HOW LONG CAN YOU PAUSE A MACHINE FOR? 

HOW LONG CAN YOU PAUSE A MACHINE FOR
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Different washing machines allow a pause to hold for different duration of times. From 8 minutes in some LG products to 1 hour in some Samsung washing machines.

Did we just wet your appetite? We’re not done yet.

But first… Introduction.

Introduction

We all have times when we need to pause the machine for a time. Maybe to add some laundry to those in the machine. Or for some other reasons.

Now we’re wondering, “how long can we actually pause the machine”?

How far can we go before something happens?

We have proven figures to show.

Here it is:

HOW LONG CAN YOU PAUSE A MACHINE FOR?

8 minutes. 

That’s the golden number.

But before you run off with your number, remember this:

‘There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, such as: 

  • The make of your washing machine and 
  • Its specifications.

WASHING MACHINE PRODUCT MANUFACTURER

Different products have different time programmed into them. So you’ll need to check with your product manufacturer to determine the maximum pause duration.

But I did some checks which included contacting the different washing machine customer support. Here is their pause duration.

WASHING MACHINE MAXIMUM PAUSE DURATION

HOW LONG CAN YOU PAUSE A MACHINE FOR

LG washers can be paused for 8 minutes before it powers off.

Samsung is quit long. You can pause some Samsung machine models for 1 hour before it resets. And do 19 pause cycles, back to back. That is, 19 hours in 1 hour increments.

You can set the washing machine to finish your wash automatically at a later time, choosing a delay of between 1 to 19 hours (in 1-hour increments). The hour displayed indicates the time the wash will finish.

1. Select a cycle. Then change the cycle settings if necessary.
2. Press Delay End repeatedly until the desired end time is set.
3. Press Start/Pause.
The corresponding indicator turns on with the clock running.
4. To cancel the Delay End, restart the washing machine by pressing Power.
Real-life case

You want to finish a two-hour cycle 3 hours later from now. For this, you add the Delay End option to
the current cycle with the 3-hour setting and press Start/Pause at 2:00 p.m. Then, what happens? The
washing machine starts operating at 3:00 p.m., and ends at 5:00 p.m. Provided below is the timeline for
this example.

 However, generally speaking, most washing machines can be paused for about for an average of 30 minutes.

Well I’m starting a project to call 10 major washing machine manufacturers to ask how long you can pause their washers for.

I’ll be updating them in the table below until all 10 are complete. You can bookmark this page or sign up to be notified when I make an update.

WASHING MACHINE MAXIMUM PAUSE DURATION

S/NoProductsMaximum Duration Per Pause Number of Repeated Pause Circles Allowed
1LG5 – 8 min
2Bosch
3Samsung1 hr19
4Whirlpool
5Haier
6Kenmore
7Maytag
8Electrolux
9Hisense
10Midea

SHOULD YOU PAUSE YOUR MACHINE?

In my opinion, I believe the first question should be, “should you pause your machine?’

In truth there are many reasons to pause a washer in progress. It could be 

  • To change a washer setting
  • To add more laundry to the payload
  • To remove item from the payload
  • To remove forgotten items in laundry pockets
  • To readjust laundry distribution
  • To reduce payload

To change a washer setting

If you’re like me, then you probably pause your washer every other time.

The reason for me, is to change my washer settings. 

  • I often find myself adjusting the washer after starting because I realize the 1 hour setting is too much for one of the dresses in the machine.
  • Or i feel that the clothes are not too dirty, just a little wash will do. Hence i choose to reduce it.
  • On the other hand, it might just be that, I decided to increase the washer time, because this week, I did some dirty work and my clothes are soiled.

TO ADD MORE LAUNDRY TO THE LOAD

It is not unusual to pause your machine after starting it. Often you remember you have a shirt, you can’t wash alone. 

You just want to quickly grab it and throw it into the mix.

TO REMOVE SPECIFIC CLOTHES FROM THE PAYLOAD

Just as you might forget to add a specific clothes from your pile of dirty clothes. You might also add certain clothes in error.

It is well know that washing machines in general are not friendly to certain fabric types. Such as silk and linen.

When you remember that one or more delicate fabrics are in the washer, you’ll need to pause your washer to get the garment out.

TO REMOVE FORGOTTEN ITEMS FROM LAUNDRY POCKETS

People forget everything in their dress pockets. From screws to pen, to paper and cash. 

Others even forget their wedding ring in their dress pocket.

Of course, these are items that you need to remove as soon as you remember. They can easily get spoiled in the washer. Or worse still, even disfigure your entire laundry.

TO READJUST LAUNDRY DISTRIBUTION

In other articles we’ve discussed how uneven load distribution can lead to washing machines vibrating noisily.

If you determine that you placed heavier materials first, and then lighter ones in separate section of the drum, you might have to pause the machine and manually distribute load more equally.

TO REDUCE PAYLOAD

Closely related to laundry distribution and balance is the quantity of dresses in the washer.

The washer has a maximum load it can carry. And if you have read this article, you’ll see that we suggested only loading 85-90% of the machine’s max load.

The advantage is it reduces noisy vibrations and is good for your fabrics too, as it reduces wear and tear.

When your washer’s vibrations becomes noisy and ‘violent’, you might determine that it is time to reduce some load. 

DISADVANTAGES OF PAUSING A WASHING MACHINE

HOW LONG CAN YOU PAUSE A MACHINE FOR

Power consumption

Pausing your device for long can inflate your electricity consumption.

Even in sleep mode, some electronic devices still consume up to 30W of electricity. These are for smaller devices like DVD players. A washing machine is much more than that. 

What is more, a washing machine in pause mode is not sleeping.

If you pause your washing machine for too long, you actually increase the electric cost to run it, except this time, it’s not running.

Soaked fabrics

Soaking fabrics in detergent water can damage your fabrics. Leaving your clothes for too long is bad for your cloth fabrics. 

Another factor to consider is bad odors. According to Lucinda Ottush, clothes will begin to smell after being soaked in water for 8 – 12 hours

So there you go, even if your machine can be paused for eternity, don’t leave it paused. You’ll actually be damaging your fabrics.

 CONCLUSION

The matter of pausing your washing machine while in progress is a personal matter.

But a good rule of thought is to only use it for a short time. If you need to pause it for long, it is better to simply stop the process entirely.

 And if you need to purchase a washing machine, you can consider our recommendations here.

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