Question about Dryers
I found the answer to the code AF also and it means the air flow is blocked. I checked my dryer vent on the outside and it was clear. However when I removed the dryer duct it was clogged just inside the machine. I had washed and dried a blanket that shed alot!
Posted on Jan 10, 2008
SOLUTION!... Blower pulley coming unscrewed
I was getting an AF code after 6 months of ownership and ended up making a service. The guy who came out fixed it on the spot, saying that it was a common problem with dryers of these type. Here what I learned:
If you've already verified that you are not experiencing blockage in your air vent and your lint trap is empty follow these instructions.
Remove the rear vent from the whatever external venting you have. Turn on the dryer and place your hand over the rear vent to feel for air flow. If there is very little air flow then chances are the pulley on your blower has come off. These are mounted on the rotor bolt of the blower and have a tendency to come unscrewed over time. To fix this you'll need to remove the front panel of your dryer, screw back on the pulley, and place the belt back on.
To take off the front panel, after unplugging the dryer, you'll need to first lift the top panel. To do this, there are two tabs under the lip of the top panel, one on the left and one on the right. You can use a flat head screw driver to push in the tab and lift the top panel, one side at a time. Lift the front of the top panel and rest it on the dryer control panel. Next remove the two screws, one on each side of the drum on the inside of the front panel. Now you can open your dryer front panel like a door. At this point you should be able to see if the pulley and belt have come off. If so, remove the lint screen and metal vent guide, and screw the pulley back on the blow rotor bolt. I suggest using some Loctite on the threading to keep this from happening again. Finally, place the belt back on the two pulleys, one on the motor and one on the blower. Reassemble your dryer, plug it in and verify you now have proper air flow out the rear vent.
Posted on Apr 29, 2012
I just had the same AF code on my 5 month old Whirlpool YWED7800XL. I found that the pulley that drives the fan had come off somehow therefore the fan was not being driven. I had to tilt the top panel out of the way, remove the front panels (only 2 screws) and the missing pulley was sitting in the bottom of the front panel. I reinstalled it and the belt (it only can go one way without damaging the belt) and I was done. Pretty easy repair. Also FYI everyone, underneath the electronic panel is a service manual for the dryer. Anyone who can understand what they are saying and if you have a multimeter, you can diagnose the entire machine yourself.
Posted on Feb 21, 2011
Found the source (it was NOT in my version of the manual)
It is due to low air flow
Here is a direct link to an FAQ on Whirlpool's site:
You can also enter your specific model number to here to get an updated manual:
Posted on Jan 08, 2008
Whirlpool cabrio electric dryer sometimes makes a grinding noise like its having a problem rotating the drum.
Posted on Mar 27, 2010
Well we figured out that the af code, is air flow, like it was mentioned on this sight. thanks. some how a bird decided to build a nest way up in the vent hose. a nest about nine inches long. totally packed up the hose.
Posted on May 20, 2009
I read the above comments and went outside and found the contractors had painted over the vent...so the slats were sticking together. I peeled off the paint. All better now!
Posted on May 28, 2009
Hey all, I had the same "Belt fell off" problem as mentioned above. Pretty easy fix. In my case the "nut" that held the bet onto the fan had come totally off and was just sitting there on the fan housing. Before checking the below to fix the AF (Air Flow) error issue be sure to check that your vent and vent pipes are clear since that is usually the problem and a easier fix.
Just pop the top with a putty knife by pressing on the two pressure pins on the left and right side between the front and top, use a pole to keep the top from falling back down as it is on hinges in the back, disconnect the wires on the right side that are for the door sensor, take out the two screws holding the front in place, lift the front housing straight up to clear the latches on the bottom and then forward and off, and look around at the bottom.
It also gave me a good chance to get it all cleaned out on the inside. Who knew that one dog could get so much hair in a dryer?
Posted on Jan 26, 2012
I have to take the connection off every 2 to 3 months and use a blower to blow the line out. Every time we do a gush of water comes out the vent on the outside of the house. Then it starts drying again. My dryer before this had no trouble drying clothes and pushing the water out. But this dryer doesn't have enough force and water settles in my line.
Posted on Jun 26, 2016
I hate this dryer... I would say my lint filter catches only about 33% of the lint.. the rest can be seen down inside the machine.
I wish Whirlpool would do a recall/redesign of the filter... this doesn't seem safe to have all this lint.
Posted on Jul 07, 2015
We thought for sure the vent was clean, checked outside and inside. Took the dryer apart only to find the blower worked fine. Used the vacuum cleaner as a blower and you would not believe what came out of the vent, both inside and out. What a mess! Cheaper than a repair call though.
Posted on Mar 28, 2013
Clean the Air Filter
Posted on Mar 02, 2010
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