Seems like you’ve run into a bit of a pickle – you’ve found your LG washer not spinning! But guess what? You’re in the right spot to kickstart it back into action. We’re going to walk you through a bunch of reasons why this might be happening and how to tackle each one.
LG Washer Not Spinning? Troubleshoot with Our DIY Guide
Time to roll up those sleeves and jump into the fray. So, your LG washer isn’t spinning, luckily, more often than not, it’s just a minor glitch you can handle. Grab your trusty toolset and let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of what might have your washer acting up.
Control Lock or Child Lock
Alright, so you’ve got an LG washer not spinning. Could it be something super simple, like the control lock or child lock being switched on? Surprising, but yes!
Here’s What’s Up:
See, your LG washer has this great feature, the control lock, which you might know as the child lock. Its job? To stop accidental cycle changes or stops, especially when little fingers are poking around. But here’s the thing – if it’s on, it could be the one stopping your washer from spinning.
So, What Do We Do?
First up, look at your washer’s display. See the control lock or child lock icon? If it’s shining bright, you’ve found your issue. Now, for most LG models, you’ll just need to hold down the child lock button for around 3 to 5 seconds to switch it off. Once that’s done, your washer should be spinning happily again.
Remember though, every model is a bit different. If you’re not sure, just look at your LG washer’s manual. If you can’t find it, don’t sweat – it’s likely online on the LG website.
Overloaded or Unbalanced Washer
Why is my LG washing machine not spinning? A common culprit is an overloaded or unbalanced washer. We get it, we’ve all been there, cramming in just one more pair of jeans. But here’s the thing: an unbalanced load could be why your LG washer isn’t spinning.
Here’s What Could Be Happening:
When you pile in too many clothes or have a lopsided load, it can throw your washer out of balance. And when this happens, your washer can start shaking. In fact, the washer itself might not be level with the floor which can cause the machine to not spin properly.
Here’s What You Can Do:
First thing’s first, reduce your load. As much as you’d love to wash all your clothes in one go, it’s not a great idea. Keeping your load size moderate will go a long way in ensuring a smooth and efficient spin cycle.
Got a wobbly load? Distribute your clothes evenly in the washer drum. This balance helps your washer spin happily without any dance moves. And remember, some loads (like a single heavy blanket or bath mat) are just hard to balance. In cases like these, adding a few additional items can help.
You should also check to make sure that the machine is sitting level with the ground. Set a carpenter’s level on top of the machine to judge whether it’s level, and adjust the washer’s leveling legs if needed.
Finding your LG washer not draining or spinning? A clogged drain pump can bring your washer’s spinning operation to a grinding halt.
What’s Going On Here:
The drain pump is the hero that gets rid of the water during the spin cycle. Sometimes, small objects or an excessive amount of lint can create a blockage in the pump or in the filter, stopping it from doing its job.
How to Fix the Issue:
Time to put on your detective hat. Inspect the drain pump for any obstructions. If you find any, clear them out and give your washer another go. Also, while you’re there, give the drain filter a thorough cleaning – it often accumulates a surprising amount of dirt and debris.
Drive Belt Issues
The drive belt is like the messenger between the motor and the drum. When it gets damaged or loose, your washer gets the day off. In other words, it stops spinning.
What’s Going On Here:
Over time, and with regular use, the drive belt can get worn out or stretched. Think of it like a rubber band that’s lost its snap.
Fixing the Problem:
How do I force my LG washer to spin? Hold the spin speed button down for 5 seconds to start a spin-only cycle. This will help you determine if the belt is the problem. If it doesn’t work, check out the drive belt. Does it look worn out or loose? If yes, a replacement is in order. You’ll need an LG-compatible belt and a few tools like screwdrivers and a wrench to do the job. Don’t worry, your washer’s manual can guide you through the process.
The Lid Switch
Now here’s a component in top-loading washers that might not get much of your attention – the lid switch. Did you know this little thing ensures your washer doesn’t start its magic unless the door is properly closed? It’s a real safety champ. But, if it starts having a bad day, it can halt your washer’s spin cycle, thinking it’s just doing its job.
What Could Be Happening:
The lid switch might not accurately tell whether the lid is open or closed. And guess what? That means your washer ain’t gonna spin.
How to Tackle This:
First up, you’ll want to make sure your washer’s lid is closing all the way and latching securely.
Are you not hearing that satisfying ‘click’ of the latch? Can’t spot anything obstructing the lid from closing? Well, then we might be dealing with a latch issue.
If you’re sure the lid’s latching properly, then it could be the switch that’s giving you a headache.
To get to the bottom of this, you’ll likely need a pro with a multimeter to check out the switch. If it’s acting up, then a replacement is in order.
The motor coupling is like the unsung hero of your LG washer’s operation. It doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. But if it’s having a rough day, you can bet your LG washer won’t be spinning.
What Could Be Happening:
The motor coupling is the peace broker between the motor and the washer’s transmission. If it wears out or snaps from dealing with those heavy laundry loads or just plain old use, well, your washer might start acting up.
How to Fix This:
Get up close and personal with your motor coupling for a quick inspection. If it’s looking worn or damaged, it’s time for a changing of the guard. Replacing it is usually a job for a technician.
And there you go! Armed with this guide, you should be well on your way to fixing your issue with your LG washer not spinning. But remember, if these DIY solutions seem a bit overwhelming or if you’d rather spend your free time doing something you enjoy, just give us a ring at J&B Appliance. Our washing machine repair team is always ready to help!