How to reset a Whirlpool washing machine

In addition to front-load and top-load washing machines and dryers, Whirlpool manufactures washing machines under its Maytag and Amana brands and makes other appliances under the KitchenAid and JennAir names.

While most Whirlpool washers can be reset by disconnecting the power, some models may have different instructions. If your washing machine has a dial on the control panel, you can reset the machine by following the instructions below.

Resetting your Whirlpool washing machine

Perform the following steps in order

Total Time: 5 minutes

  1. Turn off the washing machine using the control panel.

  2. Turn the dial to Normal.

  3. Turn the dial counterclockwise one click.

  4. Turn the dial clockwise three clicks.

  5. Turn the dial counterclockwise one click.

  6. Turn the dial clockwise one click.

  7. Press the Start button.

    You should see an illuminated control panel

  8. Make sure the Rinse, Wash, and Stop buttons are illuminated.

    Turning the dial or pressing these buttons should illuminate them.

  9. Turn off the washer on the control panel.

  10. Unplug the washer for twenty seconds.

  11. Turn on the washer. If the process has worked, your washer will now be reset.

If none of the above methods reset your washing maching, there may be an issue with the control board. If this is the case, it may be time to consider contacting a trained technician to troubleshoot the washing machine and fix the problem.