Whirlpool washing machine does not turn on - reasons

Whirlpool washing machine does not turn on - reasons

Users sometimes encounter this problem: the Whirlpool washing machine does not turn on. This happens for several reasons, which the owner of the machine can find and eliminate on his own or only discover. In any case, this will require looking inside the car and inspecting the parts.

What happened?

At this point, we will figure out what malfunctions could have caused the washing machine to fail to work. As mentioned above, there may be several of them, so we will present a complete list.

  • No power supply. This can be the result of either a breakdown or a wire accidentally unplugged from the outlet, a malfunction of the outlet itself, or simply a power outage.
  • There is something wrong with the start button or the programmer that controls all the buttons.
  • The FPS or the wiring next to it burned out.
  • The hatch locking device is broken, which prevents the machine from starting to function in a faulty state.
  • Problems with the control board.

If the problem is any of the above, your machine will show characteristic signs. For example: it will not respond to the start button; when turned on, the indicator will light up all the lights, which will start blinking randomly; even when the start indicator lights up, the machine will not start. However, keep in mind that the problem does not always lie in a serious breakdown; perhaps some kind of malfunction occurred or factors that had nothing to do with the car influenced the problem.

Let us start checking

You should start with the simplest thing: the external elements of the machine, which can be checked without disassembling it. In our case, such elements include an electrical wire.

  • Check it for kinks or damage. If you find something like this, correct the situation and try to start the car.
  • If everything is fine with the wire, check if there is electricity in the house; no equipment is working right now.
  • In the end, the wire can simply be unplugged from the outlet where it then needs to be inserted.
  • As a last resort, try replacing the wire, because there may be problems with it that you are unlikely to be able to detect.

And only after you have done everything you could, but the unit has not started washing, should you call a technician or continue to inspect the machine from the inside yourself.

Cause and effect of failure

Sometimes the machine does not start because the FPS breaks down - a surge protector that can burn out because of a power surge. To find it, you need to remove the top cover of the machine by unscrewing the screws that hold it in place. Next, you can easily find this device next to the side wall. As a rule, if it is faulty, you will see signs of swelling on it or traces of burning on nearby wiring. In this case, the filter must be replaced.

Another reason is burnt out wiring leading from the filter to the start button or control module. It also needs to be checked with a multimeter. When turned on, the button should pass current; if this does not happen, the problem is either in the wiring or in the button. Check both with a multimeter. If the button is faulty, it can be replaced. However, the button itself may also be faulty due to detergent getting on it. Clean the button groove and try again. No replacement required.

Sometimes a completely new machine does not turn on. In this case, we do not advise you to immediately disassemble it. First, apply for warranty repairs (and if you try to do something to the device, they will refuse to repair you). If this is a manufacturing defect, it will be eliminated, but if not, you can already take some action yourself.

Sometimes even a reliable, used machine refuses to function after moving. This can happen due to water getting on the electronic module, since water always remains in the dispenser tray, and it does not occur to the owners to ensure that it does not get from there onto any internal parts during transportation. What to do in this case?

  • Remove the top cover of the washing machine, having previously unplugged the machine for safety reasons.
  • Remove the dispenser tray.
  • Then unscrew the screws holding the control panel in place and remove it.
  • Take a photo of the wiring and remove it too.
  • Now you can remove the module from the panel and take it to a repair center.

All the above operations are quite difficult to perform if you do not have sufficient experience. Therefore, if you doubt that you can successfully follow all the instructions, it is better to consult a specialist. He will take money for his work, but if you damage something else during the repairs yourself, you will have to pay even more. Be careful every time!