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Best Ways To Fix F01 Error Code On The Whirlpool Dryer


The error code F01 on the Whirlpool dryer indicates a malfunction of the control board or one of the components connected to it. It is often caused by a power outage or a power surge. In this article, Jacob Dillard, an engineer at Appliance Repair Expert, will describe the main causes of this error and explain how to fix it.

Step #1. Reset The Dryer

The first step is resetting your dryer, which often resolves the issue. Simply unplug your dryer from its power source and turn it off for a few minutes. Restart your dryer after a few minutes to check whether the problem has disappeared. If this is not the case, go to the next step.

Step #2. Check The Thermostat

Some Whirlpool dryer error codes indicate a problem and tell you how to fix it. But if resetting the dryer doesn’t work, you’ll need to look at some internal parts to determine what’s causing the problem. The thermal switch is the first component to inspect. When the control board detects the dryer is overheating, the thermal switch notifies the control board to turn it off.

Whirlpool Dryer Thermostat
Whirlpool Dryer Thermostat

The following actions will show you how to inspect the thermal switch:

  1. Turn the dryer off.
  2. Find the thermal switch by removing the top and side panels. Typically, the switch is placed on the blower body, heating element, or gas burner.
  3. Check the switch for continuity with a multimeter. It is faulty and must be replaced if there is no continuity. If there is continuity, everything is OK, and you can move on to the next component.
  4. Check to see if the problem is resolved after replacing the parts. If not, move on to check the next component.

Step #3. Examine The Thermistor

The thermistor is the next component to inspect. Your Whirlpool dryer may show the F01 error and cease operating if faulty.

Whirlpool Dryer Thermistor

To check the thermistor, follow these instructions:

  1. Ensure that the dryer is still turned off.
  2. If you haven’t previously done so, remove the panels.
  3. Determine where the thermistor is located.
  4. Ensure that the thermistor’s wiring is in good shape and not damaged. If it is damaged, it will need to be fixed using a soldering iron.
  5. If the thermistor wire seems to be in good condition, use a multimeter to check for continuity. It is in good working order if there is continuity, and you may proceed to the door switch. Replace it if there is no continuity.
  6. Check if the code is cleared after replacing the part. If this does not work, try the door switch.

Step #4. Inspect The Door Switch

The door switch is the next component to inspect. When the door is open, the door switch acts as a safety switch, preventing the dryer drum from continuing to revolve. When the dryer door switch fails or sends an error signal to the control panel, the code F01 appears.

Whirlpool Dryer Door Switch
Whirlpool Dryer Door Switch

To inspect the door switch, perform the following:

  1. Make sure the electricity is turned off and the dryer panels are removed.
  2. Find the door switch, normally located where the door opens and closes.
  3. Remove the door switch from the dryer unit – you may need to remove a screw or even the front panel of the dryer to get it out on certain models.
  4. Check the switch for continuity using a multimeter.
  5. If there is continuity, it is operating properly, and you may rejoin it and go on to the next component to inspect. It will need to be replaced if there is no continuity.
  6. Check to see if the problem is resolved after replacing the switch. If not, move on to the next possible cause.

Step #5. Replace The Control Panel

If you still can’t figure out the cause of the malfunction, you can replace the control panel, but as this is an expensive procedure, consult a competent specialist first before buying a new dryer.
Whirlpool Dryer Control Panel
Whirlpool Dryer Control Panel

If you want to replace the control panel, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that the dryer is still turned off.
  2. Remove the dryer panels if you haven’t previously done so to access the control panel.
  3. Locate the control panel (check the manual if necessary).
  4. Remove the protective cover from the device.
  5. All of the plug fittings that are attached to the panel should be removed.
  6. The screws that keep the control panel in place should be removed.
  7. Remove the control panel.
  8. Place the new control panel in its proper location and secure it by tightening the screws and connecting the cables to the panel.
  9. Plug the dryer into the mains and check that the error code F01 has disappeared and that the dryer is running again.

Now, you can fix the F01 error on your own by following our step-by-step instructions. However, in addition to this article, we suggest other ways to avoid this problem.

To prevent error code F01 from appearing, check out our dryer maintenance tips. In this video, we cover the diagnostics of a Miele dryer and possible do-it-yourself repairs.

We also provide dryer maintenance services. It is often cheaper to clean and maintain your appliance before it breaks down. But if you’ve already encountered a problem you can’t fix, we offer reliable appliance repair. This means that all you have to do is click the “Book Online” button, schedule an appointment and check out all the benefits of Appliance Repair Expert.

Author: Jacob Dillard
My name is Jacob Dillard, and I am the author of articles at Appliance Repair Expert. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by technology and spent much time reading different books and trying to repair my first CD player. Then, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. In a year, I got my first job as a technician at an appliance repair company. After years of practice and working with professionals, I decided it was time to share my knowledge and experience here at Appliance Repair Expert. I want to help you understand everything related to appliance repair, maintenance and installation in the simplest way possible. It will be fun, believe me!

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