Save Money on Repairs: Learn How to Easily Fix a Non-Spinning Washer

Is your washer not spinning? Don’t panic just yet. Before you call a repair technician and spend a fortune on fixing the problem, there are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and potentially fix the issue yourself. In this article, we will guide you through the process of diagnosing and fixing a non-spinning washer, helping you save both time and money.

Check for Obstructions

The first step in troubleshooting a non-spinning washer is to check for any obstructions that might be preventing the drum from spinning. Start by unplugging the washer from the power source. Then, open the door or lid depending on your washer type to gain access to the drum. Look inside for any loose items such as socks or small garments that might have gotten stuck in between the drum and the tub.

If you find any obstructions, carefully remove them using your hands or a pair of pliers if necessary. Make sure to check both the front and back of the drum as well as any drain holes that may be present. Once all obstructions have been removed, close the door or lid and plug in your washer again to see if it starts spinning.

Inspect the Drive Belt

If checking for obstructions didn’t solve your problem, it’s time to inspect the drive belt. The drive belt is responsible for transferring power from the motor to the drum, allowing it to spin. Over time, this belt can become worn out or loose, causing it to slip or break altogether.

To access the drive belt, locate your washer’s back panel and remove it using a screwdriver. Once removed, visually inspect the drive belt for any signs of damage such as cracks or fraying. If you notice any issues with the belt, it will need to be replaced.

To replace the drive belt, first, make sure you have the correct replacement belt for your washer model. Then, loosen the tension on the belt by adjusting the motor mount or idler pulley. Remove the old belt and install the new one by looping it around the motor and drum pulleys. Finally, tighten the tension on the belt and reattach the back panel.

Check Motor Coupling or Belt

If your washer still refuses to spin after inspecting and replacing the drive belt, there may be an issue with the motor coupling or belt. The motor coupling connects the washer’s motor to the transmission and helps transfer power to spin the drum.

To check if this is causing your problem, you’ll need to access your washer’s motor. Start by unplugging your washer and locating its motor. Depending on your washer model, it may be at either end of the tub or at its bottom.

Once you’ve located the motor, visually inspect both the coupling and belt for any signs of damage or wear. If you notice any issues such as cracks or broken pieces, they will need to be replaced.

Replacing a motor coupling or belt can be a bit more complex than other troubleshooting steps mentioned earlier. It’s recommended that you consult your washer’s manual or seek assistance from a professional technician to ensure proper installation.

Professional Assistance

If none of these troubleshooting steps have resolved your non-spinning washer issue, it may be time to seek professional assistance. Some problems are best left to experienced technicians who have specialized tools and knowledge.

Contact a reputable appliance repair service in your area and explain the problem you’re facing. They will schedule a visit from one of their technicians who will diagnose and fix any underlying issues causing your washer not to spin properly.

Remember that attempting complex repairs without proper knowledge can lead to further damage or even injury. So when in doubt, it’s always best to rely on professionals who can get your washer up and spinning again in no time.


A non-spinning washer can be frustrating, but before you rush to call a repair technician, try these troubleshooting steps. Check for obstructions, inspect the drive belt, examine the motor coupling or belt, and if necessary, seek professional assistance. By following these steps, you’ll be able to save money on repairs and potentially fix the issue yourself.

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