Whirlpool washer not turning on
Common reasons your Whirlpool washer is not turning on
The most common reasons your Whirlpool washer is not turning on are a malfunctioning electronic control board, broken motor or an inoperative power supply board.
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Most common repairs needed to fix a Whirlpool washer
Electronic Control Board Replacement
A malfunctioning electronic control board can lead to various failures in a washer. This is because the board serves as the brain of the washer, controlling crucial components such as the water valve, drive motor, drain pump, and cycles. If the electronic control board fails, the washer may not power up or display the cycle status. Additionally, it might fail to fill, agitate, spin, or drain. In some cases, a shorted board may emit a burning smell.
A broken washer motor will prevent the spin basket from rotating or agitating, and can also cause a variety of other issues that affect the washer’s ability to function properly. Signs that the motor is wearing out include unusual noises during operation, such as grinding or squealing sounds. The washer may also exhibit erratic spinning or agitation, with clothes not being properly rinsed or still soaking wet after the spin cycle. Additionally, a worn-out motor may lead to the washer not completing its cycles, stopping abruptly, or not starting at all. Burnt smells or overheating around the motor area can be indicative of internal problems. In some cases, visible damage to the motor itself may be apparent.
Power Supply Board Replacement
If the power supply board is inoperative, the washer will not power up. This is because the power supply in a washer connects the incoming power from the cord to the components inside. A defective power supply may fail to protect the washer from power surges, potentially causing damage to electronic components like the electronic control board. If your washer is not powering up, it is recommended to have a Sears Home Services professional inspect it.
What to expect when you experience a Whirlpool washer not turning on issue
How is the not turning on problem fixed?
Correcting most not turning on problems usually involves replacing the electronic control board, motor or power supply. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.
Sears Home Services recommendations for a washer that is not turning on
When the washer is not turning on it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of washer failures.
What to look out for with a washer not turning on diagnosis
Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your washer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.
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