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Troubleshooting a Washer that Won’t Spin

Turn off the hot and cold water valves and unplug the washer from its power source before attempting any work.
Follow along as we discuss six reasons why your washer won’t spin.

Defective Lid Switch

The most common reason the agitator does not spin is a failed lid switch.

  • On many models, the lid switch is engineered to prevent the washer from spinning while the lid is open.
  • A defective lid switch will prevent the washer from spinning even with the lid closed.
  • Set your multimeter to the ohm’s setting and test the switch for continuity.

Worn Motor Coupler

Another common reason why the agitator does not spin is a worn or damaged motor coupler. The coupler binds the motor to the washer transmission.

  • If the washer is constantly overloaded, over time, the coupler will wear out and as a result, the tub will not spin.
  • You will need to open up your washer to access the motor and coupler to determine if it needs to be replaced.
  • Watch this video to learn how to access and replace the motor coupler.

Broken or Worn Drive Belt

Some models use a belt that causes the tub to spin.

  • The front of the washer will need to be removed to access and inspect the drive belt.
  • If the belt is worn, torn, or has simply stretched itself out beyond its ability to do what it’s designed to do, this may be the reason why your tub is not spinning.
  • You can watch this video to learn how to replace the belt.

Damaged Stator or Rotor

Some units use a stator and a rotor combination to produce a strong magnetic field which rotates the tub.

  • If the stator windings are damaged the tub may not spin.
  • If the rotor magnets are damaged the tub may not spin.
  • Depending on the condition of either the stator or the rotor, you may need to replace both parts.

Worn Clutch

Some models operate by a transmission and a clutch.

  • Like an automobile, the clutch helps the tub move up to its proper spin speed.
  • The washer will not spin properly if the clutch is worn out.
  • Watch this video for a basic tutorial on how to replace a damaged clutch.

Defective Drive Motor

The least common reason for why a washer is not spinning is a drive motor that has failed. If your washer is experiencing any of the following symptoms, and you have disposed of the other five troubleshooters in this guide, then it could be the drive motor.

  • Does the motor hum but fail to run?
  • Is the motor noisy?
  • Does the motor turn freely?

It may be time to change the drive motor. If you still can’t solve this or any other appliance repair problem, it may be time to call a professional repair service.