If your Whirlpool washing machine cycles are giving you trouble, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you detailed steps on how to deal with these issues…
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Whirlpool Washing Machine Cycle Stuck — How To Fix
If your Whirlpool washing machine is stuck on a cycle, it indicates an issue with the shift actuator. Take the following steps to test this part…
Step 1. Before starting this procedure, it is advised that you disconnect your washing machine from the electrical outlet and turn the water faucets off in order to prevent damage.
Step 2. Use pliers to disconnect the two water inlet hoses from the ports at the back of the machine (some water may spill out, so ensure that you keep a rag nearby).
Step 3. With your pliers, squeeze the retaining clamp holding the drain hose to the back of the cabinet, then move it out of place. Pull the hose off the machine and set it aside.
Step 4. Place some tape on your washer’s lid to help secure it. With someone assisting you, tip your washing machine backwards carefully and set it on the floor.
Step 5. Using a 5/16 inch nut-driver, loosen the bolts securing the belt guard to the bottom of the machine.
Step 6. Unplug the wire connector from the shift actuator. With a Philips screwdriver, loosen the screws holding the shift actuator to the transmission plate. Take the actuator off the machine.
Step 7. Get a multimeter, then turn the dial to the setting for ohms. Place the probes of the multimeter in the shift actuator terminals. A working actuator should give you a reading between 2 and 5 ohms.
Step 8. If the reading is much lower or higher than these numbers, the part will need to be replaced.
Step 9. If you’ve determined that the shift actuator is in good condition, remount it on the transmission plate, then apply the screws using your Philips screwdriver.
Step 10. Plug the wire connector back into the shift actuator. Put the belt guard back on, then tighten the bolts using your 5/16 inch nut-driver.
Step 11. Carefully lift your washing machine back onto its feet, then take the tape off the lid.
Step 12. Reconnect the main drain hose to the outlet port at the back of the cabinet. Use your pliers to slide the retaining clamp into place.
Step 13. Reattach the two water inlet hoses to their corresponding ports at the back of the machine.
Step 14. Turn the water taps back on, then plug the power cord back into the electrical outlet. To make sure everything works properly, try running a cycle.
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Whirlpool Washing Machine Won’t Go Past Rinse Cycle — Solved
If your Whirlpool washing machine won’t go past the rinse cycle, it indicates that the appliance is having trouble filling. Here are the causes of this issue…
1. Water Faucets Aren’t On
If your washing machine isn’t progressing through the rinse cycle, the first thing you should do is check to ensure that the water taps are fully opened. You should also ensure that the inlet hoses aren’t bent or kinked, as this could restrict water flow.
2. Water Inlet Filters Are Blocked
Your washing machine has two inlet filters in the water ports at the back of your machine. Over time, dirt from your water supply can accumulate in the filters and block them. To fix this issue, you’ll need to disconnect the water supply hoses, take the filters out, then clean them.
3. Failed Inlet Valves
The water inlet valves control the quantity of water that flows into the drum. If your washing machine isn’t filling, it could be that the valves are damaged. For detailed steps on how to replace this part, read this article: Whirlpool Washing Machine Error Codes.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Won’t Go Past Drain Cycle — Solved
If your Whirlpool washing machine won’t go past the drain cycle, look for the following issues…
1. Pump Filter Is Clogged (Front Loaders)
Front loader washing machines have a pump filter at the lower front section of the machine. Over time, dirt and lint from clothes can accumulate in the filter and clog it. In order for your washer to drain properly, you’ll need to clean the filter. To learn how to do this, read this article: Whirlpool Washing Machine Error Codes.
2. Failed Pump Assembly
Another thing that can prevent your Whirlpool washing machine from draining is a damaged pump assembly. Before concluding that the pump needs to be replaced, you will need to test the drain pump. To learn how to do this, read this guide: Whirlpool Washing Machine Stuck.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Spin Cycle Not Working — Causes
If your Whirlpool Washing machine isn’t going into the spin cycle, here are some of the issues you should look for…
1. Drive Belt Has Snapped
Your washing machine has a drive belt looped around the drum pulley and motor pulley. If this belt snaps or gets worn out, your washing machine will not be able to spin. For detailed steps on how to replace this part, read this article: Whirlpool Washing Machine Not Spinning.
2. Failed Drive Motor/Stator
Another thing that could prevent your washing machine from spinning is a damaged motor. An electrical current passes through the motor, which makes the pulley rotate. In turn, this makes the drive belt spin the tub shaft.
If this motor burns or fails, your appliance will not be able to spin at all. Depending on the model of your washer, your appliance may have a stator instead of a drive motor. For detailed steps on how to test and replace the drive motor in your Whirlpool washing machine, read this article: Whirlpool Washing Machine Motor.