A broken washing machine can be a disaster, especially if you have a large family. But what should you do when you find that your washer won’t spin? Diagnosing the problem is easier than you might think.

Why Your Washer Won’t Spin

The spin cycle is essential for effective cleaning, so if you have a washer not spinning, inspect these components first to locate the malfunction:

Top-Load Washer Not Spinning

Defective Lid Switch

Most top-loaders use a special switch that senses when the lid is closed and prevents it from running while open.

How It Fails

Lid switches can become worn out over time, especially¬†if the door isn’t being opened and closed gently. A broken switch will signal that the door is open, preventing the tub from spinning.

How to Diagnose

Unplug power from the unit, remove the lid switch, and use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If you find it has none, replace the part.

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Broken Motor Coupling

Motor couplings connect your washer’s transmission to the drive motor. They’re designed to protect these crucial parts in case a major breakdown is about to occur.

How It Fails

Top-load washer motor couplings are actually designed to fail in case of overloading. It’s much cheaper and easier to replace this part than a motor or gearcase.

How to Diagnose

Access the motor coupling inside the unit and visually inspect it. Install a new coupling if it’s broken or looks worn out.

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Front-Load Washer Won’t Spin

Damaged Drive Belt

Front-load washer tubs spin thanks to a drive belt that runs off of the motor. A loose, frayed, or torn belt could be why your washer won’t spin.

How It Fails

Overloading your washing machine can cause the belt to loosen or become worn out.

How to Diagnose

Inspect the drive belt closely. Feel the tension, look for cracks or tears, and tighten or replace the belt as needed.

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Faulty Door Lock Assembly

Front-loaders use a more advanced door locking mechanism that prevents that unit from running with the door open.

How It Fails

Forcefully opening and closing the door can cause the latch to wear out, and the electronic lock motor can fail over time as well.

How to Diagnose

Take a close look at the door lock for damage. If you see none, test the switch with a multimeter for continuity and install a new lock if necessary.

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Now you should know how to fix a washer that won’t spin, but if you’re still having trouble, call the repair experts at A+ Appliance Repair today!