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5L error code

My Whirlpool Calypso washing machine stopped and an error message saying 5L displayed. What does this mean?

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  • anawil Feb 26, 2008

    I have been having the same problem. I first had a ob THEN I got an 5L what can I do to solve this problem?

    Need help!!!

  • chuckkel Feb 28, 2008

    Same problem but my error code looks more like a SL, not 5L. Could just be the LED layout. SL seems more correct (Spin Load?) since it will not spin to get rid of the excess water in the clothes.

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2008

    Same thing. It doesn't spin the water out and L5 keeps flashing. I've got a tank full of sopping wet clothes!!!

  • rscarborough Mar 04, 2008

    I have the same problem, but it looks like my error code says "FL" -- which I equate with flooded, given that the water is just sitting there and the machine keeps beeping at me.

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2008

    Help, Mine keeps saying sL or ld ...I paid extra $ I didn't really have so I wouldn't have these problems...My budget is so tight because I only have one income, any suggestions on what I can do to fix this problem?

  • TiffD Mar 26, 2008

    I have the same problem as well! The machine just stopped and now it's half full of water and flashing 5L. Actually, mine makes a weird buzzing noise and when I turn it off it sounds like a motor running down.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    mine is doing the same. once it gets to spin cycle it stops!! someone told me it is some tyoe of sensor. please help.......

  • sweetkate78 Mar 05, 2009

    a 5l message comes up after spinning. what does is mean and how can i fix it ??

  • Gary Davd
    Gary Davd May 11, 2010

    I will pull the book and get back to you on that

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    what does error 5 mean when washing with a thermocool washing machine as it was display on the screen in the process of washing

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    What does gl mean

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Error E2 displaying how restart the machine?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    it starts the program load water and then stops writting E8

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I will pull the book and get back to you today

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We got error code SL or it may have been 5L...not sure but it was after the Ld code..what does that mean?


this is a long or slow drain issue you will need to check the drain pump for obstructions.

Feb 02, 2011 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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I HAVE A L 5 ERROR CODE ON MY WASHER AND IT WILL NOT WORK WE HAD THE WATER PUMP REPLACED BUT IT STILL HAVE THE SAME MESSAGE ITS A CALYPSO WHIRLPOOL


L5 means it cannot sense the lid open or closed.
Lid switch is likely bad.

This error code may also be used if there is a disagreement between the motor and machine controllers on the state of the lid switch. The control should not allow the unit to run in this condition. This code will also appear if the user presses the START key while the lid is open. Open the lid or press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display.

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Aug 26, 2010 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Calypso Washer is not washing clothes or spinning; getting LF error message. Water is going into the machine but no washing action.


Hi There
I'm Sending you the fault codes. Hope this helps you and get you in the right direction.

LF Long Fill If the water fill time exceeds ten minutes, the water valves are turned off and LF is flashed.

Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display. Thank you for writing to fix ya.
Best regards Richard

Dec 11, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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I have an error message that reads ob. I have an


OB MEANS OFF BALANCE if the motor controller detects an unrecoverable off-blance condition, the machine controller will shut down and display ob. the lid switch must be opened at least once before restarting the cycle if this condition occurs. opening the lid will allow you to view and redistribute the load. press stop/cancel to clear the display. hope this helps.

Oct 27, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Machine won't work it says C1 message. pls advice.


On Whirlpool Calypso washers that is probably not a "1" but is the letter i. The code "CI" is the fault code that indicates "Instantaneous Current Limit". Instantaneous current trip occurs if there is a spike of 26 amps instantly at the motor windings.

This may signify problems with the drive motor, thermal protector (fuse), or motor controller. Overloading the washer may cause this condition. Press stop/cancel to clear the display. Hope this helped you.

Jul 21, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Calypso washer machine


Off Balance. From the service manual (you can google error codes for these machines), if the motor controller detects an unrecoverable off-balance condition, the machine controller will shut down and display an "ob" for off balance. The lid switch must be opened at least once before restarting the cycle, if this condition occurs. Opening the lid will allow you to view and redistribute the load. Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display.

Feb 27, 2009 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Calypso displaying SL or5L messages, did you get it fixed?


I see at least 2 of these a week. 9 out of 10 times, it's the pump. If the u-joint is bad, it will put strain on the motor causing it to think it's overloaded as well.

Jul 12, 2008 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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SL or 5L error codes, Fixed?


Sorry, I haven't. In fact, I started to use my older washing machine, because I got someone to fix this one and it still wouldn't work. He told me that the newer models are not built to last, and that they are purposely built to break down and need constant fixing. Good luck.

Jul 12, 2008 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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Kenmore Elite Calypso Washer


I'm in the process of tearing apart my Calypso, Ugh. I found the diagnostic chart inside the machine. 5L is actually 'SL' which means suds lock, and can be an indicator of a failed pump, an extra heavy load, excessive detergent, or excessive suds. Corrective action is to press Stop/Cancel to clear the display.

Mar 26, 2008 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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