Whirlpool Washer Repair Guide

This Whirlpool washer repair guide will help you diagnose and repair Whirlpool direct drive washer models as well as Whirlpool front load washer models. Whirlpool washers have been around for a very long time and they are here to stay. They are very reliable, well built machines. But as with everything there will be breakdowns and with help from this guide you can make your own Whirlpool washer repair. Washer repair is typically not hard and all you need is a little push in the right direction and you will be well on your way to a successful repair.

This page includes Whirlpool made brands such as Roper, Estate, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jen-air.



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Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer Repair

This section of the Whirlpool washer repair guide talks about Whirlpool direct drive washer models. The whirlpool direct drive washer has been around since the 80’s and is still made today. Generally speaking repairs are often cheap and easy, so with a little guidance you can make the repair and avoid costly repair bills. The most challenging part about Whirlpool washer repair is that most people don’t know how and can’t figure out how to dismantle it. Really it is simple to disassemble but if you don’t know the tricks it can be a pain. This page will help you learn how to disassemble a whirlpool direct drive washer

Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer Disassembly Guide




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The first step in Whirlpool washer repair is to figure out the exact symptoms of the washer. Is it washing but not spinning, spinning but not washing, leaking or it is not spinning or washing but pumping out. Figure out the exact symptoms and choose the link that best describes the problem.

Whirlpool washer leaking

Whirlpool washer will agitate but won’t spin

Whirlpool washer won’t spin or agitate


Whirlpool washer will spin but won’t agitate


Whirlpool agitator repair


Whirlpool washer won't rinse


Below is a page about replacing and testing Whirlpool washer lid switches on both direct drive washers as well as the new VMW washers.

Whirlpool Washer Lid Switch Repair And Replacement


Whirlpool Front Load Washer Repair

Whirlpool front load washer models have become increasing popular over the past few years. The mechanics of these washers are fairly simple and straightforward so with a little guidance from this guide and a little mechanical ability you should have no problem making a Whirlpool washer repair on your front load washer. The electronics can be a little tricky and they have built-in codes, which you have to interpret. The best thing to do if you have an electrical problem is to locate the washer’s mini manual, which is typically located behind the bottom panel. Use the manual along with this guide to help you repair your Whirlpool front load washer.

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Front Load Washing Machine Vibration Problems


Frontload washer won’t pump out


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Maytag Washer Repair

Since Maytag is now owned by Whirlpool, I decided to include them on this page. However, these pages are Maytag washers that were made before they were bought out by Whirlpool around 2006.

There are two types of Maytag washers I talk about and they are the Herrin style and the Newton style. The Newton style is the older style and it had two belts; one for the pump and one for the main drive. The Herrin is the newer style with one belt for both the pump and the main drive.

Maytag washer with two belts not running Newton


Maytag washer with two belts agitator lifts up during wash/not agitating.


Maytag washer with one belt not running Herrin


Maytag washer leaking


Maytag Tub Seal Replacement (two belt models)




Is my washer belt driven or a direct drive washer?

Whirlpool direct drive washers make up most Whirlpool top-load washers made since sometime in the 80’s. Before that Whirlpool washers were belt driven and now they have came out with another belt driven washer that will eventually take the place of the direct drive washer. Before you attempt a repair it will be very important that you know which of these types of washers you have. The newer belt driven washers don’t utilize a braking system therefore they need a lid lock. If your washer has a lock that automatically locks the lid during a spin cycle then you have the newer Whirlpool belt driven washer.

If the lid doesn’t lock then you more than likely have a Whirlpool direct drive washer unless you think there may be a chance the washer was made in or before the 80’s then you may have the older belt driven washer. The easiest and quickest way to tell is to look behind the washer. The older belt driven washers had a small access panel on the back that is about two foot by two foot that allows you to access the mechanics. There will also be an access panel for the console. If there are no access panels then you have a direct drive washer.(See picture)



So lets review:

If your Whirlpool (or Whirlpool made) washer has no access panel on the back and the lid doesn’t lock then you have a Whirlpool direct drive washer.

If your Whirlpool (or Whirlpool made) washer has a lid lock that locks the lid during spin you have the newer Whirlpool belt driven washer.

If your Whirlpool (or Whirlpool made) washer was made in or before the 80’s and has two access panels on the back then you have the older Whirlpool belt driven washer.

Note that there is no information on repairing the older belt driven washers on this website.

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