Washing Machine Has No Power, No Lights. What To Check?

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When you have dirty clothes that need to be washed, you have a big problem when your washing machine has no power and lights.

In most cases, this is an easy problem to troubleshoot by yourself without calling a repairman. How you fix the washer will depend on what the problem is.

The following guide will explain the most common reasons and how to fix them.

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Before you begin to panic, the first thing you should check is the power supply. Sometimes the cord can get moved and dislodged from the wall a bit.

Obviously, if the power cord is not completely plugged in, there will be no power or lights.

You can also see if there is an issue with the actual wall outlet by plugging the machine in somewhere else.

Tripped Power Breaker

Washing machine breaker tripped

It’s also a great idea to check the power breaker that controls your washer.

To do this, you’ll simply locate the main breaker board for your home, and locate the breaker that controls your washer and dryer.

You should be able to tell by just looking at it if it has been tripped. However, regardless, it’s a great idea to go ahead and flip it off and back on again.

This may help reset the washer and allow it to power up.

A Fuse on the Main Control Board is Blown

This is a common issue for Samsung, Whirlpool, and LG models. It generally happens following electrical power surges.

To check this problem you’ll have to access the main control board. Here’s the easiest way to do that:

  1. Unplug the machine from the wall to give you access to the back of it.
  2. You may also need to close and remove the water supply hoses to pull it out enough to reach the back.
  3. Remove all screws holding the metal plate in place on the back of the washing machine.
  4. Keep in mind that some machines (especially Samsung) have two memory boards. If this is the case, look for the smaller one with a fuse on it.
  5. Locate the fuse. It may not be see-through allowing you to easily see if it’s blown.
  6. You’ll need to use a multimeter to check for continuity in the fuse.
  7. If you find it has none, replace the fuse.
  8. If your fuse was good, it’s time to check the main control board itself.

Main Control Board Malfunctioned

As we mentioned, if you checked the fuse and it was good, you may have a main control board that’s bad.

You will access the main control board the same way we did above. Here are the steps:

  1. Unplug the machine and pull it out enough so you can access the back panel.
  2. Depending on how much space you have it may be necessary to shut-off the water supply and disconnect the water hoses.
  3. Locate and remove all screws holding the back access panel in place.
  4. Some machines have two control boards. One is a power supply board and the other is the main control board.
  5. Visually inspect the board(s) for visible damage such as burn marks.
  6. If you find no signs of damage, plug the washer back in to test for power to the board(s).
  7. BE CAREFUL as making the wrong move can result in electrocution when dealing with high voltage appliances.
  8. Look at the main board, is there an LED light indicating it’s getting power?
  9. Check the voltage coming into the main board. You’ll want to use the owner’s manual for your specific model to complete this step.
  10. Also, check that the voltage coming out of the board is correct. Again, you’ll need to refer to the owner’s manual to complete this step.
  11. If you find that the voltage is not correct on tests #9 and #10 above, you’ll need to purchase a main control board and replace it.

User Interface Board Malfunctioned

If you’ve checked your fuse and main control board, the user interface board may have malfunctioned. This is the control board that’s behind your washing machine control buttons.

Here’s how to troubleshoot this problem.

  1. Disconnect the power cord for your machine.
  2. You may also want to close the water supply valves.
  3. You’ll have to determine how to reach the user interface board on your specific washer model.
  4. On some LG machines, you do this by removing the knob and then opening the door of the machine. You’ll then find this board located behind an access panel on the top inside of the door.
  5. On other models you may need to remove the top of the washer to access the board.
  6. Once you’ve located the board, go ahead and visually inspect it for signs of damage such as burn marks.
  7. If there is no visible damage present, you’ll need to test that the board is getting power.
  8. If you determine the board is faulty, you’ll need to simply swap it out with a new one.

Blown Noise Filter Assembly

A blown noise filter assembly can also cause your washing machine to show no lights or signs of power. This is especially true for LG washers.

This part helps reduce electromagnetic noise created by the machine.

The good news is that this is an easy repair that shouldn’t take you long.

Here’s the step-by-step process you’ll need to follow:

  1. As usual, you’ll need to unplug the washer from the wall to prevent injury.
  2. Turn off the water supply to the machine.
  3. Access the back of the machine, and begin by removing the top of the washer.
  4. With the top removed, locate the noise filter assembly inside. It should be somewhere on the side of the machine, near the back.
  5. Using a screwdriver, remove the screw so you can take the old part off the machine.
  6. Press the locking tabs to disconnect the two wiring harness plugs.
  7. Connect the two wiring harnesses to the new noise filter assembly.
  8. Reattach to the side of the machine and reassemble the washer.

The issues discussed above are the most common reasons a washing machine will have no power or lights.

Did you have this problem with your washer? What type of machine do you have, and what was the final fix? Comment below and let us know!

Reader Comments (30)

  1. Hi there. I have a hisense top loader 18kg. I plugged it in and control panel went off. No lights at all and no reaction pushing any buttons. The blue light above the drum at the back of machine stays on though. Pls what can this be Thanks so much

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  2. Hi

    I have a Samsung Eco Bubble that has no power. When I on the main control board I can still see the green light flashing and every now and then I can hear a clicking noise . I had a technician come over and he told me its the main board that needs to be replaced and I need to replace replace display board at the same time. Today I received the parts and installed it myself as it’s basically plug and play. It now has power so we put a load in and put the washing machine on wash. It started filling up with water and started its wash cycle. It worked for less then 10 mins and off it went again and I’m stuck with the same issue and money lost.

    Pls can anybody help and point me in the right direction

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  3. My indesit washer/dryer keeps losing power. Once I pull plug out and push back in the machine resets. It will perform a full cycle but once finished after a short while will lose all power again, so have to repeat this procedure?

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  4. Hello, I have a Samsung WF45K6200AZ/A2-11 washer. My machine would not turn on and the LED on the main control board was not illuminated. I replaced the boars and the machine turned on. When I went to start a cycle, the machine power turned off and can’t be powered back on. The LED on the new board is again not on. Faulty replacement part or is something else causing it to fail?

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  5. I have a Whirlpool Duet Steam model WFW8640B1W
    Awhile back it was giving an error code like 10 min into cycle… maybe F02 E3? And not draining I cleaned the pump filter and it worked for a bit.. then Error codes again but was finishing cycles.. then one day no lights but sounds.. wouldnt start… then a couple days later i tried again and it worked (but i dont think it would let me select the normal cycle.. and now its back to no lights and no sound.. I just cleaned pump filter again but no luck…

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    • I doubt that it is drainage related issue. Cause F02 E3 error code related to the User Interface panel problem. Maybe just board itself, wiring, or main control board failed. You have to have proper tools to troubleshoot this kind of issue

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  6. Hi,
    My LG washing machine is not coming up. I was washing and there was power failure. I left it and slept off. Power was restored later but the machine didn’t come up. Like it doesn’t respond any more when I press the power button. Usually, when there is power failure, after restoring the power, it picks up on its own if it’s in a wash cycle, like in this case. But to my surprise, it’s not responsive this time.
    I have checked the wall socket, it’s fine. I don’t know what could be the problem.
    Thanks.

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  7. My machine will wash a load of clothes and finish and turn off but the light inside never turns off and none of the buttons work or turn on or light up. I have to unplug it from the wall and wait for the light to power off and then once I plug it back in, it will allow me to wash another load. It continually does this.

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  8. I have Samsung WA54 washer and it does not turn on. Power to and from the noise filter is good (120 VAC), I replaced the main board (it receives power and has heart beat green LED flash). So now I am out of ideas to why this washer is not turning on. When i plug in the power cord I hear the relays clicking as normal.
    Thanks!

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  9. I have an LG 305KWGG04167 front loader washer that is 8 years old. The motherboard fuse failed the continuity test. I replaced the motherboard but I’m trying to replace the fuse on the old board so that I’m ready for the next motherboard failure. Of course, the fuse is partly imbedded in the clear plastic. I broke it out but it appears that the ends are soldered to the socket. I can solder a new fuse in place, but I can’t read the amperage on the fuse end. Does anybody know how many amps it is?

    Thanks

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    • The Fuse was blown for a reason. I just recommend you install a new board without trying to find a proper fuse for your old board.

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      • You are probably right. If so, the new fuse will blow quickly. However, there are other possible causes for the old blown fuse: fatigue caused by many cycles of heat bending the conductor inside the fuse, a surge, possibly a too heavy load requiring more power to the motor. Considering the difference in price between a fuse and a motherboard, I would like to try replacing the fuse, if only I knew its amperage.

        Thanks.

  10. Interesting. I have a Samsung Wobble Top Loader (WA90H4200SW) that had started turning off when halfway through the wash. The panel just goes dead. If we remove power it it will come on later. It seems that it does this when going into the rinse cycle. Kinda weird. I pulled the pump yesterday and cleaned it and assembled as I thought this might be a problem. Impeller turned fine. What I did not do was to test the pump motor (brain fart). Did check everything else. Could a worn motor be the cause of the electrical hiccup. It reminds me of what I see with computers with damaged capacitors. Or is the control panel gone (although it seems to be going through the wash cycle fine).

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  11. I have a Samsung wa50m7450aw/a4 top loader washer that just stopped in the middle of a wash. Display went out. Control board has a green led that lights up when I press the power board but nothing on display….bad board or what???

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  12. Washer doesn’t power up. It makes click sound when plugged in. And when the start button is pressed.
    But no lights or display comes on.
    Board is getting power.
    What could it be.

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  13. Hi… my washing machine simply doesn’t function at all , no lights etc. The last time i washed was not fully drained but already finished. It was very often that the timer was finished but the door doesn’t open which means i need to drain more the water. The mother board doesn’t seem worn out. There is no sign of burned wires … we try to replace the rfi filter. Hope it will work.

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    • I would check if its getting power on the control board side. Then, go further. It requires some skills for electrical troubleshooting.

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    • Mine is a LG washing machine TurboDrum. Its supplying power to PCB.

      Power button is making beeping sound when we switxh on the power.

      But other switches are not functioning and lights are also not working.

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      • Samsung model
        Wa40j3000aw/a2 washer, this site says the boards are behind the metal plate on back, I don’t see no boards in there, the board behind the buttons I checked for fuse but I can’t find a fuse no where on washer, the washer tipped over when the truck it was on backed in to it then tipped over on side, truck didn’t hit hard at all but now no lights noises power. Cord seems tight . 3 years old

      • For newer front load machines, the main control board located behind the washer. Your model is a top-load machine. And yes, the main control board located behind the user interface panel. I would check incoming power on the control board first, if there is power but still nothing is working, then probably a problem with the control board itself.

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