How to Fix Whirlpool Top Load Washing Machine Error Codes

Whirlpool washer error codes

While washer error codes signal that something is amiss, they don’t always illustrate what that is and how to resolve the issue. What do Whirlpool top load washing machine error codes mean? One of the most common codes, “lid,” signifies that the washer lid was left open. Simply close the lid to clear the display and resume the cycle.

Learn how to read Whirlpool washer error codes so you can decipher their meanings and solve the problem.

Common Whirlpool Top Load Washing Machine Error Codes Guide

Whirlpool washing machine error codes don’t always indicate a serious malfunction. Rather, many of them can be resolved with a simple adjustment. We’ll list the most frequently-occurring codes, what they mean, and how to quickly fix them.

1. drn

One of the most common Whirlpool washer error codes, drn signifies a draining issue. There are several possible problems that result in this code being displayed.

These are the most likely causes and solutions for a drn error code:

  • Clogs: A blocked drain hose can prevent proper draining. Consult your user manual to determine how to disconnect the drain hose. Look for visible clogs and remove them before reconnecting the hose.
  • Kinks: If the drain hose is kinked, it can limit the flow of water. Gently straighten any apparent kinks. If the hose is damaged as a result of kinking, it needs to be replaced.
  • Incorrect installation: If the drain hose isn’t installed correctly, it won’t drain properly. Check your user manual to confirm that the installation is correct. Make sure the hose doesn’t extend more than 4.5″ into the standpipe and that its end is 36-96 inches above the floor. 

2. Sud

What does Whirlpool washer code “Sud,” mean? It indicates there are too many suds in the washer. This often happens if a non-HE detergent was used or if too much detergent was added. Both cases can result in over-sudsing, leading to longer wash cycles as the washer works to drain the suds.

Always use HE detergent in HE machines and measure the correct amount for your load, according to the package instructions. After a “Sud” error code is displayed, it can be helpful to run a Clean Washer cycle after the regular wash cycle. This will rid the tub of lingering suds and residue.

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3. Ofb

“Ofb” signifies that the washer load is off balance. Often, the washer will try to rebalance the load on its own while this error code is displayed. However, you can also stop the wash cycle to manually adjust the load before resuming it again. Loosen any balled or twisted items and place them evenly around the wash plate. Press START/PAUSE to resume the cycle and clear the code.

Washing a single item can also result in an off-balance load. Balance a bulky item with one or a few of similar size. When washing large items like bedding, use the Bulky/Sheets Deep Water Wash setting for better balancing.

4. LdL

Common Whirlpool top load washing machine error codes also include “LdL.” This code signifies a problem with the lid’s locking mechanism. This usually occurs if an item is trapped directly below the lid, which prevents it from working properly. Detergent buildup can also interfere with the locking mechanism.

Remove any trapped items and inspect the locking mechanism for detergent buildup, gently wiping any away with a clean paper towel. Press START/PAUSE to clear the code and resume the cycle. If the code recurs, the mechanism may be broken. In this case, the best way to fix a Whirlpool washer error code of LdL is to replace the lid locking mechanism.

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5. PE

Of all the Whirlpool washing machine error codes, PE is one that may require a professional repair. This code usually indicates a problem with the pressure level sensor. This sensor monitors how much water is in the machine, also telling the control board if it’s been filled or emptied.

A faulty pressure level sensor would need to be replaced for the washer to operate properly.

Find more error code info on Whirlpool’s Product Help page.

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