Bosch washing machine stops during washing

Bosch washing machine stops during washing

What to do if the washing machine freezes during a cycle? First, you should try turning off the power to the device. Disconnect the machine from the button, unplug the plug from the socket and wait about 20 minutes. In half of the cases, this manipulation will help return the equipment to working order. If rebooting doesn't help and everything happens again, you'll have to dig deeper. Let's figure out why the machine stops during washing, what could be the reasons for the freezing.

Why did the breakdown occur?

If a modern machine stops working during the washing process, then usually, after a few minutes, an error is displayed on the display. By deciphering the fault code, you can find out what kind of failure occurred in the system. If the washing machine is not equipped with a display, it will notify you of a breakdown by flashing the display on the control panel.

The worst thing is when the machine does not want to show an error code. Then you will have to diagnose the equipment, eliminating one probable cause after another.

The reason for a Bosch washing machine freezing may be:

  • Drum overload, imbalance. Perhaps, during the washing process, the laundry was unevenly distributed inside, and therefore the machine refuses to work further,
  • Random unlocking of the hatch,
  • Wiring damage. Sometimes some wiring gets disconnected, a terminal comes off, or a sensor breaks,
  • Element failure. It's probably the heater, drain pump, or motor,
  • Activation of the emergency leakage protection sensor,
  • Failure of the main control module,

inconsistency between the washing program and the type and weight of fabric loaded into the drum (this is true for some of the latest Bosch models).

There may be problems with the drainage. So, if the filters or pipes are clogged, the machine simply cannot drain water into the sewer, and, therefore, it cannot continue to work. In addition, the filling valve may be faulty. You will have to check each element to identify the cause and repair the unit.

There is a lot of garbage inside the machine.

It happens that a Bosch washing machine turns off during operation due to improperly loaded laundry. Often users do not follow the manufacturer's recommendations and exceed the maximum permissible weight. Also, it could be that:

  • Items are not properly placed inside the drum. If they are brought together in one lump, an imbalance will arise and the machine will stop working,
  • Clothes are not sorted. This reason is more typical for modern Bosch machines, which can select the washing mode based on the type of fabric.

The user manual tells you how much laundry you can load in the washer. If you can put up to 6 kg, but all 8 kg are stuffed into the drum, it is clear that the machine will “stop” in the process and refuse to work. And if the machine is equipped with an auto-weighing sensor, then the cycle will not start. Smart technology is capable of independently measuring a lot of things and displaying the value on the screen.

The machine also freezes when clothes are unevenly loaded into the machine. For example, when washing a blanket and a couple of small towels, the laundry may bunch up into a tight ball. This “ball” will press predominantly in one place, thereby disrupting the centrifugal force that occurs when the drum rotates. So it is not difficult to achieve an imbalance in which the protective sensors will certainly stop the process. In such a situation, it will be enough to straighten the accessories inside and resume the cycle.

Often the machine turns off during the washing process due to normal blockage. Garbage can “collect” in different elements:

  • Drain sleeve,
  • Pump,
  • Garbage filter,
  • Sewer pipe,
  • Drainpipe.

You should start with the easiest thing, so clean the garbage filter first. On Bosch washing machines it is located on the front, in the lower right corner, behind the decorative panel.

Before unscrewing the plug, cover the floor near the washing machine with dry rags, and place a basin under the bottom of the machine to collect water. Then carefully remove the filter, collect the draining liquid, and wash the part in a warm soapy solution.

Don't forget to look into the resulting drain hole. Clean out all the debris from there, wash off the dirt from the walls. Shine a flashlight inside - this way you can see the pump impeller. If there are threads, lint or hair wrapped around it, be sure to clean the blades. Afterwards, you can screw the filter back on and check whether the problem with the equipment freezing has been resolved.

If the issue is a clogged sewer, then water will not drain well not only from the washing machine, but also from the bathtub, washbasin, and toilet. You can clean the pipe yourself by using a special product, for example, “Mole” or “Tiret”. If attempts are unsuccessful, you will have to call a plumber.

When the machine turns off when full of water, you should check the drain hose. Disconnect the hose from the housing and from the siphon. Using a long wire or a special thin brush, clean the tube, rinse under the tap and put it back in place.

Sometimes the cause of equipment freezing is a clogged internal element, for example, a pump or pipes. Cleaning the drain pump is quite difficult, so it is advisable to invite a specialist for this work.

Some parts are faulty.

The main components of a Bosch washing machine rarely fail, and this always happens unexpectedly. Typically, breakdowns occur during intense operation of the unit. The reason why the machine stops during the washing process may be a “burnt out” pump, a failed heating element or a broken motor. If something like this happens, the equipment immediately “freezes” and notifies the user of the malfunction.

When you see an error code on the display, immediately take the factory instructions. The manual lists the main symbols and the breakdowns they indicate. After understanding what exactly is broken, further tactics are developed.

When the fault code indicates problems with the engine or control module, you will have to call a technician. In this case, it will not be possible to repair the machine yourself, without experience and the necessary knowledge.

If the heater fails, you can replace it yourself. This work is not considered difficult, so it can be done at home. You need to buy an original heating element suitable specifically for your Bosch model and arm yourself with a screwdriver. By removing the top cover and back wall of the machine, you can see the element.

Next, you need to disconnect the wiring from the tubular heater, loosen the fixing nut and pull the part out. Afterwards, a working heating element is inserted into the socket, secured, and the previously discarded wiring is connected to the element. The body is assembled in the reverse order.

To change the pump, you will have to lay the machine on its side, remove the part from the body, and then connect a working pump. If you have little knowledge to perform such work, it is better to invite a specialist.

Tweaked with the settings.

Often modern machines freeze if you set the washing program incorrectly. Therefore, before starting the mode, be sure to review the instructions for the equipment. It describes the features of various functions and their compatibility with each other.

Therefore, if the washing machine stopped working precisely while running a new mode, or a previously unused combination of options, re-read the user manual. For example, ultra-modern models, if you give them the task of soaking and bleaching things, will “freeze” during the work process. Since these two commands are written in the intellect as incompatible.