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Portable Washer Problems

A potable washer as the name suggests is a mobile or movable washer which can be wheeled from one place to another for use. This type of machine is suitable in apartments, condos and recreational vehicles (RVs) where the use of a traditional washer is restrictive. These machines mainly require a water connection or line which can usually be taken from a sink faucet. Once the machine has been used, it can be wheeled away for storage. There are some models of portable washers which are dishwashers.

Listed below are a few common questions answered by the Experts on portable washer.

Why is my Whirlpool portable washer not turning on even though the outlet is fine?

You can start by removing the control board to ensure there is power supply to the black and white wires on the board. If there is no power, the control board is faulty. Next you can follow the below mentioned steps for troubleshooting:

  • Ensure the unit is not in a pause mode
  • Unplug the unit for at least five minutes or more and turn it back on
  • Ensure the power cord is firmly plugged into a live functioning circuit with accurate voltage. Please note these checks should be done the washer unplugged
  • Check the continuity of power from the cord to the Electronic Control Board. If you come across an open circuit then replace the power cord.

Therefore, if you can continue with troubleshooting using the problem - possible cause test method you could arrive at a solution for your issue.

Why is my Kenmore portable washer not working? The lights flash saying 10 minutes but nothing works when pressing the buttons.

These symptoms point at a faulty control board. Try unplugging the portable clothes washer for at least 60 seconds and try plugging it back on to try resetting the unit. If this does not make it work, the control board inside the washer needs to be ordered and replaced.

Can a cracked or split plastic cover that is over the buttons affect the functioning of the control panel on a portable washer? Is it possible to access the buttons without using the touchpad?

Control boards are basically computers or chips with programmed information installed into your washer to perform the functions you key in. Sometimes they can be inconsistent and unpredictable. Since the plastic has cracked or split, it could have allowed moisture to seep through causing the control board to become defective. The buttons cannot be accessed without the touchpad as they are part of the control board. It would be wise to replace the cracked plastic as well as the control board to prevent a recurrence of this issue.

Why isn’t my GE portable clothes washer not rinsing the water completely from the clothes?

You can try a couple of things to check if the water extraction improves. Put in a smaller load, try the “spin only” cycle and inspect the drain hose for any kinks or blockages which would obstruct water extraction. If all this does not help, it could be a case where the belt within the machine is over stretched. There is a possibility of adjusting the belt by backing off the motor bolts and moving the motor out of the way to tighten the belt. To access this component you will need to approach the appliance from behind by removing the rear panel.

Why does my Whirlpool portable washer go through all the cycles but on reaching the spin/drain cycle it becomes inactive?

This is most likely an issue with the lid switch. You can try to confirm it by testing the lid switch operation using an OHMS meter. If this is not an option for you, you can try bypassing/circumventing the lid switch to see if the machine works fine without it. To resolve your issue you will need to order and replace the lid switch.

Portable washers can be a handy appliance and address your laundry needs at home. Some models may be of limited capacity while others could offer the features of their conventional counterparts. Their functionality and operations remain largely the same. When you face issues with them, the key is to diagnose the problem correctly by following an elimination process. This will help you arrive at the problem area and replace the faulty element. This is when consulting Experts can help you do so and also give you important information on the parts you require. You can resolve most of your portable washer machine issues without any external intervention leading to a reasonable and effective solution.

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