How to Repair a Washing Machine That Is Not Spinning Properly


Many of the problems that cause a washing machine to not spin properly stem from the machine not draining as it is designed to drain. Once you are able to figure out why the washing machine is not draining as well as it should, you can often also fix the problem related to the washer's failure to spin properly. Of course, there are also issues that affect your washer's ability to spin that do not directly relate to its capacity to drain.

  • Move your washing machine away from the wall so that you have enough room to access the appliance's drain hose. This drain hose must not be caught in between the wall and the appliance or between the washing machine and the floor. A pinched drain hose does not allow water to freely flow through it. Make sure the drain hose is inserted loosely into a drain hose that is lower than 96 inches high.

  • Remove the power cord from an extension cord and plug the appliance directly into a working electrical wall outlet if you are using an extension cord. An extension cord reduces the amount of electricity that reaches the machine and can cause a slowing of the spin cycle. Inspect your home's breaker box and make sure both breaker switches for the washing machine are set to "On."

  • Wait a few minutes if a "SUD"or "SUDS" message appears on the display. This message means that extra suds are being removed from the washer. Once they are removed, the spinning will commence.

  • Add more items to a load if there are only one or two small items in a load. Or reduce the amount of clothing in the washer if you have a big, bulky item -- like a blanket -- in the appliance. Very small and very bulky items can cause an imbalance, which makes it difficult for the appliance to spin.


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