Sears Kenmore 90 Series Washing Machine Won't Spin


In order to fully remove stains and odors from the items being washed, a washing machine needs to spin during the wash cycle to agitate the laundry. Clothes are spun a second time when the wash portion of the cycle is complete to remove excess water from them, making the drying process easier. A Kenmore Series 90 washing machine will refuse to spin when it experiences one of several commonly occurring problems. By performing a few troubleshooting options, however, you may be able rectify the problem.

  • Ensure that the washer's lid is securely closed. A Kenmore Series 90 washer will not spin if its internal computer detects that the washer door is open. Ensure that the door is tightly shut before beginning your wash cycle.

  • Verify that your Kenmore Series 90 is set to perform a spin cycle. The soak cycle, used for certain delicate fabrics, does not involve the same amount of spinning as other cycles. Turn the cycle selection dial to a different setting and try again.

  • Reduce the size of the load in the drum of the washing machine. Very large loads can be too heavy for a washing machine to turn. Wash heavy items like curtains, duvets and towels in separate loads if necessary.

  • Plug the washing machine directly into a suitable electrical outlet. A Kenmore Series 90 washer needs a high-voltage, four-prong electrical outlet to power the drum. Your washing machine may not spin without the correct power supply or if it's plugged into an extension cord. Contact an electrician if you suspect that your dryer is not connected properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact Kenmore for further assistance if these tips do not effect a change.


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