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Manage My Life

My Kenmore HE2 dryer frequently stops and displays the code "PF" but with no power failure.

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
March 4th

My Sears Kenmore HE2 dryer (Model 110.87562601) has not been working properly ever since I acquired it with the home I purchased in November 2009. The original owner of the dryer purchased it in September 2007. The dryer frequently stops and displays the code message "PF" which stands for "power failure". This often happens several times during a drying cycle, which means I must constantly return to the dryer to press the power button and then the start button to restart the dryer. The "PF" message occurs without a power failure in the home, as evidenced by other appliances working properly. A licensed electrician tested the outlet in the spring of 2010 to verify that it is working and is providing the proper power to the dryer. The only way I can assure that the dryer will run the full cycle is to place it on extra-low heat on a timed cycle instead of automatic. This increases the drying time significantly. How can I fix this problem? Thanks for your help!

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Fred M
From the description you give I suspect the problem is a loose connection at the control board. For a PF code to display means voltage was lost to the control. There are two connectors and two wires that would cause this problem.

The wiring diagram below will show you where the problem might be. The two wires on the P9 and P8 connector are black and white and will be highlighted.

Not even a bad door switch would cause this problem.

The 2nd image below will show you how to remove the top and access the central control. You can at least make sure the connectors and wires are tight. Wiggle, jiggle, pull and push on the connectors and wires.

I suspect there is a loose wire that as it gets hot separates and causes this problem. It may be a new harness will be needed but try checking the connections first.

Remember to unplug the power cord to the dryer first.



With additional details I may be able to assist you further.
by Fred M
July 22nd, 2010
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Agnus Bellyfull
Let's face it. It's a piece of shit.
by Agnus Bellyfull
March 4th
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Manage My Life
Thanks for your suggested troubleshooting tips. I located the machine control board and checked the white P8 and black P9 wires and connectors. (See photos.) I wiggled, jiggled, pushed and pulled on the connectors and wires. Nothing seemed to be loose. The P8 and P9 wires appear to be tightly attached to the connectors. The connectors are also firmly plugged into the control board. The dryer still stops and displays the "PF" error code when it is run on a timed cycle with medium or high heat. There is also an additional problem that was not present before I opened up the dryer to check the control board. The circular knob at the center top of the front console panel can be turned to eight possible settings: heavy duty, jeans, normal, casual, delicate, timed dry, express dry and touch up. Before opening up the dryer, each green indicator light associated with each setting would illuminate as the knob was turned to that setting. Now some of the lights do not illuminate.
by Manage My Life
August 16th, 2010
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Manage My Life
The response to the question you found includes the statement: "Check to see if the washer plug is loose in the outlet. If cord is plugged in properly, check voltage going to outlet where dryer is plugged into. If electrical outlet does not have sufficient power please contact electrician." A licensed electrician tested the outlet in the spring of 2010 to verify that it is working and is providing the proper power to the dryer. Also... the dryer can go a full cycle, but only when it is on the timed extra-low heat setting. Using high heat with the automatic setting causes it to stop incessantly and flash "PF". Is there a way to troubleshoot this problem to rule our other potential causes? Thanks for your ideas!
by Manage My Life
July 22nd, 2010
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Hello, I see your Kenmore Dryer keeps displaying PF code. I found a question in Manage My Life under the Answers button that is similar to the one you asked. I think this information will be very helpful to you. I attached the link below. Good Luck!!!
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July 20th, 2010
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