How to Troubleshoot an Inglis Washing Machine

Washing machines play an important role in every household, cleaning up stained clothes and refreshing dusty upholstery. Troubleshooting your Inglis brand washer helps you bring your appliance back to life without paying for a technician or other repair professional. Problems starting your washing machine usually stem from the power supply, water pipes or control panel. Mistakes when programming the wash cycle sometimes cause unexpected results.

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Troubleshoot problems with starting your Inglis brand washing machine.

Step 1

Make sure the power cord is still connected to its outlet; vibrations from the drum can work the cable loose. Unplug the appliance and check the outlet with a lamp. The fuse or breaker protecting the appliance may have tripped if the outlet doesn't work. Plug the washer back in. After a few minutes without power, the internal computer resets and clears minor software problems.

Step 2

Go over the settings you entered into the controls before your cycle, as you might have programmed a delayed start. Hold the button marked with a padlock or the word "Lock" for three seconds to cancel the child lock if your washing machine doesn't accept any input. Lean against the door, making sure it clicks shut. The washing machine won't start until the door is completely closed.

Step 3

Slide the washing machine forward so you can see the water hoses. Check for kinks, twists or other restrictions, making sure the pipes don't get blocked when you move the machine back in place. Don't use third-party supply or drainage pipes; each pipe is a specific length for an Inglis washing machine. Make sure the hot and cold water valves are open.

Step 4

Close the hot and cold valves and unscrew the supply pipes. Check the debris screens just inside the washing machine for signs of a blockage. Pour water through the pipes over a sink to check for major blockages. The washer won't start unless it can draw water from the plumbing.

Step 5

Reduce the size of the load, as the combined weight of all your fabrics may be too much for the washing machine. Clean heavy duvets and blankets in a separate wash from your normal laundry. Never jam clothes into the drum--you risk damaging the motor.