The Kenmore Dishwasher you ordered has arrived after days (or perhaps weeks) of waiting. You installed it and were so excited to put it to the test. Then, an error: F2E2.
A problem with the user interface most often causes the F2E2 error on a Kenmore dishwasher. But before we get into the user interface or potential dishwasher issues, let's establish what the error code F2E2 means.
The F2E2 error code indicates that the user interface is unable to communicate with the electronic control board. This means you will certainly need to replace the control board and hire a professional to repair it.
But is there anything you can do with an error code like this before reaching out to a technician? Yes, here are a few tips:
Familiarize Yourself with Your Dishwasher
One of the first things to do is read and familiarize yourself with the dishwasher. Check the manual to find the location of the reset button or parts, such as the valves.
When encountering an error code, it's always a good idea to reference it in the manual to see what it means. The terms can get technical, but this is just the first step in understanding the appliance you have.
Error codes let you know exactly what is wrong with your dishwasher, so it's best to familiarize yourself with the codes.
Restart The Dishwasher
Resetting the code is another option for potentially resolving the dishwasher fault. If you notice an issue, one of the first things you should do is to turn off the power for at least a minute using the circuit breaker. Alternatively, you can unplug it from its power outlet, wait a minute, and plug it back in. Then, you can check to see whether the error code has vanished. If the error F2E2 persists, see below.
Check for Loose Connections
Unplug the dishwasher to ensure there is no power connection. Check the connectors for any loose connections. Tighten as needed and plug the dishwasher back in to see if it's now working correctly.
Check The Wiring
Another item to look at is the wires that link the interface board to the computer. If you see loose or frayed wires on the interface board, it's time to replace it. Call your service provider to get the replacement board for your specific model.
While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to check the rest of the wiring on your dishwasher. You’ll only need a few basic tools to take off the panels. Inspect the rest of the wires and adjust or replace as necessary. You can call a local technician for help or the store where you got the dishwasher for their recommendation on replacing bad wiring.
Check the Mounting Pieces
In some models, such as the Kenmore Elite dishwasher, there is a plastic mounting piece. This piece of plastic is near the wires. If your dishwasher has this plastic mounting piece, it might be a good idea to remove it. There is a high possibility of the piece warping after several uses and could be a reason for the error code.
Check for Leaks
There is a chance that your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher may leak. Unplug the dishwasher and check the hose to see if it's loose. Tighten the hose if necessary or replace the clamp if you see signs of leakage.
You should also check the hose and pipe connections as these can also cause leakage. Check for a proper connection to the water supply. Use a pipe wrench to tighten and avoid leaks that may lead to a slow water flow.
Replace The Circulation Pump
Another possibility that could cause an error code on a Kenmore dishwasher might be a broken circulation pump. Remove the circulation pump and replace it with a new one. When you purchase the replacement, reference the model number on your Kenmore dishwasher to ensure that you are getting the correct one.
Properly Stack the Dishwasher Racks
Misaligned racks in your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher could cause this error code. Stack the racks inside correctly, ensure they slide easily before loading dirty utensils and dishes inside. Once you have checked the racks, you can load your dishwasher. Make sure to close the dishwasher door and turn on the power to start washing.
Run a Diagnostic Test
For those who have Kenmore Elite Dishwashers, try doing a diagnostic test on your dishwasher. Ensure your dishwasher is empty and that the door is fully closed. Look for the control panel or main control, select either the "drain/spin" or "no spin" button. After a few seconds, press the prewash button at least four times. You can check the results by looking for a C:00 code to light up.
If the issue persists, it's best to call a professional for help. Check the service code on your unit for faster access.
Consistently Clean the Dishwasher
Like any other machine, cleaning the dishwasher is essential to keeping it going. Aside from regular soap and water, you'll need to remove some of the parts inside the dishwasher, such as the spray arm, to get to the hard-to-reach places, like the valve under the dishwasher.
Once you removed the parts inside, check inside the valve and clean off any dirt. Be careful when you’re cleaning, and watch out for the chopper blade inside. You should also drain any excess water that may have gotten trapped.
Once you clean the spray arm and valve, put everything back together, including the rack, and close the dishwasher door. Don't forget to let it dry first, though, so you can start a new cycle once you’re ready.
Fixing any brand of dishwasher requires a lot of patience and skill. It always helps to read the manual if you’re able to. This will help determine the cause of the error and how to take action to fix it.