How to Fix a Beko Washing Machine that Won’t Start and Just Clicks

Beko washing machine not starting the cycle

Beko is a popular washing machine brand, and they are usually quite reliable. Sometimes your Beko washer will experience a fault that needs to be repaired.

We will be looking at all the reasons your Beko washing machine won’t start and just sits making a clicking noise.

The main reason that this fault occurs is that the carbon brushes on the motor have worn and need to be replaced.

Let’s take a look at all of the reasons this fault occurs:

1. The control board needs to be repaired or replaced

When someone describes their Beko washer to be clicking and unable to start the cycle, one of the reasons is because the triac on the control board has failed.

a faulty washing machine control board

The motor triac is in control of the motor, and more specifically the direction in which the motor turns.

When the drum needs to turn the opposite way, the triac will change the way the power is sent down to the motor and this changes the direction of the motor.

The clicks that you can hear when your machine is struggling to start is the triac on the board struggling to engage.

Washing machine control boards can be repaired but will often just be replaced. A Beko control board is one of the more economical boards that you can replace compared to other brands.

2. The belt has snapped or come off

Before you go ahead and replace the control board, it’s definitely worth checking the drive belt.

The motor drive belt is located at the back of the machine and connects the motor to the drum so that the drum can turn.

washing machine belt being fitted

Washing machine belts often fall off the pulley and can sometimes snap.

One of the main reasons that a belt would fall off the drum is because the drum bearings are beginning to fail or have already failed.

To inspect the drive belt, you will need to pull the machine out and take the back cover off. Make sure you isolate the machine from the power before you do this.

If the belt has fallen off, you can refit it by putting it on the motor and then lining it up with the pulley. You can then simply turn the pulley slowly and it will guide itself on.

3. The carbon brushes need to be replaced

The carbon brushes are on the motor and need to be replaced when they get too low.

Most washing machines have carbon brushes, and they act like brake pads on a car. They will wear down over time and it’s normal for them to fail eventually.

If you hear your Beko washing machine clicking, it might be because the brushes aren’t touching the motor segments anymore.

You can unscrew the carbon brushes from the motor and visually inspect them. If they look really low or they look like they have melted, it’s time to replace them.

inspecting a washing machine carbon brush

Beko washing machine carbon brushes are quite economical and cost around £10 – £20 depending on where you buy them from.

4. The pump has a blockage

When an object gets stuck in the pump, it might be rattling around when the impeller is turning.

If you’ve forgotten to empty your pockets before a wash cycle then things like hair clips, coins and other small items can slip through the drum and make their way to the drain pump filter.

washing machine pump being inspected for a blockage

Blockages in the pump are one of the most common reasons for a washing machine not draining and are probably the most common faults that an appliance repairer visits.

You can remove the cover from the pump filter at the bottom right of the machine. Once the cover is down you can take the pump filter out and look for anything that might be blocking the pump.

Beko washing machines have a problem with the pump impeller, where the impeller comes away from the pump and rattles around. Make sure the pump impeller has not fallen off whilst you’re checking for blockages.