Whirlpool Washer Error Code F20 Troubleshooting – Front Load Washing Machine





Is your Whirlpool front loading washer displaying the error code f20? Finding out what this fault code means will assist you to fix your washer yourself. Use the information below to identify, troubleshoot, and repair your Whirlpool washer.

The f20 (or fh) error code on a Whirlpool Front Load Washer is an indication of a water supply issue. To remove the f20 error code from the display panel, press Pause/Cancel 2 times. If that did not clear the error code, see below for what may be wrong…

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The below 3 images are what will appear on your Whirlpool front
load washing machine when you get the f20 or fh error code.







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Do you have the HOT and COLD water valves turned to the on or fully open position?
Be sure to open both the valves completely so the water can fill. Remember that BOTH the hot and cold water supply needs to be connected to the washer water inlet valve. The washer will not work properly if you have only one water hose connected. The water inlet valve that the water hoses connect to must have the pressure from both hoses for the washer to operate properly. When you select a cold water wash then the washer is adds hot water to keep the temp optimized for a cold water wash.

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If both water hoses are connected, check these other issues that could be causing the f20 error code…
Are the washer water supply hoses bent?
Are the water inlet valve filter screens (where the hoses connect to the washer) blocked and need to be cleaned?

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To check the water inlet valve filter screens:
-Turn off the water at the valves
-Remove the water hoses at the inlet valves at the back of the washer
-You will see the screens, remove anything clogging the screens
-Reattach hoses
-Turn on the water
-Check for leaks

To remove the f20 error code from the Whirlpool display panel, press Pause/Cancel 2 times.
If Pause/Cancel did not work:
-Disconnect the washer from power for 2 minutes
-Reconnect the power to the washer
-Select a wash cycle and press the start button
When the washing machine is started for the first time after removing it from power, it may begin to drain. The pause or cancel will not be able to be used for 8 to 10 minutes while your washer drains. If the error code f20 or fh comes back on the display, further troubleshooting is needed.

Are you using the correct HE High Efficiency washer detergent?
Always use HE High Efficiency detergent. Look for the HE logo on the washer detergent before you buy. If you use a detergent that is not HE you will cause excessive suds or bubbles. Too many sud bubbles will make the washer unable to detect the water coming into the machine. HE detergents that are concentrated will require a smaller amount.

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Using flood preventing water hoses?
Flood preventing water hoses have a check valve inside. This valve will close when the water pressure is over 2 gallons per 60 seconds. If this happens it will shut off water to the washer. When a hose becomes loose the water flow in the hose will go up and close the valve. This will shut off the water to the washer to avoid a leak.

Is your water pressure less than 11 psi?
If your water pressure to the washer is low the washer will not work properly. To find out call your local water company.

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Need more help with your Whirlpool washer with the f20 error code on the display? Please leave a comment below and we will be happy to assist.


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1 Rick Andreas August 3, 2017 at 7:06 am

Had the same error code.
All I did was fill the washer up with all the water.
It could not hold the pressure when I pushed the cancel button and the door popped open and all the water came rushing out…
The next thing I knew the washer started to work.

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2 Rick Bogan July 2, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Have done all the things listed but still get f 20 code on my front load washer sporadically. Unplugging seems to help sometimes but not always

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3 jason Groenjes April 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Same issue here.
F20 about 4 out of 5 loads.
Usually the FIRST load is a guarantee to do it, but if you immediately re-run that load, you’ll have a better chance of it not erroring again.
We think F20 hits at the same point during the runs spin with the drain motor running and the water on.

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4 Gord March 5, 2017 at 5:14 am

We were having the f-20 error 4 out of 5 loads and I tried replacing the pressure sensor and cleaned the water intake filters.
Seems like my problem was resulting from a loose fabric softener dispenser.
During the first spin cycle it would come loose and move out about 1/4 of an inch and then the f-20 error would show with about 23 minutes left.
Took a piece of tape to hold it in place and have done 10-12 loads with no error.
We also had the error 2 years ago but we were also getting water coming out the dispenser onto the floor.
In that case we found a sock had somehow gotten out of the washer and spun up into the water intake just where it runs from the dispenser into the washer tub.
Hope this helps someone as this intermittent problem was driving us crazy.

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5 jack December 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

I’ve done all those troubleshooting steps listed above. I have continue to have the F20 code going on 3 years now. Flowmeter is setup in the proper position, very little blockage have been removed, water pressure good, removed flood prevention hoses and installed regular water hoses, use HE detergent, connection of hoses are good. It works for a few washes and then the F20 code returns. What’s left, maybe the control board?

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6 Steve October 27, 2016 at 4:07 am

I am sitting about 1 in 5 washes are issue free. F20 code is the only code I get. I have checked the inlets and the drains for blockages. I have found coins and stuff in my drain but after removing them it does not solve anything. Sad thing is we have never run a full load in 2 years because of this persisted problem. So the question is, do I try and get it fixed or cut my losses and buy another brand?

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7 Pam October 13, 2016 at 2:44 am

I have good water pressure – cleaned the mess catch on inlets which where crusted with green stuff. Ive clean the drains out catch – 3 coins. Now it will run through a full hand wash cycle but still gives f20 on others. completes the spin and drain cycle, too.

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8 Nathaniel Rogers April 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

I have been getting this error more and more lately. I can usually unplug the wires and then re plug them back in and it will work for a while. I have also tried all these suggestions.

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9 Nicole Vaillancourt September 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm

When my Whirlpool washing machine has the error code F20, it means we have to clean out the DRAIN FILTER. There is usually dog hair or my small children’s clothes caught in it.

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