Whirlpool Duet Washer Not Spinning: A Brief DIY Fixing Guide

If you’ve operated your Whirlpool Duet washing machine and your laundry came out remarkably wet, your machine is having troubles in the spinning cycle.

So why is your whirlpool duet washer not spinning? There’s a variety of reasons why your washer has a faulty spinning cycle. Among the most common reasons for the problem are:

  • Issues with the machine balance
  • Issues with the loading cycle
  • Malfunctioning latches or belts
  • Clogging in certain areas

For a more detailed guide about troubleshooting and fixing your washer, keep on reading this quick guide.


1. Are You Using Incorrect Washing Cycle?

washing cycle

Surprisingly, this is one of the most common reasons for Whirlpool Duet to not spin. Some washing cycles are designed to spin extremely slow to protect delicate clothes.

If you picked this cycle for a full load, the machine won’t produce enough power to spin-dry the clothes, leaving a lot of water pooling in the bottom of the tub. Simply check the washing cycle, and adjust it to properly suit the load.

2. Is the Washing Machine Out of Balance?

If your washer’s legs aren’t sitting on even ground or you are washing remarkably heavy items like blankets, either the whole machine or the internal drum would be out of balance, which prevents water from draining properly.

This common issue can be fixed by checking the manual to find the ideal adjustments for the internal drum as well as the outer legs. Once you balance the machine, it should spin efficiently.

3. Are You Using an Unsuitable Detergent?

putting detergent to washing machine

The Whirlpool is a high-efficiency washer, so it needs a high-efficiency compatible detergent.

If you use regular detergent with the Duet, it will create a lot of foam and suds, which affects the spinning cycle and lowers its efficacy. Cleaning the drum and switching to a suitable detergent should solve the problem.

4. Is the Washer Belt Broken?

With continuous use, the drum belt that helps it spin starts to loosen up, which slows the spinning cycle down and renders still-wet laundry. However, a broken belt won’t spin at all.

In most whirlpool duet models, the belt is on the back, check it to make sure that it is intact or replace it with a new one if it is worn or broken. If your product is still under warranty, constant customer support to replace it.

5. Is the Door Latch Malfunctioned?

The Whirlpool Duet has the door latch as a part of the electric circuit of the system. So, if the latch isn’t properly closed, broken, or malfunctioned, the machine stays unpowered and won’t spin.

The problem is solved by making sure that the door lock is intact and properly locked. Once again, you can contact customer service for a replacement if you are still covered by a warranty.

6. Is the Tub Bearing Broken?

white washing machine

The tub bearing is located outside the washer drum and it is responsible for making its spin smoothly, so it’ll naturally not spin if the bearing is broken.

This might be a bit of a troublesome replacement, so we suggest that you consider a professional to get it done, especially if you are still under warranty.

7. Is the Drain Filter (Coin Trap) Clogged?

The drain filter is often located in all whirlpool washers, which might be also called the “coin trap” in the user manual.

This filter prevents small items from clogging the draining system before spinning. In other words, if it is clogged, the machine won’t drain, and therefore, won’t spin.

This filter can easily become clogged with common items, such as socks, paper money, coins, keys, and debris.

You’ll typically find the drain filter at the bottom of the machine, so make sure that you check if it needs clearing or cleaning.

8. Is the Drain Pump Clogged or Malfunctioned?

Although the drain filter is a more common reason for the machine to not spin, clogged drain pumps will also prevent the spinning cycle from starting.

Start by giving the drain pump a visual check to see if there is any debris or dust that is blocking it from operating.

If the pump is all clean, you should check its electric resistance to make sure that it is functioning properly.

For that, you’ll need to remove the back panel, disconnect wire connectors as well as the drain hose to take the pump out, then see if it reads anywhere between 5 to 10 ohms on a multimeter.

9. Has the Control Board Failed?

If all else fails, there’s a chance that the control board itself has partially or completely failed. But lucky for you, this is extremely uncommon and rare.

As the name suggests, the control board is the washer’s brain, so if it’s malfunctioning at the area of spinning the process simply won’t happen.

The only problem here is that a malfunctioning control board requires a professional to examine it thoroughly to detect the faulty part and replace it.


How can I reset my Whirlpool Duet?

To reset the knob, you need to:

  1. Adjust the knobs on the board to make Shower, Rinse, and Stop icons light up.
  2. Shut the washer down.
  3. Unplug the machine for about 10 seconds.
  4. Run a test load with clothes to confirm the reset

How much does it cost to fix a washer that won’t spin?

Due to the variety of reasons that may prevent the spinning in Whirlpool Duet, there’s no specific cost to fix the machine.

However, the cost may range from $200 to $500, depending on the faulty part that needs replacement.

How Long Should a Whirlpool Duet Washer Last for?

Ideally, a Whirlpool Duet is a durable machine that is expected to last up to 10 years. However, with consistent maintenance and care, it can last even longer!

Final Thoughts

This wraps it up for today’s guide about why your whirlpool duet washer isn’t spinning. Ideally, the most common cause for the problem would be in the machine’s balance or the loading cycle. However, faulty latches, filters, and belts can also be a pretty common cause.

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