Whirlpool Washer Not Spinning Repair Guide

Is your Whirlpool washer not spinning? This clothes washer repair guide will walk you through the steps in repairing your washer. These are the same steps I take in repairing washers professionally. So read each section carefully until your washer is repaired. I have a feeling you will repair your washer in no time. Note that this page is for washers that will wash but will not spin. If your washer will not wash or spin click here


If your Whirlpool Washer is not spinning the problem is almost always the lid switch. If the lid switch is bad you will not hear the motor running when in spin.

To check the lid, first unplug the washer. Then you need to take out the two screws that hold the control panel in place (one on each side, you may be able to see them in front, you may have to snap off two covers to see them or they may be on the back) then hinge the control panel up. Once its up, you should see a plug attached to the case with three wires - unplug it. Now using your ohmmeter , check to see if you have continuity between the two outside wires (make sure the lid is closed) on the female plug end (the one still attached to the case after you have unplugged it). If you do not have continuity; the lid switch is bad and needs replacing. To replace the lid switch, you have to remove the two clips on each side of the case under the control and lean the case over in the floor. Then you should see the lid switch and the wires going to the plug, remove them and install the new lid switch. This will likely fix yor Whirlpool washer spin problem but if not read the next section. Lid switches can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.

Whirlpool Washer Lid Switch Replacement video

Motor Coupling

The motor coupling will cause Whirlpool washers not to spin and they break very often. If this is the case the washer will not wash or spin. This page will explain more Whirlpool Washer Not Running Motor couplings can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.


If the washer is not spinning or spinning slowly the clutch can be the problem. Typically when the clutch is bad the washer will wash, will pump out but will not spin or spins slowly. This video will show how to replace the clutch on a Whirlpool direct drive washer.


Other things that can cause the washer to wash but not spin are the timer, water level control and transmission. If the timer or the water level control is bad, you will not hear the motor trying to run when it’s in spin. The timer is unlikely but I have seen a few bad ones. The water level control is even more unlikely, I can’t even remember replacing one. So if you don’t hear the motor run when it’s in spin, I would guess the timer but I can’t say for sure. These parts can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.

If you have figured out the problem with your Whirlpool washer but don’t know how to disassemble it this page will help Whirlpool washer disassembly

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