Having a washer stop mid-cycle is a frustrating experience. First, make sure the circuit breaker has not tripped and turned off power to the machine. If that checks out, try testing the following parts below.
WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.
Lid Switch Assembly
The lid switch prevents the washer from spinning when the lid is open. Over time, the lid switch assembly could become faulty and stop the washer mid-cycle. Use a multimeter to test the lid switch for continuity and replace if it has no continuity.
Sometimes it’s a part on the lid of the washer, the lid switch actuator that is the problem. The lid switch actuator sits inside the washer’s lid and comes into contact with the lid switch inside the washer’s cabinet when the lid of the washer is lowered. Over time, the actuator can become misaligned and not make proper contact with the switch, or it can even break. Luckily, the lid switch actuator is an easy repair to do.
Door Lock Switch
The door lock secures the washer’s door when in use. Like the lid switch, it too can fail and will not allow the washer to go through its cycles. If can become damaged mechanically or electronically. If the door no longer locks, or if there is no continuity after testing the switch, then replace the Door Lock.
Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve controls the water that enters the washer. If water inlet valve fails, water may not enter the machine and the washer cannot continue through its cycles. Test the water inlet valve for continuity and replace if there is no continuity.
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