Troubleshooting Why Washing Machines Stop Full of Water Mid Cycle in San Antonio, TX

Have you experienced your washing machine stopping during mid cycle or it won’t finish washing your clothing? This can be due to several reasons. Troubleshooting the problem is usually a process of elimination. For those who are having this problem with their washing machine, Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio will share the different causes as to why a washing machine will stop in mid cycle.

Why Did My Washer Stop Full of Water?

Keep in mind that each model and brand of washing machine has their own unique problems. Therefore, it helps to narrow down why your washing machine is failing to finish a wash cycle by looking up your exact brand, year, and model. You might find there are well known problems that you may be experiencing with your washing machine. However here are some of the more common and general problems with washing machines not finishing a cycle.
1. Washer Lid Switch Problems
Most washing machines have a lid switch assembly which prevents the washer from spinning if the lid is open. When or if the switch fails, this can stop the washing machine during mid cycle and it will not continue through the entire washing. Check or test to see if the assembly switch is working by using a multi-meter, and test each of the lid switches for continuity. If the continuity is malfunctioning or broken, you may need to replace it.
2. Washing Machine Door Lock or Latch Motor
Modern washing machines now use a door lock motor or mechanism to lock the lid in place, which is also attached to the switch assembly. Sometimes the motor or lock sensor can become defective over time and even right out of the box. If the sensor reads that the lid wasn’t locked it will cause the washing machine to stop at any point during the cycle. To test to see if it is the sensor, once again uses a multi-meter on the continuity switch.
3. Washing Machine Water Inlet Valve
If your washing machine stops during the rinse cycle, this could be due to the inlet water valve being defective or broke. If the valve fails, the water may not be able to flow into the washtub. This will cause the machine to stop in order to continue waiting for the water to begin the rinse cycle. If your washing machine goes past the rinse cycle and stops, it is most likely due to the inlet water valve.
4. Washing Machine Control Board & Timer
Sometimes, but not too often, a washing machine may fail to continue to run through the full cycle because the control board is defective. However, it is rare when a defective control board does occur. Another issue of the washing machining stopping during mid cycle can be due to a defective timer. You can check using a multi-meter and see if the timer’s wiring is receiving any power surges. If it appears to be dead, you may then need to replace the timer.


If you feel at a loss and are still unsure as to what your washing machine’s problem is and why it won’t complete a full washing cycle, contact Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio. We will inspect and repair your washing machine and get your washing machine up and running again today.

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