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Reasons Why Washer Won’t Spin and How to Fix It

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Laundry is one of those mundane chores we take for granted — typically we put a load in the washer and then move on to other tasks for a while. When we return we’re expecting a clean load of clothes that just needs to spend some time in the dryer before we can wear them again. It can be a big disappointment if you discover instead that your washing machine is refusing to spin and your clothes are still dirty.

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Common Reasons Why A Washer Won’t Spin

There are several problems that can cause this and we’re going to take a closer look at some of the common ones. It could be something simple or it may be a more complicated mechanical failure. We’ll look at how you can identify the difference and help you decide if it’s better to attempt the repairs on your own or seek professional help.

If The Door Isn’t Closing Properly Your Front Load Washer Won’t Spin

Sometimes there’s a simple reason why your washing machine does not spin and that’s because the door is not closing. Check to see if there might be something stuck in the door preventing it from shutting all the way.

If you can’t see any obstructions from your laundry load there are other causes that may not be as easy to fix on your own. The most common is a broken door latch — it’s possible the mechanism may need to be replaced.

In terms of repairs, if a broken door latch is the reason that your washer is not spinning, it’s also one of the easiest problems to fix. It’s an issue that many homeowners feel comfortable tackling on their own. If do-it-yourself projects just aren’t your thing Fix Appliances is available for fast and reliable repairs whenever you need us.

Your Washer Has A Broken Drive Belt

If you were to take apart your frontload or top load washing machine one of the first things you’d notice is a belt that connects your machine’s drum to a motor. If that drive belt is broken you’ll have a washer that’s not spinning dry. When this happens you won’t be able to clean your clothes and that can be a problem if you have a large load of laundry to do.

We don’t recommend replacing a drive belt yourself unless you have a high degree of technical knowledge. When your washing machine isn’t spinning properly because of an issue with your drive built, your best option is to contact Fix Appliances for professional help.

A Worn Out Motor May Be Why Your Washing Machine Drum’s Not Turning

Perhaps after taking our washing machine apart we might find that there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the drive belt. A worn-out belt isn’t the only reason that your washing machine may stop working of course. There are several potential causes of why your washing machine is not spinning.

One other major reason that a washing machine drum will stop spinning is that the drive motor isn’t working. Without a working motor to turn the belt, the belt can’t engage with the drum causing it to spin. The concept is straightforward although the repair process is a little more involved than the average repair.

Fixing A Washing Machine That Won’t Spin

Diagnose The Source of The Problem

The most important step in fixing a washing machine that won’t spin is to diagnose the right problem. The best way to do that is to check for some of the most common reasons that a washing machine stops spinning. We suggest creating a checklist of potential issues that may be the source of your current problem. Here’s our 5 point checklist of common issues to get you started:

  1. Check the condition of the drive belt
  2. Look for items that may be jammed between the drum and the machine
  3. Confirm there is actually power getting to your washing machine
  4. Check for issues with the door latching mechanism that may be preventing your wash cycle from starting
  5. Listen for unusual noise coming from the motor that may indicate a problem

Can You Fix A Washing Machine That Won’t Spin Yourself?

If you’re asking yourself if you can fix a washing machine that won’t spin without any outside help you probably already know the answer.

If you do have a decent amount of technical knowhow then there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to tackle a washing machine that won’t spin yourself. A good place to start if you’re looking for a bit of guidance is the manufacturer of your washing machine’s website.

Knowing When It’s Time To Seek Professional Help

Even if you want to have it DIY-ed it may still not be a good decision to tackle a washing machine with a spin cycle that’s not working by yourself. You may end up spending several hours on the problem only to find that the solution is just a little outside your wheelhouse.

Most repairs performed by Fix Appliances are inexpensive and they leave you free to use your valuable time on other more rewarding projects.

Fix Appliances Can Help When Your Washer Spin Cycle is Not Working

If the drum on your washing machine has stopped spinning and you can’t figure out the cause you’re best to contact a trained technician. We’re available throughout a week to speak with you and our customer service experts have the knowledge and expertise to answer all of your questions.

They’ll listen to your issue and arrange for an appointment with a repair person with the right background to fix your broken washing machine and get you back on track.

If your machine is old we may recommend an upgrade to a new appliance. While it may be possible to fix the current issue when parts start to wear out on old appliances the repair visits can pile up and that can be expensive.

We’ll provide you with an honest assessment of your options, but the final decision is always up to you. Call us any time at 1-888-242-0777 or contact us through our website. We’re always available when you need us from one of our many nearby locations.

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