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Whirlpool Top Load Washer Troubleshooting

whirlpool top load washer troubleshooting

Is your Whirlpool top load washer making noise, not agitating or getting error codes? If our guess is correct, this is the right place to get the possible solutions. In this post, we have given some Whirlpool top load washer troubleshooting tips that may help you to fix your problems quickly. Follow this guide to diagnose the Whirlpool top load washing machine problems as well as error codes.

Whirlpool Top Load Washer Troubleshooting Guide

Get the possible fixes for Whirlpool top load washer error codes and the most common problems.

Whirlpool Top Load Washing Machine Error Codes

Here, you can check the Whirlpool top load washing machine error codes. These error codes do not indicate a serious problem with your washer. It can be fixed with a simple adjustment. We have given the most common occurring codes, what they mean and how to fix them quickly.

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"drn" is one of the most common error codes that indicates a draining issue. Check the possible problems and solutions for this code being displayed.

Clogs: If the drain hose is blocked, it prevents the proper draining. So, you need to disconnect the drain hose and check for visible clogs. If you find clogs, clean/ remove them before reconnecting the hose. You can refer to the manual if you need guidance on how to disconnect the drain hose.

Kinks: A kinked drain hose can limit the flow of water. If there are any apparent kinks, gently straighten them. If the drain hose is damaged because of kinking, you have to replace it.

Incorrect installation: If there is no proper installation, it won't drain properly. Make sure the installation is in the right way. Moreover, the hose should not extend more than 4.5 inches into the standpipe and it's end is 36 to 96 inches above the floor.


When there are too many suds in the washing machine, you will get this error code. It may cause due to either a non-HE detergent being used or too much detergent being added to the washer. These cases can result in over sudsing and lead to longer washer cycles as the unit works to drain the suds.

You should always use HE detergent in recommended machines. According to the package instructions, you have to measure the right amount. If this error code is displayed, you can run the clean washer cycle after the regular wash cycle. If you run a clean washer cycle, it will help to remove the lingering suds and residue from the washer tub.

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This determines your machine is off balance. When the washing machine is trying to re-balance the load, you can get "Ofb" error code. You can stop the cycle and adjust the load in the washer manually before resuming it again.

Loosen twisted clothes and place them evenly. Now, press the Start/ Pause button to resume the wash cycle, then the code will be cleared.

If you load a single item for washing, it also caused an off-balance load. So, you should load and run the cycle with bulky. Try to use the "deep water wash" setting for better balancing.


"LdL" signifies a problem with the lid's locking mechanism. If an item is trapped below the lid directly which prevents it from working properly, this error code will appear. Sometimes, detergent buildup interferes with the lid locking mechanism.

You have to remove the trapped items. Also, examine the locking mechanism for detergent build-up. If so, take a clean paper towel and wipe away.

Simply press the Start/ Pause button to clean "LdL" code and resume the wash cycle. If again the code occurs, you have to replace the lid locking mechanism to fix the code.


PE indicates the pressure level sensor problem. This pressure level sensor monitors how much water is in the machine and displays the control board if it is filled or emptied.

This sensor needs to be replaced if it has a problem with the proper working of top load washer. However, it's the best way to contact a professional to fix this error code by solving the problem of the pressure level sensor.

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Whirlpool Top Load Washer Not Agitating

If your washer is not agitating, check the following:

When the agitator in the top load washing machine is not agitating but spinning, you need to replace or repair the agitator kit. As the agitator kit includes many components, you have to check for damage or broken parts. If there are defects, it's time to replace the kit.

Check drive block or bell for damage - If the washer is not agitating, spin or drain, it could be because of a defective drive block. Normally, the drive block connects the agitator to the washer transmission. The agitator will move according to the transmission shaft movement. If the drive block is worn out, the agitator in the washer may not move or a little bit moved. So, you need to replace the drive block if necessary.

See if the motor coupling is failed, replace it. When the machine is overloaded, the motor coupling can break.

Whirlpool Top Load Washing Machine Not Filling Enough/Overfilling

Below are the possible causes for your washer not filling enough water or overfilling. Check and fix these issues.

  • Not plugged in securely. Your electrical power cord should be plugged in correctly.
  • Power not reaching the outlet.
  • The water supply valve is not turning on properly.
  • Filter screens might be filled with debris.
  • The door lock switch is malfunctioning.
  • The washing machine motor might not be working.

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We hope this guide on Whirlpool top load washing machine troubleshooting helped you to determine the cause and fix it quickly. If you need further more assistance, check the manufacturer’s Whirlpool top load washer manual. Moreover, PartsIPS offers Whirlpool replacement parts so you can buy them here if you need.

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