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Why is the machine washing for a long time?

The duration of washing depends on the program. However, if a given washing program

lasts longer than usual, it is likely there is some kind of malfunction. Here are possible

causes of increased washing time and tips on what can be done to solve the problem on

your own.




Obstructed water intake.

This is related both to water pipes conditions (for example, sometimes weak water pressure

or clogged pipes may be the reason), and the washing machine itself. Clogged filling hose or

filter may prevent water supply.


Obstructed water drain.

If water remains in the tank continuously, the machine cannot switch to the spinning mode,

which causes the washing to last longer. Usually clogged drain system prevents normal

water drain. It usually happens when foreign objects, residual detergent, or mud deposits get

into the drain hose or filter.


Then water is continuously supplied and drained.

In this case, the washing cycle may last very long, as the washing machine cannot lock

water level in the tank, which is required to start washing. This problem may occur for two

reasons. The first reason are errors during installation of the machine to the sewer pipe. The

second is failure or incorrect operation of the water level sensor.


Water is not heating.

If water is not heated or is heating very slowly, washing is delayed. Two devices – heating

element and thermostat (temperature sensor) are responsible for water heating and

temperature control. Failure of one of these devices cause disruption of water temperature

mode, and the machine crashes.


The drum is spinning continuously or stops.

Such a failure may also lead to washing lasting too long. This problem is caused by failure of

the electronic control unit. Overloaded drum is a less serious problem that may be eliminated

much easier.


What can be done?


• Weak water pressure. You may check pressure in the pipes by simply evaluating the

pressure of cold water coming out of the tap.


• Clogged filling hose or filter

The clog may be removed by disconnecting the water supply hose and cleaning it. If the clog

is serious, rinse the hose with running water. The clogged filter is washed with warm water.


• Clogged drain hose or valve

Act in the same way as in the previous case.


• Connection error.

Verify if the drain hose is connected to the sewage correctly. The hose should be connected

indirectly, through the special siphon, which under the standards must be placed at a height

of at least 50 cm.


• Pressure switch malfunction

You may check the functionality of water level sensor using a small section of the flexible

hose with a suitable cross-section. Connect one end of the hose to the pressure switch, then

put the device to your ear and blow into another end of the hose. If you hear a click, the

pressure switch is working, otherwise it needs replacement.


• Tubular electric heater failure

The most common cause of electric heater failure is a thick layer of scale, interfering with its

normal operation. Scale may be easily removed using citric acid solution. However, if the

device did not “come to its senses” after cleaning, it means that the device is faulty and

needs replacing.


• Thermostat malfunction

Water temperature sensor breaks down rarely. However, if it happens, optimal decision is to

buy a new device, and not waste time and money on the repair of the old one.


• Control unit failure

Faulty electronic block is considered to be a serious malfunction, as it is difficult to eliminate

on your own. Usually, the broken module is either re-flashed or replaced with a new one.


• Overloaded drum

Sometimes crashes occur during washing if the drum is loaded with too much stuff. In this

case you need to force stop the washing program, drain water and remove extra things.




• Perhaps, water supply or drain is complicated because one of the hoses is bent. It is easy

to fix, so before you proceed with diagnosing the problem, make sure that both water drain

and filling hose are not deformed.


• Watch out for clogs in various parts of the washing machine. Use only high quality

detergents and do not exceed recommended dosage. Before washing, check pockets, zip

up. Wash items with lots of ornaments in the special wash covers.


• Periodically take preventive measures to avoid scale and lime buildup. You may use both

commercial products or traditional methods, like citric acid, for this purpose.

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