Whirlpool Cabrio washers have a diagnostic system to determine when something’s wrong with the appliance. When this happens, your washing machine displays a code to indicate what the specific problem is. Most Whirlpool washer error codes start with “F” (fault) followed by a number. For example, F1 or F20. If the code is just a single “F” with no number, this means a general problem with the main control board has occurred. When this code appears, you have to reset the control board, and if that doesn’t work you may need to replace it.
The main causes of the “F” error code are a short circuit, voltage surge, or a voltage drop in your household power network. The code doesn’t appear often but for when it does, this guide describes exactly what you need to do.
This guide applies to all major Whirlpool Cabrio models, including:
Reset the control board
The easiest way to remove the “F” error code from your Whirlpool Cabrio washing machine is to reset the main control board. Sometimes, this will fix the problem long-term. but other times. it only provides a short-term fix. If the error code disappears after a reset but reappears a few days afterwards, you may need to replace the main control board or get a technician to do it for you.
Here’s how to reset the control board:
- Switch the power off to your Whirlpool washer.
- After five minutes, switch the power back on.
- Press the power button to turn your washer on.
- If the error code is still showing, press the “Start” and “Pause/Cancel” buttons simultaneously to remove the code.
- The code should now be removed and you can start using your washer again.
Replace the main control board
If the “F” error code continues to show, you need to replace the main control board or get a technician to come and inspect your washer. The purpose of the main control board is to control all of the components in your washer that make it work. When it has a fault, your washer won’t work correctly. Replacing the main control board requires some knowledge of appliance repair. If you don’t have any experience, you might be better off calling a technician to come and replace the main control board.
If you want to replace the control board yourself, follow these steps:
- Before proceeding, make sure you have the correct replacement part.
- Unplug your Whirlpool washer.
- Move your washer out from the wall so you can access the back of it.
- Turn the water supply off and disconnect the water hoses.
- Pull your washer completely out from the wall.
- Locate the control panel and unthread the screws that are holding it in position. Once the screws are removed, tilt the control panel up and push it forward at the same time.
- Disconnect the wire harnesses from the control panel. (Take note of where each part of the harness goes for when you have to reconnect them.)
- Unthread the mounting screws that hold the control board in place.
- Get the new control board and hold it near the old one. Transfer the wire harnesses from the old one to the new one. You can then transfer the water level pressure hose from the old one to the new one.
- Remove the old control board and insert the new one. You can then secure it in place with the screws you removed earlier.
- Reassemble your washing machine and push it back against the wall.
- Turn your washing machine on and check if the “F” error code has gone. If so, you can start using your washer again. If the error code is still showing, you need to get a technician to come and inspect your appliance.
Other common Whirlpool Cabrio washer error codes
- F1 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates a problem with the main control board or a program fault. To remove the code, you most likely have to replace the main control board.
- F2 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates a keypad or user control interface issue. To remove the code, the control panel, keypad, or main control board needs to be tested and if faulty, replaced.
- F40 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates the ATC thermistor is defective. It’s likely that the thermistor is faulty beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
- F41 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates the motor rotor position sensor thermistor is defective. Unfortunately, the thermistor probably has to be replaced to remove the error code.
- F42 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. When this code is displayed, it means the thermistor is defective. To remove the code the thermistor needs to be replaced.
- F50 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code means the motor rotor position sensor doesn’t detect any rotation. To fix the underlying problem, the motor rotor needs to be inspected by a technician. In some cases, the whole unit might need to be replaced.
- F51 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates the motor rotor position sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced.
- F52 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates the motor rotor position sensor (RPS) senses rotation even after the stop command has been activated. To fix the underlying problem, the RPS, motor, and main control board need to be inspected and if faulty, replaced.
- F53 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This code means the washer detects a high temperature in the motor. The code can be removed by making sure nothing is obstructing the washer drum from rotating.
- F54 Whirlpool Cabrio error code. This error code indicates a high current is present in the motor module. The easiest way to solve this error is to turn your washer off for five minutes before turning it back on. This will reset your machine.