How To Fix Washing Machine Spin Cycle

Washing machines make laundry chores a lot easier, but this appliance can often stop working properly. One of the most common repair issues with a washing machine is that the spin cycle stops working. The washing machine will load up with water and agitate the clothes, but when it is time to remove the excess water from the clothing the machine fails to work.

Knowing how to fix a washing machine spin cycle often means knowing how to do a master reset of the appliance. The motor of the appliance can stop working sometimes because there is an error code within the computing mechanics that power it. To perform a master reset, unplug the appliance from the wall for at least 60 seconds. Then open and close the lid of the washing machine 6 times within 12 seconds. This works about 50% of the time. If the washer is performing correctly after the reset, washing a small load of clothes to confirm the repair.

A Common Issue Involves the Lid Locking Switch

Today's washing machines require the lid to lock when the machine is in full spin cycle. If the switch isn't working to turn on the lock or if the sensor on the lock isn't working, then the spin cycle will not engage for safety reasons. To check on the condition of the lock, you'll need to remove the lid switch. This is generally near the door frame in the appliance's main housing.

You'll need to check your owner's manual to see the proper procedure for accomplishing this task. Before beginning, make sure the appliance is unplugged so you don't give yourself an unpleasant electrical surprise. Replace the switch or sensor and this should solve the problem. You may wish to test the circuit for power, however, to confirm that it is the issue.

What If the Lock Is Working Properly?

If you washing machine is draining water, but isn't spinning, then the pressure switch that controls water levels has likely malfunctioned. Remove the control panel on the washing machine and you'll see the valve that controls this mechanism. The switch will have what looks like a small, plastic tube attached to it. This can fill up with soap, grime, or even mashed up tissues that were missed. Use some compressed air to blow it out or try some vinegar to remove the grime.

If the switch has burned out or looks to be cracked, then it will need to be replaced. You'll need your owner's manual once again to complete this portion of the repair.

There are a number of secondary issues that can also cause this problem. The belt may have slipped or broken. The pump might be jammed or there could be a problem with your power supply. In some cases, the drain pipe on the washing machine might actually be clogged or there could be a problem with the internal drain in the home.

Fixing the spin cycle on a washing machine isn't always easy, but it can be a DIY repair. Check your manual, unplug your machine, and if you have any questions, be sure to contact a repair professional.
Posted on Nov 01, 2014


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