Washing machines are household appliances that are becoming increasingly popular around the world because they make life easier. However, getting a model with a huge capacity to keep up with your laundry needs can be challenging. Whirlpool is an American-based washing machine brand that focuses only on the manufacture of large washing machines with a capacity that ranges between 4.5 to 5.5 cubic feet (around 140 liters).
As an everyday home appliance, a top Whirlpool duet washer can experience problems from time to time. When this happens, you can try out some tricks to fix the error and get it running within minutes.
In this article, we will examine common error codes as well as simple troubleshooting tips. Although very rare, some error codes will only be cleared on the top Whirlpool duet washer by a system reset. Thankfully, you will learn more about performing Whirlpool washer troubleshooting as well as how to execute a system reset.
Whirlpool Duet Washer Troubleshooting Error Codes
Every Whirlpool duet washer comes with an important feature, an “electronic self-diagnosis system”. It means that if for some reason the washer stops working, this feature determines where the problem is coming from and informs you through its display in form of error codes.
Below are some Whirlpool washer error codes. We will only discuss general error codes because there are slight variations in error codes for different models.
|Error Code Displayed||Meaning|
|drn||The Whirlpool duet washer is not draining as it should|
|F#, E3, or F#||Error with the system|
|LdL or F05 followed by E02||The lid is not locked as it should|
|HC||The Hot and Cold inlet hoses are not properly fitted|
|LF, Lo, FL, or F8E1||The washer taking too long to fill|
|F9 or E1||Improper drain hose installation|
|LdU||The lid cannot unlock|
|lid||The lid has been left open|
|Ofb||The washer’s load is ‘out of balance’|
|OL||The load in the washer is too large|
|PF||The ‘power failure’ has interrupted the smooth washing cycle|
|Sud or Sd||There is too much suds (detergent) in the washer|
|rL||Load detected in the washer during a clean washing|
|Beep when the ‘start’ or ‘pause’ button is pressed||Notification that the door might not be closed|
|int||The wash cycle has been interrupted|
|F20 or FH||Insufficient water supply to the washer|
|A09||No water detected in the washer|
|A10||Draining taking too long|
|F02||An overflow of water detected|
|F05||Temperature sensor not working well|
|F07||Motor Overspeed detected|
|F23||Pressure switch error|
Top Whirlpool Duet Washer Troubleshooting Tips
The good thing about these error codes is that there is a solution for each of them. These solutions are simple and do not need to be done by a technician. A serviceman may not show up immediately, but these Whirlpool washer troubleshooting tips will help reprogram the washer immediately after diagnosis. These fixes are real, saves money & time, and are all written on the user’s manual of your washer.
For each of the error codes highlighted in the table above, here are actionable fixes for a quick Whirlpool washer troubleshooting:
|You start the washer but it beeps instead||Open the door then close it completely|
|rL error code||Gently remove the clothes already present in the washer then restart the washer|
|LdL or F05 followed by E02 error code||Since it means the door is not locking as it normally would, press the “POWER” button to cancel the wash cycle. Check for items in the washer that may be preventing the door from closing. Take the items out. Close the door again then restart the washer|
|F9 or E1 error code||Locate the drain hose and inspect for proper installation. Alternatively, inspect for any blockage, pinching, or clogs. If there are clogs, uninstall the hose and remove any clog. Reinstall the hose by securely fitting it to the drainpipe. If there are no clogs and the hose is fitted as it should, lower the drain hose so its height from ground level is not in any way higher than the height of the washer.|
|Sud or Sd error code||Continue the wash cycle. On completion, measure the recommended (on the user’s manual) quantity of detergent for the next wash. If the error code is accompanied by a flashing light, DO NOT add another detergent. Simply reselect your wash cycle using a cold wash temperature, then press START. Use only the recommended type of detergent (HE detergent)|
|A09 and A10 error codes LF, Lo, FL, or F8E1 error codes||Disconnect and unplug the washer from the power source. Reconnect the washer to power. Press START and hold for few seconds to continue the wash cycle. Then press CANCEL or DRAIN and hold for a few seconds to cancel the current wash cycle. Alternatively, check if the water inlet is tightly fitted, clogged, or frozen?|
|F#, E3, or F#||Press the POWER button to cancel the current wash cycle. This should clear the code. Next, press POWER again. When it powers on, select DRAIN followed by SPIN when the washer is done draining water. These two processes will discard any remaining water from the washer. In most cases, this universal Whirlpool washer troubleshooting tip will clear any system error. But if the error code persists after this trick, please call a technician|
While this list features common problems and how to troubleshoot each of them, kindly refer to your user’s manual for more exhaustive and model-specific Whirlpool washer troubleshooting tips.
How to Reset a Whirlpool Washing Machine
After trying out these Whirlpool washer troubleshooting tips, a total system reset may be the only thing that can get your washing machine back up in some cases. While newer models of washing machines come with a reset button, some older ones don’t.
To reset your top Whirlpool duet washer:
- Unplug the washing machine
- Set the mode dial to NORMAL
- Turn the dial one-click counter-clockwise or left
- Next, turn the dial three clicks clockwise or right
- Plug the washing machine
- Press the START button and check if all indicator lights are illuminated
- If the lights are all illuminated, press the START or STOP button once
- Finally, rotate your dial until the RINSE, WASH, and STOP lights are all illuminated. Once this is done, turn OFF the washer, unplug it for at least 10 seconds, then turn it back ON
- You have your washing machine fully reset.
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