Why a Washer Agitates Slowly

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Are you watching your washer agitate at a snail’s pace? In some cases, there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation. There are settings on a washer, such as the Delicate setting that forces the washer to agitate more gently. However, if your washer is not set for this, there could be a number of other causes for slow agitation.

The first thing you should check is that the washer is fully plugged in. If a washer is not getting the appropriate amount of electricity that it needs, it may still function, but won’t agitate as effectively. Make sure that the plug is fully plugged in.

Your next suspect should be the actual inner workings of your washer. The pulley, motor, or drive belt are all responsible for turning the tub. If one of these parts is going faulty, then the washer may not agitate effectively. The motor could be losing power, the pulley could be obstructed, or the drive belt could be loose or damaged. Typically when this happens, it won’t be without other signs. You may notice the washer making noises as it attempts to make these inner parts work as designed.

To inspect these parts, you will need to remove the back panel on your washer to access the motor and belt on the machine. If the belt spins the tub easily, then it may not be a motor issue. However, you will want to make sure it does not move when the washer spins and to make sure the belt does not have any slack If the belt is tough to turn or your have been hearing grinding noises, you may want to test the motor with a multimeter for continuity.

If you aren’t sure what the problem is, you may want to contact a professional appliance repair technician to get to the bottom of the problem quickly.

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