How To Fix Roper Washer That Won’t Agitate

How To Fix Roper Washer That Won’t Agitate

It can be disappointing to find that the Roper washing machines are not moving during the wash cycle. There are a few things you can take to fix the issue on your own, rather than seeking help from an expert or buying a new washer. This article will cover the most frequently-cited reasons for why the Roper washer isn’t spinning and provide step by step instructions on how to fix the issue. From a worn drive belt to a malfunctioning lid switch, we will go over everything, making your life easier and saving money. If your Roper washing machine isn’t running, don’t fret take a look at this article to discover how to repair it.


In the top loading washing machine of Roper it is the agitator that moves the clothes through detergent and water. It is driven through an output shaft of the transmission. The shaft that drives the output is usually splined and the middle of the plastic agitator is fitted with an spline with a similar shape to ensure an exact fitting. The brand of the agitator will determine whether the agitator may be a single-piece unit or a two-piece dual action agitator. How to inspect a Roper washing machine agitator

  1. Unplug the Roper washing machines from the power source.
  2. To gain access to the agitator remove the top cover, or fabric softener dispenser, depending on the type of model. You can manually rotate the agitator. You should feel some resistance once it has been splined.
  3. Take the agitator out of the appliance to observe it more closely. The majority of agitators are held in position by a bolt that connects to the top of the shaft. Some models have set screws located just above the base which connects the agitator to the shaft. Some models use an O ring made of rubber that helps ensure a secure fit.
  4. You’ll require a replacement Roper agitator when your agitator is damaged or worn out on any of its parts, especially on the splines.

Agitator Directional Cogs

On top loading Roper washers , which use an agitator with two actions, it’s possible for the top portion of the agitator disconnect from the bottom part. Cogs that are made of plastic and hard (also known as “dogs” operate the upper part of the agitator. They are susceptible to wear and tear because of heavy use. If the upper portion of your agitator is turning in either direction or makes a grating sound during the wash cycle the directional cogs could need to be replaced. How to examine the directional cogs inside the Roper washing machine

  1. According to the model, disconnect your Roper washer and then take it out of the dispenser for fabric softener.
  2. Locate your agitator cogs. You may need to remove the cap on your agitator, top, or base, depending on the model, to access the cogs.
  3. Visually inspect the cogs for wear, discoloration or any damage. Also, ensure sure there are no cogs missing.
  4. You’ll require replacement cogs with directional design by Roper if your cogs exhibit any of the above signs.

Agitator Coupler & Cap & Bolt

Some models of top loading Roper washers have a coupler that connects the shaft for transmission and the agitator. In order to match the transmission the drive coupler must be split in the inside and out. If your Roper washer is making a grinding sound when it is in the wash cycle, and the agitator rotates freely, then the drive coupling may be damaged. How to inspect the agitator coupler in a Roper washing machine:

  1. Before starting the inspection, shut off your Roper washer.
  2. In order to gain access to the coupler that connects the agitator to the agitator, must first remove the fabric softener dispenser , or top cover, depending on your model, and you will then need to take off the agitator.
  3. Unthread the bolt holding the coupler onto the shaft of transmission and remove it from the appliance. Examine the coupler for signs of cracking, damage, burning, rust, or wear.
  4. If you come across any of these items, you’ll need Roper replacement coupler for agitators.

Direct Drive Motor Coupling

Some top load washers made by Roper have a direct drive motor coupling that transfers power from the motor to the transmission. The drive coupling is constructed consisting of two plastic drive forks and an elastic coupling. It is connected to the motor with the transmission. One drive fork is attached to the shaft of the drive motor and the other one is connected to the transmission’s input shaft. The coupling made of rubber between drive forks absorbs the torque generated by the motor shaft’s rotating to stop the forks from breaking. Regular use will result in wear on the coupling. Then, eventually, the drive forks might slide and not be able to engage with the transmission or clutch. One sign of a failing motor coupling in a washing machine is that it fills and drains in a normal manner, but does not spin or agitate. How to determine the motor coupling of a Roper washing-machine:

  1. Before beginning, disconnect your appliance from power sources.
  2. To examine the coupling of your motor, find it and remove it. To get it in you’ll need to open the cabinet of your Roper washing machine’s cabinet. you may also need to take off the drain pump and/or motor, depending on the model.
  3. After you’ve removed the item, check the coupling closely for signs of wear, damage cracks, cracks, etc.
  4. If you notice any of the above symptoms You will require a Roper direct drive motor replacement coupling.

Drive Belt

Some models of top loading Roper washers employ a belt to drive the transmission. The belt could be to blame if the washer ceases to move. How do you determine that the drive belt on a Roper washing machine requires replacement:

  1. Unplug the Roper washer and take off the cabinet or access panel to locate the drive belt.
  2. The drive belt is connected to the drive motor . The belt is removed by removing the clamps that hold it in place.
  3. Visually inspect the drive belt. You’re looking for indications of damage, wear, burning, or fraying.
  4. If your belt exhibits any of the signs mentioned above, you need a Roper replacement drive belt.


The transmission of Roper’s top load washer converts the motor’s rotational motion into the back and forth motion needed for the agitator. The transmission comes with an input shaft that is controlled by the motor directly or by belts, as well as an output shaft to drive the agitator. Make sure that your agitator drive shaft oscillates properly before you replace it. If the input shaft is turning, but the agitator shaft does not rotate then the transmission could be in trouble. Most manufacturers do not provide the internal components required for a complete transmission. It is important to to replace the tub seal where the shaft enters into the tub. How to inspect the transmission on the Roper washing machine:

  1. Before you perform inspections on the transmission, be sure the issue you are experiencing isn’t originating from the agitator or one of its components. After you’ve eliminated the possibility of an agitator issue then disconnect the washer and then take the cabinet off. The next step is to locate your transmission.
  2. If you’ve found the problem with your transmission, plug your washing machine back in , and run an entire wash cycle to determine if the transmission is the reason for the issue. You might hear unusual sounds in the event that the transmission is defective. Be cautious when you perform this task as the internal parts of your dryer will be exposed.
  3. It is necessary to replace the Roper transmission in the event that the transmission becomes noisy.

Drive Motor

All top load Roper washers use motors that drive the motor to create agitation. A lot of Roper washing machine models use an inverted motor, which means the motor rotates in one direction for agitation while the opposite direction is used for draining and spinning. The motor could operate properly in the direction of spin, but it is not operating in the agitation direction. What is the procedure to check the drive motor inside a Roper washing machine:

  1. Before beginning, disconnect the power supply to the Roper appliance.
  2. To locate the motor, take the cabinet from the Roper washer. You’ll need to unplug the wires that connect to the motor in order to disconnect it from the appliance. This is done by pulling on the steel connectors, not the wires.
  3. Your multimeter should be set to Rx1 mode. Verify continuity by placing the probes over the terminals of the motor. The result should be of zero or close to zero.
  4. To test the ground connection to test the ground connection, put one probe on the terminal and place the other one inside the metal housing of the drive motor. It is unlikely that you will receive a result from this test.
  5. If your readings do not match the ones above, you’ll require a Roper replacement drive motor.


The drive motor is controlled using the timer lid, lid, water level and selector switches. The function of the timer is to provide the right amount of power to turn the motor on in the correct direction. If the drive motor of the washer is not receiving electricity during the wash phase of the cycle the timer might be the cause. How do you test the timer on the Roper washing machine using an instrument like a multimeter

  1. Like most repairs, disconnect your Roper washer’s power source.
  2. Take off the control panel as well as the back panel of your appliance to find the timer.
  3. Take care to disconnect the wires attached to the timer, pulling the connectors made of metal and not the wires themselves and remove the timer from its washer in order to test it.
  4. With a multimeter set to the Rx1 setting, connect the probes with the terminals controlling the motor (refer to your wiring diagram) to verify continuity. A reading should read zero or close to zero. If you don’t receive this reading, you’ll need a Roper replacement timing device.

Lid switch

The lid switch is a safety feature that is available on top-loading Roper washing machines. The lid switch is usually situated beneath the main top and is connected to the motor circuit. It needs to be switched on in order in order for the motor to function. If the lid is closed, a projection or pin of the lid pushes the lever on the lid that closes the switch. If your Roper washing machine does not agitate and the motor is not operating it is time to check the lid switch. How to test the lid switch in the Roper washing machine

  1. Begin by disconnecting the Roper washer, then pull off the top panel.
  2. Find the switch and be sure that it’s turned on by closing the lid. To check if it’s, take the switch out.
  3. Set your multi-meter’s Rx1 setting, attach the probes to terminals and then press and hold the switch button. The multimeter should show a reading zero or nearly zero.
  4. You will need a replacement Roper lid switch If your test results are not the same.

Selector Shift

Some models have a selector switch that regulates the speed of the motor. If the switch malfunctions, it can prevent the motor from working. How do you test the switch that controls the selector on a Roper washing-machine using a multimeter:

  1. Unplug the Roper washing machine before beginning because you’ll be working with electrical components.
  2. Locate the selector switch on your Roper appliance, and then take the switch off. It is likely to be anchored to the frame of your Roper washing machine. In order to access the cabinet you’ll have to pull it from its entire structure or a fraction of it.
  3. You will test for continuity using a multimeter using the Rx1 setting. Place the probes on the terminals, and then press the first button. The reading should shift from infinity to zero. Keep the probes attached to the terminals, press on another button, the reading should go back to infinity.
  4. If your test results differ from those listed above it is necessary to purchase Roper replacement selector switch.

Water Level Switch

The water level switch on top load Roper washer used to select the correct water level. The switch is also used for power supply to the drive motor. Once the proper water level is achieved, the switch will disconnect power from the inlet valve and will supply power to the drive motor circuit. If the washer fills up but it doesn’t move, the pressure switch could be malfunctioning. How to check the level of water in a Roper washer.

  1. Disconnect the Roper washing machine from power sources.
  2. The water level switch will be located usually behind the control panel, but it may also be located beneath the tubs in the sump region.
  3. Before replacing the switch, first get rid of the air dome as the cause. Immerse the hose in water and cover it with a seal. Then blow air into one end and inspect for bubbles. Also, look for issues or signs of wear.
  4. If no issues are found with the air dome hose you may require a Roper replacement water level switch.