Front Load Washer Won't Start

If your washers not starting, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken front load washer with.

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Troubleshoot Why A Front Load Washer Won’t Start With These 3 – Steps

Step-1. Incoming Electrical Power

The first thing to check is to make sure that the washer is plugged into the electrical wall outlet, if it’s plugged in, you will need look for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker in your homes main circuit breaker box.   If you do not have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker you will need to test the electrical wall outlet with a volt meter, if you do not have a test meter, try plugging something else that runs on 110 volts into the outlet to see if the outlet is bad or good.  If you do have a test meter, the wall receptacle test should check at 115V plus or minus 10 percent, if the wall receptacle is bad, replace it.

Step-2. Door Lock Switch

The door lock switch is used on a front load washer to lock the door while the washer is in operation.  The door switch is used to communicate the status of the door to the washers main control board, the brain of the washer.  If your front load washer won’t start a cycle or stops in the middle of a cycle the door switch should be tested for continuity.  Visually inspect the door switch to make sure that it is not obviously broken or damaged, if it is not broken, you will need to test the switch for continuity using an analog multimeter or a digital meter.  If the door lock switch does have continuity and shows no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the switch does not have continuity, the part is faulty and it will need to be replaced with a new switch.  Troubleshooting tip If you do not have a test meter, a digital meter can be purchased fairly cheap from your larger hardware stores, it is a real time saver while troubleshooting the various electrical components within a clothes washer.

Step-3. Electronic Control Board Or Timer

The electronic control board is used to control most of the functions within the washer.  The control board does this by communicating with other electrical parts on the washing machine and activating a certain part when it is needed during the cycles of the washer.  Inspect the electronic control board.  You will need to look for loose or burnt wires and wire connections, burnt or charred marks on the electrical components on the back side of the control board.  If your clothes washer is equipped with a manual timer, you will need to inspect it for obvious damage and replace it if any is found.

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