Question about Whirlpool WTW6400SW Cabrio Washer
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I work for an appliance repair company and I had a recent service call for the same exact situation on this washer. I also know that Rotary Position Sensor is linked to the F-51 error code. I have found that this is not always the case. On this paticular call the F-51 error code was caused by a piece of clothing (sock, wash cloth, etc.) being stuck or jammed between the internal basket and the outer tub. I removed the cloth and the washer ran fine, so give that a check first before you spend the money.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
The "F51" error code is common problem with the Cabrio. This is an RPS sensor error. The sensor is mounted along the motor windings under the washer and detects the rotation spin speed. The sensors on these units can go bad, causing the error code, and it has been a frequent problem. I would recommend you contact Whirlpool first (due to the unit only being a year old) and see if there is a recall or upgrade on this part. I believe there is. The repair would then be covered by the manufacturer. If I give you the steps to access and/or replace the sensor at this point, you may be voiding any existing warranty you may still have. Some components carry a longer warranty than your normal one year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Something you may consider.
If you have further questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you in some way.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
F then 51 flashes when there is a motor rotor position sensor (RPS) failure.
It can also be a defective control board false reporting an error which is common on these models.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
SOURCE: Washer stops and F 51 flashs
Hello, It is a rotor position sensor code. The control is no longer receiving
a signal from the motor. It can be a failed sensor or control, but
usually it is a bad connection where the wires plug on to the sensor.
Posted on Jun 11, 2010
The F51 error is a RPS (rotary position sensor) board failure where the control board looses contact with the RPS during the machines operation. The RPS uses hall effect sensors to determine the speed and direction of the drive motor, allowing the control board to constantly monitor the motors operation. Because this error is a communication error and not a mechanical error with the motor itself (that would be and F52 error) we can limit our trouble shooting to the three items that make up the RPS circuit, the control board, the wiring harness, and the RPS itself.
Posted on Apr 09, 2011
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