An error message on your Whirlpool Duet washer can be frustrating, especially if the fault is stopping you from using your beloved machine.
One common error that many Whirlpool Duet washer users stumble upon is the error code e01 f06. While this particular error is pretty challenging to diagnose, you can still figure out what’s causing it yourself.
To make things easier for you, we’ll walk you through the process and all the steps you need to do to fix the problem and get your washing machine up and running again.
What Is Fault Code e01 f06 on a Whirlpool Duet Washer?
Fault code e01 e06 is an error message that’s displayed on Whirlpool Duet Washers when there’s a connection problem between the Central Module (CCU) and the Engine Control Microcircuit (MCU). This means that there could be a problem with either one or both of the boards.
Things You Need to Do First
Before trying to figure out why your Whirlpool washer is displaying an error code, make sure that you unplug the power cord, wait for a few minutes, and turn on the machine. In some cases, the error code could be a false alarm, and doing the previous steps might make the error message disappear.
Service Diagnostic Mode
You could also try turning on your washer’s Service Diagnostic Mode to resolve the issue automatically. To run this mode, follow these steps:
- Make sure that the machine is connected to the internet by checking the indicators.
- Choose any three buttons (with the exception of the power button) and press them, beginning with the first button and ending with the third button. Hold the buttons for 8 seconds and repeat if needed.
- Once the display reads 888 and the lights are turned on, the Diagnostic Mode is successfully activated.
- Run a quick test by pressing and holding the second button. This should turn on some blink lights, indicating that the express test is ready to start.
- Start the test by clicking the start button.
- If the test failed to resolve the problem, exit the Diagnostic Mode to diagnose the problem yourself.
Possible Causes for Error Code e01 f06
If you’ve already unplugged the power code and tried turning on the washer again, but the error message is still here, here are some of the most common causes for the issue:
Faulty Motor Control Module
To inspect the Motor Control Module, check for any signs of blackening, burnt-out paths, exfoliation, or melted spots. If you see any of these, it’s recommended that you replace the faulty elements and try running your machine again. Just make sure that you solder the contacts first.
If that didn’t work, your best bet would be to replace the control module altogether. You can also replace it in the first place if you want to save yourself some time and be on the safe side. However, keep in mind that the control module costs around $220, so you might want to repair the old one if possible to save some cash.
Defective Motor Control Board
Another possible reason why your washer is showing an error code is a faulty Motor Control Board. Remove the board from your washer for inspection, and see if there are any black dots, burned pathways, or other signs of wear that could interfere with the board’s functionality.
To replace the Motor Control Unit, all you have to do is switch off the machine, remove the top panel, and unscrew the mounting bolts that support the cover to unmount it. Then, unscrew the dispenser and look for module W10427967. The final step is to remove the faulty module and replace it with a new one.
Sometimes, the error code e01 f06 is displayed when something is wrong with the connection of the wires between the two boards. The boards send and receive data between each other through the connections, meaning that the error could be due to interrupted signal transmission.
To make sure that all the connections are working properly, you’ll need to unplug and plug every single one of them. Be careful here because plugging the connectors incorrectly can cause further damage to the board.
To locate the wires, you need to gain access to the CCU. You can easily do that by unplugging the Whirlpool Duet washer, unscrewing the bolts located at the back wall on the upper panel, removing the cover from the back panel, and pinpointing the location of the main module.
If you want to do a higher level of testing, you can use a multimeter to check for continuity. Ideally, the resistance should read anywhere from 8.5 to 14 ohm.
Try Resetting Your Whirlpool Washing Machine
Resetting your washing machine might resolve the error. To do a hard reset, turn off the appliance, switch the mode dial to NORMAL, and turn the dial counter as follows:
- Counterclockwise (one click)
- Clockwise (three clicks)
- Counterclockwise (one click)
That’s it; you’ve reset your appliance. To confirm that it worked, try running a test load (with or without clothes) and see if your settings were erased. In some cases, you might need to turn off the machine and turn it back on after a few seconds for the reset to be done.
Now, check the display and see if the message is gone.
Other Whirlpool Duet Washer Error Codes
By the end of this guide, you should be able to figure out how to fix the error code e01 e06 in your Whirlpool Duet washer. If you had no luck fixing the problem yourself, your final solution is to get a professional to inspect the appliance and recommend the best course of action.
They might suggest replacing the entire main module (the two boards with the wires) or only one control board. If the damage isn’t significant, you’ll only have to pay for replacing small faulty components.