Washer Spinning Too Slow? You’re Not Alone. Fix It Today

Are you tired of your washer spinning too slow, leaving your clothes damp, and prolonging the drying process? 

Trust me, you’re not alone. It’s a common issue many homeowners face and can be downright frustrating. But don’t worry, I have some stellar tips to help you fix that sluggish spinner and get your laundry days back on track. 

Together, we’ll explore the most common reasons for a washer spinning too slow and how you can fix it yourself. 

Are you ready to take on this washing machine challenge? Let’s get started!

In short, you can fix a washer spinning too slow by:

  1. Checking the load balance
  2. Inspecting the motor coupler
  3. Examining the drive belt
  4. Looking for a worn clutch assembly
  5. Assessing the lid switch
  6. Testing the motor
  7. Evaluating the transmission
  8. Inspecting the drive pulley
  9. Examining the timer

Ready to conquer your washer’s spinning woes? Then let’s dive in.

What You’ll Need:

  • A multimeter  
  • A screwdriver
  • A flashlight 
  • Tech manual  

Washer Spinning Too Slow? Let’s Fix It In 10 Steps.

#1: Unplug and Familiarize Yourself with Your Washer:

First, unplug your washer to ensure your safety during this appliance adventure. Now, take a moment to get to know your washer. 

If you’re wanting to get into the weeds on this repair, you’ll need your washer’s tech manual. This is different from the user manual, as it’s written for appliance technicians and covers how to repair your washer. Check our free guide to finding manuals online, but if that doesn’t work you could consider buying access to a tech manual library like appliancetechmanuals.com

#2: Check the Drive Belt:

The drive belt is like the “conveyor belt” that helps your washer drum spin. To find this essential part, you’ll need to remove your washer’s back or front panel, depending on your model. Once you’ve done that, look for a belt looping around a pulley system. It is at the bottom of the washer. 

inspecting the drive belt for repairs
Check the drive belt and replace it if needed

Next, inspect the belt for wear, tear, or slackness. If it’s lost its groove, it’s time to replace it. Ensure it is not greasy, clean with a paper towel if it is. 

The greasiness may indicate a problem with transmission and you will need to call a professional.

#3: Inspect the Rotor Assembly: 

In modern washers with direct-drive systems, the rotor assembly plays a crucial role in transferring power from the motor to the drum, enabling it to spin. Unplug your washer and remove the rear access panel to locate the rotor assembly. 

The rotor assembly should be visible and connected to the bottom of the tub and the motor’s shaft.

Check the rotor assembly for signs of damage, such as cracks, wear, or broken magnets. Replacing the rotor assembly to restore your washer’s spinning speed might be necessary.

Also, ensure that the rotor assembly is securely attached and that there are no loose bolts or screws, as these can also impact the spinning efficiency.

#4: Investigate the Clutch and Shifter Assembly:

The clutch is a small plastic piece mounted to the shifter assembly on modern washers. The shifter assembly, which includes the clutch, is responsible for shifting the washer’s gears between agitate and spin cycles. 

If the clutch or shifter assembly is malfunctioning, it can cause your washer to spin too slowly.

To inspect the shifter assembly and clutch, follow these steps:

  1. Unplug your washer and move it away from the wall to access the rear panel.
  1. Remove the rear access panel by unscrewing the bolts or screws holding it. Keep track of the screws to reassemble the panel later.
  1. Locate the shifter assembly, which is typically mounted to the transmission’s side or the tub’s bottom.
  1. Inspect the shifter assembly and the small plastic clutch piece for any signs of wear, damage, or broken components. If you notice any issues, the shifter assembly and the clutch may need to be replaced.
  1. If everything appears in good condition, ensure that the shifter assembly is securely attached and that there are no loose connections.

 #5: Inspect the Lid Lock Assembly: 

Modern washers feature a lid lock assembly that serves multiple functions, such as detecting the lid’s position and ensuring it’s locked before the washer starts spinning. 

This safety feature would prevent accidents and injuries if the lid were to open during a spin cycle. To check the lid lock assembly, follow these steps:

  1. Unplug your washer and move it away from the wall to access the top or back panels, depending on your washer’s model.
  1. Remove the panel by unscrewing the bolts or screws that hold it in place. Keep track of the screws to reassemble the panel later.
  1. Locate the lid lock assembly, typically found beneath the lid or at the back of the washer. It may appear as a small plastic component connected to a wiring harness.
  1. Visually inspect the lid lock assembly for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any issues, the lid lock assembly may need to be replaced.
  1. Ensure the wiring connections are secure and the lid lock assembly is positioned correctly.

Please note that the lid lock assembly often can’t be tested for continuity due to its multiple functions. 

Therefore, if you suspect the lid lock assembly is malfunctioning and don’t feel comfortable handling the appliance, it’s best to consult a professional technician to avoid any potential damage to the washer or personal injury.

#6: Test the Motor:

A malfunctioning motor could leave your washer spinning its wheels – or rather, not spinning them fast enough. To test the motor, follow your tech manual’s directions to locate it near the bottom of your washer. 

Test the motor and find out if it’s faulty

The motor looks like a cylindrical metal component with wires connected to it. Use a multimeter to check its terminals for continuity.  You would need to do an Ohm’s check and voltage check on the connector if the motor isn’t spinning fast. 

#7: Evaluate the Transmission:

Your washer’s transmission is in charge of regulating its spinning speed. You might be stuck in the slow lane if it’s on the fritz. 

Access the transmission by removing your washer’s outer casing and locating it beneath the drum. The transmission resembles a large, cylindrical metal component with various gears inside. 

Check for signs of wear or damage, such as leaking oil or unusual noises during use. If your transmission is slipping, it’s time for a replacement.

#8: Inspect the Suspension Rods: 

Your washer’s suspension rods are crucial in keeping the drum stable during spin cycles. If these rods are worn or damaged, your washer might spin at a different speed or vibrate excessively. 

To check the suspension rods, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the washer lid and locate the drum inside.
  1. Press down on the drum with your hands and let it go.
  1. Observe the movement of the drum. If it bounces more than once, it indicates that the suspension rods need replacement.

Please note that replacing suspension rods might require technical expertise and specific tools. If you don’t feel comfortable handling the appliance, it’s best to consult a professional technician to avoid any potential damage to the washer or personal injury.

#9: Check the Drum Bearings:

Your washer’s drum bearings ensure smooth spinning by reducing friction. If worn, your washer may struggle to reach its top speed. 

Accessing and assessing the drum bearings requires removing the drum from your washer, which is best left to a professional technician. 

If you suspect the drum bearings might be the issue, it’s a good idea to call a pro to diagnose and fix the problem.

#10: Investigate the Drive Pulley:

The drive pulley connects the drive belt to the drum and helps control your washer’s spinning speed. If the pulley is damaged or worn, it could cause the belt to slip, resulting in slower spinning. 

Inspecting and replacing the drive pulley requires technical expertise, so it’s best to call a professional technician to handle this issue. By seeking professional help, you’ll ensure your washer returns to spinning like a champ in no time.


Now that we’ve gone through all the potential culprits, your washer should be spinning again. But if you’ve followed these steps and are still experiencing issues, it might be time to call a professional appliance repair technician. But at least you’ve given it your best shot, and you’re now well-versed in the inner workings of your washer. 

Who knew you had such appliance skills?

Thank you for reading, I hope you’ve found this guide helpful. 

If you’re still hungry for more washer wisdom, don’t hesitate to check out our related articles below. And remember, when it comes to appliances, you’ve got this.

Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more