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My washing machine has stopped working mid cycle?
By following the advice below, you can prolong the life of your
can wash the same items for years, then one day for no
apparent reason your washing machine stops working mid cycle
– or refuses to complete the final spin
Our customers are always concerned about damaging their washing machine
by overloading. What causes more
damage than overloading the machine is washing one large
heavy item by itself
– or one large heavy item with a number of light items.
Washing just one large heavy item will
often cause an unbalance
load. If your machine
detects an unbalance load it will
abort or stop
working mid cycle; because washing machines are
designed to protect
the potential damaged that an unbalanced
load would cause.
What should you
do if your washing machine has stopped working mid
If you have one particular heavy large item that you have
decided, it would be better to wash separately in your washing
you discover that partway through the wash, the machine has
stopped working mid cycle
– or refuses to complete the final spin.
The first thing you should do is change the programme to the
drain setting and pump out all the water. Then take the
heavy item out and redistribute the item more evenly in the
drum; then restart the machine on a rinse and spin
If your machine is still refusing to wash or spin the heavy
item, the only thing you can do is add additional items
in an attempt to rebalance the drum more evenly.
How do washing machines protect themselves?
Modern washing machines nowadays, use balance
protection software to monitor the strain on the motor through
the power it uses.
If a wash load is evenly distributed around the drum, the
motor will run
as it turns requiring a regular amount of power.
If one side of
the drum is heavier than the other side,
will run unevenly as it encountered greater resistance when it
turns the heaver side of the drum.
balance protection software detects an unbalance load, it will
normally abort the wash cycle to protect the
You'll seriously damage and shorten the life of your
machine, if you keep trying to wash unbalanced loads
doesn't abort the wash cycle
your machine dose somehow manages to spin an unbalanced load
from damaging the Inner drum, the drum spider and the
unbalanced loads can also
short circuit the Motor and the Control board.
classic items that can cause an unbalanced are:
Continental quilts /Duvets,
Dressing gowns, and
We've seen many washing machines that have been
by washing one large heavy item by itself
Our advice, take all large heavy items to your local launderette and
machine wash them there.
Also see our advice
to other washing problems . . .
> How to clean a smelly Washing machine
> Washing a Continental quilt /Duvet
> Don't wash bath mats in your machine
> Washing Trainers in a washing machine
> I've lost a sock in my washing machine?
> Stain removal guide
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