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WASHER WON'T START

If you have a washer that won't start, here are some probable causes to your problem. First, make sure to check your breaker box for a tripped breaker. If nothing is tripped, you will want to make sure the washer is getting power first. You need to check the wall outlet and the power cord. You can properly test both of them with a voltage meter to make sure they are getting correct power. Wiggle the cord and see if you can get it started. You could have a break or loose wire in the cord causing your washer to not start. If it starts, you still need to change out the power cord. If the outlet is not getting power, you will need to conduct a test on that to determine the cause. You may have a bad wire or a loose wire. If you have power to the outlet and cord, make sure your fuse has not blown. You need to check your timer switch next. It may be bad or not working properly. Refer to your manual for the correct procedure. Try the washer on different cycles to see if it will start. It is possible that you have a bad lid switch. It can cause the washer to not start if it is bad. You could have a defective motor as well. If the motor has not been working correctly or making noises and other sounds, there is a good chance it has finally died out. Always make sure that the part is getting power before you change it. A voltage meter is an ideal tool to keep around the house. If a part is not getting power, even with a new part, it will not work. Make sure you test everything before making a decision. Always determine the cause by testing and not guessing. Thanks for choosing FixYa and best wishes.

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. If you have a washer that won't start, here are some probable causes to your problem. First, make sure to check your breaker box for a tripped breaker. If nothing is tripped, you will want to make sure the washer is getting power first. You need to check the wall outlet and the power cord. You can properly test both of them with a voltage meter to make sure they are getting correct power. Wiggle the cord and see if you can get it started. You could have a break or loose wire in the cord causing your washer to not start. If it starts, you still need to change out the power cord. If the outlet is not getting power, you will need to conduct a test on that to determine the cause. You may have a bad wire or a loose wire. If you have power to the outlet and cord, make sure your fuse has not blown. You need to check your timer switch next. It may be bad or not working properly. Refer to your manual for the correct procedure. Try the washer on different cycles to see if it will start. It is possible that you have a bad lid switch. It can cause the washer to not start if it is bad. You could have a defective motor as well. If the motor has not been working correctly or making noises and other sounds, there is a good chance it has finally died out. Always make sure that the part is getting power before you change it. A voltage meter is an ideal tool to keep around the house. If a part is not getting power, even with a new part, it will not work. Make sure you test everything before making a decision. Always determine the cause by testing and not guessing.

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. You can unplug the washer for a few minutes to reset the washer. Meanwhile, you can check the following. If you have a washer that won't start, here are some probable causes to your problem. First, make sure to check your breaker box for a tripped breaker. If nothing is tripped, you will want to make sure the washer is getting power first. You need to check the wall outlet and the power cord. You can properly test both of them with a voltage meter to make sure they are getting correct power. Wiggle the cord and see if you can get it started. You could have a break or loose wire in the cord causing your washer to not start. If it starts, you still need to change out the power cord. If the outlet is not getting power, you will need to conduct a test on that to determine the cause. You may have a bad wire or a loose wire. If you have power to the outlet and cord, make sure your fuse has not blown. You need to check your timer switch next. It may be bad or not working properly. Refer to your manual for the correct procedure. Try the washer on different cycles to see if it will start. It is possible that you have a bad lid switch. It can cause the washer to not start if it is bad. You could have a defective motor as well. If the motor has not been working correctly or making noises and other sounds, there is a good chance it has finally died out. Always make sure that the part is getting power before you change it. A voltage meter is an ideal tool to keep around the house. If a part is not getting power, even with a new part, it will not work. Make sure you test everything before making a decision. Always determine the cause by testing and not guessing. Thanks for choosing FixYa and best wishes.

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If it fills with water but that's all, your kill switch might be bad or stuck. It's the button that the lid pushes when you close it. You'll have to pop the top up on your washer to get to this switch's guts. If it's filling then the only other likely cause is the control box that is directly behind and attached to your selector knob/dial. Sears has replacements, probably in stock.
If it's showing NO signs of life, start by checking the breaker, in your house's fuse box, that it's on. It will be a single switch, not one of the doubles. If you're not sure which one, just check them all. You can't always tell by looking. When you wiggle the breaker switch it should be firm and resistant to move. If the switch is wiggly then it's "tripped". Turn it all the way off then back on. If this turns out to be the problem then your breaker might be getting weak and needs replacing. Water from your washer's connections could trip the breaker, too, if they are, somehow, leaking into the outlet. (Probably/ hopefully not though)
Next, make sure the washer is off and unplug it. Now test the outlet with some other device. If the breaker isn't tripped but there's still no juice, then the outlet itself probably needs to be replaced.
If the easy stuff isn't it, then you move on to the power cord, where it connects inside the machine. You'll be able to look at it and see if it's fried. The very end of the cord's insulation will have melted and there will probably be carbon on the connection points themselves. Also, no life can still very well be the aforementioned (?) control box.

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First unplug your washer. Check the ground on the washer and make sure it isn't loose; this would be a good time to inspect the wiring harness for any problems. Next check the outlet (turn off the electric to that breaker first) make sure all the wires are tight and are making good contact; pay special attention to the neutral (white) wire. If that seems fine, and you are comfortable with going into you breaker panel, turn off that breaker and check the hot (the wire on the breaker) to make sure it isn't loose and then check the neutral wire. If either of these wires seem loose tighten them down....a loose wire will move when a load is put on it and cause the breaker to trip. If all seems normal and washer is still tripping the breaker you might want to replace the breaker.....they can go bad. Good luck!

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