F06 E03 Code Whirlpool Washer – Fixed!

Seei ng an error code on your washing machine is nerve-racking, especially since many can be difficult to decipher. However, these error codes are beneficial and can help you to diagnose what is wrong with your washing machine.

If your Whirlpool washing machine is showing an F06 E03 error code, either the main control board is having issues communicating with the front control board on the washing machine, or a piece of debris is stuck in the drain pump.

In the remainder of this article, I’ll explain what causes this error code and how to diagnose the issues with the control board or a drainage pump blockage. These issues with your whirlpool washing machine will require some disassembly and light maintenance, so ensure that you have some basic tools ready if you try to fix this yourself.

Whirlpool Washer

Why Does Error Code F06 E03 Appear?

Error code F06 E03 appears if there is a problem with the electrical connections in certain parts or if there is a significant blockage at the drainage pump. 

Whichever issue affects your washing machine, you should know that these errors are beneficial in preventing significant damage to the device. Most modern washing machines and dryers have built-in features that will shut the unit off if it detects a critical error in the system.

This is why the best course of action is to deal with the issue and repair it correctly as soon as it arises. If a washing machine shows an error code and you reset it to get rid of it and then try to use it again, it could permanently damage your washing machine.

Error code F06 E03 can pop up and stop the cycle to protect your washing machine’s internal electronics from short circuiting or to prevent damage to the drainage pump, which could cause flooding.

This code indicates a failure in communication between two of the most essential electrical boards within the washing machine. This could be due to a loose cable or a worn-out main control board.

How To Diagnose Why You’re Receiving Error Code F06 E03

It’s relatively straightforward to check whether error code F06 E03 is due to a problem with the drainage pump or the control board. 

Checking for a block in the drainage pump is much easier than removing and checking the main control board for faults, so we’ll start with the drainage pump.

Diagnosing Error Code F06 E03 in Whirlpool Washer

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Check the Drainage Pump

You can check your washer’s drainage pump by following these steps:

  1. Drain any water that is still inside the washing machine. This involves disconnecting the drain line, and water will leak out.
  2. Unplug the washing machine and move it away from the wall. This will give you enough room to work.
  3. There may be some excess water running out of the washing machine. Have a bucket or some towels ready.
  4. There is one screw that you must remove to detach the drain line from the rear of the washing machine. This screw will be holding onto a panel that houses the drain pump. Once this panel is removed, you should be able to see where the drain line attaches to the pump.
  5. The drain line can be squeezed and pulled off. This is when the water will come out, so have the bucket ready for this part.
  6. You will then need to remove the electrical connector. This pulls out easily like the drain line.
  7. You should now see three bolts on the drain pump baseplate. Once these are removed, you can pull the drain pump out.
  8. Check the discharge valve for any blockages or debris. If there aren’t any, replace the pump and move on to the main control board.

Check the Main Control Board

If checking the drainage plug for blockage does not solve the problem, check the main control board by following these steps:

  1. First unplug the washing machine. You will be working with the electrical components, so this is imperative.
  2. There will be three screws at the top of the rear of the washing machine. Remove these.
  3. Once these screws have been removed from the top panel, it will lift back and away from the washing machine.
  4. With this panel removed, you can check the connections between the two control boards.
  5. Ensure that all of the wires are intact and that all the cables are still connected securely where they should be.
  6. If all the connections seem intact and secured in the correct locations, you can replace the panel and put the screws back in.

If the error code persists after you’ve checked these two panels and ensured the integrity of the drainage pump and main control panel, the next thing you can try is replacing the main control panel.

The control board itself can be pretty expensive, but it is something you can install yourself easily. It works the same way as removing the control board to check the connections. However, you should take the extra step of disconnecting the wires from the old control board and plugging them into the new one.

After reconnecting the wires to the main control board, all you need to do is replace the three screws you removed and plug the washing machine back in to see if it works. It is crucial to know the model number of your particular Whirlpool washing machine to purchase the correct control board.

checking the main control board

If you’re still having issues with error codes after performing all these steps, it’s time to call in a professional. You can use a local repair man, or you can have a certified Whirlpool technician take a look at it.


Seeing an error code on your washing machine can be confusing, but it is not the end of the world. You can eliminate most of these error codes fairly easily, and they rarely indicate a major error.

A whirlpool washing machine will stop and show an F06 E03 error code if certain control boards are not communicating or if there is a drainage pump blockage. 

These codes stop the machine and let you know about an issue before it becomes a more significant problem that may cause the washing machine to become inoperable.