How To Reset A Whirlpool Duet Dryer (Quickly & Easily!)

Gary Evans
by Gary Evans

Whirlpool has been in the business of producing home appliances for a long time. Among their more popular offerings are their washers and dryers. Their Duet Dryer has long been a popular purchase among homeowners and you may have one in your home too.

From time to time, your Duet Dryer may run into some problems. It’s possible that the fix for the issue plaguing your dryer involves nothing more than a quick reset. Resetting your Whirlpool Duet Dryer is very easy. All you have to do is turn it off and unplug it. Keep the dryer unplugged for at least one minute, plug it back in, then switch it on to finish the process.

Properly resetting your Whirlpool Duet Dryer could help resolve the issue you’re currently dealing with. Learn how to reset your Whirlpool Dryer properly and pick up more details on other related topics by reading on.

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How to Reset Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer

Resetting often works as a quick fix for many issues that affect electronic appliances. There’s a reason why the phrase “have you tried turning it off and on again” has become such a common suggestion.

Although it seems like such a simple fix, it’s hard to deny the fact that it can be effective. Resetting can work on so many appliances in and around the home. Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer is not an exception to that.

So, how do you reset a Whirlpool Duet Dryer? You can start by turning it off completely. After confirming that the Duet Dryer has been shut off, go ahead and unplug it. Keep the dryer unplugged for at least one minute. Don’t worry if you left it unplugged for over a minute because it should still reset properly.

Now that enough time has passed, plug the Duet dryer back in. Finish up by switching the appliance back on and checking if it’s working normally. If, for whatever reason, you cannot unplug the dryer easily, there is another way to reset it. Head to your home’s circuit breaker and find the switch that controls the outlet for your Whirlpool dryer.

Switch off that circuit breaker for at least one minute. Turn it back on then check on your Whirlpool dryer again to see if that did the trick.

We want to clarify that resetting is not going to fix any and all problems that affect your Whirlpool Duet Dryer. However, it can be a reliable fix for some of the more common issues which affect that aforementioned appliance.

What Issues Can Resetting Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer Fix?

Resetting your Whirlpool Duet Dryer can serve as a reliable fix for the appliance’s F01 error. The F01 error can be caused by a variety of factors. More often than not though, the error pops up as a result of some kind of power supply issue.

The Duet Dryer may detect the incorrect amount of power during a power surge or a power outage. As a result of that, the dryer will display the F01 error code. Don’t worry though because that issue can be fixed through resetting.

The F01 error code may also appear if you entered commands too quickly. Hitting buttons before the Whirlpool Duet Dryer properly powers up can be an issue. Thankfully, you can also fix that by resetting the dryer.

The Other Potential Causes of the F01 Error

If the F01 error was caused by a power outage or buttons being pressed too early, resetting the dryer will help. Those are not the only potential causes of that error though.

In this section, we’ll detail the other reasons why your Whirlpool dryer may present that error code. We’ll also talk about the ways you can address those issues.

The Issue: A Blown Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse on your Whirlpool Duet Dryer is an essential component. It’s supposed to stop the dryer’s temperature from exceeding a certain level. Without it in place, the dryer can overheat and you can easily imagine how poorly things may turn out from there.

You can check if your Whirlpool dryer has a blown thermal fuse by inspecting it directly. Look for the dryer’s bottom access panel and open it up. You will also have to remove the wires positioned close to the thermal fuse.

With the wires out of the way, you can inspect the thermal fuse using a multimeter. If the needle on your multimeter does not move, that means you have a blown fuse.

The Fix

You will have to replace the blown thermal fuse before you can start using the Whirlpool dryer again. Replacement fuses are available online and you can purchase one for about five bucks.

The Issue: A Broken Door Switch

The door switch on your Whirlpool Duet Dryer must be triggered if you want to use that appliance. You can tell that the door switch is engaged if you hear a clicking noise. You may also feel the door lock in place thanks to the switch.

Unfortunately, the door switch on your dryer can wear down over time. Once it wears down enough, it may stop your Whirlpool dryer from working as intended.

Similar to the thermal fuse, this is another part of the dryer you can test with a multimeter. No movement from the multimeter during testing indicates that the door switch is busted.

The Fix

Replacing the door switch on your Whirlpool dryer is your only option at this point. Check out the manual included with your Duet Dryer to see the part number for the door switch. That should allow you to quickly track down a replacement.

The Problem: A Malfunctioning Belt Switch/Drive Belt

The drive belt plays a big role in drying your clothes. It keeps the drum of your dryer in motion and helps drain the water away.

Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer won’t be able to do its job if there’s something wrong with the drive belt. Issues with the belt switch can also stop you from using your dryer.

To find out if the problem is related to the drive belt or the belt switch, you can perform a test. Turn your dryer on and listen closely to it. If you hear a humming noise, that means the switch is working but the belt is not. You can also check if there’s something wrong with the drive belt by inspecting it closely.

The Fix

Both the drive belt and the belt switch are easily replaceable components. You can again refer to your dryer manual to identify the replacement parts you’ll need.

The Problem: A Burnt Relay Contact on the Control Board

An excessive amount of electricity flowing into the Whirlpool Duet Dryer can be quite problematic. Some parts of the appliance may not be able to withstand all that heat. The relay contacts on the dryer’s control board are prime examples of components that are susceptible to getting singed.

To check if you are dealing with this kind of issue, remove the covering over the control board. Look at the control board closely and check if there are burnt spots there.

The Fix

Upon spotting the burnt relay contact on the control board, you need to get to work on soldering it. Stripping the area near the burnt relay may also be required. That will help make the soldering more effective.

Keep in mind that soldering the burnt relay contact is a temporary fix. Those relay contacts are now likely to wear down faster. Once they get worn down enough, you will have to replace the entire board.

The Problem: Faulty Wiring

Look behind the control board of your Whirlpool Duet Dryer and you may spot an issue there as well. The wires responsible for relaying your commands to the appliance may be twisted out of position, disconnected, or even frayed.

Obviously, you won’t be able to use your Whirlpool Dryer in that condition. You will just be greeted by that F01 error again and again.

The Fix

You may have to apply different fixes depending on the issues affecting the wiring. Some wires may have just disconnected accidentally. Just connect them again and they should work fine. Wires that have been burnt may have to be soldered. The wires that have been torn will have to be removed.

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Related Questions

Why Is the Whirlpool Dryer Not Producing Any Heat?

After running your clothes through your Whirlpool dryer, you may have noticed that they are still somewhat wet. That is probably because the heating element in your dryer did not activate.The heating element of your Whirlpool dryer can fail for a variety of reasons. It could be due to issues with the thermal fuse, the flame sensor, or the valve coils. Take the time to check on those components and apply fixes as needed if you want your dryer to work again.

How Do You Run Diagnostics on Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer?

Running diagnostics on your Whirlpool Duet Dryer is easy. Start by plugging the dryer in but don’t run any cycle.Look for the “more time” and “less time” buttons next. Now, you must press the “more time” button followed by the “less time” button and then repeat that sequence once more. You must hit those buttons in quick succession.The “estimated time remaining” display on your dryer should show the number 88 if you entered the button sequence correctly. The lights on the control board should now be illuminated. The ones that did not light up are the ones affected by issues.

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Gary Evans
Gary Evans

Gary Evans is passionate about home improvement. He loves finding out how to make improvements in the easiest, most practical, and most affordable ways. Upgrading his home kitchen is one of his ongoing hobbies. Gary is also a long-time content creator and enjoys spending his free time tending to his hydroponic vegetable garden.

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