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My 4 year old Inglis top loading wash machine has stopped spinning in the rinse cycle. The water still pumps out, and you can hear the machine click into and run on the rinse cycle, but if you lift the lid you can see it is not spinning. Is there an "at-home" fix for this?

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  • Priya darshan May 11, 2010

    Hi,






    It doesn't pump or spin

    If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:



    • If
      the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or
      a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the
      washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn't turn
      freely--if it's frozen or stiff--replace it. If the pump belt is broken
      or looks quite worn, replace it--but be sure to check the pump pulley
      before you change the belt.



    • If the motor isn't
      running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine
      can't spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the
      washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to
      raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the
      switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.





    It pumps, but doesn't spin

    If your washer pumps out the water but doesn't spin, check these:



    • The
      lid switch may be defective. If it is, the washing machine doesn't
      spin. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the
      door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the
      washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to
      replace it.



    • The motor coupler may be broken. Many
      Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive
      motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and 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. You may need to replace it.



    • A
      belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a
      belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine
      belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed
      with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)



    • The
      clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may use a clutch to come
      up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent
      the unit from spinning well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need
      to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified
      appliance repair technician.



    • The drive motor may be
      defective. Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the
      motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's
      possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to
      operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire
      motor.



    • The transmission may not be shifting properly.
      Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an
      electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially
      defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex
      system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a
      qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.



    • The
      spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or seized. These components
      allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the outer tub. When this is
      the problem, you usually hear a loud sound during the spin cycle. Call
      a qualified appliance repair technician.





    It spins only with the lid closed

    For
    safety, washing machines are made so that they spin only with the lid
    closed. The lid switch prevents the spinning action when the lid is up.

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Without being there to test the switches, my best advice is you have a bad switch. The only thing you can try to do is cycle the switch a few times quickly and see if that frees the switch up. If so, then you know you need a switch after all. That would be the only "at-home" fix you could try.
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HI,

It doesn't pump or spin If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:

  • If the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn't turn freely--if it's frozen or stiff--replace it. If the pump belt is broken or looks quite worn, replace it--but be sure to check the pump pulley before you change the belt.


  • If the motor isn't running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine can't spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.


It pumps, but doesn't spin If your washer pumps out the water but doesn't spin, check these:

  • The lid switch may be defective. If it is, the washing machine doesn't spin. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.


  • The motor coupler may be broken. Many Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and 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. You may need to replace it.


  • A belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)


  • The clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may use a clutch to come up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the unit from spinning well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.


  • The drive motor may be defective. Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.


  • The transmission may not be shifting properly. Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.


  • The spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or seized. These components allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the outer tub. When this is the problem, you usually hear a loud sound during the spin cycle. Call a qualified appliance repair technician.


It spins only with the lid closed For safety, washing machines are made so that they spin only with the lid closed. The lid switch prevents the spinning action when the lid is up.

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I think the clutch went out on it,,,if its not spinnig then you have either a bad clutch or a bad belt and from here its hard to tell which. the belt you can do at home if its the clutch youll need to call someone

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