How to Quickly Fix a Washer Stuck on Rinse Cycle

There are several reasons for a washing machine to get stuck on a rinse cycle. I know how frustrating it is, I’ve been there!

Luckily, the majority of the causes for it have quick fixes. 

When a washer is stuck on a rinse cycle, there’s an issue with the timer, other electrical concerns, or related to water flow problems. 

Here’s how to stop your washer’s rinse cycle!

5 Reasons Why Your Washing Machine is Stuck on Rinse Cycle

Unbalanced Load

An unbalanced load creates a tricky issue for a washer that has just finished a wash cycle.

A rinse cycle struggles when most of the washing load is situated in one part of the drum. As a result, it’s unable to rinse the soapy suds effectively because the washed items are too heavy in one spot. 

How to Fix an Unbalanced Load

Follow these steps:

  • Open the washer and rearrange the items to balance items out more. 
  • If you’re prevented from opening the washer’s door, drain the water first. Then try again. 
  • Close the door.
  • Restart the rinse cycle.

Blocked Water Inlet Valve

Washing machines often have two supply inlets. These accept cold and hot water, respectively. In other situations, a single inlet is provided with a heating element inside the machine, warming the H2O as needed. 

When the machine is fine until the rinse cycle, then it’s likelier that the cold-water faucet, or inlet valve connected to it, is partially clogged up with dirt and debris. 

How to Fix a Blocked Water Inlet Valve

A blocked water inlet valve needs to be removed and unblocked. Debris or dirt build-up is the most likely issue here. They usually fit the valve at the back of the machine, so access it from there.

Another possibility is a faulty or broken water inlet valve. If this is the case, it needs to be replaced with a new one. 

Drainage System Blockage

Washing machines include drainage systems. These filter the water being expelled, catching debris to avoid clogging up the internals. 

Sometimes, the filters or drainage hose become clogged with debris, bobby pins, coins, and other assorted items. These were originally inside clothing pockets and fell out during the wash cycle. This clogs machines, preventing proper water drainage.

If so, it interferes with the rinse program because the cycle uses and discards considerable H2O during this cycle. 

How to Fix a Drainage System Blockage

The drainage filter is a filter cap situated behind a flap near the bottom right of most washing models. It unscrews easily. Flush the filter with water to clear it and refit it. This often solves this issue.

Also, check the water hose in the same area too. They’re close to each other. 

Repairing a washing machine

Control Board Glitch

Washing machines sometimes become a little scrambled when they’ve been used for too long. Small power surges or temporary power interruptions are enough to confuse an otherwise reliable washer, too. 

If this is the case, no amount of messing around with the controls, knobs, buttons, and other options provides a fix. 

How to Fix a Control board glitch

A control board glitch is commonly resolved by turning off the machine, leaving it for 10+ seconds, and then powering it back up. 

This performs a soft reset – leaving it off for longer and unplugging the appliance from the outlet is even better. 

If this does not resolve the issue, and after attempting all other options, a bad control board is still a possibility. See an appliance technician to get more certainty about it. 

Faulty Timer

A washing machine uses an internal electronic timer to time the cycles, when they start, end, and the machine must move on to the next one. 

If there is a timer fault, it does not send a signal within the machine to move to the next cycle in the sequence. As a result, the rinse cycle never ends. 

How to Fix a Faulty Timer

A timer is sometimes faulty or burnt out. Occasionally, a wire has a loose connection preventing the signal from getting through that moves cycles forward. 

To determine what may be wrong, access the internal mechanism to examine the timer. A burnt-out one is easy to spot. A loose wire is fixable when wearing a static band to avoid static shocking the machine.

A bad timer won’t necessarily indicate as such, and a replacement is required for serious faults. The timers are not repairable by a professional technician, but they can be tested and replaced by one. 

Washing Machine Keeps Repeating Rinse Cycle

A washing machine that repeats the rinse cycle over and over is a different issue.

It is usually caused by one of the following:

  1. Bad hall sensor.
  2. Water is not draining successfully.
  3. Clogged water inlet valve.
  4. The control board is playing up.
  5. Unbalanced load.

Common Fixes for Repeated Rinse Cycles

  • Bad Hall Sensor: Replace the sensor with an appliance technician.
  • Water not draining: A clogged outlet hose or filter is preventing proper drainage. Unblock and drain the water to fix it.
  • Clogged water inlet valve: Clear the filter for water coming into the machine. This fixes water flow issues and allows the rinse cycle to finish correctly. 
  • Control board playing up: A quick reset of the machine may fix the control board. Otherwise, it suggests the control board needs replacing. 
  • Unbalanced load: Heavier loads, such as ones with bedding or a blanket, cause problems. Redistribute them and try again. 

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