Kenmore Washer F20 Error Message
Tonight we had the pleasure of hearing the Kenmore Elite HE3 Front Load washing machine beep and then flash an F20 Error Code. After doing a bit of research I quickly learned that an F20 Error Message on these washers indicates a problem with insufficient water supply.
According to the manufacturer you should check the water supply to the unit including:
- Check both hot and cold water faucets to be sure the valves are both turned on.
- Be sure the supply hoses are not kinked.
- Check the inlet hose screens for debris, especially people who live in areas of the Country with hard water.
So I proceeded to check the hoses by removing each one and then turning on the valve with the hoses in our laundry room sink. Guess what?? No hot water!!
Well the weather here in New Hampshire has been -20 F today! So I quickly realized we had a frozen water supply line to the washer. The reason for this is for another article altogether but what I wanted to point out is how the F20 error can mean many different things. However, they all revolve around the lack of sufficient water to the washer.
Luckily for me the house is plumbed with PEX tubing (which is very forgiving for freezing situations). I was able to warm the water supply line from the basement and after about an hour it thawed and the water worked.
If you have an F20 Error on your Kenmore (or Whirlpool – Same manufacturer) then be sure to check the water supply.