How To Fix Electrolux Washer That Won’t Agitate

If your Electrolux washing machine isn’t not agitating in the washing cycle, it could be frustrating and time-consuming to have to hand wash your clothes. However, before calling a repairman or purchasing the new machine, there are a few ways to troubleshoot to solve the problem by yourself. We will discuss the most frequent reasons why your Electrolux washer won’t spin and offer step-by step instructions for how to fix it.

We’ll tackle everything from a worn drive belt to a malfunctioning lid switch. This will save you time and money. If your Electrolux washer isn’t moving it’s not a problem. We’ll help you repair it.


In the top loading washer of Electrolux the agitator moves clothes through the water and detergent. It is driven through an output shaft of the transmission. To ensure that it is a perfect fit, the shaft that is output is often bent. The middle of the plastic agitator is an identical spine. Depending on the brand, the agitator may be a single piece unit or a dual-action two-piece agitator. How to inspect the agitator in the Electrolux washing machine:

  1. Disconnect the Electrolux washing machine from the source of power.
  2. Take off the dispenser for fabric softeners or top cover, based on the model you have, in order to access the agitator. It is possible to manually turn the agitator. As it is splined, you will feel some resistance.
  3. To look at the agitator more thoroughly, remove it from the appliance. The bolt that threads onto the on top of the transmission shaft will hold most agitators securely. Some models include the set screw located at the base that secures the agitator to the shaft. Others utilize a rubber O ring to ensure a snug fit.
  4. If your agitator is damaged or worn out in any way especially on the splines, or there is no resistance when turning it manually, you will need Electrolux replacement agitator.


Agitator Directional Cogs:

On top loading washers from Electrolux that utilize an agitator that has dual action it’s possible for the top portion of the agitator to be disengaged from the bottom part. The upper portion is driven by directional cogs, or “dogs” which are made of hard plastic and will wear away from heavy use. If the upper portion of your agitator is turning in either direction or produce sounds that grate when washing, then the directional cogs might require replacement. How to test the directional cogs of an Electrolux washer:

  1. According to the model, unplug your Electrolux washer and remove the fabric softener dispenser.
  2. Locate your agitator cogs. You may need to remove the cap on your agitator, base or top, depending on your model, to access the cogs.
  3. Take a look at the cogs and look for damages, discolorations or wear. You must also determine if any of the cogs are missing.
  4. If your cogs display any of the symptoms described above, you’ll need an entire set of Electrolux replacement cogs for directional use.


Agitator Coupler & Cap & Bolt:

Some models of top loading Electrolux washers utilize a coupler that connects the shaft of the transmission and the agitator. In order to align the transmission the drive coupler is divided into two parts: inside and outside. If your Electrolux washing machine is making a grinding noise when it is in the wash cycle, and the agitator rotates freely, then the drive coupling could be damaged. How to inspect and replace the agitator coupling on the Electrolux washing machine:

  1. Before beginning you should disconnect your Electrolux washer from the electrical source.
  2. To gain access to the agitator coupler, you’ll have to first take off the cover on top or the fabric softener dispenser, based on the model. After that, you’ll need remove the agitator.
  3. Take the coupler off the appliance by unthreading the bolt that holds it to the shaft of transmission. Examine the coupler to determine if it is cracked or wear, burnt damaged, rust, or damage.
  4. If you come across any of these problems, you’ll require Electrolux replacement agitator coupler.


Direct Drive Motor Coupling:

Some top load Electrolux washers use a direct drive motor coupling that transfers energy from the motor to the transmission. The drive coupling constructed comprising two plastic drive forks, as well as a coupling made of rubber. It connects the motor to the transmission. One of the drive forks is connected to the drive motor shaft , and the other is attached to the input shaft of the transmission. The rubber coupling between drive forks absorbs torque from the shaft of the motor to prevent the forks from breaking. The use that is normal will result in wear and tear on the coupling and eventually the drive forks could slide and not be able to engage the transmission and clutch. One of the most frequent signs of a damaged motor coupling is when the Electrolux washing machine drains and fills normal, but it does not agitate or spin. How do you check the motor coupling on an Electrolux washing machine:

  1. Before beginning, disconnect your appliance from power sources.
  2. For a thorough inspection of the coupling of your motor, locate it and take it out. To reach it you’ll have to open your Electrolux washer’s cabinet, and you might also have to remove the drain pump or motor depending on your model.
  3. Once you have removed it examine your coupling for any damage or signs of cracks, wear or tear.
  4. You’ll need a new direct motor coupling Electrolux if you experience any of these symptoms.


Drive Belt:

Some models of top loading Electrolux washers utilize belts that drives the motor. If the washer ceases to agitate, the belt might be at fault. What can you tell whether the drive belt in aElectrolux washer needs replacement:

  1. Unplug your Electrolux washer and then take it off the cabinet or access panel to find the drive belt.
  2. The clamps can be removed which secure the belt in place and take the drive belt off the drive motor.
  3. Examine the drive belt visually. Look for evidence of wear, tear, burning, or fraying. 
  4. You will need a new Electrolux drive belt in the event that your belt displays any of these signs.



The transmission of Electrolux’s top load washer converts the motor’s motion to the back and forth motion required by the agitator. The transmission comes with an input shaft which is controlled by the motor directly or via belts, as well as an output shaft which is used to drive the agitator. Make sure that your agitator drive shaft is operating in a proper manner before replacing it. The transmission could be defective when the input shaft is turning however the agitator shaft doesn’t make a turn. Many manufacturers do not offer internal parts and a entire transmission is needed. It is important that you can replace the tub seal at the place where the shaft goes into the tub. How to check the transmission of an Electrolux washing machine: Before you perform inspections on the transmission:

  1. First ensure that your problem isn’t coming from the agitator or any of its parts. If you’ve eliminated the agitator, unplug your washer, open the cabinet and locate your transmission.
  2. Once you’ve identified the source of the problem, plug your washing machine back in and run one wash cycle in order to determine if the transmission is the cause of the issue. You will hear strange sounds when the transmission is damaged. Be cautious when you perform this task as the internal parts of your dryer will be exposed.
  3. If the transmission becomes noisy in this test, you need a Electrolux replacement transmission.


Drive Motor:

Top load Electrolux washers employ motors that drive the transmission. Electrolux washers use a reversing motor. This means that the machine rotates in one way for spinning and draining , and in the other direction for agitating. The motor might function correctly in the spin direction but it is not operating in the agitation direction. What is the procedure to check the drive motor within the Electrolux washing machine:

  1. Before you begin, disconnect the power source to your Electrolux appliance. To locate the motor, you must remove the cabinet from the Electrolux washer. To take the motor out of your appliance, you’ll have to pull on those connectors instead of the wires.
  2. Your multimeter should be in Rx1 mode. Place the probes on the motor’s terminals to verify continuity. The reading should be zero or near zero.
  3. Place one probe onto the terminal to test ground connection. The second probe should be placed in the housing of the drive motor. You should not receive any result during this test.
  4. You’ll need to replace a Electrolux drive motor if your readings are different from those listed above.



The drive motor is controlled by the timer, lid switch, water level switch, and occasionally, the selector switch. The purpose of the timer is to provide the proper power to turn the motor on in the correct direction. If the drive motor on your washing machine isn’t receiving electricity during the wash phase of the cycle the timer could be the cause. How do you test the timer on the Electrolux washing machine using a multimeter

  1. Similar to most repairs start by disconnection of your Electrolux washer from the electrical source.
  2. To find the timer, take off the control panel from your appliance and remove the panel at the rear.
  3. Carefully disconnect the wires connected to the timer by pulling on the metal connectors and not the wires themselves as well as removing the timer from the washer to test it.
  4. Using a multi-meter on the Rx1 setting, apply the probes to the terminals controlling the motor (refer to the wiring diagram) to verify continuity. It should give a reading of zero or close to zero. If you don’t receive this reading, then you’ll require an Electrolux replacement timing device.


Lid Switch: A safety feature found in top load Electrolux washers is the lid switch. The lid switch is located below the main top. It is connected to the motor circuit and must be activated in order for the motor’s operation. A projection or pin from the lid presses against and closes the lever of the lid when it’s closed. The lid switch must be examined if the Electrolux washing machine doesn’t move or the motor does not receive any power. How to check the lid switch of theElectrolux washing machine

  1. Start by disconnecting the power cord of the Electrolux washing machine, and then take off the top panel or cabinet.
  2. Find the switch and confirm that it’s being activated as the lid is shut. To check if it’s taking the switch out.
  3. Set your multi-meter on the Rx1 setting, connect the probes to the terminals, and then hold the switch button down. The multimeter should show the number zero or near zero.
  4. If the test you are performing produces different results, you’ll require Electrolux replacement lid switch.


Selector Shift:

Some models come with a selector switch , which regulates the speed of the motor. If the switch is defective it can stop the motor from operating. How to test the switch in aElectrolux washing machine using the multi-meter:

  1. Before you begin using electrical components, unplug the electrical components in your Electrolux washer.
  2. Locate and remove the selector switch from the Electrolux appliance. It’s likely to be connected to the frame of your Electrolux washer. You’ll need to take out the entire or a portion of your cabinet to reach it.
  3. Utilizing a multi-meter with the Rx1 setting, you’re going to test each button for continuity. Press the first button to alter the reading from zero to infinity. While the probes are connected to the terminals, press in another button, and the reading will return to zero.
  4. It is necessary to replace the Electrolux selector switch in the event that your test results differ from those listed above.


Water Level Switch: The water level switch on top-load Electrolux washer can be utilized to determine the proper water level. The switch is also used for power supply to the drive motor. When the right water level has been reached, the switch will take the power source from the water intake valve and then supply electricity to the circuit for driving. If your washer fills but it doesn’t move, the pressure switch may be malfunctioning. How to determine the water level in an Electrolux washer:

  1. Remove your Electrolux washing machine from the power source.
  2. The switch for water level is normally located behind the control panel , but can also be found at the sump area below the tubs.
  3. Before replacing the switch, remove the air dome hose as the source of the issue. Take the hose off and immerse it in water. Seal one end, then blow air into the other and look for bubbles. You must also look for any obstructions within the hose, and search for signs of cracks , or wearing.
  4. If the air dome hose isn’t leaking, you might need an additional water level switch from Electrolux.