Why Do My Clothes Go Missing in My Washer?

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Depending on your busy schedule, laundry is one of our main chores to do for ourselves during the week. Not only can this chore be time consuming and frustrating when we do not have enough time in our day, but it can be even more aggravating when we lose our clothes. How many times have you put socks or other small garments in the washer/dryer and then not have been able to find them? Although some may think this is some magical power that the washer or dryer has, you can almost always get them back because they are simply just stuck inside a part of the machine.

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Why won’t my washing machine spin? Washer repair help

If your washing machine is no longer spinning, it might be due to a faulty  motor coupler, faulty clutch  (top load washers) or water level switch.

Washer Clutch assembly part

Clutch Kit commonly used on Direct Drive model Whirlpool/Kenmore brands clothes washers.
Part number: 285785

Before taking apart your washer, unplug the machine and turn off the water to the supply lines and disconnect them from your washer. Also, carefully remove the drain hose as water could still be in the hose and it might spill on to your floor.

If your washer makes a noise when you manually advance the timer to a spin cycle, but it is not actually spinning, then it could be a problem with the motor transmission or motor coupler.

The washing machine motor coupler is a small, relatively inexpensive washing machine part that is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. This protects your transmission from excessive loading. It can wear out over time, crack or split. Inspect the part to see if it is worn or broken and replace it.

Top-loading washing machines typically use a clutch system which connects between the transmission and the inner tub to move the tub and cause it to spin. Overtime, this part can wear out. If you notice that your clothes are wetter than normally coming out of the washer, it might be due to this part weakening and wearing out. Replace this part.

The water level switch controls how much water enters the tub according to load size. If it is not resetting once the water has drained, power will not be available to operate the motor during spin. The part will need to be replaced.

To find the right part for your washing machine, locate it’s model number and use that when searching or ordering your part from www.pcappliancerepair.com. For more washer repair help, visit the Washer Repair Help Section.