Whirlpool dryers can do many things, such as monitor moisture levels and temperature, reduce noise, periodically tumble clothes to remove wrinkles, steam clothes and adjust the overall drying time according to fabric and load size. However, one thing a Whirlpool dryer cannot do is reset itself by pushing a button. Resetting the machine will require a few additional steps.
Total Power Reset
Dryers actually use a lot of power to run efficiently and without problems. If one of the household circuit breakers or fuses is blown or needs to be replaced, the dryer might work but only partially so. For instance, the dryer might turn on but won't heat or won't perform the extra features, such as steam or wrinkle prevention. Replace or reset any necessary fuses or circuit breakers to perform a power reset.
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PF Error Code
If your Whirlpool dryer displays a "PF" error code, indicating a recent power failure, the dryer will need to be reset and restarted. This is done by pressing "Start" for a few seconds to restart the dryer. If the dryer does not restart automatically, select a new cycle and any options then press "Start" to begin.
AF Error Code
An "AF" error code indicates low airflow to the dryer. While the dryer can continue to run with this error code, you can press any key pad to clear the code. Allow the dryer to finish the dry cycle then clear the lint screen, exterior vent hood and the vent hose to remove any excess lint. Then select a new timed dry cycle and press "Start" to restart the dryer.
L2 Error Code
If an "L2" error code appears on your Whirlpool dryer, there is a problem with the power supply. Push any key pad to clear the error code from the display. If there is heat to the dryer, simply disregard the error and make a new cycle selection. Resetting the dryer is not necessary. If the dryer does not have heat, replace or reset the fuse or circuit breaker. Disconnect power to the dryer then restore power to perform a full reset.
If there is no error code but your Whirlpool dryer is not operating as expected, perform a general reset. Disconnect power to the dryer and wait 30 minutes then reconnect the power and resume normal use. If the problem continues or an error code returns, contact Whirlpool for advice or repair.
Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.