Tip & How-To about Washing Machines

Washing machine takes a long time to end cycle.

When a washing machine takes a long time to complete the cycle, that means that one of the conditions required to complete the cycle takes a long time before being met or detected.

In simple words this means that, depending on what part of the cycle the machine hesitates, you are in one of the following conditions:

1 The water inlet is blocked or restricted.
2 There is a water heating problem, usually thermostat not detecting temperature correctly.
3 There is a drain blockage and drain takes longer than usual.
4 The pressure switch used to detect water level is defective, and timer board does not detect that drain is complete and keeps draining for a while.

1 If possible move the machine and check the inlet hose at the back, ensure that there is pressure, that the hose is not restricted or blocked. Check also for blockage at inlet valve.

2 This must be tested removing parts from washer and using a multimeter. The job is better done by a technician.

3 You can check the drain pump. On most front loader models this is accessible opening a panel at the front lower side of the washer, under the door. On top loads the pump is accessed from behind (also some top loader), and from underneath the washer. Instructions are often described in the manual. The hose or filter housing can be removed to check for blockage.

4 Same as 2, the pressure switch is replaced when there is long drain or water level related problems.

Disconnect power before performing any maintainance.

As first step check warranty status by contacting the manufacturer at the number listed on manual. Long cycle is a fault condition, if your warranty is still valid, manufacturer will send an authorized technician at their expenses.

Here a practical description of the problem. Article is referring to a Maytag Neptune: washing machine takes an unusually long time to complete





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the wash cycle is taking a lot longer to do, for example the 30 min wash is taking 1 hour and sometimes longer, the motor seems fine, could it have something to do with the pump


Hi.

When the cycle hangs it means that because of a fault the conditions to advance are not met.

If the washer hangs at start (filling), then there is either a problem with water pressure, blocked inlet, or water flowing back from drain hose because of incorrect hose settings (called siphoning).

If machine hangs mid cycle, then it is often a temperature related problem. Check thermostat and element or check hot inlet and thermostat if dual inlet. Testing requires disassembling and use of the multimeter.

If machine hangs mid cycle or end of the cycle (before spin), then it can be drain system. Check drain hose, drain filter attached to pump and check the pressure switch.

Most machines have a service sheet hidden inside the control panel assembly. The tech sheets shows how to run a diagnostic cycle that will tell where the problem is.

Most common faults resulting in long cycle are heat-related and drain problems.

Regards.

Ginko

Jul 17, 2011 | Samsung Washing Machines

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dishwasher instructions


Hello, welcome to Fixya.

Typically the "normal" wash cycle should be sufficient and take anywhere from 60min to 120min. under normal conditions. ( Though 120 mins is quite long and should only occur if you had a low hot water supply, i.e. many people showering at the same time ).

The one variable in this is "normal". These machines when connected normal or proper should have a hot water supply and a heating capacity of 2 degrees per minute until reaching 150 degrees.

The other "tip" to consider is the numbers in the display ( depending on the model...not all have led displays ) is not actual time, just estimated time based on the previous cycle.

If you select a normal wash and run the hot water tap at your sink before starting the machine and it still takes in excess of 2.5 - 3hrs. to complete, there's likely a heating problem.

Let me know and we can go from there. The B/S/H/ ( Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau & Siemens ) dishwasher's have had some issue with the heater relay on the control boards dating back to the early to mid 90's. Just browse through the bosch dishwasher problems and solutions under my profile... http://www.fixya.com/myprofile/solutionsfiltered.aspx?ctgid=131&usrid=3604823

and you'll see what I mean.

Thank you for visiting "fixya", please take a moment and rate the info I provided for you here and also let me know if you require any further assistance.

Good luck.

macmarkus :)

Jul 05, 2010 | Bosch Dishwashers

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2007 Bosch Washer WFMC 3301


It may be possible that you are using too much soap. There is a turbidity sensor that checks for soap in the water. It will keep rinsing until it thinks the soap is gone. You did not state if you are ever able to complete an entire cycle or not. If the cycle never completes, it is possibly a problem with the main circuit board. Have you allowed the machine to complete a cycle?

May 18, 2008 | Bosch Nexxt 500 WFMC3301 Front Load Washer

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wash cycles are increasing in time required to complete


cold water valve in back could be plugged causing longer fill times.

Oct 20, 2007 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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