Whirlpool Washer Error Codes Explained

Fred's Appliance
May 6, 2024
Washer Repair

While error codes on appliances can be annoying, you can often resolve them on your own with a little knowledge. That’s why we created this list of common Whirlpool washer error codes—to ensure you have everything you need to understand what your machine is telling you, and how to resolve the issue promptly.

The error codes that pop up can vary slightly depending on whether you have a front load or top load Whirlpool washer. The two parts of this article address these differences, so feel free to skip to the most relevant section for you.

Front load Whirlpool washer error codes explained

Use this list of common error codes to help you diagnose and fix any problems with your front load Whirlpool washer:


This code means “Control Lock” is activated. To deactivate this safety feature, touch and hold the Control Lock button.


This code means the current cycle was paused or canceled. It will display for 20 to 30 minutes while the washer drains. If the code persists after draining, press the Cancel or Pause button twice. Failing that, unplug the washer for one minute, then plug it back in again to reset.


This error code only applies to select washer models. It means a detergent cartridge has not been detected. To resolve this, try reinserting the detergent cartridge and make sure to fully shut the dispenser drawer.

rL or F34

This code means items have been detected in the washer during a Clean Washer cycle. To fix this, ensure the drum is empty when running a Clean Washer cycle.

Sud or Sd

This code means the washer has detected excessive suds in the machine. Your washer will run a rinse cycle to clear the suds. Simply wait for the cycle to complete, and always use the correct type and amount of detergent in the future.

F5 E2

This code means the door is not locking. To resolve this, ensure no laundry or other items are blocking the door and that the door is closed completely.

F7 E1

This code means the motor is not reaching the correct speed for the cycle. To troubleshoot, ensure that all shipping bolts have been removed and that the washer is not overloaded. Or, try pressing the Cancel or Pause button twice followed by the Power button once.

F8 E1 or LO FL

These codes mean the washer is detecting a low flow of water. To resolve this, make sure the household water supply is on, check the inlet hoses for any kinks, and fully open the hot and cold water valves.

F9 E1

This code means the washer is taking longer to drain than usual. To resolve this, check that the drain hose is correctly installed and not kinked or clogged. Also, make sure you’re using the right detergent.

Top load Whirlpool washer error codes explained

Use this list to help you diagnose and resolve the error code on your top load Whirlpool washer:


This code means your washer is not draining the way it should. To resolve this, ensure the drain system is installed correctly, and that there are no kinks or clogs in the drain hose.


This code means there are excessive suds in the machine. To prevent this from happening again, make sure you’re using the correct amount of high-efficiency detergent.


This code means the lid isn’t locking. To resolve this, ensure no items are obstructing or caught in the lid. Also, clean any built-up detergent around the lid lock. 


This code means objects have been detected on the lid, such as a laundry basket, preventing it from unlocking. To resolve this, remove any objects from the lid.


This code means the hot and cold inlet hoses have been installed in reverse. To resolve this, shut off the water supply and swap the hoses over to connect them with their corresponding inlets.

LF, Lo FL, or F8 E1

These codes mean the washer is taking longer than usual to fill. To resolve this, ensure the household water supply is on, the water supply hoses are not kinked, and the cold and hot water faucets are fully open.


This code means the lid was left open during a cycle. You can resolve it by closing the lid. However, if it’s left open for more than 10 minutes, the washer will reset the cycle and drain the water.


This code means the load in the drum is too big. Try removing some items to decrease the size of the load, then resume the cycle. 


This code means the load in the drum is off balance and the washer is attempting to correct it. Allow your washer to run its load-balance correction routine. Failing that, try redistributing the load manually so the items are evenly spaced across the drum. You may also try increasing or decreasing the load size, and ensuring the appliance is level on the floor.


This code means a wash cycle was interrupted by a power outage. To resolve this, press and hold Start to restart the cycle or Power to clear the code.

Whirlpool washer error codes FAQs

What do I do if my error code isn’t listed here?

This is not a comprehensive list of Whirlpool error codes. You may see other codes displayed on your washer. Refer to your user manual for information on other specific error codes for your Whirlpool washer model.

When should I hire a professional?

Some types of error codes you won’t be able to resolve on your own, since they indicate a major problem with your appliance. For instance, many F and E followed by numbers (F#E#) and F followed by a number (F##) error codes indicate a system error caused by a faulty component, such as a fan, pump, or sensor. These will require you to contact an appliance repair technician.

How can I avoid getting error codes?

Sometimes error codes just happen—no appliance is indestructible. However, you can minimize your risk of getting error codes by using a recommended detergent, using the correct amount of detergent, following load size guidelines, ensuring your washer is level and correctly installed, and regularly cleaning the drain pump filter.

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