frigidaire affinity washer not doing final spin

Is your Frigidaire Affinity washer not doing final spin? That surely is an annoying issue, as your clothes will get stuck there and might begin to smell from being soaked for so long.

Your Frigidaire Affinity washer is failing because the lid assembly or the door latch is defective. Other possibilities include: defective motor coupling, drive belt or drive motor.

Do you want to learn how to fix all of those parts?

Then, we’ve written this guide with step-by-step instructions so you can fix your washer.

Frigidaire Washing Machine Won’t Spin: Why?

my frigidaire washing wont spin

There are many reasons behind the malfunctioning of your Frigidaire washing machine.

Some of them are not to worry about and can be fixed easily. Others, however, will make you spend a bit or even require you to buy a new machine!

We don’t mean to scare you, though.

The most common reasons your machine won’t spin are:

1. Faulty Lid Switch Assembly – This keeps the machine from spinning when the lid is open. It won’t identify when it is safe for spinning if it is defective.

2. Drive belt – A broken or loose drive belt will prevent your machine from functioning properly.

3. Overload – Some machines won’t work when you overload them with too many clothes.

4. Defective Motor Coupling – In this case, the machine cannot process the spinning command.

5. Door latch – When the door latch is broken or defective, your machine won’t identify that the door is closed, thus not starting or not spinning.

6. Drive motor – This part is very important; when broken, your machine won’t spin.

Frigidaire Affinity Washer Not Doing Final Spin? – Solutions

how fix the frigidaire washing

As you can see above, there are many reasons why your Frigidaire washing machine won’t spin. So now it is time we go to the solutions.

Some solutions will be simple, allowing you to fix the machine yourself. 

Solution #1: Check The Lid Switch Assembly

When the lid is open, the lid switch mechanism stops the washer from spinning.

If the lid switch component malfunctions, the washing machine will not spin. 

Use a multimeter to test the continuity of the lid switch to discover whether the assembly is damaged.

If the lid switch lacks continuity, it should be replaced.

Here is how to remove the old lid switch assembly:

  1. Remove the console’s screws
  2. Move the control console out of the way.
  3. Take the wire connector off and pull the spring clips
  4. Lean the cabinet in your direction, slide it forward, and pull it out.
  5. First, take out the ground screw and mounting screws.
  6. Pull the wire strap away from the metal clips.
  7. Pull the old lid switch off.
check the lid switch

Now let’s go to the next step:

  1. Snap the new lid switch assembly’s wire connector into place.
  2. Use both metal clips to keep the wire strap in place.
  3. Align the main switch with the screw holes close to the lid opening 
  4. Secure it with screws.
  5. Connect the grounding cable and put the cabinet back together.
  6. Now, move the cabinet until the back panel fits.
  7. Put spring clips back in place and reconnect the wire connector.
  8. Turn the control console down and put it back into place.

Now you can test your machine to know if the whole process fixed the problem!

Alert: If the steps above look too complicated to do, call a professional!

Solution #2: Replace Motor Coupling

The motor coupler is a flexible coupling on the motor shaft connection to the direct-drive transmission.

Before you begin, wear work gloves to protect your hands and Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

replace the motor coupling

Now, let’s work on how to uninstall your old motor coupling:

  1. Pull the plastic end caps off of the sides of the control console.
  2. Remove the console’s screws.
  3. Swing the control console forward and over the rear panel.
  4. Unplug the washer’s lid switch harness. 
  5. Using a slot screwdriver, pry the clips from the top panel’s slots. 
  6. Slide the cabinet forward to remove it from the washer frame. 
  7. Release the drain pump’s metal mounting clamps using a slotted screwdriver.
  8. Pull the drain pump forward and off the motor shaft, leaving the hoses attached. 

We are halfway there! 

  1. Unlock the wire strap plug and separate it from the drive motor. 
  2. Detach the capacitor’s wires. 
  3. Remove the motor retainer screws. 
  4. Slot screwdriver to remove the bottom clip. 
  5. Remove the top retainer clip while supporting the drive motor with one hand.
  6. Remove the drive motor’s top retainer clamp. 
  7. Remove the old motor coupler from the motor shaft and transmission shaft.

Now you can install the new coupler:

  1. Push the new coupler cog onto the transmission shaft.
  2. Use a slot screwdriver and hammer to tap the gear until the transmission shaft is flat with the cog base. 
  3. Install the transmission isolator. 
Tip: Check if the drive motor is fine when installing a new motor coupling. If it needs replacement, check Step #5!

Solution #3: Check And Replace The Drive Belt

check and replace drive belt

The belt in your washing machine is the component that permits the drum to rotate throughout the wash cycle.

Here are some indicators that your belt needs replacement:

  • The drum does not rotate correctly or does not spin at all.
  • There is no resistance while manually rotating the drum, and the drum may spin freely.

To change the belt, you will require the following:

  • A replacement belt
  • Torx Head Screeding Tool

Replacing The Belt

Start by locating the washing machine panel, which protects the belt. It is located either on the side or the back of the machine.

If you can’t find the panel, check under the machine. 

Locate the position of the belt so you can remove it. When in doubt, know that it is a thick black rubber attached to a large pulley and another small pulley.

With a screwdriver or Phillips screwdriver, remove the clamps and possible screws that secure the strap.

Be careful not to strip the screws or break the parts.

replacing the belt

Now that the parts that hold the belt are loose:

  1. Carefully unhook the old belt from the pulley and drive motor 
  2. Place the new part, also carefully fitting the pulley and drive motor.
  3. Now screw back the parts that protect the belt 
  4. Plug the machine into the power source to test it.
Tip: Apply a small amount of silicone to prevent the new belt from drying out quickly.

Solution #4: Fix The Door Latch

fix the door latch

During use, the door latch keeps the washer door shut. As soon as the washer door is closed, the washer can start to work.

The door switch will stop the washer from running if the door is not latched shut.

If the latch on the door is broken, the washer won’t spin or turn on. 

Here is how to fix it:

  1. Open the washer door 
  2. remove the mounting screws to release the old strike 
  3. install the new door strike by positioning it on the inner door panel
  4. then replace the mounting screws to secure 

Once installed, confirm that the new door strike latches properly.

Note: This solution is the most simple one, but it is not up top because it is not common for the latch to break.

Solution #5: Change The Drive Motor

If the washing machine drive motor is defective, you will experience one or more of the following:

  • The washer fills with water and discharges, but it does not agitate or spin despite having a running drive motor.
  • The motor buzzes while it is operating.
  • When the engine is running, burning rubber or plastic might be detected.

Go to a specialized store and buy a drive motor that fits your washing machine model.

After that, be sure you unplug the appliance before beginning and shut off the water supply. 

change the motor drive

To replace the drive motor in your washer:

  1. Remove the hot and cold water supply lines as well as the screws
  2. Securing the rear panel, pull the panel off 
  3. Rotate the drive pulley as you pull off the belt 
  4. Depress the tabs to disconnect the wire connector from the motor 
  5. Remove the mounting screws securing the motor
  6. Support the motor as you push it back to remove it from the outer tub 
  7. Install the new drive motor by aligning it on the outer tub

Now just replace the mounting screws, connect the wire strap and reinstall all you had removed.

Your machine should work just as new!

Note: We approached the most common issues and solutions in this guide. If none of those work, call a professional to inspect your machine.

What We Learned

Is your frigidaire affinity washer not doing final spin? Then you can fix it yourself. Some solutions will require a lot of work but will save you money.

The most common things you might need to replace or fix are the lid switch assembly, motor coupling, door latch, drive belt, and drive motor.

Nicole B