Why Is My Washing Machine Not Spinning? Find Out Here!

You completed the washing cycle, and you go to fetch your clothes as usual. To your surprise, you find out that they are still wet or that they weren’t even cleaned properly in the first place. Wait, does this ring a bell? If so, there is a very good chance your washing machine is not spinning properly. 

Tired man sits in front of a washing machine

Washing machines have a tendency to cease spinning from time to time, besides being loud. This could be due to a variety of issues. In this article, you will learn why this is the case and we will go over the most common solutions for your washing machine repair.

Because of load imbalance

During the spin cycle, a washer that is out of balance creates a lot of noise. Even worse, unbalanced loads might cause the equipment to break down. For example, this happens when heavy items are loaded to one side instead of being uniformly spread out in top-loading machines. 

To avoid mechanical harm, the machine will immediately shut down if the load is out of balance. Turn the washer off and re-balance the load by distributing the clothes evenly. The spinning should continue once you reopen the lid. Before the regular wash cycle can resume, it may be essential to remove extra water from the tub.

When troubleshooting your washer, check for levelness in the front, back, and sides of the machine. During the spin cycle, a machine that is not level will shake, throwing the machine off balance. The problem can be worsened if your washer is on a pedestal.

Woman's hands loading dirty clothes in washing machine

Top-loading washers level themselves automatically. You can relevel that machine by tipping it forward and then placing it back on the floor if something has displaced. Front-loading washers level themselves by raising or lowering a leg. To loosen the lock nuts that control the legs, you may need to open the front access panel.

Additionally, you may be overloading your machine if you frequently fill the machine to the brim, regardless of the weight or composition of the contents. Running a short cycle with a tiny load is a simple approach to check this. By doing so, you will know for certain whether or not overloading is the actual common problem that you’re facing. 

Because of a clogged drain trap

If you lift the lid after the machine has stopped running and still find your clothes swimming in the water, then something is obviously wrong. The drum will not drain, but why is that? This is one of the common reasons why front-load washers or washer dryers fail to spin. Lint and tiny things left in pockets or picked up accidentally with the laundry might build up in the drain trap. 

The filter system keeps the things out of the main drain, where they could clog or damage it. The machine will, however, shut off if the drain trap and the outlet pipes are blocked. Although machine models may differ, the drain trap door is normally located on the front bottom part of the machine

To get to the drain trap cap or stopper, pull out the cutout portion. Place a cup under the cap to catch any liquid as some water will stay in there after turning the lid counter-clockwise. Allow the water to flow out before clearing any debris from the drain. 

Hand with gloves cleaning washing machine filters

Replace the lint trap and secure it by rotating it clockwise and snapping the cover back into place once it has been emptied. To recommence the spin cycle, restart the machine.

Adjust the hose behind the machine to ensure that water can flow freely. If the hose has some kinks, the washing machine will not be able to drain.

A sock or other tiny article of clothing frequently gets caught in the drain system and clogs the drain hose or pump. Remove the front panel of the machine and inspect these locations for any obstructions. If you find anything, take it out to check if the washing machine will drain. If you remove the hose to clear a blockage from the drain pump, all of the water in the machine will flow out. Before disconnecting the hose, scoop out as much water from the washing machine drum as possible to avoid a mess. Leaking washing machines are quite common.

A coin trap is built into some machines to catch unwanted items before they enter the drain. A panel is frequently intended for simple access in coin traps. If your machine has one, clean it thoroughly and check to see if the tub is draining properly.

Power supply problem – Master reset

If the washing machine won’t start or has stopped spinning during a wash load, check that it has power. To see if you can readily access the power socket, plug a nightlight or other device into it. Otherwise, look for a tripped breaker in the circuit box. If the machine still won’t start, unplug it or turn off the circuit breaker, then turn it back on until it clicks solidly into place. 

On some other types of machines, hold down the “Start-Pause” or “Stop” button for a slow count of five and then activate the washing machine. Check that the machine is functional and that the problem code, if any, has been cleared by running a rinse and spin speed test.

Turn off the circuit breaker if you can’t get to the washing machine‘s plug to manually do a reset. Depending on which washing machine model you have, turn it off for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Turn the dial clockwise to any cycle other than “final spin” on washers with knob control. 

Malfunction in the door lock

The door lock, also known as the interlock, is a safety feature found on front-load and some top-load washing machines that prevent the door from being opened while the machine is in use. Sometimes it can get stuck and some others it won’t close at all!

A man repairing the door of a washing machiner of a

When a door lock fails, the door lock switch will not function properly, causing the washing machine to malfunction and hence not agitate or spin.

Some newer machines with digital displays may also show an error code. If any of these signals appear in your washing machine, or if a door lock fault code is confirmed, the door lock may need to be replaced. Before you do so, unplug the washing machine

The door lock is normally situated under the lid, along with the frame of the washing machine. Start by cleaning the area to get rid of any debris that has formed. Remove the door lock and inspect it for any signs of wear, damage, or cracking

Problematic lid switch

When the lid of a top-load washing machine is open, the lid switch acts as a safety measure, preventing the motor circuit from working. The machine may not spin if the lid switch malfunctions. When the lid is closed, the switch for the lid is generally positioned beneath the main top part with a projection on the lid or a pin attached to it that actuates the switch. 

Check that the switch is mechanically triggered and that no levers or actuators are damaged or stuck. If the switch is turned on but no power is being supplied to the motor, the switch may be malfunctioning.

Because you’ll be working with electrical components, make sure your appliance is unplugged and then look for the switch for the lid on the machine. To gain full access to the switch, remove any bits that need to be removed. 

Remove the switch from the machine, set your multimeter to Rx1, and touch the probes to the terminals only to check if it is okay and that no faults with the levers or actuators have been found. You should get a reading of zero if you’re testing for continuity. You’ll need a new lid switch if your test results are not shown as zero.

Trouble with the drive belt

In certain top-load washers, the drive belt connects the drive motor to the transmission, while in most front-load machines, the drive motor connects to the wash basket. If your machine won’t spin, look for indicators of overheating or excessive wear on the drive belt

Before replacing a worn belt, make sure any belt tensioning devices, such as an idler pulley or a motor glide, are in good working conditions and moving freely. Check that the transmission pulley turns freely in both the spin and agitate directions on top-load machines.

Also, check for anything restricting the agitator’s or wash basket’s movement that could cause the belt to slip on the pulleys. Look out for evidence of oil or water leaking on the belt area as well and make sure that the tub on front-load machines can be turned easily by hand.

Man closing the lid from a washing machine

Whether you have a top-load or front-load washing machine, you should have no problems now with spinning and you don’t need to call out an engineer or repairman. Follow our step-by-step guide and check every single one of those aspects to find the solution!

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