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Troubleshooting a washer that will not go into a spin cycle is not an uncommon event. This is a guide about a front loading washer not spinning.
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March 21, 2008

My Frigidaire front loader washer is not spinning when full. It spins ok if only a small amount of clothes are in it. We just replaced the belt, but it didn't help the problem. Should I just buy a new one or is this fixable?

Lori from Pleasanton, CA

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By jojo (Guest Post)
March 21, 20081 found this helpful
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We just had a similar problem with our front loader except ours stopped spinning altogether. We couldn't find anyone who wanted to look at it. My husband had already found the belt was not the problem. One repairman suggested he look at the brushes connected to the motor which turned out to be the problem. Apparently they have a little tail which stretches over time (normal wear and tear). Ours had fully stretched and were no longer making the connection required to spin the drum. My husband replaced the brushes and we're up and running (or should I say spinning!) again.

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By Ted (Guest Post)
March 24, 20080 found this helpful
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The drum is spun by the belt and motor, with it spinning with a half load I would say that the belt you got was the wrong size (to big) or the spring loaded self adjusting tenisoner isn't working, motors for the most part either work or they don't but it would be worthwhile to spin it by hand and see if it's freely spining, if it isn't it needs to be replaced.

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May 17, 20111 found this helpful

My Hotpoint front-loader spins only when empty or with the motor removed from the machine. All else appears fine.

By Alex

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

You may need a new belt. That's been my problem. Good luck! carmen1951

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August 19, 2017

My Defy front load washing machine won't spin. I don't know what happened and it's still new. Please help me fix this.

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

Very likely your machine is throwing an error code. Have you checked your manual for troubleshooting instructions? If so & it is not something that you are able to correct on your own, then I'd suggest getting a repair tech out to look at it. If it's new than likely you are still under warranty.

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

Check inside the machine and drum area. A lot of times something will get stuck in the drum area. Normally this can be socks or underwear. Check around and turn the drum. Make sure nothing is blocking the drum from turning. Also, watch the machine during the wash cycle. Front load machine turns during the washing cycle.

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Check the error codes on the machine and open the back of your machine. Check to see if the belt has slipped off the pulley. If so adjust the belt on the machine and try again. If nothing else works you will need to call your service center for repair. If it is under 12 months old the service on the machine is free.

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August 20, 20170 found this helpful

It appears you are in South Africa.
The Defy front loading washing machines are good machines and if this is a fairly new machine you should call your service center and have them check your machine as a belt slipping or anything else should not be happening to this machine. If you are seeing an error code you can write it down so you can give this information to the service person when you make that call.

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Most likely, if you find your original paperwork you will find your machine has a service warranty of 3 years so if it is not that old then call your service center and do not mess with your machine.

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January 31, 2016

We have Frigidaire Gallery series stacked washer and dryer. The washer make a loud bang and is making a noise when spinning. Also the clothes are not spinning dry as they normally do. I think this could be a popped spring - however is this all it could be? Any help is appreciated as I usually repair our appliances.

Thank you.

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

You could have a faulty lid switch, a broken belt or a problem with the motor.

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November 22, 20170 found this helpful

Same with mine and it turned out to be spider arm

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April 19, 20150 found this helpful

I have a Frigidaire front loader and it will run water for a time and not long and won't spin. Then sometime after that it will shut off. What could it be?

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By Crystal

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

This could be a problem with your control panel and a belt in the washer. If the tub is filling with water and it reached the water level the indicator should trigger the circuit board to start the wash cycle. You could have a water sensor problem that isn't working to trigger the circuit board to go to the wash cycle.

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

There could be a problem with the inlet valve or the sensor letting the machine know its full and to start washing.

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February 9, 20130 found this helpful

My LG WM2277HW front load washing machine would not spin after washing. I dissembled the washing machine and replaced the broken iron "spider" behind the tub. After I re-assembled it, it does washing fine, but would not do normal spin. It seems the machine was trying hard and the tub turned for a few rounds, but could not pick up the speed and stopped, and then tried again, still could not pick up the speed and stopped, then finally showed a sign indicating "abnormal stop". Not sure if I messed up some switches during the dissembling and re-assembling.

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By Man A Home

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February 10, 20130 found this helpful

How old is washer? If it is 10 years, tranny might be going; buy a new one. There should be a tech number for your company, technicians can give you a lot of clues to follow up on. They've been very helpful to me, when there was still life. But yours might be transmission.

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

my front end loader is having difficulty going into high spin, tried but stops

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April 14, 2015

3 days ago my Maytag front loader washer stopped and threw a code. So I looked it up and it turned out the drain behind the front panel was clogged. I fixed it. Well now when the washer is done I go to put the clothes in the dryer and they are soaking wet. So I checked the drain again just to make sure and it's clear. The washer is not throwing a code. Any ideas on what the problem is or could be?

By Chad M.

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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

Once I had a heavy blanket in with the rest of the clothing. It stopped the machine from draining all the water and the clothes were dripping. That might be the cause of your problem.

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December 22, 20140 found this helpful

At first all it wouldn't do was fast spin, but it did everything else. Now it has stopped rotating altogether; what could the problem be?

By Sam

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December 26, 20140 found this helpful

You did not provide the washer brand, year model, etc., so difficult to help you. However, you can check the product booklet for possibilities, ask the store where purchased, and also check the manufacturer's website for help-customer service.

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December 13, 20140 found this helpful

It spins with nothing in it, but with clothes it barely spins. I changed the belt and the motor sounds like it's rattling.

By Elmer T.

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November 22, 20170 found this helpful

Spider arm is broken

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November 12, 20140 found this helpful

I have a Frigidaire front load washer and the drum and pulley won't spin. It feels like it's locked but when I apply a little pressure to spin the pulley it becomes unlocked and spins. When I start the washer it locks up again after a few minutes.

By Reggie M

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December 6, 20170 found this helpful

My bosch was doing this. I called out a repair person, and it turns out the washer was no longer level. We leveled it and all was fine again. Make sure its level.

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March 18, 20130 found this helpful

My GE front loader won't spin/drain at the end of the cycle. The washer goes through the whole cycle fine, but won't spin to drain out the water at the end. I changed the catch basin and it is still not working.

By B. J. from MO

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September 26, 20140 found this helpful

Looking for an answer to this question, been on here for two days and the only thing I get is to clean the drain pump. Is there someone out there who really knows the answer to this question?

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

My front loading Kenmore washer model #417 sounds like it is spinning, but does not even though the belt is fine.

By John F

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

The drive shaft may be worn. Call the repair man. I have had that happen.

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November 8, 2010

I have a Frigidaire Affinity washer, model number ATF6500FG0. It will not go into the spin cycle. The washer does everything else, but won't go into the spin cycle.

By Cliff Law from Cochrane AB Canada

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

Not sure about yours, but my front loader had a built in filter and it got clogged and wouldn't spin, opened the a little door on the front cleaned it out and works like new. I hope this helps, try calling the company and asking them what the problem could be. It could be minor and they might tell you over the phone.

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August 2, 2014

Why is my washer flashing 3E and not spinning? What can I do?

By htisi from Kamloops B.C. Canada

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