If you own one of the older front-loading washing machines and it has started beeping instead of starting as it should, then it likely has one of a few known problems. While the best person to troubleshoot and repair your malfunctioning washer is always going to be a professional appliance repair technician, there are a few things you can look at yourself and perhaps get the machine functioning again.
To troubleshoot your washing machine's beeping problem, follow these steps:
Step 1: Unplug the Machine to Reset the Computer
Your washing machine relies on a computer to tell it how to properly function. As with your laptop, phone, and other computers, sometimes things go wrong in their software and they need to be rebooted. For this reason, it's always best to start with this simple fix before you perform any further troubleshooting.
To reboot your washing machine's computer, simply unplug the machine, let it sit for a few minutes, and then plug it back in. Turn the machine on and see if that fixed the beeping problem.
Step 2: Check the Display for Clues to the Root Problem
If the washing machine is still beeping, then it's important to look at the display and see if it gives you any clues to the root problem. For example, some early machines have a small display window that will illuminate numerical error codes; others have many different lights and their collective configuration can give clues about the problem.
If your machine displays error codes, then you can either look up the code in your owner's manual or, if you don't have one, then you can search the code and your machine type online.
If the machine doesn't display error codes, then check the lights to see if they tell you the problem. For example, older front-loading machines often have door lock issues. If the door lock light isn't on and the machine will only beep instead of running, then the door lock has failed and needs to be replaced. You can order appliance replacement parts online and then find instructional videos online to show you how to make the repair.
Step 3: Call an Appliance Repair Professional
If you have tried each of the things listed above and haven't been able to determine the cause of the washing machine's beeping issue, then it is time to call in an appliance repair professional for further assistance.