Troubleshooting Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer

Repair Problems and Solutions

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The Whirlpool brand, a leader in laundry appliance sales in the United States, includes several popular lines of washers and dryers like Duet and Cabrio. As with any laundry appliance that is used almost daily, there can be problems and a need for repairs.

When your Cabrio dryer stops working, Whirlpool offers troubleshooting tips online along with other product information. Or, you can call a technician or try your hand at repairing it yourself. Clothes dryers are simple machines and most problems are easy to diagnose and can be repaired with just a few tools and some easy instructions.

Remove Stains from Cabrio Dryer Drum


Stains on the dryer drum can come from clothes that have bled dye or something left in a pocket like a crayon that melts or a pen that leaks ink. These spots are not only unsightly, but they can also leave stains on fabrics so it's important to get rid of them as soon as possible.


  1. Be Sure the Dryer is Cold

    Always start with an empty and cold dryer. Removing warm wax or ink will only cause it to smear larger. A cold dryer will also help any cleaning fumes from being too intense.

  2. Scrub Away the Residue

    A bit of elbow grease and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will usually take care of removing the melted wax. Dampen the eraser and use it to clean each area of the drum. You'll need to rinse it out frequently in clear water and just keep moving around the drum. When all the stains are gone, wipe down the interior with a soft white cloth dipped in clear water.

  3. Remove Dye Traces

    You can use chlorine bleach to remove any traces of dye that remain but you must be careful. Mix one 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 stains are gone, the entire drum must be rinsed by wiping it down with a cloth dipped in clear water. Then dry a load of wet old rags or white towels to be sure that all of the bleach is gone before drying colored fabrics.

Cabrio Dryer Displays AF Code and Takes Too Long to Dry Clothes


The AF code appears when the dryer is started, clothes are taking too long to dry, and there is excessive lint inside the dryer drum.


The AF code (Air Flow) on a Cabrio Dryer is signaling that the machine does not have proper airflow. Dryers need to be able to pull in fresh air and expel humidity to be able to dry fabrics. The excessive lint inside the drum shows that the lint is not being drawn into your dryer filter because of the poor circulation of air.

Unobstructed airflow is not only essential to remove the excess moisture in clothes; it is also important because blocked vents can cause dryer fires.

  1. Clean Out the Dryer Vent System

    Clean out the vent between the dryer and the wall, as well as, the ductwork to the outside exhaust vent.

  2. Replace Older Dryer Vent Components

    If you have an older, accordion-style soft dryer vent hose, consider replacing it with a rigid dryer vent system. It is worth the time and cost for your family's safety and your utility costs..

Cabrio Start/Pause Button Not Working Correctly


The Start/Pause sensor button on the display panel does not work correctly.


Before calling a repair technician or starting a repair on any electrical component, run a diagnostic test to help determine the real issue.

  1. Run a Diagnostic Test

    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 eight seconds:

    1. Press and Release the first selected button
    2. Press and Release the second selected button
    3. Press and Release the third selected button
    4. Repeat this three-button sequence two more times

    If the key sequence was entered successfully, all indicators on the console are illuminated for five 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".

  2. Decipher the Fault Codes

    You can then use the fault code(s) shown to determine what is wrong by looking it up in the user or repair manual.

    Unfortunately, if one electrical component goes bad, the entire motherboard may need to be replaced.