Troubleshooting Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Repair Problems and Solutions

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Whirlpool Cabrio washers and dryers are a popular brand in the United States. As with any appliance, there can be problems and a need for repairs. Through the years, The Spruce readers have shared their issues with Cabrio dryers and asked for help. Perhaps their solutions will help you as well.

How can I get rid of stains inside my Cabrio dryer?

Reader question: I have some stains inside my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer drum from fabric softener.

I had taken a washcloth and put softener on it and placed in dryer. I forgot to take it out when removing clothing and it was in there for a few days. Apparently it caused inside of dryer to have a green stain in certain spots. Needed to know if I can some how remove this green stain. Drum of dryer is all white. Please advise.

Someone suggested that I place some chlorine bleach on a cloth and let it tumble in the dryer. It didn't work. Now what?

The Spruce Laundry Repair Suggestion: Sorry this happened! I'm afraid it's going to take a bit of elbow grease to remove the stains. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean each area of the drum. You'll need to rinse it out frequently in clear water and just keep moving all the way around the drum. When all the green is gone, wipe down the interior with a soft white cloth dipped in clear water.

You can use chlorine bleach to remove the stains but you must be careful.

It was a bit dangerous to use straight pure bleach on a cloth because of the fumes that could be generated if heated too high. Plus, excess bleach could cause permanent bleaching of color from your clothes.

If you decide to use chlorine bleach, follow these instructions. Mix 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water.

Wearing protective gloves, wipe down the interior of the drum with a soft sponge dipped in the bleach solution. When the green is gone, the entire drum must be rinsed with clear water. Then dry a load of wet old rags or white towels to be sure that all of the bleach is gone.

The AF code is showing on my dryer and it takes too long to dry a load

Reader question: I have a Whirlpool cabrio steam option dryer that is not drying clothes well. The Af (air flow) code keeps coming up. If I hit any button, it goes away but it still feels like the dryer is constantly very steamy and never dries anything. It takes about three cycles for a load to actually dry.

There is lint is all over the inside of the dryer and doesn't seem to be collecting much at all. Lint trap collects a small amount but definitely not enough. These are previously owned machines where the other owners didn't do much in regards to up keep of the house so my guess is they didn't care enough for their $2,000 washer and dryer set.

The Spruce Laundry Repair Suggestion: It definitely sounds as if you are not getting proper air flow for the dryer. If you have lint accumulating inside your dryer, it is not being drawn into your dryer filter because of poor air flow.

And, unobstructed air flow is essential to remove the excess moisture in clothes. It is also important because blocked vents can cause dryer fires. You will need to clean out the vent between the dryer and the wall as well as the vent piping including the outside escape.

If you have an old dryer vent hose, it may be necessary to replace it with a rigid dryer vent system. It is worth the time and cost for your family's safety and your electricity costs.

The Start/Pause button does not work correctly

Reader question: I have a Whirlpool Cabrio Model WED7400XW0 and the start/pause button does not work. It is the new sensor button and it is "fluffy" When I press the button nothing happens. All the other buttons are fine. When pressed it feels like if there is no connection with the mother board.

I opened the back panel with difficulty.

But, I cannot get to button, it is difficult because of mother board.

The Spruce Laundry Repair Suggestion: First, run a diagnostic test to help determine the real issue.

Place the dryer is in Standby mode (plugged-in with all indicators off). Select any three buttons (except POWER) and follow the steps below, using the same buttons. Remember the buttons and the order that the buttons were pressed. Within 8 seconds:

  • Press and Release the 1st selected button
  • Press and Release the 2nd selected button
  • Press and Release the 3rd selected button
  • Repeat this 3 button sequence 2 more times

If the key sequence was entered successfully, all indicators on the console are illuminated for 5 seconds with "88" showing in the estimated time remaining display. If there are no saved fault codes, all indicators on the console will momentarily turn off, and then only the seven segment display will come back on and display "88" (Cabrio).

You can then use the fault codes to determine what is wrong. If you need a user or repair manual, you can find it here and replacement parts online. You may need to replace the mother board.