You habitually put the laundry in the drum and started washing, and after a while you found that the Atlant washing machine does not wash and gives out the F3 code. For example, the F3 error in the Atlant typewriter appears regardless of the program, and the wash may well continue further. What does this code mean and how to fix the problem?
Error code F3 means that there is a problem with water heating: it is not there or, on the contrary, it is excessive. In this case, the machine can work normally on washing modes in cold water, and on programs with heating, an error appears. In models without a screen, this error is indicated as follows — the 3rd and 4th drain indicators are on.
If you notice that your laundry is poorly washed, while a musty smell is felt, then most likely the heating element has broken.
Causes that do not require repair
- Electrical connection. You need to clearly see if there is any damage on the cord itself or the plug. It is also important that the connection to the electrical network is carried out directly, that is, immediately to the outlet, and not using an adapter.
- A system failure has occurred. If such an error occurred for the first time, then you can give the machine time to rest. Turn off the machine by pulling the cord from the outlet for literally ten minutes. Quite often a failure occurs, but it is temporary and such a reboot will help.
- Check the connection of the heater wire loops. This scenario is possible if the device was disassembled before a breakdown of this type. It is likely that the contacts just moved a little away from their usual place.
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Faults requiring repair
In addition to faults that do not require repair, there are also those that require immediate repair.
Broken heating element
If, when washing at a high temperature, the glass of the hatch remains cold, then the heating element is faulty. Also, if the washing machine is energized, the insulation of the heater may be damaged, and this may cause a short circuit and even a fire. The cause of the malfunction may be a factory defect or scale. The heating element cannot be repaired and will need to be replaced. Be sure to check the heating element with a multimeter, perhaps the problem is not in it, but in the temperature sensor (in some models, the temperature sensor is installed separately from the heater).
Broken temperature sensor
The appearance of error F3 at the very beginning of washing, when the washing machine does not heat up, overheats or boils water at all, may indicate a malfunction of the temperature sensor — a temperature sensor that measures the temperature of the water in the washer. In this case, it will be necessary to replace the temperature sensor, and if it is built directly into the heating element, which is observed in most models, then a complete replacement of the heating element will be required.
Faulty control board
If 12–15 minutes after the start of washing, the F3 error is displayed on the Atlant machine display and the washing process stops completely, this means that the control board could have failed. This is a microcircuit that controls the working process of the washing machine. Basically, the relay located on the control board, which is responsible for turning on the heating element or the track, burns out. In this case, you will need to replace the burned-out relay or solder the tracks. At the time of the processor failure, you will need to completely replace the control module.
If the F3 error appears in the washing machine, then disappears, then the wiring from the heating element to the control module is damaged. In such a situation, you need to twist the damaged wiring or make a complete replacement of the cable with wires.