Unfortunately, while we wish things were different, the reality is that no one discovers that their washing machine won’t start until it’s fully loaded and… won’t start. And needless to say, it’s not fun! Today, we’re going to talk about why washers won’t start and how you can troubleshoot the problem.
Let’s jump right in.
Not getting enough power
One of the more common issues with washers is that they’re not getting enough electricity. This happens in older homes or homes where the breaker box is older and out of date. Sometimes it’s just as simple as the washer being unplugged, a tripped circuit breaker or simply a unit in need of a reset. Whatever it is, make sure you check the basics first. Check you breaker box. Check the plug.
And as a caveat, if you’re using an extension cord, understand that that cord is probably a source of the issue as extension cords can’t adequately power washers.
Control locks are on
If your washer isn’t turning on, be sure to check the control lock feature. This feature locks all of a washer’s features to prevent it from starting accidentally. When the control is activated, you may see an LOC or LC display on the control panel.
To turn it off, simply refer to your owners manual and they’ll give you the key combination to do it. Once you enter the process, the LOC or LC should disappear from the control panel.
Washer door isn’t latched
Washers won’t start until the washer door is completely shut and latched. Always be sure that you’re closing the door with some authority – but without slamming it – to make sure that the latch has engaged. If the door isn’t completely closing, check for any obstructions that might be in the way.
And if the washer won’t turn on after the door is closed? The latch itself might be defective. If the latch doesn’t click when you close the door or looks damaged, then it is probably in need of repairs.
Checking your setting and other defective parts
Always be sure your selections are made correctly on your control panel. If you have knobs, double check to make sure they’re in the right position and clicked into position correctly. In addition, there could be some components of your washer that are not working properly, including the display board, line fuse and timer. If none of these are working correctly, then your washer won’t start and you’ll need to call in a professional.
Hopefully today’s blog helped you troubleshoot your issues with your washer. If you need to get repairs, then feel free to give us a call today and we’ll get you a free consultation. Good luck!