How To Reset My Whirlpool Washing Machine And Other Troubleshooting Techniques?

Last Updated on August 9, 2023 By Emma W. Thomas

To reset a Whirlpool washing machine, follow these steps: Unplug the machine for 1-2 minutes. Plug it back in. Open and close the door six times within 12 seconds, ending with the door in an open position. The machine should reset. Refer to your manual for specific model instructions.

How To Reset a Whirlpool Washing Machine

Sometimes a Whirlpool washing machine may experience issues that can be resolved by simply resetting the machine. Following are the steps to guide you through the process.

Step 1: Locate the Control Panel

The control panel of the Whirlpool washing machine is located on the top of the machine. It houses various control buttons such as power, start, and pause.

Step 2: Turn Off the Machine

Press the power button to switch off the machine. Ensure that all the other buttons are also not activated.

Step 3: Unplug the Machine

It’s advisable to unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet for safety measures. This prevents any electrical surge that could occur during the resetting process. Wait for about a minute before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Plug the Machine Back In

After waiting for a minute, plug the machine back into the electrical outlet. This should help clear any potential minor glitches and prepare the machine for the reset process.

Step 5: Open and Close the Lid

Open and close the washing machine lid six times within a 12-second period. The activation process to reset the washer takes approximately 12 seconds.

Step 6: Press the Start Button

After successfully completing the fifth step, press the start button to turn the machine back on.

Step 7: Test the Machine

Run a wash cycle without any clothes to ensure the machine is working properly. If the machine runs smoothly, the reset was successful.

Step 1Locate the Control Panel
Step 2Turn Off the Machine
Step 3Unplug the Machine
Step 4Plug the Machine Back In
Step 5Open and Close the Lid
Step 6Press the Start Button
Step 7Test the Machine

Why Do Whirlpool Washing Machines Need To Reset?

We all know that in the case of electrical appliances, things can often go wrong with their settings. We might experience situations where it just won’t function correctly, and the problem wouldn’t be apparent to us as well. In such circumstances, a simple reset does the trick more often than we could think.

The Washing Machine from Whirlpool holds no exception in this regard and can be dealt with with a single reset as well. Resetting its setup takes it back to the usual default settings, which often solves the issue and brings it back to proper running order. The owner’s manual provides adept information on how to properly reset the washing machine and why exactly it works. The procedure explained above would work well in performing the same. Resetting your Whirlpool Washing Machine has no adverse effects on its working. Rather it benefits the entire working procedure of the machine.

What Is It Still Doesn’t Work?

If, after successfully resetting your Whirlpool washing machine, you find that it is still malfunctioning, then the Cabrio reset procedure might be the way out for you. The Cabrio procedure might work in cases where an error code might appear on the screen every time you operate it. The procedure, in brief, is as follows.

  • Touch any button on the washing Machine’s display pad.
  • The error code will hence be cleared.
  • You can also press CANCEL/PAUSE.
  • Then you can choose a cycle and press START.
  • Disconnect the Cabrio from the power source and check if the error reappears or not.
  • Stand by for 5 minutes.
  • Select the cycle again and press the START button.
  • You could run the empty load function to check and ensure that the reset has been done properly.
  • IF it fails for the first time, then you have to perform the steps once again.

Common Issues And Their Solutions

The machine stops mid-cycle.  Position the outlet pipe properly
Noise while operatingEnsure that protective brackets are removed  
Possible leakagesCheck the water supply connection and drain hose.  
The fabric conditioner is not taken away properly.Ensure the correct wash program is being used  
Wash results in poorEnsure correct wash program is being used  
Any other operation glitchA factory reset would do the trick  

What To Do When The Whirlpool Washing Machine Is Stopping Mid-Cycle?

When the cold water supply to the machine is switched on, you have to observe it minutely. The appliance mostly fails to fill when the cycle is in RINSE mode. This may make the machine stop mid-cycle. In some cases, the outlet pipe does not position correctly at the right height. The newer Whirlpool washing machine models are equipped with an indicator that flashes whenever the water supply malfunctions. 

In many cases, the issue occurs if the drain hose is positioned at an incorrect elevation. Placing it at an incorrect height would cause the water supply to work maliciously and hence cause the machine to stop mid-cycle. Check if the drain hose is correctly positioned and if the indicator is going off or not.

What To Do If The Machine Becomes Very Noisy?

If you are using the washing machine for the first time and it becomes noisy while operating, then it might be a case of an incomplete installation. To figure out the trouble, you have to ensure the bolts which were used to transport the appliance have been removed. Most of the time, this is the issue that causes the machine to wreak havoc on our ears when we start using it.

How To Take Care Of A Leakage?

At the time of manufacturing, the washing machine is vividly checked to ensure that there are no defective components internally after you have installed the appliance.

If you experience any fault of leakage before your first use, it is probably due to water from the processing test still remaining in the washing. It is also recommended to check the water connection and if the hose is connected properly.

How To Deal With Poor Washing Quality?

If you observe that the quality of washing has degraded, first, you need to ensure that you are following the correct wash program for the appliance. This is mandatory for obtaining perfect wash results. Then you must be careful not to overload the washing machine as that will cause the detergent to ineffectively dissolve and be utilized during the wash. Rewashing those clothes while providing an ample amount of detergent and using the right wash program must do the trick.

For heavily soiled clothing items, we would recommend not to use the economy wash or quick wash program. Use the pre-wash option in such a case to gain optimum results.

What To Do When The Machine Light Flashes Undesirably?

Undesirable light flashing on your Whirlpool washing machine might be a possible fault. Updated models of Whirlpool washing machines come with their own set of indicator lights. Let us have a look at how to tackle each of these instances.

1. Wash light flashing – The wash light flashing indicates that the program dial has been moved or may be adjusted. If you simply move the dial to its original position, then this issue would get fixed.

2. Pre-wash light flashing – If the pre-wash light is flashing undesirably, this might indicate that the washing machine is not filled properly. You can simply check the fill hoses and ensure that it is turned on properly. If there are any leaks, kinks, or blockages in the fill hose pipe, then that might also be a cause behind this flashing. Please check and make sure that is not the case.

3. End light flashing – The utility of the end light is to indicate that the washing program has reached its end. In this case, if all the wash, rinse, and spin lights flash simultaneously, then there must be a blockage in the waste filter pipe.

4. Spin light flashing – When the spin light flashes, the machine is trying to convey that the loading bucket has been overloaded or is unbalanced. Sometimes, it might mean both. We advise you to remove all the clothes and redistribute them evenly throughout the bucket and rerun the wash cycle.

How To Deal With The Fabric Conditioner Remaining In My Machine After The Wash?

This is quite a common occurrence when it comes to Whirlpool washing machine operations or any other washing machine for that matter. If the fabric conditioner is not removed from the compartment, there is a possible factor that there is a blockage in the detergent part of the appliance. The best way to handle this is by manually removing the drawer and cleaning it with hot water and some soap. Any blockages in the drawer will get removed in this process. Now rewash and observe if the issue sustains. The blockages might have been due to the conditioner that remained unused.

Please keep in mind that the concentrated conditioners need to dilute beforehand and then be used in the wash programs. We also advise you to check if the feet of the washing machine are at a proper level and if any imbalance is avoided. This might also cause the conditioner to stay instead of getting washed away.


Whirlpool Washing Machine has been there for us for ages and gradually has become an integral part of the household. Our weekend wash routines would become unimaginable without it. Every now and then, the machine might throw up an issue that might appear unsolvable. More often than not, it gets resolved through a simple reset. For other common occurrences, the solutions are simple enough and provided above through the article.