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Washer won't spin or is very sluggish
Author: Aimee Summers Reference Number: AA-00323 Views: 909 Created: 2016-03-30 18:24 Last Updated: 2018-08-09 21:53 0 Rating/ Voters

The washer doesn’t spin or, if it does, it’s really sluggish.
  • No spin at all: the lid switch is fried. What to do? You test it with your meter.
  • In the Whirlpool/Kenmore washers, a common problem is that the lid plunger stops making contact with the lid switch. Use a pen to manually press the lid switch actuator (with the lid up, duh). If the washer spins…well, you know the rest.
  • Older (belt-drive) Whirlpool/Kenmores: the spin solenoid is burned out or has cut wires. Ohm out that solenoid (20-30 ohms) and test with a test cord. Make sure the wires are intact by giving them a little tug. If this is OK, you may need to adjust/replace the basket drive.
  • Timer is fried. On older timers, it’s sometimes possible to run an external jumper to replace the bad internal contacts. Usually, however, the entire timer must be replaced. The only way to confirm is to use your meter and wiring diagram.

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