Whirlpool Cabrio Washer diagnostic test – how to enter diagnostic mode

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A good step when you are troubleshooting your Whirlpool Cabrio washer is running diagnostic tests.

That’s because when put it into diagnostic mode, your washer is likely to display error codes which could point you to the actual cause of whatever issue it is having (the unit will verify all inputs -to the washer- when performing diagnostic tests).

So below is how to run Whirlpool Cabrio washer diagnostic test:

Whirlpool Cabrio washer diagnostic test– How to enter diagnostic mode on your Whirlpool Cabrio washer

Now, there are three different diagnostic test modes you can run when it comes to Whirlpool Cabrio washers: Automatic diagnostic test, Manual, and Console test cycle.

The best thing is to complete the automatic test cycle prior to proceeding to specific troubleshooting tests.

Follow these steps to activate automatic Whirlpool Cabrio washer diagnostic test:

Before you start….

Be sure the machine is in stand-by mode (plugged in but with all indicators turned off/with only Clothes Clean or Done indicators on).

The door can be open.

Step by step instructions

Start by selecting any one button -except “Power”, “Start” and “Stop”- then follow these steps (using the button you selected):

  1. Press/hold onto the button for 3 seconds
  2. Release it for 3 seconds
  3. Press/hold onto the button for 3 seconds again
  4. Release it for 3 seconds once more
  5. Press/hold it for 3 seconds- it should now get into the automatic diagnostic mode

If you have successfully entered automatic diagnostic test mode, you will notice all indicators (on the console) get illuminated for about 5 seconds (with 88 displaying in the washer’s estimated time remaining 2-digit display).

Bear in mind that you have to be patient since you might not succeed the first time (if you didn’t, just repeat the press/hold/release sequence within 8 seconds until you get it right).

What to expect after entering automatic Whirlpool Cabrio washer diagnostic test

On entering automatic test mode, the program will check for any saved fault codes (more on saved fault codes later).

And in the event there are no stored error codes, all the lights (on the console) will turn off momentarily then again turn back on (with 88 displayed).

The automatic test will then start- it usually begins after about 5 seconds- and it should be completed in approximately 5 minutes.

You can press the button you previously selected to advance to the next automatic diagnostic test steps.

Keep in mind that a beep will sound to signal the end of the automatic test cycle once the steps are completed.

Quick Tip: If this doesn’t initiate diagnostic self-tests, just follow the instructions in the service sheet (get it from the washer on the inside cabinet). Oh, and please note you may not press “Cancel” or “Play/Pause” button in some cabrio washer models so be sure to consult your technical sheet.


Viewing saved error codes

If you want to view the saved error codes, proceed as follows:

  1. Press then release the button you used to activate automatic diagnostic to see the 2nd most recent error code.
  2. Repeat the procedure (the same button) to see the 3rd most recent error code.
  3. Repeat once again to see the 4th most recent error code.

If you repeat, all lights go off briefly then stay on (the automatic tests again begins after 5 seconds). Note that the error codes will be retained.


How to put Whirlpool Cabrio washer into manual Diagnostic mode

Repeat the steps indicated under How to enter diagnostic mode on your Whirlpool Cabrio washer (Step by step instructions) but be certain to press the button you’re using one time during the 5-second period that 88 displays.

You must be swift here because the washer will go into automatic diagnosis (after saved error codes) if you don’t press your usual button.

Here is how to confirm that it has entered manual diagnostic mode:

You will hear a single beep then the 3-digit display will show these console ID numbers- 06,08,12,13,14,15,16, 17,18,19,20,21,22,44,45,46,47,48,49,60,61,62 for about 3 seconds.

00 is then displayed and finally “add a Garment” light flashes.

You’ll need to replace the UI assembly if you made it into the manual test mode but you did not see any of the console ID numbers.


What to do after entering manual Whirlpool Cabrio washer diagnostic tests

You must press the correct key (or select the desired cycle) within 5 minutes – the manual mode is exited if you don’t (and standby mode entered).


How to launch console (and indicators) diagnostic test

This test normally tests cycle selector knob, buttons, indicators, beeper, and the 2-digit display.

  1. Plug it in /reconnect power.
  2. From Stand-By (Off) mode, press then release the following buttons (the entire sequence should be pressed within 4 seconds):


  1. If you have done it properly, dt will be shown on the 2-digit display.
  2. Now press “START” within 5 seconds (of dt displaying)- all indicators illuminate and 88 will again be displayed.

To proceed:

  1. Press “START” one more time- the status indicators plus the 2-digit display go off.
  2. Press “START” another time- all the status indicators plus the 2-digit display turn back on.
  3. Rotate the “WASH CYCLE” selector back-and-forth. The status indicators will toggle on or off.
  4. You can now press the button you wish depending on the function you want to verify. Each time you do, the status indicators will be toggling on or off and a beep will sound.


How to cancel Diagnostic Test Mode on Whirlpool Cabrio washer

To exit any of the above diagnostic test modes, just Press “STOP” or “POWER” button during the tests (at any time)


Final words

Please please fetch your specific whirlpool cabrio washer model tech data sheet from the inside cabinet.

It will help you greatly in determining what buttons to press when it comes to performing various tests especially if you’re using manual diagnostic or console diagnostic modes.


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