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Hotpoint 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 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.

Part Testing
Lid Switch Assembly for your HotpointWashing Machine
Lid Switch Assembly - Part # 278249 Mfg Part # WH12X1043

Lid switch assembly

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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.

Drive Belt for your HotpointWashing Machine
Drive Belt - Part # 3481 Mfg Part # WH1X2026

Washing machine drive belt - Lengh is 29 1/2 Inches.

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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.

Clutch for your HotpointWashing Machine
Clutch - Part # 1223 Mfg Part # WH5X256

Washing machine clutch assembly with retaining clip.

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Cause 4Drive 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 HotpointWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 963750 Mfg Part # WH49X10035

2 Speed motor & clutch kit

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Cause 5Transmission

The washer transmission might be worn out or defective. Transmissions have gears in them that can fail causing the washer to not spin. However, this is almost never the case. Before replacing the transmission, first check all of the other more commonly defective parts.

Transmission for your HotpointWashing Machine
Transmission - Part # 279566 Mfg Part # WH38X10002

Transmission and brake assembly, includes new tub seal

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