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Whirlpool Front Load Washer Not Starting? Follow These Tips

Unfortunately, a washer that won’t start usually isn’t discovered until it’s fully loaded with dirty clothes. Why is my Whirlpool front load washer not starting? Front-load washers won’t start a wash cycle if the door isn’t completely closed. Diagnose why your Whirlpool front load washer won’t start with these troubleshooting tips.

5 Common Causes For a Whirlpool Front Load Washer Not Starting

A Whirlpool front load washer not starting doesn’t mean it’s doomed for replacement. In most cases, a simple DIY fix or straightforward repair can restore function. Here’s how to determine the source of the problem and the right solution.

1. Washing Machine Not Getting Power

If your Whirlpool washing machine won’t turn on and none of the control panel buttons respond, it may not be receiving power. The washer needs adequate and consistent electrical power to turn on and perform any function.

The following power issues can keep the washer from starting:

  • Power cord isn’t plugged in properly: Make sure the cord is fully plugged into a functioning outlet.
  • Washer is plugged in via an extension cord: These cords can’t reliably transmit the voltage the washer needs, causing surges that can interrupt power.
  • Tripped circuit breaker: Check your home’s circuit breaker box for tripped breakers that can cut off power. Reset any breakers if necessary.

After an interruption in power the washer may need to be reset to resume or start a wash cycle. Unplug the washer or disconnect it from power at the circuit breaker. After one minute, restore power, select a wash cycle and press “Start.”

2. Door Isn’t Latching Shut

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If you find your Whirlpool front load washer not starting, but has power, the door may not be fully closed and latched. To prevent leaks, front load washers won’t begin a cycle unless the door is completely closed. Before closing the door, make sure there are no overhanging clothes that can prevent proper closure. Always give the door a firm push when closing to engage the latch. 

If the door was closed properly and trapped clothing isn’t causing an obstruction, the door latch may be faulty. If multimeter testing shows a lack of continuity, the latch won’t be able to signal the washer to begin a cycle. Meanwhile, a damaged latch won’t hold the door securely shut. In either case, the latch requires professional replacement.

3. Washer Controls Are Locked

Is your Whirlpool washer locked and won’t turn on? The Control Lock function may be enabled. This feature locks all control panel functions to prevent accidental use. If Control Lock is enabled, “LoC” or “LC” will display on the control panel when a button is pushed.

Depending on your model washer, Control Lock can be disabled by holding down one button or a series of buttons for 3 seconds. Refer to your user manual to determine how to disable this feature on your washer.

4. Choose Different Washer Settings

The washer’s control panel specifies what settings are selected as well as if any errors are preventing proper function. Certain settings, like the Delay Start feature, delay the start of a wash cycle to a preselected later time. To disable Delay Start, press the “Power” button to turn the washer off before turning it on again. If the control panel displays an error code, it’s alerting you to a particular issue that could impair function. 

The following error codes can result in a Whirlpool washer not starting:

  • “Err”: Displays if you try to start the washer while the door is open or change a setting mid-cycle. Always make sure the door is properly closed before starting the washer and only change settings after pausing a cycle.
  • “Dr”: Shows when the washer door hasn’t been opened for 3 consecutive wash cycles. To restart a cycle, open the door and close it again before restarting.
  • “-:–“: Will display if no cycle is selected. Always select a cycle before starting the washer.

Lastly, make sure you press the “Start” button firmly when starting the washer. It must be pushed and held for up to 3 seconds to activate the cycle.

5. Broken Whirlpool Washing Machine Parts

If all else fails, a broken part can result in a Whirlpool front load washer not starting.

The following parts must be replaced by a professional washer repair service when they fail:

  • Control panel: If you find your Whirlpool washing machine start button not working or other buttons are unresponsive, the control panel may be defective.
  • Main control board: This computerized board governs all washer functions. If it malfunctions, washer components won’t activate and a cycle can’t start.
  • Timer: This part works with the control board to start certain functions at the right time. If it fails, the washer won’t start, drain, or spin when it should.

Whether your washer makes noise or won’t start on command, Appliance King of America can help. Schedule your expert service today!


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