Whirlpool Washing Machine Beeping: Possible Causes and solutions6 min read

Whirlpool washing machines beep for various reasons, and while some of these indicate a faulty machine, many of the causes are easy to fix. 

Whirlpool washing machines normally beep due to an F05 error which is a blocked drain. Ensure the drainage hose is unkinked and not clogged, and that the filter is clear. Other likely causes include a faulty door lock and electrical issues. Try unplugging the unit, waiting two minutes, and restarting it. 

So, if your Whirlpool washing machine beeps unexpectedly, there’s no need to panic. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know to diagnose and resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

This article has been expert reviewed by Andy Fulenchek, a professional appliance repairman with over 10 years experience. He also owns Grace Appliance and this YouTube channel.

Whirlpool Washing machine beeping: Let’s get to the bottom of this

Error “beeps” on Whirlpool washing machines are audible sounds that indicate something isn’t working correctly. 

I once had a Whirlpool washing machine that would beep incessantly, despite my best efforts to reset it. After hours of frustration, I discovered a small sock had become lodged in the door sensor, causing the error beeps. 

Hopefully, I can help you discover your issue quicker than I did – let’s examine some of the most common causes of error codes and beeps.

Constantly resetting control boards (on their own) will often beep each time they ‘reset’ Most commonly, this is going to be a failed control board that is no longer able to power up. Look for swollen or damaged capacitors on the main control board as a clue…

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There’s no need for concern: Common reasons for Whirlpool washers beeping

Whirlpool washing machines usually make a beeping sound to signal an issue, but at times, homeowners may misunderstand the beeping and assume that an error has occurred.

Whirlpool washing machines will beep if the door has not been opened and closed for at least three cycles. Sometimes this code will appear when the washer is first turned on. To clear the display simply open and close the door. 

Secondly, if the washer beeps when you try to hit the ‘start’ button it could be: 

  • The door is still open. You need to close the door to start the cycle or else the machine will beep and won’t start. If you can’t close the door then the door hinge is likely at fault. 
  • You are trying to select a combination of cycle options that don’t work together. One example is selecting ‘hot water’ with the ‘delicate’ cycle. 

If these don’t relate to you then move on to my other potential causes and fixes. 

You Have a Blocked Drain: F05 error

Blocked drains are the most common reason behind a beeping Whirlpool washer. The most likely error code you’ll see is ‘F05’. The drain plug can become blocked due to a piece of clothing, an object, or other debris.

Whirlpool washing machines will beep a minimum of nine times to signify a blocked drain plug.

The control panel or display will also show flashing “Drain” or “Spin” lights. The issue typically happens after you finish loading the machine and try to start another cycle. 

The most common causes of blocked drains in Whirpool washers are listed here: 

Cause of blocked Whirpool drainHow to Fix it 
Blocked or kink in the drainage hose Remove the drainage hose from the washer and inspect for blockages and kinks. If the blockage can’t be removed then replace the drainage hose (on Amazon). 
Clogged Drain pump filter The door lock assembly, lid switch, or drain pump can result in a Whirlpool washer not draining. 
Failed parts The door lock assembly, lid switch or drain pump can result in a Whirlpool washer not draining. 

Here’s a great video on how to clear the drain: 

The Lid Switch Isn’t Working: F06 error

You may notice beeping or error codes if the lid switch isn’t functioning correctly, and the washer might show an F06 error. Inspect the door for any obstructions or damage. 

A faulty door lock motor or switch assembly may cause beeping during the cycle or can prevent your washing machine from starting. 

The door lock should secure the lid shut during operation but if there’s a mechanical or electrical failure, the door lock might fail to cause beeping. 

Note: If the door is left open for more than 10 minutes during a cycle, the cycle will reset and the washing machine will drain.  

Alternatively, your Whirlpool washer could produce a clicking sound when you try and start it, and the lid might not lock into place, therefore, preventing the cycle from starting. 

Wikihow wrote a useful article on how to access your washer if the lid locks in place. 

Here’s a useful video on how to replace the door lock latch: 

Issues With the Control Board and Display Panel

Your Whirlpool washing machine might beep if the control board or display panel isn’t working correctly. Commonly with a faulty control board, you also won’t be able to see any error codes. 

If you suspect this might be the case then perform a reset: 

  • Unplug your washing machine and wait two minutes
  • Reset the circuit breaker
  • Press a combination of buttons. This will be specific to your washer but the most common method is holding the ‘Start/Pause’ button for five seconds. 

If the issue persists, it’s best to contact Whirlpool Customer Service or call a service technician for additional assistance. However, if you are very hands-on and confident, here’s a video showing how to replace your Whirlpool control panel: 

Problems With the Temperature Sensors: F07 or F13

Problems with the temperature sensors can also cause error codes and beeps. If this is the case, you may notice your machine not heating correctly on wash or dry cycles. 

Your Outlet Isn’t Working Correctly

Whirlpool washing machines can also beep or display error codes if there are problems with the outlet. Causes might include faulty outlets, tripped circuit breaker switches, and damage to the cord.

Unplug your washing machine from the main power supply, wait two minutes, and attempt to start it again to see if the issue is resolved.

Whirlpool Washer Beeping Codes

Whirlpool washing machines will display error codes on the control panel to indicate various issues. Error codes are typically accompanied by beeps, but this depends on the problem and unit.

Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most common error codes on Whirlpool washing machines:

F01 – Electronic Circuit Board Issues

This error code appears if your unit isn’t operating correctly. Typically, some or all of the settings won’t be selectable.

It’s recommended to unplug your washing machine from the main power supply, wait two minutes, and attempt to start it again to see if the issue is resolved. Otherwise, call customer service for further assistance.

Make sure also that the Child Lock has not been turned on by accident. often when you attempt to press a button CL may display and other times it will simply beep at you and not allow you to start a cycle. Look also for a small illuminated lock symbol displayed.

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F03 – Temperature Sensor Problems

Your washing machine might have issues with the temperature sensors. Your unit might not heat on wash or dry cycles. These situations typically require professional assistance.

F05 – Blockages in the Waste Pipe or Pump Issues

Your washing machine might not open, or there’s stagnant water inside the unit when it’s opened.

It’s recommended to inspect for clogs in the pump filter and waste water hose. It’s likely that your unit has a pump failure and needs additional service if you don’t notice any other obvious issues.

You can consult your owner’s manual for more information on how to address this type of situation with your specific model.

F06 – Problems With the Door Lock

If you can’t open or close your washing machine, you might have problems with the door lock. Door lock errors can also stop the machine from starting when closed.

Inspect for any objects or debris in the door lock. If the problem persists, contact Whirlpool Customer Service for additional support.

F07 – Faulty Circuit Board or Heating Circuit

This issue causes your machine to pause during a wash cycle. The unit may not heat, and the pump may continue to run. F07 error codes typically require professional assistance, so you should contact a service technician.

F09 – Software Issues

Your unit might not work correctly, and you may see several flashing LEDs on display. You might not be able to select a wash setting, either. Contact Whirlpool Customer Service for additional assistance.

F12 – Electronic Control Errors

This issue prevents you from turning on the washing machine entirely. Be sure to contact professional assistance.

F13 – Dryer Temperature Sensor Bugs (Washer Dryer Combination Units Only)

The F13 error code prevents your machine from drying clothes and only occurs in washer/dryer combination units. Contact Whirlpool Customer Service for additional assistance.

F15 – Heater Control Issues (Washing Machine and Washer-Dryers)

This error code appears when your unit isn’t heating water, pauses during a cycle, doesn’t dry correctly, or pauses during a drying cycle. Contact Whirlpool Customer Service for additional assistance.

F16 – Drum Lock Sensor Errors (Top-Loading Washers Only)

The washing machine’s drum may stop in the wrong position or isn’t locked in the correct space. You can inspect your appliance or contact professional technicians for additional assistance.

F18 – Internal Data Faults

You may have this error code if some displays or settings don’t work correctly on your unit.

It’s recommended to unplug your washing machine from the main power supply, wait two minutes, and attempt to start it again to see if the issue is resolved. Otherwise, call customer service for further assistance.

F19 – Fan Motor or Heating Problems (Washer-Dryers Only)

Your unit may fail to dry clothes or stop during a drying phase. Contact Whirlpool Customer Service for additional assistance.

What’s the Average Lifespan of a Whirlpool Washing Machine?

The average life of a Whirlpool washing machine is between 10 and 13 years. Most units will last over ten years, and proper maintenance can extend the lifespan further. Some models are known to last as long as 15-20 years with routine servicing.

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