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What to do when the Electrolux washer won’t turn on?

A washing machine that doesn’t turn on will make your daily life much more difficult, so identifying and solving the issue is vital.

When the Electrolux washer doesn’t turn on, the breaker switch and the power outlet are the first things to check. Further, you might have to fix or replace parts such as the door switch, power cord, some fuses, or the control board’s motor.

Suppose your washer’s issue is a bit severe in that you must fix or replace a critical component.

In that case, the guide below will help you with all the necessary instructions for the proper repair.

Electrolux Washer Won’t Turn On – Reasons

why my electrolux washer won't turn on

First, you do not need to panic when the Electrolux washing machine won’t turn on.

Although that is a significant issue because you cannot wash your clothes, it is fixable! 

The reason for such an occurrence is not always evident right away. That is because many parts are involved in turning the washer correctly.

So to perform the best troubleshooting, here are the most probable causes behind your Electrolux washer failing to turn on:

#1. Damaged Power Cord

The power cord is essential for any appliance, and when it has any damage, the appliance will no longer receive enough power to work properly.

#2. Tripped Breaker

Perhaps the breaker responsible for your washer machine has been tripped. 

#3. Defective Lid Switch/Door Switch

Some Electrolux washers will not turn on when they detect that the lid switch/door switch is malfunctioning. It is a safety measure.

#4. Blown Fuses

Some Electrolux washers have a line or thermal fuse. They can blow up when the washing machine gets too hot. Then, the next time the machine won’t turn on.

#5. Damaged Control Board

Washers’ control boards might get damaged over time. That can result from too much use or working in improper conditions.

How To Fix An Electrolux Washer Not Turning On

how fix electrolux washer won't turn on

As you can see, most causes behind the Electrolux washer not turning on are electrical components.

With that in mind, always remember to unplug the machine when fixing or replacing any parts.

Moreover, we recommend only trying any of the solutions below if you are comfortable dealing with electric components.

Otherwise, it would be better to call a certified technician.

Solution #1: Check The Breaker Circuit

Sometimes, a power outage, overload, or any other event can turn off the breaker responsible for delivering energy to your laundry. 

In order to test it, simply turn another appliance into the same power outlet where your washer is plugged.

If the machine can’t turn on, then:

  1. Find your house’s electrical panel;
  2. Determine which breaker is responsible for your laundry;
  3. Turn it back on.
Note: This is the easiest solution if the issue is that silly. If the electricity in your house is fine, move to the next solution.

Solution #2: Check The Washer’s Lid Switch/Door Switch

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Some Electrolux models will detect when the lid switch or door switch is defective.

Unfortunately, if it is defective, it means the washer can’t close properly, which represents a safety risk for the machine, the laundry, and even you.

Test The Switch’s Continuity

You must use a multimeter to test the lid switch’s continuity.

That way, you can find out that it needs to be replaced. 

  1. Remove the switch’s screws
  2. Disconnect the wires 
  3. Set the multimeter to continuity
  4. Place one probe on each of the switch’s two terminals
  5. Close the washer’s door/lid

If the multimeter shows a continuity reading, the switch is OK. If it doesn’t, then it is time to replace it.

Remove The Old Switch

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Here is how to remove the old lid switch assembly:

  1. Unscrew the console’s screws
  2. Remove the control console
  3. Detach the wire connector
  4. Remove the spring clips
  5. Lean the cabinet in your direction, slide it forward, and pull it out.
  6. First, take out the ground screw and mounting screws.
  7. Pull the wire strap away from the metal clips.
  8. Pull the old lid switch off.

Install The New Switch

Now let’s go to the next step:

  1. Snap the new lid switch assembly’s wire connector into place.
  2. Use both metal clips to keep the wire strap in place.
  3. Align the main switch with the screw holes close to the lid opening 
  4. Secure it with screws.
  5. Connect the grounding cable and put the cabinet back together.
  6. Now, move the cabinet until the back panel fits.
  7. Put spring clips back in place and reconnect the wire connector.
  8. Turn the control console down and put it back into place

Now that you’ve replaced the damaged switch, your washer will detect that the new switch works fine, and it will turn on as it should.

Solution #3: Change The Power Cord

change the power chord

To learn whether the power cord is unavailable to deliver enough power to the washing machine, you need to inspect it.

First, look closely for tears, burns, or any other sign of damage/wearing off. 

Next, you must check with a multimeter:

  1. Touch its probes to the power cord’s metal prongs. 
  2. Set to continuity
  3. If it doesn’t beep, the cable is the issue

How To Replace The Power Cord

Once it is possible to determine the issue lies with the power cord, it is time to buy a replacement.

When you have it in your hands, do the following:

  1. Remove the screws securing the cord to the device
  2. Unplug the internal wiring to let go of the cord
  3. Attach the new power cord to the internal wiring
  4. Reattach all the securing screws
Alert: Remember to check the voltage your appliance requires so you buy the correct replacement power cord.

Solution #4: Replace Blown Fuses

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Some Electrolux washers have thermal and/or line fuses that blow up under certain conditions.

The thermal and line fuses are located on the washer’s control board. You will need to remove the back panel of the washer to access the control board.

Depending on the model, the fuses might be in different control board parts. Because of that, you might want to check your machine’s tech sheet or wiring diagram.

Test The Fuses

Testing and replacing the fuses will be the same regardless of the model.

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Here is how to test:

  1. Grab a multimeter 
  2. Test the thermal/line fuse for continuity or resistance 
  3. Touch the probes to the thermal fuse’s terminals
  4. Infinite resistance or no continuity means the fuse is blown

Replace The Fuses

Once you have new fuses to replace the blown ones, do the following:

  1. Pull the blown fuses out of their holders with pliers (grip the fuses by the base and avoid touching the metal contacts);
  2. Insert the new fuses into the holders;
  3. Align the fuses correctly according to their orientation;
  4. Reassemble the washer.

Solution #5: Replace The Motor Control Board

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If you’ve checked all of the above, but none of that matches the issue on your washer, then the most likely cause is the motor control board.

It is probably unable to process the request to turn the machine on.

Find The Part And Test It

Here is how to find the motor control board and test it:

  1. Remove the back panel of the washer;
  2. Inspect the motor control board for any signs of damage (burnt components, corrosion, or loose connections);
  3. Grab a multimeter;
  4. Set the multimeter to the voltage setting;
  5. Touch the probes to the board’s terminals; if there is no voltage, there may be a problem with the power supply to the board;
  6. Set the multimeter to the continuity setting; 
  7. Check for continuity across the board’s terminals; if there is no continuity, the board is defective;

Replace The Motor

Once you’ve determined the motor control board is at fault, you must buy a replacement.

replace motor

You can find it at many retailers and specialized shops. Next:

  1. Remove the wiring connectors from the motor control board (with pliers or screwdriver);
  2. Remove the screws that secure the motor control board to the washer’s frame;
  3. Gently pull the motor control board out of its housing;
  4. Place the new motor control board into its housing;
  5. Secure with the correct screws;
  6. Reattach the wiring;
  7. Reassemble the entire machine;

After performing the replacement according to the steps above, it is time you test the machine.

Alert: If you don't have enough expertise, it is better to ask someone else to do it (even a professional).

What We Learned

It is very annoying when the Electrolux washer won’t turn on. Fortunately, there are solutions for the issue, as you’ve seen from the guide above.

However, remember that you must only try fixing your washer’s parts if the warranty is over.

Nicole B