How to Fix a Washing Machine That Does Not Spin

One of the most common issues with washers is when the drum stops spinning. This may happen for many reasons, and in order to fix the machine, you need to determine the cause. If you can do this, you can save some money on diagnostics when you call a specialist from Careandrepairs. Also, you can try to repair your washer yourself. Below, you will find the possible causes of this problem and helpful solutions to fix it.

Required Tools

  • Screwdrivers;
  • Wrenches;
  • Volt-ohm meter (multimeter).
screwdriver and multi-meter

Direct Drive Motor Coupling

It is located between the engine and transmission. This part is used to reduce the torque during operation. If it is in a poor condition or slipped, then the drum may stop spinning. In this case, you have no problems with filling and draining water. You will likely have to detach the drum to get to this clutch in order to attach it properly or replace with a new one.

Direct Drive Motor Coupling

Door Lock & Interlock

This is a part that prevents a washing machine’s door from opening during operation. It usually found in all front-loading models, but other models may also have it. If the lock receives a signal that the door is not closed, it does not allow the drum to spin. In case of malfunction of the lock, the door may be closed, but it still will not allow the appliance to work normally.
If the information you see on the machine’s display is correct, then the problem may be with the interlock. Check it out. You need to disconnect your appliance from the mains first.

Door Lock & Interlock

Wax Motor

This part is used in washers for closing the door. When the appliance starts to work, the special pin is pushed out to lock the door. If this does not happen, the drum does not spin. To check if there is something wrong with this part, a multimeter should be used for testing it. The optimal resistance is from one and a half thousand to 1,900 ohms. If the result is different, then this wax motor is defective and needs to be replaced.

Wax Motor

Lid Switch

This is another part that may prevent your appliance from spinning if the door remains open. It is located right under the lid. The part is activated automatically. If everything else works correctly, but the drum does not work, then there is likely something wrong with this part. It is quite hard to turn off the lid switch as this can be dangerous and cause injury.
If the issue with the machine’s malfunction lies in this, you should seek assistance from Careandrepairs. Your appliance will be fixed on the same day.

Lid Switch

Clutch Assembly

When the whole assembly becomes old and worn out, the drum stops spinning or does it with low speed. As a result, clothes remain wet. Some unusual noises can also be a sign of this problem. If any of this happens and the clutch’s condition may be poor, so you should replace it with a new one. This part of the appliance is found under the outer tub. Detach the cabinet and other parts preventing you from reaching the clutch.

Clutch Assembly

Drive Belt or Spin Belt

If this part is damaged, there will be no spinning in your machine. Check it on excessive wearing out, overheating, or other damage. If something wrong is noticed, replace the damaged washer’s part with a new one. First, check if the idler pulley functions properly and operates without any problems. Also, check if there are any water or oil signs on the belt. Do not forget to disconnect your washer from the mains first.

Drive Belt

Pump

To check it, disconnect your appliance from mains, detach the access panel and get the part out. If it does not move or there is a problem with its belt (damaged/worn out), then replace these parts.

pump

Motor Coupler

This part is typically mounted at the motor shaft. Since it can wear out over time, you should check its condition and replace it if necessary, which is a small and easy job. However, you can always contact Careandrepairs for professional repair service.

Motor Coupler
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