3 Small Parts Preventing Your Washing Machine From Spinning

Posted on: 28 September 2018

Washing machines are modern appliances that can be found in many households across the country. The invention of washing machines has significantly reduced the amount of time and effort required to maintain the cleanliness and condition of one's clothing.

A washing machine is made up of many different parts that work together to fill, spin, and drain the interior tub inside the machine. The failure of one of these three parts could be the reason your washing machine isn't spinning during normal cycles.

1. Lid Switch

The performance of a washing machine is tied to the position of the machine's lid. When the lid is fully closed, the washing machine engages in each step of the wash cycle. If the lid is opened for any reason during the wash cycle, the washing machine stops any movement produced by the interior tub.

A faulty lid switch assembly could be sending the signal that your washing machine's lid is open when it actually isn't. This false message will prevent the machine from spinning, which can leave your clothing dirty and dingy. Replace the lid switch to restore proper function to your washing machine once again.

2. Motor Coupling

Modern washing machines are powered by an engine and a transmission. The engine provides power to the transmission, and the transmission creates the torque needed to spin the tub inside the machine. Whenever the washing machine is overloaded, a small part known as the motor coupling will fail.

This failure prevents the transfer of power from the engine to the transmission. The motor coupling goes out to protect damage from affecting either the engine or transmission. Replace the motor coupling and reduce the size of your loads to ensure your washing machine spins properly in the future.

3. Drum Bearing

The interior tub of any washing machine is secured in place with a specialized bearing. The drum bearing helps to keep the interior tub rotating smoothly. If you notice that your washing machine isn't spinning as it should and the lack of performance is accompanied by loud rumbling or vibrations, the drum bearing is probably to blame.

An experienced appliance repair technician will need to replace the drum bearing as this type of repair involves disassembling many of the major components within a washing machine. Inexperienced homeowners can end up doing more damage if they attempt to repair a drum bearing, resulting in the need to replace the entire washing machine. 

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at A1  PROFESSIONAL APPLIANCE SERVICE AND REPAIR.