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

Oleg Chudnovski, CEO

Technically Reviewed by Oleg Chudnovski, CEO on Feb 26, 2024 | Written by Olga Larina

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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 expect a clean load of clothes that need to spend some time in the dryer before we can wear them again.

Discovering that your washing machine refuses to spin and your clothes are still dirty can be a big disappointment.  

Common Reasons Why A Washer Won’t Spin

Several problems can cause this, and we will closely examine 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 whether to attempt the repairs independently 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 something is stuck in the door, preventing it from shutting all the way.

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

In terms of repairs, if a broken door latch is why 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, which can be a problem if you have a large load of laundry.

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, 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 your washing machine may stop working. There are several potential causes of why your washing machine is not spinning.

Another major reason 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 involves much more 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 have a decent amount of technical know-how, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to tackle a washing machine that won’t spin. 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 spend 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, leaving 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 must contact a trained technician. We’re available throughout the 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 upgrading 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, which can be expensive.

We’ll provide you with an honest assessment of your options, but the final decision is always yours. Call us for any washing machine repair at 888-242-0777  or contact us through our request form. We’re always available from one of our many nearby locations when you need us.

Date of page creation: September 23, 2020

Page update date: February 26, 2024


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FAQ: Top Frequently Asked Questions

The first thing you should check is the condition of the drive belt. If it's broken or loose, it could be the reason why your washer isn't spinning. Make sure to power off the machine before any inspection or repairs.
If you have some technical knowledge and feel confident, you can attempt to fix it yourself, especially if it's a minor issue like a broken door latch. However, for more complex problems like a worn-out motor or drive belt, it's often best to seek professional help from a technician.
You should consider professional help when you're unsure about the cause of the problem, when you lack technical expertise, or when the issue is beyond simple DIY repairs. Professional technicians, like those from Fix Appliances, have the knowledge and tools to diagnose and fix complex issues, ensuring your washer is back in working order.

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