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Right now I can't get the washer on . When I hit the control on button, select an cycle it doesn't turn on after a few seconds the fault code dl f comes on....For the fault code f 11 that comes on right before the spin or rinse cylce please help Been like this for a couple of months for the f 11, just a day for the dl f code

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  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2008

    Exactly the same problem

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2008

    I thought F DL meant failure door lock. That is the way I was going to tackle it. Would that be a waste of time?

  • gaz2 Jun 01, 2008

    got fault code f11 on whirlpool AWM8123/1 washing machine, anybody know what this is ?

  • Yvetta Watson Jun 15, 2008

    In the begining I too had the DL-F code. Had the repairman out to fix it. (expesive too)!!!!! Now I have the F-11 code. The unit works fine untill about 1-2 mins from the end of the final spin cycle. I used to be able to get it going again by hitting the canceal button until it stops flashing, & it reads back to the last 1 or 2 mins left. From there I then push & hold the start button (about 5sec). Wait another 5sec, then I hear a click & it starts up right were it left (stopped) off. But, today (6-14-08) it will not even do that. It just will not click & start. Now it will just start beeping AGAIN, untill I hit the canceal button, like I was going to repeat the same steps AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

  • MNMWNUTZ Dec 18, 2008


  • nickle28 Dec 28, 2008

    I have the same problem and this is the 3rd time we have had it fixed in a year! I am really disappointed with this washer.



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Here is more information on this problem, and how to fix it yourself.

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Chances are it is the slightly corroded connectors. Remove the top lid. Carefully label/record the connectors to the control unit at the back. Remove it completely. Be sure to ground yourself first to eliminate static shocks. Remove the printed circuit board and just "clean" the connectors with a pencil erasor.

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We have had the exact same problems, f-11 code, f-dl code have had repairman out 3 times and they replaced the door lock actuator, works for a week and then the same thing all over again

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I thought F DL meant Failure Door Lock. That is the way I was going to tackle it. Would doing that be a waste of time?

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It looks as if your having a communication problem between your central control unit and your motor control unit.check wiring connection between these two components.if wiring is ok then you will have determine which of these components is can also remove kick plate and remove service manual located on either side at bottom.this should give you some help.

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