Any busy household is known for having a ton of laundry to do. So if you experience a Whirlpool top load washer not agitating, you want to get to the root of the problem fast! We’ve listed a few troubleshooting tips that highlight the most common reasons your washer won’t agitate.

Common Causes for Whirlpool Top Load Washer Not Agitating

If you have a Whirlpool top load washer not agitating, you may need to do one of the following:

Replace Washer Agitator Repair Kit

If your Whirlpool washer won’t agitate but will spin, you might need to replace the repair kit. The washer agitator repair kit houses the agitator components that are most likely to become damaged, wear out, or fail. If any of the parts are worn out, stripped, or defective in any way, then it’s time to replace the kit.

This is the most common cause of a Whirlpool top load washer not agitating.

Whirlpool washer won't agitate but will spin

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Inspect Drive Block/Bell for Damage

When your Whirlpool washer won’t agitate, spin, or drain, the culprit could be a defective drive block. The drive block connects the agitator to the washer transmission. When the transmission shaft moves back and forth, the agitator should move accordingly. If the drive block is worn out, the agitator may move a little or not at all, even when the transmission shaft is still moving.

So if you have a Whirlpool top load washer not agitating, inspect the drive block for signs of wear, stripping, or other damage. If the drive block shows evidence of any damage, it needs to be replaced.

Replace Broken Motor Coupling

A washing machine agitator not working can also be caused by a broken motor coupling. The motor coupling connects the motor and the transmission. The motor coupling can fail when the washer is overloaded (to protect damage to the motor and the transmission), as well as from normal wear and tear.

Inspect the motor coupling to determine if it is broken. If the coupling is defective, replace it.

If you have a Whirlpool top load washer not agitating and need service, the team at Doug’s Appliance is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a visit with our friendly technicians and we’ll get you tackling that laundry in no time!