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Whirlpool washer won't start cycle

Common reasons your Whirlpool washer won't start cycle

The most common reasons your Whirlpool washer won't start cycle are a malfunctioning electronic control board, jammed door lock assembly or a faulty user interface.

  • 52%

    52% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 21%

    21% of the time it's the
    Door Lock Assembly

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    User Interface Control

  • 14%

    14% of the time it's the
    Something else

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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.

    Door Lock Assembly Replacement

    When a washer door lock assembly is jammed, you may encounter difficulty in opening or closing the washer door. The door may not latch properly, leading to issues in starting or completing a wash cycle. The washer might display an error code indicating a door lock problem. During operation, the door lock may make unusual clicking sounds or fail to engage, preventing the washer from starting. Additionally, if there is a malfunction, the door lock indicator light may not illuminate as expected. Users might notice water remaining in the drum even after the wash cycle has finished, indicating a potential problem with the door lock assembly preventing proper drainage.

    User Interface Control Replacement

    A faulty user interface control may become unresponsive and won’t allow you to change wash cycle settings or turn the washer on and off. In some failures, only one or two buttons or dials on the interface are affected, but in some cases the entire interface will be completely dead. Cycle status such as time remaining in the cycle won’t display properly on a defective user interface. Control keys or buttons on the user interface may also stick, causing the washer to exhibit inconsistent behavior, such as starting or stopping unexpectedly during a cycle. Error codes may also be present.

    What to expect when you experience a Whirlpool washer won't start a cycle issue

    How is the won't start a cycle problem fixed?

    Correcting most won't start a cycle problems usually involves replacing the electronic control board, door lock assembly or user interface control. 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 won't start cycle

    When the washer won't start a cycle 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 won't start a cycle 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.

    Troubleshooting Your Whirlpool Washer That Will Not Start

    Common Reasons Your Whirlpool Cabrio Washer Is Not Starting

    If your Whirlpool Cabrio washer is not starting, check for power supply issues, such as a tripped circuit breaker or an unplugged cord. Make sure the control panel is responsive and that no buttons on the user interface are stuck. Confirm the door lock mechanism is working properly, as the washer won't start if the door isn't securely locked. Check for error codes to identify any underlying issues, as these can point to specific failures needing attention, such as a faulty electronic control board or door lock assembly.

    Fixing a Whirlpool Duet Washer That Will Not Start

    For Whirlpool Duet washers that won't start, verify the power cord and outlet are functioning properly. Ensure the start button is being pressed firmly and is not defective. Double-check that the cycle settings are appropriate for the load. If the Duet washer still doesn't start, have a Sears service technician diagnose the washer and verify the need for repairs such as replacing the user interface control or the electronic control board.

    Addressing Whirlpool Washer Won’t Lock and Start Issues

    A Whirlpool washer that won't lock and start can often be traced to a door latch or lid switch problem. Inspect the door latch for damage or obstructions and replace it if necessary. For top-loading models, make sure the lid switch is operational. Check the wiring connections to the door lock and switch for any loose or damaged wires. If all other components are functioning correctly, the issue might lie with the control board, which could need replacement.

    Proactive Measures to Prevent Starting Issues in Whirlpool Washers

    Preventative maintenance can help avoid issues with your Whirlpool washer not starting. Regular maintenance checks can keep your washer in top condition, while using the recommended detergents prevents residue buildup that can affect performance. Scheduling periodic professional inspections can help catch potential issues early, and using surge protectors can safeguard the washer’s electronic components from power fluctuations.

    By understanding and addressing these common issues, you can ensure your Whirlpool washer remains reliable and functional, preventing the frustration of a washer that won’t start. Trust our expert technicians to diagnose and repair any issues with your Whirlpool washer, ensuring it operates smoothly and efficiently. Call (646) 440-2692 or schedule an appointment online now.

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