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GE Washer Won’t Wash Cycle Properly

Your GE washing machine will automatically control the wash cycle on its own. If it won’t, there may be issues with your wash cycle, indicating some failure in the machine’s mechanics.

A GE washer won’t wash cycle properly if it overheats or when the control board has an electrical issue. To solve a faulty wash cycle, let your washer rest for at least a day. If the problem persists, reset the machine’s motor, replace the timer, or have a GE technician service your washing machine.

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In this article, I’ll discuss the most common reasons why your wash cycle isn’t functioning well. I’ll also tell you ways to restore your washing machine at home and when it’s time to call a professional.

GE Washer Won’t Start Wash Cycle: Causes / How To Fix

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When your wash cycle doesn’t start, that is usually the result of human error. In many cases, adjusting the settings on your machine can solve this type of defect at home.

If your system is programmed correctly, then your lid switch assembly or door lock has malfunctioned. You can replace the damaged parts at home, but experts recommend getting in touch with a GE technician.

The Speed Selector Is Stuck in the Middle

The speed selector will automatically choose the correct speed for your laundry. When the speed selector is in the middle, the wash cycle won’t start.

Check the speed selector switch and adjust it if necessary. Your wash cycle should return to normal afterward.

The Wash Cycle Got Paused by Accident

Sometimes, you may accidentally pause the washing machine without realizing it.

Ensure that someone did not activate the pause/stop button. Check to see that the timer is not pushed in as well. In both cases, deselecting these buttons will restart your wash cycle instantly.

The Washer Motor Needs To Reset

GE washers have a fail-safe system that stops the wash cycle once activated. If your washing machine experiences a power spike, power loss, or an overload, the motor will shut off. This power down saves your washing machine from electrical damages.

Unfortunately, the motor has to reset after the fail-safe process triggers it.

Every washer motor requires a different process to reset it. However, there is a general method that can work for most washing machines.

To reset your motor:

  1. Unplug your washing machine for 60 seconds.
  2. Plug the washer into a free wall socket.
  3. Open the lid six times within 12 seconds. Ensure you close the lid fully each time.

Afterward, test your wash cycle and observe the improvements. If this doesn’t help, consult your GE user manual to reset the motor on your specific model.

The Washing Machine Is Overheated and Needs a Break

The mechanics of your GE washing machine will heat up after each use. If you’ve just washed several loads of clothes and noticed that the wash cycle stopped functioning correctly, give the washer a break.

After a few hours, the machine will cool down. At this time, the wash cycle will recover and function normally during your next load.

The Child Lock Is Activated and Stopping All Functions

A GE washer will not wash or spin while the child lock is activated. Deactivating the child safety lock will solve this problem. The steps to turn off the child lock is different for every model.

On some models, turning the selection knob to the On/Off position will deactivate the child lock.

If this doesn’t work, consult your user guide for the exact method for turning off the child lock.

The Switch Lid Assembly Is Broken and Your Washer Cannot Close Completely

The wash cycle can only start when the washer is fully closed. The lid switch assembly is a component that lets the washer know that it is closed completely.

A broken lid assembly will prevent your wash cycle. Test the lid assembly’s functionality with a multimeter. If the test confirms that the lid assembly is damaged, find the right replacement and switch it out.

This repair can be done at home using the instructions in the washing machine’s guide. Similarly, to solve the problem, you can call a professional to avoid damaging your device.

The Door Lock Has Malfunctioned and Your Washer Is Still Open

A broken door lock will always stop your washer from closing, even if it seems fully sealed.

Make sure the door lock is working by checking it with a multimeter. Switch it out with the help of the user manual if the door lock is faulty.

Consult a GE maintenance specialist if you’ve never done a job like this before. They can provide advice or service the machine for you.

GE Washer Won’t Go Past Wash Cycle: Causes / How To Fix

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A washer will not advance to the spin cycle as long as it thinks the door is open. Check that your lid switch assembly is fully functional. Replace the switch if the machine doesn’t detect the closed lid.

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When the lid switch is not the issue, it’s most likely your detergent. During the wash cycle, your washing powder produces bubbles. Too many suds can cause a GE washer to stop automatically.

Inspect your washer for excessive suds. In this case, you’ll want to change your detergent and restart the washing machine from the beginning.

GE Washer Stops During Wash Cycle

A washing machine that stops mid-cycle has a broken timer or a failing drainage system.

If the timer stops in the middle of the wash cycle, it’s probably broken. You’ll also notice that your washer comes to a halt during other processes as well.

When this happens, get in touch with a GE technician to replace the timer because you cannot fix this at home.

On the other hand, if it stops because of a blocked drain, this can be solved at home. Locate the drain pump using your GE washer’s manual and remove anything that is clogging the pump.

Your wash cycle will function perfectly with a new timer and a clear drainage system.

GE Washer Stuck on Wash Cycle

When your washer is stuck in the wash cycle, the timer either broke or malfunctioned.

A certified GE technician can diagnose this issue and solve it within a day. Ask your local appliance store if they have a technician that can help you out.

GE Washer Wash Light Blinking: Causes / How To Fix

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When the wash light is continuously blinking on your washing machine, there is a problem with the speed sensor, the shifter, or you need to clear all the error codes.

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Firstly, resolve all the error codes so your machine can reset. The instructions that come with your washing machine have a detailed explanation on how to solve each error code.

Once this is complete, use these steps to stop the flashing wash light:

  1. Rotate the washer knob to “Medium (Delicates).”
  2. Press and hold the start button for 3 seconds.
  3. Release the button.
  4. Press and hold the start button with the fabric softener button. Rotate the knob to “Permanent Press (Medium)” while holding the buttons.

If this does not work, your particular model may require a different process. Look in your instructions to discover how to exit the diagnostics menu in your washing machine.

If there are no improvements, consider calling a professional to check your sensor and shifter to resolve the issue.

Final Thoughts

Troubleshooting a washer that won’t start its wash cycle is more manageable than fixing a washer stuck in the wash cycle.

When this does not work, the methods described in this article should help you solve the problem at home. Alternatively, you can get in touch with a GE technician who will repair the wash cycle issue for you at an affordable rate.

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