Top Loading Washing Machine Won't Spin? 3 Things That May Be Causing This

1 December 2016
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If your top loading washing machine is not spinning, there are a variety of things that can cause this. You likely use your washing machine a lot and it can be very frustrating when it is not working correctly. Before you go out and buy a new one, below are three things that may be causing this problem so you can get your washing machine repaired.

Lid Switch Broken

The lid has a switch that when you close the lid, this switch activates the washing machine so it will spin. For this reason, the washing machine will not spin if the switch is bad. You will need to remove the top of your washing machine to gain access to this switch. If you are not sure how to do this, refer to the owner's manual. Unplug the washer first, remove the top, and press down on the switch. If you do not hear a clicking sound, then the switch is bad and needs to be replaced.

Drive Belt Broken

The problem could be the drive belt and fortunately this is very easy to check on your own. Open the door on your washing machine and manually turn the drum. You should feel some resistance but if the drive belt is broken the drum will be easy for you to turn. The belt is located behind the access panel and is something you should be able to replace on your own.

Problem with Drive Motor

When your washing machine is running it goes in one direction while it is agitating and then goes in the opposite direction when it is going through the spin cycle. Your washing machine may work fine during the agitation cycle but still not work during the spin cycle and the drive motor could be bad. In a case like this, you would have to replace the drive motor. It may be difficult to know for sure that the drive motor is bad but you may hear your washing machine make a sound that you do not normally hear while it is running.

These are just three possible reasons your washing machine is not spinning. You should hire a washing machine repair technician to repair it for you. This is especially true if your washing machine is under warranty. If it is and you open it up to repair it, you would break your warranty and have to pay for the repairs on your own. Contact companies like Affordable Appliance Repair for more information.