Whirlpool Duet Washer Won’t Spin

If your Whirlpool Duet front load washer isn’t spinning when the washer is on the spin cycle, follow these five troubleshooting steps to help you isolate and fix the problem to 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!

Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washer

Step-1. Door Lock Switch

The door lock switch is used on a front load washer to lock the door while the washer is in operation.  The door switch is used to communicate the status of the door to the washers main control board, known as the brain of the washer.  If your front load washer won’t start a cycle, stops in the middle of a cycle or the washer will not spin the door switch should be tested for continuity.  Visually inspect the door switch to make sure that it is not obviously damaged or broken, if it is not broken, then you will need to test the switch for continuity using an analog multimeter or a digital meter.  If the door lock switch does have continuity and shows no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and it will need to be replaced with a new door switch.  Troubleshooting tip – If you don’t have a test meter, a digital meter can be purchased reasonably cheap online or from one of the bigger hardware stores, a test meter is a real time and money saver while troubleshooting the various electrical parts on a washer.  Electrical parts can be diagnosed either good or bad quickly, instead of assuming that a part is faulty and replacing it, only to find out that part wasn’t bad and the problem lies elsewhere with another part.


Step-2. Drive Belt

You will need to inspect the washers drive belt that goes around the washer’s motor pulley and the wash tub drive pulley, if the belt is broken the washer won’t spin.  If the belt is broken, you will need to replace it with a new one to get your washer spinning again.  The belt is located inside the back of the washer cabinet and the back panel will need to be removed to gain access to the belt to remove and replace it.



Step-3. Motor Control Unit (MCU)

A motor control unit is a hard part to troubleshoot by testing with a test meter.  You will need to visually inspect the electrical components in the motor control unit (MCU), also known as the motor control board.  Look for a loose wire harness connection or a burnt or melted electrical component inside of the control unit.  If any obvious signs of damage are found, the motor control unit is most likely faulty and it will need to be replaced.


Step-4. Drive Motor

You will need to inspect the washers drive motor.  The motor should run quiet and turn smooth and freely.  Some common symptoms of a bad motor are, the motor is loud, the motor just hums and won’t spin, it won’t spin freely, or the motor will seize up and won’t spin at all.  If your washers motor has any of these symptoms the motor is bad and will need to be replaced.


Step-5. Stator and Rotor

A stator and rotor are used on some front load washing machines.  If your washers not spinning, you will need to inspect the stator and rotor for visual signs of damage.  If the stators electrical wires or the rotors magnets are damaged or worn out, it can keep the washer’s tub from spinning or agitating properly.