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Error code CA and CL -- washer stops during a normal cycle and shows these codes. What does this mean? This is a Whirlpool Calypso washer.

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  • morris1615 Jul 31, 2010

    Our Whirlpool Calypso washer stops during a normal cycle and shows an error code "CA" or "CL" -- what does this mean and how can I determine what to check to correct the problem?

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The CA code means that the average current draw at the motor winding has exceeded 5.55 amps for more than two seconds. This could mean a problem with the drive motor, the thermal protector, or the motor controller board. Overloading the washer can also cause this fault. Page 57 of the manual gives specific tests for the drive motor and wiring harness. Start there.

CA or Cl

Average Current Limit or Instantaneous Curent Limit

If a status signal comes back from the motor controller that a current limit has been breached, the unit will return to standby mode and display either CA for average current limit trip or Cl for instantaneous current limit trip.

Average current trip occurs if there is a 2 second average of current draw greater than 5.55 amps at the motor windings.

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, or motor controller. Over-loading the unit may cause this problem.

Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display

Repair Manual

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/2c1e295a88aaaae885256c5d004632a4/$FILE/8178010.pdf

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Hi there,

Well the error code CA and CL present If a status signal comes back from the motor controller that a current limit has been breached, the unit will return to standby mode and display either CA for average current limit trip or Cl for instantaneous current limit trip.
Average current trip occurs if there is a 2 second average of current draw greater than 5.55 amps at the motor windings. 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, or motor controller. Over-loading the unit may cause this problem.

Solution: Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display.

Good Luck!!

Thanks

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

  • morris1615 Jul 31, 2010

    When you push Stop/Cancel, this stops the entire cycle.



    Where do we start in trying to determine what the problem is? -- motor controls, thermal control, etc.

  • Mukesh Kumar Jul 31, 2010

    Please follow the below link to know how to check the motor controller -


    http://www.applianceaid.com/pictures/Cal...

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