Why does my washer stop half way through cycle
washer stops part way threw cycle when still full of water
The Kenmore 90 Series is a washing machine manufactured by Kenmore.
The 5 most common part(s) or condition(s) which contribute to the symptom Washer stops mid cycle are listed below:
Lid Switch Assembly
If the washer stops mid cycle the lid switch assembly might be defective. This is a very common problem. The lid switch assembly can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any electrical switches with an Ohm meter for continuity. The switches should have continuity according to their design.
Door Lock Motor and Switch Assembly
If the washer stops mid cycle the door lock assembly should be checked. The door lock can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any switches on the door lock with an Ohm meter. The switches should have continuity according to their design.
Water Inlet Valve
If the washer stops mid cycle the water inlet valve cold water side may have failed. Most washers have a cold water rinse and so if they can't fill with cold water they just sit indefinitely waiting for the cold water to enter. If there is cold water to the water inlet valve and the cold water works in other parts of the cycle - or to make warm water - the valve is not the problem.
Main Control Board
If the washer stops mid-cycle the main control board might be defective. This is not common. Check other causes first such as the lid or door switch and other components.
If the washer stops mid cycle the timer might be defective. This part is often misdiagnosed, check other components before replacing this timer.
Further to Mayer's very well informed suggestions, may I add a suggestion of my own? I am not familiar with this type of machine in the UK, but if it has a motor that employs brushes, I should check that the brushes are not worn down, do not have broken or weak springs, and are not sticking in the guides. A new set of brushes can remedy a lot of obscure faults for relatively little cost.
I had this problem. The washer would stop at the rinse cycle and I found that the issue was that the extrusion that contacted the lid switch mechanically was broken at the tip. Thus, the switch was not fully depressed. I added material to the actuator and the washer resumed with the lid closed. An easy way to test this is to try and depress the switch with a screwdriver or other long tool. If it starts, then this is likely your problem.
Great post and advice by Mayer. I live out of town and one of my tenants reported this issue with the coin-op washing machine. According to my tenant, the repair guy claims it was the water valve (assuming he meant the water inlet valve). Hopefully the repair did the trick!
I am going to add a symptom: when the washer stops (50-60 min) the start light begins to flash, and when the start button is pushed again the cycle completes (another 10-15 min). This does not sound like it could be caused by the common answers.
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