How to Fix Washer That Won’t Agitate

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Your washing machine has a lot of different components that work together to make the washing machine work directly. When you find the one part isn’t working it can be frustrating. You depend on your washing machine for constant clean clothes and you probably can’t picture your life without it. One of the most important parts of a washing machine is the agitator which allows your washing machine to spin. If your washing machine won’t agitate, you won’t be able to wash clothes. Here’s how to fix a washer that won’t agitate properly.

How to Fix Washer That Won’t Agitate

Broken Agitator

An agitator that doesn’t undo it is frustrating when you have a washing machine no but close. If your washing machine isn’t performing correctly and it could be the agitator that’s holding back the washing machine from completing his duty is. Once you replace your agitator, you can get your washing machine working back to normal. Top-loading washing machines have agitators to move the clothes through the cycle and get them clean. There’s a central post in the washing machine and the agitator moves it back and forth, and these forces are used to work against each other to remove dirt and stains.

This is how you replace the agitator.

1. Remove the agitator cap. There might be a translucent cap underneath the one you just removed from the agitator and you can remove this with pliers.

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2. Look for a large nut in the middle of the agitator. Remove this with a socket wrench and be careful of the clamps that are attached to the agitator.

3. Remove the agitator from the washing machine by pulling it out.

4. Plave the new agitator in this place by following the directions that come from the new agitator’s manual.

5. Make sure you use the new set of washers, bolts and nuts that came with the new agitator.

6. See if your washing machine works with the new agitator and continue washing clothes.

This should get your washing machine working normally and it’s an easy fix. Make sure you get an agitator that’s a manufacturer approved part. Your washer will not work properly with an agitator that isn’t made for it.

Washer Not Plugged in

This might sound like something that you wouldn’t do, but it’s bound to happen. For your washing machine to work, it needs to be plugged into an outlet that works. Usually, you don’t check this because you assume that your washer stays plugged in. You might not notice that the power plug is knocked out of the outlet. If you’ve been moving your washer around trying to figure out what was wrong, the plug might have come out of the wall. This might seem like a dumb mistake, but honestly it’s not something that many people check because they expect their washing machine to be plugged in.

You also want to check that the outlet that it’s plugged into works. Move the washer and plug something else into the outlet. You can plug in a phone charger to see if it charges your phone. A simple fix for this would be just ensuring that you can cut on the power source for that wall. Sometimes you might have to play with the switches on the switchboard for your house, but if you don’t understand any of that, don’t touch it and wait for an experienced technician to handle it.

Door Switch Strike Broken

The door switch and strike is a safety feature that’s found on front load washing machines. In many models, the door switch has to be closed and the door lock needs to activate. Once activated, the washer will start. When the washer won’t start, the door switch isn’t activating the door locked. The washer isn’t sensing that it can start. This is a safety mechanism so that water or clothes don’t go flying around if the washer stated without the door closing.

If you want to test to see if the door switch and strike in the washing machine is broken, you need to use a multimeter (View on Amazon). Here’s how you use a multimeter to test the switch and strike.

1. Locate the switch. The switch is located in the door frame of the washing machine but you might also find it in the door lock assembly.

2. Inspect the strike to make sure that it engages the lock assembly.

3. Look for any signs of damage or cracking on the strike when you locate it.

4. Test the switch for continuity. Unplug the washing machine so that you can be safe.

5. Remove the front panel to access the switch. You’ll have to unscrew the front panel so that you can see the switch.

6. Once you access the front panel, you have to remove the switch from it so that you can test it.

7. Make sure the multimeter is set to the RX1 setting.

8. Once you set the multimeter to the correct setting, place the probes on the switch terminals. You should get a reading of infinity. Now that the probes are on the terminals, make sure you press on and hold the switches button. Your reading should be zero or very close to zero.

If the results that you get aren’t matching the results above, you need a replacement door switch and strike. You’ll have to get a manufacturer approved part specific to your washer brand, make and model. Once you do this, you can install it yourself if you feel comfortable doing that or you can call a technician.

Check Drive Motor

All of your washing machines have a motor in it that makes it spin during the cleaning cycle. All of the top load washing machines have a reversing motor, which means the motor spins in one direction for agitating and in the opposite direction for spinning and draining. The front loading washing machine does the opposite where the motor spins in one direction no matter what. If the motor does not start but you hear noises coming from your washing machine, the issue is likely the drive motor.

You can test your drive motor with a multimeter to locate the issue.

1. Unplug your washing machine from the power source. This is for your safety since you’ll handle electrical components.

2. Unscrew the cabinet of your washer and remove it.

3. Consult your owner’s manual to locate the drive motor in the washing machine.

4. Disconnect the wires from the motor. When you’re disconnecting the wires, make sure you use the metal connectors so that you do not pull directly on the wires themselves.

5. Use a multimeter that’s on the RX1 setting and touch the terminals of the motor. Once you have the meter’s probes on the terminals, you can test for continuity. You should get a reading of 0 or almost 0.

6. Now that you have one probe still on the terminal, use the other probe to touch the bare metal housing of the motor. This is how you test for ground connection and you should not get any reading on your multimeter.

If your readings differ from what you’re supposed to get, you need a replacement drive motor. You might need a little help finding one specific to your washer, and because of all the wires involved, you might need to get a professional technician to install the drive motor for you.

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