How To Do The Whirlpool Duet Dryer Reset In Minutes!

It’s generally advisable to reset a dryer that won’t start or when you want to clear an error code. But how do you do a Whirlpool duet dryer reset when the dryer doesn’t have the reset button?

Well, the easiest way to reset a Whirlpool duet dryer is to power it off by switching off the breaker or unplugging it for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can choose the factory reset option if the dryer can run to restore its default setting. 

But still, these two are the general reset techniques, but you can go deeper to reset specific components such as the control panel or particular issues.

Speaking of specific problems, I’ll share how you can reset a dryer that won’t start, an option with an error code, or one that won’t move past sensing.

But to arrive at such a decision, you must put your duet dryer on diagnostics. So, I’ll also share the quick steps to doing that.   

Let’s jump into it!

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Answered – How Do I Reset My Whirlpool Duet Dryer?

Essentially, there are two easy and quick ways to reset your Whirlpool duet dryer, and they are as follows:

1. General Reset

The general reset technique is what you also employ on the Whirlpool duet washer and many other washers and dryers. The technique involves:

  • Step 1 (Power Disconnect) – Disconnect the power supply to your duet dryer by unplugging it from the power or switching the circuit breaker off. 
  • Step 2 (10-Minute Wait) – Wait 10 minutes before plugging back your Whirlpool duet dryer or turning on the circuit breaker.
  • Step 3 (Power Restoration) – Now, turn back the power and wait for the control panel lights to come on, indicating a successful reset.
  • Step 4 (Complete Reset) – You may need to wait a few minutes for your dryer to start once you press the start button. 

What If Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer Won’t Reset After That?

Well, there are at least three ways to go about if that happens, and they are:

Option 1 – Extend Step 2 to 30 Minutes or Overnight

You don’t have to immediately plug your dryer back after unplugging it. You can leave it for between 30 minutes and overnight before plugging it back. If that doesn’t work, go for option 2. 

Option 2 – Lid lift

You can also try lifting the dryer lid about six times in under 12 seconds. That means you have to do it very fast. After that, you can try restarting your duet dryer. But if it doesn’t work, consider option 3. 

Option 3 – Factory Reset

Let’s discuss option three as our second technique, the alternative to the General Reset (discussed earlier).

2. Factory Reset

If your Whirlpool duet dryer won’t reset following the General reset and the two options shared earlier, consider doing a factory reset. This allows you to return the dryer’s original setting, which will be more like using a new dryer. 

Here’s how to do the dryer’s factory reset:

  • Plug your dryer into the power and turn it on
  • Go to factory reset under the settings and make the selection
  • Wait for the dryer to factory-reset
  • Reset its clock and then connect to the internet to complete the reset online

Note that his reset technique will need you to connect to the internet and will only work with a duet dryer that can run.

If your Whirlpool duet dryer won’t start, you won’t succeed with this reset. Consequently, your option will be the General Reset.

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How to Run Diagnostic On Your Whirlpool Duet Dryer Before Reset

Sometimes it’s good to know what you are dealing with, especially when your Whirlpool duet dryer won’t reset using the general reset. 

That’s where the diagnostic mode comes in, which you can use as the basis of your Whirlpool duet dryer troubleshooting.

By running a diagnostic, you can know what’s wrong with your duet dryer and reset the problem individually or do a repair depending on the code you get. 

Now, here’s how to go about the Whirlpool duet dryer diagnostic mode:

  • Plug your dryer into the power but avoid turning on the indicators
  • Then choose any button you like apart from pause /cancel and lock/unlock
  • Press the button down for 2-3 seconds to enter diagnostic
  • If the dryer displays 88, the diagnosis was successful
  • Wait to view any error/fault codes if they exist
  • Note the error/fault code and look it up online or on the Whirlpool official website.

Let’s now talk about how you can reset specific issues with your Whirlpool duet dryer.

Whirlpool Duet Dryer Reset Control Panel

Since there’s no Whirlpool dryer reset button when it comes to the duet dryer, you can only reset the control panel using these steps:

  • Press the ‘start’ switch for a few seconds to see if the dryer will start
  • If it doesn’t run normally, choose a new cycle and hit ‘start’ one more time.

But How Do I Reset My Whirlpool Duet Dryer F01?

One of the most typical error codes that your Whirlpool duet dryer may present during the diagnosis is the error code F01. Often the error code comes to display to indicate:

  1. Your Whirlpool duet dryer is not heating
  2. The dryer is not drying the clothes evenly, mainly because it’s not spinning properly
  3. There was an unexpected power failure/surge

Our focus is on the last indication (power failure/surge). And speaking of, you can clear the error code by resetting the dryer using these steps:

  • Unplug the dryer’s cord from the power
  • Wait for at least 5 minutes, and then plug the dryer cord back
  • Press the start switch to see if the error code is no longer there

Note that there are no guarantees that the error code will disappear. The power failure/surge could have burned or damaged something, which now prevents the dryer from resetting.

That includes the following:

  • Door switch
  • Control board contact points
  • Thermal fuse
  • Wiring 
  • Thermistor 
  • Thermal switch

You can test all these features using a multimeter. If any of them doesn’t show continuity, it must be defective, and you should thus replace it. 

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Other Whirlpool Duet Dryer Error Codes

Error Code PF 

If your Whirlpool duet dryer displays the error code PF, it stands for power failure. So, you’ll need to reset it by pressing ‘start’ and holding the switch for a few seconds until the dryer restarts.

If it doesn’t restart normally, choose a new drying cycle, and then press ‘start’ one more time to see if it’ll.

Error Code L2

The error code L2 will also pop up when there’s a power failure. You can reset this error code using the General Reset technique discussed earlier.

In this case, you should unplug the dryer for 30 minutes at least, plug it back, and hit start. If that doesn’t work, factory-reset the dryer.

Error Code AF

The error code AF indicates Airflow failure/fault. Thus, it shows that your duet dryer is not enjoying the air supply it needs to run correctly.

You can reset the error code using these steps:

  • Press any switch on the dryers control panel
  • Give the dryer some time to complete the circle
  • Clean the lint screen and the vent with a lint/vent cleaner to get rid of possible dirt clogs
  • Choose a new drying cycle and reset the timer
  • Press the ‘start’ to restart the dryer

How to Reset Whirlpool Duet Dryer Sensing?

If your Whirlpool duet dryer indicates sensing after running diagnostics, it shows the strip sensor system is failing. In that case, your dryer is unable to detect the clothes drying. 

So, there’s always the risk of the clothes over-drying, and you wouldn’t want that. Overall, here are the three causes that could fail the sensor system:

  • Defective circuit board

You’ll need a new circuit board in this case, but you’ll require the help of an expert dryer technician to help you fix it.

  • Dirty sensors

If the moisture sensors in your dryer’s drum lining clog with dirt and become slimy, they cannot work well. The issue is, however, fixable by cleaning the dryer with a dryer vent cleaner.

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  • Worn Out motion sensors

The motion sensors could also cause the dryer to remain in sensing mode if they are old. The strip sensors wear out over time and are likely to be defective when they do. If so, then you should replace them.

  • Wrong setting

Lastly, you might have pressed the wrong setting accidentally, causing the strip sensors to malfunction, and that’s where the issue of resetting your dryer comes in. 

Generally, you can reset your duet dryer when it’s showing sensing using these steps:

  • Check your power source (the dryer power cord, electric outlet, circuit breaker, and thermal fuse)
  • Use a multimeter to test the three (except the breaker) for fault/continuity and replace what’s faulty
  • If the breaker is tripped, reset it
  • If nothing is wrong with your power source, press the start button down for about 5 seconds to reset the dryer
  • Inspect the dryer’s display panel for any error codes
  • If there’s none, press start again to restart your duet dryer

People Also Ask

1. How Do I Reset My Whirlpool Duet Control Panel?

You can reset your Whirlpool duet control panel by pressing ‘start’ several times. If the dryer won’t run normally, choose a new cycle and press ‘start’ again.

2. What Would Cause a Whirlpool Duet Dryer Not to Start?

A whirlpool duet dryer will mainly not start if the power cord, electric outlet, or start switch is faulty. The dryer may also not start if the thermal fuse is blown or the circuit breaker tripped. 

3. How Do You Run a Diagnostic On a Whirlpool Duet Dryer?

You can run a diagnostic mode on a Whirlpool duet dryer by plugging its power cord into the power source and pressing any switch apart from pause/cancel and lock/unlock.

Closing Thought On the Whirlpool Duet Dryer Reset!

Discussed are the various ways you can reset your Whirlpool duet dryer. That’s important when you want to clear an error code, troubleshoot a dryer that won’t run, or an option that’s stuck.

Remember to run diagnostic, however, if you cannot reset your Whirlpool dryer. At least, that enables you to discover faults you probably won’t have known about.

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