Washer Won’t Agitate

Washer Won’t Agitate

If your washer is not agitating, there could be several possible causes. Here are some troubleshooting steps you can take to identify and potentially resolve the issue:

  1. Check the power: Make sure the washer is properly plugged into a functioning power outlet. If the power supply is fine, move on to the next step.
  2. Confirm the cycle selection: Ensure that you have selected a wash cycle that includes agitation. Some cycles, such as delicate or hand wash, may not agitate.
  3. Load size and distribution: Overloading the washer or improperly distributing the load can prevent proper agitation. Make sure you’re not exceeding the recommended load capacity and that the clothes are evenly distributed inside the drum.
  4. Lid or door switch: Most washers have a lid or door switch that prevents the agitator from spinning if the lid or door is open. Check if the switch is functioning properly by opening and closing the lid or door. If necessary, replace the switch.
  5. Drive belt: If the washer has a belt-driven system, inspect the belt to see if it’s broken or worn out. A damaged belt may need to be replaced.
  6. Motor coupler or drive block: Top-loading washers use a motor coupler or drive block to transfer power from the motor to the agitator. If these components are damaged or worn out, the agitator may not work. Consult the washer’s manual or a professional technician to inspect and replace these parts if needed.
  7. Agitator dogs or cogs: Some washers have agitator dogs or cogs that allow the agitator to move in one direction during the wash cycle. If these components wear out, the agitator may not agitate properly. Consult the washer’s manual or a professional technician to inspect and replace these parts if necessary.
  8. Timer or control board: If the washer has a faulty timer or control board, it may not send the signal to the motor for agitating. A malfunctioning timer or control board may need to be replaced.


If you’re unsure about any of the steps or if the issue persists after attempting troubleshooting, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair technician to diagnose and fix the problem.

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