Tips to Fix Washing Machine Spin Speed Issues

Your clothes should not be dripping wet after your washing machine’s spin cycle. However, if you are facing this problem, then you might be facing a spinning issue. Let’s check out the different reasons that can impact this feature of your washing machine and how you can effectively solve it.

Reason 1: The Washing Machine is Too Full

A major reason why the spin in your machine is malfunctioning is because it is too overstuffed. Although your clothes might fit in the washer, it can hinder the spin from properly functioning. Some machines have automatic detectors that notify when a machine is overloaded. If not, keeping the machine’s capacity in mind, you can unload some of the clothing to check and see if the machine’s working,

Reason 2: The Lid Switch is Not Working Properly

In top-loaded machines, there is a mechanism called a lid switch which signals if the lid is properly closed. The washer stops working if the lid is not closed correctly. This issue can occur if your lid switch stops functioning. You can try the alternative option of checking the lid switch underneath the lid, on top of the machine. However, if you keep facing an issue, you must opt for professional washing machine repair solutions.

Reason 3: The Load is Not Balanced

If you are washing only a few items, the spin speed may not work effectively because of the imbalance in the load. This problem usually occurs if you are washing the comforter or shoes. This triggers the automatic safety mechanism of your machine, causing it to slow down or stop to prevent any damage. To solve this issue, open your machine to balance the load or add more items to ensure your spin works without any issues.

Reason 4: Drainage Issue or Blocked Hose

One of the main reasons for the problems in your washing machine can be because of drainage issues. The spinner does not work until all the water is drained from the laundry load. However, if you have a blocked hose due to socks, coins or any other material, it can stop the spinner from functioning. Detach the hose and thoroughly clean it to ensure there are no clogs. Then restart the machine after attaching the hose back.

Reason 5: Problem with the Drive Belt

If you are still facing problems after you have checked your hose, then the problem could lie in your drive belt. If the belt is loose, stretched or broken, the tub will not spin. Alternatively, if you have a new belt, it is crucial to adjust it. Otherwise, a tight belt will stress the sleeve bearings of the motor, causing it to get damaged and even motor burnout. Remove the back of the machine to adjust the belt, ensuring a ½ to ¾ inches of depression. However, you might need to replace it in case it is broken.

Reason 6: The Washer is Not Balanced Corrected

The reason for the spin in your machine may not be working is because of unbalanced placement. If your machine is on unequal flooring, put some cardboard on one side to balance it. You can also adjust the washer legs or move your machine to a space where it can be positioned properly.

Reason 7: The Motor is Burnt

The lack of spin speed in your machine can occur due to a burnt motor. This happens

when the motor experiences a heavy load, causing it to burn out prematurely. With motor sleeve bearings, not properly cleaning it accelerates bearing wear. In this case, you need to call in a professional to replace your motor so that your machine can function properly once again.

Reason 8: Damaged Coupler and Drum Bearings

Some washing machines use a direct-drive mechanism instead of a belt-driven. In such machines, there are no belts to spin the run. A direct-drive washing machine has a motor that directly connects to the drum. The middle point where the motor meets the drum is a component called the coupler.

When the coupler is under a lot of stress, it experiences wear every time the machine is used. The component starts to wear and break gradually which prevents the coupler from maintaining a solid grip on the tub. Remove the damaged coupler along with any broken pieces that may have fallen in the washer. After this, install a new coupler so that the machine starts functioning properly again.

Faulty bearings may also impact the spin speed and prevent the smooth rotation of the drum. This can happen due to natural wear. In such a case, it is recommended to replace the bearings to ensure the smooth functioning of your system.

Reason 9: Inadequate Power Source

If your machine isn’t spinning properly or even turning on, then you need to check the power source of the machine. Make sure your machine is properly plugged into the outlet so that it receives the required power for the machine to work. However, make sure to avoid extension cords or power strips to plug in your machine. This can lead to inadequate power, resulting in your machine not working.

Reason 10: Too Much Detergent

Another reason which may impact the spin speed of your machine is the quantity of detergent used. If you have soft water or an excess detergent in the machine more than your laundry load, the sensor of your appliance may respond incorrectly. This may result in slow spinning. You simply need to use a high-efficiency detergent with low-foaming action. Read the instructions in the detergent packet carefully before you use it so that you use the right amount.

Thus, the spin function in your washing machine may be impacted due to several reasons. Carefully check your machine to identify the cause of the issue and use the troubleshooting options discussed in this blog. Alternatively, if the problem with your machine is severe or any part needs replacement, you can opt for professional services if you want a hassle-free experience.

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