If your Whirlpool Duet Washer’s drum won’t spin and you see the error code f06 on display, chances are there’s a problem with the motor or the Motor Control Unit (MCU).
Luckily, you can get your washer up and running again by following our step-by-step guide. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to it!
Fixing the f06 Error Code on a Whirlpool Washing Machine
According to Whirlpool’s owner’s manual, the f06 error code is classified as a Drive Motor Tachometer error.
There are several reasons why your Whirlpool washer is showing the error code f06. Seeing this code means that the machine is unable to sense the motor’s speed due to a connection problem between the motor and the Motor Control Unit (MCU).
If your Whirlpool Duet Washer detects the error during a high-speed spin cycle, the door will unlock in about 3 minutes.
To diagnose the Drive Motor Tachometer Error yourself, you need to access the motor by following these steps:
- Push the pause button twice to get rid of the f06 error message.
- Unplug the power cord and wait for a couple of minutes.
- Stop the water flow to the washer.
- Replug the power cord and press the start button to initiate a new wash cycle.
- Again, press the pause button twice if the f06 error message is persistent.
- Slightly move the washing machine away from the wall.
- Remove the cover at the back of the machine by unscrewing the 4 bolts that hold it.
- Unscrew the hex-head screws from the rear panel.
- Pull out the bottom part of the back panel and slide it down.
- Continue sliding until the top part is released, then remove the back panel.
- Pull the hose and disconnect the wire ties. You should now be able to access the back panel for diagnosis.
Now that you’ve located the motor and the motor controller unit, it’s time to figure out what’s causing the problem.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the possible reasons why your washer isn’t working:
When you see the f06 error code on the digital display of your Whirlpool Duet Washer, the first thing you need to do is check the motor. Why? Simply because it’s more prone to damage than other components. It’s also pretty easy to spot a faulty motor.
To find out whether there’s a problem with the motor, take out the belt from the drum pulley and manually turn the motor pulley’s belt. If it’s barely turning, then we’re dealing with a retired motor here.
On the flip side, if it’s moving smoothly, you could try putting more load on the motor by reconnecting the belt and filling up the drum. Again, if it’s not turning as it should, then your motor unit needs to be replaced.
Here are some extra steps you can do for a better diagnosis:
- Use an ohmmeter to check the reading between the 4th and 5th pin connectors.
- If the reading is anywhere from 118 to 121 ohms, then the motor is OK.
- Any reading outside this range means that the motor has gone bad. Replace the old motor, and your appliance should work properly again.
If there’s a connection problem between the motor and the control module, there’s a good chance that some wire harness is blistered or damaged. One thing that you can do is to unplug and replug all the connections between the motor and the control module.
Problem With the Motor Control Unit
If the motor doesn’t turn with or without the belt, then you could be dealing with a faulty Motor Control Unit. Your only solution here is to replace this unit.
What Do e01 and f06 Mean on a Whirlpool Washing Machine?
Sometimes, the f06 error is displayed alongside another error called e01 on a Whirlpool washing machine. Seeing both error codes means that there’s a connection problem between the Central module (CCU) and the Engine Control Microcircuit (MCU).
Here’s how to fix this one:
- Connect your Whirlpool Duet Washer to your home’s network.
- Choose any three buttons and press and hold each one of them in sequence.
- Repeat the previous step to enter the Service Diagnostic Mode.
- Initiate a quick test by pressing the second button. Then, press the start button to run the test.
Once the test is done, check if the error message has disappeared. If it’s still there, then you need to diagnose your Whirlpool Duet machine for common issues. There could be a problem with the Motor Control Board, the Motor Control Module, or the wire connections.
It’d be best if you checked the connections before attempting to fix the control board or module. Fixing the links shouldn’t cost you that much time or money, while a new control module or board would cost you at least $200.
Try unplugging and replugging all the connectors, then make sure that all of them are plugged into their respective locations.
If that didn’t work, you can use a multimeter to check for continuity. The reading should be somewhere between 8.5 and 14 ohms. If that’s not the case, then you need to replace one or more of the wires.
The error f06 is one of the easiest error codes to diagnose on a Whirlpool appliance. You’ll need to make some effort when trying to access the control board, but once you’re done with that, inspecting the components shouldn’t be that complicated.
Here’s a quick summary of the whole process:
- Remove the back cover of the appliance and access the control board.
- Try turning the motor with or without the drum belt engaged.
- Check if there are any faulty connections between the motor and the MCU.
- Replace the motor or MCU if needed.
If you’re still not sure what’s causing the error, contact a professional to inspect the appliance and recommend the necessary repairs.