Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Troubleshooting Guide (5 Problems Fixed!)

Did you know it takes basic Whirlpool Cabrio dryer troubleshooting to fix most Whirlpool Cabrio dryer problems? That’s right, and it means not every issue requires a service call, as most are DIY fixable. 

From a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer that won’t start or get hot to one that won’t dry clothes or spin, you can troubleshoot it DIY. You also can troubleshoot a Cabrio dryer stuck on sensing or an option that can’t run because of an error code.

Those are the issues I will focus on in this troubleshooting guide. I’ll explain the most probable reasons behind the dryer problems and the most appropriate remedies. While at it, I’ll mention the DIY remedies and those you should leave for a dryer expert or, better, Whirlpool. 

Later, we’ll look at how you can reset your Cabrio dryer. That comes in handy when troubleshooting the dryer when it’s stuck on sensing, can’t run because of an error code, or won’t power on or spin for a reason you can’t figure out.  

Let’s jump into it!

Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Troubleshooting

In a hurry? The troubleshooting table below can help you fix different Whirlpool Cabrio dryer problems. 

Quick Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Troubleshooting Guide

Problem Likely Cause  Troubleshooting 
1. Dryer Won’t Turn On (Not Starting) Failed power supply, start button fault, wrong setting, unlatched door, a broken belt, faulty motor, or shorted main control board Ensure the dryer is getting power, press the start button long enough (2-5 seconds), disable Control Lock, Timed-Dry, or Auto-Dry, and correctly latch the door (or replace a faulty door switch). Replace a broken belt, faulty motor, or shorted main control
2. Dryer Won’t Get Hot (Not Heating) Dirty lint filter, blocked hose vent, failed power supply, bulky or extra wet load, or burnt heating element For gas dryer: Failed gas supply or bad igniter, or flame sensor Clean the lint filter and unblock the house vent. Ensure the dryer has power and don’t overload or load extra-wet clothes. Replace a faulty heating element and solenoid, igniter, or flame sensor in case of a gas dryer
3. The Dryer Won’t Dry Clothes Dirty lint filter, blocked exhaust vent, wrong setting, bulky or extra-wet load, or faulty blower, thermistor, or moisture sensor Clean the lint filter and unblock the exhaust vent. Disable the Auto or Timed Dry setting and reduce the load wetness and size. Replace a faulty blower, thermistor, or moisture sensor
4. The Dryer Won’t Tumble or Spin  Failed power supply, wrong setting, unlatched door or faulty belt, drive motor, idler pulley, or drum rollers Ensure the dryer gets power and disable Control Lock, Timed-Dry, or Automatic Dry setting. Properly latch the door (and replace a faulty door switch). Also, replace a defective belt, motor, idler pulley, or drum roller
5. The Dryer Stuck On Sensing  Dirty or faulty sensor, a broken belt, a blown-up fuse, a bad door switch, or a defective control board Clean the sensor if dirty and replace it alongside the belt, thermal fuse, door switch, or main control if faulty. You’ll need an expert’s help here. But first, try resetting the dryer.

5 Common Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Problems and Their Troubleshooting

Discussed are five common dryer issues prevalent on the Whirlpool Cabrio line that you can try troubleshooting:

1. Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Won’t Start

The Whirlpool Cabrio dryer won’t start for different reasons. That includes the following:

  • Failed power supply – If anything disrupts the dryer’s power supply, the dryer won’t start. That includes a loose power cable, tripped breaker, faulty/burnt fuse, bad outlet, and an extension cord. 
  • Start button not held down long enough – You need to hold down the restart button for 2-5 seconds to power the dryer on. 
  • Wrong setting (Control Lock, Timed-Dry, or Automated Dry) – Control Lock locks the Cabrio’s control panel, preventing it from starting. On the other hand, Timed-Dry and Automated Dry shut off the dryer once the load attains a specific moisture level. 
  • Unlatched door – The dryer may not run if it senses that the door is not fully latched. That could be trapped clothing or a faulty door/lid switch.
  • Broken belt – If the drive belt is broken, the drum won’t spin, and thus the dryer won’t run. 
  • Faulty motor – If the motor fails, the drive belt won’t spin the drum, and the dryer will not run. You can try turning it by hand to see if it moves.
  • Shorted main control board – Though rare, the dryer won’t start if the main control board is short-circuited. It controls all the dryer’s operations.


Ensure your Cabrio dryer is getting power. That means:

  • Properly plugging in the power cable 
  • Resetting a tripped breaker
  • Replacing a blown fuse
  • Fixing a faulty outlet
  • Only plugging into the wall outlet (not an extension cord)

Once you confirm that the dryer has power, press down the start button for 2-5 seconds, and if the dryer doesn’t start, test the start button with a multimeter. If it won’t show continuity, replace it. That proves its fault.

Meanwhile, check the settings to ensure that Child Lock, Timed-Dry, and Auto-Dry are inactive. If they aren’t, disable them and opt for a normal cycle instead. 

Close the door firmly if that’s not the case, but if it won’t shut, check for possible trapped clothes and remove them, and then test the door switch with a multimeter. 

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Replace the switch if it lacks continuity. Also, replace a broken belt, defective motor, or shortened control board. An expert can help you with the last part. 

Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Won't Start

2. Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Not Heating

For your dryer to do its job (dry clothes), it must first get hot. That, however, won’t happen due to any of these issues:

  • Dirty lint filter – Airflow reduces when the lint screen accumulates lint and dirt. Once that’s the case, the dryer is unable to get hot. 
  • Blocked house vent – Airflow also reduces when the house vent crushes, clogs (by dirt), or develops kinks, preventing the dryer from getting hot. 
  • Failed power supply – If the dryer doesn’t get power due to a faulty power cable, outlet, fuse, or a trapped breaker, it won’t get hot. 
  • Bulky or extra wet load – The Cabrio dryer may not heat or may take ages to get hot if the clothes you are loading are heavy or extra wet.
  • Burnt heating element – With the heating element warming/heating up the inbound air, the dryer won’t heat up if it’s burnt. 

Gas Dryer

Now, if you have a Cabrio gas dryer that’s not heating, the reason could be any of these:

  • Failed gas supply – If the solenoid valve is faulty or the gas shut-off valve is off, the gas dryer won’t get any gas and will fail to heat up. 
  • Burnt igniter – If the igniter is burnt, it won’t light up the burner, and the dryer will not get hot. 
  • Faulty flame sensor – The dryer will fail to heat up if the flame sensor is defective as the sensor will fail to detect the produced heat.


Clean the lint filter if it’s dirty, straighten out the house vent if it has kinks/folds, and clean it if it’s clogged. Replace the vent, however, if it’s crushed, preferably with a metal option. 

Use the tips shared earlier to ensure your dryer has power and reduce the load’s size and wetness if it’s bulky or extra wet.  Meanwhile, test the heating element, igniter, and flame sensor for continuity (use a multimeter) and replace the one without continuity.

Moreover, ensure the gas shut-off valve is fully opened. And if the igniter glows momentarily and then goes out, replace the solenoid valve. 

3. Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Not Drying Clothes or Takes Longer

If your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer doesn’t dry the clothes or has longer drying times, the problem could be any of these: 

  • Dirty lint filter – If the lint screen is filthy due to dirt or lint buildup, the dryer will take much longer to heat up and dry your clothes.
  • Blocked exhaust vent – If the exhaust vent is kinked, collapsed, or clogged, hot air won’t flow smoothly, preventing the dryer from drying.
  • Wrong setting – Settings like Timed-Dry and Auto-Dry can shut off the dryer before it dries the clothes 100%.
  • Bulky or extra wet laundry – It may take longer for the dryer to get hot and eventually dry the clothes if they are bulky or extra wet.
  • Faulty blower, thermistor, or moisture sensor – The dryer will also not dry the clothes if the blower, thermistor, or motion sensor is not working. An expert can help you determine which of them is faulty.


Clean the lint filter if it’s dirty and the exhaust vent too. Ensure the exhaust vent has no kinks. If it’s crushed, replace it with a rigid metal vent. 

In the meantime, deselect the Timed Dry or Auto Dry setting and reduce the load size and wetness if it’s bulky or extra wet. Turn to the dryer expert to check the blower, thermistor, and moisture sensor.

4. Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Not Spinning

Different actions by the Cabrio dryer depend on its spinning ability. For example, the dryer won’t heat, dry, or even run if it doesn’t spin. 

Overall, the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer won’t spin due to any of these issues:

  • Failed power supply – The Cabrio dryer won’t turn if it doesn’t power on, and problems that can contribute to that include a tripped breaker, damaged power cable, and blown-up fuse. 
  • Wrong setting – A setting like Control Lock, Timed-Dry, or Auto-Dry prevents the dryer from spinning. So, check if they are active. 
  • Unlatched door – If the dryer door doesn’t close properly because of trapped clothing or a defective door switch, the dryer won’t spin. 
  • Faulty belt, drive motor, idler pulley, or drum rollers – The dryer may also stop spinning if the drive belt or motor is broken or the idler pulley or drum rollers are worn out. 


Ensure your dryer has power. So, reset a tripped breaker and replace a damaged cable or blown-up fuse. Disable Control Lock, Timed-Dry, or Auto-Dry if any of them is active and correctly latch the door. 

Remove any trapped clothes from the door and replace its switch if it lacks continuity. And lastly, replace the drive belt or drive motor if broken or the idler pulley or drum rollers if worn out. A dryer expert can help you with the replacements. 

Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Not Spinning

5. Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Troubleshooting Sensing

If your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer is stuck on sensing mode, but it won’t start, the reason could be any of these:

  • Dirt-clogged or defective moisture sensor
  • Broken drive belt (or belt switch)
  • Blown-up or open thermal fuse
  • Defective door switch
  • A failing control board or circuit board
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Before anything, you’ll need to reset your Cabrio dryer. (The steps are shared below). Now, if the dryer still indicates sensing after reset but won’t start, do the following:

  • Inspect the moisture sensor for dirt clogging and clean it 
  • Examine the dryer belt and change it if it’s broken 
  • Replace the door switch or thermal fuse if it has no continuity
  • Call an expert to check the moisture sensor and control board

Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Troubleshooting Codes

While there are numerous error codes that a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer can display, the table below shows the commonest and their troubleshooting.

Error Code Meaning  Recommendation 
L2/F31 Low voltage or failed power supply Check the fuse, breaker, and power cord to ensure they are working
PF  Power failure  Check the breaker and reset it. If the error code does not clear, contact an expert electrician 
Check Vent  Blocked lint filter or vent Check the lint filter and vent for clogging and clean them
AF/F4E3 Restricted airflow  Clean the lint screen and vent and remove kinks from the vent
F2E1 Cycle Power  Reset the dryer
F01 Failed control board  Replace the control board
F28/F29 Failed moisture sensor  Replace the moisture sensor

Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer Reset

Generally, it’s advisable to reset the Cabrio dryer to clear an error code, when the dryer is stuck on sensing, when it won’t start or spin, among other issues. You can do it in any of these ways:

Option 1 – Disconnect the dryer from the power for 30 minutes, then plug it back and power it on. 

Option 2 – Flip off the circuit breaker for 30 minutes and then flip the breaker on and turn the dryer on 

Option 3 – Press the reset button on your dryer to put it back to its factory/default setting 

How can I diagnose hidden faults in my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer?

To diagnose hidden faults in your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer without guesswork, I can guide you through the diagnostic mode process. This mode provides error codes that help pinpoint the specific fault, making troubleshooting much simpler and more precise.

To begin, follow these steps to activate the diagnostic mode on your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer:

1. Make sure the dryer is turned off and unplugged from the power source.
2. Locate the control panel on the dryer. It is usually found on the top or in the rear, depending on the model.
3. Press and hold the “Start” button and simultaneously press the “Power” button. Keep holding both buttons for approximately six seconds until the diagnostic mode is activated.
4. Once in the diagnostic mode, you will see a sequence of numbers or letters on the dryer’s display screen. These codes represent specific faults that your dryer may be experiencing.

Now that you have entered the diagnostic mode, you can identify the hidden faults by referring to the error codes displayed. Each code corresponds to a particular issue in your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer. To interpret these codes correctly, consult the dryer’s user manual or the Whirlpool website for a comprehensive list of error codes and their corresponding faults.

By leveraging this diagnostic mode, you can troubleshoot your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer more efficiently, knowing exactly where the problem lies. Once you have identified the fault, you can then take appropriate measures to fix it or seek professional assistance if necessary.

How can I run diagnostics on my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer?

Can I reset my Cabrio dryer if it has issues?
Yes, you can reset your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer if it has issues. Resetting the dryer can be helpful in cases where it is stuck on sensing, unable to run due to an error code, or not powering on or spinning for unknown reasons. The process of resetting the dryer may vary, so consulting the user manual or contacting Whirlpool for specific instructions is recommended.

Why is it important to run diagnostics on the dryer?
Running diagnostics on the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer is important because it helps in troubleshooting and identifying any issues or malfunctions. It can save time by displaying error codes that can be researched online to understand the problem. This knowledge can assist in determining whether a DIY remedy is possible or if professional help is needed.

What should I do if the dryer displays an error code during diagnostics?
If the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer displays an error code during diagnostics, you can check out the meaning of the error code online. The displayed error code helps in identifying the specific issue or malfunction that the dryer is experiencing.

What does it mean if the dryer displays 88?
If the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer displays 88, it means there is no error code detected. This indicates that the dryer is in normal functioning mode without any specific issues.

How can I run diagnostics on my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer?
To run diagnostics on a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer, follow these steps:

“Knowing how to run diagnostics on your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer is crucial in case it encounters any issues. This helpful guide will walk you through the step-by-step process, ensuring that you can quickly identify and troubleshoot any problems. By putting your dryer in diagnostic mode, you’ll not only save time but also gain access to error codes that can be easily looked up online for further clarification.

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To initiate the diagnostic mode, begin by putting your dryer on standby mode – simply leave it plugged into the power source with all LEDs turned off. Next, select any three buttons, preferably consecutively one, excluding the POWER button. Press and release each of the three buttons one at a time, repeating this sequence twice to complete a three-sequence process.

Once you’ve completed the button sequence, patiently wait for the dryer to display an error code. It’s essential to note that if there is no error code, the dryer will display 88. This indicates that everything is functioning correctly. Understanding these error codes will allow you to troubleshoot and address specific issues effectively.

While running diagnostics is a great first step, it’s important to be aware of the appropriate remedies for different dryer problems. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll not only cover common DIY solutions but also advise on when it’s best to seek the assistance of a dryer expert or contact Whirlpool directly. Additionally, we’ll explore how to reset your Cabrio dryer, a valuable technique when dealing with errors such as being stuck on sensing, inability to run due to error codes, or even power and spinning issues that seem inexplicable.

By combining the thoroughness of the diagnostic process with a detailed understanding of troubleshooting and remedies, you’ll feel confident in resolving any issues that may arise with your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer.”

What are some common error codes that I may face with my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer?

How do I release a stuck key and replace the dryer’s user interface control for the F2E1 (stuck key) error code?
To release a stuck key, gently press on the stuck key to see if it can be freed. If that doesn’t work, you will need to replace the dryer’s user interface control. Consult the dryer’s manual or contact a professional for guidance on replacing the control.

How do I clean the lint screen and dryer vent to address the AF (restricted airflow) error code?
To clean the lint screen and dryer vent, remove the lint screen from the dryer and remove any lint buildup. Then, disconnect the dryer vent from the back of the dryer and use a vacuum or brush to remove any lint or debris from the vent. Reconnect the vent and ensure it is properly secured.

What are the recommended troubleshooting steps for each error code?

How do I interpret each error code?

What are the most typical Cabrio dryer error codes?
The most typical Cabrio dryer error codes are AF, F2E1, F2E4/F2E5, F3E2, F4E1/F4E2, F4E3, F6E2/F6E3.

In this troubleshooting guide, we will address the common issues that you might encounter with your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer. We understand the frustrations that can arise when your dryer is not functioning properly, so we aim to provide you with the most probable reasons behind these problems and the appropriate remedies.

Throughout this guide, we will cover a range of dryer issues and their potential solutions. We will also highlight which remedies you can try yourself and when it is best to seek assistance from a dryer expert or Whirlpool. It’s important to note that safety should always be a priority, so if you are unsure or uncomfortable with any of the suggested remedies, it is best to consult a professional.

While we address various dryer problems, it is important to keep in mind that error codes can be helpful indicators of specific issues. Therefore, it’s worth mentioning some common error codes that you may come across with your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer. These error codes include AF, F2E1, F2E4/F2E5, F3E2, F4E1/F4E2, F4E3, F6E2/F6E3. Each error code has its own interpretation and recommended troubleshooting steps.

For example, if you encounter the AF error code, it indicates restricted airflow. In this case, we recommend cleaning the lint screen and dryer vent to ensure proper airflow. Similarly, the F2E1 error code suggests a stuck key, so you can try releasing the stuck key first. If that doesn’t work, replacing the dryer’s user interface control might be necessary.

We understand that these error codes can be frustrating, but we’re here to assist you. By following the troubleshooting steps provided for each error code, you can try to resolve the issue on your own. However, if you feel unsure or if the error persists, it is advisable to contact a dryer expert or reach out to Whirlpool for further assistance.

In addition to the error codes mentioned, we will also provide a comprehensive overview of other potential dryer problems and their corresponding solutions. We want to ensure that you have all the necessary information to address any issues that may arise with your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer.

Remember, safety first and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed. Let’s get your dryer back up and running efficiently!

How can I troubleshoot common issues with my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer?

What issues should I seek professional help for?
While some issues with a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer can be resolved through DIY troubleshooting, there are certain problems that may require the expertise of a service technician or assistance from Whirlpool. It is advisable to seek professional help for complex issues or those that may involve electrical components or specialized tools.

How can I put my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer in diagnostic mode to fix error codes?
If you want to put your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer in diagnostic mode to fix error codes, you can follow the instructions provided in the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer troubleshooting guide. It will guide you through the process of entering diagnostic mode and addressing error codes.

How can I troubleshoot a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer that won’t start, heat, dry, or spin?
To troubleshoot a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer that won’t start, heat, dry, or spin, you can refer to a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer troubleshooting guide. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on diagnosing and fixing these specific issues.

What are the specific issues that can occur with a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer?
Some specific issues that can occur with a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer include failure to start, lack of heat, inability to dry or spin, getting stuck in sensing mode, and displaying error codes.

“Did you know that most common issues with your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer can be easily troubleshooted using basic techniques? It’s true! Not every problem requires a service call, as many can be fixed with a little DIY effort. Whether your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer refuses to start, lacks heat, fails to dry your clothes, or simply won’t spin, you can roll up your sleeves and tackle these issues on your own. Additionally, if you find your Cabrio dryer stuck on the sensing mode or encountering error codes, fret not! I will guide you through these specific problems in this troubleshooting guide. I will provide insights into the probable causes behind these dryer malfunctions and offer suitable remedies to resolve them. Rest assured, I will share both DIY solutions that you can easily implement, as well as cases where it would be best to seek the expertise of a dryer specialist, or even better, Whirlpool themselves. So, let’s get started and empower you with the knowledge and tools to troubleshoot your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer effectively!”

Concluding Remarks 

Above is an essential guide for Whirlpool Cabrio dryer troubleshooting. The guide will help you fix most issues with your dryer without necessarily having to call a dryer expert or pay for one. You can, however, turn to the expert when the troubleshooting is beyond your expertise.