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Whirlpool Duet Washer F30 Error Code

Posted on July 14, 2014

Whirlpool Duet front loading washers use a motor on top of the dispenser assembly to switch the water in the dispenser between washing out the soap, bleach, and fabric softener compartments of the dispenser.  When the washer first starts, it tests to see if the dispenser is working correctly.  If it senses a problem, it won’t start the wash cycle and it will eventually come up with an F30 error code.  The F-30 error code means that there is a “dispenser system error”.

There are a few things that can cause the F30 error code to occur.  Here is what you will need to check:

  • First unplug the washer and remove the 3 mounting screws securing the top panel on the back side of the washer.  Slide the top panel backwards to remove.
  • Check the linkage going from the dispenser motor to the dispenser.  Make sure that the are no obstructions.
  • Check the wiring and electrical connections going from the dispenser motor and the main control board (CCU).
  • If the dispenser motor is turning but making clicking noises or continually turns, then the dispenser motor has probably failed and will need to be replaced.
  • If everything else checks out okay, then the central control unit (CCU) will need to be replaced.

Here is how to replace the W10352973 dispenser/detergent motor:

  • First unplug the washer before working on it
  • Now remove the top panel by removing the three T-20 torx screws and sliding the top panel towards the back of the washer to release it
  • Next remove the wire connectors to the dispenser motor.  Lift the locking tabs and pull them out to remove.  (Note:  when re-installing, the connector with the blue stripe on it goes on the top)
  • Remove the cam actuator from the motor shaft by gently prying up on it to unsnap it from the motor shaft.
  • Remove the mounting screw(s)
  • Re-install in the reverse order


If you have a bad detergent dispenser motor and need to order a new one for your washer, please click the link below.  Please note the part number listed below is the common dispenser motor found on Whirlpool Duet models, the smaller Duet Sport models commonly use part number W10143586.  Please search by your model number or contact us with your model number so we can verify you are ordering the correct part number.

6 Thoughts on "Whirlpool Duet Washer F30 Error Code"

  1. Jarrod Posted on October 3, 2014

    I replaced the dispenser motor after replacing what cycle is it suppose to be on once u start running your cycles I see theirs four sections a 1,2,3,4 can u tell me what cycle each one goes to I have a whirlpool duet sport front loader

    • Ryan Posted on October 3, 2014

      The 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the dispenser are to move the water between the different modes of detergent dispensing, bleach dispensing, fabric softener dispensing, and rinse dispensing. The manufacture does not give the information of which number goes with which mode for your washer. On the original Whirlpool Duet model washers the numbers went like this:
      1. Prewash Detergent Compartment
      2. Main Wash Detergent Compartment 2
      3. Bleach Compartment
      4. Fabric Softener Compartment

      • Ross Posted on October 6, 2014

        I have a Whirlpool Duet HT: Model wfw9200sqa12
        I am also trying to figure out what position the indicator is suppose to be on when in the off mode. I moved it on the “I” setting in off mode, then when I ran a wash it cycled and ran the softener out first . Is there a standard off position that the motor/arm suppose to be in? a video or picture would help. Thanks!

        • Ryan Posted on October 7, 2014

          I am not sure what position is should be in during the off position. Let us know what you find.

  2. Jude Posted on August 3, 2015

    We removed the top of our Whirlpool Duet due to a F-30 error code. We did see some hard water build up and removed it. However, we watched as the “arm” went through its cycle and the clicking noise is coming from the elliptical piece (Part No. 8540395) colliding with the “arm” (Part No. 8540394). There is a small tab on top the elliptical piece that collides with the arm and causes the pointed end of the elliptical piece to pull up. The motor appears to be working. What now?

    • Ryan Posted on August 11, 2015

      The two levers should not be interfering with each other like you described. Something may have come loose or one of the parts may be broken.

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