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Washing machine stops mid-cycle

Has your washing machine stopped mid-cycle? Don’t worry, this is a common issue that usually requires some investigation work from yourself to solve the mystery, or a quick fix from a professional if there’s something more to the issue.

Some quick tests to try for your washing machine

The best thing you can do first is to check for any water leaks and read your machine’s instruction manual for guidance.

If there are no leaks, try switching your machine off and on again to see if this changes anything. For most machines, you can perform a master reset by unplugging your machine for one minute, this may correct an electrical fault.

If your machine is not full of water, try quickly opening and closing your machine door 6 times in 12 seconds. Most machines understand this as a machine reset. If none of these tests have helped, continue reading for a further breakdown of how to fix your machine.

Has your washing machine stopped mid-cycle?

Check the power supply

If your washing machine stops mid-cycle, the first thing to do is check the power supply. If your electricity has gone out in your home in the middle of your wash cycle, your machine will have stopped. This means there’s no issue with the washing machine itself. Simply wait for the power to come back.

If however the rest of your home has power but your washing machine has no power, check your washing machine plug for any faults or damage. It may also be worth checking the fuse in your washing machine’s plug. Swap it out for a new one and see if this gets your washing machine’s power back on. If this doesn’t work, try to test another appliance in the same plug socket and see if it’s an issue with the socket.

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expert fixing washing machineIf your plug and plug socket seem to be functioning, then the problem most likely lies within your machine.

A possible fault could be a damaged lid switch. When you close your machine door, a sensor tells the machine the door is securely closed. If your sensor is damaged, the machine could think your door has opened mid-cycle, causing it to stop.

If this is the case, it is best to phone a washing machine repair service to help fix your broken sensor. A technician will be able to quickly repair the sensor with the correct replacement part for your machine. As there are so many makes and models of washing machines, only a technician will know which part your machine needs.

Even if this isn’t the issue itself, then being able to identify the fault will be difficult. Once you’ve determined that the issue lies with the washing machine, it’s always advised to call out a professional appliance expert.

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Does your washing machine start then stop?

Another common fault your machine may be experiencing is water heater failure, typically the machine will not finish the cycle or display a fault code.

Depending on your machine, the heating element may be at the back, so you will have to access the back of the machine and remove the back panel. To avoid damaging your machine further or playing with dangerous electric wiring, we recommend contacting a washing machine repair team.

A specialist will be able to test your water heater and see the temperature range your machine is achieving. If your machine is not heating up properly, this could also be the fault of your machine switchboard, a professional will be able to properly diagnose the fault and help you as best as possible.

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Other potential issues to investigate

A hose blockage

Another possible cause of washing machine breakdown is a build-up of residue from your laundry detergent. The drainage hose at the back of your machine can become clogged, damaging the pressure switch.

You may initially be able to clean the pipe yourself, but it’s the backup of water that may have caused issues back into the machine. Luckily, a technician will be able to troubleshoot this and properly drain your machine. If you’re experiencing a hose blockage, this repair thankfully doesn’t require any replacement parts, just thorough cleaning and a check over of your machine.

Another consideration should be that it’s not actually an issue of the washing machine hose – it may be the backup of water has actually come from your home’s blocked waste pipe and not from the machine’s waste pipe. This is common especially if your washing machine shares the same waste pipe as a kitchen sink. If this is the case, it’s a messy job to unclog your waste pipe and clean the mess it leaves behind. Alternatively, hire a cleaning professional to do the yuck job for you.

A pump failure

Washing machine pump failure could upset the pressure within your machine and prevent it from draining. Unlike older washing machines, modern machines tend to have self-contained pumps which are more prone to breaking. Your pump could be blocked by a small piece of debris, or it could be burnt out.

If your machine was making strange noises before it stopped, this could be a problem with the recirculation pump, if the noises are happening during draining this points to a fault in the drainage pump.

Pump failure can be tricky to diagnose and repair, so it is best to bring in a professional who will be able to find the issue.

What to do when the washing machine stops mid-cycle full of water

If your machine has stopped mid-cycle, you may be faced with the difficult task of draining your machine whilst it is full of water.

Before you open the machine door, it is best to put down as many towels and blankets first to soak up water. A bucket will be able to help catch some of the water leaking out before it covers your floor. Whilst a machine repairman may be able to fix your machine so that it drains properly, they may need the machine to be empty before they arrive.

When ringing for assistance, it is best to ask your repairman and they will be able to assess what you should do.

When resetting your washing machine doesn’t work

If resetting your machine has not worked, we recommend bringing in a washing machine specialist to fix your machine. Attempting to DIY this repair could leave you with an even more damaged machine and a more expensive repair.

As washing machines are all different and require different parts, only a professional will know how to fix your specific problem. This will save you a lot of hassle and stress, as you know a professional will be able to swiftly fix the issue.

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What’s the first thing I should do if my machine stops?

The first thing you should do is try and reset your machine. A hard reset may correct any electricity malfunction. Failing that, we advise ringing a washing repairman to assess and fix the fault.

Is fixing a washing machine expensive?

The cost of your machine repair will depend on the repair you need and the severity of the damage. A repair could cost between £79 and £230, for a full breakdown of the cost check here.

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