When it comes to laundry, the last thing you want is your washing machine breaking down when you have a pile of dirty clothes waiting to be washed.
When this happens, most people assume that only a repairman can fix it, but we’re here to tell you that you can easily troubleshoot your washing machine problems all by yourself. However, how you fix your washer depends on what the problem is.
When you encounter a washing machine with no power and no lights issue, you should first check the circuit breaker to make sure there’s a power supply to the washer. If the washer is built-in, ensure the cord is plugged into a surge protector. In the case of a free-standing appliance, make sure the cord is properly plugged into a wall outlet and that it’s not loose.
Whirlpool Washing Machine No Power No Lights: Troubleshooting and Repair
Having a washing machine that has no power and lights can be a daunting issue, but don’t worry. Just keep reading as we lay down the solutions to the most common issues and explain exactly how to troubleshoot them.
Note: It’s important to take caution when dealing with electric appliances. You need to know what you’re doing and have a clear understanding of how wiring works, know how to cut electric wires, how to connect them, etc. Don’t do it if you’re not sure what you’re doing.
Check Power Connection
If your washer is not turning on, start by checking the power supply. Note that if the metal prongs and plug-in power cord of the machine are not properly inserted all the way into the outlet, there won’t be any sounds or lights. Also, make sure the outlet is working by plugging in something else to see if it’s working or not.
So, the first thing should be to check if the washer is properly plugged in. In case there’s no electricity detected, check the power supply. It’s important to check if the machine itself is grounded properly to ensure safety.
Tripped Circuit Breaker
Washing machines are essential appliances in modern homes, but there comes a time when they need to be serviced. This would require you to have the right tools on hand to check through certain components of the appliance. Check the main circuit breaker of your home, which contain labeled circuit breakers. Focus on the one that’s labeled one that’s labeled with your washer.
The power breaker will help you know if the washing machine is in use or not. It should show a red light when the washer is in use and green when it’s not. Having said that, there are other occasions when a malfunction occurs and the breaker fails to reset as expected. In this case, simply flip off the breaker and then back on again. This should reset it. Power problems are usually the reason for washer issues.
Blown Control Board
If your washing machine isn’t working, it could be that the fuse or control board is damaged/blown. It’s a common problem, especially with Whirlpool washing machines and generally happens after electrical surges.
To access the main control board of your washer, you will need to first turn off the power supply to the appliance. Then disconnect the ground wire from the back of it. Remove the screws from the metal plate, usually at the back of the machine. You might also need to disconnect some hoses or pull out the washer slightly to get past items blocking it in.
The control board is usually located on the top of the washer, although some washers may have one or two control boards, one large than the other. The smaller one normally contains the fuse.
There are various methods to check this issue, but most methods involve the use of a multimeter. You can either check a blown fuse or an open fuse. In case there’s no continuity in the fuse, then it needs a replacement. You might want to replace all fuses in the system with new ones as well.
If that doesn’t work, then your washer may have a bigger issue that requires the service of a technician. However, if the fuse is good, the problem could be in the main control board of your washing machine.
Defective Control Board
If you tried replacing the fuse and it didn’t help, there may be an issue with the main control board. You can easily access the main board by unplugging the washer and pulling it out. This will help have access to the back panel. While this is not always the case with most models, you might need to check the user manual for your specific washer.
In case you’re unable to disconnect the hoses and water supply for whatever reason simply cut a small hole into the back panel.
Some washers come with two control boards; one is the main control board and the other is a power supply. The main control board is normally marked on the user manual or the machine itself. Check and make sure they are in good condition. If the board is damaged, simply don’t plug the machine back in. But if it’s okay, get it back and test it to make sure it works. Note that this is a high voltage test and you may want to contact a technician.
If the machine is not getting power, or it gets power but the LED lights are still off, then there may be a number of issues present, which can vary subject to the model you’re using.
These problems include faulty wiring, a faulty main control board, or even a tripped circuit breaker. So check the voltage coming into and out of the board. If the voltage readings are not as what’s stated in the user manual, consider replacing the main control board.
Faulty User Interface Board
The user interface serves as a translator between you and your machine. Therefore, when something goes wrong with this board, you won’t be able to switch modes on your machines, no matter how hard you push the buttons.
Another reason for no lights or signs of power on your washer is a blown noise filter assembly. This is an easy repair, though, as you’ll just need to replace the faulty noise filter assembly.