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8 Simple Tips for Fixing a Washer That Won’t Start

Man stands exasperated by washer that won’t start

Has your washing machine stopped working or have you just discovered that it won’t start? Our video provides a simple checklist of common issues to look into — before calling a washer repairman.

If your washer won’t start, there are some simple things you should check. Some of these might sound silly — but it’s worth running through this list to potentially save you from calling out a technician unnecessarily.

First, make sure the power is on and that the machine is plugged in. You should check the outlet to make sure it’s working.

Then, check if a fuse is blown or a circuit breaker thrown.

If those both work, see if the Delay Start button or Control Lock feature has been activated.

Sometimes it’s as simple as opening and closing the door to reset the washer.

Save yourself the embarrassment (and cost) of a repair appointment by following these eight easy steps first.

How to Fix a Washing Machine That Won’t Start

  1. Activate the power button.

  2. Test the outlet.

  3. Reset outlet if necessary.

  4. Make sure the power cord is plugged in.

  5. Check if fuses are blown or the circuit breaker is thrown.

  6. See if Delay Start has been pushed.

  7. See if Control Lock has been activated.

  8. If the cycle is finished, open and close door.

Still won’t start? Call in the experts! Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your washer.