Washing Machine Not Spinning

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@BELMCstar (1341)
Australia
May 24, 2007 1:30am CST
I have a Hoover brand top loading washing machine, which completed the wash cycle without actually spinning the water out a few months ago. It only did it the once, and then it was fine. Then about a month later, it did the same thing. Then, it was fine. Now, last weekend, it decided that it was not going to spin out again, and no matter how many times I asked it to do the washing, it kept on leaving the water in the machine. It got to the stage where I was lifting the soaking wet clothes out of the machine, wringing them out by hand, and sitting them over a clothes airer for a little while so they could drip, before putting them in the clothes dryer to dry. The problem is that I could never get them wrung out enough, so the dryer had to struggle to get them done. Now, I am trying to decide whether it would be better to get this one fixed, or to get a new one. To get it fixed, I need to get the water out (somehow) and put it on a trailer, and take it to the repair shop. They might be able to put a new pump in it for about $90 to $100. If I need to get a technician to come to my house, it is $97 for them to turn up, plus the pump & labour (so another $100). That would make it about $200 for the repairs, and I have had the machine for over 5 years, but less than 10 years. Another optiion, is to purchase a new machine. However, a 7 Litre like the one we have (we have a large family) would be about $800 unless I can get it on special. What are your thoughts on the subject?
3 responses
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
25 May 07
1) You can empty the water by putting the outlet hose on the ground - the water will drain out (Hope you have a drain. 2) Don't you have a clothes line? You'll find yourself needing a new dryer as well if you keep using your dryer with the very wet clothing. 3)Have you checked underneath, there should be a filter on the bottom of the drum that can be removed and cleaned out. I've found stones and buttons and safety pins in mine as well of lots of threads and lint, all of which causes your hose to block. I remove everything from pockets, do up zips and buttons and shake out clothing before they go in the wash to make sure no foreign objects get into the works. Good Luck!
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
26 May 07
1 - No I don't have a drain, Tassie does not put drains in laundry or bathrooms, but NSW & Queensland do. 2 - Yes I do have a clothes line, but when I leave work at 5 p.m. it is dark, and so I don't have time to put them on the line then - hence doing so much washing on the weekend. 3 - I have not checked underneath, but I will do so when I get home later on today. My middle child is a bugger for leaving stuff in her pockets, including the plastic lunch wrap that her sandwiches are in.
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
26 May 07
My laundry (in NSW) is entered from out the back and doesn't have a drain either. I run a hose from the washing machine hose and use the water on my weeds that sort of pass for grass. I think you may have found your problem. Plastic wrap when wet will go through the works and block your pipes nicely. LOL. Good luck and brightest blessings.
@KaraLee (460)
• United States
24 May 07
Replace the pump. We had to have ours replaced quite recently, we had a guy come in and do it and he only charged us 120 for the visit and parts. If your machine is not that old I dont see the point in forking out that much more to get something new. Good luck, it sucks when washing machines go bad!!
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• Australia
24 May 07
Unless you are a heavy user and have the machine working everyday... it should last you a lot longer than five years. There is not much which can go wrong with a washing machine... or a fridge for that matter. And they are both worth repairing... as long as you have a good repairman.
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
26 May 07
I have 3 children and a husband. My machine gets used at least once a day, and some other days - such as weekends - it gets used 3 & 4 times as it is the times I change the sheets and do the 4 lots, etc.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
24 May 07
If it was me, I would just buy a new one, I wouldnt be bothered with trying to cart it around to get it fixed. Try factory seconds they might only have a small dent or scratch on it much much cheaper and still with factory warranty or auctions .
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@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
26 May 07
I might investigate and see how much I can get a new one for, or a factory second one. We don't have a lot of money to spare, so want to get out of it as cheap as possible.