For decades, Whirlpool has been one of the leading names in home appliances. But with the amount of wear and tear that these machines get, it’s no wonder they’re prone to breaking down from time to time. Need to fix your washing machine but don’t know where to start?
Keep reading, and we’ll go over all you’ll need to know to diagnose your broken Whirlpool washing machine.
Washer Won’t Spin
Do your clothes come out of the washer soaking wet, almost as if they didn’t even go through a spin cycle? If so, you’ll need to check the drive belt, motor coupling, and lid switch assembly to find the source of your problem.
If the drive belt is worn out or broken, your washer won’t spin, which is likely why your clothes are still wet after a wash cycle. Typically, you’ll know your Whirlpool drive belt needs to be replaced if you can smell burning rubber or hear a squeaking noise.
Check the drive belt by tilting the washer onto its side, which simply makes make accessing the area easier. If the drive belt is visibly worn out, the pump belt is likely worn out too! Therefore, it’s best to consider replacing both at the same time.
If your washer still doesn’t spin at all, you’ll need to check the motor coupling. You can easily check this by running a regular wash cycle. If the washer agitates, the problem isn’t the motor. However, if the washer doesn’t agitate, you might want to try setting the washer to a spin cycle.
If the water drains and the motor makes noise as if it’s trying to work, but doesn’t spin, the motor coupling is likely the source of the problem.
Lid Switch Assembly
The lid switch protects you from injuring yourself on the moving parts. Therefore, when the washer lid is opened, the lid switch should pause the cycle. If the lid switch is broken or faulty, the washer will act like the lid is open, and probably won’t spin or start.
To confirm the lid switch is broken, you can try to test it with a multimeter.
Washer Won’t Drain
When a washer doesn’t drain, check the drain pump, door lock motor and switch assembly, and the lid switch assembly.
The drain pump drains water from your washing machine after a cycle. To check this, first, remove the washer panel to see whether or not the drain pump is visibly broken. Then, check the drain hose for blockages. If you don’t see any visible issues, remove the pump belt and try turning the pump flywheel by hand. If you can’t, the drain pump is blocked or broken, and will likely need to be replaced.
Door Lock Motor And Switch Assembly
If the Whirlpool washer door won’t lock or unlock, you likely need to replace the door lock motor and switch.
Before replacing the door lock motor and switch, check the drain pump. If there is a blockage, this could be what’s stopping the water from draining since, if the door lock senses water in the washer, it won’t unlock. The problem might also include the washer control panel.
If replacing the door lock motor and switch still doesn’t drain the washer, check the washer control panel for errors. Or, if you still need help diagnosing your issue, don’t hesitate to contact us for a helping hand.
Washing Machine Makes Loud Noises
When a washing machine makes a loud noise, you’ll want to check the bearings, rear drum, and drive pulley.
If your washing machine sounds like a jet engine taking off during its spin cycle, the bearings likely need replacing. Washing machine bearings last approximately 10 years. So, if your machine is older and makes a lot of noise, the bearings probably need to be replaced. Faulty bearings can also damage other parts of your washing machine. So it’s best to get this issue checked out sooner rather than later.
When it comes to this repair, don’t hesitate to contact a professional appliance technician.
Rear Drum with Bearing
If your Whirlpool washer needs new bearings, it might also need a new rear drum with bearing. Like faulty bearings, if your washer makes loud noises during the spin cycle, this usually indicates that the rear drum with bearing needs repair.
You can test the drum for movement to determine if the bearing is the problem. The drum should move a little. If it’s very loose or moves a lot, it needs replacing.
The drive pulley attaches to the back of the washer drum. It helps the drum agitate during a wash cycle. You’ll know the drive pulley needs replacing if your washer makes a lot of noise, won’t agitate, moves or shakes, but doesn’t spin properly.
Washing Machine Stops Mid Cycle
When a washing machine stops mid cycle, check the door lock motor and switch assembly or water inlet valve.
Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve controls the hot and cold water used during a wash cycle. A faulty water inlet valve can cause several problems, such as a leak, or it might stop the machine from running mid-cycle. It can also prevent the washer from filling properly or at all.
In some cases, the water inlet valve might be clogged. Therefore, you can try cleaning the inlet valves using a mild detergent and warm water.