How to Fix Whirlpool Washer Sensing Light Flashing?

Whirlpool dryers and washers are highly efficient devices whose innovative technology makes it easier to wash and dry laundry in everyday life. However, these devices are not without errors and there are issues such as problems with the light sensor, which can occur in their operation. What to do when you notice a sensing light is flashing on your Whirlpool washing machine? In this article we’ll talk about that and how to fix it. So, let’s start!

How to Fix Whirlpool Washer Sensing Light Flashing?

How to Fix Whirlpool Washer Sensing Light Flashing? To fix the whirlpool washer sensing light flashing, you need to reset your appliance. First, access the technical datasheet and get the error code that is displayed on the console. To resolve this issue, use the instruction manual. Check if there is any blockage in the drain pump or impeller.

Although this problem is very common, and it can occur, you do not have to worry. Below we bring you instructions on how to find out what exactly is wrong with your Whirlpool washer and how to fix the difficulty.

For those who want to know more about washing machines, be sure to read How To Plumb-in A Washing Machine: 8 Things You Need To Do.

Why Is The Washer Blinking Sensing Light Activated?

Whirlpool washers sensing light activates when you start a device whose “water level” function is set to “auto-sensing”. After you turn it on, this option of the device estimates how much laundry there is in the washer and then makes a conclusion about how much water is needed to do that amount of washing. After performing the sensing, the washing machine will be filled with an required water level, and the process will start.

When sensing light blinks at the very beginning of the wash cycle, the washing machine is working well. However, if the cycle stops at the “sensing” option and the appliance does not start washing, this is a sign that there is a problem with the sensor light itself or with the amount of laundry you put in the washing machine. According to the instructions below, you can try to remove problems with flashing sensing lights.

Try To Reset Your Whirlpool Washer Machine

When trying to find out what problem is bothering your Whirlpool washer, you can look for help in the online database of manufacturer manuals which are very useful. Find a manual that exactly applies to your device model, considering that even in some basic performances, Whirlpool washers differ.

You can try to reset by turning off the device, unplugging it, and leaving it for about 20 minutes. Then reconnect the appliance, switch it on, lift and lower the cover six times in 12 seconds. Then the washer should be reset. Another option to reset is to do so by following the instructions in the manual that came with the device. After resetting, start a new wash cycle to check if the sensing light is still flashing.

How To Do Diagnostic And Find the Error Code?

There are several reasons for the unusual behavior of your Whirlpool washer. The sooner you discover the problem, the less time you will spend trying to figure out exactly what is wrong. Like all devices today, Whirlpool washers throw out an error code on the control panel screen when you have trouble, with which you can detect a fault. Here are the instructions on how to find the error code for your device:

  1. Use mode dial to access the device diagnostics. 
  2. Set the ‘Normal’ option. 
  3. Turn the dial once to the left, three times to the right, once to the left, and once to the right. 
  4. An error code will appear on the technical data screen that you can use.

Use the error code to know how to repair the device yourself or when the repair service asks you what is wrong with the device. The device’s code not only detects what is wrong with the washer. With its help, you can also find out how to fix the problem.

Try the Spin and Drain Functions

Sometimes it is difficult for the user to access the device diagnostics. If your Whirlpool washer stopped in the middle of a wash cycle, sensing light is flashing, and you are unable to get the diagnostics, try removing all water from the washing machine. You can do this by activating the spin function. After emptying the washer of water, if the drum of your Whirlpool washer does not rotate, there is a possibility that the problem is in the shift actuator

Once you replace the actuator, it will probably be easier for you to access the device diagnostics and thus find a solution to your problem. However, if you cannot drain the water from your Whirlpool washer, you will not be able to start the spin option, or the appliance will not start the wash cycle. When this situation happens to you, read the text below.

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Look For Blockages In Your Washer Pump, Impeller, Drain Hose

It is normal for lint to build up in your washer, and small items such as buttons or hairpins often lag inside the washer. Therefore, the drain can become clogged even though you regularly maintenance the drain pipes and all internal parts of the appliance.

Check the washer for blockages and remove them so that it is possible to drain the water. Detaching the drain hose is not difficult, but when you suspect a problem with the impeller or pump, it would be best to seek the help of a professional. To clean the impeller and pump device, you must disassemble, remove the parts, clean them, and put them back in place after cleaning.

Replace Broken Parts Based on Error Code

If you love DIY projects and believe that you can successfully repair home appliances, you can try to replace the parts in your washer to eliminate the difficulty of operating the appliances. But there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Replace the part yourself only if the error code explicitly tells you which part you need.
  • Buy only the parts that are specified for your washer model. Which model of Whirlpool washer you have is indicated on the inside of the washer cover. You can search for parts also by using the device brand and model designation.

Most Common Reasons for Faulty Drain/Spin Functions

When sensing light blinks, the device has a problem with a spin, drain, or some other function. Whirlpool washers users most often report problems that can be easily fixed if you know what you are doing when you start a repair.  While it is great that the problem with Whirlpool washers can be detected using the error code, it is useful to know all the possible reasons why a drain or spin function fails.

Water from your Whirlpool washer will not drain if:

  • Blockage in the hose or drain pump.
  • The drain hose is coiled, twisted or bent.
  • The coin trap is clogged with small objects forgotten in clothes.
  • Since washer will work only when the door/lid is full closed and locked, washer stops when door won’t close. That means door lock/lid switch assembly of the device is defective.
  • Problem with water pump belt. Its damaged or worn out.

Some of these difficulties are only possible in certain Whirlpool washer models. 

When the faulty spin function does not work on the washer, be sure to check:

  • If the lid switch/door lock switch assembly/lid switch assembly is working as it supposed to. If not, your need to fix that problem.
  • If the door latch fully close the device when shut.
  • If the motor coupling is hole and working.
  • If the motor board for control transmits and receives power to the motor of washer.
  • If the drive belt is damaged or loose.

In order for your washer to work again, broken parts must be repaired or replaced. Some washer parts are subject to electrical and mechanical failures. You need to check whether the current is coming into the lid/door assemblies by using a multimeter. If any switches are found to be faulty, replace them and then check if the device is working properly. 

If you think you can’t figure out what the problem is with your washer, seek professional help. Sometimes you’ll need to seek professional help to solve the problem.

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FAQ: People Also Ask

Why is my washer stuck on sensing mode?

When the Kenmore HE Washer device is blocked on the Sensing Cycle option and does not start the wash cycle, the most common cause of failure is one of these parts: Inlet Valve Tap is in OFF position, Failed Water Inlet Valve, Shift Actuator not changing position or malfunctioned control board.

How to reset the sensor on a Whirlpool washing machine?

Turn the dial until the lamp lights up in front of the STOP, RINSE and WASH functions. Then the washer should be turned off and disconnected from the power system. Be sure to wait around 10 seconds and then turn on the device.

How long do sensing on a Whirlpool washer stay on?

It is normal for the washer to be in sensing mode for only two to three minutes before it is filled with water. After that, the appliance will mix the laundry briefly and stop it again to absorb water. This process is repeated until a sufficient amount of water is found in the washer drum.

How to reset the Whirlpool Cabrio Top load washer?

Press the ‘Start’ button and turn the dial until the STOP, WASH, and RINSE lights illuminate at the same time. Then unplug the device, wait only 10 minutes, and turn it on again.

Final Thoughts

Whirlpool washers are used in many households around the world. Like all other products, they have their drawbacks and can be defective. A solution to many errors and problems can be found in online manuals. So when you have a problem with a washer at least try to find a solution yourself before hiring a professional. This way you will not only save money, but you will also learn something. I hope that this article has helped you, and also be sure to check other posts on our site.


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