Reset a Whirlpool Washing Machine

How to Reset a Whirlpool Washing Machine (Full Guide)

In Appliances, Home Tips by Jamie

Realizing that your washer needs to be reset can be a little stressful if you are not sure how to do it. Luckily, resetting your washing machine is usually pretty simple, depending on the brand, make, and model. Here, we will focus on Whirlpool brand washing machines.

Read on for step-by-step guides, explanations on error codes, and how to reset particular models of Whirlpool washers. You will be able to reset your Whirlpool washing machine in no time flat!

Is there a Reset Button on Whirlpool Washing Machines?

Whirlpool washing machines do not have reset buttons. Instead, they have recalibration methods that can be performed by using the interface. Usually, the reset will be done by a set of turns on the mode dial.

There are also different procedures to check to make sure that you have reset your Whirlpool washing machine and other procedures to try if the initial reset pattered does not work.

Read on to find out more!

How to Reset Whirlpool Front Load Washer? (Step-by-Step)

1. The first step is to turn off the Whirlpool washing machine.

2. Second, turn the mode dial to the “normal” setting.

3. Turn the mode dial counter-clockwise one click to the left

4. Turn the mode dial clockwise for three clicks.

5. Turn the mode dial counter-clockwise on click.

6. Turn the mode dial clockwise with one click.

7. Press the start button.

7. Check to see if all the cycle lights are illuminated.

9. If the lights are illuminated, press the “start” button.

10. Turn the mode dial until “rinse,” “wash,” and “stop” are lit up

11. Turn off your Whirlpool washing machine

12. Unplug the washing machine for ten seconds.

13. Plug it back in and it will be reset when you turn it on.

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How to Reset Whirlpool Top Load Washer (Step-By-Step)

The steps to reset a Whirlpool washing machine with a top-loading function are the same as the front loading reset steps:

1. The first step is to turn off the Whirlpool washing machine.

2. Second, turn the mode dial to the “normal” setting.

3. Turn the mode dial counter-clockwise one click to the left

4. Turn the mode dial clockwise for three clicks.

5. Turn the mode dial counter-clockwise on click.

6. Turn the mode dial clockwise with one click.

7. Press the start button.

8. Check to see if all the cycle lights are illuminated.

9. If the lights are illuminated, press the “start” button.

10. Turn the mode dial until “rinse,” “wash,” and “stop” are lit up

11. Turn off your Whirlpool washing machine

12. Unplug the washing machine for ten seconds.

13. Plug it back in and it will be reset when you turn it on.

Whirlpool Washer Error Codes and their Meanings

The following are several common error codes that a Whirlpool washing machine may show and what they mean. This makes it much easier to identify what the problem with the washing machine is and how

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code F20?

When a Whirlpool washing machine shows error code F20, it means that there is a water inlet problem. This means that there is no water or not enough water getting into the machine.  To fix it, pause or cancel the load in the washer, unplug the washer, and check to make sure that the hot and cold faucets are turned on.

Check that there are no clogs by the screens at the inlet hose and that the inlet hoses are not kinked or frozen. Fix anything that is not as it should be. Then plug in the washer and start.

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code F21?

Error code F21 means that there is a drainage problem with the washing machine. This can often be fixed by clearing the drain filter or the drain hose.

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code A10?

Error code A10 is also indicative of a drainage problem. This error typically shows up when the drain cycle is longer than 4 minutes when the water valves shut off.

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code 5D?

Error code 5D means that there are too many suds in the washing machine. To fix this, do not touch anything. The washing machine will run a pre-programmed routine to reduce the amount of suds in the washer.

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code F06?

Error code F06 means that there is a communication issue between the washing machines motor control unit and the washer’s central control unit. This is often caused by a damaged motor control unit circuit which is often caused by an overload.

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code F02?

This error code means that the sensor is detecting an extended drain time. This can be caused by a clog in the drainage system, too many suds in the washer, or several other component failures.

What is Whirlpool Washer Error Code IF?

Error code LF means that there is a water fill error. LF means “long fill” and that the main control system has not received a signal from the water pressure sensor. This indicates that the washer is not filling up at all or not filling up fast enough.

How to Reset Whirlpool Cabrio Washer

How to Reset Specific Whirlpool Washer Models:

Here we will explain how to reset specific Whirlpool washing machine models.

How to Reset Whirlpool Cabrio Washer?

The first steps are the same as the steps listed earlier.

1. The first step is to turn off the Whirlpool washing machine.

2. Second, turn the mode dial to the “normal” setting.

3. Turn the mode dial counter-clockwise one click to the left

4. Turn the mode dial clockwise for three clicks.

5. Turn the mode dial counter-clockwise on click.

6. Turn the mode dial clockwise with one click.

7. Press the start button.

8. Check to see if all the cycle lights are illuminated.

9. If the lights are illuminated, press the “start” button.

10. Turn the mode dial until “rinse,” “wash,” and “stop” are lit up

11. Turn off your Whirlpool washing machine

12. Unplug the washing machine for ten seconds.

13. Plug it back in and it will be reset when you turn it on.

If this does not work, then press any button on the interface to clear the error code. Next, pick a washing cycle and start the cycle. Unplug the Cabrio from the wall if the error code comes back up, wait five minutes, and then choose a washing cycle and hit start.

How to Reset Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum Washer?

To reset a Whirlpool Cabrio platinum washing machine you do the following steps.

First, clear the error code from the display pad by pressing any button on the display pad. You can also press pause or cancel. Next, pick a washing cycle and select start. Turn off the washing machine and disconnect the Cabrio for about five minutes if the error code comes back.

How to Reset Whirlpool Duet Washer

How to Reset Whirlpool Duet Washer?

Unplug the washing machine for about 30 seconds so that the control can reset.

Whirlpool Washer Troubleshooting Answers

How Can I Run a Diagnostic on my Whirlpool Washer?

Keep your washing machine plugged in with all indicators off in stand-by mode. Next, select any button on the interface except for the “start,” “power,” or “stop” buttons. Press and hold the button you picked for 3 seconds, then release for 3 seconds, press for 3 seconds again, release for 3 seconds again, and press for a final 3 seconds.

If the machine entered diagnostic mode, the indicator lights will light up for five seconds and “88” will show on the display pad.

My Whirlpool Washer Won’t Turn Off?

If your washing machine will not turn off, try resetting it, unplugging it for five minutes, and then plugging it back in to see if that has fixed the problem.

My Whirlpool Washer Won’t Start?

Check that the machine is plugged in properly and that the washing machine did not trip the circuit breaker in your home. Additionally, check to make sure the electrical cord is not damaged.

My Whirlpool Washer Won’t Drain or Spin?

This is likely caused by something getting stuck in the drain hose or the pump causing a clog. Another cause is that the pump is broken.

What to Do if Your Whirlpool Washer is Leaking?

Check all the pumps, hoses, and discharge drains from the washer to see if anything is disconnected, broken, or out of place. Replace any damaged hoses and run a cycle keeping a close eye on where the leak was to see if it is fixed.

How to Reset Service Light on Whirlpool Washing Machine?

Either reset the whole machine or check the water inlet valve. Make sure that you turn off the water and unplug the washer before you check the supply hoses and screens.

Related Questions

Do Whirlpool Washers Have a Warranty?

Yes, they are covered under warranty for one year.

Do Whirlpool Washers Need Regular Cleaning and Maintenance?

You should run the “clean washer” cycle on your washer every 30 cycles to keep it clean.

Do Whirlpool Washers Last Long?

Whirlpool washers typically last anywhere from 12 to 14 years, making them a long-lasting investment.

What’s the Best Whirlpool Washing Machine?

The WFW862CHC is generally assumed to be one of the best Whirlpool washing machines available today.

Final Thoughts

It is fairly easy to handle resetting and fixing up minor issues with a Whirlpool washing machine. As long as you follow the instructions and keep an eye out for damage, you will be completely fine fixing it up on your own!

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Jamie

Jamie is the Founder of My Home Dwelling. He is a homeowner and enjoys sharing his homeowner tips with others. He has real estate experience working as a new home construction Realtor. Jamie has worked on numerous residential construction sites helping with interior and exterior renovations. He loves refinishing furniture, DIY home projects, and sharing his knowledge online.