Samsung Washer Keeps Stopping

Samsung washers are arguably among the best washing machines. However, your Samsung washer may experience issues such as stopping when you do your laundry — which can be pretty stressful and inconvenient. 

If your Samsung washer stops, it probably has a faulty component like the washer timer, lid switch, door lock, water valve, control board, or drain hose. Fortunately, there are easy fixes for most of these that you can do on your own.

In this article, I’ll take you through the possible problems that may cause your washer to stop while in use. I’ll also discuss how to identify and fix these issues. Let’s get to it!

Samsung Washer

1. The Washer Timer Is Defective

All Samsung washers have a timer that alerts you when they move on to the next stage in the wash. But if the washer timer malfunctions, it cannot relay information to the control board and help the machine switch to a different mode. So, the washer maintains the same wash cycle indefinitely and suddenly stops before completing the washing process.

How To Fix

Determine whether the washer timer is the cause of the problem by using a multimeter. Here are the steps to do that:

  1. Unplug the washer and turn off the water supply. 
  2. Access the washer timer through the back of the washer, pull off its wiring harness, and set your multimeter to ‘Continuity Test Mode.’ Make sure the washer timer is set to any of the available modes.
  3. Connect your multimeter to the contacts to test for the washer timer’s continuity. An image at the back of the machine should tell you which number on the timer socket corresponds to which set of contacts. 

If one of the contacts doesn’t fit correctly, your multimeter will display an ‘OL,’ indicating that you have a faulty motor on your hands, causing your Samsung washer to stop.

Since a timer motor isn’t sold separately, you have to buy a new washer timer and replace it. 

Watch the YouTube video below on how to replace a faulty washer timer:

2. The Lid Switch and Door Lock Are Faulty

Both the lid switch and door lock ensure that your washer is safe to use during operation. The lid switch automatically turns off the washer when the door is open. Meanwhile, the door lock keeps your appliance from opening during strong agitations. 

If the lock is faulty, it could prevent the washer from starting or cause the washer to stop prematurely since the system assumes the door is open.

The best way to check for a faulty door lock is to shake it lightly when closed. If the door wiggles, the lock is likely malfunctioning. You should also ensure that there’s nothing wrong with the lid switch.

man fixing Samsung Washer

How To Fix

Fixing a door lock is simple. All you have to do is bypass the lid lock as follows:

  1. Disconnect your washer from the power source and drain the water inside. 
  2. Insert a magnet between the lid lock and solenoid. 

If you do these steps properly, the door should lock, and your washer should complete its washing cycle.

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3. There’s Something Wrong With The Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is responsible for directing the water into the washer and maintaining adequate water levels for an efficient wash. If this component malfunctions, water won’t pass to the washing system, causing water levels to go down. Consequently, your washer will stop abruptly during the rinse cycle.

How To Fix

Before fixing the water inlet valve, you should investigate the cause of its malfunction. For example, there could be an obstruction in the valve. This is a likely issue if you use hard water, as the minerals from the same tend to accumulate in the filters. If this is the case, all you have to do is clean the build-up to allow clear water to pass.

With a multimeter, you can also test whether the water inlet valve has gone bad. If the valve is completely damaged, you need to replace it.

4. The Control Board Fails

The control board is the brain of your washer, meaning it receives and processes commands that you give the washer via its controls (hence its name). Therefore, if it malfunctions, it can cause problems that may or may not directly cause your Samsung washer to stop, such as the door not locking and low water levels.

How To Fix

If your Samsung washer stops mid-wash due to control panel issues, you can try switching off the machine for about 10 minutes. This should reset your appliance, after which you can restart it to see if it can run a full cycle.

If this process doesn’t work, there may be more serious issues with the control panel, such as scorching, corrosion, or loose wiring. To verify if this is the case, test the control panel using a multimeter. You may likely need to replace the control board.

The YouTube video below will provide essential tips on replacing your Samsung washer’s control panel.

5. The Drain Hose Is Clogged

As its name suggests, this component is responsible for draining water from your washer. Sometimes, the drain hose may clog, causing your washer to stop mid-cycle by turning on the pressure switch. This switch is a safety mechanism that will shut down your machine until the drain hose is fixed.

working man fixing connects pipe to drain water.

How To Fix

Fixing a clogged drain hose is a straightforward task that takes only a few minutes, as follows:

  1. Disconnect the washer at the power source and drain as much water as possible. This will allow you to disconnect the clogged hose safely. 
  2. Blow air through the hose to clear the blockage to ensure everything flows smoothly.


Samsung washers may stop abruptly while you’re doing laundry for various reasons. There may be a malfunction in the components I discussed above, which can cause the machine to stop working. When this happens, it’s essential to uncover the root of the issue and make the necessary adjustments to get your washer back to normal.