• Please note, some of the links on our site are affiliate links (Learn More)
  • Important Announcement

    It's with sad news to announce that our site owner, Jake, has passed away. You can read the details here.

Washer does not spin


Premium Member
May 26, 2009
Model Number
This washer has been spinning slow or not spinning after extra rinse for a while. Tonight when I went down to get the clothes out of there they were soaked after a normal cycle.

I set it to spin again, and it started making pumping noises and spinning very slowly but not water came out of the drain hose. I tried pushing the switch with a pen so that I could watch and see it it was off balance and accidentally popped the switch off. I put the switch back on, and now have not spinning at all. I thought it smelled a little burned inside the washer when I was looking at it.

Any ideas on how to trouble shoot this and whether I can repair this one on my own?

Thanks in advance.
Follow up to this. I pulled the broken switch and shorted it. The washer tried to spin, but it is very weak. With a little push it started spinning, but continued only slowly and it sounded "labored" and I thought I smelled it burning in there. Is that the clutch? How would I check?

Sounds like your lid switch has broken now.

Here's the lid switch for your model you can order here:
Manufacturer part number 3949247 is RepairClinic item number 547225

Here's the video to access/change it:

<embed height="340" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/MFsvLiuTniU?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always">

Now if the water is not draining, it will spin very slow, you need to check your water pump for a clog inside it.

Here's the water pump for your model:
Manufacturer part number 3363394 is RepairClinic item number 3296

Here's a video on how to access it:

<embed height="385" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/DwV71h86Gxw?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true">

Getting the water pump out without flooding your house.

I use a pinch off tool, you can buy it at Sears:

You pinch the tub-to-pump rubber hose off.

Keep us posted.

Jake <!-- / message --><!-- sig --><!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
Ok, I replaced the switch. The coupling is fine - I bought one just in case, but the one in there now looks just like the new one. I pulled the pump and it looks like it is clear. I can turn it with my hand and it moves water just fine. What is left? Transmission and clutch?
Yup, then its likely the clutch.

Here is your clutch assembly:
Manufacturer part number 285785 is RepairClinic item number 2670

Here's a help video for replacing the clutch:

<embed height="385" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tVc6SZ2DD4U&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always">

Thinking positive, I put it all back together and ran it again with a small load of laundry. It agitates well. I can't stop it or slow it when it is agitating. But the spin seems to have trouble starting. At the end of the cycle the clothes were wet and it smelled a little burned in there. I put it back on spin, and it barely turned on its own. When I gave the drum a little push to get the spin started it built up speed normally and spun the water out of the clothes and pumped it clear just fine.

Would a bad clutch affect spin cycle and not agitate?
Yes, exactly.


Users who are viewing this thread

Support Our Site

If you feel that you have benefited from this site, and would like to show your appreciation, please consider making a donation.