Washing machine spinning
A good spin cycle is important to get your laundry dry. In this article you will find all the information you need about it. The power of the spin is determined by the speed you set before starting the washing machine. Are you using a drying rack to dry your laundry? Then it’s a good idea to set a speed of 1400 – 1600. This will make your laundry just a little bit drier. Will you put it in the dryer after washing? Then a spin cycle below 1400 is sufficient. This will also save you money on your energy bill and the quality of your clothes will be better. Spinning will cause your laundry to wear out.
If you are having problems because your washing machine does not spin or because it does spin but the laundry stays wet, there could be several reasons. Below we have listed most of the causes and important tips on how to fix them.
What exactly is a spin cycle
At the end of the wash cycle, washing machines go into the spin cycle. This ensures that the laundry gets drier. It won’t get completely dry until you put it in the dryer or hang it out on a rack, but the spin cycle makes a good start. Especially when drying your laundry on a rack, this is recommended. Otherwise, the drying process will take a very long time.
The power of the centrifuge is down to the RPM. The speed indicates how many rounds the washing machine makes per minute. If you use a high RPM, the washing cycle will consume more energy. It is therefore advisable to run the laundry at a lower RPM when you put it in the dryer afterwards. This will quickly save dozens of euros on your annual energy bill.
How to set the washing machine
When setting the RPM on the washing machine, you need to take into account two things: how are you going to dry the laundry and is the laundry fragile?
The drying method
As it turned out earlier in this article, you can distinguish between two drying methods: on a drying rack or in the dryer. If you dry your laundry on a drying rack, it is nice that the laundry comes out of the machine fairly dry. A higher RPM is then recommended. Set the washing machine to a speed of 1400 or 1600. The residual moisture percentage in that case is only 44 to 50%. This percentage indicates how much moisture is left in the laundry after washing.
Do you dry your laundry in the dryer? Then you can choose a lower rpm which keeps the laundry slightly wetter. The advantage of this is that the washing machine needs less energy to run so you will see a positive difference on the bill.
Vulnerability of the laundry
In general, you can assume that higher rpm will cause your clothes to wear out more quickly. There is a reason why wash programs for delicate and delicate laundry have a lower rpm as standard. Do you want to be careful with your laundry, for example because it is your favorite sweater? Then it is better to set the washing machine to 1200 rpm. The residual moisture percentage is then 52%. Slightly wetter than at 1400-1600, but the laundry wears less quickly.
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Help! My washing machine doesn't spin
How annoying! You have set a washing programme that includes a spin cycle but the appliance does not spin. In that case, it’s good to know that you can often solve this yourself. First, it is important to find the reason for this defect. There can be several reasons for this, for example a system error or wear and tear of one of the washing machine parts. Below you will find a number of causes in a row. Go through them and see if any of them apply to your washing machine.
1. A clogged filter or blocked paddle
This is the most common cause of a washing machine that doesn’t spin: the pump is clogged. The good news is that you can fix this problem yourself. If you’re handy, you can look up a video on how to fix this problem, or read the instructions below:
- The first step is to disconnect the washing machine from the mains. To do this, unplug the machine.
- Next, you need to look for the washing machine’s pump. Often it is located at the bottom behind a flap.
- We are now going to drain leftover water from the washing machine. Look for the drain hose and remove it from the washing machine.
- Place a container under the end and remove the cap.
- Now that the washing machine has no more water in it you can unscrew the filter. Clean it by removing all the dirt.
- We will proceed to check the paddle. This is located behind the filter. It should be able to move on both sides. If it does not, then you need to remove the objects that are blocking the paddle.
- Put the cap back on the drain hose and place it back in the washing machine. Plug it in and the washing machine is ready to spin again.
2. Water remains in the drum
If water remains in the drum and is not being drained off (fast enough) then the machine cannot spin either. This may have several causes:
2.1. The drain hose is blocked
Check the back of the machine for the drain hose. Through the drain hose the washing machine pumps the water into the drain. When it is blocked this process is stopped. Therefore, check the hose for blockages or kinks.
2.2. The drain hose has been pushed too deep into the drain tube
One reason for water not draining is when the drain hose is too deep in the drain tube. To do this, check the back of the machine where the drain hose is located. The drain hose should not be deeper than 15 inches into the drain tube.
This problem is also easy to prevent. When you buy the washing machine, it often comes with a plastic bracket. You can mount this so that the drain hose cannot shoot too deep into the drain pipe.
2.3. A blockage of the fixed drain
In addition to the drain hose, the fixed drain – into which the drain hose flows – may also be clogged. You can check for this by pouring some water down the fixed drain. If the drain overflows, you know it’s clogged. You can use a plunger to push the clog away, but there are also some old-fashioned tricks you can use. The first is to pour boiling water down the drain and the other is to let baking soda and vinegar act on the drain for 15 minutes.
2.4. The filter is clogged or the paddle is blocked
For the solution, look at possible cause 1. This describes how to fix this problem.
3. Worn carbon brushes causing the drum to stop spinning
If the drum of the washing machine does not rotate anymore even though the washing machine is connected to the mains and the display seems to work properly, it could very well be that the carbon brushes of the washing machine are worn and need to be replaced. There are obviously more parts that make the drum spin, but worn carbon brushes are one of the most common reasons for this problem.
How do you know the carbon brushes are worn and what causes them? What carbon brushes do is transfer electricity to the motor’s armature. They are spring loaded, which means they are always touching the motor armature. This constant contact and the many revolutions during a wash cycle wear out the carbon brushes, this is quite normal. When they are worn they no longer make contact with the motor anchor and the washing machine will no longer run. Worn carbon brushes are bent and small pieces have broken off.
Replacing the brushes can be done by an expert, but if you are confident you can also do it yourself. In the latter case, it is easiest to look up a video that explains how to do it step by step. In any case, always make sure that you unplug the power cord before you start and that you order the right carbon brushes. Want to make sure you buy the right ones? Then look at the type of motor your washing machine has. It will often be advised to look at model number, but manufacturers often change motor types during the production of a model. Therefore, it is better to look at motor type.
4. The contents of the drum are out of balance
This is a problem that can only occur with modern washing machines. This is because these distribute the laundry in the drum before spinning. Therefore, if the washing machine does not get the contents balanced, the washing machine will not start to spin. Causes can be that laundry has become tangled, or that there is too much or too little laundry in the drum. The solution is simple: redistribute the contents. The washing machine should now resume spinning.
My washing machine spins but the laundry stays wet
Sometimes it can happen that the washing machine spins but your laundry still comes out wet. This problem can have a number of causes.
Insufficient spin speed
As mentioned earlier in this article, you can distinguish between two drying methods: on a drying rack or in the dryer. If you dry your laundry on a drying rack, it is nice that the laundry comes out of the washing machine fairly dry. A higher RPM is then recommended. Set the washing machine to a speed of 1400 or 1600. The residual moisture percentage in that case is only 44 to 50%. This percentage indicates how much moisture is left in the laundry after washing.
Do you dry your laundry in the dryer? Then you can choose a lower rpm which keeps the laundry slightly wetter. The advantage of this is that the washing machine needs less energy to run so you will see a positive difference on the annual bill.
Also in this case the problem could be a blockage in the filter, the drain hose or the fixed drain and an imbalance in the load. We have written about this in previous sections. Of course, it can also always be human error. Perhaps you have set the wash program incorrectly.
Conclusion on spinning
The purpose of spinning is to get your laundry dry, at least drier than it was after the wash cycle. Exactly how dry your laundry gets depends on the RPM you have set. If you dry your laundry in a dryer, it’s recommended that you turn your RPM down a bit to save on energy bills. If you have your laundry drying on a drying rack, you can turn it up a bit. It is important to remember that laundry wears out from spinning at a high level. If you want to save your favorite outfit, it’s better to use a lower speed. It can also happen that your washing machine stops spinning. There are several reasons for this. The same goes for a washing machine that does spin, but the laundry stays wet. In many cases you can solve these problems yourself, but in more specialized cases you can also call in a mechanic. It just depends on which side your thumbs are on….