Question about Whirlpool AWM8143 Front Load Washer
My machine is cutting out around the wash end-rinse start. I have watched it and machine tends to start some sort of spin during wash or rinse then conks out, flashes F06. It is almost like the load is out of balance, it tries to correct it, can't, so gives up. I've never had out of balance issues before. My machine is 4 years old. Sometimes I have re-set to just rinse/drain option and that haS completed the wash for me. Now it just conks out in all the cycles, once it has done it already. Occasionally I will get a clean run with no issues. I have checked and cleaned the filter on numerous occasions.
I had this same problem, an intermittent F06 fault. The F06 code means a tachometer fault. After some fault-finding, I did manage to fix it. If this error code happens to you and you know a bit about electronics, try taking apart the timer and looking for dry joints between the main board and the perpendicularly-mounted microprocessor board. Over time vibration can cause the soldered joints between the two boards to crack and fail intermittently. 10 minutes to disassemble plus 2 minutes with a soldering iron could save you a $400 repair bill.
The service manual is available for download on the web if you google hard enough. If you have a CRO available, the tacho waveform should be a nicely-formed sine wave with a frequency proportional to the RPM.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
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