What Would Make a Washing Machine Stop Before Rinsing and Spinning?

A washing machine will sometimes stop midway through a wash cycle before it rinses and spins.

Leftover Suds

Ensure that your front-loading washing machine’s fabric softener and bleach drawers are closed before you start a wash cycle.Ensure that your front-loading washing machine’s fabric softener and bleach drawers are closed before you start a wash cycle.
Although this may seem strange, there are several reasons why this occurs. If your washer won’t advance through a wash cycle, don’t panic; instead, try to figure out what’s causing the interruption and see if you can fix it.

Although a washing machine will produce suds when water combines with detergent to clean clothes, too many suds can impact a washing machine’s ability to finish a typical wash cycle. Before a washing machine transitions to the rinse and spin phases, it will drain out the soap and water. If it can’t remove all of the suds within a certain time, the washer will pause to give itself more time to drain. Certain washing machines will only pause one or two times for draining before the washer stops altogether. Restart the wash cycle but without any detergent.

Blocked Drain

If the drain becomes blocked, a washing machine won’t advance from the draining phase to the rinse or spin cycles. Open the washer’s door or lid and look for water. If there is water in the washtub, the drain might be backed up. Refer to your washing machine’s manual for instructions on how to clear a clogged drain.

Frozen Timer

The timer can become stuck during a wash cycle, and instead of advancing, it just stalls on one cycle. This sometimes occurs after a power disruption temporarily interferes with the washer’s electrical connection or if the washer vibrates during the agitation cycle and knocks one of the timer’s wires loose. Manually advance the timer to “Rinse” and see whether or not the wash cycle resumes. Contact a washing machine repair specialist to inspect the timer.

Bad Locking Tab and Lid Switch

A top-loading washing machine has a locking tab and lid switch. When you close the lid, the tab connects with the switch to secure the lid shut. Even though a washing machine will start if the tab and switch break, the washer won’t rinse or spin unless the tab and switch unite. Open and close the lid. A properly working lid tab and switch will click when the two components come together. If you don’t hear a noise, one or both of the components may be broken. Contact a washing machine repair specialist to inspect the locking tab and lid switch and replace the part that’s faulty.

About the Author

Christie Gross has been writing since 1998. Her work writing public policy platforms for elected officials nationwide has been featured in national and local newspapers under various client pen names. Gross has a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware.