If your washer doesn't agitate, check these:Lid switchMotor couplerBeltsClutchDrive motorDrive pulleysTransmissionAgitator
the lid switch is defective, the washing machine may not agitate or
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.
washers produced by Whirlpool® 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. If this happens, you need to
completely replace it.
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.)
your washer was made by GE®, it may use a clutch for agitating the
clothes. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the washer from
agitating 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
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 motor or transmission drive pulley may be worn and unable to turn the drive belt. If so, replace the pulley.
The transmission could have either of these problems:
washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an
electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially
defective, the unit may not agitate properly or at all.
- The transmission may have a worn or broken gear, or some other internal problem.
If you suspect a transmission problem, you may have to call a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.
inside of the agitator--where the transmission shaft attaches--can
become worn, and strip out the spline that allows the agitator to
properly grip the shaft. Then the transmission shaft rotates back and
forth as it should, but the agitator doesn't move properly. If this
happens, you may need to replace the agitator and/or the transmission