Understanding Whirlpool Washer Error Codes

Appliance Express
March 6, 2024
Washer Repair

Unsure what on earth the error code displaying on your Whirlpool washer means? This handy guide provides a complete list of Whirlpool washer error codes, explaining what each one signifies, along with tips for resolving the error.

Whether you have a front- or top-load Whirlpool washer, this guide is sure to help you rid your machine of that pesky code so you can get back to using it like normal.

Whirlpool Error Codes for Top-Load Washers

Here’s a list of some of the most common error codes on Whirlpool top-load washers:


The drn error code means the washer is unable to drain properly. To fix:

  • Ensure the drain system is installed properly.
  • Check the drain hoses are not kinked or clogged.

F#E# or F##

F and E followed by numbers or F followed by a number indicate a system error. You may be able to fix it by pressing START/PAUSE once to clear the code, and then one more time to restart the machine. If not, call in an appliance repair technician.


The HC error code displays when the cold and hot water inlet hoses are accidentally installed in reverse. It means that the hot water hose has been connected to the cold water inlet and vice versa.

To fix this, turn off the water supply and reinstall the hoses in the correct order.


The LdL error code means that the lid is failing to lock. To fix, check no laundry or other items are caught in the lid, preventing it from closing fully and locking. You should also inspect the lid lock for damage or detergent buildup that may prevent it from locking.


This error code means the lid is unable to unlock, which is usually caused by items being left on the washer lid, such as boxes of detergent or a laundry basket. To resolve this error, simply remove the items from the lid. 


The lid error code indicates that the lid was left open during a cycle. To resolve the error, simply close the lid and the cycle will resume. However, when the lid is left open for over 10 minutes, the washer will automatically drain the water and end the cycle. 

LF, LoFL, or F8E1

These error codes mean the washer is struggling to fill in a timely manner. This is often caused by an issue with the water supply. Potential fixes include:

  • Checking the hot and cold water supply faucets are fully opened.
  • Checking both the hot and cold water hoses are connected.
  • Checking the hoses are not kinked or clogged.
  • Checking the inlet screens on the washer are not clogged. If they are, clean them with a soft brush, mild soap, and water.


The Ofb error code displays on your washer when the load is out of balance. Your washer will automatically run a load-balance correction routine, so just allow it to continue until this is complete.

Other potential solutions include:

  • Redistributing items evenly and in loose heaps in the washer drum.
  • Not washing single items. You can add more items to balance the load.
  • Checking the appliance is level.
  • Using the appropriate cycle setting, such as Bulky/Sheets for oversized items.


The OL error code indicates the machine is overfilled. To fix this, simply reduce the load size by removing some items, and then close the lid and resume the cycle.


The PF error displays when your washer is interrupted during a cycle by a power outage. To resolve, simply press and hold START to resume the cycle, or press POWER to remove the error from the display.


The Sud error code means there are too many suds in the washer. To fix this, check that you are:

  • Using high-efficiency (HE) detergent.
  • Using the correct amount of detergent.

Whirlpool Error Codes for Front-Load Washers

Here are some of the most common error codes on Whirlpool front-load washers:


The dET error code means that a detergent cartridge has not been detected in the dispenser. This error only applies to certain models of Whirlpool washers. To fix this, check that the detergent cartridge is inserted properly and the dispenser drawer is fully shut.


The Int error code occurs when the washer is stopped during a cycle. Perhaps the door was opened or the wash cycle was canceled before it finished. As a result, the machine will display this code for around 20 minutes while it drains the water from the cycle.

You can also clear the code if it persists by unplugging the washer for 1 minute and then plugging it back in to reset the appliance. 

rL or F34

This error code displays if items are detected in the drum during a Clean Washer cycle. To resolve this error, ensure the washer is empty when running this cycle.

F5 E2

The F5 E2 error code indicates the door is failing to lock. Potential fixes include:

  • Checking that no items are obstructing or caught in the door.
  • Ensuring the door is closed fully.
  • If the error code persists, press the Pause button twice followed by the Power button once to clear it.

F7 E1

The F7 E1 error code means the motor is failing to reach the right speed for the selected cycle. To resolve this, check that you have removed all the shipping bolts and that the washer is not overfilled. You can also clear the error by pressing Pause twice and Power once.

F8 E1 or LO FL

These error codes indicate a low flow of water. Possible solutions include:

  • Checking your home’s water supply is on.
  • Ensuring the hot and cold water faucets are fully open.
  • Checking the inlet hoses are not clogged, kinked, or disconnected.

F8 E2

The F8 E2 error suggests an issue with the dispenser system. To resolve this, check that the detergent cartridge and drawer are not clogged with detergent.

F9 E1

The F9 E1 error displays when your washer is taking longer to drain than it should. Potential solutions include:

  • Checking the drain hose is not clogged or kinked.
  • Ensuring the drain hose is installed correctly.
  • Not using more than the recommended amount of detergent, as excessive suds can also slow draining. 


This is not an error. Instead, it means the Control Lock safety feature is activated, which locks the control panel. To deactivate, press and hold the Control Lock button.  

Sud or Sd

These error codes mean there are excessive suds in your washer. Your machine will automatically start an extended rinse cycle to remove the suds. To prevent the error from coming back, ensure you’re using HE detergent, not using too much detergent, and that the drainage hose isn’t kinked or clogged.


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