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GE Washer Won't Spin

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer won't spin are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Washer won't spin

Cause 1Lid Switch Assembly

The lid switch assembly prevents the washer from spinning when the lid is open. If the lid switch assembly fails, the washer will not spin. To determine if the lid switch assembly is defective, use a multimeter to test the lid switch for continuity. If the lid switch does not have continuity, replace it.

Parts
Lid Switch Assembly for your GEWashing Machine
Lid Switch Assembly - Part # 1256927 Mfg Part # WH12X10334

Lid switch and wire harness assembly. The lid switch assembly prevents the washer from spinning if the lid is open. If the washer won't spin, but will agitate, the lid switch might be defective.

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Cause 2Drive Belt

Inspect the drive belt to determine if it is broken or if it is loose on the pulleys. If the drive belt is broken or loose, replace it.

Parts
Drive Belt for your GEWashing Machine
Drive Belt - Part # 1264395 Mfg Part # WH01X10302

Washer drive belt. The new belt will seem too small during installation. However, it will stretch and we offer a belt tool to help.

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Cause 3Clutch

The clutch assembly makes the connection between the transmission and the inner tub. It helps the tub to gradually get up to the proper spin speed. If the clutch is worn out, it may prevent the tub from spinning. The clutch is not repairable—if the clutch is worn out, replace it.

Parts
Clutch for your GEWashing Machine
Clutch - Part # 1475792 Mfg Part # WH38X10017

Shaft and mode shifter assembly. The new mode shifter mounting holes are not threaded. You will need to use the original self tapping screws to install the new mode shifter assembly.

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Cause 4Drive Pulley

The drive pulley connects to the washer drum and works with the drive belt and motor to rotate the drum. If the drive pulley is worn out, the drive belt might slip off, preventing the washer from spinning. Remove the drive pulley and inspect it. If the drive pulley is defective, replace it.

Parts
Drive Pulley for your GEWashing Machine
Drive Pulley - Part # 1264466 Mfg Part # WH07X10019
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Cause 5Tub Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub of the washing machine. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing is defective, it can lock up and prevent the washer from spinning. The washer may also make a loud rumbling noise. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing as an assembly.

Parts
Tub Bearing for your GEWashing Machine
Tub Bearing - Part # 279136 Mfg Part # WH2X1198

Washing machine main tub bearing. Located at bottom of outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly.

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Cause 6Drive Motor

The drive motor might be defective. However, the drive motor is rarely at fault for this symptom. Before replacing the drive motor, first check all of the more commonly defective washer components. If none of those components are defective, consider replacing the drive motor. To determine if the drive motor is defective, first ensure that the motor is getting power. If the drive motor hums but doesn’t run, is noisy, or does not turn freely, replace it.

Parts
Drive Motor for your GEWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 1796660 Mfg Part # WH20X10076

Washing machine motor and control board assembly. Comes with installation instructions. If the motor is defective, the washer may not spin.

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