are several reasons that a washing machine won't drain or spin. The
cause could be something as easy as a clog or something difficult that
will need a licensed repairman. Start with the simplest possible cause
and work down to the more difficult causes.
washing machine won't spin if the water can't drain. Check hoses for
any kinks or clogs that may prevent the water from draining. If a hose
has kinks, try to straighten out the kinked hose. If it can't be
straighten sufficiently, replace the hose. If hoses are not kinked,
check for clogged hoses. This can be done by using the screwdrivers to
remove the hoses and looking for clogs or running a water hose through
the clogged hose to remove the clog. Use the rags and bucket to clean
up the water that comes out of the hoses when they are disconnected.
Once the clog is cleared, put the drain hose back into place. The
washer should drain and spin now if a clogged or kinked hose was the
the washer still won't drain or spin, check to see if the lid is not
closing all the way or if the lid switch is not clicking into place.
Close the lid and make sure that it closes all the way down. When the
lid closes, the lid switch should click. If there is no clicking sound,
then the switch may need to be replaced. Follow manufacturer's
directions for replacing the switch. If the lid does not close all the
way, visually check for signs that the lid is bent. If bent, try to
bend it back into place.
or broken belts could also prevent a washing machine from draining or
spinning. Pull the washer away from the wall and, using the
screwdrivers and wrenches, remove the back panel. Using the flashlight,
visually check for any broken or loose belts. Replace any broken or
loose belts. Although replacing washing machine belts is difficult,
anyone who has replaced belts on a car, lawn mower or even a bicycle chain should be able to accomplish the task.
possibility for a washing machine to not spin or drain is the pump.
With the back panel still off the washer, check the pump with the
voltmeter to ensure that the pump is getting power. If the washer is
getting power, turn on the washer and listen to find out if the pump is
running but the water is still not draining. It may be necessary to
remove the pump and clean it or to replace the pump with a new one.
Once the pump is replaced, turn on the washer to determine if it will
now drain and spin.
all of the above steps fail to produce a washing machine that drains or
spins, then it is time to call a professional repairman. Use the
screwdrivers and wrenches to replace the panel on the washer and push
it back against the wall
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