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Whirlpool Washer Error Codes: Causes And Remedies

Olga Larina

Technically Reviewed by Olga Larina on Mar 20, 2024 | Written by Olga Larina

Seeing an incomprehensible set of digits and letters on your Whirlpool washer’s display may be confusing if you don’t know what they are. There may be a cause for concern, as each of those symbol combinations indicates a specific issue that needs to be fixed. 

Whirlpool washer codes are signals that the appliance is having a problem or malfunction. The size of the problem may vary, but it is best not to try using your washing machine before fixing the problem. However, to address the issue, you need to know the error codes and what they mean.

From this article, you can learn about common Whirlpool washing machine troubleshooting codes, their causes, and ways to tackle the issue. Most of the codes indicate minor things you can fix on your own, but some you will only see if your washer detects serious malfunctions requiring the attention of a certified repair technician. 

Whirlpool Washing Machine Error Codes with Description

You can’t even try to troubleshoot your washing machine without understanding the meaning of codes. We suggest familiarizing yourself with the Whirlpool washing machine error codes list. It looks like this:

  • F01/FH (Water level malfunction). Common causes of this problem are low water pressure, malfunction of the water level sensor, drain pump, valve contacts, or controller failure. It may also mean a clogged fill valve screen.
  • F02/FA (Water takes too long to drain). Check the washing machine connections for leaks, then have a certified tech check the solenoid valves and the controller.
  • F03/FP (Water does not drain). The appearance of these Whirlpool front load washer error codes indicates a clogged drain plug, electronic controller malfunction, or pump failure.
  • F04 (Water does not heat to set temperature). Check the heating element and the control circuits of the temperature sensor.
  • F05 (Temperature sensor failure). Fixing this issue will require replacing the sensor, sealing contacts, or repairing damaged wiring.
  • F06 (Motor does not rotate or slowly rotates, no signal from the tachogenerator). This code indicates a faulty connection to the motor or an incorrect position of the tachogenerator coil.
  • F07 (Electric motor control panel malfunction). It is necessary to check the wiring continuity, assess the general condition of the panel, and carry out diagnostics of the electric motor.
  • F08 (Failure of the heating element). A common cause of this code is the failure of the thermistor, press start, or electrical controller.
  • F09 (The tank’s water level is higher than normal). In this case, the water sensor is likely broken, or the fill valve is faulty.
  • F10 (Motor does not rotate). The motor control board and thermal sensor must be checked for proper functioning.
  • F11 (Communication failure with some parts of the washing machine). Common causes of this code are broken contacts and wires, wear and tear of moving elements, and control panel malfunctions.
  • F12 (Water does not heat up). The cause most often is a breakdown of the heating element, temperature sensor, or heating relay. The wires between the controller and the heater may also be broken.
  • F13 (Water does not fill the tank). There may be several reasons for this, such as low water pressure in the pipe, a clogged tank filter, or a clogged powder dispenser.
  • F14 (Incorrect data from EEPROM). This code is displayed when the control board is broken. Re-flashing the controller or replacing the control board can correct the problem.
  • F15 (Electric Motor Failed). The specific cause can be determined by diagnosing the controller, circuit, reversing relay, triac control, or tachogenerator.
  • F16 (Control System Fault). A broken control board or damaged wiring causes the issue.
  • FOD (Inappropriate detergent). The washing product you are using is not suitable for automatic washers and produces excess foam.
  • FDL (Failure of the hatch lock).  The electrical circuits and the lock must be checked.
  • FDU (Faulty Door Unit). A loose or broken door lock can cause this error code to light up.
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Learning to read Whirlpool washer diagnostic codes will help you understand the cause of the malfunction. Then, you can decide whether you can fix it yourself or need to call a professional.

How to address Whirlpool Washer Fault Codes

Most error codes indicate simple problems or breakdowns (unbalanced load, bent drain hose) that can be fixed on your own without hiring a specialist. However, it is not always that simple. 

Whenever you see one of the Whirlpool washer diagnostic codes indicating a significant problem, take a photo of it and pass it to the repair specialist. Knowing what to expect, they will come to your house equipped with all the necessary tools and spare parts.

How to Fix Whirlpool Washer Error Codes by Myself?

Here are some simple steps that will help you clear some of the Whirlpool washer beeping codes:

  • If you have a washing machine with vertical loading, do your best to balance a load of laundry inside. Please note that such models require strict compliance with the norms specified by the manufacturer. Remove some of the clothing items— this will eliminate some error codes.
  • Unplug the washing machine, wait for 10–15 minutes, and reconnect the appliance to the power supply. In some cases, error codes appear on the display for no reason. A reset will tackle this problem.
  • Check the drain hose. Often, error codes appear on the screen because it is overtightened or poorly positioned.

It is not worth trying to solve problems in the absence of knowledge and experience. Incorrect actions can lead to more global problems and make the situation worse.


Sometimes, Whirlpool washing machine error codes appear through error or indicate minor issues. In these cases, you don’t need to waste time and money on a certified repair service. But if the error code indicates a more serious breakdown, you should not try to fix it, as it can cause irreparable damage to your appliance and unnecessary risk to your safety.

Date of page creation: March 14, 2024

Page update date: March 20, 2024

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