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