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Washer Will Not Turn On

Washer Will Not Turn On

Obviously, if your washer is not turning on, you have a big problem on your hands. While there are many parts that could be causing this issue, most of them are quite simple to diagnose and replace. Here, we have a couple of parts that we’ll take a look at and test. When you find the cause of your problem, we also have links for you to find the replacement parts that you need! 


Lid Switch

Washer lid switch


The lid switch tells a top loading washing machine when the lid is open or closed. When it tells the washing machine that the lid is open, it will not operate. So if something is wrong with the door switch and it is not communicating to the appliance correctly, then the washer will encounter problems. If it is telling the washer that the door is closed, even if the washer door is actually open, then the washer will not turn on. 


How to Troubleshoot a Lid Switch:

Note: this process requires a multimeter


  1. Disconnect the washer from its power source.
  2. Locate the lid switch by removing either the top panel or cabinet - consult your owner’s manual to find the exact location.
  3. Inspect the switch for any visible damage.
  4. If there is no visible damage, remove the switch.
  5. Test the switch with the multimeter on the RX1 setting - you should receive a reading of zero.
  6. If you do not receive a reading of zero, you must replace the lid switch. 

Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your washer.


Find the right lid switch for your washer here! 


Drive Motor

Washer drive motor


The drive motor is responsible for spinning the wash basket and, in some washers, operating the pump. You can tell if your motor is defective by listening for a buzzing or humming noise - if your washer is not starting but your drive motor is making a noise, that is a sign that the drive motor might need to be replaced.

Note: To troubleshoot a drive motor you must handle electrical components. You must disconnect your washer before you do this. We recommend enlisting the help of an experienced professional before attempting to troubleshoot your motor. 


How to Troubleshoot a Drive Motor:

Note: this process requires a multimeter

 

  1. Disconnect the washer from its power source.
  2. Locate the drive motor - consult your washer’s owner manual to find the exact location.
  3. Carefully disconnect the wires from the motor to remove it.
  4. Use the multimeter at RX1 setting to test for continuity - place each probe on a separate terminal. Look for a reading of zero, or close to zero.
  5. If you receive a reading other than zero, or close to zero, you must replace your drive motor. 

Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your washer.

 

Find the right drive motor for your washer here!

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