Whirlpool Washer Won't Agitate

your Whirlpool washer won’t agitate? This washing machine 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 and your washer will be fixed in no time. Note that this page is for washers that will not agitate but will spin, so if your washer won't spin or agitate click here


Agitator dogs are in most Whirlpool washers made since about the year 1990. Agitator dogs make the top half of the agitator to ratchet. If the dogs are broken it will appear that it is not agitating when in fact this is not true, but the clothes may not get as clean when they were working properly. The best way to tell if the agitator dogs are bad is to try to turn the top of the agitator. If the agitator will turn freely both ways, the dogs are bad and need replacing. If it only turns one way, the dogs are working properly and your problem is elsewhere. To replace the agitator dogs, first remove the cap or fabric softener dispenser off the agitator. Now remove the 7/16 bolt that you see down in the agitator. Once off, the agitator should lift straight up. Now separate the top half of the agitator from the bottom by pulling them apart. Once apart you should see the agitator dogs – remove them and replace with new dogs. Reassemble the agitator then reinstall it. Your problem should be fixed now. Agitator dogs can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.

Whirlpool Washer Agitator Dogs Replacement video


If your water valve is broken, your washer cannot wash obviously. To check your water valve, first cut the water off and remove the hoses off the back of the washer. Then one at a time point the hoses inside the washer tub and turn the water back on. If you don’t have good water pressure, turn the water back off and remove the strainer that should be in one end of the hose. Inspect the strainer to see if it is stopped up, clean it and reinstall it. Now repeat this test. If you have good water pressure now, reinstall hose and your problem is fixed. If you still don’t have good water pressure, the problem is in your house plumbing and you need to call a plumber. If you had good water pressure the first time you performed the test, the water valve is bad and needs replacing. Water valves can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.

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