Fixing a Washing Machine That Won’t Start

Today’s modern appliances do so much of our daily grind work that we often don’t even realize how much we depend on them until they break down. But when they DO break down, knowing who to call for an appliance repair ( that you can count on can make the difference between some serious chaos and a simple, temporary hiccup in your daily chores. Today we’ll be looking at a common appliance problem – a washing machine that won’t start in any cycle.

The tools you need to complete this appliance repair are a pair of needle nosed pliers, a hand-held Phillips head screwdriver or a Phillips head bit incorporated with your drill.

This is a , it’s fairly new. It’s a lot smaller than most front load washers as you can tell. The problem we’re having with this one is it actually will not go to a cycle and what we’re noticing is that the door lock in the drain draining unlocking LED lights here are blinking and won’t lock the door and won’t go through a cycle.

It seemed to be intermittent issue, we did get it to go through once or twice but for the most part it was not starting. It would just blink continuously and not start.

We also raised the switch here; it’s a micro switch that sticks. So we’re going to be replacing the switch here and also the latch and this should rectify the problem that we are having

This is what the problem is with the lights that we got to going on over just a normal cycle. It does this on all cycles but we’re just going to do normal here. Let’s set the cycle, press and hold, what happened is this LED lights coming o, the door sounds like it locks but it’s just not registering it to the CCU that it’s actually locking.

So we get is this door lock like here just continuously blink and  blink and blink, then after the door lock continues to blink, the wash light will start to blink also and the last time I’ll share a set and waited for a good 15 minutes and it just kept on the same exact thing.

So in order to rectify this problem, what we have to do is replace this door switch and door lock here and we’re going to go on. To cancel this out, all you going to have to do is just hold the cancel and drain. It will run the drain pump for about 60 to 90 seconds then it’ll take about an additional thirty seconds for the door to actually unlock, but it will unlock by itself.

Never force the door open. The new switch should be nice and fluid, open-close, open-close and that’s sticking all. This old one sticks out, stays in for a while, it’s definitely should not be running like that. So we’re going to replace this and the door latch also.


Before beginning any repair always be sure to disconnect the power to the appliance. It is also recommended to test the outlet for proper voltage. Remember to also turn off the water.

Well we’re going to have to do first is there is a retaining spring that holds this gray bellow on and then you’re going to have to remove the spring and then fold the bellow back. Basically the latch and the switch are both held on by two Phillip head screws on each not too difficult over a pair.

This retaining spring can be a little tricky sometimes, the best way to get it off is to use a pair of needle nose pliers and if you look under it there will be a nice place to grab it. Get it on there nice and tight, pull out and use your other hand, you can follow completely of where you want to grab is one of these loops here and the best place to grab and pull out.

Now if you do this repair in your washer and you’ve been using it for some time, you will notice that you may have rust on these returning springs, sometimes you pull them off, they do break and if it’s older and there is rust on it, well kind of difficult to get off.

If it bends out, it breaks, you will have to replace that spring and you want that tension to be very tight around this you can run and some leaking issues so you don’t want to just rig it up back on there, you would want to replace the actual tensed spring if it does in fact break.

Now after removing the retaining spring we’re going to fold back the bellow here, does get a little stuck on there which is a good thing. So we’re going to fold this back about halfway. You can do the whole thing; it will make things easier on you.

Fold the back inside of the drum up and get it out of the way. Okay so we’re going to remove these two Phillip heads screws first and get the door switch out, just two standard Philip head screws, just hold them on.

Now there’s going to be one harness going to the door switch with the blue, two blue wires going to it simply just pull it off and it should be fine hanging right there and discard your old switch. The new switch will go in just like the old one came out.

The first thing you will want to do is put the harness on first then the screws. Slide it in the same way it came out. Grab your two screws; make sure not to over tighten these screws you don’t know want to strip out the plastic or it will just hang in not going there correctly.

Now this one is now a lot smoother than the old one. After replacing the switch, we’re going to replace the door latch here same way as a switch. First thing you need to do is remove the two Phillip head screws, this one also has one harness going to it. There will be one little clamp, take it right off, grab the new one.

Just want to slide it right back into the same spot, make sure it is nice and tight in there. Slide the latch back. Alright make sure it’s in there nice and flush against the actual cabinet. We have our Phillips so again do not over tighten. You do not want to strip that out or the door latch will have to be replaced again.

Alright, now that those are in there securely, both are good, nice and flush against the cabinet, what you have to do is basically just backtrack and replace the bellow, make sure that’s nice and secure around the actual base of the washer. I am going to have to fold it up and around so it’s nice and tight.

Putting on the retaining spring on this washing machine can be a little difficult at times; we always do want to make sure the spring is at the bottom of the gasket here. You will need to use the same pliers, you will notice that you used before and everybody has their own techniques. This is what I find most effective.

It’s basically just pulling it back and getting the right tension on it to go around this bellow, the newer the retaining spring, the more resistance you going to have. If we just push over, getting it around that the gasket. Make sure it’s pushed completely over the sides here and not showing and it’s not folded out anywhere.

It should be able to pull a bit on the bellow here and make sure that it’s not pulling the spring out. It is a little, it can be a little tricky sometimes, just practice makes perfect on it. So after we replace that retaining spring the repair is complete and now just run a test on your washer to make sure it’s functioning properly and we’re set to go.