5 Reasons Why Your Whirlpool Washer Leaves Clothes Wet

If your clothes are dripping wet after a wash cycle, tossing them in the dryer like normal isn’t a good idea. Excessively wet clothes can cause dryer damage that leads to increased wear and tear and costly breakdowns. So, what do I do if my laundry is too wet? Make sure you select the right wash cycle for your load. Heavier loads may require a faster spin speed. Learn more reasons a Whirlpool washer leaves clothes wet to ensure proper function and prolong the life of your dryer.

Whirlpool Washer Leaves Clothes Wet? This May Be Why…

While part malfunctions may be responsible when your Whirlpool washer leaves clothes wet, sometimes the problem is due to simple user errors. We’ll pinpoint the most likely reasons for a washing machine not spinning clothes dry and specify the right solutions.

1.Washer Not Getting Enough Power

When your Whirlpool washer leaves clothes wet, first make sure it’s getting enough electrical power. If power is reduced or altered, the washer may not reach adequate spin speeds or could stop mid-cycle, leaving clothes wet.

These factors can reduce power to your washer:

  • Power failures: If there was a power failure during a spin cycle, the washer may not have reached its full spin speed. It may also not resume the spin cycle when power is restored.
  • Extension cords: Extension cords can’t conduct enough electricity to sufficiently power a washer, leading to overheating that shuts down the machine. This can end a wash cycle early, leaving clothes wet.

2. Exceeding Washer Capacity

Overloading is a common reason for clothes too wet after spin cycle ends. Loading with too many items can make the washer drum unbalanced, reducing spin speeds. Before drying, remove or redistribute clothing to lighten or balance the load. Then run another drain and spin cycle. Avoid large loads by checking your user manual to determine your washer’s capacity.

whirlpool washer leaves clothes wet

3. Using Incorrect Washer Cycle Settings

If your washer leaves clothes too wet for the dryer you may need to check your wash setting. Certain settings, like Delicate or Hand Wash, operate with reduced spin speeds or no spin cycle at all, leaving standard items excessively wet. When you wash heavy bedding, a cycle with higher spin speeds is necessary to remove enough water from these larger items.

Make sure you select the right wash cycle for that particular load of laundry. If available, use the Bulky or Sheets/Bedding setting when washing heavy bedding to utilize faster spin speeds. If these settings aren’t an option, you may need to run a second drain and spin cycle to remove enough water.

4. Whirlpool Washer Not Spinning Properly

If the above reasons don’t explain why your Whirlpool washer leaves clothes wet it’s possible a part malfunction is causing spinning issues.

The following part failures can result in a washer not spinning properly:

  • Worn washer belt: This rubber belt helps spin the drum but can become worn or damaged over time. When this happens, the belt can move during wash cycles, reducing spin speeds. A worn or damaged washer belt must be replaced.
  • Failed door lock switch: Most washers won’t even start if the door lock switch is faulty. However, some may still fill with water, soaking clothes enough that the spin cycle appears faulty. If multimeter testing of the switch shows a lack of continuity, it requires replacement.

washing machine not spinning clothes dry

5. Whirlpool Washer Not Draining Completely

Lastly, a Whirlpool washer not draining completely could be the reason it leaves clothes wet. Draining problems can leave water in the washer drum even after a spin cycle ends.

These issues could be responsible for draining problems:

  • Drain hose kinks, clogs, or incorrect installation: A kink or clog can restrict waterflow through the drain hose, causing backups that leave clothes wet. Disconnect the drain hose to gently straighten any kinks or assess for clogs. Make sure the hose is properly inserted in the drain pipe and isn’t too high or too low, which can also cause draining issues.
  • Drain filter clog: Clogs in the drain filter can also cause water to back up into the washer drum. Access the filter behind the panel at the bottom right corner of the washer. Remove and dispose of any visible obstructions. Many washer maintenance tips recommend cleaning the filter regularly to prevent clogs.
  • Blocked or broken drain pump: If the drain pump is clogged or broken it won’t be able to drain water from the washer. While clogs can be removed, a broken drain pump will exhibit no continuity with multimeter testing and requires professional replacement.

The experts at Ortega’s Appliance Service can help when your Whirlpool washer leaves clothes wet. Call us to schedule a professional assessment or repair!

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