My Whirlpool Washing Machine Does Not Spin

Written by chad buleen
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My Whirlpool Washing Machine Does Not Spin
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It is hard to pinpoint one specific reason why a Whirlpool washing machine may not spin as well as it should. In most cases, the washing machine's inability to spin is related to the machine's unwillingness to drain the water in it. Because of this, spinning and draining issues with your Whirlpool washing machine often go hand-in-hand. Diagnosing why the washing machine is not spinning does not require you to have any special expertise.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Check all of the pockets in all items of clothing you wash before placing them in the washer. Items like loose change have a tendency to get stuck in the pump, which prohibits the washer from draining. This causes the washer also not to be able to spin.

  2. 2

    Add a few clothing items to the washer if you have placed only one or two items in the machine. When there are too few items, the washing machine has a difficult time balancing. The washing machine will not spin when it is not balanced.

  3. 3

    Add the proper amount of HE detergent if your Whirlpool washing machine owner's manual calls for HE detergent. Using too much detergent causes a multitude of suds to form inside the washer. When there are too many suds, the washer has trouble draining and spinning.

  4. 4

    Remove a few items from the washer if the washing machine is tightly packed. Just as too few items of clothing can cause an imbalance, so can too many items. Place a few items aside and include them in the next wash cycle.

  5. 5

    Move the washer from the wall and look to see if the drain hose is pinched or kinked. A drain hose that is pinched does not allow water to flow through it properly. When this occurs, the machine does not spin because it is not able to properly dispense of the water inside it.

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