Why Your Front Load Washer Won’t Start

Why Your Front Load Washer Won't Start

Washers never break down at a good time. It always seems to happen when your machine is full of dirty clothes and laundry detergent, and you probably have a list of other chores and tasks that you need to move on to. In most cases, a washing machine that won’t start doesn’t mean that it’s time to start shopping for a new one. There are a couple of quick ways to troubleshoot the problem. This blog will go over some common reasons why your front load washer won’t start and how to get it back up and running. While some problems need to be handled by a professional, there are a few you can do yourself.

The Washer Door Isn’t Latched

We’ll start with the easiest fix first. Check if there’s a piece of clothing or something preventing the door from fully closing. Most front load washing machines won’t start until the door has been completely closed and latched. However, if you notice your door isn’t locking, but nothing is blocking it, the latch might be defective. In this case, you’ll want to have a technician come out and determine if it needs to be replaced. 

Check The Settings

Another common (but easy to fix) problem is that the incorrect setting is chosen. For example, you may have accidentally set it to Delay Start, where the washer will start at a later time. While this may seem obvious, it happens to the best of us! Sometimes an error message will pop up, and the machine won’t start until the problem’s been resolved. If it’s unclear what the error message means, you can check your user manual to interpret it. Another easy-to-fix problem is not holding down the START button for long enough. Some washing machines require you to hold it down for a couple of seconds to start the cycle. 

Your Washing Machine Isn’t Getting Power

As the saying goes, “have you tried unplugging it and plugging it back in?” Simply unplugging the machine, flipping the circuit breaker for that room on and off, and then re-plugging it may effectively reset the machine. Additionally, when you go to unplug the machine, you may notice that it was never plugged in the wall in the first place! Maybe the machine got unplugged when someone was cleaning behind it, and it didn’t get plugged back into the wall correctly. On the other hand, it could be the outlet that’s failing, so you’ll want to check to make sure it’s fully functioning. You can also check for tripped breakers in your circuit breaker box and reset them if necessary. Remember never to plug your washer into an extension cord. These cords can not safely transmit the voltage necessary to power a washing machine.

There Are Defective or Worn-Out Parts

If you’ve tried all of the other methods, and nothing works, there’s a chance that your washer has a defective part. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to DIY this part, and you’ll need to call an appliance repair company to come to diagnose and fix the problem. You may have issues with your fuse, thermostat, heating coil, temperature switch, belt, or seal.

858Appliance Is Here To Help

If all else fails, it’s time to call in the pros! If you’re banging your head against the wall trying to figure out why your front load washer won’t start, we’re here to help! Our team of friendly and experienced technicians are available seven days a week to help you get your machine back up and running as soon as possible. We know you don’t have time to sit around and wait while your dirty clothes pile up, which is why we complete most of our services the same day! If you need help getting your front load washer to work, contact us today! You can reach us by phone at (858) 277-5426, email us at 858appliance@gmail.com, or contact us on our website.

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