If your Whirlpool washer has stopped working mid-cycle, you’re on the right page!
In this guide, we will walk you through all of the possible reasons this might be happening and then give you step-by-step instructions on how to fix the underlying cause. Hopefully, by the time you get to the end of the guide, you will have found the cause of the problem and be able to start using your washer again.
All major Whirlpool washer models are covered by this guide, including the following model numbers:
Step 1—Check the power supply
The first step is to check the power supply. This can be done by simply making sure your washing machine is plugged into the power socket correctly. It’s not uncommon for a plug to become loose or damaged over time, which might cause it to turn your washer off mid-cycle. If you find the power plug is damaged or loose, it will need to be replaced by a qualified technician. If the power plug is fine, move on to Step 2.
Step 2—Check the circuit breaker
The next step is to check the circuit breaker. Sometimes the circuit breaker can trip while your washing machine is running through a cycle. The main reason this occurs is you have too many other appliances also running through the same circuit as the washer. The best way to stop this happening is to use an exclusive circuit for your washing machine.
To check the circuit breaker, go to your household fuse box and make sure it hasn’t tripped. If so, turn it back on. If this doesn’t solve the problem or if the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped, proceed to Step 3.
Step 3—Check the door lock
The purpose of the door lock is to make sure your door is properly closed during a wash cycle. When you close the door, the door lock tells the main control board that the door is closed and it’s safe to run the washing machine through a cycle. If the door switch becomes faulty, your washing machine might turn off mid-cycle.
Here’s how to check the door lock in your Whirlpool washing machine:
- Start by checking your user manual to determine if your washing machine has a mechanical or electronic door lock.
- If you have a mechanical door lock, try to close the door and check if it closes properly and then locks into place. If not, it will need to be replaced.
- If you have an electronic door latch, it will need to be checked with a multimeter to determine if it has continuity.
- To test the door lock, test each of the door lock switches for continuity. If defective, the door lock will need to be replaced. If fine, move on to Step 4.
- Once the new door lock is installed, check if your washing machine can now operate for a full cycle without turning off. If not, move on to Step 4.
Step 4—Check the lid switch
The lid switch stops your Whirlpool from operating when the door opens. If this happens mid-cycle, your washing machine will stop. If your lid switch is defective or has stopped working completely, it may be turning your washer off when it shouldn’t.
Here’s how to check the lid switch:
- Switch the power off.
- Locate the lid switch in your Whirlpool washing machine (if you’re not sure how to locate it, consult your user manual).
- Once located, test the switch with a multimeter.
- If the switch doesn’t have continuity, it is faulty and will need to be replaced. If it does have continuity, the switch is working correctly, and you can move on to Step 5.
- Once a new lid switch has been installed, check if your Whirlpool washer can run a complete cycle without stopping. If not, proceed to Step 5.
Step 5—Check the water inlet valve
The water inlet valve is responsible for letting water into your washing machine during the cycle. If the valve becomes defective, water won’t get into your washer when required, which can cause it to turn off mid-cycle.
Here’s how to check the water inlet valve:
- Switch the power and water off.
- Locate the water inlet valve in your Whirlpool washing machine (if you’re not sure how to locate it, consult your user manual).
- Once located, test the valve with a multimeter.
- If the valve doesn’t have continuity, it is faulty and will need to be replaced. If it does have continuity, the valve is working correctly, and you can move on to Step 6.
- Once a new water inlet valve has been installed, check if your Whirlpool washer can run a complete cycle without stopping. If not, proceed to Step 6.
Step 6—Replace the main control board
The main control board is difficult to test, so your best option is to replace it and see if that solves the problem. On the other hand, you may decide it’s less risky to just buy a new washer.