Troubleshooting Whirlpool Washing Machine Errors

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It's common for washing machines to break down. Sometimes, right in the middle of washing a load of clothes, the washer hits a snag and an error code pops up. Whirlpool is a popular brand of home appliances including washing machines. If you own one, you may one day receive an error code. Knowing what it means will help you find a fix and get back to doing laundry.

Troubleshooting Whirlpool Washing Machine Errors
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Too Many Suds

Code: Sud or SD. This code means there are too many suds or too much soap in the washing machine.

What to do: This may fix itself. When "Sud" or "Sd" is displayed, the washer will extend the rinse time in order to remove the excess suds. The washer will actually pause in the middle of tumbling and add water for additional rinsing, allowing the bubbles in the suds to break. This pause and fill method may happen a few times before the suds are under control.

To prevent this from happening again, avoid using "no splash" or "easy pour" liquid chlorine bleach, which can cause too many suds due to a thickening agent in this product.

This code can also show up if there's a restricted drain hose or drainpipe. Check the pipe or hose for clogs or kinks.

Cycle Pauses or is Canceled

Code: Int

What to do: This code may pop up and the washer still may take 20 to 30 minutes to stop spinning and drain. You'll see the error code during this process.

If you wish to remove the code, press the pause or cancel button twice and the power button once. If you still can't get rid of the Int code, unplug the washer in order to reset it.

Low Water Flow

Code: F8 E1 or LO FL

What to do: First, make sure your house's water supply is fully turned on – both the cold and hot water valves. If this isn't the problem, check and see if the water inlet hoses are kinked. Next, make sure there are no anti-flood hoses or controls in the water line that's connected to your washer.

To get rid of the code, press pause or cancel twice and power once.

Motor Speed Issue

Code: F7 E1

What to do: This code means that the motor can't achieve the correct speed for the cycle selection. The typical cause is that the washing machine is overloaded. If it's not, check and make sure all of the shipping bolts have been removed.


Heather Skyler is a journalist and novelist who has written for wide variety of publications, including, The New York Times and SKY magazine.

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