As soon as you open the washer and find soaking wet clothes it’s usually clear that something is wrong with the spin cycle. What’s less clear is why there’s a problem. When top load washers don’t spin appropriately there are typically several possible causes. We’ll troubleshoot the most common reasons for a Maytag Bravos washer not spinning, including an unbalanced load and damaged drive belt.
Troubleshooting a Maytag Bravos Washer Not Spinning
While some causes for a Maytag Bravos washer not spinning can have a DIY fix, others may require a part repair or replacement. The following reasons not only describe the problem but detail the right solution to determine if a professional repair is necessary.
1. Unbalanced Wash Load
One of the most common reasons a washing machine won’t spin is an unbalanced wash load. During a wash cycle, larger, heavier items can clump on one side of the machine, causing an imbalance that affects the spin cycle. Overloading the washtub with too many items can also cause an imbalance that prohibits spinning.
Wondering how do I reset my Maytag Bravos washer when it’s unbalanced? Simply redistribute some items to the other side of the wash tub and run a spin cycle. If the washer was overloaded, remove some items and run them in a separate spin cycle so the tub isn’t too crowded. These tips can help prevent an unbalanced load or overloading:
- If washing a larger item, like a bath towel, add a similarly-sized item to the wash load for better balancing.
- Refer to your user manual to determine your washer’s exact capacity. Prevent overloading by only filling the washer ¾ of the way with each load.
2. Faulty Lid Switch
When the lid switch malfunctions, your washer won’t drain or spin. This switch acts as a safety device that prevents the machine from spinning or draining if the lid is open. But, if the switch is faulty, it may prohibit these functions even if the lid is closed.
Follow these steps to assess a faulty lid switch and fix a Maytag washer won’t spin or drain issue:
- Before checking the lid switch, check the plastic tab or lever that activates the switch when the lid is closed. If it’s cracked or broken, the switch may be fine but this piece requires replacement.
- If the plastic tab seems undamaged, listen for the clicking sound the switch makes when the lid closes.
- When there is no audible click, test the switch for continuity with a multimeter. If the multimeter reading is anything other than zero, the switch is faulty and needs replacement.
3. Damaged Drive Belt
If all else fails and you still find your spin cycle not working, it’s possible the drive belt has broken. The belt is typically suspended between two pulleys around the washer drum, supporting its weight and facilitating smooth spinning. However, over time, the belt can loosen on the pulleys or sustain damage like fraying or tearing. This can result in a Maytag Bravos washer not spinning or making a loud squealing noise when it spins.
To assess the drive belt, remove the washer’s back panel. If the belt appears loose on the pulleys, it can be properly repositioned. However, a drive belt that’s frayed or torn requires replacement.
Wondering why is my Maytag Bravos washer not spinning even after these interventions? An expert washing machine repairman can help. Call Appliance Genie for fast, professional Maytag appliance repair service.