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Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer 3 months old

I'm getting a AF code? What does this mean?

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  • Cabdryer Mar 18, 2008

    Just after 1 week, the AF code came on and is on everytime we use the dryer. Usually comes on after 5-7 minutes. Now the dryer does not dry the clothes. We chave to call repairman.



    Never had any problems with the working 10 yr Whirlpool we gave away to buy this one! Same ducting, same route for ducting, same usage.



    Almost makes/forces you to buy foreign.

  • ldbrunson Dec 29, 2008

    My dryer is less than a year old and is doing the same thing.  I always clean the lint trap--every time I dry.  I have checked the duct and outside.  Please let me know if this can be fixed!!


  • TomballTX Feb 18, 2009

    The AF code keeps flashing on my dryer too...it goes off for a while and then comes back on...it does seem to be drying the clothes though.

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"AF" is a restricted air flow condition. You say you've only had your dryer for 3 months, but have you ever cleaned the ducting? You need to check the lint screen after every load, AND you need to perform routine cleaning of the dryer venting (inside the dryer, as well as the vent line from the dryer to where it exits the house) about every three months. If left in this condition, the dryer heating circuitry will eventually failed and/or you could cause a fire hazard. An easy way to check to see if you have a clog somewhere is to remove the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer. Run the dryer to see if you have air flow coming from the back of the unit. The air should be about 140 degrees F and forceful. Check to see if the error comes back. If everything runs fine, then you know the problem exists in the vent line between the dryer and where it exits the house. If you still have problems, you will need to unplug the dryer, remove the back panel and inspect the interior for clogs. At least you have a dryer that warns you when the air flow become restricted or blocked. Most dryers will continue to run until they overheat or fail. I hope this information is helpful. Post back with your comments and let me know.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

  • sremick161 May 17, 2011

    Mine is doing the same thing...AF codes and the clothes don't dry...my unit is less than a year old and cost $1000.00!!! Not acceptable...

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    Dawn Green Feb 14, 2014

    We have pulled ours apart and cleaned everything and have even run it with no vent attached to it and it still starts to pop this code

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SOLUTION!... Blower pulley coming unscrewed

I was getting an AF code after 6 months of ownership and ended up making a service. The guy who came out fixed it on the spot, saying that it was a common problem with dryers of these type. Here what I learned:

If you've already verified that you are not experiencing blockage in your air vent and your lint trap is empty follow these instructions.

Remove the rear vent from the whatever external venting you have. Turn on the dryer and place your hand over the rear vent to feel for air flow. If there is very little air flow then chances are the pulley on your blower has come off. These are mounted on the rotor bolt of the blower and have a tendency to come unscrewed over time. To fix this you'll need to remove the front panel of your dryer, screw back on the pulley, and place the belt back on.

To take off the front panel, after unplugging the dryer, you'll need to first lift the top panel. To do this, there are two tabs under the lip of the top panel, one on the left and one on the right. You can use a flat head screw driver to push in the tab and lift the top panel, one side at a time. Lift the front of the top panel and rest it on the dryer control panel. Next remove the two screws, one on each side of the drum on the inside of the front panel. Now you can open your dryer front panel like a door. At this point you should be able to see if the pulley and belt have come off. If so, remove the lint screen and metal vent guide, and screw the pulley back on the blow rotor bolt. I suggest using some Loctite on the threading to keep this from happening again. Finally, place the belt back on the two pulleys, one on the motor and one on the blower. Reassemble your dryer, plug it in and verify you now have proper air flow out the rear vent.

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  • lmarie1006 Aug 03, 2012

    Thank you so much! I was so happy to find your reply. All other sites told me to check the lint trap and such, but then we noticed that there was not any air coming from the rear vent of the dryer. We followed your directions on how to open the front of the dryer and the pulley and rotor bolt were off. We put them back on and all was fixed!! Thanks so much!!

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    Dawn Green Feb 15, 2014

    thank you thank you thank you we have a dryer!

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This code (AF) means that the Airflow from the dryer is restricted. Check behind the dryer and make sure the venting is not crushed or smashed. If the venting is the older white plastic type, it will crush or lay flat easily, it is also NOT approved for use any longer as a venting tube for dryers. Best to replace it with either solid aluminum or a short length of aluminum flex venting. If it looks OK then you may have lint built up in the venting in the house or possibly the flapper at the vent hood on the outside of the house is not opening properly. Make sure the diameter of the venting going away from the dryer is at least 4", Dryers typically have a 30 foot max length on venting, and for each elbow, you must subtract 10 feet off the total. ( IE: 2 elbows and 10 feet of straight run = 30 feet effective length)

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AF = get yourself a different model. Seriously though, even though it technically means insufficient airflow, search the web. This model has PLENTY of posts about the AF code. Mine started doing it (only five months old) with no regularity. I even installed an inline booster fan with pressure start switch sufficient for any dryer out there and it still gives the code. I have my second service call in. By the way, the vent is spotless to the roof. I have no doubt whirlpool knows of this issue but is playing dumb when you call. I got the standard script read to me every time I called. First chance I get to get rid of this thing....it's gone....

Good luck....

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If your venting is not the cause of your problem, as described by those earlier replies, then call Whirlpool factory service. All repairs should be made for free under the 1 year warranty.

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