My washer's spin cycle does not work. What can I do?
By Arturo from San Diego, CA
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By Gloria Z 03/25/2011
The washer won't spin if you have a plugged i[ drain. Did you wash something and it fell apart in the washer? That would do it. Another thing is to find you reset button it's usually on the top of the washer - it might look like an open small hole. Take a screw driver and put it inside to click the button. If all else fails it's probably the belt on the motor. If you don't have anyone to take apart your machine call a repair guy - cost appx. $109.00.
I just had that problem. The repairman pulled the front off the machine and found a small nail that had fallen through the holes in the washer tub. I didn't watch him do this, so I don't know where inside the machine it was, but he found it right away. Hope this helps.
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My Frigidaire gallery front loading washing machine will not run its spin cycle. i don't want to pay for a repairman if i don't need to. Please help.
Rich from Cape Cod
By Paula Jo Carr, Mebane NC USA
My 6 year old Frigidaire washing machine suddenly starts to not completely wring out the water after a complete wash cycle.
Sidneiye from CA
My washing machine won't spin on the colors cycle, it will spin on whites and delicates.
Beth from Nashville, TN
Sidneiye from CA
My washer, which has not given my one bit of a problem after 15 years, is in need of a repair. When I wash a load of clothes, the motor runs just fine and the laundry goes through a full cycle. When it is supposed to spin, it just makes this loud clicking noise and does not spin. I was wondering if anyone has any idea what might be wrong. There is no problem with the machine filling or draining.
Should I call a repairman or just get a new machine? I know it's old, but has been a great machine up to now, and has never needed anything. The motor works fine. I'm not sure if the agitator moves or not. Would it make a difference? Please advise me on what to do. I really do not want to invest in another machine if it's worth fixing this one.
Susan from AR
By Paula Jo C., Mebane, NC
At the moment, not sure how true it is since we're not techie people, but I guess have to trust the guy since he put in a new one, and it now works fine. Apparently some motors have problems with carbon brushes that just need to be replaced, so do look into those too. (10/01/2007)
I have a reasonable mechanical and electrical knowledge. I was sure that the overload protection switch of the motor was tripping. I opened up my machine, a GE super capacity top loading machine. Took off the belt and turned the transmission pulley. It turned easily in both directions (washing and spinning). Hence, the transmission was good. Next, I checked any water accumulation in the spin tub. If the water is not drained properly before the spin cycle, it would overload the motor. There was no water clogged in the spin tub. Finally, I dismantled the electric motor. There was a clutch assembly underneath the motor pulley. I dismantled it and found the clutch very dirty with some grease that had turned sticky. I cleaned the assembly thoroughly with alcohol and assembled back the machine. The machine is running perfectly after that.
Conclusion: The clutch assembly was mis-functioning.
Reason: When the spin cycle starts, the spin tub is very heavy and cannot achieve the full speed quickly. On the other hand, electric motors must get to their running speed fairly quickly or else overheating of motor would happen. A proper functioning clutch allows the motor to run at their optimal speed while transferring enough torque to the spin tub to slowly speed up the tub to its fullest. In my case, the clutch was sticky, thus overloading the motor which would trip as it overheats. (03/01/2009)
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