Whirlpool Washer Error Codes

Globally, Whirlpool washers have been trusted by many homes. But even the best machines have some troubles sometimes. That is when they show ‘error codes’ that help you diagnose the actual problem with the washer. To find the error codes for your specific model, you can read the Owners Manual that came along with your washer. Here are the common error codes, their meanings and their solutions.

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Code Definition Solution
Int Cycle Paused or Cancelled. It takes 20-30 minutes for the washer to stop spinning or draining and then display this error code. Press pause or cancel button twice and the power button once. If the error persists, carefully unplug the washer and plug it back on after one minute.
LOC Control Lock Activated In this case, tap on the Control Lock button. You might have to press and hold the button depending on which model you have. If you have an older model, refer to the Owner Manual to find out which button activates the control lock or (on older models) determine which button activates control lock from your Owner’s Manual.
rL or F34 Items Detected During Clean Washer Cycle This error requires you to check the drum for items, remove the items if there are any and then restart the Clean Washer Cycle.
dET Detergent Cartridge Not Detected If the detergent amount is for single-use, you can ignore this message. If not, make sure the cartridge fits properly inside the drawer and that the drawer is shut properly.
Sud or Sd Excess of Suds Detected In The Washer If there is an excess of Suds detected in the washer, it will not drain out the water. Instead, the washer will add more water and rinse out the drum several times to remove the suds. To avoid this error, you need to ensure that your detergent is a high-efficiency detergent. You must read about high-efficiency detergents before buying one for your machine. Consider choosing the detergent specifically for front-load or top-load washer depending on the type of washer you have. If you have used liquid chlorine bleach, especially the ‘no splash’ or the ‘easy pour’ one, the thickening agent of the bleach can also lead to excess suds. Your machine can show this error even in case of a restricted drainpipe. Make sure to check there.
F7 E1 Motor Speed-Sensing Error This error indicates that the motor is not getting the correct speed for the cycle. This requires you to ensure that all shipping bolts are removed and that the washer is not overloaded. Once done, press the pause and cancel button twice and then the power button once.
F5 E2 Door Not Locked Properly This error code requires you to check that there are no items blocking the door and that the door is not damaged. Ensure that you hear a ‘click’ when you close the door of your machine. This means that the door is closed completely. Once done, press the pause or the cancel button twice and the power button once to clear the code and restart the cycle.
F8 E1 or LO FL Low Flow of Water Sensed In this case, you must check that both hot and cold water faucets are completely on. If your washer is not filling the water, you must check that the fill hoses and ensure that they are not kinked. If the waterline connected to the washer has any anti-flood hoses, the machine will show this error. Once you have checked that press the pause or cancel button twice and the power button once.
F8 E2 Problem With The Dispenser Detected This error is shown on some models when the detergent drawer or the cartridge is clogged with detergent from the previous wash cycles. The detergent solidifies and causes interruptions. This requires you to properly clean your washer dispenser.
F9 E1 Longer Drain Time Detected When the drain time is longer than eight minutes the machine shows this error. This requires you to ensure that the drainpipe is of the correct size and is not clogged. This may also be due to excessive suds in your washer.

Your machine may show other errors with #E or #F code. This may be a sign of severe malfunction and not just a cycle error. As a practice, look out for unusual sounds, excessive tumbling or draining. If any of these codes are shown on your machine frequently, it is advised to get your washer diagnosed by a professional. This may require you to invest in a professional appliance repair.