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7 Most Common Whirlpool Cabrio Washer Problems!

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Whirlpool Cabrio washers are very effective and long-lasting laundry appliances. The washing machine is famous for its durability and ability to diagnose itself for any fault.

However, the washer develops faults occasionally, which may not give you any indication beforehand. 

Therefore, it is best to identify the common problems that a whirlpool Cabrio washer can develop to find a solution as soon as possible.

Whirlpool Cabrio washer problems are minor ones you can quickly troubleshoot by repairing or replacing faulty components. You can also run diagnostics to get the source of the washer problems. However, diagnosing and troubleshooting the problem before it worsens is best.    

What are the Most Common Problems With a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer?

Whirlpool Cabrio Washer Problems 

The most common problems with a whirlpool Cabrio washer include;

#1. Noisy Washer

The washer makes a loud vibrating noise and visibly shakes if it is not sitting in the correct position.

It could also make weird noises if some critical component wears out. The faulty components would make it thud, squeak and shake violently.

You would need to replace some of them. These components include the shock absorber, dampening strap, suspension rod, and tub bearing.

Additionally, it is essential to balance the washer to level on the floor. If the floor is uneven, you would have to adjust the legs of the washer.

Also, the washer would attempt to balance itself if the load inside it is not even. However, you must do it yourself if it fails to balance itself. The appliance displays a “uL” error code if the load is not balanced. 

#2. Inadequate Water

It is usual for a load inside a whirlpool Cabrio washer not to have enough water. Therefore, it does not affect the machine’s efficiency or wash cycle.

However, if the washing machine is experiencing severe issues with letting water into the tub, you would need to check the water inlet valve and water inlet hoses.

In addition, you should check the water pressure and replace any component with no continuity.

#3. Washer Won’t Spin

The main reason why a whirlpool Cabrio washer won’t spin is when some vital spinning components are faulty. You would need to check the components and replace those beyond repair.

The common causes of the washer not spinning include a loose drive pulley nut, broken drive belt, defective lid switch, and shift actuator.

The solutions to fixing these components are:

#4. Washer Won’t Start

The whirlpool Cabrio washer won’t start if something is wrong with the power cord or control board.

First, you need to check the power outlet and cord for damages. If nothing is wrong with these two, you might need to check the main control board and timer.

The washer’s timer may not be receiving a signal from the control board to start a wash cycle.

#5. Washer Not Cleaning Properly

You need to use a high-efficiency detergent in a washing machine like the whirlpool Cabrio.

The washer won’t wash your cloth correctly if the detergent doesn’t meet the requirements. You should also make sure to balance the washer and the load inside it.

It would help to wash the clothes evenly. If the problem continues, you must check some components for faults.

#6. Washer Won’t Drain

The washer will display an “LD” error code if it is having issues with draining water.

For example, the drain hose may have a blockage or a malfunctioning drain pump. You would need to check the drain hoses and remove any blockage.

Also, check the drain pump motor for continuity and replace it if there is none. You could also check the lid switch for faults; it can prevent the washer from draining. Replace the lid switch if it is damaged.

#7. Washer Stops Mid-cycle

The washer stops mid-cycle if there is a fault with the lid switch or control board. The washer will display an “F1” or “E2” error code if the fault is from the control board.

It is essential to check the lid switch and other components before checking the control board. The control board rarely develops faults.

You should also check the power outlet and cord for issues; they can stop the wash cycle midway if they develop faults.

How Do You Run Diagnostics on a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer?

There are three ways to run diagnostics on a whirlpool Cabrio washer. Each method would display error codes that can help you troubleshoot any problem.

The diagnostic mode directs you to the actual cause of the problem. It is essential to run a diagnostic on your washer whenever it develops a fault.

The three diagnostic modes include;

#1. Automatic Diagnostic Test

  • Put the washing machine in standby mode by plugging it in and turning off all indicators except the clothes clean or done indicator.
  • Select and press any button except the power, start and stop buttons for three seconds.
  • Release the button for three seconds and press it for another three seconds.
  • Release the button for another three seconds and long press it again.
  • The machine would enter an automatic diagnostic mode, and all the indicators would light up for about five seconds to alert you. The washer’s time would display 88 on its screen.
  • The washer would check for any error code when it enters the automatic diagnostic mode.
  • The indicator lights would turn off if no error codes were displayed.
  • Press the button you initially selected to proceed with the next stage of the automatic diagnostic.
  • The washer would make a beep sound when the automatic diagnostic cycle ends.

#2. Manual Diagnostic Test

  • Select a button and follow the same steps to enter an automatic diagnostic mode.
  • Press the button immediately after the screen displays 88 on the two-digit screen.
  • It would be best if you pressed the button fast so the washer won’t go into automatic diagnostic mode.
  • When the washer enters the manual diagnostic mode, it would beep and display ID numbers on the three-digit screen for about three seconds.
  • The console ID numbers are; 06,08,12,13,14,15,16, 17,18,19,20,21,22,44,45,46,47,48,49,60,61,62.
  • The washer would display 00 and flash the “add a garment” light.
  • If the washer does not display any console ID numbers when it enters the manual diagnostic mode, you would need to replace the UI assembly.
  • While the washer is in manual test mode, you must select the correct button or choose a cycle within five minutes.

#3. Console Diagnostic Test

  • Plug in the washing machine and put it in standby mode.
  • Press the soil level and wash/rinse the temp buttons simultaneously twice within four seconds.
  • The two-digit display would show “dt” on its screen.
  • Press start immediately, the screen displays dt, the indicators light up, and the screen displays 88.
  • Press start once to turn off the two-digit display and status indicators.
  • Press start again to turn them back on.
  • Rotate the wash cycle selector front and back to alternate the status indicators on and off.
  • Press any function button you intend to check. The status indicator would alternate between on and off each time you press a button. The washer would also make a beep sound.

How Long Does a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer Last?

A whirlpool Cabrio washer lasts 11 to 14 years, depending on the model and usage consistency. The top loader lasts longer than the front load washer.

The top loader has a lifespan of 14 years as long as you use it properly. Meanwhile, the front loader may not go past its eleventh year.

You must follow the average wash load and proper wash procedures for the washer to last.

You must also run a diagnostic on the washer to check any saved error codes. Troubleshooting and maintaining the washer would prevent it from developing a significant fault.

It is essential to know that you can’t troubleshoot every error code yourself, and you might need to contact a professional so you don’t damage your washer.

Capacity (CuFt) = Height (ft)×Width (ft) ×Depth (ft) 



How Do I Reset My Whirlpool Cabrio Washer?

Follow these procedures to reset your washer:

  • First, clear any error code by pressing any button on your whirlpool Cabrio’s display pad. Another method is to press the pause or cancel button to clear the codes.
  • Select a wash cycle and press start to begin the cycle.
  • Unplug the appliance from the power and let it rest for about five minutes if the error code comes back.
  • Reconnect the washer and select a wash cycle again, then press start.
  • Run an empty load test to check if the reset was effective.
  • You would have to repeat the steps if the reset wasn’t successful.

Another method to reset your washer if the first method fails is:

  • First, turn off the washer and put the dial on the mode selector in the normal position.
  • It would be best if you turned the mode selector dial in this sequence to get it to reset:

Counterclockwise once, clockwise direction thrice, counterclockwise once, and clockwise once.

  • Press the start button. It would cause the cycle indicating light to light up.
  • Please turn off the washer and disconnect it from the power outlet for ten seconds.
  • Turn on the washer and run an empty load test to check if the reset was successful.
  • Repeat the procedure if the reset didn’t work.

Is Whirlpool Cabrio Discontinued?

Whirlpool Cabrio washers are no longer available. The washing machine manufacturing company discontinued production due to bad reports.

This is because the washer and gas dryer combination in the washer poses a risk of fire hazards.

The dryer can start a flame and cause severe damage when it overheats, while the washer is also dangerous.

The United States department, responsible for consumer products safety in an agreement with whirlpool corporation, is recalling the washing machine.

In addition, the whirlpool has discontinued the production of the whirlpool Cabrio after receiving reports of overheating.

However, you might still be able to get some spare parts replaced if you search harder.


A high-efficiency washing machine like the whirlpool Cabrio does not quickly stop working.

If your washer stops functioning, it is probably due to negligence or has reached the end of its lifespan. Also, accessing parts of the washer could be complicated; you might need professional help.

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