If you’re having trouble starting your washing machine, you might need to try a few tricks to clear the error code. Disconnecting the power may help you solve this problem. You should also check the drain hose for any clogs. If you’re not finding a clog, check the thermistor or drive motor.
Disconnecting power may clear an error code
If an error code on your washer is SC (5C), it is likely that the drain hose is clogged. You can check for blockages by feeling the hose. If necessary, remove the filter and clean it with water or dish soap. The drain pump may also be clogged or broken. It’s important to make sure that the drain pump is working properly before you attempt to clear the error code.
Error codes can also be caused by a problem with the washer’s motor or control board. When the motor is clogged with residue, it is unable to drain the water properly. In such cases, you can try disabling the washing machine and resetting it. You must disconnect the power for several minutes to do this.
Another cause for an error code is low flow of water. Make sure the intake valves are turned on and open, and the drain hose is free from kinks or damage. Also, remove any anti-flood hoses from the washing machine’s water line. If all else fails, you may need to consult a repair technician. In most cases, waiting for the washer to drain can clear the error code. Otherwise, you can disconnect the power and try pressing the Pause/Cancel button two times.
Checking for a clog in the drain hose
If you suspect that your washing machine’s drain hose is clogged, you need to find the cause. A clogged drain can be caused by many things, including soap residue or grease. The clogged drain will prevent the washer from performing its normal functions. In many cases, it can also be caused by general debris from clothing. If you suspect a clog in your drain, you should contact a professional plumber for help.
To check for a clog in your washing machine’s drain hose, disconnect the washer from the sink and turn the water off. Then, remove the drain hose. If the hose is attached to the sink, remove the screw that holds it in place. Alternatively, you can unscrew the drain hose clamp using a screwdriver. Medium-length drain snakes are good for this job, measuring fifty to 75 feet long, they’re more flexible, and they can reach a clog further down the pipe.
If you’ve recently moved, it’s also a good idea to check the hose, especially if it’s kinked or damaged. This can prevent the water from flowing properly and can even damage the belt.
Checking for a faulty drive motor
One common cause of a non-functioning washer is a faulty drive motor. In some cases, a bad drive motor is caused by a malfunctioning control board. This board provides power to the motor and can cause your washer to have trouble starting or performing its functions. If you notice any of these problems, you should contact a qualified washer repair technician for assistance.
To check for a faulty drive motor, locate the control board. Most washers have a motor control board that sends power to the motor when it’s needed. If the motor control board is burned out, you’ll need to replace it. Replacing the motor control board may fix the problem and fix your washer.
A faulty drive motor can also cause your washer to stop spinning or agitating. If the motor is not working properly, you may have a broken coupler that connects the motor shaft to the transmission. If it doesn’t spin, it could also be the result of a worn clutch or a broken belt. In some cases, a faulty drive motor can burn out only in one direction but continue to work in the other direction. This is why it’s important to check for a faulty drive motor before attempting to repair your washer.
Checking for a faulty thermistor
Thermistors in your washing machine’s control panel can display inaccurate temperatures, and they may need to be replaced. This can happen due to improper handling or a thermal mismatch. Thermistors can also be faulty due to age. As these thermistors become more brittle, they will display incorrect temperatures. It is important to check the resistance of the thermistor’s base before replacing it.
First, locate the thermistor. It is a metal plate with a thermal element inside. When this element fails, the washing machine will not produce enough heat and will display a tE error code. Unfortunately, this is not a repairable problem and you will need to replace the thermistor. To do this, remove the front panel of the washer. Once there, look for the wire plug connectors behind the CONTROL PANEL. Once you’ve found the thermistor, carefully inspect it. If there is any corrosion or a broken wire, it will be near the black sheathing and heat shrink material.
A faulty thermistor may also cause a washer to stop mid-cycle. The heating element may not be functioning correctly and the machine may shut down for a few minutes or hours. It may not have had enough time to cool down, so you should give it a couple of hours to cool down before continuing the cycle.