How to fix a washing machine that will not drain or spin

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to fix a washing machine that will not drain or spin

There are several reasons why the washing machine may not drain or spin. The cause could be something as simple as an obstruction or it may be something more difficult where an accredited technician is required. Start with the simplest possible cause and work towards more difficult cases. However, remember that a washing machine that does not drain or spin can not be used. Therefore, in this OneHowTo article we give you some tips so you know how to fix a washing machine that will not drain or spin.

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Steps to follow:

A washing machine will not spin if the water can not drain. Check the hose for kinks or obstructions that may prevent water from draining. If a hose is curled, straighten the bend in the hose. If it cannot stretch enough, replace the hose. If the hose is not folded, look for possible blockages in it. This can be done by using a screwdriver to remove the hose and then looking for obstructions or running tap water in a clogged hose to remove the blockage. Once the blockage is cleared, place the drainpipe in its place. The washing machine must drain and spin if the problem was a blocked or kinked hose.


If the machine still does not drain or spin check if the lid does not close completely or if the lid switch does not click. Close the lid and make sure you do so all the way. When the lid is closed, the switch should click. If there is no click sound the switch may need to be replaced. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacing a switch. If the lid does not close completely, visually check if there are signs that the cover is folded. If bent, try to reposition it.


Loose or broken tapes could also prevent a washing machine from draining and spinning. Move it away from the wall and, with a screwdriver and a wrench, remove the rear panel. Use the flash light, check if the belts are broken or loose. Replace the broken or loose belts. Although replacing belts of the washing machine is difficult, anyone who has replaced the belts in a car, lawnmower or even a bicycle chain will be able to perform this task.


Another reason why a washing machine may not spin or drain is due to the pump. With the rear panel still out of the machine, check the pump with the voltmeter to make sure it is receiving power. If the washing machine is receiving power, turn on the washing machine and listen to see if the pump is running but the water remains inside the machine. It may be necessary to remove the pump and clean or replace the pump with a new one. Once the pump is replaced it will be necessary to turn the power on to determine whether it drains the water and spins.


If all the above steps do not make a washing machine drain and spin then it is time to call a professional technician.


It's important to know some tips that will help you look after your washing machine, so you can enjoy it for longer without it afecting your clothes.

  • Do not fill it up to the top
  • Don't mix clothes
  • Use the detergent correctly
  • Clean it frequently
  • Leave its door open

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  • Use goggles for eye protection.
  • See the troubleshooting section of the manual that comes with the machine.
  • Never touch electrical components without disconnecting the electric current.

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