It’s rather annoying when you’re washing your clothes and all of a sudden the washing machine stops mid cycle. Not only will you have to deal with a load of soaking clothes, but you will also have to get to the root cause of the issue, which can be a task in itself. We’ve put this article together to outline the most common reasons why your washing machine stops mid cycle and what you can do to fix the issue.
Last updated - 17/10/2022
Estimated reading time - 11 minutes
Brief stops during a wash cycle are completely normal and are part of the washing process. As the washer drum turns to agitate the clothes inside, it will stop for a few seconds before turning in the opposite direction.
Before starting the troubleshooting process, wait for a few minutes to see whether your washing machine continues spinning or if it stops indefinitely. If it stops for a long time and does not go on to spin, there may be an issue, which we will try to help you resolve.
If your washing machine stops mid cycle, the first thing to do is check the power supply. Check that the plug is switched on and that electricity is being supplied to your property. Check your fuse box to see if any fuses have tripped. If everything looks as it should, then there may be a fault with the washing machine or plumbing.
If you have no power issues, the next thing you should try if your washing machine stops mid cycle is to reset it. If your washing machine is not full of water and you are able to open its door, quickly open and close it six times in 12 seconds. This is a general reset technique that works for most washing machines. If there is some water in the drum, the washing machine door will not open, so you will not be able to perform this reset technique.
If you have successfully reset your washing machine, you can now try washing your laundry again. If your washing machine stops mid cycle again, continue reading to find out what to do next.
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If your washing machine stops mid cycle, it may be because it is unable to drain water. If it has stopped mid cycle, and you can see water inside the drum, this will most probably be the cause.
Depending on the program you have selected, your washing machine will go through these stages: prewash, wash, rinse, and spin. When your washing machine enters its rinse cycle, it’ll fill with water. Once it finishes rinsing your clothes, it has to empty all the water before moving on to the spin cycle. If it can’t, then it will stop until the water has been drained.
A common cause of a washing machine not draining is a blocked drain pump filter or drain hose.
The drain pump filter’s purpose is to stop obstructions from interfering with the washer. A build up of detergent or fabric softener, obstructions such as lint, coins, hair bands, or other debris, will end up in the drain pump filter. If it is clogged, your washing machine will not be able to release wastewater, which will result in the machine stopping.
The drain hose carries wastewater out of your washing machine, and like the pump filter, if obstructions are blocking it, water will not be able to drain properly and could be the reason why your washing machine stops mid cycle.
In order to clear the drain pump filter or drain hose of obstructions, you will first need to drain your washing machine.
If your washing machine has a lid that you lift up from the top to load it with your laundry, you have a top loading washing machine.
If your washing machine has a door on the front of it that you open to load it with your laundry, you have a front loading washing machine
Now that you have drained your washing machine, you can now unblock its drain hose or pump filter.
Now that your washing machine has been drained and the drain hose and pump filter are unblocked, you can now turn your washing machine back on and try washing your clothes again .
If your washing machine’s control board isn’t working properly, then the washing machine won’t function as it should and it could be the reason why your washing machine stops mid cycle.
A washing machine control board is essentially the brains of the operation. It controls the timing and execution of all the functions of the washing machine. Everything your washing machine does, from agitating to determining the water temperature, is controlled by the control board.
If the control board is defective, you might notice irregular responses such as your washing machine stopping mid cycle, the drum not spinning, water not draining, etc. You will need a qualified technician to diagnose and replace a faulty control board.
A front load washing machine will have a switch behind the door lock that tells the washing machine’s control board when the door is open or shut. When the door is shut, a signal will be sent to the control board to let it know that it is safe to continue the washing process.
Similarly to the door switch on a front loader, the lid switch on a top load washing machine tells the control board if the lid is opened or closed.
If your washer’s door or lid switch is defective, your washing machine will assume the door or lid is open and will not operate. This could be why your washing machine stops mid cycle.
If you’re not an appliance engineer, it may be difficult to diagnose a faulty door switch yourself. An appliance engineer will be able to locate the door switch and test its electrical output, look for signs of wear and tear around the wires, check for loose connections, and fix it if necessary.
If you are confident with appliance repairs, you can test the door or lid switch with a multimeter. A multimeter is a handheld device used to measure electrical voltage, current, and resistance, and will be able to test if your switch is working.
You can buy a multimeter online for as little as £5.
The drive belt is what turns the drum via the washing machine’s motor. If it breaks or is slipping, then your washing machine drum will not spin.
The first sign of a worn drive belt is your washing machine making a squealing noise. Another sign is the smell of burning rubber. If your washing machine stops mid cycle and you are able to open the door, try turning the drum with your hand. If you don't feel any resistance whatsoever when trying to rotate the drum, there might be a problem with the drive belt.
If you experience any of these signs, it's best to take action right away as the problem will persist until the drive belt breaks.
While it is possible to change the drive belt yourself, it is quite a complex task and getting it wrong can cause your washing machine to malfunction and need further repairs. If you think you may have a drive belt issue, we recommend you contact a washing machine engineer to diagnose and fix it. Drive belts are relatively inexpensive, and the process of changing them is straightforward for a well trained technician, so parts and labour for this repair shouldn't set you back too much.
At Smart Plan we have thousands of engineers up and down the country who are ready to fix your issue. We guarantee an engineer to your property within 48 hours.