Whirlpool Washer Beeping (Causes + Fixes)

Most beeps on your Whirlpool washer are designed to inform you of an error or problem. The beeps may vary in length or number, but they all mean the same thing: it’s time to give your washer some attention.

Your Whirpool washer is likely beeping due to a blockage of the drain plug. The blockage could be due to a sock, loose change, or debris. However, there are various errors that might trigger a beeping sound.

A drain blockage is not the only reason your Whirlpool washer might beep or cause problems. I’m going to list a few other potential issues below. 

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What Is the Difference Between Beeps and Error Codes in a Whirlpool Washer?

Beeps are a warning that there is an issue in the washer, but they do not give you any specific information about the problem. On the other hand, error codes will provide you with a specific code you can reference to find out what the problem is.

Here’s the thing: Beeps are usually tied to notifications such as an unlocked door or minor issues like a blocked drain. They are not necessarily indicative of a significant problem.

Error codes are more serious. They are often tied to issues that require service or a part replacement. If you see an error code on your Whirlpool washer, it is best to call for assistance right away.

The Most Common Reason for a Whirlpool Washer Beeping

A blocked drain is the most common reason for beeping in a Whirlpool washer. This usually happens when a piece of clothing (or something else) blocks the drain plug.

When this happens, the washer beeps at least nine times to indicate a problem. You will also see the “Drain” or “Spin” light flashing on the control panel.

Usually, this happens when you’ve just finished loading the washer and it’s trying to begin the cycle. However, it can also happen during the cycle if something falls into the drain.

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How To Fix a Blocked Drain in a Whirlpool Washer

If you believe that your washer is beeping because of a blocked drain, follow these steps:

  1. Stop the cycle and unplug the washer from the power outlet.
  2. Remove the clothes from the washer and check the drain plug for any obstructions.
  3. If you find anything blocking the drain, remove it and try to start the cycle again.
  4. If the beeping persists, call for service.

Other Potential Causes of Beeping in a Whirlpool Washer

There are a few other potential causes of beeping in a Whirlpool washer. These are much less common than a blocked drain.

  • Lid Switch Error: If the lid switch is not working correctly, it can cause beeping. 
  • Door Lock Error: This usually happens if the door is not properly closed or the lock is defective.
  • Temperature Sensor Error: A temperature sensor error can also cause beeping. 
  • Control Board Error: If the control board is not working properly, it can cause the washer to beep.
  • Outlet Error: When there is an outlet error, the washer will beep. 

If your Whirlpool washer is beeping and you cannot figure out why, it is best to call for service. A technician will be able to diagnose the problem and get your washer up and running again. However, not all washers are worth repairing. If your washer is old or the cost of repairs is more than half the cost of a new washer, it might be time to replace it.

For example, if your Whirlpool washer is beeping because of a bad control board, the cost of repairs is often more than half the cost of a new washer. In this case, it might be best to replace the washer rather than repair it.

Similarly, if your Whirlpool washer is beeping because of a blocked drain, the cost of repairs is usually much less than that of a new washer. In this case, it might be best to repair the washer rather than replace it.

Whirlpool Washer Won’t Start Just Beeps

There are many possible issues that may cause beeping and a loss of function in your Whirlpool washer. The most common reason is that the door is not closed properly. Another potential reason is that the lid switch is not engaged.

If the door is not closed properly, you will usually see a “door” or “lid” error code on display. The same thing will happen if the lid switch is not engaged.

If either of these is the case, simply engage the lid switch and try to start the cycle again. If the beeping persists, call for service.

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Whirlpool Dryer Keeps Beeping

If your Whirlpool dryer starts beeping and doesn’t stop, try this:

  • Check the lint screen. A lint build-up can cause overheating and eventually shut down. If that’s the problem, unplug the dryer and vacuum the venting hose to remove any lint blocking the airflow. You should also clean the lint screen every time you use the dryer.
  • Check the dryer venting hose. A blockage in the venting hose can cause the machine to overheat and shut down. Unplug the dryer and disconnect the venting hose if that’s the problem. Then vacuum or brush out any lint blocking the airflow.
  • Check the heating element. If it is damaged or not working correctly, it can cause the machine to overheat and shut down. If that’s the problem, unplug the dryer and call for service.

If the beeping persists, call for service from a reputable shop. A good technician can diagnose the problem and get your dryer up and running again.

Final Thoughts

If your washer starts beeping for no apparent reason, don’t panic! I’ve shared some things you can do yourself, like unclogging the drain. However, if the problem persists or you can’t figure out what’s wrong, it’s best to call a professional. 

An experienced technician will be able to diagnose the problem and get your washer up and running in no time. They will also be better positioned to know when a repair is not an option and which machine will work for your situation.