Troubleshooting a Washing Machine That Stopped Spinning

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A malfunctioning washing machine can be an extremely frustrating problem in a busy household, especially if you have young children or a large family. If your washer will not spin after you add a load of laundry, it may be a result of several potential problems. To diagnose or repair the problem, run through several standard troubleshooting steps. This task can be completed in roughly 10 minutes.

  • Ensure the washing machine door is firmly closed. Most washing machines can detect if the door is slightly ajar and will not fill or spin properly. Push the door until it clicks shut or sits flat on top of the machine.

  • Examine the washing machine's fuses or circuit breakers. The washing machine may start up but not spin if one of the washer's fuses or circuit breakers is blown. Change the fuses or reset the circuit breakers and try again.

  • Determine that you are using the correct amount of soap. Too many suds in the drum can cause the washing machine to cut out and stop spinning. Follow the directions supplied with your detergent for best results.

  • Examine the drainage hose position. Water may not be able to drain from the machine if the hose is too high above the ground or kinked. Check your manual for drainage-hose instructions.

  • Unplug the washer power cord and look for an access door either in front or behind the washer. Remove the access door or panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Examine the belt, if your washer uses a belt. Broken, frayed or stretched belts require replacement.

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