Washing machine is not spinning – what to do?
Clothes that are wrung out well dry faster. However, sometimes the machine washes, but is not
spinning, therefore, much time is spent on drying. The reasons for why your washing machine is not
spinning may be diverse, but it is important to know, what to do before the technician comes, and
what are the cases when you need to call the service center immediately.
Your machine washes, but is not spinning
The situation when the washing machine is not spinning may occur any time. If you encounter this
problem, do not panic. Some washing modes do not involve spinning of clothes. In some cases, it is
done so that things in the washing machine wrinkle less, in other cases – thin delicate fabric is
protected from excess abrasion to drum walls. Before calling the technician, make sure you have
chosen the program that presupposes spinning. All the required information may be easily found in
the user manual.
Possible causes of failure
After making sure that the washing program has nothing to do with it, it is time to figure out why
the machine is not spinning. Look at how clothes is lying in the drum. If things are stuck in a clot or
stuck into the pillowcase or duvet cover, the engine may fail to start the drum, and clothes will
remain wet after washing.
If the machine is not spinning, the reason behind it may be water not coming out freely from the
drum. Before running the spin program, the appliance must completely drain water remaining after
rinsing. If the filter or drain hose is clogged, it will not be possible.
Among other common reasons for why the machine is not spinning after washing, service center
technicians name the following:
– tachosensor failure;
– control board malfunction;
– damage of the drain pump;
– failure of the water level sensor;
– problems with the engine.
In addition to the simplest cases, when mere drain cleaning will help, washing machine owners can
hardly find the cause of malfunction and repair or replace the required parts of the appliance
themselves. Thus, if you take out things that are too wet, call the technician and invite him to your
house to repair your washing machine.
If drain filter is the reason
If you keep leaving small objects in your pockets or wash woolen clothes often, the drain filter may
get clogged. This part is often located in the lower part of the appliance, behind the lid or plastic
panel that are easily removed. The user manual contains a detailed description of how to clean the
washing machine drain filter.
Before starting the procedure, we recommend placing a bowl or other container on the floor for the
water to flow down there, and unplugging the machine from the power supply network. After
removing the filter, take out all of the small objects, tangled hair and fibers as well as other dirt
preventing the free flow of water. Then insert the device into place, switch on the machine and try
wringing out things using a respective program. It is important to tighten the filter to avoid leaks.
If the problem is related to the tachosensor
Washing machine tachosensor is located on the engine shaft; therefore, it is better if specialist deals
with its maintenance and repair. If the machine is always overloaded, fastening bolts may often get
loose, resulting in a sensor being unable to accurately measure drum rotation speed.
To check the operation of the part, machine tachosensor voltage and resistance are measured using a
multimeter. To do that, you have to remove the engine from the cabinet; therefore, do not try
performing this procedure yourself. If necessary, the technician may replace the part with a new
one, thus usually eliminating the spinning issue.
Drum engine is faulty
Over time, the washing machine engine may break down. Most common failures of this unit
– damage to the coil block;
– wear of the graphite brushes;
– turn-to- turn fault;
– peeling of the lamels.
Since not all owners know how to disassemble a washing machine, brushes or engine are usually
replaced by specialists. Technicians will diagnose the engine, check voltage in problem areas and
replace the engine or repair it.
If the control module is the reason
All actions of your washing machine are controlled by its electronic “brain” – control board. If
electronic control module breaks down, the appliance starts malfunctioning, hence spinning or other
programs may not work. Replacement of the washing machine control module is an expensive
operation, although if all other units function adequately, this measure will let the appliance operate
for several more years.
If your washing machine is not spinning due to control board failure, all functions will start working
again after the repair.
Spinning cycle is not working – what to do
What to do if your washing machine is not spinning? First, make sure that the cause does not
consist in wrong choice of the program, incorrect placement of clothes in the drum or clogged drain
filter. Sometimes, there is still quite a lot of water in the drum, so you should better review the user
manual for instructions on how to perform emergency drain. If the spinning cycle is not working,
you can wring it out manually and hang it to dry. Then invite the technician to your house, so that
he could figure out the reason for failure and repair respective units. When filing an application,
remember to specify the brand and the model of your washing machine, so that the technician could
take the required parts with him.
Washing machine repair – defective spin
Duration and costs of repair are determined on the case-by- case basis. If the repair of the engine or
control module require much time and considerable expenses, cleaning of the clogged drain hose is
done relatively fast and is inexpensive. When the specialist determines the cause of defective spin,
he will tell you the cost of washing machine repair right away. This will let you decide what is
better for you: repair the existing appliance or order a new model.