The washing machine does not spin clothes well

The washing machine does not spin clothes well

Some users do not pay attention to the fact that their automatic washing machine begins to spin clothes poorly. Meanwhile, this may be an “alarm bell” screaming that the machine is about to fail and urgent action must be taken. In this story, we will talk about the reasons for the machine’s poor spinning of laundry and how to eliminate these reasons.

Main causes of malfunction

First, let's distinguish between the “symptoms” of malfunctions, since the reasons for poor spinning are different from the reasons why the machine does not spin things at all. In this article, we will describe exactly those cases when the washing machine does not spin clothes properly and will tell you what to do in these cases. First of all, let's look at the reasons why clothes remain wet at the end of the wash cycle.

  • The user selected the wrong washing mode, and because of this, the washing machine did not spin the clothes properly.
  • The user put too much laundry in the drum, resulting in poor spin quality.
  • The engine tach sensor has failed, which is why the car spins at low speeds, which means it is of poor quality.
  • There are problems with the motor brushes, as a result of which it cannot accelerate the drum to the required speed.
  • There are defects in the control board, which is why the program ends incorrectly and the machine spins poorly.
  • After washing, the water from the tank does not completely drain or drains slowly, which means that the spin cycle is taking place, but the laundry gets wet again.

User errors

No matter how absurd it may sound, many users still neglect the basic rules of handling an automatic washing machine. Most often, people overload the drum or stuff so many bulky things into it that they don’t move in it even after getting wet. In this case, even if the machine manages to spin the drum to a speed of 1600 rpm, the spin quality will be low.

Modern washing machines have quite a lot of different programs and additional functions. The user gets lost in the number of buttons on the control panel and often chooses the wrong washing/rinsing/spin program for a particular type of laundry. As a result, the laundry remains wet at the end, and the user has complaints about a specific model of the washing machine. Although all you had to do was open the instructions and read them carefully.

The above problems with spinning can be easily eliminated; you just need to remove excess laundry from the drum or select the desired program and everything will go like clockwork. But if the user begins to systematically shove an excessive amount of laundry into the drum, serious technical problems may occur. It is especially scary if the washing machine is not equipped with an imbalance protection system. If you constantly wash the maximum amount of laundry, this can lead to damage to the tachometer. What does this mean?

A breakdown of the tachometer will result in the control board not knowing at what speed the engine is running, which means it will not be able to control it correctly, increasing and decreasing the speed when needed. The result is quite predictable - the drum will rotate at minimum speed, and there can be no talk of any normal spinning.

It is not difficult to diagnose a tachometer breakdown. Observe the execution of the washing program. If the drum does not change rotation speed or the speed changes inappropriately for the stage of the washing program, then the problem lies with it. What needs to be done?

  • We remove the back wall of the “washing machine” along with the bracket.
  • Remove the drive belt. To do this, you need to grab the belt itself with one hand, pull it slightly, and twist the pulley with the other hand.
  • The tachogenerator is located directly on the engine; we disconnect the wires with terminals from the contacts.
  • We pry the tachogenerator with a screwdriver and pull it off the engine.
  • We purchase the original element and “plant” it in place of the old one.
  • We put on the belt and install the rear wall of the car - the repair is complete.

Water does not completely drain from the tank

Why else does the machine wring out clothes poorly? Due to the fact that the water does not completely drain from the tank. You may ask, how is this even possible, because if there is water in the tank, the machine simply will not be able to complete the washing program correctly. The fact is that there are cases when water leaves the tank, but very slowly, while some of the liquid remains there, and the water level sensor does not respond to it. Ultimately, the washing program ends, but the spin cycle, which should normally take place with an empty tank, takes place in a tank of water.

As a result, energy and time are wasted, and the laundry gets loose in the drum and remains as wet as after rinsing. If you suspect this is your case, check it out. Observe through the hatch the operation of the washing machine during the spin cycle; if you see that there is a little water splashing there during the spin cycle, this will mean that you need to look at the drain pipe, drain hose and filter. It would also be a good idea to check the pressure switch , but this is the last thing. What to do:

  • Clean the drain filter first - this is the easiest,
  • Then clean the drain hose; to do this, you need to unscrew it from both the machine and the siphon,
  • If the problem is not solved, you will have to lower the machine on its side, remove the bottom, then dismantle the drain pipe and clean it of dirt and foreign objects,
  • After that, we put the pipe in place and assemble the car.

Problems with the control board, motor failed

In rare cases, problems arise with the control board, which in turn leads to problems with the spin cycle. Typically, malfunctions of the control board manifest themselves not only in the inability to implement any stage of washing, but other oddities also arise:


  • The machine freezes,
  • Washing programs jump from one another,
  • The washing program does not complete, and after a reboot everything becomes normal,
  • The lights on the control panel blink alternately.

If you do not observe such oddities, it may be too early to get to the control board and you need to check other parts of the machine for faults. But if a quick external inspection of the control unit hints at a malfunction (burnt wires coming from the unit, traces of soot on the board), it is better to invite a specialist who will figure it out. It is better not to attempt such an expensive and complex part on your own.

Why else can a washing machine spin clothes poorly? The answer may lie in the engine. The brushes inside a brushed electric motor wear out over time, and it rapidly loses power. This is why the spin is poor, because a weak engine does not have enough strength to spin the drum to the required speed. Repairing and checking the engine of a washing machine will take a lot of time and require some skill, but it is quite possible to do this work with your own hands.

In conclusion, we note that sometimes in order to find out why the washing machine refuses to spin normally, you need to disassemble half of this machine. Not everyone can handle a thorough and methodical search for the cause of a malfunction, so if you are not confident in your abilities, seek help from a professional.