If your Whirlpool Cabrio dryer isn’t heating up, no worries. This tutorial was created to help you figure out what’s wrong with your Whirlpool Cabrio.

 The Whirlpool Cabrio is a high efficiency (HE) dryer.  There are some upsides and downsides to these HE dryers.  One of the upsides is there is an electronic control board that can sometimes help you diagnose your dryer by displaying error codes.  These error codes can help you pinpoint the cause of your dryer malfunction.  You can find Whirlpool Cabrio error code chart here.

The ironic downside of HE dryers is; they have an electronic control board.  Unfortunately, like any other part, these control boards can fail causing your dryer not to heat, to throw an F1 error, or not work at all.  The Whirlpool Cabrio has two control boards, the main control board and the board that controls the touch pad.  These control boards replaced the electro-mechanical timers that were a much more reliable part.  The electro-mechanical timers were less likely to become faulty causing a dryer to not heat up.  Lets cross our fingers and hope that your control board isn’t causing your non heating dryer issue.

One nice thing about the Whirlpool Cabrio dryer is it is designed very similar to older Whirlpool brand dryers.  Many of the parts that you need to test, can be found in the back of the dryer by simply unscrewing the back panel.

First thing we need to do is check the obvious.  Is the dryer not heating up at all?  Is the dryer dead?  Does the dryer show any fault codes?

How to disassemble


Most common Whirlpool Cabrio parts that fail

  • Thermal fuse
  • High limit thermostat
  • Thermistor
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