How to Fix a GE Washer That Won't Spin

The most common reason a GE washer won't spin is an unbalanced load. Some GE machines come equipped with a sensor that prevents the washer from spinning when the laundry load is distributed unequally in the tub. To fix this issue, redistribute the items in the washer, close the lid and activate the washer as needed for your model.

Three-Minute Delay

Before you panic about needing a new washer, wait a few minutes because some GE washers can pause up to three minutes between cycles. The washer can experience a three-minute delay after the agitation and washing cycle before the pump activates to drain the water before spinning. It can take another three minutes for the pump to remove the water from the machine before it spins. Do not advance the timer after the wash cycle because the machine might skip pumping out the water.

Power Loss

Power losses can cause a spin failure on your GE washer. Check the house circuit breakers or blown fuses to verify the washer has power. Test the wall outlet to ensure it has power after verifying the circuit breaker is not tripped or you don't have any blown fuses. Flip the circuit breaker switch off and then on again, as sometimes they can trip without the switch appearing as if it has tripped.

Lid Up

For top-loading washers, close the lid if it is up, as the washer won't spin with the lid up. Faulty lid switches (see below) can also cause the washer not to spin. Replace the switch if the washer agitates and drains properly.

Dispenser Drawer

On front-loading washers, close the dispenser drawer as the machine won't spin with it open. Front-loading washers also won't spin if the load is too small. Add a few items to the load to help it spin. If the dispenser drawer switch has failed, check for an E9 error code on the control panel.

Broken Belt

When the machine fails to agitate or spin--and you've confirmed that it's getting power--empty the washer, unplug it from the wall, and use a screwdriver to open up the back panel to ensure that the belt is not broken. Replace a broken belt, following the diagram in the user's manual for your machine.

Newer top-loading washers come with an inverter control atop the motor accessed by removing the front panel of the machine. Locate the diagnostic LED -- without touching any of the electromagnetic mechanisms in the machine -- on the right side of the inverter control under the top metal cover. The LED flashes twice in a row if the belt has a problem. During normal operation the LED blinks one second on and one second off.

Faulty Lid Switch

When you know the top-loading machine agitates and pumps out water but fails to spin even with the lid down, the lid switch can be faulty, requiring replacement. The diagnostic LED flashes seven times when it notices a problem with the lid switch.

To reset the inverter after addressing the issue, unplug the machine and wait for about 15 seconds, until you hear a click; this indicates the inverter's capacitor has discharged. Plug the machine back in after the click, then open and shut the lid at least five times in 12 seconds during the first 30 seconds as the machine powers up.

Drain or Pump Clog

A drain hose that is crimped can prevent the washer from properly draining before activating the spin cycle. Drain system issues have an E8 error code on machines with electronic control panels, often indicating a problem with the pump or drain hose. Verify the drain hose is not crimped and not pushed down too far into the drain pipe, and that the drain hose and pipe are free of clogs.

Cleaning the Pump Filter

A clogged pump can also prevent a washer from spinning. Some newer front-loading washers have an access door on the bottom front of the machine that allows you to remove clogs from the pump via its filter catch.

Step 1

Insert a flat-head screwdriver at the middle top of the door to pry it open.

Step 2

Place a small baking dish, cup or bowl beneath the filter because it will release some water when you open it up.

Step 3

Locate and pull the pour spout down. Turn the filter's inset knob counterclockwise slowly to control the water that flows from it. Once the water has emptied, remove the filter and clean the debris on it.

Step 4

Replace the filter and put everything back, reversing the steps.