Beko washing machine does not spin the drum

Beko washing machine does not spin the drum

Have you loaded your Beko washing machine with laundry and found that it will not spin? To begin with, you should put aside the most banal reasons, and then look for a breakdown using a specific algorithm.

Unfortunately, Beko washing machines sometimes present their users with a “surprise” in the form of a non-rotating drum. The machine, for no apparent reason, freezes in the middle of the cycle, the work stops. It happens that the container jams so much that it is difficult to turn it even by hand. We will analyse the probable reasons why the washing machine does not spin the drum, and we will tell you how to act in such a situation.

Why did the drum stop?

To understand why the drum stopped rotating, you need to analyse how the washer worked before it stopped and diagnose the equipment. It is necessary to find out the cause of the malfunction and take measures to eliminate it. Usually the main container “freezes” in place due to:

  • Problems with the drive belt or drum “wheel” (the reason is both the rubber band and the pulley),
  • A foreign object that has fallen inside the tank. It gets stuck between its walls and the drum and blocks the rotation of the latter,
  • Failure of the engine coil,
  • Severe wear of the motor electric brushes. The carbon rods wear out and cannot fully perform their functions,
  • Damage to the semiconductor elements of the main control module,
  • Erasing the motor slats.

The list of reasons why the washing machine may not spin the drum is far from complete. The simplest washing machine is a full set of components, circuits, connections, and individual elements, the failure of which can cause the rotation to stop.

You should start self-diagnosis of your Beko machine with the simplest thing, discarding the reasons one by one. If you encounter difficulties checking individual components, you can seek professional help.

Transmission mechanism

What actions to take first? In most cases, the Beko machine stops turning the drum due to problems with the drive belt. The rubber band may have broken or fallen off. If this is a one-time “promotion,” then it will be enough to buy a new element, remove the back panel of the washing machine and pull it onto the drum and motor pulley.

A new rubber band that comes off the “wheel” again after a few washes is a symptom of a serious problem. To check for damage to the drum pulley, you must:

  • Turn off the power to washing equipment,
  • Turn off the shut-off valve responsible for the water supply,
  • Pull out the washer to gain access to its back,
  • Remove the service hatch or rear panel (depending on the Beko machine model),
  • Inspect the drum pulley (represents a large wheel). If it is in perfect condition, you can tighten the drive belt into place. If there are any defects or deflections on the surface, the circle will have to be changed,
  • Look at the pulley mounted on the motor shaft. If the circle is deformed or damaged, be sure to reinstall the wheel.

If you find signs of wear, cracks, bends, and other defects on the pulley, it is better not to put off replacement. In fact, reinstalling the drum wheel is not difficult; even a beginner can do it. All you need to do is purchase a similar circle, unscrew the fixing bolt, remove the damaged element, and put on a new one. Let us analyse the upcoming algorithm of actions in more detail.

Using a wooden block, block the movement of the drum “wheel.” If the circle is deformed, then there is no need to take care of it. It is important to preserve the screw and threads during the process, so you should proceed carefully.

  • Spray the center bolt with WD-40. Wait half an hour for the substance to take effect.
  • Take a wrench of a suitable size and carefully unscrew the screw. In this case, you do not need to press too hard on the structure so as not to damage the bolt and thread.
  • Remove the old "wheel".
  • Place the new pulley on the shaft and secure it with the mounting bolt.

There is nothing difficult about replacing a wheel. It is important not to overdo it here, so as not to break the thread. When the Beko machine repair is complete, check with your hand how freely the drum rotates, then run a test wash.

Foreign body in the tank

Equipment repair technicians tirelessly talk about the danger caused by foreign solid objects getting into the washing machine tank. They tell how expensive repairs such a situation can turn out to be. Despite this, users often forget to check their pockets before loading clothes into the drum and neglect the recommendation to wash bras in special bags. Then, coins, pins, nails, paper clips, bones from bodices, and buttons get stuck between the tank and the drum.

It would not be so bad if the objects lay quietly at the bottom of the tank. However, sometimes they cause the drum to wedge and can cause damage to the plastic tank. In this case, you will have to replace the entire assembly, and this is an expensive repair.

If the drum is jammed for this reason, do not try to unscrew it manually or start the wash cycle. It is important to remove the stuck object from the washing machine tub as soon as possible. This can be done through the hole in the drainpipe or heating element.

If on your Beko model the heating element is in the rear of the case, then it is better to get to the stuck small items in this way. It is necessary to remove the service hatch of the machine, disconnect the power supply from the heating element, loosen the fastening nut and pull the heater out. The resulting hole is enough to easily remove from the tank an object blocking the rotation of the drum.

When the heating element is in front, it is better to discard the idea of ​​reaching a foreign object through its opening. This will involve removing the front panel of the case, which is quite difficult to do. It is much easier to try to remove stuck small things as follows:

  • Drain the water from the system through a garbage filter,
  • Lay the machine gun on its side,
  • Loosen the clamp securing the drainpipe, disconnect the hose from the tank,
  • Remove the foreign object through the drain hole.

After the problem is resolved, check the drum movement. If it rotates freely, you can assemble the Beko machine and continue to use the equipment.

It could be the motor.

If during the diagnostics it turns out that the reason for the drum stopping is not in the drive belt, pulley, or foreign object, you will have to check the engine. You should start inspecting the motor with its electric brushes and coil. The algorithm of actions will be as follows:

  • Disconnect the machine from the network, close the shut-off valve,
  • Disconnect the drain and inlet hoses from the body,
  • Lay the washing machine on its left side,
  • Take a photo of the diagram for connecting the wires to the engine, then disconnect the contacts,
  • Unscrew the bolts securing the motor,
  • Remove the assembly from the housing,
  • Using a multimeter, check the resistance of the motor coil. Having discovered that the part has burned out, you will have to replace it,
  • Pull out the brushes located on the sides of the motor. If even one of them is very worn out, you need to change the pair.

If everything is in order with the brushes and coil, the reason for blocking the drum movement may be a break in the wiring of the engine or damage to the lamellas. You can understand that the motor is faulty by connecting it directly. If the worst is confirmed, the engine will have to be changed. It is not advisable to repair it, because it is not clear whether boring the lamellas or rewinding will lead to any results or not.

Electronic problem

The most difficult thing is if the washing machine drum stops rotating due to the failure of the main control unit. Here, it is not worth undertaking independent repairs without certain knowledge and experience. Only a specialist can identify the cause of damage to the control board and eliminate it without harming the equipment. The technician, using special instruments, will correctly ring all the semiconductors and decide on the possibility of repair or the need to replace the unit.

Why is module failure considered one of the reasons for drum stopping? Usually, the problem lies in burnt-out triacs responsible for controlling the collector motor of the washing machine. However, this is just one of the nuances that the expert needs to check; in fact, the problem may be completely different.

By delving into the “brain” of the machine yourself, without the skills and experience, you can further aggravate the situation and completely break the control board. This will lead to a significant increase in the cost of repairs.