The Cabrio washer is a clothes washing machine made by Whirlpool. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common problems found in the Cabrio washer and how to fix them.
Drain and Spin Problems
When you are having drain and spin problems on a cabrio washer, the first thing to check is the fuses. Is the circuit breaker for the laundry room blown? Is the time delay fuse working?
Check the water faucets. Both faucets should be open. Verify that the water supply hoses are unobstructed. Off balance washers are at risk of drifting in one direction, kinking the hose.
If the water supply isn’t the problem, check the connections. Use an ohmmeter to check for an electrical connection. Corrosion on the connections can cause intermittent failures. Loose wires are another culprit.
If there are no obvious mechanical problems with your cabrio washer, the Cabrio has diagnostic test modes. Run the automatic diagnostic test mode first to get an indication of what may be wrong.
If the error codes you receive from the automatic diagnostic don’t make sense or are something you’ve already checked, call in a repairman.
Load Balance Problems
Load balance problems are initially a horrific noise while the washer is running. Over time, the unbalanced load causes excessive wear and tear in the unit, making a breakdown likely. The first thing to check is the layout of the load itself.
You may want to run future loads with less clothing or fewer bulky items prone to collecting on one side. One cause of load balance problems is a defective spin actuator. If the load balance problems have been going on for a long time, the gears may need to be replaced.
Another solution to balance problems is to lubricate the ball joints. If they are unevenly worn, they need to be replaced because they can make a massive noise while the unit is turning.
Cabrio Washer – Noise
If the washing machine’s noise is getting progressively louder over time, there is probably a problem with the upper and lower bearings. When the bearings are worn out, the entire motor must be rebuilt. Lubricating the suspension springs will reduce vibration noise. You may also want to run the Cabrio washer at lower speeds, since noise problems worsen with speed.
You can tell if the problem is the shock absorbers by bouncing the wash tub. Simply put your hand on it and push it down. If it readily bounces back up, you know the shock absorbers need to be replaced.
The lid on a top loading washer takes a lot of abuse. There are reports of the Cabrio washer’s lid breaking after only a year of use.
You can reduce the odds of this happening by closing the lid gently instead of letting it fall closed. Don’t put laundry baskets on top of the washer or let children sit on the unit.
The Cabrio washer uses far less water than competing models. However, this has led to some complaints that a load comes out with dry spots, despite a full wash cycle. To avoid this problem, always put several items in the washer instead of letting one item go through a wash cycle alone.
The Cabrio does not have a traditional agitator, and the movement of multiple items in the unit help force the items to move and turn through the cycle. The Cabrio does not clean large items like comforters well.
Loose Wash Tub
If the wash tub is loose, a suspension rod kit has all of the components required to fix it. Worn suspension rods can also cause an unbalanced load error on the control board.
Red Spots on Laundry
These red spots are rust. To prevent this problem, only use high efficiency laundry soap in the Cabrio washer, and do not use bleach.