Washing Machine Stuck on 1 Minute (Causes & Fixes)

It’s not uncommon for a washing machine to get stuck on the 1-minute mark (Actually, I recently experienced this on my Bosch washing machine). There are a few potential causes for this issue, including:

  1. Bad heating element
  2. Water intake or drainage problems
  3. Unbalanced load
  4. Timer malfunction
  5. The sensor is faulty

Let’s go over each cause and the different approaches we can take to fix this annoying issue.

Bad heating element

I’ve personally experienced this one! 

The heating element – an essential part – stops working partway through a cycle. This fault stops the timer and the washing progress. 

Water Intake or Drainage Problems

The timer clock stops at one minute when not enough water is arriving inside the machine for use during the wash.

Also, blockages prevent water drainage and stop a washing machine most of the way through its programmed cycle, too. 

Unbalanced Load

An unbalanced load trips washing machine owners up every time. They never imagine it causes a timer to stop counting down. But it does…

It occurs because of a major entanglement that’s putting excess weight in one section of the washing drum. For example, if a bed sheet gets tangled up around clothing items, an enormous ball of miscellaneous items accumulates in one spot!

To avoid this in the future, disentangle items and load them more evenly inside the drum before closing the door and starting the washing cycle. Also, laundering bed sheets and/or towels separate to smaller items is beneficial too. 

Timer Malfunction

A faulty timer is a possibility.

A malfunction relating to the timer is either due to a control board that’s misdirecting it or the timer is going bad.

Electronic faults also cause timers to act up. 

Sensor Faulty

A sensory fault sometimes leads to the machine believing that the cycle has paused at a certain stage. This stops the clock at that point, whether that’s at the one-minute point or even the two-minute mark. 

A faulty sensor is one possibility. Also, an electrical surge or blip can cause this too. 

How to Fix a Washer Stuck on 1 Minute

Here are 4 different approaches you can try. 

Swap Out the Heating Element

Replacing the heating element is one of the more serious part replacement methods. 

You need to order the correct replacement part, access your washing machine by removing the front cover, and remove the element part. Then replace it with a new one and reassemble the machine. 

It is involved and only for someone comfortable with disassembly and reassembly fixes. Otherwise, I’d recommend a professional appliance call-out. 

Below is a video demonstrating how to replace the heating element yourself.

Clear Water Supply & Drainage Blockages

The intake hose at the back of the washing machine must be free of twists and kinks. Any object impeding the hose prevents or slows the flow of water. 

Installing a new appliance adjacent to the washing machine is enough to get a hose accidentally caught up. 

Another possibility is when spotting a small water leak and subsequently realizing that the intake hose has split somewhere. Then the water leaks, water pressure reduces, and the flow to the washing machine is affected, too. 

For water intake issues, proceed as follows:

  1. Turn off and unplug the washing machine. 
  2. Turn off the water supply.
  3. Turn the back of the washing machine partly around to examine it.
  4. Look at the intake hose to discern if there is a crack, split, or it is leaking. 
  5. Look for bends, twists, or other impediments to the intake hose. 
  6. Check the hose valve connection. 
  7. Unscrew the connection at the back of the machine and check for blockages.
  8. Clear any blockages found. The filter is usually removable and flushable with water to clear hidden blockages.
  9. Reinstall the filter and the hose to the back of the machine. 
  10. Re-engage the water supply
  11. Turn on the washing machine. 

For potential water blockages, follow these steps:

  1. Open the bottom front cover.
  2. Unscrew the filter cap. 
  3. Clear it of any debris or dirt buildup. 
  4. Refit the filter cap. 

Water should now flow uninterrupted with the appropriate amount of water pressure. 

Fix Unbalanced Loads

To resolve an unbalanced load issue, do the following:

  1. Turn the dial/knob to the Drain Water mode. Bosch models certainly have this mode, and some other brands do too. 
  2. Alternatively, access the drain filter at the front of the model and manually drain the water into an empty container or bucket. 
  3. Open the washer’s door. If it does not open, use the door release pull lever to the right of the filter at the front-right of the machine, or use other methods to do so. 
  4. Disentangle and rearrange the load to make it more even.
  5. Restart the washing mode or begin a new wash cycle program. 

Resolve Timer and Sensor Issues

Turn the washing machine off and leave it for 5-10 minutes. Then turn it back on again. 

This is a soft reset. It resolves minor electrical oddities and makes the problem go away. 

Alternatively, the issue results from either a malfunctioning sensor or a timer that has gone bad. Either way, if all the other above suggestions do not fix the problem, you require an appliance technician. 

To Wrap Up

For most makes and models of washing machines, a timer stuck at one minute has similar causes. Mostly they’re related to faulty parts, but sometimes the appliance only needs resetting. 

If you need to reset your washing machine, here are some guides on how to do so:

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