Spin Cycle Not Working on Washer

March 28, 2016

I have a Kenmore, model 10502 990 top loader, type 110. The year it was installed was 2001. It works well, but the washer's spin cycle does not get out sufficient water from the clothing.


What is your best guess with what is wrong and should I just call repair rather than try to fix it on my own?


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March 29, 20161 found this helpful
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The average working life for a top loading washer is about 14 years so your washer is well beyond the average. The possibility of fixing the washer yourself versus a repair service may be moot at this point. We had a similar aged washer needing repairs recently so called in a service; the repair tech said it would cost more to fix than to buy a new machine. So we bought a new machine that performs well and the new machine's technical advantages are a "new world" after our old and basic 15 year old model!


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I think it depends on the cost of repair services in your community. I have a similarly aged machine, and a few years ago the spin cycle quit working. At that time, our local repair person popped over, fixed the machine in less than 30 minutes, as it is a very common problem, and I have been washing merrily ever since. The bill was less than $100, including the new part. As well, a few weeks later, it happened again, and the fellow repaired it again, free of charge, as he said it should have lasted longer! If you have such a repair person, call them in. My fellow was able to diagnose the problem over the phone.


I always think it is a good idea to call in someone who knows what they are doing rather than fool around for hours and days trying to do such repairs by oneself. Be sure that the advice you get from a repair person is valid. I've had advice from a car dealership regarding the price to repair my car vs. the cost of a newer model. The dealership was really interested in selling me the newer car. A repair shop that only did repairs fixed my car, with quite major repairs, but much less than the cost of another one. And the car ran for several more years.

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March 23, 2011

My washer's spin cycle does not work. What can I do?

By arturo from San Diego, CA


March 23, 20112 found this helpful
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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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March 25, 20110 found this helpful
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The washer won't spin if you have a plugged 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 screwdriver 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.

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April 19, 2016

I have a top loading GE washer that I purchased in January 2015. The washer will not spin and leaks water from the bottom.

It of course is not under warranty. Any ideas on what can be causing this and if it is worth fixing?


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August 16, 20170 found this helpful
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This sounds like the pump is blocked or broken. You will need to take the pump out and check to see if anything is blocking the pump. If nothing is blocking the pump order a new one and install it.

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April 12, 2014

My washing machine will wash but the spin cycle will not spin or drain the tub what do I do to repair that?

By Shelly H. from Manteca, CA


April 15, 20140 found this helpful
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Sounds like the lid switch has gone bad. Google your model number and look for lid switch. Most can be found for about 15 dollars.

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January 25, 2015

I have Kenmore front loading washer, model no. 417.43042200. My washer takes forever to run through its spin cycle. Sometimes the first load runs the normal amount of time. Usually the second load is were it hangs up, it typically gets to the final spin cycle and keeps going and going. If I advance the dial a tick it will finish out.

I have a couple questions: Is this a timer problem or the board that controls the timer? Is this something I could get parts for and replace myself without requiring a full compliment of specialized equipment? I bought this washer in 2002 for about $400, am I kidding myself with even thinking about repairing this unit?



April 24, 20170 found this helpful
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All new front load washers will spin until the suds sensor is satisfied all the suds are out. That is the reason for the new high efficiency laundry soaps because normal soaps cause a suds build up and causes longer running times in spin and sometimes when really over suds the rinse cycle is affected also.

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July 7, 2012

My Whirlpool top load washer spin cycle is not working. What should I check before I call the repairman?



July 8, 20120 found this helpful
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If your top loading washer doesn't spin it probably needs a new belt, and if your handy you can do it yourself, you can order the belt you need through your washer brand, call their number and they can order it for you and you can put it on the same way you took it off and save yourself some money. I feel you can also do the same thing for a front loading machine too. If you are not a handyperson call a repairman to do it for you. Sometimes you can also order the part through anyplace that sells them as well.

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December 27, 2014

My washer will wash, but won't finsh doing the rinse cycle or the spin cycle. It leaves all the water in the washer. What do I do?

By Amber H


June 10, 20160 found this helpful

My washer will wash, but won't finsh doing the rinse cycle and the spin cycle. It leaves all the water in the washer.

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March 22, 2015

I have a Whirlpool washer model #wtw5500xw2 that won't spin all the water out of the clothes. Can someone tell me what could be the problem? It's driving me crazy.

By Mrs N


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March 22, 20150 found this helpful
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You can contact Whirlpool customer service via email or phone-see the information below:

Save time by checking your appliance information before contacting us. Manuals & Literature


US: 1-866-698-2538
Canada: 1-800-688-2002

Hour of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST

Please locate the appliance's model and serial number before calling.
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