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Whirlpool Washing Machine stops mid-cycle

I just picked up a fairly new Whirlpool Washing Machine, Model #LSR 5232LQ1 second-hand. When I ran a couple of loads through, it seemed to do all the functions--fill, agitate, drain, rinse, spin. However, the timer switch does not go through all these functions automatically. It stops mid-cycle, and the machine just sits there and hums. I have to manually advance it to the next function before it will do anything. This happened in both the Normal and Casual modes. I didn't try it in the Delicate mode. Now, it's been sitting idle for about two years according to the previous owner. So, I'm wondering whether there's a problem with the timer, and if it's something that can be reset, or does it require more than that?

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  • HiwyYa May 30, 2009

    I purchased a timer today. Will let you know how it worked out once it's installed.

  • HiwyYa Jun 11, 2009

    I replaced the timer with a new one, and it's still hanging up mid-cycle, just prior to the rinse mode. If I manually advance the dial one or two clicks the cylce resumes to completion.

  • HiwyYa Jun 12, 2009

    Nicolo,



    Thank you for these suggestions.



    I checked the power cord up to where it goes into the back of the machine. The lid switch as far as I can tell works because when I lift the lid mid-spin cycle the power cuts off and the the spin cycle ceases.



    Some more amplifying detail on the problem observed: In Normal, the machine stops just after the first Spin Hi mode. It won't start again until I manually move the dial all the way over to just before the last Spin Hi. That means Fill & Rinse, Agitate Hi, and Drain Hi are skipped over.



    When the machine is placed in Permanent Press/Casual mode, the machine stops after finishing the 1/2 Tub Drain. It will resume when I manually advance the timer knob to the final Drain step.



    This was occurring before replacing the Timer, and now still after installing the new Timer.

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Some washing machines stops the current function completely when there is loose connections in the power.  As a safety precaution, the manufacturers let it go into a "reset" once you set it into another mode, it would start over.  Check the power cable up until the one in the machine.  Another is the lid, the witch in there may have a problem.
Another reason could be there is an issue with the coupler and the motor.  You may hear the motor running but it not making much spin.  It may be starting to worn out.  I see this option however as the last one to check,

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  • Nicolo Carlo Parazo Jun 12, 2009

    I suspect something in the "fill mode" is keeping you from proceeding. Can you check on the water level switch if it is connected or if it is working properly. Otherwise it could be the water valves for the inlet and the drain, pls check the connectors to it.

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