Washing machines might seem like relatively simple contraptions, but there are a host of issues that can impede their operation. One of the most common problems with washing machines is that, sometimes, they simply won't start. There are a number of faulty components that may lead to a dishwasher's failure to start, and this list outlines three of the most frequently cited causes. More importantly, it addresses the importance of leaving these kinds of repairs to professionals.
Faulty Lid Switches
On most front-loading washing machines, the actuator is engaged by a lid switch. The lid switch is the tab near the top of the door that engages the actuator when the door is closed. It is a safety mechanism designed to prevent the washing cycle from initiating if the door isn't securely closed. Sometimes these switches simply go out, and although replacements are inexpensive, improperly installing one may ultimately lead to a flooded room when the machine begins a cycle and the door is not completely closed.
Worn Out Strikes
Washing machines might also fail to start when their strikes go bad. The strike is a component of front-loading washing machines that fastens the door shut. Unlike conventional strikes found in the front doors of homes and businesses, which are nearly always metallic, washing machine strikes are usually made of plastic and aren't quite as durable as their metal counterparts. As such, these components can wear over time.
In washing machines, the motors are governed by a sensor that assesses whether or not the loading door is completely closed, but if the strike becomes worn the door may not securely close, or even if it does, the sensor may not detect the strike's closed position. The installation of the strike is just as important as the lid switch and should be replaced by a professional technician to ensure the machine's continued operation.
Bad Starter Switches
Another component that might cause your washing machine to fail is the starter switch. All washing machines are equipped with a starter switch that engages the motor. It is often dependent on a number of safety switches and sensors, but it normally activates when you pull out the timer knob of the machine. For machines that don't wash based on time, the starter will generally be activated by the knob that you use to select the kind of wash.
This is a difficult component to access for those that don't have experience working with washing machines as it necessary to remove the motor's power source and locate the correct electrical contacts that lead to the actual starter. Hiring a washing machine repair specialist will save you a lot of time and frustration when it comes to issues like these.