Samsung Washing Machine Not Spinning? 6 Easy Fixes to Try

Researched & Written by Craig

You know something’s amiss when your head is doing more spinning than your Samsung washing machine drum. This article will help you to pinpoint what’s wrong with your machine and get it up and running again.

To fix a Samsung washing machine that’s not spinning, do the following:

  • Distribute the washing evenly around the drum
  • Fix an overloaded or underloaded machine
  • Switch the washing machine off and on again and start a new program
  • Clean the drain pump filter
  • Clear the drain hose
  • Fix the motor

Home appliances always seem to break down at the most inconvenient times. But don’t worry, a stationary washing machine drum isn’t complicated to fix.

Are you ready to detect what’s wrong with your washing machine and get it up and running again? Let’s dive in.

Samsung Washing Machine Not Spinning? 6 Easy Fixes to Try

Is your washing machine drum playing (and winning) the longest game of musical statues? You fill up the drum, pop in your soap powder/capsule, press the program, and… nothing happens. You wait and wait, push on the door, and still nothing happens. Now what?

There are a few possibilities why your washing machine drum is on a spin strike. That’s why this article will help you to detect what’s wrong with yours and then show you how to fix the problem. Let’s give it a whirl!

1. Uneven Load

One of the most common reasons why Samsung washing machines stop spinning is due to an uneven load. Are you:

  • Washing one heavy item (such as a couch cushion or a duvet) that weighs down on one side of the drum?
  • Washing a few heavy items that have all flopped to one side of the drum?

If so, then your load is uneven and might be the reason why your washing machine has stopped spinning. Luckily, this problem is dead simple to fix. Here’s how:

ProblemFix
Washing One Heavy Item  Fill the washing machine on the other side to counterbalance the drum. Try adding some towels to the machine to balance the weight.
Washing a Few Heavy Items  Fill the washing machine with other items to balance the weight evenly around the drum.

2. Overloaded or Underloaded Machine

Why do two loads when you could do just the one? And if you push a little bit harder you can just squeeze that last sweater in, snatch your hand back, and BANG! You’ve managed to get the door shut!

Now, packing your washing machine to the brim may seem like a good way to save money and time.

But every washing machine has a weight capacity.

Once you’ve exceeded that, your appliance may have trouble spinning. Picture a Ferris wheel trying to spin with a parade of baby elephants sat in its passenger seats. It just won’t work.

Laundry in washing machine
Overloading a washing machine can stop it spinning properly

Another thing that can also disrupt your spin cycle is an underloaded machine. If it’s underloaded, you could throw your machine off balance when it is trying to spin. If the item you’re washing is too heavy, your machine may not be able to gather the momentum to keep rotating.

Fortunately, these problems are fast and simple to fix. Here’s what you can do:

ProblemFix
Overloaded MachineSplit the load into two washes. You will not overload your machine if you fill it according to its weight capacity. You should also be able to comfortably get your outstretched hand into the machine when it’s full.
Underloaded MachineAdd more items to the machine to even up the weight distribution. Try adding towels to the drum.

3. Program Crash

Your Samsung washing machine could crash and need restarting. If the drum has stopped spinning, then a restart could be all it needs to get going again.

We all get to a stage throughout the year where we feel like we’ve reached the end of our tether. More often than not, all we need to recharge our batteries are a few days away from our normal routine. A washing machine is a little like that too. It can get jammed with a backlog of programs. All it needs is some time off, a couple of seconds disconnected from work to feel brand new again.

Here’s how to take your Samsung washing machine on a mini-vacation, free of charge to you:

ProblemFix
Program Crash1. Turn the washing machine off.
2. Unplug the washing machine at the mains. Leave it unplugged for two minutes.
3. Plug the washing machine back in and turn it on.
4. Start a new washing program.

4. Blocked Drain Pump Filter

If there is a blockage in your drain pump filter, then the washing machine will not be able to get rid of water properly. And if it cannot drain properly, the washing machine will not spin. Here are some telltale signs that your drain pump filter is blocked:

  • The washing machine doesn’t drain all the water away at the end of a cycle. Your clothes are still drenched after the machine has spun.
  • The spin cycle takes longer than normal to finish.
  • The spin cycle is very noisy or vibrates a lot.
  • The washing machine doesn’t spin at all.

Are you ready to unclog your drain pump filter? Coming up are some simple steps that will help you do so:

ProblemFix
Blocked Drain Pump Filter1. Lay a large towel and a container near the washing machine ready to catch any water.
2. Open the access door on the front of the washing machine. You can open it on some Samsung models by:
a. Pushing firmly on the access door.
b. Using a coin to open the access door towards you.
3. Pull out the emergency drain hose.
4. Remove the cap of the hose over your container and allow the water to drain into it.
5. Screw the cap back onto the hose.
6. Remove the drain filter by rotating it anti-clockwise.
7. Clean the filter, removing any lint, hair, coins, or buttons that might be obstructing it.
8. Replace the drain filter and the hose to their original positions.
9. Close the access door.
10. Restart the wash cycle.
Washing machine plug
Drain water and clear blockages from the access door to help your machine start spinning!

5. Blocked Drain Pump Hose

If there is a blockage in your drain pump hose, then the washing machine will not be able to drain properly. And if it cannot get rid of water properly, the washing machine will not spin. Your drain pump hose might be blocked if:

  • You can hear the pump operating but the water doesn’t drain from the washing machine.
  • The water takes longer than usual to drain from the washing machine.
  • The washing machine doesn’t spin.

You’re in luck as a blocked drain pump hose is not a complicated job to fix. All you’ll need is a wire hanger, a wrench, a bucket, and your favorite DIY-time tunes playing in the background. Here are the steps that will help you get it done:

ProblemFix
Blocked Drain Pump Hose1. Turn off the washing machine and unplug it from the mains. Pull the washing machine away from the wall so that you can comfortably get behind it.
2. Use a wrench to detach the drain hose from the washing machine. (The drain hose is large, corrugated, and connected to a drain pipe.)
3. Hold the bucket by the drain pipe. Use it to catch any water that could be inside it.
4. Fold up a wire clothes hanger and push it through the drain pipe. Use the hanger to push any debris out of the pipe.
5. Replace the drain hose.
6. Plug the washing machine in and turn it on.
7. Run a new washing cycle.

6. Motor Fault

Your washing machine may stop spinning if its motor is faulty. If your motor is faulty, the washing machine will usually show an error code on its display. The error code is a series of letters and numbers. The code might look like the aftermath of your cat walking over your computer keyboard. But believe it or not, there is a way to decipher the code and find out how to fix your machine.

There is an endless list of numbered codes and lettered codes that you can find in your user’s manual. Each code relates to a different problem that the manual will explain how to fix. Can’t find the user’s manual? Not to worry, you can also check out a manual online that will explain the codes.

ProblemFix
Motor Fault1. Follow the instructions in the user manual that match the code on display.
2. Turn the washing machine off at the mains and wait 2 minutes.
3. Plug the washing machine in and then turn it on.
4. Set a new washing program.

Conclusion

Having problems with your washing machine’s spin cycle can be frustrating. It can also be tricky for you to pinpoint what is wrong with the washing machine. I hope this article has helped you to isolate the problem with your appliance and fix it.

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Have a great day!

-Craig