Why Does My GE Washer Not Spin Fast Enough? (Top Reasons)

Washers work under the principle of centrifugal force which needs high-velocity spinning that removes the dirt away from the clothes. Without a high-speed spinning option, your clothes will remain dirty. So, it is very important to have your washer spin faster.

GE washers are found to have a slow spinning speed or not spinning at all due to several issues like faulty switches, debris in the spinning tub, faulty operation, blocked drain system, worn-out belts, etc. Also, there are issues found in the logical circuit which can lead to the improper spinning of the tub. By rectifying these issues, we can revive the spinning speed of the tub in any GE washer.

If you find your washer troubling you with poor washing, read this article and fix your GE washer immediately.

Why Does My GE Washer Not Spin Fast Enough

Why does My GE Washer not spin fast enough?

GE washers can be spinning slowly due to excess clothes stuffed into the washer, a faulty lid switch that doesn’t close the circuit properly, debris stuck between the spinning tub, Faulty circuits in the logical board of the washer, improper operation of the washer, and clogged drain pipe. We shall explore each of these reasons in detail and know how to fix them easily.

Excess Amount of Clothes

Many people make this mistake when it comes to washers. Every washer will have a maximum capacity which refers to the dry weight of your laundry. For example, your GE washer may indicate that the machine can hold 8kgs of clothes. This refers to the 8kg of dry clothes. But the machine will be optimized to hold the wet weight of the clothes.

When you put clothes with more than 8kgs of dry weight, it will struggle to carry the wet weight of the clothes and may fail to operate. Even if it operates, you can find the spinning to be slow and inefficient. 

It is always recommended to keep the weight of the clothes well below the maximum dry capacity and it decides the longevity of your washer. This excess amount of clothes will lead to several other problems like wearing the drum belt, failure of the drum, etc. 

Faulty Lid Switch

Modern washers are filled with switches and sensors which enable the intelligent working of the machine. Most of the fully automatic washers have a bunch of switches that actuate other operations once they are closed completely. But sometimes, these switches may have some fault and don’t close properly.

The lid switch can be found at the door of your washer tub. This switch prevents the operation of the washer when it is opened. You need to close the lid completely to start other washing operations. Some models don’t even allow you to open the door when the washer starts its washing cycle. 

This lid switch can become faulty or broken which doesn’t close the circuit completely when the lid is shut. So, the tub may get poor feedback from it and spin at a slower speed. When the switch is completely damaged, the tub will not spin at all and you have to replace the lid switch. The spinning cycle will not initiate if the switch is damaged. Therefore, this can be one of the reasons for your GE washer to spin gradually.

Debris in the Tub

Washers are filled with dirty clothes which can have several types of debris stuck on them. Sometimes, people forget to remove things from their pockets and simply dump them in the washer. There can be coins, papers, keys, and other solid materials that can fall into the tub holes and get stuck between the body of the washer and the spinning tub. So, when the washer moves to the spinning cycle, this debris may hinder the spin and damage the body. Due to this, you can find the washer to operate slower than before. 

Faulty Logical Circuit

All the GE washers are equipped with a logical circuit that sequentially performs the washing cycle according to the program you have chosen. When there are any issues with this circuit board, then your washer may not operate properly. 

The spinning motor is connected to this circuit and according to the wash cycle you have chosen; it actuates the motor. This circuit decides the speed of the motor and the duration it has to spin. Sometimes, this logic can be faulty or broken which leads to improper spinning cycle and spinning speed. You can find it to be slow and spinning for a long time. 

Clogged Drain Pipe

The drain pipe must be free and no water should be retained in it. The washer will remove the dirty water in the tub with the help of the drain system which consists of a pump, hose, and filter. When the system is clogged with dirt and debris, the washer will not be able to remove the water from the tub. 

Especially during a spin cycle, the water will be removed simultaneously when the tub is spinning fast. But if the drain is clogged, the water cannot be removed at the same rate at which the tub spins. Therefore, the spinning may become slower than before.

Improper Operation of the Washer

If you have bought a new GE washer and haven’t understood the complete working procedure of the washing machine, then you might be operating it wrong. Since the washers operate with a certain program, you must know how to choose the relevant program according to the clothes you are washing. 

For example, if you are choosing a cycle to wash woolen clothes and dumping the washer with normal cotton clothes, spinning might not be appropriate for it. Therefore, you must know the best mode for washing each type of cloth and must know how to choose them appropriately.

How to Prevent a Slow-Spinning GE Washer?

You can prevent the above-mentioned issues with the help of the following guidelines:

  • Try reducing the number of clothes you put inside the washer. Since it is quite tedious to measure the weight of the clothes every time, you can assume a minimum number of clothes that are put inside the washer. This prevents the washer from getting overloaded and promotes faster spinning.
  • Ensure proper closure of the lid which completes the feedback circuit and promotes the proper operation of the washer. If there is an issue with the closure, check the latch and the clip that attaches to the lid. If you find it to be broken, call a repair technician and fix it. 
  • Check your pockets before putting them in the washer to prevent solid materials from getting stuck inside the tub. If things are already stuck, remove all the clothes and check whether the material or the debris is removable by hand. Otherwise, you have to dismantle the tub and remove it which may require a technician.
  • Service your Washer periodically to make sure there aren’t any faults with the circuit. This helps you to prevent the circuit board from malfunctioning. If you find it to be malfunctioning, reach a technician and they might be able to solve it or replace the circuit with a new one.
  • Remove any clogs in the drain system by dismantling the drain pipe and filter. This will avoid clogging the washer drain and promote better functioning of the spinning tub. If you periodically perform this cleaning, your drain system will never be filled with dirt and debris.
  • Make sure you are operating the washer correctly to avoid malfunctioning the machine. You might be choosing the wrong program for the clothes you are washing and it may be causing trouble. Therefore, try to choose the appropriate program and if you have any doubts regarding that, reach the user manual or the manufacturer’s website to understand the modes present in it.


Most of the washers get such operational issues due to poor maintenance. It is important to regularly give a maintenance check of the machine and repair any faults immediately. A slow-spinning GE washer can be prevented and fixed with the help of these guidelines. Try to use the washer within its specifications to avoid such functionality issues.

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