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Washer not spinning

Common reasons your washer not spinning

The most common reasons your washer is not spinning are a malfunctioning electronic control board, broken motor or a jammed door lock assembly.

  • 39%

    39% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 22%

    22% of the time it's the

  • 15%

    15% of the time it's the
    Door Lock Assembly

  • 24%

    24% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common washer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these washer parts may fix your problem.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    The electronic control board could be to blame if the washer is not spinning. Responsible for coordinating spin cycles and other crucial operations, a defective or shorted control board can disrupt the spinning function of the washer. Additionally, it might fail to fill, agitate, or drain. In some cases, a shorted board may emit a burning smell.

    Motor Replacement

    If the washer motor is defective, the spin basket may fail to spin or agitate, or spinning and agitation may be erratic. There may be signs laundry was not thoroughly rinsed or may be still soaking at the end of the spin cycle. Other issues such as unusual grinding or squealing sounds or burning odors may also be present.

    Door Lock Assembly Replacement

    A jammed door lock could lead to difficulties in opening or closing the washer door. The door may fail to latch completely, hindering the start of the cycle. An error code may appear on the control panel, indicating a door lock issue, accompanied by unusual noises. Additionally, water remaining in the drum after the cycle suggests that the spin function did not operate properly.

    What to expect when you experience a washer not spinning issue

    How do you resolve a not spinning problem?

    Fixing not spinning problems usually involves replacing the electronic control board, motor or door lock assembly. There could be other problems, however, so a complete diagnosis is needed to effectively resolve the issue. An accurate diagnosis is key to understanding the extent and cost of repair.

    Tips from our experts if your washer is not spinning

    If a washer is not spinning there can be many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend diagnostic tests by a qualified technician be performed to identify the root cause of the problem. Sears Home Services technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of washer failures.

    Things to keep in mind when diagnosing a washer not spinning problem

    DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult. Appliances have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. Without adequate training and experience, fixing your washer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch.

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    Common washer symptoms to look out for

    • Washer burning smell
    • Washer display not working
    • Washer leaking from bottom
    • Washer leaking water
    • Washer no power
    • Washer no water
    • Washer noisy
    • Washer not agitating
    • Washer not draining
    • Washer not filling
    • Washer not starting
    • Washer not turning on
    • Washer not washing
    • Washer not working
    • Washer vibrates
    • Washer will not drain
    • Washer won't start cycle
    • Washer won't turn off