In its position as a market leader in the dishwasher sector, Whirlpool produce a wide variety of different dishwasher models, under Whirlpool and other brand names. This means that Whirlpools dishwasher designs and parts are common across a large percentage of different dishwashers, which makes Whirlpool dishwasher troubleshooting much easier due to the wide availability of parts and spares. It also means there is plenty of troubleshooting and repair advice should you run into any issues with your Whirlpool dishwasher.
Dishwashers are susceptible to a number of typical faults which are common across all brands and models – have a look at our general dishwasher troubleshooting page for advice on diagnosing and repairing run of the mill problems. Below you can find some specific advice about Whirlpool dishwasher troubleshooting.
Like almost every dishwasher, a Whirlpool dishwasher will let you know about any issues it is detecting by displaying a fault code on the display panel, usually found on the top lip of the dishwashers door. The fault code is a good way to start troubleshooting as it will give you an idea of the general area of the dishwasher that is causing the problem.
Sometimes the fault code will appear because your Whirlpool dishwasher has a faulty part which will need repairing or replacing, but much of the time issues can be remedied with a straight forward fix which will see your dishwasher back up and running in no time. Below are some of the error codes you might typically encounter and some fixes you can try when troubleshooting your Whirlpool dishwasher -
F1 – This means that the dishwasher has some kind of issue with the temperature – often this can be the result of a malfunctioning temperature sensor which will not allow the water to get hot enough during a cycle (or even allow the water to get too hot).
F2 – This fault is usually related to a leak – if the dishwasher detects a fault of this kind it will prevent the dishwasher from filling with water to prevent flooding. Your dishwashers water level sensor may be damaged but you should also check the door seals and make sure that the drain and filters are not clogged which might be preventing water from draining properly.
F3 – Another temperature problem, specifically that the dishwasher water is not heating up adequately. May well be a problem related to the F1 error, or possibly a faulty heating element or damaged PCB.
F4 – Your Whirlpool dishwasher is having an issue with draining. The first thing to do is check that the filters are clean and that the drain is not clogged up. If that doesn’t help then make sure the water outlet is attached properly, open, and that the outlet hose is free from any obstructions. Beyond that, your dishwasher may have a faulty drain pump.
F6 – This means that the dishwasher is unable to fill with water. Ensure that the dishwashers water supply is turned on (double check the tap valve to make sure its open). As above, also make sure that the inlet water hose is not obstructed, kinked or twisted.
F8 – This suggests that there is your dishwasher is having problems detecting the correct water level. Often this results from an insufficient amount of water entering the dishwasher during a cycle – so the water supply is probably ok but check it as F6, just in case. Occasionally the water level sensor might misread if there a too many bubbles in the dishwasher (i.e. if you put washing-up liquid in the machine, etc). Otherwise your machine may be having an issue with water pressure, possibly caused by a faulty water pump.
Hopefully the above has helped you in your Whirlpool dishwasher troubleshooting. If you are still experiencing problems then have a look at the general dishwasher troubleshooting page for more suggestions.