My Washing Machine Won’t Spin: What Should I Do?

by Vesna Petrova on April 5, 2014

Washer problems

“Why my washing machine isn’t spinning” is probably one of the most common laundry-related questions. There are plenty of reasons why your washer won’t spin, but oftentimes, most of the problems that usually happen are user-generated errors.

First of all, let’s start with some of the washing machine spin myths. Let’s make some things clear once and for all:

  • Belts don’t stretch. As a matter of fact, belts usually outlive many modern washers.
  • Carbon brushes wear down. The problem with carbon brusher might appear in old models of washing machines, but you shouldn’t be worried because this problem is easily checked.
  • PCB, also known as electronic modules do cause problem with spinning/not spinning, but we’ll tackle that subject on a bit.

However, if you think that the root of the not-spinning problem is in a control part, read carefully this article so that you can know what to do.

Remember: correcting the problems with your washing machine require knowing where exactly to look for the problem.

Blocked filters

Blocked filters are one of the most common causes for spinning problems, often accompanied by not draining. You need to pull the filter out so that you can clear the drain pump in the washer. However, you must be very careful because you might flood the laundry room. If you feel like you need a professional assistance, immediately call an engineer in order to rectify this problem.

Balance detection

This is another common cause for not spinning. As a matter of fact, this is a daily occurrence, even if the washing machine is new and still under warranty. The electronic in the washing machine detects an enormous load and thus aborts the spinning. Please note that most of the electronic controls can be extremely sensitive, meaning if there’s some sort of a balance problem, the machine will stop its washing cycle. So, what you need to do is re-distribution of the load before you try again.

Won’t drain – won’t spin

If your washer won’t drain the water out, it will also not spin. In order to find the reason behind this problem, you will need to dig deeper. There are kis toys or small coins into the pump manifold that might be blocking the outlets or inlets, and thus, the draining problem occurs. Using a multimeter, you must check whether or not the drain pump in the washing machine is working. Checking the rotor of the drain pump is also necessary.

Spinning cycle

Faulty washer

There are plenty of other errors that can cause the not spinning problem in washing machines aside from the problems we mentioned above. You can either resolve the problem on your own, or you can consult a professional. It goes without saying that if you’re not sure what you should do, call a professional because he’s trained in electronic control modules, motor tachos, motors, pumps, capacitors and many other things. In the end, washing machines are not the same, so diagnosing the problem is not easy at all.

About 

Unlike many people, Vesna enjoys spending time in the laundry room of her house. She is not a fan of strong perfumes, which is why she has learned plenty of smelly laundry tips and became a mad scientist when it comes to removing stains from clothing. In her spare time, you can find her drinking cappuccino on her balcony, watching French movies or eating chocolate when no one’s watching.

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  • Ana

    My washer will fill up but it wont start at all after it has filled. It wont spin or make any noise. What could be the problem be? Please help.

  • Mahendra Shah

    Hi I have Maytag Neptune TL series washer and lately it stops at particular time of the cycle ( like 12 minutes to go) and will not complete the rest of the cycles. In past I had unplugged the washer and with few trails, I was able to get it work. But this time it won’t start. What is your thoughts?

    • Hi Mahendra, your problem is probably the drain pump. Please find your manual to the washer and follow the steps to remove the pump, clear everything, including the drain hoses – there can be even some coins, etc. that cause the machine to stop in the last part of the cycle.

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