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Why is letters DL and F flashing I screen

I set my washer loaded it w detergent and hit start button and the letter DL kept flashing w a F letter off and on . Door won't even open and I have a regular load . What do I do

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Are you getting an f dL code? If yes, you probably dont need to replace the CCU. I found video on youtube showing how to remove top portion of cabinet. I unplugged washer, remove top of cabinet, and carefully unplugged each one of the plastic clips for all the pink wires (one at a time) and plugged them back in. This worked temporarily! I read a post online that claimed this problem was a design flaw/vibration causes the plastic seats to become loose and not make proper connection. I got some electrical tape, cut a long strip for each relay seat, and (sticky side facing up) carefully placed the middle portion of the strip under the relay seat, pressed to ensure good contact, and brought each end up (with a little tension to keep plastic seat in place)/crisscrossing so ends would stick to top of CCU and back of top cabinet. Washer locks door and runs like new! I didnt need CCU or new door lock mechanism. Saved hundreds of $ with this simple easy fix!


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@vinnieg those are the errors for error code

F/dL Door Lock Error


A Door Lock Error occurs if the door cannot be unlocked. It will try to lock it 6 times before displaying the error.

check or repair the following

Door Lock Mechanism broken or removed from the Door

Check Door Lock/Switch Assembly

Check the wire harness connections to the Door Lock/Switch Assembly and Central Control Unit (CCU)

Door Lock/Switch Assembly Failure and have more on this. Here is a way to gain access to your washer if the door is locked shut.

1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.

2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.

3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.

4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.

Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement. You can also try to reset the CCU by unplugging the washer for AT LEAST 30 minutes.

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Why 30 minutes? I have not heard of this.


strictly psychological. If you tell people to unplug it for a few minutes, it seems that those minutes turn into hours and people in general plug it in to soon. You tell somebody 30 min, than the usual wait is going to be 5 min.


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Unplug the washer, and remove the top panel from the cabinet. Next, carefully unplug & reseat each plastic relay end one at a time (for all pink wires), and use electrical tape to keep them making good contact, the problem may be resolved. The door lock assembly is controlled by the relays and their proper contact with the Central Control Unit (CCU). Put cover back on, plug in machine, and select cycle & hit start. This should sent proper signal to door lock mechanism and the door should lock/unlock properly. If it doesnt solve the problem, there is a YouTube video showing how to replace the door lock mechanism itself. Best Wishes.

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1) Cut long strips of electrical tape, approximately 8" long for each plastic relay seat.

2) Carefully slide a piece of electrical tape (sticky side up) under each plastic relay seat, and press center of tape strip to bottom of plastic seat.

3) With a little tension (to ensure contact with CCU is maintained) bring each end up/crisscrossing ends, and stick to top of CCU/overlap back ofwasher cabinet.

4) Put cabinet cover back on, plug in washer, and select cycle/press start.


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