How To Reset A Whirlpool Cabrio Washer (Knob and Touchscreen)

How To Reset A Whirlpool Cabrio Washer

Whirlpool is one of the leading washing machine brands in the world, and the Cabrio happens to be one of their most popular models. It’s true, year after year. However, once in a while, the Cabrio can run the risk of having mishaps and malfunctions. The good news about this is that you can fix many of the problems with a simple reset.

The fastest way is to do the following:

  • Turn off your washing machine, then set your dial mode to “NORMAL.”
  • Then, turn your dial counter-clockwise left for a click, then turn it clockwise for three clicks.
  • Switch it to counter-clockwise for another click, then turn it clockwise for another click. This should light up all the indicator lights.
  • Press “START/STOP,” then rotate the dial until Rinse, Wash, and Stop lights are all lit.
  • Turn the washer off and unplug it for 10 seconds. It should be reset when you turn it back on.

This method is considered to be the standard for all items that Whirlpool makes, but sometimes, it doesn’t always work with Cabrios. If you want to learn more about how to reset your washer using a different route, or what resetting can do for you, keep reading.

When Should You Reset Your Whirlpool Cabrio?

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to reset your Whirlpool Cabrio washer. The most common reason is because you keep getting an error message or because your washer is glitching out. Of course, if there’s anything going on with your washer that you can’t quite pinpoint, a reset will be a smart move for you to do.

Moreover, most washing machines will require a reset whenever there is a serious storm nearby. This is because power surges and spikes can cause electrical issues that need to be addressed. A reset will usually do the trick.

How Do You Use The Whirlpool Cabrio Reset Function?

If the idea of spinning around a dial like a super spy doesn’t appeal to you, then there’s another method that you can use to properly reset your Whirlpool Cabrio. Most washers in the Whirlpool Cabrio line will respond to a built-in reset function. To do it, follow these instructions below:

  1. Go to your display pad and touch any button you see there. This sends a signal to your Cabrio to clear the error code. You can also press “PAUSE/CANCEL” if you feel more comfortable doing that.
  2. Choose a cycle and press “START.” This might sound crazy, but yes, it’s part of the reset function. This also acts as a test to see if the light reset worked.
  3. If the error comes back, disconnect your washing machine from the power source. Wait for five minutes and let the machine settle itself.
  4. Plug it back in, and choose any cycle. Press “START” to kick off the empty load as a troubleshooting test. It should work from now on.
  5. If it still hasn’t reset, repeat steps three and four. If it doesn’t work a third time, try the more traditional method of resetting your washing machine.

Do All Cabrio Models Have This Reset Function?

Most do, but not all will. To find out how to reset your specific Whirlpool Cabrio washer, the best thing you can do is refer to your owner’s manual. They have clear, concise instructions that will show you exactly how to restart and revive your washer.

How Can You Tell If The Reset Worked?

The easiest way to see if a rest has worked is to perform a “dry run” by turning your washing machine on without any clothing in it. If the test run works and you don’t see an error message, chances are that the reset worked.

What Problems Will Resetting Your Washing Machine Fix?

This varies from machine to machine, but most repair crews agree that resetting does offer a fair amount of fixing assistance. When you reset a machine, you’re able to get rid of data-related or electrical-related issues. That’s why a lot of problems involving error messages “magically” go away when you reset a machine.

The general consensus is that a reset will help your washing machine return to its “starting point.” So if you made a mistake that involved setting the machine to a strange function or if your machine’s computer is glitching, A reset will do the trick.

What Problems Won’t Resetting Your Washing Machine Fix?

Resets are best for electrical issues dealing with sensors or your machine’s computer. If a reset doesn’t fix the issue, then you most likely have a mechanical problem at hand. This is the reason why most repairmen start their diagnostic by doing a reset. It helps them figure out what’s wrong.

If you have a mechanical issue like a leak, a bad motor, or a bad spinner, then you will have no luck with a reset. However, these types of issues tend to make themselves more noticeable through other signs,

Should You Call A Repairman Instead?

If you are doing a reset as part of a diagnostic, most of the time, you should be good to go on your own. However, there might be times where you need to skip the reset and just call a repairman as soon as you can. If any of the following are true, you need to call a repairman to see what’s going on:

  • Your washer is not turning on or refuses to reset. If the washing machine isn’t responding to reset commands, this could be a sign of something more serious. Call a repairman to see what’s going on.
  • You have performed a full troubleshooting session, with no results whatsoever. You’ve done the reset, you poked around to look for leaks, you’ve tried everything you know how to do…and yet nothing seems to have changed. Sounds familiar? If you’re at a loss, then you may need to call a repairman.
  • There’s a smell of smoke, or you see smoke emitting from your machine. This is not an electrical issue that can be fixed through a simple reset. It’s a serious fire hazard! Unplug your machine immediately and call a repairman. You may need to replace your machine altogether if there are signs of fire damage or other serious issues.
  • The washing machine or dryer was damaged by inclement weather or another insurance-backed reason. If you have a dryer that is insured, call a repairman and take photos to make sure that you can get your repairs paid for.
  • Water is pooling around your machine. This is indicative of a leak. A reset won’t be enough to fix it, and you might need to get a repairman to locate the origin of the leak.
  • You hear a loud, repeating clunking noise or grinding noise coming out of your machine when it’s turned on. This suggests that you might have a bad motor, or that your chamber’s spinner could potentially be out of whack. A repairman will be able to help out with this issue.

Related Questions

Is a Whirpool Cabrio a good washing machine?

The general consensus is that all Whirlpool products are high quality and reliable, especially when it comes to their range of washing machines. The Cabrio is deemed to be one of the highest-rated products when it comes to garment care and ease of use. If you are a fan of excellent energy-efficiency and reliability, then you’ll find the Cabrio to be a great pick.

Does the Whirlpool Cabrio have a filter?

The Whirlpool Cabrio uses filters in its design in order to prevent lint clogs and other issues in the wash. Unlike filters that you may have in your HVAC systems, these top-loading washers do not require you to replace the filter. So while you will have a filter, you will not have the maintenance that normally comes with it.

Why is my Whirlpool Cabrio unbalanced?

An unbalanced washing machine tends to be a sign of improper loading. This can be easily remedied though. When you load your Cabrio top-loader, make sure to spread the clothes evenly on the bottom of the machine. This prevents uneven washing and also can help prevent problems in your washing machine.

Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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