Error codes in Whirlpool washers are an excellent way of diagnosing and finding the problem with your unit. One of those error codes that you may have encountered recently is the Whirlpool washer is the F22 error.
In this article, we’ll tell you all about this code, from what it means to what can cause it so that you can decide whether you can fix it yourself or if you’ll need the help of an appliance repair service.
What Does the Whirlpool Washer F22 Error Code Mean?
The F22 error code means that there’s an issue with the door lock of your washer. Basically, when the main control attempts to lock the door six consecutive times and fails to do so, this code will be displayed. Without clearing this code, your Whirlpool washer won’t operate nor start its wash cycle.
What Can Cause the F22 Error Code?
Quite simply, the F22 error code displays mainly due to two things; either a door lock mechanism error or a problem with the door lock assembly. This is the same for all the models of the Whirlpool brand, be it a Whirlpool Cabrio or a Whirlpool Duet washer.
Door Lock Assembly Issue
The door lock assembly contains two parts; the door latch/bolt and the door strike. Therefore, any damage to the said parts will prevent your door from locking, and consequently, the F22 fault will appear on the display of the appliance.
For instance, the latch could become misaligned with the door strike or broken altogether. Usually, this happens when you’ve closed the door with too much force or if something fell on the latch, causing it to break.
Conversely, the problem could lie with the door strike, which happens if it’s clogged with debris or detergent buildup. Such a buildup will prevent the latch from extending out and sinking into its proper place, resulting in the error code “F22”.
Door Lock Mechanism Failure
The F22 code also appears when there’s some sort of mechanical interference with the lock, i.e., something is preventing the door from becoming completely closed. This usually happens when people overload a Whirlpool washing machine beyond its intended capacity.
Note: Sometimes, the problem can be as simple as the user mistakenly thinking that he closed the washer’s lid. Therefore, you should always ask yourself, “Is the washer door firmly shut?” before jumping to any conclusions.
Defective Main/Central Control Unit
Though quite rare, sometimes an electrical error can cause this code. For example, this can happen if there’s a communication failure between the lock door switch and the main control unit (MCU), making the MCU incapable of detecting that the door is closed, even if your own two eyes tell you it is.
This failure is mainly due to loose or damaged wire harness connections between these two parts, although it can also be due to a wiring problem or damage in the lock switch or the MCU.
Other times, the MCU registers that the door is locked, but it’s getting another message from the open door switch, telling it the door’s open. The contrasting messages confuse the MCU, resulting in the F22 code.
Related: Fixing Your Whirlpool Control Board
How to Resolve This Error?
A simple reset should eliminate this code if a temporary glitch in the MCU was responsible for it.
If the reset doesn’t fix it, check the door and make sure the door is locked and that nothing is interfering with its closure. Also, take care to leave enough space inside your front-load washer for the laundry to be well-washed.
Then, check that the latch is in good condition and aligned with the strike and that the strike isn’t clogged by something. Next, clean the latch and strike with a soft cloth if you find any wash media buildup, and if you can’t repair the damaged component, replace the door lock assembly.
If your door lock assembly is fine, then it’s time to look at the electronics. Do so by unscrewing all the screws found on the backside of the washer top, then slide and lift it. After that, check the wiring and connections between the MCU and both the lock and open door switches.
Generally, make sure the connectors are seated properly and that the wires are whole and sound. Reconnect any loose plugs and replace all damaged wires you may find in your washing machine.
If the code doesn’t disappear from the washer’s display, then inspect the control board for any signs of damage like black marks. Also, measure its resistance with a multimeter, as well as that of the door switches, following the manufacturer’s directions found in the washer’s manual.
Finally, order a replacement for the faulty part so that your Whirlpool washer can finally start its wash cycle.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can You Manually Open the Door of a Whirlpool Duet Washer?
- Unplug the washer.
- Remove the lower kick panel.
- Reach up to find the door switch unit.
- Gently pull the tear-drop-shaped tab at the bottom of the unit till a click is heard.
How to Restart a Whirlpool Washing Machine?
To do this, simply press the CANCEL button twice then the POWER button once. This should clear your washer’s display. If this doesn’t work, unplug your Whirlpool washer or disconnect power to it for a minute or so, re-plug it, press POWER, then START to see if the code has disappeared.
The Whirlpool washer F22 error indicates a front door lock issue. You can repair or replace the parts involved in this error on your own by purchasing new parts that go with your Whirlpool washer’s model number. However, if you don’t know how to do so, call an appliance repair company and have the professionals step in.