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 decoding

Stiral'naja mashina Atlant vydaet oshibku F3

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.

See also - Atlant wash­ing machine gives an F4 error — what does it mean?

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.

Wiring problem

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.

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