Maytag Washer Displays Error Code F3 E2 – WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR Fault

My Maytag front loading washer flashes the F3E2 error code. I begin a wash cycle, the washer fills with water, and the error code shows immediately. Other times the washer will run for 5 minutes and the error code pops up. At times, the washer will run the complete cycle. What does this code mean and how do I fix this? I do have a multimeter if I need to check parts.

The F3 E2 error code indicates an INLET WATER TEMPERATURE fault. If the temperature sensor (thermistor) value is out of range during the water heating step of the wash cycle, it will display the error. This is caused by a faulty WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR (NTC) or most commonly a wiring fault. This error code can also indicate a heating circuit fault.

Washer Displays Error Code F3 E2Washer Error Code F3 E2 – Maytag Whirlpool Front Load Washers

Most commonly a wiring fault causes this error code on Whirlpool and Maytag washers. This issue can be intermittent as the washer vibrates and moves. Inspect the wiring near the temperature sensor. Check the 2 black wires that go to the temperature sensor near the washer drum as this is where the wires seem to be most commonly damaged and causing the F3 E2 error. The error code can also be seen as E2 F3.

Washer Error Code F3 E2 - Maytag Front Load WashersError Code F3 E2

NOTE: Wear safety gear and always unplug the washer when performing maintenance or troubleshooting.

F3 E2 Quick Clear Error Code:
HINT: Temperature sensor is located at the base of the wash tub.
1. Check for faulty wiring on temperature sensor to and from CCU (2 black wires).
2. Test the resistance through the temperature sensor with meter – Should measure 50K ohms.
(Wiring can check good when not in use due to vibration – Important to inspect wiring in insulation)

Maytag Washer Parts Location - F3 E2 ErrorMaytag F3 E2 Error – Replace temp sensor
Sensor is number 23 in above parts diagram

Fix Inlet Water Temperature Error – Maytag/Whirlpool Washing Machine:
1. Unplug the washing machine.
2. Carefully slide washer out from wall. (use caution with water hoses)
3. Remove rear panel(s) to access components.
4. Locate temperature sensor. (located on the back of the tub)
5. Check resistance through temp sensor – should measure 50,000 ohms.
6. Remove and replace temp sensor if found faulty.
7. Check all wiring. (2 black wires)
8. Repair wiring harness/replace sensor.
9. Install panel(s).
10. Plug washer back into power.
11. Test washer to be sure F3 E2 is clear.

Washer Temperature Sensor - Whirlpool MaytagWhirlpool W10467289 Washer Temperature Sensor Replacement

NOTE: The location of the temp sensor is at the bottom of the washer tub. Located on the heating element in the front. You will see a square shaped plug between the heating element terminal and be sure the plug is secure. The plug can become loose from the washer vibrating during wash or spin cycle. Check this connection to be sure it is secure. (This repair method works on Whirlpool and Maytag Washers.)

How to repair error code F3 E2 – Whirlpool | Maytag

What does NTC mean?
NTC = Negative Temperature Coefficient

What is an NTC temperature sensor (thermistor)?
NTC thermistors are resistors with a negative temperature coefficient. The resistance decreases with increasing temperature. NTC sensors are commonly used in a range from -67°F (-55°C) to 392°F (200°C).

How does a thermistor fail?
Can be due to mechanical separation between the lead material and the resistor element. Can be caused by thermal mismatch, handling damage, and excessive heat.

Is your washer still under warranty? Call or go online to find out. Contact Maytag US: 1-800-344-1274 | Contact Whirlpool US: 1-866-698-2538 – Canada: 1-800-807-6777

Have the F3E2 error code displaying on your Maytag or Whirlpool washer? Please let us know the model number of your washer so we can assist further. If you have tips for how to fix this error code in a different manner, please let us know to assist others troubleshooting the same issue.


5 thoughts on “Maytag Washer Displays Error Code F3 E2 – WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR Fault”

  1. Found sensor tested within guidelines of repair manual that came with machine. Found one of the black wires broken where zip tie holds wiring together, just like a previous comment.

  2. Same here black wires worn through at zip tie… Someone forgot to put electrical tape in that area! Unhook the two plastic locks that hold wiring in place and the wires were no longer connected. Water temperature sensor measured 15 new one measured 20 ohms neither one was the problem.

  3. Here’s one thing I have seen. To test the sensor – nib part comes with a resistance of about 11k ohms. My old one I tried was about 10k ohms. I swapped part, washer worked fine for 1 week in between swap and now I am getting error again. I will follow wiring back to control panel now ans see if I have an open.

  4. Nesbit Innovations

    Follow the 2 black wires that are connected to the temp sensor. The wires tend to get damaged or cut at the zip tie that holds the group of wire together. Strip the wires if they are cut/damaged and splice them back together.

  5. My Whirlpool duet steam front load washer is displaying f03, e02. Put a new control board in, a new temp sensor. Still does the same. My model is Wfw95hexro. Please help.

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