How to Troubleshoot a Whirlpool Washer That Won't Run

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Your Whirlpool washer is a vital part of your home laundry system; but if it should stop working, it can cause a great deal of inconvenience -- especially if you have a large family or young children. If your washing machine does not work, it might be a result of several easily fixed problems. Troubleshooting your Whirlpool washing machine can save you money by preventing unnecessary repair visits. This task will take roughly 10 minutes.

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    Confirm that the washer is still plugged into an electrical socket. The vibration from spin cycles can sometimes work power cables loose, cutting power to the appliance. Push the plug firmly into the electrical socket and try your wash cycle again.

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    Check for blown fuses or tripped breakers. Whirlpool washers require two working time-delay fuses to power up and spin. One or more blown fuses will prevent the washer from receiving adequate power. Replace any blown fuses or reset any breakers to restore power.

  3. 3

    Confirm that the washer door is firmly closed. If the machine detects that the door is open, it may not fill with water or spin. Push the door until it clicks shut and start your wash again.

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    Verify that a cycle has been selected on the control panel. If no cycle is selected, the washer will not start. Make sure to press the "Start/Pause" button for three to five seconds to begin the cycle.

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    Contact Whirlpool if these actions do not identify or resolve the problem. You may be entitled to free service if your washing machine is within its warranty period. Reach Whirlpool at 800-253-1301 in the United States or at 800-807-6777 in Canada.

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