Why a Whirlpool Washing Machine Is Not Spinning

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The final cycle of any washing machine, including Whirlpool units, is the spin cycle. During this cycle, water is sucked out of the load, preparing the clothes for the dryer. If your spin cycle isn't working properly, your clothes will be extremely wet, which increases the length of the drying process. Troubleshoot, and repair this problem yourself to save money.

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If your Whirlpool washing machine isn't spinning, check the cycle selection. Some cycles, like "Delicates" or "Hand Washables," have a short or slow-speed spin cycle. Change the cycle selection to a cycle with a higher spin speed. Do not overload the washing machine. Too many clothes may prevent the washer from spinning. If you are only washing one large item, add a few smaller items to balance out the load. Or, redistribute the load around the agitator. If your washer is creating too many suds, it may not advance to the spin cycle. Use less detergent, or use high efficiency detergent if your washer requires this type of detergent.


The pump helps move water out of the washer during the spin cycle. See if the pump is clogged with small pieces of clothing or items. Disconnect the washing machine from the power source and remove the main access panel. Clean the pump. Verify that the pump is not broken or that the pump pulley is frozen. If it is, get a new pump or pulley. See if you have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. Your washer won't enter the spin cycle if it doesn't have enough power.

Drive Block/Lid Switch

On Whirlpool washing machines, the drive block sits below the spin basket. This part has two ear slots that can wear out over time. If the part is worn, get a new one from a Whirlpool parts dealer since you usually can't fix the drive block. Check the lid switch, which lets the washer know that this lid is shut. Your washer won't enter the spin cycle if the lid is open. Unplug the washing machine, and test the lid switch with a multimeter. If it doesn't have any continuity, replace the lid switch.

Motor Coupler/Clutch

The motor coupler is a small plastic part that attaches to both the transmission and motor shaft. If the part fails, the Whirlpool washer won't spin. Get a new coupler if it's broken or extremely worn. The clutch helps the drum spin. If it's failing, the washer won't spin at all, or it will spin slowly. Examine the clutch and see if any part of it is broken or extremely worn. If so, replace it.

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