You spend a lot of money on home appliances, so when your washing machine stops mid cycle it’s like you’re only getting half of what you paid for. Before you head to the store to demand half your money back, though, take a moment to consider a more reasonable approach. First, accept the fact that machines break. Then, remember that we’ll help you figure out why your top- or front-loading washer is stopping when it shouldn’t. Could be the lid switch or the water inlet valve or another cause listed below. We'll guide you down the path of logic so you can pinpoint the problem. Don’t panic. Repair Clinic is here to help.