Appliance Repair 101: Troubleshooting a Washer That Refuses to Spin

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If your washing machine refuses to spin, it could be a few different things, such as a malfunctioning lid switch or a worn out drive belt.

If your washing machine refuses to spin, it could be a few different things, such as a malfunctioning lid switch or a worn out drive belt.

There are a number of reasons behind a non-spinning washing machine. Although, some are more serious than others, the key to fixing the malfunction starts with a proper diagnoses. If your machine is sitting idle and the reason why is still a mystery, the troubleshooting suggestions below can help you get closer to the root of the problem.

Lid Switch

The lid switch on your washing machine operates as a safety protocol. When the switch becomes defective and no longer works properly, your appliance will stop functioning, entirely. Fortunately, testing the switch is easy. To begin, you may need to remove the top of your machine. Once you have located the washer’s lid switch, which is near the door frame, push it down and listen for a click. If you do not hear a click, you’ll probably need to replace the switch before your washing machine can return to its normal operating schedule.

Drive Belt

When your washer stops spinning, the appliance’s drive belt is a likely suspect, if it has a belt. To test the belt, simply open your washing machine’s lid and try turning the drum. If you feel a slight resistance, the belt isn’t the issue. However, if the drum spins freely, the drive belt needs replacing. Luckily, switching out the old belt for a new one is an easy do-it-yourself repair. While the machine is unplugged, open the access panel and remove the broken belt. If you haven’t already bought a replacement, take the damaged belt with you to the hardware store. Once you’ve found a match, head home and install your newly purchased drive belt.

Clutch

A washer’s clutch functions as the connection between the appliance’s transmission and the inner tub. When the part is operating properly it ensures your machine will gradually reach the appropriate spin speed. Unfortunately, when the clutch becomes worn it can stop the washer’s tub from spinning. Unlike the drive belt, a defective clutch is a complicated repair that requires help from a professional washer appliance repair technician.

If your washing machine has stopped spinning and you’re having trouble discovering why, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.