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Washer Won't Start

The 10 most common part(s) or condition(s) which cause the symptom Washer won't start are listed below starting with the most likely. Check or test each item and watch any available videos.


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User Control and Display Board

If the washer won't start, the user control and display board may be defective. Check for power to the washer first.

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To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Timer

If the washer won't start the timer might be defective. This part is often misdiagnosed, check other components before replacing this timer.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Line Fuse

If the washer won't start the line fuse might have blown.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Thermal Fuse

If the washer won't start the thermal fuse may have blown. It can be tested for continuity. Watch our fuse testing video for more information.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Line Fuse and Holder

If the washer won't start the line fuse might have blown, or the line fuse holder might be damaged and need to be replaced.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Main Control Board

If the washer won't start the main control board might be defective. This is not common. Check other parts and causes first.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Door or Lid Latch Assembly

If the washer won't start the lid switch assembly might be defective. This is a very common problem. The lid switch assembly can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any electrical switches with an Ohm meter for continuity. The switches should have continuity according to their design.

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What is a model number, and where do I find it?

To see parts for your washing machine, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your washing machine.

Door Lock Motor and Switch Assembly

If the washer won't start the door lock assembly should be checked. The door lock can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any switches on the door lock with an Ohm meter. The switches should have continuity according to their design.

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Other Causes and Conditions

Incoming Power Problem

If the washer won't start check to see if there is power at the electrical outlet which the washer is plugged into. Plug a lamp or radio into the outlet to check it. If the outlet is dead, check the circuit breakers or fuses for the home.

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Power Cord

If the washer won't start, check to be sure there is power to the electrical outlet for the home. If that is OK, the power cord itself might be defective. This is rare. You can check the power cord with an Ohm meter for continuity.

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