Roper Washer Won’t Spin

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Your Roper washer won’t spin? That means there is no agitation, and your clothes will not come out clean. Roper washing machines are some of the most reliable machines in the laundry industry. They come with great ergonomics; high-performance, durable, and easy to operate. But what could make the machine stop spinning?

Your Roper washer may stop spinning due to mechanical problems such as motor coupling, broken drive belt, defective lid switch components, unlatched door, damaged stator, among other issues. In this case, you should contact the Appliance’s technical support for repairs and any other help.

The Roper washers can develop problems and fail to spin like any other washer. What could be the cause, and how do you handle that? You need to understand the cause and equip yourself with several troubleshooting tips to enjoy peace of mind with this laundry machine.

That’s why I’m here; to look into ten possibilities why your Roper washing machine won’t spin. I will also give you some tips to bring back your Roper washer to its laundry spinning business. 

Have a look!

Why Your Washer Won’t Spin


Motor Coupling

The motor coupling holds your washer’s motor to the transmission. After functioning for years, it is normal for the motor coupling components to fail. And one of the symptoms is a stalled tub. That tells you a regular inspection and replacement of motor coupling is necessary.

Another possible cause for motor coupling breakdown is an overloaded tub. AlthoughI will look into this problem later, you must know overloading your tub damages motor coupling.

Put the right load into your washer while considering that the load increases and becomes heavier when your clothes get wet. It is more prudent to wash bits of laundry and save your machine from costly repairs due to overloading damages.

Broken Belt Drive

Is your Roper washer a belt drive machine? If your washer is not spinning clothes, it could be a broken belt drive. The belt that drives your machine’s motor and is subject to wear after several years of operation.

When the belt components disintegrate, the motor cannot run. The agitation process stops, and everything comes to a standstill. Your Roper washer won’t spin again unless you replace the belt. This tip can help you: knowing the type of your washer can help you diagnose this problem correctly.

Defective Lid Switch

A defective lid switch will not allow your Roper washer to spin. The protective mechanism in control halts down the spinning process to prevent accidents and further damage.

In cases of a malfunctioning lid switch, it means that if the spinning doesn’t stop immediately, your laundry load will spew all over. Water from a running washer’s tub can facilitate electric current flow and shock in the laundry area.

If you notice that your Roper washer has a defective switch, you may need a technician to repair or replace the parts. You will see the quick unfastening when you close the lid.

Ensure that you get Roper certified personnel to handle your unit, especially if it is still under warranty. They, too, understand all the functions and are unlikely to mess up with your washing machine warranty.

Unlatched Door

Is the door of your Roper washer properly latched? This function is a security aid that closes the door during the spinning cycle. For your machine to start spinning, its door has to seal tightly. The door switch engages to secure the door in place.

Your Roper washer’s door won’t open unless you pause the cycle or complete it. You may have shut the door hastily, or overloaded the tub, hence the poor latching. Check your load and minimize if it exceeds the recommended weight.

Additionally, washer door components can wear off or get damaged over time, including the switch. That may be due to a mechanical or electrical fault. Do not force out a latch; the right way to handle the error is to test the switches and replace the broken parts.

A multimeter will give you the status of your switches. In addition to this measure, check the sensor for the tub not spinning alert. If there is no alert, then it may be that the door is not in its proper position. A simple opening and closing is a remedy enough to solve this issue.

Overloaded Tub

I already mentioned earlier that overloading your tub damages the motor coupling. The excess weight can also stop or prevent a spinning cycle.

Your Roper washer comes with a capacity specification that you are not expected to exceed. For example, a 12 kg top loader should not have a load higher than that. However hard you try to start the washer, it will not spin.

The only solution is to reduce the load. Remember that exceeding your washer’s capacity can cause irreparable damages in the long run.

Unbalanced Load

A balanced laundry load facilitates a smooth spinning of your washing machine. But what is a balanced load? How do you balance the load?

When you throw in garments hastily without spreading them in the tub, that leads to undistributed weight. Place your clothes in an orderly manner by distributing them evenly in your tub.

In simpler terms, do not just throw in your clothes in a hurry to start the washer and move on to do other chores. Unbalanced load means undistributed weight, which will destabilize your washer and stall the spinning cycle.

Clogged or Kinked Drain Hose

Have you inspected your washer’s drainage hose for clogging? A blocked drain pipe means that dirty water is not leaving the tub to the drains. That’s disastrous as the load gets heavier and heavier. The results are a heavy tub that is not possible to spin.

A bend or kinked hose pipe cannot drain water properly from the tub. The only solution is to inspect for blockages. Straighten the curve if there are any to allow the wastewater to flow smoothly and consistently. 

If there are no bends, something else is going on in your tube. Loosen and pluck it out to investigate further for blockages. I used a spotlight peep-through to check for obstructions.

If you find objects in there, that’s also easy to resolve. Most of the time, soap scum or stuck things cause the blockage. Coins, buttons, toothpicks, pins, and other objects can accumulate in your washer’s drain pipe and cause blockages. But how do you unblock the hose?


Get a broom handle and shove it up in the pipe. Be gentle not to damage the walls of your hose. Any objects trapped in there will pop out from the other end.

Hold on the tube under a tap and run water through your hose,  fix it back, and continue the spin cycle. If straightening and unblocking the hose does not bring the cycle back, move on to the transmission.

Faulty Transmission

A defective or worn-out washer transmission will not let your appliance spin or agitate your laundry. The gears could wear out or be a simple troubleshooting issue. Readout your Roper washer user’s manual to ensure you correct troubleshooting.

Most transmission issues resolve better if you involve a technician. They will handle your unit professionally and recommend parts replacement where there is a need. Still not spinning? We have got three more causes and solutions!

Motor Control Board

The motor control board is the power that drives your machine’s motor. If it fails, spinning is not possible. A failed motor control board includes burnt components and factory faults.

When the parts malfunction, the motor is not getting enough power, so spinning is slower or stopped. A wearing-off after years of usage is common.

Your washer begins stopping mid-cycle or eventually stalls, and no spinning happens. The Best thing would be to call Roper customer care or your technical guy. They will advise you accordingly. 

A replacement for the damaged components will give your Roper washer a new life and a powerful agitation cycle.

Worn Rotor Assembly

The rotor is an essential part of the spinning cycle of your machine. It combines with another element known as the stator assembly to create an electromagnetic field that rotates your washer’s tub.

If the magnets in your washer rotor become obsolete or are faulty, then your tub will not spin properly. In the worst cases, it will stop working.

My take on this one is that you may not have the technical expertise to handle the motor assembly. A tech person will inspect, diagnose the error appropriately, and give you a workable solution.

Stator Assembly

Finally, we have the stator assembly. As I mentioned earlier, this component works closely with the rotor assembly to facilitate a robust, strong electromagnetic field that rotates your tub. Simple faults like damaged windings and magnets stall the spinning cycle.

A careful examination of your stator will give you a clearer picture of what’s causing the spinning issues.

Like the Rotor assembly, this one too requires a technical person or Roper washer technicians to handle the damages. They will do a better job than you. A technician will assess your washer and advise you accordingly.


  • Do not attempt to repair roper washer components if you do not have the technical expertise.
  • Get only the Roper technicians to handle your washer. If there are warranties and offers, they will inform you.
  • When your technician comes, ask for the original replacement parts to avoid further damage to your washer.
  • Take your time to read your Roper  user manual for troubleshooting tips
  • Never exceed your Roper washer tub capacity.

There is no doubt that you have one of the best washers in the laundry industry. The Roper washer is powerful and durable. You will get a great laundry service for years, but if you take good care of your washer.

Your Roper washer won’t spin because of several issues that you have to dig out. You have every tip in this guide, from the simplest problem that only requires minimizing the load to the complicated one that demands a technical hand. Learn and master most of your washer functions and controls.

The tips will help in simple diagnostics and solutions. But as experts recommend, always seek technical expertise to handle your Roper washer.

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