The F5E1 error code on your Whirlpool washer indicates a potential issue with the door switch. This means the washer thinks the door is open even when it’s locked.

F5E1 error code on your Whirlpool washer
How to fix the F5E1 error code on your Whirlpool washer

Here’s a breakdown to help you troubleshoot:

What causes the F5E1 error code on your Whirlpool washer?

  • The door isn’t firmly shut.
  • There’s a loose connection in the wiring.
  • The door switch itself might be faulty.

How to fix the F5E1 error code on your Whirlpool washer!

  1. Double-check the door: Make sure the door is completely closed and there are no clothes or debris caught in the latch.
  2. Inspect the wiring: Look for any loose or damaged wires connecting the door lock or switch to the washer’s mainboard.
  3. Test the door switch: If you’re comfortable with a multimeter, you can check the door switch for continuity.
    • With the washer unplugged, locate the door switch using your repair manual.
    • Set your multimeter to the ohms (Ω) setting.
    • Door Closed: Touch the probes to the switch contacts. If the switch is working properly, the multimeter should read between 0.1 and 1.0 ohms.
    • Door Open: Now, with the door open, the multimeter should read “OL” (Open Limit). If it reads a value between 0.1 and 1.0 ohms with the door open, then the door switch needs replacing.

Replacing parts:

If the problem persists after checking the door and wiring, you might need to replace the door switch or the main control board. It’s recommended to consult a qualified appliance repair person for this step, as it may involve disassembling the washer.

Safety Tip: Always unplug the washer before troubleshooting any electrical components.

Preventative measures: To avoid future F5E1 fault code, make sure to not overload your washer and avoid slamming the door shut.

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