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Whirlpool Washer Won't Spin


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 1Drive 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.

Drive Belt for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Belt - Part # 1179912 Mfg Part # WP8540101

Washing machine inner tub drive belt

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Cause 2Motor Control Board

The motor control board provides power to the motor. If the motor control board is defective, the washer may not function properly or may not work at all. First, check the control board for burned out components. To determine if the motor control board is defective, ensure that the control board is providing power to the motor. If the control board has power, but is not providing power to the motor, replace it.

Motor Control Board for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Motor Control Board - Part # 2118235 Mfg Part # WPW10384843

Motor control unit (MCU)

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Cause 3Drive 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.

Drive Pulley for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Pulley - Part # 4438304 Mfg Part # WP8540088C

Washing machine inner tub drive pulley

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Cause 4Rear Drum with Bearing

The rear drum has a bearing or bearings in it to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing system is defective the washer can become very noisy and the tub can stop spinning. On some machines bearings are sold separately from the rear drum, however we recommend replacing both the outer drum and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together because removing and pressing in the new bearing can be exceptionally difficult. Be aware that replacing the outer tub and bearing is also not easy and can be very costly.

Rear Drum with Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Rear Drum with Bearing - Part # 1552638 Mfg Part # W10285625

Outer tub kit. Includes rear bearing and center gasket between front & rear outer tubs. *Bearing only available with the rear outer tub.

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Cause 5Drive 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.

Drive Motor for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
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Cause 6Door Lock

Inspect the door strike assembly for damage. If the door strike is broken, replace it. The door strike is not repairable—if it is broken, you must replace it.

Door Lock for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Door Lock - Part # 1515091 Mfg Part # WPW10253483
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