The Whirlpool washing machine is known widely in the market as one of the most reliable washers. It comes fully equipped with the latest features, which deliver comfort and convenience to the user. These machines are built to last longer and require less operating costs. One feature that contributes significantly towards this is the washer’s self-diagnosis mechanism. Your Whirlpool washer self-diagnosis mechanism is able to run a system check and show errors on its display screen. These codes are programmed into the washer to indicate specific issues within the washer. Each of these codes corresponds to a unique challenge that has a specific repair process that restores it to optimum efficiency.
When your Whirlpool washer shows the e01 f01 error code on its display screen and does not start, this indicates a more complex issue within your washer’s printed circuit. These error codes need persons with a specific set of skills to restore it back to optimum efficiency. You might also have to spend considerable amounts of money on repairs.
What Does e01 F01 Mean?
Error code E01 F01 shows on the display screen when there is a problem with your washer’s central control module. It implies that your washer’s transistor EEPROM is broken. It also shows that the normal signal conductivity between the Central Control Unit (CCU) and the EEPROM has disappeared. It shows up when the connections to the circuit board loosen when the washer starts to shake. To fix this, suspend the circuit from a bungee strap – this will allow the washer to shake all it wants and the circuit board is stable, connections stay tight and the washer works fine.
The e01 f01 fault code shows on the washer’s display screen because of a drastic voltage drop in your washer’s electric network. This happens with decreasing or increasing voltage. If there’s a massive power surge through the electrical lines or a glitch, this can also cause the error code.
Reset the Whirlpool Washer
If your Whirlpool washer has an E01/F01 error code, you can try and reset the washer by disconnecting it from the power for 10 minutes. Once you plug it back in, if you do not see the E01 F01 error code, you can run a quick test using the washer’s diagnostic mode to make sure the error has been resolved.
To reset the Whirlpool washer:
- Press pause/cancel twice to cancel the error code.
- Unplug the washer from the circuit.
- Wait 10 minutes.
- Plug the washer back in.
- Press any three keys except power one after the other to put the washer into diagnostics mode, then press the three keys again. Make sure the same three keys are pressed in the same order. You’ll know the washer is in diagnostic mode when you see 888 on the display.
- Press and release the second button that you pressed above to start an express test.
- Press start to begin the test once the LED lights start blinking. If the E01/F01 error code returns, the issue has not been resolved and you’ll need to replace the central control unit which is where the problem is likely coming from.
What Causes e01 f01 Whirlpool Washer
It would help if you started by unplugging the cord and examining the status of your washer’s outlet. Inspect the voltage, grounding, polarity, and dedicated circuit. If each of these components is normal, turn on your washer once more and wait between one and five minutes beforehand. Doing this will help in restarting your unit and reset the error code e01 fo1. If the error persists, you need to proceed to inspect your washer’s electronic microcircuit.
Ideally, Whirlpool washer fault code e01 f01 is associated with your washer’s central control unit. In some cases, it is associated with the transistor responsible for storing the re-recordable memory. Therefore, if there is no recorded information in it about your selected mode, it is highly likely that you will not receive any reaction from the washing machine.
The electrically erasable and automatically reprogrammable ROM (EEPROM) is a miniature black relay situated on your washer’s mainboard and transmits received signals to get the equipment in the appropriate mode. If there is a breakdown, the washer’s circuit breaks, which in turn causes the machine to stop working. In this case, the electric current is only flowing to the electric motor. Therefore, you need to solder contacts as a corrective measure to this problem. However, this might not happen, and the e01 f01 error might still show on your washer’s display screen. In this case, you will have to replace your washer’s memory module.
Faulty Central Control Unit (CCU) Contacts
Connectors, wires, and cables may be causing signal loss between your washer’s EEPROM and the appliance’s control unit. When your washer shakes, it can cause the control board connections to disconnect which is why the error code is showing. It is for this reason that you need to run tests on your washer’s central board input/output power and inspect its main elements. Use these steps to inspect your washer’s central control unit.
- Disconnect your appliance from the main power supply
- Remove its top panel by unscrewing it to gain access to its electronics
- Ensure all your connections leading to the IF; interference filter have secure connections
- Examine the integrity of your washing machine’s connectors and plugs, and their tightness
- If the connectors are loose, suspend the circuit from a bungee strap. This will allow the washer to shake all it wants and the circuit board to remain stable.
If everything looks from your visual inspection, but your machine still shows the e01 f01 error code on its display screen, measure your appliance’s mains voltage at the input of its interference filter. Turn on your machine and tune your voltmeter’s setting to alternating current. If your machine does not have a voltmeter, inspect its power cord. Solder the IF after inspecting the power code and determining it is normal.
Additionally, you need to ensure that your washer’s input line of the Central Control Unit has power. Connect your washer’s probe to both pins one and two of the IF2 connector. If this connection is missing, examine your appliance’s connection between the wiring harnesses, the electronic module, and the filter. Carry out extensive repairs on your machine, depending on the detected violations. Replace your washer’s transistor, power code, or cables so that error e01 f01 does not appear again.
Burnt-out Control Board
Whirlpool washing machine often shows error code e01 f01 after a power surge or a short circuit. This problem can only be fixed by replacing the electronic module of your washer. Alternatively, you can choose to buy a new washing machine altogether.
Before you disassemble any part with intricate connections, you need to take a digital image of the part or draw the part on a clean sheet of paper. You can also mark the connection using different colored marker pens. Remove the old unit and install your new unit where the old unit was. Use your digital image to make the right connections.
How to Fix e01 f01 Whirlpool Washer
If e01 f01 is showing on your display, there are a few things you can do. First off, you should identify the problem to make sure it is the EEPROM or the central control unit. Then, you can go about having the central control unit replaced if you’re unable to fix the problem. If you have e01 f01 showing, here’s what to do:
Restart the Washer
The first thing you should do when you receive any error is to restart the washer. Restarting the washer is fairly simple. You need to unplug the cord and check the outlet’s voltage, grounding, polarity, and dedicated circuit. If everything looks good, then plug the cord again and wait for a few minutes. Switch the washer back on and see if it works without showing the error code. If you can see the error code, then you need to repeat the same process or repair the problem.
Solder the EEPROM Contacts
If the ERRPROM’s contacts are damaged, then signals can’t be delivered to different parts of your Whirlpool washer. You can solder (view on Amazon) the cord and pieces connecting the EEPROM. If connecting these parts didn’t get rid of the error, then you’ll need to replace the memory module – they’re fairly cheap to replace so you shouldn’t have much trouble.
Signal Conductivity Error Between the CCU and EEPROM
The problem might be with the connections between the central control unit and the EEPROM. You need to test the input/output of the central board and inspect the main elements of the washer. You
- Disconnect your Whirlpool washer from its power supply.
- Unscrew the top panel.
- Check the connections around the interference filter (IF). The IF is a small cylindrical part that’s usually white or silver. Make sure all the connections to the IF are secure.
- Make sure the washer’s connectors and plugs are secure.
If you can still see the fo1 fo1 error, then you need to measure the washer’s voltage. You need to grab a multimeter and set it to an alternating current to measure the volts. You should get a reading of about 120 volts. If you’re getting a reading much higher than this, then the voltage is causing the problem.
If you don’t have a multimeter, you can gauge the voltage by looking at the power cord. If the power cord looks faulty, then the voltage is probably too high. If the cord looks fine, then solder the IF.
Replace the Burnt-Out Central Control Unit
If the central control unit is burnt out, this can cause the F01 E01 error. If the control unit is burnt out, it can be repaired but it can be replaced. You need to get the control unit replaced and the entire replacement can cost $200 to $400. With this price, you should consider getting a new washer altogether. If you choose to replace it, then take a picture of that section of the washer so you can refer back to everything.
Central Control Unit Replacement Cost
The cost to replace your CCU can be between $250 and $400 depending on the company you choose. A central control unit costs $200 to $250, and the labor costs $50 to $150. A reliable well-known repair company will usually cost more than your local handyman. You should look at all the handymen in your area and determine which one is the cheapest and is the most trustworthy. The price of the CCU replacement is also determined by the whirlpool model that you have – the model and year all affect the labor costs.
If you want to save money on the central control unit replacement and do it yourself, down below are the steps you need to do so. The CCU that you need to replace can be purchased for as little as $50 – this is for a second-hand part. It could cost upwards of $200 for a new part.
If you decide to go with a handyman since you don’t have the correct tools to perform the replacement yourself, then you should speak to some handymen in your area. You’ll be able to get good quotes from some over the phone. If you’ve only been able to get one quote for the replacement, you should check with other handymen/repair companies in your area to check if you can get other competitive prices.
How to Remove Central Control Unit Whirlpool Washer
To get rid of the e01 fo9 error, you’ll need to connect the CCUs connectors that have been loose while the washing machine was shaking. You can verify that the CCU is the problem by looking at the troubleshooting guide taped to the underside of the washer top. Before removing the old CCU, have a plan for labeling the connecting wires; with tape & marker and a sketched diagram, because nothing is labeled and there are many wires.
Warning: Disconnect power before replacing the CCU. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. Unplug the washer or disconnect power.
- Unplug the washer or disconnect power.
- Turn off the water supply to the washer.
- Remove the top cover from the washer.
- Pull the wire connectors off the edges of the central control unit circuit board. When removing an edge connector, first loosen the locking tab on the connector with a small screwdriver blade to release it.
- Slide the hooked ends of the two-wire clamps off the locking tabs, and remove the wires from the clamps.
- Lift up on the locking tab, and push the central control unit (CCU) toward the rear of the washer and up as far as it will go, and remove the CCU tabs from the keyhole slots in the chassis.