Are you having difficulty with your Indesit washing machine not spinning?
While it may not be a widespread problem, some Indesit washing machine owners encounter this issue. Indesit washing machines are known for being efficient, effective, and easy to use. However, if your machine isn’t spinning, it can be frustrating and disruptive to your daily routine.
In this article, I’ll review some typical reasons why Indesit washing machines may not spin and provide troubleshooting steps to help you resolve the issue. I’ll also provide you with some helpful tips to prevent this problem from occurring again in the future.
Most Common Causes Indesit Washing Machine Problems
If your Indesit washing machine spin light flashing, there could be several reasons. From the water not draining to a broken drive belt, the causes range from simple fixes to something more complex. Let’s look at why you’re having these Indesit washing machine problems.
I’ll also give you some ideas on how to troubleshoot these causes.
You must unplug the washing machines from the power supply anytime you are about to do anything to fix the machine not spinning.
Using too much or the wrong detergent
Using the poor quality detergent or too much detergent can also cause Indesit washers not to spin. This is because excessive detergent can create a lot of suds, which can overload the machine’s motor and prevent it from spinning. In addition, some detergents may not be compatible with your washing machine, which can cause it to malfunction.
Troubleshooting tip: Start by running a cycle with no clothes and a cup of white vinegar to troubleshoot this issue. If the machine spins correctly, the problem is likely due to the detergent.
It’s essential to follow some general tips to prevent detergent-related issues from occurring in the future. Always use the correct amount of detergent for your load size. Switching brands to a detergent compatible with your washing machine are recommended. For more clarification, consult the owner’s manual or the manufacturer for further assistance.
Overloading and Off-balance
One of the most common reasons why you’ll notice a washing machine drum not turning is because it’s overloaded. Cramming in too many clothes puts too much pressure on the motor, making it harder for the machine to do its job. To avoid this, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how much laundry you can load. Every machine is rated for a specific weight limit. They usually suggest filling it up to about three-quarters of the way.
There is also an issue with an unbalanced load causing an Indesit washing machine not to spin. An unbalanced machine drum will spin out of control and cause the machine to stop in the middle of a wash cycle for safety reasons and to prevent damage. To ensure the load is balanced, make sure you place bulky items in one at a time to avoid them clumping up together.
Troubleshooting tip: If you think overloading is why your washing machine isn’t spinning, remove some clothes and try rerunning them. If it starts to spin, then overloading is the issue. In the future, try to remember to weigh your laundry before starting the load. Check that the washing machine is not on an uneven surface and use a spirit level to make adjustments if needed.
Faulty lid switch
The lid switch is an important safety feature in your washing machine that prevents the machine from spinning if the lid is open. Malfunctioning door locks can cause these Indesit washing machine problems. Sometimes it’s a matter of the door not being closed all the way. Other times, it is something more complex.
Troubleshooting tip: The first thing to check for is something interfering with the connection. If the lid switch assembly has dirt or grime on it then clean it off and see if it restarts the spin cycle. When the spin cycle doesn’t resume, check the connection with a multimeter to check for continuity.
A faulty assembly must be replaced, so call customer service for further assistance.
Broken or damaged drive belt
Another possible cause of a washing machine not spinning is a broken or damaged drive belt. The drive belt is responsible for rotating the drum in the machine. It’s connected to the drum from the motor, so if it is loose or broken, the drum won’t spin. To check if this is the problem, you should unplug the machine, remove the back panel, and look for any signs of wear or damage to the belt. If the belt is damaged, it will need to be replaced.
Troubleshooting tip: A broken or loose belt can be fixed by anybody handy without any special skills or tools involved. Unplug the machine and remove the back panel. Look for any signs of wear or damage to the belt. If the belt is worn or damaged, it must be replaced. When you are prepared, have a new belt ready to replace the old one.
To replace the belt, carefully remove the old belt from the machine, and note its placement and how it is wrapped around the pulleys. Install the new belt in the same manner as the old one, being careful not to stretch or damage the belt.
Once the new belt is installed, replace the back panel and plug the machine back in. Test the machine to make sure it is spinning correctly.
Clogged drain pump filter or hose
A clogged drain pump filter or drain hose is another common reason a washing machine may not spin. Over time, debris such as lint, coins, and other small objects can accumulate in the drain pump filter, causing a blockage that prevents the machine from spinning. The drain filter is commonly referred to as a coin trap, indicating this problem’s prevalence.
If you have problems with a stinky washing machine, this is a sign that your filter is not draining well and mildew is forming.
If you’re experiencing slow draining, it can also be caused by a kinked or obstructed drain hose connecting to the under-sink pipes.
Troubleshooting tip: The first things to check are the drain filter and drain hose. Look for the service flap at the bottom of the washing machine and pry it open to clean out the drain filter.
Once you have located the filter, unplug the machine and use a bowl or pan to catch any water that may be trapped inside the machine. Then, unscrew the filter and carefully remove it from the machine. Water may begin to flow out of the machine drainage system, so be prepared to catch it in the bowl or pan.
Next, clean the filter using a brush or a soft cloth. Make sure to remove any debris that may be trapped inside. Once the filter is clean, reinsert it into the machine and screw it back into place.
After cleaning the drain pump filter, try rerunning the machine to see if it starts to spin.
If the filter is clear, check if the drain hose that runs to the under-sink plumbing is kinked or obstructed. Clear the drain hose by removing the hose clamp and running water through the drain pipe.
If none of these things work, then you are looking at a drain pump failure. You’ll need to cal in a technician for further assistance.
Malfunctioning motor control board
A malfunctioning motor control board can also cause a washing machine to not spin. The motor control board is responsible for controlling the speed and direction of the motor, and if it becomes damaged or faulty, it can prevent the machine from spinning.
Sometimes the issue is the control board itself, and other times it is because of a loose wire connecting the control board. To test the motor control board, unplug the machine and use a multimeter to check for continuity.
Troubleshooting tip: Ensure the machine receives power by checking that the outlet is functioning correctly. If the outlet is working, move on to the next step. Make sure that all connections to the control board are secure and tight. If any wires or connectors are loose, reconnect them securely.
Use a multimeter to test the control board for continuity. If the control board is faulty, it will need to be replaced. If you feel confident in your abilities to do the replacement yourself, take a picture of the control board to see where all the wires connect.
First, make sure the machine is unplugged to replace the control board. Then, locate the control board on the machine and carefully remove it. Take note of the location of all wires and connectors to ensure you can reattach them correctly.
Install the new control board in the exact location as the old one, reattaching all wires and connectors correctly. Once the new control board is installed, replace the back panel and plug the machine back in.
Worn carbon brushes
Carbon brushes are small, spring-loaded components that conduct electricity to the motor. Over time, the brushes can wear down and lose effectiveness, causing the motor to malfunction. If you suspect that worn carbon brushes are causing your Indesit washer not to spin, you should unplug the machine and remove the back panel.
Troubleshooting tip: __The carbon brushes are small components of the machine’s motor. To find them, you must remove the machine’s back panel. Check the Indesit washer user handbook to see where they are located.
Once you have located the carbon brushes, check if they are worn down. If they appear to be shorter than 1/4 inch in length, they will need to be replaced.
First, make sure the appliance is unplugged to replace the carbon brushes. Then, carefully remove the old brushes from the motor, taking note of their location and orientation. Install the new brushes in the same place and direction as the old ones.
Once the new brushes are installed, replace the back panel and plug the appliance back in. Test the machine to make sure it is spinning correctly.
How to prevent the same Indesit washing machine problems in the future
If you own an Indesit washing machine, you know how important it is for the appliance to spin correctly. A washing machine that won’t spin can be frustrating and disrupt your daily routine. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent your Indesit washer from not spinning in the first place.
Don’t overload the machine.
If you are still determining how much laundry you are putting into the Indesit washer, take the time to weigh it first. Every machine is rated for a weight limit, so try to keep the load sizes to 80% of that limit. Some clothing is heavy, and some are light, so you can’t go by the volume to determine if you are within the limit. Always weigh it first.
Use the right detergent
If you have been seeing undissolved detergent in your appliance leading up to it not spinning, you have likely been using the wrong detergent or too much. Switch to a liquid detergent that won’t create as many suds and will completely dissolve. Look for a detergent labeled as safe for use in all washing machines.
Do regular maintenance checks
Scheduling regular maintenance checks are vital to keeping your Indesit washer in good working order. A qualified technician will be able to inspect all parts of the appliance and make any necessary repairs or replacements before they become significant issues. In addition, regular maintenance can help extend the life of your washing machine and prevent problems like a machine that won’t spin from occurring.
Clean the filter regularly
As mentioned, a clogged drain pump filter can prevent your Indesit washing machine from spinning. To avoid this issue from occurring, make sure to clean the filter regularly. You can also keep it from clogging by checking the clothing pockets before you do the load. Make it a point to check the filter once a month, along with the impeller at the back of the chamber that houses the drain pump filter.
Q: What is the warranty on an Indesit washing machine?
Indesit washing machines typically come with a 1-year warranty, although some models may have a more extended warranty period. It’s essential to check the warranty specifics for the model you have, so call for further assistance.
Remember, if you decide to troubleshoot and repair yourself, you could void the warranty. Only make the repairs if you are confident it will be done without damaging the washing machine. Otherwise, call a professional right away.
Q: How often should I clean my Indesit washing machine?
It’s a good idea to clean your Indesit washing machine at least once a month to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris. You can do this by running a wash cycle with no clothes and no detergent but with a cup of white vinegar instead.
Run a damp cloth around the edge of the door seal to clean away any grime or mold to prevent it from getting your laundry dirty.
Q: Can I use bleach in my Indesit washing machine?
It’s generally safe to use bleach in your Indesit washing machine, but following the manufacturer’s instructions for how much bleach to use and how to add it to the machine is essential.
Although you certainly want to save time when you have a big laundry load, these troubleshooting tips should help you get your machine working correctly again. Keep this article handy if you have this problem again so you can refer to it to get it spinning again. Otherwise, be ready to call a technician to solve the problem.
As I like to say on this blog, prevention is the best medicine, so be sure to practice good habits with your Indesit washing machine to keep these types of problems from happening in the future.