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Kenmore Washer Stopped Spinning Clothes Dry? Check Out These 5 Simple Fixes!

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Jason Carter

Kenmore Washer Stopped Spinning Clothes Dry? Check Out These 5 Simple Fixes!

This may sound familiar:

You have loaded your washing machine, and you’re waiting for your weekly laundry to come out clean and dry.


You notice that your Kenmore washer is not spinning your clothes dry, and you can’t figure out why.   

Great news:

This happens a lot more often than you think, and there are a couple of possible causes with simple solutions.


We’ve outlined some helpful tips to get your Kenmore washer to start spinning your clothes dry again.

Let’s jump right in!

Kenmore Washer Not Spinning Clothes Dry

Has your Kenmore washer stopped spinning your clothes dry? Give these simple fixes a try. Take a look at your lid switch or your draining filters and lines. You could also reset your washer’s spin settings or replace defective drive belts if worn out and ensure your washer is not overloaded.

1. Inspect Your Lid Switch Assembly

Kenmore Lid Switch

Get this:

It’s not a coincidence that your washer stops spinning after you raise the lid. This happens because of a component in your washer known as the lid switch. The lid switch initiates spins only when the lid is closed.


If your lid switch is faulty, there are zero chances of your washer spinning your clothes dry.

Luckily for you:

Replacing the lid switch of your Kenmore washer is more straightforward than you might think.

Here are the steps to walk you through the process:

  • Step 1: Unplug the washer.
  • Step 2: Unscrew the top part of the washer that houses the controls.
  • Step 3: With the screws out, remove the outermost part of the washer to expose the inside.

Note: The lid switch is located in the inner corner of the outer shell of the washer.

  • Step 4: Using a flat-blade screwdriver, unlock the harness connector to push it out first.
  • Step 5: Place your new lid switch with the harness connector first.
  • Step 6: Put the wires of your lid switch back into place.
  • Step 7: Position the new lid switch back into the original slot and screw it back on.
  • Step 8:  Put the washer back together by screwing it in the same sequence you removed it.

All done!

2. Examine Your Washer Spin Settings

News flash:

Your Kenmore washer has different settings, justlike any other washer.You don’t want to use settings that are unsuitable for the load or nature of the fabric you are washing.


Your spin settings should be long enough to spin your clothes dry, depending on whether the load is heavy or light. The fabric in your washer can also be a factor to consider when choosing your spin settings.

But wait:

Do not place the items of your load in clusters. This will affect the weight of your wash load. Instead, loosely place your items into your washerto allow water to penetrate and drain easily from your wash tub.


Modify the settings of your washer according to your current wash load and add any additional settings that may be required for the nature of the fabric you are washing.

It really is that simple!

3. Check For Any Drainage Obstructions

Kenmore Drain Hose


The drainage system of your washer is responsible for letting out excess water after every spin cycle.

Obstructions in any part of your drainage system will affect how your washer spins your clothes.

The odds are that:

You may have forgotten some objects in your clothes, like buttons or even gum wrapping paper. This could be clogging up your drain lines.

If that’s not the case:

Check your drainage filter to see if it has caught onto anything that could stop it from letting water out easily.


The obstruction could be found in the drainage hose of your washer. Your drainage hose takes water in and out of your machine.

The fix?

Remove any objects preventing your drainage filter from doing its best work. Also, switch out any damaged drainage component for a new one.

Easy peasy!

4. Replace Your Drive Belt If Worn Out

Kenmore Water Pump Belt


The function of a drive belt is to propel the engine to put the washer into motion.


Your washer cannot spin the tub without a fully functioning drive belt in perfect condition.


If your washer’s drive belt is tearing or chipping, it is a sign for replacement. It could potentially prevent your washer from spinning to dry your clothes.

How do you fix that?

Try replacing your drive belt with these steps:

  • Step 1: Disconnect your washer from any power supply.
  • Step 2: Cut off the water supply from your washer during the replacement.
  • Step 2: Unscrew your washer’s back plate to expose the interior.
  • Step 3: Unscrew your washer’s back plate to expose the interior. You should see two pulleys.
  • Note: The larger pulley is the motor pulley, and the smaller pulley is the drive pulley.
  • Step 4: Gently remove the existing belt from the motor pulley.
  • Step 5: Place the new drive belt on the motor pulley first.
  • Step 6: Roll the drive belt back into position while tightening it.
  • Step 7: Ensure the drive belt is centered on the motor and the drive pulley.
  • Step 8: Check if your motor is rolling in all directions with your new drive belt.
  • Step 9: Place the back plate of your washer with the top part going in first.
  • Step 10: Bolt the screws of the back plate in their original position.

It’s that simple!

5. Consider Checking Your Wash Load

Get this:

Overloading your washer might be the reason your clothes remain wet after a spin. In addition, certain fabrics like jeans and wool hold a lot of water and therefore carry a ton of weight.


The washer agitator may not spin at all or spin too slowly if your tub is overloaded.


Don’t be in too much of a hurry to take your washer apart. Try to examine how much load you have put into your washer.


If you can balance out your wash load by mixing heavy and light materials, your washer has a higher chance of spinning faster.

And guess what?

Your Kenmore washer spinning faster means your clothes are more likely to spin dry.

That’s it!

Most Affected Models

Look at it this way:

Everyone experiences a fault with their washer every once in a while, so there’s no reason to panic. Your Kenmore washer probably needs a quick fix but is still a great machine.


These Kenmore models are more likely to not spin clothes dry after a cycle:

1. Kenmore Elite/Elite Oasis

Kenmore Elite

The Kenmore elite washer is a front-load washer with a unique digital control system with a range of control settings.

With about 16 cycle options, this Kenmore washer removes deep stains and leaves you with a sparkling piece.


Based on customer reviews, this model may have issues spinning fast enough when heavily loaded.

2. Kenmore 500 Series

Kenmore Series 500

The Kenmore Washer series 500 is a top-load washer that includes a liquid dispenser for laundry chemicals such as liquid detergent, neutralizers, fabric softeners, and bleaches.

It is easy to navigate and has a large capacity for heavy wash loads.


Some reviews say this washer potentially has issues with the lid switch, which could prevent the tub from spinning to dry clothes.

3. Kenmore 110 Series

This Kenmore 110 series model is another top-load washer. It is easy to move around due to its relatively smaller size.

Surprisingly enough:

Customers say that the lid light keeps flashing during the spin cycle and that water rarely drains at the end of the wash cycle.

4. Kenmore 80 Series

Kenmore 80 Series

The Kenmore 80 Series is a simple top-load washer with long and short wash cycles and a relatively basic design, making repairs much less complicated.


This washer allows you to choose your load size and water temperature.


Reviews reveal that one of the main reasons this model ranks on this list is a faulty lid switch which could arise from mechanical wear on the door latch of the lid.

5. Kenmore 600 Series

Kenmore 600 Washer


The Kenmore 600 series washer, like any other top load washer from the brand, has a simplistic design and is very durable, lasting up to 12 years or more.


Some customers say that this washer does not fully drain clothes and leaves them wet in the tub.

Other models that are reported to have similar issues with spinning clothes dry include, the Kenmore 100 Series washer and the Kenmore 90 Series washer.


Having a washer that doesn’t spin clothes dry is like having an oven that leaves cakes half-baked. It defeats the purpose and leaves you disappointed in the end.


If you ever encounter such problems with your Kenmore washer, you can apply the following options to get it to spin your clothes dry again:

  • Replace your drive belt if worn out.
  • Modify your spin settings.
  • Remove anything clogging your drainage.

Or try any of the other simple fixes mentioned above…

The bottom line is:

With these easy fixes, you are more likely to get your Kenmore washer to work optimally again.


Make sure to contact Kenmore Customer Support if you have trouble carrying out these fixes.

All in all:

Don’t hesitate to give your feedback if you tried any of these fixes for your Kenmore washer. You can also share any discoveries you had in the process of repair you believe we could learn from.

Feel free to leave your questions as well in the comment section below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Kenmore Washer Not Spinning Clothes Dry?

Your Kenmore washer could not be spinning your clothes dry due to a faulty rotor and stator. The rotor and stator of your Kenmore washer work hand-in-hand to produce enough force to rotate your tub. If either your rotor or stator is faulty, you should replace it with a new one.

Why Is My Kenmore Washer Spinning Slowly?

First, ensure your washer is not overloaded. If so, balance out the clothes in your washer. If your washer still isn’t spinning your clothes fast. Check if you have a defective motor and replace it.

Why Is My Kenmore Washer Not Draining?

Your Kenmore washer may not be draining due to a broken drain hose. Also, since the drain hose is directly connected to your drainage filter, you might want to check the filter for clogging. Make sure to unclog your drain hose to allow water out of your machine easily. You should also clean your drain lines and filters.

Why Is My Kenmore Washer Not Agitating?

It could be any of a variety of reasons ranging from a broken drive belt to a faulty motor control board. Both parts are easily replaceable, and you can contact Kenmore customer support for assistance.

How Do I Reset My Kenmore Washer?

Hold down the power button on your control board until it goes off. Unplug your washer from its power source. Wait for 30 seconds and plug your washer back in. Switch on your washer, and it should have its settings reset.

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