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Whirlpool Refrigerator Error Codes Guide

Stumped by whirlpool refrigerator error codes flashing on your screen? Let’s decode them together.

Modern Whirlpool refrigerators are equipped with digital displays that alert you to potential issues through specific error codes. These Whirlpool refrigerator error codes are vital for quickly identifying and resolving issues with your appliance.

This comprehensive guide explains all known error codes and offers straightforward troubleshooting steps, tailored for homeowners without extensive technical experience.

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1. Error Code ‘E0 or F0’ — Power Loss or Open Door

  • Meaning: Indicates a recent power loss or an open refrigerator door.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Check to ensure the door is securely closed. If the error is due to power loss, it should clear when the door is closed or when power is stable.

2. Error Code ‘E1 or F1’ — Refrigerator Temperature Sensor Fault

  • Meaning: Fault detected in the refrigerator’s temperature sensor or wiring.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Disconnect the fridge from power, wait a minute, then reconnect to reset the sensor. Replace the sensor if issues continue.

3. Error Code ‘E2 or F2’ — Freezer Sensor Fault or Evaporator Fan Error

  • Meaning: Problems with the freezer’s temperature sensor or evaporator fan.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Check the evaporator fan for obstruction or damage. Defrost if necessary and ensure the fan is functioning properly.

4. Error Code ‘E3 or F3’ — Defrost Sensor Fault or Condenser Fan Error

  • Meaning: Indicates a malfunction with the defrost sensor or condenser fan.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Inspect the condenser fan for ice buildup or failure. Defrost and repair or replace as needed.

5. Error Code ‘E4 or F4’ — Fridge Defrost Sensor Fault

  • Meaning: Issue with the fridge’s defrost system, possibly the timer, heater, or thermostat.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Check each component for proper operation. Replace faulty parts to ensure the defrost system works correctly.
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6. Error Code ‘E5 or F5’ — Freezer Defrost Sensor Fault or Ice Maker Error

  • Meaning: Incorrect temperature in the freezer due to defrost system issues or ice maker problems.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Evaluate the ice maker for functional issues and the freezer’s defrost system for faults. Repair or replace necessary parts.

7. Error Code ‘E6 or F6’ — Communication Error

  • Meaning: Communication failure between the fridge’s control panel and other components.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Reset the refrigerator to restore communication. Check wiring and connections for faults.

8. Error Code ‘E7 or F7’ — Environmental Temperature Sensor Fault

  • Meaning: The fridge’s internal environment is being influenced by external factors.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Adjust environmental conditions if possible and check the fridge’s temperature controls for accuracy.

9. Error Code ‘E8 or F8’ — Refrigerator System Error

  • Meaning: Broad error potentially related to the compressor or refrigerant issues.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Due to the complexity, this typically requires professional diagnosis to check the compressor and refrigerant.

10. Error Code ‘E9 or F9’ — Freezer High Temperature Alarm

  • Meaning: High temperature in the freezer, possibly from an open door or sensor fault.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Ensure the door is closed properly. Check the door sensor and replace if defective.

11. Error Code ‘PO’ — Power Outage or Power On Delay

  • Meaning: Indicates a recent power outage.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Reset the refrigerator. The code should clear once power is fully restored.

12. Error Code ‘PE’ — Power Error

  • Meaning: Issues with the refrigerator’s power supply or wiring.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Inspect the power cord and outlet for damage. Repair or replace as necessary.

13. Error Code ‘PC’ — Pantry Drawer Temperature Sensor Error

  • Meaning: Fault in the sensor controlling the pantry drawer temperature.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Locate and test the sensor with a multimeter. Replace the sensor if it fails the test.

14. Error Code ‘HRS’ — High Refrigerator Temperature Alarm

  • Meaning: The refrigerator compartment is too warm.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Check for issues in cooling performance. Inspect door seals and replace if worn.

15. Error Code ‘LRS’ — Low Refrigerator Temperature Alarm

  • Meaning: The fridge temperature is excessively low.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Adjust the refrigerator’s temperature settings. Ensure it’s not set too low.
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16. Error Code ‘SY or CE’ — Communication Error Between User Interface and Main Control Board

  • Meaning: Loss of communication between the interface and control board.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Check connections between interface and board. Replace parts if reconnecting doesn’t resolve the issue.

17. Error Code ‘LC’ — Leak Sensor Error

  • Meaning: Possible water leak detected.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Inspect the refrigerator for leaks and repair as necessary.

18. Error Code ‘rd’ — Refrigerator Defrost Heater Error

  • Meaning: Defrost heater circuit issue.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Inspect the defrost heater for damage. Replace if needed.

19. Error Code ‘DF’ — Defrost Failure

  • Meaning: The defrost system is not functioning properly.
  • How to Troubleshoot: Check the defrost timer, heater, and thermostat. Repair or replace faulty components.
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When to Contact Professional Appliance Repair Technicians

  • For persistent or complex issues: Some error codes indicate problems that require professional intervention, especially if they involve electrical or refrigerant systems.
  • Safety concerns: Handling electrical components and refrigerants can be hazardous without proper training and tools.

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Effectively managing Whirlpool refrigerator error codes can help maintain your appliance’s longevity and efficiency.

While many issues can be resolved with basic troubleshooting, don’t hesitate to contact Appliance GrandMasters for expert assistance, ensuring that your refrigerator repairs in Greenville and nearby areas are conducted safely and effectively.

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Formerly known as Mr. Rogers Appliances, we rebranded our appliance repair company to Appliance GrandMasters in June 2020. Since then, we have focused on developing our brand to be customer-oriented. 

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