One of the most common reasons a Kenmore or any other brand washer won't spin is something preventing the lid interlock switch from activating, according to RepairClinic. The problem is sometimes as simple as the lid not closing completely. Other switch problems include lint jamming in the switch or a cracked switch. Sometimes opening and closing the lid or removing lint is all the machine requires to spin again.Continue Reading
If the machine is overloaded, the motor circuit sometimes trips. These switches take approximately 15 minutes to cool and reset. Dividing the heavy load into two smaller loads prevents tripping this circuit. Loads that become unbalanced also have the potential of tripping the switch, according to About.com.
Although most new machines are direct drive, older ones use a belt drive. If the belt breaks, the washer no longer agitates, spins or drains. Broken belts require replacement. Some machines allow the user to tighten loose belts. Properly tensioned belts have one-half to three-fourths inches of deflection between pulleys. It is also possible for belts to develop a flat spot that allows the motor to turn without spinning the basket.
If these steps do not work, the problem is likely more serious. Motor and transmission problems with a washing machine are repairs for the pros. Owners should ask for estimates to see if replacing the unit is a more economical choice.Learn more about Washers & Dryers
A Whirlpool washer may not spin or drain because the pump may be clogged, the breaker may have been tripped and simply needs to be reset, the washing machine lid may be defective, the motor coupler may be broken, a belt may be broken or the transmission isn't shifting properly. Another common cause of this malfunction is the computer inside the washer sending a fault code to the motor due to a load imbalance, an electrical spike or a problem with the computer itself.Full Answer >
If a washing machine does not spin, there may be either an electrical or a mechanical problem with its lid switch assembly. The motor coupler, which connects the motor to the washer's transmission, may also have failed. The latter scenario is particularly common if the washer has been overloaded.Full Answer >
Some of the possible parts to replace if a washer does not spin include the direct drive motor coupling, door lock, wax motor or lid switch. Other possibilities include the clutch assembly or drive belt.Full Answer >
Often the first sign that a lid switch is bad is that the machine does not spin or drain the water. To test the switch, the owner accesses the wiring bracket and uses a multimeter to check for continuity with the lid closed.Full Answer >