Speed Queen is a brand of laundry products sold by Alliance Laundry Systems, headquartered in Ripon, Wisconsin. It sells consumer and commercial front-loading and top-loading washers. The company designs its products to work without any problems. But you can troubleshoot minor issues that occur with your washer. Fix these issues yourself and avoid expensive service fees.

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Not Agitating or Starting

Your Speed Queen washer won't start if the lid is raised. Lower the lid, and pull out the timer knob. Push the power cord snugly into an electrical outlet, and do not use an extension cord or adapter. If you smell an electrical burning odor or if your washer pauses after it starts, the motor overload protector is engaged. Allow the washer up to three minutes to turn back on. Reset the household breaker if it has been tripped. If it still won't start, examine the lid switch and replace it if it's burned out. Open the main housing and look at the drive belt. You must obtain a new one if the existing one is broken.

Not Filling With Water or Not Spinning

If your tub is not filling with water, turn on both the hot and cold water faucets. Examine the water inlet hoses, and clean out any debris in the hoses or filter screens. Straighten the hoses if kinked. Completely close the washer lid. Examine the water inlet valve. If this component is leaking or not working, buy a new one. If the tub won't spin, check the drive belt and replace if necessary. Your washer normally pauses between cycles. Listen for the motor. If it's not running, change out the lid switch. If it is running, check the pump pulley. If the pump pulley won't easily turn, replace it.

Not Draining

The Speed Queen washer won't drain if the drainage hose or the drain receptacle are clogged. Straighten the drainage hose if bent. If water doesn't pump out of your washing machine, check the pump pulley, and replace if necessary. Your clothes may also be too wet if the dryer load is too small. Add some towels to the load. Redistribute clothing if the washer is unbalanced.

Noise and Leaks

Check that your washer is level if it shakes a lot. Use a piece of wood to raise up the lower end. A rattling sound indicates foreign objects in the tub. Stop the washer and remove these objects. If your washer leaks, check the hose connections, and see if they are tight. Alliance Laundry Systems recommends that you change out your fill hoses every five years or if they split. Verify that your household plumbing isn't clogged. Replace the water inlet valve if leaking. Do not use as much detergent if the washer is sudsing a lot.