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My washing machine does not start even when it is on the right setting, the button is pulled and the top is closed. If I close it hard, jank it around... eventually it will start... what is wrong?


Dear C Bower:

It sounds like there is something intermittent that is keeping your washing machine from turning on. That is, possibly a bad connection of some sort, which is why it turns on after you "bang it around" a lit bit.

So here's a couple of things you might want to initially try:

1) There is door switch that must be engaged for your washing machine to turn on. If you look around the door to your washing machine, you should see something that looks like a pin that goes in a slot. If this switch is loose, or not connecting properly, then it makes the machine think the door is not closed, so it can prevent it from turning on. This switch could also be "gunked up", and need to be cleaned to work properly.

2) Carefully check to see if the plug for your washing machine is securely plugged into your outlet.

If these don't work for you, just let us know, and we can give you some other things to try.

Washing Machine