Question about Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer
"Fdl" is a door lock error code. This could be an indication of a loose door latch, a defective door latch mechanism, or a problem with the wiring harness from the Central Control Unit (CCU) to the door latch.
At the control panel select:
and under OPTIONS press any key (has the be the same key) 4 times.
This places the washer into diagnostics mode. "C00" should be displayed on the screen and you should hear a distinctive "click" of the door latch. If diagnostics passes, the washer will run through a series of tests, tumble, drain and then spin. When completed, the unit will make an audible "beep" and the CLEAN light will be lit. If diagnostics fails (the door latch will attempt to lock 6 times before generating a fault code), UNPLUG the washer and remove the top cover. Remove the three screws holding the top panel in place on the back of the washer. Once the screws are removed, the panel slides back then off. Inspect the wiring harness to the door latch and make sure the latch is not loose (mounted to the right-hand side of the door frame).
NOTE: You can stop diagnostics at any time by pressing the PAUSE/CANCEL button.
If you determine the door latch is not loose, and you've checked all the connections from the CCU to the latch, you may have to replace the door latch assembly. Go to searspartsdirect.com and type in your COMPLETE model number in the Search menu. The part will be found under the "Door and Latch Parts" heading as item number 7. To replace, follow these instructions:
1. Unplug washer.
2. Remove the outer portion of the door bellow. This is the gray rubber boot around the door. Feel around the edge of the door bellow where it attaches to the front of the washer. You will find a wire retaining hoop in the seam between the rubber and the front case. Follow this wire hoop to the bottom of the door bellow and you will find a tension spring. Carefully, stretch this spring apart and remove the wire hoop.
3. Pull the rubber bellow from the door facing on the front of the washer being careful not to rip or tear it. Once removed, fold the rubber backwards inside the drum so you can access behind the front panel. DO NOT remove the rubber bellow from the wash tub.
4. The door latch assembly is located behind the front panel of the washer on the right hand side. Locate and remove the three screws on the washer front that hold the door latch assembly in place. The whole assembly should come free from the washer front and be held by a plastic mounting bracket and several wire connectors.
5. Carefully remove the latch assembly from the plastic mounting bracket BEFORE attempting to unplug any wires. It makes it much easier to access if you do.
6. Unplug the wire connectors using care not to break any of the wires. You may want to write them down, but I believe they will only plug into their respective slots.
7. Remove the old door latch and install the new one in the reverse order of the steps I just presented to you. Plug the wires back in first, then place the whole assembly back into the plastic mounting bracket, and then reattach to the front of the washer.
8. Now, when you get the reinstalling the rubber door boot, you may want to get the assistance of a second pair of hands as it can be difficult sometimes to manipulate the wire retainer back into place. Carefully reattach the rubber bellow to the door facing on the front of the washer first.
9. Starting at the top of the door bellow at the 12 o'clock position begin inserting the wire hoop back into the groove. Work your way around with both hands to the 4 and 8 o'clock positions. (This is where you could use those second pair of hands). While holding a slight downward tension on the wire hoop to keep it in place, pull the tension spring apart enough to snap the remaining part of the hoop into place at the bottom.
Once you've completed these steps make sure the door closes and latches properly. NEVER slam a door with an electronic latch. They can break easily.
Now plug the washer back in and run diagnostics again.
Good luck to you and let me know if you have any further questions.
Posted on Apr 14, 2008
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