8 Reasons Why Whirlpool Washer Is Not Spinning

If your Whirlpool washer stops spinning, it indicates that one or more components in the washer are faulty. You have to repair or replace those defective components to resume the spinning. To check the reason behind the spinning problem, you have to check all possible causes mentioned-below one by one. Along with possible faulty components, the methods for repairing or replacing them are also provided in this guide.

1. Faulty Lid Switch

The lid switch turns off the washer when its lid is not closed properly. You have to check the lid switch first if your washer is not spinning. If the lid switch turns of when it shouldn’t, it stops the washer’s spinning movement. You can check the lid switch by following the given steps.

  • Turn off the washer before checking the lid switch.
  • Locate the lid switch with the help of your washer’s manual.
  • Remove the lid switch and check its continuity with the help of a multimeter.
  • If the lid switch shows no continuity, then it means it is faulty, and you will have to replace it.

Lid switch

If the lid switch is fine and shows perfect continuity, you can move to the next possible cause and solution.

2. Problem with the Door Latch

When your washer is spinning, the door latch ensures that the door is properly closed. Any fault in the door latch will result in improper locking of the door. If the door is not closed, then the washer will not spin. Door latches can be mechanical or electronic according to your washer’s model. Check the door latch with the following steps.

  • If your door latch is mechanical, then you can check it manually. Turn on the washer and check if the door is closed correctly or not.
  • If your washer’s door doesn’t shut properly, you need to replace your door latch.
  • On the other hand, if you have an electronic door latch, you can check it with a multimeter.

If the door latch doesn’t show any continuity, then you have to replace it.

After checking the door latch, if you are sure that your door latch is fine, then check for another possible cause of not spinning the washer.

3. Broken or Loose Drive Belt

Another possible cause behind the stop spinning movement of the Whirlpool washer is a broken or loose drive belt. A drive belt basically helps your washer to rotate. Any defect in the drive belt will stop the washer from spinning. Inspect the drive belt thoroughly.

  • Make sure that the power supply is turned off before checking the drive belt.
  • Remove the top and side panels of the washer to access the belt.
  • If you find difficulty accessing the drive belt, check the manual.
  • Check the drive belt carefully.
  • If it is loose or broken at any place, then you have to replace it.
  • Also, check its connection with the drive pulley. If you find any damage there, you have to replace the drive belt.

If your drive belt is working fine, you can move toward the next component check.

4. Worn Out Drive Pulley

The drive pulley, along with the drive belt, helps the washer’s motor to run. If the drive pulley is damaged or worn out, it will not allow the washer to spin. You have to check the drive pulley thoroughly before replacing it.

  • Turn off the power of the washer.
  • Located the drive pulley at which the drive belt is present.
  • Inspect the drive pulley thoroughly to check for any signs of damage.
  • If you find it wear and tear, you should replace the drive pulley.

drive pulley

If your drive pulley is working fine, you can move towards the other possible cause and its solution.

5. Cracked or Broken Motor Coupling

The motor coupling connects the washer motor to the transmission. In case of overloading, the coupling protects the washer and transmission. You can check motor coupling by the following method.

  • Switch off the washer or cut off its power supply.
  • Access the drive motor coupling by checking the manual.
  • Remove the top and side washer’s panels to reach through the motor coupling.
  • If you see any cracks in the motor coupling, you have to replace them.

If there isn’t any defect in the motor coupling, you have to check other components that may be responsible for stopping the washer’s spinning.

6. Defective Drive Motor

Drive motor is the most important part of a washer as it helps in spinning the washer. It runs the whole washer, and any defect in the drive motor will cause stop spinning. Here is how you can check if your drive motor is faulty or not.

  • Access the drive motor. Take help from the manual if needed.
  • Take a multimeter and check the drive motor’s continuity with it.
  • If there is a problem is continuity, then your drive motor needs to replace.
  • If the drive motor’s power is fine, check it another way.
  • Turn on a washing cycle and listen carefully if you hear any humming sound from the washer.
  • If you hear an overly noisy humming sound, then it means your drive motor is defective.
  • Contact and call a professional to change your washer’s drive motor.

If you don’t listen to any humming sound from the washer, then it means your washer is fine, and you can move forward to check the next component.

7. Faulty Motor Control Board

The purpose of the motor control board is to supply power to the motor. If it is defective, then the power supply to your Whirlpool washer will cut off. As a result, the washer won’t spin. Check the motor board for any faults and repair it.

  • Please turn off the power before accessing the motor control board.
  • By consulting the manual, locate the motor control board.
  • Inspect it thoroughly for any signs of burnt components.
  • If you find burnt components in the control board, then you will have to replace the entire control board.

If the motor control board seems fine, then you can move to check the last possible cause of the interrupted washer’s spinning.

8. Overloaded Washer

The last and most common cause behind the washer’s not spinning is the overloading of the machine. If you fill up your Whirlpool washer with the extra load, then you are indirectly jamming it. If the washer is shaking and making noises, then it means it is overloaded. You can resolve this problem by:

  • Removing the extra load from the washer.
  • Leveling the load evenly inside the washing machine.

overloaded washer

Reducing the laundry amount will help restore the spinning movement of your washer. Thus, always add the recommended amount of load into the washer.

Final Words…

Check all the possible causes that can hinder your Whirlpool washer’s spinning. Carefully access every component and apply the relevant solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to reset the Whirlpool washer that is not spinning?

If your Whirlpool washer is not spinning, then you can reset it simply by pressing and holding three buttons; Rinse, Wash and Stop. You have to hold these buttons for 10 seconds until you see that the lights will illuminate from these buttons. After releasing the buttons, your washer will be reset.

2. Why does the Whirlpool washer drain but not spin?

If your washer’s drain pump is clogged or defective, then it stops the washer from spinning. In rare cases, the draining continues, but the spinning stops. To resolve this issue, you can check the drain hose thoroughly. If it is clogged, clear it with a scrub brush and rinsing water.

3. Why are clothes come out wet from the washer after the spinning cycle?

Overloading the washer reduces the spinning speed of the washer. It also causes an imbalance in the washer’s tub. Thus, your washer will not efficiently spin clothes, and they come out wet even after the spinning cycle. Reload and redistribute your washing machines for better spinning.


  • Stephen Powers

    Appliance repair guy from Washington. I am majorly experienced in dishwashers, water filters and refrigerators, AMA on my twitter account.

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