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Washing machine freezes

the spinner hung on the spinIt is clear that the washing machine does not hang on the spin for a reason, something happened to it, but what exactly is difficult to understand. Usually in such a situation, even a self-diagnosis system helps poorly. An error like “spin problem” pops up, and what kind of problem is what causes it, the electronic system of the washing machine is often silent about this. We'll have to deal with the problem on our own, and we will help you than we can.

What could happen?

As you know, in the washing machine, since the start of the washing program, there are many different processes. First, the washing machine pours water into the tank, rinses off the powder, which is located in the prewash compartment, and then slowly twists the drum, so the prewash takes place. Next, the washing machine drains the waste water and picks up a new one, washing off the second portion of the powder from the compartment for the main wash. The main wash ends, the machine drains dirty water again, then picks up clean rinse.

In modern washing machines, an automatic rinse in one or another washing program can be double-rinsed. This means that the washing machine will rinse the laundry, then merge the water, pick it up again and rinse again.

wrong program selectedHaving finished rinsing, the washing machine again drains the water and begins the final action of the program, namely, spinning, and here the problems begin. For some reason, the machine begins to behave unnaturally, instead of spinning the drum, it freezes after a short time. It’s good if at the same time it gives out some kind of system error, leading the hosts to think about the cause of the problem, but it happens that the washing machine does not give any errors. In this case, logical thinking and knowledge of the modern washing device will help.

First of all, the most elementary reasons that are not related to a technical malfunction should be eliminated. Rather, these reasons can be associated with incorrect user actions, namely:

  • overloading the washing machine drum;
  • too heavy or too voluminous thing is loaded;
  • insufficient drum loading;
  • mistakenly selected the wrong program;
  • a foreign object hit the tank, which jammed the drum, preventing it from spinning at high speed.

washing machine drum overloadWhen we overload the washing machine with laundry, its stray lump creates an imbalance in the drum. When this same drum starts spinning at high speed, the laundry that managed to stray into a lump may well destroy the drive mechanism. To prevent this, the washing machine urgently stops the program, and the spin is not carried out until the drum is loaded correctly.

The washing machine can freeze when the drum is not loaded enough and when the drum is loaded with an oversized thing. The modern system recognizes this and stops the spin. Worst of all, if the spin stops because of a foreign object stuck in the tank. Such an object is not only able to jam the drum, but also damage the tank due to which the washing machine will begin to leak water. Solution: need immediately get a foreign object.

As soon as the above reasons could be eliminated, you can think about a technical malfunction. We immediately warn you that finding a technical malfunction that could lead to spin problems is often related to disassembling the washing machine. If this process scares you, and you feel insecure in your abilities, it is better to delegate this matter to the master. You may not save money, but you will definitely save time and nerves. If you are determined to bring the matter to its logical conclusion, continue to carefully read this publication.

Drive gear

replacement drive belt on the washerVery old and heavily worn washing machines often cause bearing problems.Due to the destroyed bearings, the drum emits a very strong characteristic sound of metal grinding during rotation. Since the rotation of the drum is difficult, it cannot gain the desired speed and, as a result, the spinner simply hangs at the spin. There are two ways to solve the problem: throw away the old washing machine and buy a new one, or change bearing. The second method will require you a lot of patience, strength and work.

If the bearings are intact, there is no rumble, but still the spin does not start, you need to carefully listen to how the washing machine works just before it freezes. If you hear a slight whistle, and the drum speed is clearly suddenly falling, it’s nice to check the drive belt. When the drive belt is stretched, it begins to slide along the pulley with a sharp set of drum revolutions, from which the revolutions begin to fall. In this case, the belt must be changed immediately. How to do it?

  1. We remove the back wall of the washer, having previously disconnected it and pulled it out to an empty seat.
  2. We remove the old drive belt, grabbing it by hand and twisting the pulley of the drum.
  3. We dress a new drive belt on the engine pulley, and then, gradually rotating the drum pulley, pull the belt on it too.
  4. We check how well the belt sat on the pulleys, and then assemble the washing machine in the reverse order.

Note! Since the back wall of the washing machine was removed, it would be nice to check the pulleys themselves for deformations and factory defects. Pay particular attention to the drum pulley, the slightest burr or curvature will negatively affect the drive belt, damaging it.

Motor and tachometer

If you checked the drive mechanism and made sure that everything is in order, it is worth checking the engine with a Hall sensor. It often happens that the collector motor simply loses its strength over time due to worn carbon brushes. The "weakened" engine, of course, is not able to spin the drum of the washing machine to the desired speed in order to spin, and then everything that we already described above happens. So, check and change the carbon brushes.

replacement of brushes

  • As in the case of replacing the drive belt, remove the back cover of the washer.
  • We pull off the drive belt that is bothering us.
  • We pull off the wires going to the motor contacts, just remember to remember their location.
  • We unscrew the screws that secure the engine to the paw-like mounts.
  • Press the engine a little forward.
  • Next, we depressed the engine pull a little down and remove.
  • There are small cogs on the sides of the engine housing that need to be unscrewed as they hold carbon brushes.
  • We take out the brushes and check how they are erased.

Even if only one brush is very worn out, and the second is intact, both brushes must be replaced.

What's next? And then we will check the Hall sensor. Such sensors fail infrequently, but, nevertheless, this happens. The tachometer in the washing machine controls the engine speed, if it is broken, problems with spinning will arise unambiguously. About checking this sensor and how to find it is described in the article Tachometer in the washing machine.

Control module

damage to the washing control moduleOne of the most unpleasant breakdowns of the washing machine is considered to be the breakdown of the electronic module. The electronic module is a rather complicated part, in order to understand what exactly broke in it, a lot of knowledge and practical skills in working with electronics will be required. If you don’t have such skills and knowledge, it’s better to direct your energy in search of a good master who will find out why the program suddenly began to go astray and the machine doesn’t want to squeeze out laundry in any way.

Self-repair, in this case, will do more harm than good and will certainly result in additional effort, time and money, and the result is likely to be disastrous. Be prudent and always “take the burden on your own.”

In conclusion, we note that if the washing machine freezes during the spin cycle, do not rush to “sound the alarm”.Restart the program a couple of times, check how the laundry is folded into the drum and how much it is loaded at all. Check the car for blockages, and then think about what the "home assistant" could break. Good luck


2 reader comments

  1. Gravatar Gennady Gennady:

    The washing machine does not wash well, and in spin mode it starts spinning faster and the speed drops immediately. As if she were thinking: twist or not twist. I think we need to check the brushes. Thank you for the article. By the way, I have a Crystal machine, 13 years old.

  2. Gravatar Anya Anya:

    Hello, the indicators are blinking and the drum is spinning slowly. He stopped on the spin and everything blinks. There was water inside, what should I do?

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