First, make sure that you do not overload the machine.
When the clothes are wet at the end of a cycle, check these:
test the motor coupler, re-start the washer in its spin cycle. Let the
machine run for a minute, and then open the lid and notice whether the
tub is spinning:
- If it's spinning when you lift the lid, the coupler is fine.
it isn't spinning--and your machine was produced by Whirlpool®--you may
have a broken coupler. Many Whirlpool-made washers use a small,
relatively inexpensive device called a motor coupling. This
plastic-and-rubber component is mounted to the shaft of the motor on
one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler
wears out and fails. When that happens, you need to replace it
the washer doesn't reach its proper spin speed, the clothes may be too
wet at the end of a cycle. Check to be sure the load is properly
balanced and run a spin cycle again. If the clothes are still wet, you
may have a worn or loose belt (Maytag®), a worn clutch (GE®/Hotpoint®),
or a worn motor pulley or tub bearing. Replace the applicable
Alternatively, there could be clothes caught
between the inner and outer tubs. Read the "It spins but won't pump"
section of the "It won't drain" section. Also, there could be other
things that cause friction on the drive train. Seek the assistance of a
qualified appliance repair technician.
the water that pumps from the machine goes right back into the machine
after the spin cycle, it may be because your washer is siphoning the
water from a laundry tub with a slow drain, back into the washer. Try
to improve the draining of the laundry tub. (Is there something stuck
in the drain?) Also, be sure the drain hose doesn't reach more than
about 4 inches into the laundry tub. If it does, cut off the excess.
valves eventually fail. One problem that may develop with a water-inlet
valve is that it can no longer completely shut off when the electricity
is turned off to it. Then, the valve may leak and drip water into the
clothes tub--you may notice that your washer has water in it when you
haven't used it for a few days. To fix this, replace the valve.
The cycle doesn't advance
When the cycle doesn't advance, it's probably the timer or a cold-water supply problem:
the timer, if your washing machine fills with water and begins
agitating, but the timer never advances--or if the washer is in a spin
cycle and the timer won't advance. Then you need to replace the timer.
may be a cold-water supply problem, if the washing machine fills with
water, agitates, drains, and spins, but then doesn't fill with rinse
water. See There's no cold water.