Why Is My Washing Machine Not Spinning

It’s not uncommon for washing machines to stop spinning. This can happen because of a number of issues with your machine, most of which Repair Aid can easily fix and have your machine up and running again in no time.

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Drain pump blockage

One of the most common reasons why your washing machine has stopped spinning is when it can’t drain properly due to a blocked drain pump. This can happen when something gets stuck in the outlet pipe, preventing the steady flow of water in and out of the machine. This can be a buildup of lint, or a small item like a coin or a hairpin. You’ll notice that your machine takes longer to drain, or doesn’t drain completely if your drain pump is blocked.

Imbalanced drum

When the load is too heavy for the machine, or sometimes if you are trying to wash one large item on its own, the appliance detects a risk. If the drum moves too much or in an imbalanced way, this puts pressure on the machine and can cause it to move around or break entirely. An imbalanced drum is a common reason for your machine not spinning.

The easiest way to avoid an imbalanced drum is by making sure you don’t overload your washing machine, or if you have one large piece of laundry, add smaller pieces to balance out the load. You may also need to check that your machine is level. Place a spirit level on top of your machine to make sure the drum isn’t leaning to one side, and adjust your machine to make it as level as possible.

Motor brushes worn out

Motor brushes in your washer are used to connect the drum to the motor. Brushes can become worn out over time, which means the machine will fill up with water and drain as normal, but the drum itself will be unable to spin and your clothes won’t be cleaned effectively. New carbon brushes are inexpensive and are attached to the motor using a connecting wire. Seek professional help from an electrician!

There are a number other reasons why your machine may not be functioning correctly. Your machine may be faulty due to issues with the electrical controls, pumps, motors or other components of the machine. However, the aforementioned issues are the most common reasons why your machine may not be spinning.

Please do not attempt to repair electrical equipment without having adequate professional knowledge, training and experience. For professional advice and help, please contact our technicians.

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