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
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
Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer Disassembly Guide
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.
Whirlpool Duet Washer Door Gasket Replacement
Whirlpool Duet front loading washer will not run
Front Load Washing Machine Vibration Problems
Frontload washer won’t pump out
Why HE detergent in front loading washers?
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)
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
Note that there is no information on repairing the older belt driven washers
on this website.
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