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Not spinning the problem i'm having is that the wash drum wont spin not even by hand. making a loud buzzing noise in spin cycle, water drains but drum dosen't move. WASHER WILL NOT AGITATE OR SPIN AND THERE IS A LOUD HUMMING NOISE

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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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Hi there!

The fault definately involves the motor, however you say the drum will not even spin by hand? That is unusual.

This needs the top and back off to see what's going on.

If you are competent at this - read on, otherwise call an appliance engineer.

Checking procedure -
Isolate from supply and turn off water valves.
Remove lid screws and remove lid,
Remove back screws and back panel.
Check motor area for overheating and arcing.
Check belt condition and security.
Slacken motor, and remove belt.
Check drum rotation to identify obstruction or bearing condition.
Replace defective parts.
Check motor condition.
Check brush length and armature condition. Replace if rquired.
Check belt condition. Replace if required.
Refit belt and motor.
Check free rotation.
Clean pump filter/trap.

Reconnect supplies and test run.

Isolate supply if all is correct.
Refit back panel and top panel.
Reconnect supply and finish test run.

Motor capacitor and control board are still suspect. Replace if test run defective.

Hope this helps.
Thank you for using Fixya!

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

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