There are a few stages in the wash cycle on Amana washers. The last stage is the final spin to make the clothes dry enough that they can be put in a dryer or hung to dry. But, when there’s an issue with your Amana washer, the final spin can not start at all, and your Amana washer will do nothing with the final spin light blinking. When this happens here’s how to fix it.
In general, the tub is overloaded or out of balance, you need to restart your Amana washer, the washer is not level, the suspension that holds the tub has failed, the actuator or lid switch has failed, or the belt is loose or is broken. Use the steps below to test for each of these and fix it.
Some of the steps to fix your Amana washer when this happens are reasonably easy and simple to fix and don’t require any special tools. But, in rarer cases an internal component has failed in the previous parts of the wash cycle and needs to be repaired or replaced. Below, I will provide instructions for how to fix each of these issues that cause this to happen, and the best course of action to take to get your Amana washer to work when it’s blinking on the final spin part of the wash cycle.
Amana Washer Blinking Final Spin (How to Fix)
An Amana washer will normally complete an entire wash cycle without stopping along the way. But, if there’s an issue with the final spin an Amana washer will not do anything at the end of the cycle, and the final spin light will blink to let you know there’s an issue. When this happens, here’s why and how to fix it.
As a general rule, the tub is out of balance, or has moved into a position where it can’t spin normally. But, in other cases, a component has failed during the previous parts of this wash cycle, for example, the drain hose is clogged, and the tub can’t drain. Below is how to fix it.
There are quite a few individual components in an Amana washer. And to fix them you need to take off the panels on your Amana washer to access and test them. But, before doing that there are some simple things that are very easy to check that can be the issue such as the tub being out of balance.
Further below, are detailed step by step instructions for how to fix your Amana washer when this happens.
Why Amana Washer Blinking on Final Spin
When an Amana washer goes from one part of a wash cycle to the next, such as from the spray rinse to the final spin it will have a solid light to indicate what part of the wash cycle it’s on. But, if the final spin light is blinking, here’s why.
In general, the tub is out of balance and it’s blinking to let you know it can’t spin. In other cases a clog has developed in the drain hose, or the drain pump that is preventing the tub from draining all the water. Other than that, an internal component like the actuator has failed.
The individual components can blow a fuse, or be full of dust and not be working correctly. To check each of them they need to be visually inspected. And/or tested using a voltmeter. Before, doing that refer to the steps below that can easily be checked without opening up your Amana washer.
Amana Washer Stuck on Final Spin
An issue can occur with an Amana washer and it will get stuck on the final spin, and won’t drain the water, or spin at all. There are a few reasons why this will happen. Below is what they are and the troubleshooting steps you should do when your Amana washer is stuck on the final spin part of the wash cycle.
As a general rule, the tub can’t drain, or the tub is out of balance. It’s more common for the tub to be out of balance because the tub will have drained during the previous parts of the wash cycle. In other cases, an internal component has failed during the wash cycle. Do the steps below to fix it.
I’ve ordered these steps from easiest to hardest to do. Start with step one and work your way through each of the steps. If some of the steps are beyond what you feel comfortable doing then skip them.
And if you do all of the steps then contact Amana support. They can tell you of the next steps you should take, whether it’s covered under warranty, and organize a repair technician to repair it for you, if it’s required.
1. Tub is out of balance or overloaded
It’s possible you’ve put too many heavy items in your Amana washer. Or the load was not balanced. For example, heavy items like a few pairs of jeans ended up on one side.
Both of these can cause the tub to be out of position. As a safety feature your Amana washer won’t spin. Or, in some cases the tub can rub against the side of the washer.
Where possible, take out the heavy items, and do another load with only a few very light items. If the cycle completes and does a spin cycle, then the tub was overloaded. Take care when you place the items in your Amana washer to spread out the heavy items so they aren’t all on one side.
Also, if the issue happens again try moving some of the items around in the tub, to return it back to being balanced. And then close the lid, and see if your Amana washer now does a spin cycle.
2. Restart your Amana washer
The onboard computer on your Amana washer can have a glitch, and is frozen. Restarting it can get it working again. To restart your Amana washer pull the plug out of the wall.
Just be aware of getting the wall outlet or the plug in contact with water. Wait about 10 seconds, and then plug it back in and turn it back on. If possible for your Amana washer model, put it on the spin cycle.
Otherwise, start a new cycle again. When you do so it will typically drain all the water in the tub before starting a new cycle.
3. Washer is not level
For a washer to spin it needs to be level. If it’s not the tub will be out of place, and lean to one side where it can rub against the walls of your washer. To check if your washer is level use a bubble level, also called a carpenter’s level, or spirit level.
Use it on the top of your washer in all the directions to ensure it’s level. If not then inspect the feet on the underside of your washer.
It’s possible one of them is slightly loose or has broken. And can be fixed or replaced.
4. Suspension has failed – test using the push test
There is suspension which holds the tub on an Amana washer in place. It’s easy to test these on a top loading washer. To do that you need the tub to be empty.
You press down on the middle part of the tub and see what happens when it bounces back. If it bounces back once and then stops the suspension is fine. But, if it keeps bouncing around then the suspension for the tub has failed and needs to be replaced.
It’s possible to replace the suspension yourself. The next steps are components that are either faulty or need to be replaced. If you don’t have much experience working with tools or fixing appliances, then it can be a better idea to contact Amana support, and organize a repair technician.
The repair may also be covered under warranty. Therefore, you should contact Amana support first to see if the repair is under warranty.
5. The tub can not drain due to a number of reasons
For the final spin to start the tub needs to drain first. There is a drain cycle before the final spin. Therefore, it’s not likely that this is the issue.
But, it’s possible a clog has developed in the drain pump, the drain pump has failed. It’s possible to open up your Amana washer and inspect the drain pump, and test it to make sure it’s working.
However, it does require a big of skill in working with tools. If you’ve arrived at this step and don’t feel comfortable checking the drain pump, then contact Amana support to see if the repair is covered under warranty, and/or to organize a repair technician.
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6. Actuator is faulty and needs to be cleaned or replaced
The actuator is a switch type mechanism that is located at the bottom of the tub. It’s responsible for changing the cycle on a washing machine from wash, to spin, and back again. This component can fail, or built up with dust and dirt and be jammed.
Unless you’re comfortable working with hand tools like screwdrivers, then it’s best to leave this repair to a qualified technician. Otherwise, you can access the actuator, and inspect it to see if there’s a problem with it.
The actuator is almost always located at the bottom of the tub. So, you need to turn your washer on its side to access it. Therefore, if there is any water in the tub it will need to be removed using something like a food container.
7. Lid switch is faulty and the lid won’t lock
On many Amana washers there is a lock for the lid. The internal computer on your Amana washer will lock and unlock the lid at the start and end of the cycle. Before, starting to spin your Amana washer will lock the lid as a safety feature.
The lid lock may have been almost broken, and finally broke during this wash cycle. The lid lock can be replaced fairly easily. To identify if the lid lock is broken refer to the instructions shown in the video below.
Bear in mind that Amana washers are made by the same company as Whirlpool. Therefore, they have an almost identical design:
8. Belt is loose or broken on the underside of the tub
On top loader Amana washers there is a rubber belt that is located on the underside of the tub. It’s responsible for spinning the tub. This rubber belt can snap.
Or, slide off where it should be. It can be identified by inspecting the underside of your Amana washer. If you are comfortable doing this repair yourself, do a search on Youtube for a video that shows how to replace the belt on your washer for a Whirlpool, Maytag, or Amana washer.
They are all made by the same company and therefore, they have an almost identical design. If you can see that the belt is out of place, or is damaged, you can put it back into position, or replace it.
9. Another component has failed like the onboard computer
There are a few other components, such as the onboard computer. When one of these are broken or has failed, then it will need to be repaired or replaced. The steps above are the most common things that can cause your Amana washer to not do the final spin.
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If you’ve got this far then it’s typically best to contact a repair technician to see what the issue is, and replace any parts necessary. Before doing so contact Amana support to see if it’s covered under warranty.
They may also replace the entire washer for you. They can also advise you how to get a repair technician to fix it.
Amana Washer Won’t Do Final Spin
You should hear the tub drain, and then the final spin begins at the end of a wash cycle on an Amana washer. During the cycle something can have happened that needs your attention, or a more major issue like one of the components failing. Below is what to do if your Amana washer won’t do the final spin.
As a general rule, the tub can’t drain the water in the tub, or the tub is out of balance. It’s common for the tub to go out of balance, and you should adjust heavy items in the tub to spread them out. Otherwise, below is how to identify why it’s happening, and fix it.
I’ve put together a list of steps you should do to identify what the issue is and fix it near the top of this article. Look for the numbered steps and start with step 1, which is ‘the tub is out of balance or overloaded’. Work your way through each of them one by one, until you’ve identified and fixed the issue.
As a general rule, the tub can’t drain the water that’s in it due to clog, or the tub is out of balance. It’s common for the tub to go out of balance, and you should adjust heavy items in the tub to spread them out. Otherwise, do the steps below to identify why it’s happening.
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