Understanding the myriad of error codes in Whirlpool washers is crucial for effective appliance maintenance. Whether you’re encountering a blinking display or a washer that simply won’t start, decoding these signals is key. This guide delves into the most common Whirlpool washer error codes for 2024 models, offering clear explanations and solutions. From hose connection issues to complex system errors, we’ll help you navigate these challenges with ease, ensuring your Whirlpool washer runs smoothly.

Common Whirlpool Washer Error Codes and Their Meanings

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Navigating the world of Whirlpool washer error codes can be daunting, whether you own a front-load or top-load model. These codes are crucial indicators that help diagnose and solve issues with your Whirlpool washing machine. Understanding these error codes ensures your washer operates efficiently and lasts longer. Here’s a breakdown of the most common error codes for both Whirlpool front load washer and top load models:

  1. HC: This error code indicates that the hot and cold inlet hoses are installed incorrectly. It typically appears at the end of the wash cycle, signaling that the cold water hose is connected to the hot water inlet and vice versa. This mix-up can affect washing performance, so ensuring the correct hose connection is essential​​.
  2. Sd: Sd, or ‘Excess suds’, is a common error in both Whirlpool front load washer and top load models. This occurs when excessive suds accumulate in the washer. The machine will run a suds reduction routine to address this. Using high-efficiency (HE) detergent and following the manufacturer’s instructions for detergent use can prevent this issue​​.
  3. dL: The ‘dL’ error, which stands for ‘Lid cannot lock’, signals a problem with the lid lock mechanism. It might be caused by an item in the load preventing the lid from locking properly. This is a common issue in top load models and requires checking for obstructions under the lid​​.
  4. lid: This error appears when the washer lid is left open. In Whirlpool top load washing machines, if the lid remains open for more than 10 minutes, the cycle will reset, and the water in the washer will drain. Closing the lid should clear this error​​.
  5. dU: The ‘dU’ code, which stands for ‘Lid cannot unlock’, often occurs when objects are placed on the washer lid, preventing it from unlocking. This is another error typical in Whirlpool top load washers and can be resolved by removing any objects from the top of the washer​​.
  6. F##: This is a generic system error code that can appear in both front load and top load Whirlpool washers. When you see an F-type error code, it’s an indication of a system issue. The first step is to press START/PAUSE to clear the code, then press it again to restart the washer. If the code reappears, professional service may be required​​.

Specific Error Codes for Whirlpool Aquasteam 9559

The Whirlpool Aquasteam 9559, a sophisticated model in the Whirlpool washing machine lineup, comes with its unique set of error codes. Understanding these specific codes is vital for users to effectively troubleshoot and maintain their machine. Here are some key error codes exclusive to the Whirlpool Aquasteam 9559:

  1. “Water tap closed”: This error occurs when the appliance has insufficient water supply. It can be due to several reasons like a fully closed water tap, kinks in the water inlet hose, a blocked mesh filter in the supply hose, or a frozen water hose. To resolve this, ensure the water supply is adequate and the hose is in good condition. If the issue persists, contacting After-Sales Service is advisable​​.
  2. “Clean pump”: Indicative of a drainage problem, this error appears when the waste water is not being pumped out. It could be caused by kinks or blockages in the drain hose, or a clogged filter or pump. Addressing these issues usually involves checking and cleaning the relevant parts. If the problem remains, resetting the machine and then contacting After-Sales Service is recommended​​.
  3. “Service”: Ranging from error codes “F02” to “F35” (except “F24”), and “F40” to “F43”, these indicate an electrical module fault. The recommended action involves resetting the machine. In the case of “F24”, which signals ‘Water level too high’, turning off the machine and restarting a wash programme is advised. For “F02” or “FA” errors, related to ‘Waterstop faults’, turning off the water supply and tilting the appliance forward to drain collected water is necessary​​.
  4. “Fod”: This error signifies ‘Overfoaming’, where too much foam interrupts the wash programme. The solution involves selecting and starting a ‘Rinse & Spin’ programme with less detergent​​.
  5. “bdd”: This error occurs when the appliance stops during a programme due to ‘Drum flaps open’. Ensuring that the drum flaps are properly closed before starting the wash cycle can prevent this issue​​.

Detailed Error Code Analysis and Solutions

Delving deeper into specific Whirlpool washer error codes offers insight into more intricate issues and their resolutions. Here’s an analysis of some error codes along with solutions for both front load and top load models:

  1. F5E1 – Door Switch Error: This code appears when there’s an issue with the door switch of your Whirlpool Cabrio washer. The door might not be closed properly or there could be a fault in the switch itself. To resolve this, ensure the door is firmly shut and check the door switch contact with an ohmmeter. If the problem persists, the main board or door lock switch may need replacement​​.
  2. F5E2 – Door Lock Error: This error indicates a failure in the door lock mechanism at cycle initiation. It can be due to mechanical issues with the door lock system or a short circuit. Check for water traces on the door lock, inspect for overload or damage in the harness connections, and ensure the door is closed properly. In some cases, starting the service mode can help identify if the control board or the door lock needs replacement​​.
  3. F5E3 – Door Unlock Error: If the control board cannot unlock the door at the end of the program, this error will be displayed. Strongly pushing on the door frame can sometimes resolve the issue. If not, checking the main board’s ability to switch off the door lock and possibly replacing the door lock or main board may be necessary​​.
  4. F5E4 “dr” – Door Not Open Error: This error occurs when the START button is pressed while the door is open or after several consecutive washer cycles without opening the door. Resolving the error codes F5E1, F5E2, and F5E3 as detailed above can often rectify this issue​​.
  5. F6E1 – Communication Error Between Control and Motor Control Board: This error signifies a communication failure between the control board and the motor control unit. Checking the harness and connections between these components, along with the door switch contact and motor resistance, is crucial. The motor control unit or main board may need replacing if issues persist​​.
  6. F7E1 – Drive Motor or Tachometer Error: This indicates a problem with the motor or the tachometer signal. Potential causes include no motor movement, a defective tachometer, or open tachometer wiring. Check for drum blockage, noise, or friction and inspect the tachometer and motor connections​​.
  7. F8 E1 or LO FL – Water Detection Error: This error means your washer is not detecting the correct amount of incoming water. Check if the hot and cold water valves are fully open and the hoses are not kinked. Ensure the hoses are correctly connected and check the water inlet screens for clogs. If an anti-flood device is installed, it may reduce water pressure and flow into the appliance​​.

Error Code Diagnosis and Service Mode

Effectively diagnosing Whirlpool cabrio washer error codes often requires entering the Service Diagnostic mode. This advanced feature allows you to understand the specific issues your washer is facing and take appropriate action. Here’s how to utilize this mode for accurate diagnosis:

  1. Entering Service Diagnostic Mode: To enter this mode, select any cycle on your washer. If indicators turn on, check the functionality of the three buttons used for activating the Service Diagnostic mode. Ensure that each button responds with a beep when pressed. If a button is faulty, it may need to be replaced along with the user interface and housing assembly​​.
  2. Understanding Fault/Error Code Display: In Service Diagnostic mode, fault codes are displayed in an alternating pattern, showing ‘F#’ and ‘E#’. The ‘F#’ indicates the system or category that is suspect, while the ‘E#’ pinpoints the specific component system. Up to four fault/error codes can be stored and viewed in this mode​​.
  3. Activation with Saved Fault Codes: If your washer has saved fault codes, these will flash on the display. Review these codes and follow the recommended procedures. If there are no saved fault codes, ‘888’ will be displayed. This system helps in identifying both recent and older issues that your washer might have encountered​​.
  4. Clearing Fault Codes: To clear stored fault codes, press and hold the third button used to enter the Service Diagnostic mode for 5 seconds. Successful erasure of the codes will show ‘888’ on the display. Clearing these codes can sometimes resolve minor issues without further intervention​​.
  5. Exiting Service Diagnostic Mode: To exit this mode, you can either press and hold the first button used to activate the Service Diagnostic mode for 5 seconds or press the POWER button once or twice, depending on the diagnostic procedure followed. Exiting this mode is essential after you’ve completed the diagnosis and taken the necessary actions​​.

Using the Service Diagnostic mode is a powerful tool for understanding and addressing Whirlpool washer error codes. It gives a more in-depth insight into what may be causing issues with your washer and can guide you in taking the correct steps to resolve these problems. However, it’s important to proceed with caution and consult a professional if you’re unsure about any steps in this process.


Navigating Whirlpool washer error codes can seem complex, but with the right knowledge, it becomes a manageable task. Whether you’re dealing with a specific code on your front load or top load model, or just performing routine maintenance, understanding these error codes is key to ensuring your Whirlpool washing machine operates efficiently.

Remember, regular maintenance and timely troubleshooting are essential for the longevity and performance of your appliance. For persistent or complex issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance to keep your Whirlpool washer running smoothly.

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