made from one manufacturer in a refrigerator made by a different manufacturer. The trick is knowing how to map out the wire harness so you can splice the wires into the harness in the right order and not pop the breaker or blow out the ice maker.

Brother Reginald has prepared this nice table that lists wire cross reference info for Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and LG ice makers. Wire away!

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Source: How do I splice ice maker wires?


Every day should be a day of thanksgiving

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate, Samurai Wisdom 28 November 2013 · 429 views
Thanksgiving
It's interesting how just finding the little things to be thankful for each day can transform our outlook and affect everything about us-- our mood, attitude, memory, even our health. Sometimes, I lose sight of that in my day-to-day struggles and get bogged down in tedious things or things that are not uplifting or beneficial. Or I focus and dwell on things that give me tension or irritation.

That's why I'm glad there's a special day just for giving thanks-- it's a reminder that everyday should be a small thanksgiving. Even if only for one or two things. The more you look, the more you find.

I hope and pray that this is an especially blessed Thanksgiving Day for you.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man


What brand of appliance can you buy today that will give 10 to 15 years of trouble-free operation?

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 27 November 2013 · 759 views
appliance, brand, recommendations
Many appliance owners are frustrated today because they don't realize that the days of buying an appliance and having it work trouble-free for 10 to 15 years are long gone.

The good news is that you can buy an appliance today for about what you would have paid 15-20 years ago.

The bad news is that there's an on-going cost of appliance ownership in doing repairs-- industry average is every 2 to 4 years.

What varies among brands and models is how big will that repair need to be, not whether or not it'll need one-- I guarantee you it will!

Short answer to the question asked in the title of this post: NONE! That brand doesn't exist anymore.

As for brand recommendations, I have a complete report that I update periodically and give away for free when people subscribe to our free newsletter, Appliantology: The Oracle of Appliance Enlightenment.






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