Troubleshooting Whirlpool Dryer Problems and Repairs

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Whirlpool is a leading brand of washers and dryers in the United States. As with any appliance, there can be problems and a need for repairs. Through the years, The Spruce Laundry readers have shared their operating problems with Whirlpool dryers and asked for help. Most of the questions and solutions pertain to any Whirlpool dryer including the Whirlpool Cabrio models. Perhaps their solutions will help you as well.

Problem with Whirlpool Dryer Interior Light

Reader Question:

The interior light in my Whirlpool Dryer (model LE10000PQO) will not come on even after we replaced the bulb. Could there be a fuse that is not working? The dryer otherwise works great. It is a electric dryer it is about eight years old. I purchased it two years ago used. I replaced the door switch two months ago but the light just stopped comming on on week ago.

The Spruce Laundry Response:

The door switch and the interior light control electrical systems are on the same circuit. When you replaced the door switch, it is possible that the connection to the light control was not done correctly or has come loose. Check the wiring and that should take care of the problem.

Whirlpool Dryer Beeps Continuously

Reader Question:

My Whirlpool dryer seems to be making a beeping sound every few minutes which sounds like a bird chirping sound or the sound of a smoke detector when the battery is low.

What could be the problem since we have never had this problem before. We cleaned the dryer filter and then pulled it out and tried cleaning the area below the filter thinking that could be the problem but still continues.

The Spruce Laundry Response:

Unfortunately, the beeping is a result of a bad control panel.

Unplugging or resetting the dryer will not solve the problem. The board will need to be replaced or, if you are handy with tools and electronics, here is a fix. If you need a user or repair manual, you can find it here and buy replacement parts from Amazon.


Whirlpool Dryer Timer Will Not Advance Or Stop On Any Cycle

Reader Question:

I recently cleaned the cycle knob on my Whirlpool dryer and now it will not advance or stop on any of the cycles. The dryer cycles run and the dial advances until it gets to the end; but will not advance to OFF.

The Spruce Response:

I don't think the dial cleaning is the issue. First, run a test to help determine the issue. Run a cycle on the Air or Timed Setting to see if the dryer stops. If won't stop on those cycles, then you need a new timer.

If it does stop on those cycles but not on others then the issue is the temperature sensor in the dryer, and you probably need a new timer resistor. If you need a user or repair manual, you can find it here and buy replacement parts from Amazon..

Whirlpool Dryer Makes Buzzing Noise When Running

Reader Question:

I have a Whirlpool dryer (model GEQ9800LW1) that is currently malfunctioning. I've replaced quite a couple of components - the motor and blower wheel - that I thought were the culprits, but it is still happening.

When I turn it on, the dryer makes a loud buzzing noise. The drum, motor, and blower wheel all spin; however, after about ten seconds the dryer turns itself off. The timer is still going after it shuts down, and if I press the start button again it will turn on but ultimately will turn off after ten seconds. The drum rollers are in good shape, the belt is in good shape, I was wondering what it could be causing this trouble.

The Spruce Laundry Response:

The buzzing noise is usually caused by something is binding the drum and keeping it from turning freely. But the turning off after a few seconds sounds like an electrical problem. Have you checked each component with a voltage meter to see if they are receiving the correct amount of current? Start with the timer switch and check each one independently.

Also, be sure the thermal fuse is still good. If you need a user or repair manual, you can find it here and buy replacement parts from Amazon here.

Whirlpool Dryer Heats But Drum Does Not Turn

Reader Question:

My Whirlpool Dryer Model LHE 5800 - older model - has always worked before this problem began. Now my dryer heats and makes a humming noise, but the drum does not rotate. I'm wondering if it is worth attempting to have it repaired or whether to replace it with a new dryer. I'm wondering how much a service call will cost and what might need to be repaired (ie. a belt or the motor?)

The Spruce Laundry Response:

It does sound like the drum belt has either broken or slipped off its track. Dryer belts are inexpensive and easy to replace if you are handy with tools. If you need a user or repair manual, you can find it here and buy replacement parts from Amazon here. Since it is heating, a repair should be much less expensive than a new dryer.