Washing Machine Not Spinning
Washing Machine Not Spinning

Washing Machine Not Spinning ?

Washing Machine Not Spinning ? Do your clothes come out of your washing machine soaking wet? There may be several causes for this phenomenon. We are going to explore with you the various causes that can explain why your washing machine isn’t properly spinning.

Why Doesn’t the Washing Machine Spin?

The power supply is faulty

If you find your laundry is wet and your machine has switched off, check first whether there has been a power cut. Check that the machine turns on normally and check your wiring and electrics if needed. You can also try unplugging your machine for 20 minutes before plugging it back in.These simple handlings could be sufficient to resolve the issue.

Uneven loads are caused by laundry

Uneven loads are due to bad distribution of your laundry inside the drum. To avoid issues of this nature, your washing machine is equipped with an electronic system that counteracts uneven loads. If your machine detects that the laundry is in the wrong position, the first thing it does is to stop the drum and then change the rotation direction or rotation type to try and untangle the laundry. The machine will then try to restart the programme, but if an uneven load occurs several times, the machine will cancel the spin and finish the cycle. You are therefore advised to stick to the laundry weight recommended by the manufacturers.

The drain pump or filter is clogged

The drain pump drains the water out of the machine. If the drain pump (or drain filter) is clogged and it can’t drain the water, the machine won’t spin. We advise you to try and clean your drain pump and check that the impeller is turning freely. If the issue persists and the pump doesn’t seem to want to drain, you need to test it using a multimeter and most likely will have to replace it

The drain hose is clogged 

If your drain pump is in good working condition, then it might be the drain hose that is clogged. The drain hose at the bottom of the tub is located between the tub and the drain hose, beneath your washing machine. Are your socks disappearing? They may have ended up inside, as well as coins. If this is the case, the machine will have trouble launching the spin cycle. We advise you to disconnect the hose and clean it out. If it happens to be damaged, you will need to replace it.

There is too much foam during the spin cycle 

Foam is created by the drum’s movement and is often due to using too much washing powder. If you live in an area with soft water, we recommend you to reduce the amount of washing powder you use and opt for liquid detergent instead. Also, please be aware that most of the eco-friendly washing powders on the market tend to create a lot of foam. Too much foam can prevent the spin cycle from working.

The belt has worked loose or broken

The belt acts as a connection, wrapping around the motor spindle and the drum pulley, allowing the machine to rotate. It may be broken or may have simply slipped loose from where it should be. In that case, the drum can no longer rotate, there won’t be a spin cycle and the laundry won’t be washed. You can try to put it back in position. If it still won’t hold properly in place on the pulley, you need to replace it.

The pressure switch isn’t working properly 

The pressure switch allows the machine to sense the water level in the tub. If it is faulty, then the machine may not launch the spin cycle. The machine considers there is still water present because the pressure switch is giving it the wrong information. Old mechanical pressure switches can be checked using a multimeter, but unfortunately, on recent machines which are digital, you can’t test them that way. Before changing the pressure switch, consider checking and cleaning out the pressure chamber. If it is clogged, then the pressure switch will no longer be able to work properly.

The motor carbon brushes are worn out 

Motor carbon brushes are parts that transfer electricity to the armature of the motor. Over time, these carbon brushes can wear out and end up no longer touch the electrical contacts inside the motor (the manifold). The motor therefore has trouble operating, especially during the spin cycle, when it is turning at maximum speed. Achieving the right speed during the spin cycle therefore becomes impossible and your laundry will still be wet at the end of the cycle. You can easily check the length of your carbon brushes which need to be longer than 1cm. If this isn’t the case, you need to change them.

The door safety catch system isn’t working properly any more 

Your washing machine will only work with the door closed. Some washing machines have additional safety devices that stop the motor from rotating during spinning. To find out whether this is at the bottom of the problem, test the door safety catch system and replace it if needed.

The solenoid valve constantly stays open 

The solenoid valve acts as an electric tap. If there is any sand or other dirt coming from your water supply line, it will stay open and let the water in constantly, gradually filling the tub. Several hours later when you will take out your laundry, you will find it is dry on top but is in fact it is soaking wet underneath. Clean the solenoid valve and replace it if needed.

The motherboard is faulty 

The control module controls all of your washing machine’s functions (motor, heating, water, etc.). If all of the elements have been checked, it is possible that the module itself needs changing.

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