How to Fix Samsung Washer FL Code

Samsung Washer FL Code

Samsung Washer FL Code

Samsung appliances are built with multiple features and system alarms to notify or shut off function when something is wrong. Among those codes is the Samsung washing machine error code FL, which is primarily related to the hatch locking mechanism not working properly.

Function of the Hatch

The hatch lock is the securing system that makes sure the entry lid into the washing machine stays secure while the appliance is in operation. If it didn’t work properly, the motor power of the suds agitation process could cause the Samsung washing machine lid to open, which would then allow water to spill out during the wash and rinse cycles once fed by water inlet valves. One would never get to the drain pump motor and load washing machine finish with a control panel main PCB missing the lid error. The water level sensor via the control panel won't catch the issue either. And hot water can be a risk for users, especially small children near a faulty lid.

Washing Machine Error Technical Background

The FL error code is not the singular flag or signal for a hatch locking error. And it doesn't provide a clarifying comment for part replace directions. A handful of other Samsung washing machine codes also provide a similar warning, if not specifically. These include the following errors: Ed, de, dE1 and the dE2 error. All of them are associated with Samsung washer door hatch problems or concerns occurring. The typical situations that trigger the error in Samsung washing machines include the following:

  • The hatch door won’t close properly, even when a user applies pressure to it.
  • The hatch door alternatively won’t open properly, even when the washing cycle is completed and the machine is shut off.
  • During mid-cycle the locked hatched becomes unlocked and opens, triggering the safety signal.
  • The hatch lock intermittently works and then fails during the washing cycle and the error keeps happening repeatedly.

Physically, the most frequent situation involves the door hatch closing and clicking shut, which is audible, but then the FL error code still shows up. The error code won’t go away until the hatch lock is examined and re-connected to the signal sensor.

The second most common Samsung washer error symptom tends to be the hatch not opening up at all, as mentioned above. The normal reaction would be just pop it open with force. However, caution is the better path here. Forcing the hatch open could break the hatch and lock mechanism or warm the lid. There is already a built-in delay for the hatch to stay closed until washing machines are completely finished, usually about 10 minutes or so after a drain. If the hatch still won’t open then, it’s time to get a trained repair person involved. Don’t try to lever or power pry it open. You’ll just do more damage, and it won’t fix the FL error code display. And you'll have to replace the broken parts, which aren't cheap like a hose or filter.

Causes of the FL Error Code in a Samsung Washing Machine

The source of the electronic Samsung washing machine error code can be varied. Some are electrical based on the sensor design, and some are mechanical in washing machines. In some cases there was an assembly mistake and the hatch actuator, the hook that fits in the lock, doesn’t involve the right part. The difference can be slight, but it’s enough to cause a problem with the locking trigger and sensors. Check for this. The use of the wrong actuator ends up damaging the lock, making the problem worse over time. Banging and hanging on the door, as little kids like to do, can also cause the actuator to hit the latch wrong, especially with side-loading doors. A physical part replacement is usually the fix in these cases.

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Manufacturing Issues

Note the Samsung hatch door has nothing to do with the function of the washer, like the spin or drain pump or water inlet valve an unbalanced load or the water supply hoses. However, if the hatch door can't be secured, then the electronic FL error code will continue to go off on the display, even if nothing else like the drain hose or spin cycle are working fine. And, note, the lock mechanism function changes based on model number, but all one sees on the user interface display is the Samsung FL code.

The fabrication of the actuator and door lock loop are not the strongest metals in the world either. For a good number of units they were, in fact, actually very weak and prone to failure. Over time with enough issues, Samsung’s manufacturing switched out the door parts, and newer models have the stronger loop for the actuator, but older door units get the upgrade when the original part fails and gets replaced on a user interface FL error signal display. Ideally, buying a new washing machine solves the problem, but that’s a bit of overkill for an otherwise working washer. Once replaced, check that the FL code responded to the solution fix.

What to Watch Out For from the Panel PCB Reading

When the FL washer error code comes and goes, with intermittent working of the washing machine, that’s a bigger failure. It’s usually associated with a failing sensor and electrical connection issue to the control board, particularly between the connections in washing machines. Again, this Samsung washer error is the kind of fix a trained repair person should be called for to check, bringing the right tools to the table to check the door sensor signals and connection points.

Remember, the FL washer error code is not an exact science and solved with an unplug or simple reset fix or mode. The Samsung washer includes multiple error codes that can be thrown for the same hatch issue, adding to a user's confusion. When the wash FL error codes come up focus on the door lock first as that's likely the culprit as a solution. If the issues for the error codes on the door are not obvious, then call for expert repair service help for Samsung washing machines.