Washing Machine Not Starting? (try doing these)

If your washing machine won’t start it can really mess up your plans. The ideal situation is a quick fix and that’s often an option but there could be a more serious problem with your machine. In this article we’ll identify both the simple faults that could prevent your machine from starting and the more difficult to fix problems too.

The first step might seem obvious but you’d be surprised just how often a lack of power is the only reason the machine isn’t functioning.

No Power

It’s not unheard of for a vibrating washing machine to dislodge the plug from the socket just enough to cut the power. So the first place to check is the actual plug socket, Is the plug pushed fully in? Has the fuse blown? Has the circuit breaker tripped? 

You can check the socket is working by plugging something else electrical into it, if it works then it’s safe to assume the power is working fine and there’s nothing wrong with the socket. If the fuse in the plug is fine then that can be ruled out as well. When the machine is plugged in does it light up? If it does, the problem lies elsewhere and not with the power supply.

Faulty Power Cord

If everything else in the system is OK check the cable for any damage. A slight chafe in the protective plastic coating could result in your machine not starting.

Child Lock Activated

We are always in such a hurry nowadays, it’s easy to catch the child lock button without realising. If this is the case the machine will not start.

Faulty Door Switch

Washing machine doors have sensors that alert the control board if the door isn’t shut completely. This is for safety reasons and a necessary precaution on behalf of the manufacturers. If the door is shut properly, it’s possible that the door switch is faulty.  If you suspect this is the problem, call an engineer to repair/replace the switch. 

Overheating Machine

Washing Machine

If your washing machine has been running for some time, maybe you’ve already done 2 loads and you’re going for a 3rd, it could overheat. If it does overheat it is likely to have a cut out switch for safety. Allow your machine to fully cool down (around 20 to 30 minutes) before using again.

Start Switch Faulty

Over time all electrical components can develop a fault. If the start switch has a fault it will prevent the machine from starting. It’s time to call an engineer if you believe this is the problem.

Faulty Timer

The timer is another component that is liable to break down at some point and can prevent the machine from starting. If you’ve ruled everything else out and you suspect this is the problem, call an engineer to check your machine out and replace the faulty timer.

Faulty Motor

If the motor develops a fault, the machine will not run correctly and in many cases will not start at all. You might hear a strange humming sound when the power is turned on. This could indicate the motor is the problem. You’ll need an expert for this problem.

Control Board Fault

Every program and cycle that your washing machine performs, runs through the control board. If there is a fault in the control board your machine will not operate or if it does it will not complete its full cycle. This is another job for a qualified engineer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes a washing machine not to start?

The most common reason for a washing machine not starting is a lack of power. Either the plug has become loose or there is a problem with the control board or start button. Other causes could be a faulty door switch or a faulty motor.

How do I know if my washing machine control board is bad?

You will know your washing machine control board is bad if the machine will either not start, not fill, not spin or not drain. Any or all of these could indicate the control board is bad.

Should you turn off an appliance before unplugging it?

You should always turn off an appliance before unplugging it for reasons of safety.

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