Washer Wont Spin or Wont Stop Spinning

Last Update date : Oct 04. 2020


Whether the washer tub is not spinning, kind of spinning, won't stop spinning, or just runs way too long, the troubleshooting is the same. Usually, improper installation or balancing of the washer is to blame. This also applies for when clothes are coming out soaking wet or the wash cycle never ends at all. Load size and cycle type are the best places to start solving any of these problems.


1 Check the load size and weight.


You need to consider both the size and weight of the load. To estimate the weight, figure 3 - 4 pounds of dry laundry per the cubic foot size of the compartment. Generally speaking, a small load will be 3 - 5 pounds (or 1/3 full), and a large load would be 6 - 16 pounds (or 3/4 full). Just remember, 1 pair of jeans weighs about 1 pound. Check our laundry load size guide for more details. 


It's best to think of load size in terms of weight instead of number of items. A good rule of thumb when it comes to load size is 3 - 4 pounds of dry laundry per cubic foot. Generally speaking, a small load will be 3 - 5 pounds, and a large load would be 6 - 16 pounds. Just remember, 1 pair of jeans weighs about 1 pound. Make sure you're not packing the laundry down. The clothes should be in a very loose pile. If you have to push the laundry down to make room for more, you are overloading the washer. Comforters and blankets should fit snug, never cramped.

2 Make sure the laundry is distributed evenly.


Your washer will have trouble if all the laundry is to one side. This will cause it to vibrate a lot when it spins, in which case the washer may choose to spin slower or not at all. This is more common with top loaders but can happen to front loaders as well, especially if there is only a single heavy item in the wash.Spread the laundry around evenly and make sure it doesn't get too twisted up and packed together to one side 

3 Match the laundry type to the cycle


Each wash cycle is designed to wash specific fabric types and soil levels. Matching the cycle and type of laundry is always going to result in the best performance. Choosing the wrong cycle for your laundry will often cause errors and/or bad performance. Your user manual contains a list of the cycles and settings for your model and the recommended usage for each. You can also check our guide on washer cycles, settings, and features.

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