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Whirlpool dishwasher fault codes and spare partsThese fault or error codes used in Whirlpool's VBL range of dishwasher models and most of them use the same fault or error codes when they have a problem or a spare part fails.

The Whirlpool fault codes for the VBL dishwasher models are displayed as a using the "Start" LED or light flashing a set number of times (count the flashes for the code) followed by a one second pause then the sequence of flashes is repeated.

Before you start any investigation of the fault on your Whirlpool dishwasher please read and fully understand this article in full and pay particular attention to the safety and information notices at the bottom of this page as they contain extremely important information!

Please remember to support our site by buying Whirlpool spare parts from our store and, if you decide that you really need an engineer please support the local repairers that help make this site possible, you can search for a repairer from this link.

  Whirlpool VBL Dishwasher Fault Codes

Like other fault codes these written for dishwasher repairers and not for the general public by Whirlpool and they assume a certain level of competence on the part of the user in diagnostic routines. We have added some notes to try to assist you in determining the nature of the fault you have but, you will still need to investigate each failure on its own merits. For more help and advice on fault finding on a dishwasher please refer to our basic fault finding guide from this link before you begin.

Please check that any Whirlpool dishwasher spares recommended are suitable for use on your particular model and production code or serial number. If you are unsure about the suitability of any spare part please ask to ensure that you get the correct spares for your washing machine. Please, don't guess or assume as spares can be altered on a production run with the same model number having several different alternative components used.


10 Flashes
Only use in test program, indicates sensor failure

This fault code should never be visible.


1 Flash
NTC or thermistor open circuit

Usually it is exactly what it says and the NTC has failed.


2 Flashes
Water leak detected

This will be a float switch in the base normally that has been activated due to a leak of some sort.


3 Flashes
Heating system defective

Nine out of ten times this will be a faulty heater.


4 Flashes
Failure to drain out

Drain pump blocked or faulty is usually the cause of this fault code being displayed.


6 Flashes
No incoming water

Check the water is on and the supply is okay and then the water valve.


7 Flashes
Flow meter failure

This is the small flow meter fitted to the fill matrix of the dishwasher.


8 Flashes
Water level fault



9 Flashes
Continuous water inlet

  More Dishwasher Help, Advice & Guidance

Should you need more help and guidance please use the links from this article as most of them will help you to understand your Whirlpool dishwasher a lot better and probably very much help you in diagnosing the fault you have. Of course there are many other articles on the site that will also help you do this.

In addition you can post in our help and advice forums after registering but please do pay heed to the information below before doing so and read the guides, they are there to help you. But if you are in any doubt at all or don't think you are up to diagnosing the fault yourself please click here to find a local dishwasher engineer.

You must understand certain things before you begin or attempt any repairs on your own and we want to make these points clear to anyone that decides to investigate one of these or any other dishwashers:

  • We are not responsible for your safety, you are and by using this guide you accept that and accept that any damage that you may cause and work undertaken is entirely at your own risk.
  • We will advise the common causes of the fault codes but we cannot guarantee that any parts or work recommended will resolve the issue. It is entirely your responsibility to diagnose your particular problem and resolve it.
  • We are not responsible for you buying spares that do not resolve the problem, this is down to your own diagnosis not ours.
  • No warranty is inferred, implied or given.

Please understand that these dishwasher fault or error codes are not a "magic bullet", they will not tell you what the problem is, they will only offer you an indication of where the problem lies and they are no substitute for good old fashioned diagnostic skills. You can find out more about what fault codes actually tell you in this article. So please be well aware that, even with this new found knowledge you will still have to actually be capable of investigating and diagnosing the problem and this means adhering to basic appliance safety for working on them.

Note that manufacturers can and do change fault codes without notice and we cannot guarantee that these error codes will apply to your particular model as all codes apply to a wide range of appliances and not normally any one specific model. To determine if these fault codes do apply to your particular Whirlpool dishwasher model please post a request to confirm this in the forums.

Paul Ramlal
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Kenneth Watt
Hi, Please ask in the forums for that sort of thing, none of the engineers will see your comments here as they only read the forums.
Hi, whirlpool dishwasher, had it for 2years and the salt dispenser does not dispense the salt. I have not needed to refill the resovoir since. Please help!

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