Odds are you have a dishwasher in your house – most homes do. That being said, dishwashers can have issues just like any other home appliance. If your dishwasher is stopping mid-cycle or not completing any cycle there may be an easier fix than you imagine. Here are some reasons that your dishwasher may not be able to complete a cycle and some fixes that may help you get your dishwasher back on track.

Crockery getting wet by diswasher during cycle
If your dishwasher stops during a cycle, it can leave your dishes dirty or still covered in detergent.

Five Reasons Your Dishwasher Stops Mid-Cycle:

Blown Fuses or Thermal Fuse Issues

Dishwashers use a series of fuses to complete their electrical circuits and to keep the dishwasher supplied with the proper amount of power for each cycle. If your dishwasher is not turning on at all or if it started to work then stopped and will not continue, your issue may be as simple as a blown fuse.

The first step to see if it is a fuse causing trouble is to look at your control panel. If the panel is still getting power and it looks like your dishwasher should be working, it may be that your dishwasher has another issue. If your power panel is not lit up at all it may be that you are experiencing a blown fuse and that the dishwasher is not getting enough power or any power at all.

Another problem you might be dealing with is a faulty thermal fuse. The thermal fuse in your dishwasher is in place to help determine when things are getting too hot and need to be turned off. If this fuse detects that the heat is higher than it should be, it will trip a circuit to flip and the power will be cut off to the dishwasher and it will shut off. This generally happens during a wash cycle which may cause the dishwasher to turn off during a cycle.

If this is the culprit, replacing it is not likely to do much good. The thermal fuse does not trip for no reason and is likely to trip again and again based on the issue that is present. If you have a dishwasher that is tripping a thermal fuse you may need to check the temperature of your water heater or have the whole machine checked to see what might be causing the trouble.

Faulty Door Latch

Another issue may be that you have a faulty door latch. The doors of dishwashers are designed with a switch on the inside of them that lets the dishwasher know that the door is fully closed. This prevents the dishwasher from engaging and staring a cycle unless the door is fully latched. If your door latch is broken, damaged or otherwise not functioning properly, it is not going to allow the machine to start at all and it may cause the machine to stop mid cycle.

The control board is the part of the machine that stops all function, if the control board gets a signal that the door is open, the wash cycle will stop, even if you have the door closed. The best way to get this issue taken care of is to get your door latch inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary.

Man repairing door latch
A dishwasher with a damaged door latch may not start at all.

Pump and Motor Issues

The pump and the motor can also cause problems and cause the dishwasher to stop mid cycle. If your dishwasher has a faulty pump or a pump that does not have proper water pressure, your dishwasher may never make it out of the first cycle and may stop. If the dishwasher does not have enough water to run properly and to run smoothly, it will stop itself to prevent possible damage and to prevent issues from occurring.

Similarly, if the pump and the motor cannot work together to produce the required water pressure, the machine may also stop. Water pressure is essential to the function of a dishwasher. Without proper water pressure it is not going to be able to bring the water up from the basin and into to the sprayer arms and therefore is not going to be able to work. In some cases, this issue will cause the dishwasher not to start at all and in other instances, it may cause the dishwasher to stay in one cycle and not progress to the next stages of cleaning.

To fix this issue, you will need to either replace the motor, work on your water pressure, or make sure that there is nothing wrong with the pump that you are working with. These are issues you can check on your own or you can call in a professional to handle the repairs.

Fan Issues

If you find that your dishwasher is finishing sooner than it should be, your dishwasher may have problems with the dryer fan. If that happens, you may notice that your dishwasher finishes faster or that the dishes are very wet when you take them out of the dishwasher. If this is an issue, you may need to test the connection to the fan with a multimeter or all in a technician to run necessary tests to see what the issue is.

Loss of Power or Circuit Shut Off

Another problem you might be dealing with is a tripped circuit. If your dishwasher is drawing too much power, if it is plugged into the wrong type of socket, or if there are other issues present, the circuit may very well flip and may cause the circuit to shut down and the dishwasher to lose power. If this is an issue you are dealing with you should take the time to refer to issues that may be making your dishwasher trip the circuit.

These issues could be a bit more serious and may have to do with the overall safety of your dishwasher. If you find that your dishwasher is tripping the circuit breaker it is important to find out the reason why so that if there are more serious issues, they are resolved before major damage is done to your dishwasher or before further issues happen in your home.

With a dishwasher, it is not going to stop mid cycle unless there is an issue. These machines are designed to run and to function smoothly without issue and without problem. They are designed to move through each step of the selected cycle as needed until the cycle is finished then stop, moving from each step to the next seamlessly. 

With a dishwasher that is stopping mid cycle there is almost always an issue that can be identified and taken care of so that you can get your dishwasher back working properly.

These are just a few issues that might be causing your dishwasher to shut off before it completes a cycle and these are all issues that you can check at home. You can also talk to a technician or call out a repair company to see if they can figure out what the problem is and get it repaired.