What do you do when laundry is piling up but your washer isn’t turning on? Before you research how to wash by hand, there are a few common reasons why your GE washer won’t start. We’ll go through those here and help you troubleshoot the issue so that you can get your washing machine up and running again as soon as possible!
Here’s Why Your GE Washer Won’t Start
Ready to find out why your GE washer won’t turn on? Let’s get into the potential reasons below:
Reason #1: The Washer Is Not Getting Power
This seems like a silly mistake to make, but it is actually a very common one. Be sure that your washing machine is plugged into an outlet and that the outlet has power. You can test this by plugging in another appliance to the same outlet.
Also, make sure you are not using an extension cable as these can affect how much power goes through and can cause issues.
Reason #2: The Door Is Not Fully Closed
If the door to your washer is not closed fully, then your GE washing machine won’t start. This safety feature is in place so that children or pets cannot get trapped inside the washer while it is running.
If the door is ajar, simply close it and try to start the washing machine again. Make sure it’s clicking all the way shut, and then you don’t have anything blocking it from closing fully.
Reason #3: The Lid Switch Is Faulty
The lid switch is a safety feature that prevents the washing machine from running if the lid is open. If this switch is faulty, it can prevent the washing machine from starting even if the lid is closed. A multimeter can be used to test whether the lid switch is working properly.
Reason #4: Washer Settings Issue
Check to make sure that you have selected the correct cycle and that there are no delay settings in place. If the washer is set to delay, it will not start until the selected time has passed. Also, make sure any child lock settings are turned off as these can also prevent the washer from starting.
Reason #5: No Water or Not Enough Water
If there is no water entering the washing machine, it will not start. Be sure that both the hot and cold water valves are turned on all the way.
You may also need to check that there are no blockages or kinks in the hoses leading to the washing machine. Check that the hoses are tight and no water is leaking as well. If there is not enough water, the washer may stop mid-cycle.
Reason #6: The Washing Machine Timer Is Faulty
If the washing machine timer is not working properly, it can often result in the GE washer not starting. Also if the control board or any other internal part is failing, it can cause the same issue. In either case, it is best to contact a professional for help as these are usually more complex repairs that will require parts.
We hope this helped you solve why your GE washer won’t start. For any other issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance with your washer repair. We are always happy to help!
P.S. For more washer tips take a look at our other guides like why is my washer walking, or how to fix a washer leaking water!