Top Load Washer Won't Spin

If your washers not spinning, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken top load washer with.

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Troubleshoot Why A Top Load Washer Won’t Spin With These 5 – Steps

Step-1. 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.  Tip – A digital test meter can be purchased fairly cheap on line 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-2. Motor Coupling

You will need to inspect the motor coupling if the washer is a direct drive machine.  The coupling is used between the washers motor and  transmission.  Some signs that the motor coupling has broken are, the washing machine will fill with water and drain the water, but will not agitate or spin.  The pump and motor will need to be removed to inspect the motor coupling.  Troubleshooting tip – A tell-tail symptom of a broken motor coupling is a small pile of black rubber shavings on the floor beneath the drain pump, on most top load direct drive washers.

Step-3. 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-4. Pump Pulley

If your washers 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 for wear, used on some models, make sure that the clutch is engaging properly.  If the clutch becomes worn out the washer will not be able to spin.

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