Whirlpool washing machines are available in both top-loading and front-loading versions. Most Whirlpool models operate in the same basic manner. As with any brand of washing machine, over time you may experience some problems with your Whirlpool washing machine not working as it is intended to work. When this happens, you can troubleshoot the cause yourself and often find solutions to the problem without needing to call in a service technician.
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Push the lid of the washer firmly closed if you are having problems with the washer not coming on. Confirm that a cycle has been selected and that the selector knob has been pulled out to start the machine. Check that the washer is properly plugged in and that no fuse has blown and no breaker has tripped. If a breaker has tripped, turn it all the way off, then back on, and check to see if the washer will start now.
Remove some of the laundry from the washer if you experience loud noises or vibrations because the load in the washer is unbalanced. If a washer is not level, it often will vibrate. Solve this by adjusting the height of the washer's legs with a wrench until it is level.
Check the washer's hose connections if you notice some water leaks. You may also have a clog in the drain that needs to be cleaned out.
Confirm that both faucets are fully on if the washer is not filling with water. Check that inlet hoses are properly connected and don't have any kinks in them. Straighten the hoses if they are kinked. A clog in the inlet screen also may prevent the washer from filling. You can clear such a clog by disconnecting the inlet hose.
Reposition or remove some of the load in the washer if it is not draining or spinning properly. Something may be snagged inside the washer's drum, preventing the washer from operating properly. A clog or kink in the drain hose can also be to blame. If you have too many suds from using too much detergent, select "Rinse and Spin" to attempt to remove the water and suds.
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