Washer not spinning is a common problem you have probably encountered if you have a washer, and if not, just be certain that this is one of the problems you will run into when you have a washer. There are many reasons why this problem may occur, and it is ideal to know not just how to solve it, but its reasons for occurring so that you can learn how to stop it at the source. Below is a brief look at some of the reasons why your washer may not be spinning, and some of the potential things you can do to resume normal operations.
If you haven’t experienced this problem yet, rest assured, you probably will at some point. Issues with the spin cycle of washing machines are not uncommon. There are many possible reasons why the spin cycle isn’t working properly. So it’s good to know not only how to solve the problem, but how to prevent it in the first place. Here is a quick look at some of the reasons, and what you can do to fix them:
The Machine Is Too Full
One of the main reasons why your washer will not spin is when you have overstuffed it with clothes. Sometimes, this is the price you have to pay for not taking care of your laundry for a couple of weeks, and since you are busy, you try to stuff up everything in the washer at one go. But before you think of calling for an appliance repair service provider, reduce the load on the washer by taking off some cloth and then try running it again. Always avoid overloading the washer, because other than just not spinning, this is always a recipe for a whole load of problems if you make it a habit.
This is by far the most common cause of problems with the spin cycle. It’s the price you pay for neglecting your laundry for a couple of weeks and then trying to stuff everything into one load! But before you call an appliance repair service, try reducing the size of the load and then running it again. It’s always a good idea to avoid overloading the washing machine. Over time this can cause a lot of problems – not only with the spinning action, but with other mechanisms as well.
Problems with the Lid Switch
Another reason your washing machine may not be running properly is an issue with the lid switch. The lid switch sits on a plastic tab. When it is broken the washer will probably not spin. You should hear a clicking sound when you press on the lid switch and then release it. If it’s broken you won’t hear the click. This is always a sign that there is a problem. To resolve it, remove the lid switch and test it separately. If it’s damaged, replace it. Lid switches are available on Amazon. Or, you can simply contact your local Kenmore washer repair technician. The technician will fix it for you.
A load of laundry that’s poorly balanced can also cause your washing machine to stop spinning. This usually happens when heavy items like pet beds, bath mats, or comforters are part of the load. An unbalanced load doesn’t always stop the spin cycle, but it will usually leave the laundry wet, or unevenly spun. The good news is, you don’t spend time or money calling the Frigidaire washer repair technician to solve the problem. Just open the machine and shift the clothes around a bit to ensure that they are evenly distributed inside the machine.
Inadequate or Poor Drainage
In most cases, the washing machine won’t spin properly unless the laundry drainage system has been drained of all the water. The common culprits likely to affect the drainage system include a kink in the drainage hose or a clog in the system. The clog is usually formed by small items like buttons or coins that fall from clothing. If this is what is causing your washer to not spin properly, check the hose to ensure that it is not kinked. If the hose is okay, then you may have to detach it and remove the clog. If you are not sure how to go about this, you can check the manufacture’s manual. Or, simply call a Whirlpool washer repair technician, or the repair technician for your washing machine brand, to come and have a look at it.
Issues with the Wax Motor
Some brands of front loading washing machines have wax motors for engaging the door lock assembly. Whenever you start a cycle, an electric current will cause the wax motor to push a pin outward, which allows the door to lock. If there are any failures with the wax motor, then the door lock won’t engage. As a result, the machine will not spin. This kind of problem is not always easy to detect. One of the most accurate ways to check the motor for a problem is to test it for continuity using a multi-meter. It’s unlikely you have a multi-meter at home, so it’s probably best to call for appliance repair technician to come and have a look at it.
Problems with the Clutch Assembly
Most top loading washing machines have a clutch assembly for locking the transmission input shaft to the wash basket drive. Repeated friction in this clutch assembly is likely to cause wear and tear on the clutch components. Once the clutch wears out, the washing machine may not spin completely. Or it may spin at a such a slow speed that it leaves your clothes wet at the end of the cycle. Detecting this problem may not be easy if you don’t know what to look for. The presence of brake dust or shavings under the machine, loud noise during spin cycles, or a slight burning smell are potential indicators of this problem. Due to the technical nature of the clutch assembly, your best bet would be to call for the services of a repair technician who will perform a thorough inspection of the assembly.