Washer: Won't advance to next cycle or stops in mid-cycle

When a top-load washer won’t advance to the drain and spin portion of the cycle, suspect a broken lid switch because the timer won’t advance to spin if it senses the washer lid is open. Replace the lid switch if it doesn’t detect a closed lid. A broken timer or failed water-level pressure switch will also stop a top-load washer in mid-cycle.

On a vertical modular (VMW) top-load washer, a bad shifter assembly or a failed drain pump can stop the washer mid-cycle. Excessive suds can also cause this type of washer to stop before the cycle finishes. Our Troubleshooting a Top-Load Washer that Won't Drain or Spin Video provides more troubleshooting tips to help you get a top-load washer going when it stops mid-cycle.

In a front-load washer, a broken washer door lock assembly, failed main electronic control board or faulty motor control board can prevent the washer from finishing a cycle. This type of washer often signals a digital error code when the washer control detects a problem and stops the cycle. If you see a code flashing on the display, look up the error code on our Washer Error Code Charts and follow the troubleshooting steps to get your washer running again.

These repairs may help solve your Washer problem:

Replace the washer lid switch

Lid switch

The lid switch on a top-load washer is a safety switch that detects whether the washer lid is closed. The lid must be closed when the basket spins; some top-load models require that the washer lid be closed before the washer drive motor runs. An open lid prevents some top-load washers from filling. If the lid switch isn't detecting whether the lid is closed, replace the switch.

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Replace the washer shifter assembly

Shifter assembly

The shifter assembly—also called the actuator—in a top-load washer is mounted on the bottom of the gearcase. The shifter assembly's motor shifts the drive system between the agitation mode and the spin mode. A sensor on the shifter monitors the position of the drive system during the wash cycle. If the motor, sensor or mechanical parts of the shifter assembly fail, the washer stops and signal an error code. Replace the shifter assembly if it malfunctions.

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Replace the washer door lock assembly

Door lock assembly

The door lock assembly on a front-load washer includes a safety switch that detects whether the washer door is closed, a latch and a locking mechanism. If any of these components fails when the door is open, the door won't lock; if a component fails with the door is closed, the door won't open. Replace the entire assembly if any component fails.

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Replace the washer main electronic control board

Main electronic control board

The main electronic control board, also called the mother board, governs the timing and execution of the washer component functions. It controls the fill valves, the drive motor and the drain pump.

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Replace the washer timer

Timer

The timer controls the component functions in the washer. Also called a cycle selector, the timer has a motor that advances the internal cams inside the timer body. The cams open and close electrical contacts to energize and de-energize components during the wash cycle. A control knob on the stem of the timer lets the user select cycles on the timer. If the timer motor does not advance or the contacts are defective in the timer, replace it.

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Repair or replace the washer drain pump

Drain pump

The drain pump removes water from the washer at the appropriate times during the wash cycle. The pump's bearing can seize, the seal can fail or the impeller blades can break. The belt on a belt-driven pumps can break, and the pulley can shear off. A humming noise when the washer is full of water is a common symptom of a failing pump. In some cases, you can repair the pump by clearing it of debris, fixing wiring failures or replacing a seal. If the pump can't be repaired or rebuilt, replace it.

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Replace the washer motor control board

Motor control board

The motor control board is a circuit-control board in a front-load washer that's usually in the bottom of the washer next to the drive motor. It monitors and controls the drive motor speed and direction for the tumble and spin actions during the cycle. If the motor doesn't run, the motor control board might need to be replaced.

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Replace the washer water-level pressure switch

Water-level pressure switch

The water-level pressure switch detects the water level in the wash tub. If the water-level pressure switch is defective, the washer won't fill properly. It could not fill at all or it could overfill even to the point of overflowing. If the pressure switch doesn't accurately detect and control the water level in the washer, replace it.

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