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GE Front Load Washer Not Starting? Check These 5 Things

There’s no checking laundry off your to-do list if your washer won’t start on command. Why is my GE front load washer not starting? The door may not be properly closed or latched. Use these tips to troubleshoot a GE washer not starting and restore your laundry routine.

5 Common Reasons for a GE Front Load Washer Not Starting

While a part failure is possible, the most likely reasons for a GE front load washer not starting have a DIY fix. Here’s how to pinpoint the problem and implement the right solution.

#1 – Washer Power Problem

Why is my GE washer not turning on or responding to any commands? If none of the control panel buttons are responsive, the washer may not be getting sufficient power. 

Here’s how to assess washer power problems:

  • Check the power cord: Make sure the cord is properly plugged into a functioning outlet. If stored items jostled the cord and unplugged it from the outlet, consider these laundry room organization tips for additional storage options.
  • Avoid extension cords: These cords can’t reliably transmit the voltage a washing machine requires, resulting in surges that interrupt power.
  • Look for tripped breakers: Check your home’s circuit breaker box for tripped breakers that could cut off power, resetting any if necessary.

After power is restored, you may need to reset the washer to continue a wash cycle. To reset, simply unplug the washer or shut off its circuit breaker. Wait 2 minutes before restoring power and re-selecting your wash cycle.

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#2 – Washing Machine Controls Locked

The Control Lock feature locks all control panel buttons to avoid an accidental start. When activated, an illuminated lock icon will appear on the control panel display. To turn off Control Lock, press and hold the LOCK button for 3 seconds. The icon should disappear from the display, indicating that the feature is off.

Do you notice that your GE washer won’t start filling immediately? After the START button is pressed, this additional child safety feature pauses the cycle and unlocks the door. The door remains unlocked for 15 seconds before locking again and resuming the wash cycle by filling with water. 

#3 – Washer Door Latch Not Engaged

One of the biggest differences between a front vs top load washer is the front loader’s locking door. As a safety precaution, this door must be completely closed, with the latch engaged, to initiate a wash cycle. Before closing the door, make sure that the opening is free of overhanging clothing that can prevent proper closure. Always close the door with a firm push to make sure the latch engages. 

If the door is closed properly and your GE washer turns on but won’t start, it’s possible the door latch malfunctioned. When the latch fails either mechanically or electronically, it won’t signal the washer to begin a wash cycle. If the latch has visible damage or fails multimeter testing with no continuity, it must be replaced.

#4 – Check Washer Cycle Settings

Is your GE washer turning on but won’t start washing? Check the control panel display to make sure the right cycle is selected and that no error codes are present. If Delay Start is selected, a wash cycle won’t start immediately and will instead begin at a preselected later time. If the Delay Start button is illuminated, the feature can be turned off by pressing and holding the START button for 3 seconds.

If an error code is displayed on the control panel it could be indicating why your GE washing machine won’t start. These combinations of numbers and letters illuminate to alert you to problems that are impairing normal function. Refer to your user manual to determine the meaning of the code and how to fix it to resume operation.

#5 – Defective GE Washing Machine Parts

If all else fails, it’s possible that a part failure is responsible for a GE front load washer not starting. 

The following part failures can prevent an immediate start, requiring a washing machine repair service:

  • Thermal fuse: The thermal fuse blows when the washer is in danger of overheating, cutting off power to save other components from damage. A GE washing machine won’t start until the fuse is replaced. However, the cause for overheating should be investigated first to prevent a recurrence. 
  • Control board: This computerized board governs all washer operations, sending voltage to the appropriate function at the right time. If the board malfunctions, the washer won’t process any electronic commands.
  • Timer: The timer works with the control board to initiate the right washer function at the right time. If it malfunctions, the washer may not start, drain or change cycles appropriately.

Don’t let a GE front load washer not starting lead to laundry pileups. Call Aviv Service Today to schedule a professional repair.01