What causes a washing machine agitator to run slow? What causes a washing machine agitator to run slow?

A washing machine agitator is responsible for the rolling or agitating action that helps clean clothes better in a top loading washing machine. Agitators can be either straight vane or dual action, move clothes from bottom to top, and back again in order to clean them properly. There are two main reasons an agitator may run slowly. The first is overloading the machine, which puts additional pressure on the agitator. Faulty agitator dogs can also cause the agitator to move slowly. A slow-moving agitator will not have the desired effect, so you should either reduce the load of clothes or remove the agitator to inspect the agitator dogs and replace them.

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