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Washing machine stops when there is 19 minutes left!

My washing machine will randomly stop in the middle of the cycle. It usually is when there is 19 minutes left on the load and I have to press start for it to finish. I have a warranty, do I need to have someone come fix it? What would cause this? Also alot of the time the clothes will still be sopping wet when the load is finished and I have to press DRAIN AND SPIN to get the excess water out. What is causing this? HELP!

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  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2007

    Same problem here,but the suggestion posted worked!!! I don't have to babysit my washing machine. It would ne nice if they would put this info in the owner's manual. Thanks again!!

  • drttrd Nov 09, 2007

    Not only does my waher stop before cycle is complete but it will not even dispense liquid bleach or fabric softner

  • skent10 Nov 20, 2007

    My GE was stopping at 30 minutes, every time, no matter how small, little, or balanced the load was. This fix solved the problem perfectly! Shame on GE for not including information about the filter in their manual. This is something anyone can do in less than 10 minutes. And to think I was about to call a repairman ...

  • mezopal Dec 03, 2007

    I had the same problem! Babysitting washer for the last three weeks--it would stop at 25 minutes left. I would restart it, then usually have to restart it two more times. My machine is less than a year old and I was going to call repair. But this solution worked!

    To open the panel, there are three tiny screws near the very bottom. Carefully remove those screws. Then you will want a larger bucket if you are fixing this while the machine is in "pause" state.

    I found about $1.50 in change and a bunch of wet, slimy lint. I'm having trouble getting the panel back on and all three screws in, but at least my machine is working again. Ran two loads this morning without any problems!

    Thanks for the information!

  • factoryguy Dec 16, 2007

    Our washer does the same thing ... stops mid-cycle when spinning after wash or rinse. Also, clothes are often wet after final spin. However, the drain filter is completely clean and the drain is wide open ... no restrictions.



    What else could cause this?

  • chrisinspect Jan 08, 2008

    I had the same problem also. It took me about 15 min. to get everything done. I wonder how much money GE has made off of this simple problem from service calls and such? I think this problem is a bunch of B.S. and GE should put something out to the consumers regarding this. Thanks for the help,

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    had the same problem, followed the advice given here, and now the washer works great!! my wife thinks i'm the greatest :)

  • wjohna Jan 25, 2008

    We had the same problem...twice now within one month. The first time we had to wait a WEEK for GE service to come, and we had bought a 3-year service plan! They don't tell you what the wait for service will be when they sell you those plans, but I bet most consumers would assume something less than a week. The service guy had it fixed within 5 minutes, just as others described here. Agreed that this should be in the service manual.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2008

    I had the same problem and fixed it thanks to this information. I wonder why they put a filter that "will clog" behind a screwed on panel with no mention of it anywhere! Thanks FixYa one more mystery solved!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    Thanks so much. I had the exact same problem. We have had the washer for 20 months now and just started having issues with it. When I cleaned out the filter here is what I found; 27 quarters, 21 dimes, 19 nickles, 46 pennies, 3 paperclips, one complete pen, 3 pen parts, one screw, a canadian quarter and a bunch of lint.



    Just one word of advise, after pulling out the filter, get a flash light and look deeper in the tube, that is where I found 2/3's of the stuff. I used a bent coat hanger to dig the rest of the stuff out.

  • MinConst Apr 20, 2009

    We had the same problem. This is what I found in the trap.

    39 pennys

    17 nickels

    22 dimes

    12 quarters

    2 buttons

    2 keys

    1 bolt

    2 nuts

    1 tip from a caulk tube

    3 unknown pieces of plastic

    Full blown link ball that incased it all.

    As stated eslewhere the bulk of the change was way back in the rubber part.

    Will try the washer tomorrow but I'm sure were good now. And even a little richer by $6.44.

  • cynster6403 Feb 09, 2010

    Issues with front loader washer not draining, I removed front cover and opened up filter cap, cleaned out (coins, bobbypins, etc.) put back on and rain the Rinse/Drain 2nd Rinse cycle to find that it went almost all the way thru and stopped on the second rinse. Full of water and won't drain again? Any other suggestions?

  • vickyvhughes May 11, 2010

    I to am 2 dollars richer thank you.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    For example, when the washer says there is 1 minute left to the end of wash cycle...it usually means there is 2 or more minutes left. I think the timer needs to be reset.

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Jeanna, you are going to have to remove the lower panel and clean the drain pump filter. Easy job, once the panel is removed the filter will be right in front. Get a bucket and unscrew the filter cover and you should find a ton of lint and stuff in there. This model has a pressure switch that detects if there is water in the tub. If so it will do this pause and slow spin. Once the pump filter is clean you should be good...Catriver...post back.

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There are other things besides a clogged filter that can cause the machine to stop in mid-cycle. For instance, there's an air pressure switch that senses water level in the tub.

When draining, if the water level switch fails to sense when the tub is empty, the pump continues to run for a couple of minutes, then the machine shuts itself down. This is what was causing my problem. So, if the tub fails to drain, or if the pressure switch doesn't sense that the tub has drained, the washer will stop.

I figured this out, then set up a warranty service call on GE's web site. The tech came out right on time (on a Saturday!), agreed with my theory, and ordered the switch ... and, just to be sure, he also ordered the entire electronics package. Another tech came out a week later and installed the parts. This fixed the problem.

Although we had a bad pressure switch, and it was kinda hard to diagnose, we really like the WCVH6260 and were impressed with GE service. Their Austin field service guys were great ... knowledgeable, cooperative, fast, and professional.

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  • tacandel1 Jan 09, 2011

    Just finished cleaning out my pump gilter drain, but did not find much of anything - a small lint ball, two pennies, and somoething black and oily about hte size of an acorn. About 1-20 oz of water drained out, nothing like 2gallons from what I've read here. So I guess I'll be making a service call.

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Had the exact same problem. Washer would wash fine, but would drain very slow, not spin and then the cycle would pause and not restart. Read this chain and fixed the problem while at home for lunch. Take the front access panel off by the screws underneath the panel. There is a white cap facing you. Unscrew slowly with a bucket underneath to catch the water that did not drain. Once it comes completely out, you'll see all the junk in the filter. My problem was washing my dogs kennel blanket. She is shedding really bad and the filter was full of dog hair. Cleaned the filter, screwed it back in and it ran perfectly. Saved a $75 service call from GE. This is something that should be in the owner's manual.

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Hi, My husband is in the middle of fixing ours now. To help remove the water he took his shop vac and placed the drain hose into the shop vac hose and sucked all the water out that way first. Less mess :) Hopefully will be up and running tonight.

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Yeah!! Fix the problem, so annoying that we couldn't find anything to suggest this in the "troubleshooting" part of the manual!!!! The screws were underneath the panel again not that obvious and you need to unscrew the white cap right in front and a large bucket to catch all the water that will begin to flow. We found $1.45 in coins, many screws, a pencil and many bobby pins. I guess it's good because it's a nightmare to get back up on laundry.

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You guys are awsome!!! I thought I wasted $900! As soon as I cleaned the filter, it worked perfect. Thanks so much.

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The newer machines now have an access cover to get to the pump cleanout and the directions are in the manuals.

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I have the same problem. Where is the filter on a GE Front load washing machine?

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Thank you very much, All whi=o have posted on here, I found 5.43,Plastic tags,a screw,a magnetix(son's toy)ball,2 beer caps, and a wad of dog hair to choke an elephent.... Thank you all and God bless.

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Thanks to everyone above. I have had mine GE front loader since march 2007. it would stop in mid cycle and all the water would not drain. very frustrating. I took off the 3 phillips screws underneath the very bottom of washer and walla there is the white plastic cap. fortunately I have the stand and was able to place a mop bucket underneath before unscrewing the cap. water flows out for sure. I think I took the coin count. $8.83 in change. sweeet.

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YIPEE!!!! You saved me $90 for the service call!!!! And yes, TONS of water will drian - be prepared! The inventory from my filter.... $6.37 in change, a bobby pin, a hair tie, 2 keys, 2 pen caps, a handful of unidentified plastic pieces and enough of my hair, and the cats, to make a small blanket..... Thank you SO much for your help!!!!!

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Another clogged drain! Found a pen, hair clips, plastic beads, small pebbles, and a whole bunch of lint. Washer is two years old, and started acting up a couple months ago and quit altogether during the spin cycle today. My thanks to this board for saving me the cost of a service call!

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Saved $88 bucks!! Thank you! - Washer would stop in the middle of cycle - wouldn't drain - Found $3.84 - pen cap - ring - 2 beer bottle caps (have to stop putting them in my pockets) and some lint. Good job Fixya.com

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Hope I solved all my GE problems: stopping in middle of cycle, blinking pause light, taking forever to do a load, not spinning at full speed, and lastly, won't drain.

Found a ton of change, several broken pins, and misc. small items in the filter, as well as a ton of lint. Running it's first wash after the clean-out, and it's running well so far.

Why couldn't GE shown us in the manual where the filter was? Of course, so they can run up the repair bills, but at the expense of owners beginning to hate their machines.

Thanks fo the help

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Thanks to all who posted here. My washer is now fixed! Yeah! No more soggy clothes! This site is really great. We found coins, lint, necklace & charm, bra strap extenders (5), nuts, screws, and a small light bulb.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

Thank you so much!

Found a ton of my daughters hair clips and a $10 bill!
The hardest part ( and not very hard) was replacing the cover.

Thanks once again.

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Wow that really worked! My warranty just expired. I am glad I searched the problem before call a repair person. The only problem was when I unscrewed the drain it was hard to get a bucket under it so I used a trash bag and hugged the drain and it spilled into the bag. Have towels on hand for any leakage. At least my washer works so i can wash that towel. At least so far!!

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One of the post below gives an excellent solution. Once I found the three sheet metal screws, that's why it can be difficult to get back in, I removed the plate and found the valve/filter cap. REMEMBER A PAIL as at least two gallons are going to be released. The reason I respond is for what I found. A guitar pick,nickle, dime, cloth braclet, slimy lint and lastly a SOCK. Put it all back together and runs like a charm. I know the original post is over a year old, but wanted to reasure anyone that come by this question again will know it works.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

Awesome solution. Turns out my 1 year old son's socks found their way into the filter. I did notice that once I unscrewed the filter cover, I had to give it a good pull to get it out.

Thank you very much!

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Same thing here. Thank god i searched the web to do this myself. Washer still under warranty, but i would have felt like a **** if they had come out just to do that. Thanks!!

Posted on Dec 17, 2007

Tried this and it work perfectly......THANKS

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

Same Problem except it wouldn't even start as reported by the previous owner before they bought a replacement. I just cleaned out the trap and hooked it up. Free washing machine just for a little surfing on the web and visiting your site. Thanks!

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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you need to have a tech out to look at it it sounds like the motor isnt going into high spin and /or cutting out on over load this is a problem with the g/e's there is no filter on this machine all the lint is flushed down the drain

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