If your Roper washer’s not spinning during the spin cycle, follow these five troubleshooting steps to help you locate the problem, repair or replace the broken part or parts and get your washer functioning properly again.
WARNING – If you are attempting to repair any washer yourself, be aware that you are working with potentially dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious bodily injury or death. Always remove the electrical power source from the appliance before you ever begin working on it. If you are attempting to repair any household gas appliances yourself, always be sure to turn off the gas that is designated to the appliance before you ever begin to repair it. Be aware that washers have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious bodily injury or death. Be aware that there are many other dangers and precautions involved in washer repair besides those listed above. We strongly suggest that you please read our DISCLAIMER before any further actions are taken or proceeding any further. Think safety first!
Step (1.) Motor Coupling
You will need to inspect the motor coupling if the washer is a direct drive machine, meaning that the washer does not use a belt. The motor coupling is used between the washer’s motor and transmission, it is a three-piece component, consisting of (2) drive plates and (1) rubber bushing. One of the drive plates is used on the washer’s motor shaft and the other drive plate is used on the transmission shaft, with the rubber bushing being located between both of the plates. The most common symptoms of a broken washer motor coupler are, the washer’s tub will fill with water and drain the water, but it will not agitate or spin the wash basket. Troubleshooting tip – A tell-tail sign of a broken motor coupling is, you might see small pieces of black rubber and bits of white plastic on the floor under the drain pump, this indicates a worn-out motor coupling. You will need to tilt the washer back just enough to be able to see this and the pump and motor will need to be removed to replace the motor coupling if it is bad.
Step (2.) Drive Belt
Inspect the washing machines drive belt that goes from the drive motor to the drain pump pulley, if the washer is belt driven. If the belt is worn or broken, replace the belt.
Step (3.) Lid Switch
Inspect the lid switch that is located under the lid on top load washer models. Make sure that the switch is not broken, test the switch for continuity using an analog multimeter or a digital meter. Repair Tip – A digital test meter can be purchased fairly cheap online or from almost any of your bigger name hardware stores. It is a real time saver when troubleshooting the numerous electrical parts on a washer. If the lid switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good. If the lid switch does not have continuity, the part is faulty and the clothes washer won’t spin. You will need to replace the lid switch to fix the problem.
Step (4.) Pump Pulley
If your Roper washer’s pump is belt driven, inspect the pump pulley to make sure that it is not ceased up or loose and worn out. If the pulley is damaged the washer may not drain the water from the wash tub.
Step (5.) Clutch Assembly
Inspect the clutch assembly, used on some models, for wear to make sure that the clutch is engaging properly. If the clutch becomes worn out the washer will not be able to spin.