Washer Stops Mid-Cycle
When your washer stops mid-cycle, it creates a frustrating issue that can delay the entire washing process. It Is Fixed Appliance Repair can help you get to the bottom of this inconvenient situation. The following guide is for both Front-Loading and Top-Loading washing machines. Before troubleshooting, unplug your washer and have your user manual handy for further instructions. If you need help today, It Is Fixed Appliance Repair offers same day appointments in Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta area. Contact us today.
Possible Cause: Faulty Timer
A defective timer might cause your washer to stop mid-cycle because the control panel is registering the cycle as complete. Remove the rear panel in the control board and look for signs of damage to the wiring of the timer. Your user manual should include a diagram of your timer’s electronics. Test for continuity with a multimeter; if there is no continuity your timer will need to be repaired or replaced.
Possible Cause: Control Board
The main control board is the “brains” of your washing machine. If your control board is faulty, it could send incorrect signals to numerous components of the unit, from the motor to the door lock. Remove the rear panel of the control panel and look for signs of damage – charred wires, rusty connectors, etc. If possible, test for continuity between the wires and connectors. If you see signs of damage, your control board will need to be repaired. It Is Fixed has technicians trained in washer repair on call every day of the week.
Possible Cause: Faulty Lid Switch Assembly
The lid switch prevents the washer from spinning if the door is open. A faulty lid switch will register as “lid open” at all times, which might make your washer stop mid-cycle. The lid switch is a safety feature, and if your switch has failed it will need to be repaired or replaced. This YouTube video shows how to bypass the lid switch as a temporary repair so that you can finish your current load of clothes. Contact It Is Fixed Appliance Repair for a permanent, reliable solution to this problem.
Possible Cause: Faulty Door Lock
Like the Switch Assembly, the door lock is a safety feature that prevents your washing machine’s door from being open while in a washing cycle. A door lock error will cause the washer to stop mid-cycle. Begin by inspecting the door to check for a secure fit. Wiggle the handle, and see if the door can be jostled while closed. Check the door lock switch to see if anything is obstructing it, or preventing it from pressing down securely. If the door lock switch appears damaged, it may need to be replaced. A multimeter is used to test the electrical integrity of the door lock by checking for continuity.
Possible Cause: Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is what pours water into the tub of your washing machine. If the inlet valve is defective, the washer will stop mid-cycle because it registers as being too low on water. This most often causes the washer to stop during the rinse cycle, because the faulty inlet valve is either not allowing water to flow into the washer, or the control panel isn’t receiving the signal that the water has been added. Inspect the area where your washer connects to the water valve and the faucet attached to the pipes in the wall. If you see evidence of damage, It Is Fixed Appliance Repair can replace or repair the broken components. If you do not see damage, use an Ohm meter to check for continuity in the inlet valve switch inside the control panel.
Possible Cause: Clogged Hose
A clogged washer hose can activate a pressure switch, making the washer stop mid-cycle. Remove the access panel of your washer, which is typically located at the base of the machine. Disconnect the hose from the unit and inspect it for signs of a clog. Remove any debris or small pieces of clothing. You might need a flashlight to see down the hose. Inspect the hose exterior for signs of damage. Reconnect the hose to your washing machine and try to resume the cycle.
Possible Cause: Faulty Pump/Motor
If your pump has failed, it will cause the washer to stop mid-cycle. Open the access panel in the back of the washer, and visually inspect the pump. Check the motor and belt for signs of damage. Listen for strange sounds coming from the pump or motor – this is often a sign of mechanical failure. If the pump or the motor is malfunctioning, they will need to be repaired or replaced.
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