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My washing machine won't agitate

If your washing machine won't agitate then you will need to check the following items: lid switch, motor coupler, belts, clutch, drive motor, drive pulleys, transmission, />
1. Lid Switch? The lid switch may be defective. If your lid switch is malfunctioning then your washer may not agitate and probably won't function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the frame of the washing machine door. You will have to raise or open the top front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If the switch is defective then replace it. Some machines have a special fuse near the lid switch inside the control panel. If this fuse fails the washing machine will not fill until you replace it.

2. Motor Coupler? Many washing machines use a small, inexpensive motor coupling. It is made of plastic and rubber and is mounted to one side of the shaft of the motor and the other side of the coupling is mounted to the transmission. Over time this coupling will wear and break. If the coupler is broken then replace it.

3. Belts? A belt may also be broken. Some washing machines have either one or two belts. If a belt is worn or broken you need to replace it.

4. Clutch? Another problem with machines that won't agitate properly is that the clutch might be worn or broken. This is common on GE washers. As the clutch wears out it won't be able to agitate properly or at all. If the clutch is worn or broken you need to replace it.

5. Drive Motor? Some washing machines use a motor to agitate. Run the motor in one direction and the washing machine will spin, run it in the other direction and the washing machine will agitate and/or drain. It is possible for a motor to operate normally in one direction but be faulty in the other direction. If this happens you need to replace the motor.

6. Drive Pulley? Sometimes when your washing machine won't agitate properly then the drive pulley has worn or broken and won't be able to turn the drive belt. If this has occurred then you need to replace the drive pulley.

7. Transmission? Depending on your type of washing machine you may have a washer with an electric/mechanical transmission. If it is failing or broken then the machine won't agitate. If you have a machine that has a traditional transmission and has worn gears or broken gears then the machine won't agitate properly. In either of these cases you will need to replace the transmission.

8. Agitator? The inside of the agitator can become worn over time. The friction created by the machine use will hollow out the inside of the agitator where the transmission shaft connects to the agitator and cause significant slippage, stopping the agitator from moving properly. If this occurs you will probably need to replace both the agitator and the transmission shaft as well.