Samsung Washer Takes 3 Hours to Wash: How to Fix

The modern washing machine has advanced technologies and a wide range of cycles that make washing easier and faster. So if yours takes longer than expected, it could be very frustrating.

If your Samsung washing machine is taking long hours to complete a wash cycle, it indicates that there’s a problem and can disrupt your laundry process. However, every issue has a solution, provided you can find one and not just one, but an easy one.

This article will discuss why your washing machine is taking longer than expected to wash and the easy ways you can fix the problem.

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Samsung Washer Takes Hours to Wash: Likely Causes

If you understand the potential cause of a problem, then you’re one step closer to fixing it. In this case, you’ll be able to improve your washing machine time problem. The following are the likely causes of why your washing machine takes three hours to wash.

  • Inappropriate power source
  • Overloaded washer
  • Uneven load distribution
  • Faulty washer timer
  • Excessive suds
  • Faulty water inlet valve
  • Faulty water level switch

How To Fix the Problem

Your washing machine shouldn’t be taking three hours to wash unless there’s a problem, as we’ve established above. To fix the problem, the following troubleshooting methods will be of help.

1. Check Power Source

If your washing machine doesn’t receive enough voltage or has no good connection with the electrical outlet, it can slow down its speed and cause it to wash laundry for an extended period.

You should check your washer and ensure there’s enough voltage at the power cord and a good connection with the electrical outlet. Ideally, your machine should be receiving nothing less than a 240V power source at the power cord.

2. Reduce The Load

Most new models of Samsung machines have the load or initial sensing feature. This feature automatically senses how many clothes or loads are inside the drum for each cycle and make necessary adjustments to maximize efficiency. It weighs the laundry before the start of the cycle and adds enough time and water that will be required for washing.

Hence, if your machine takes 3 hours to wash, it could be that there’s too much load in the drum, causing it to add more water and prolong time. Open the machine lid and remove some loads to balance the machine. Generally, it would be best if you didn’t fill the machine drum with more than three-quarters of its capacity.

3. Redistribute The Load

You should also distribute the load in the drum so that they are evenly balanced. If the loads are stuck in a particular direction, the machine will add more water to spread the clothes, thereby extending the wash time.

Often, when the machine drum contains a mix of light and heavy clothing items, the weight variation as the clothes soak in water can cause the machine to change its settings and increase the wash cycle length.

It will help if you consider the following tips when redistributing the laundry.

  • Do not overload your machine
  • Spread out the clothes in such a way they are evenly distributed
  • Only put together clothes of similar density in the same load cycle to prevent irregularities.
  • If you are washing a few items, such as one or two shirts, add a few bulky items like a towel or duvet to balance the load.

4. Clear Excessive Suds

Your washer might also be taking long hours to wash because you’re using too much detergent, which causes excessive suds or foam in the drum. When your machine detects excessive suds, it starts adding more water to clear the suds so it can wash clothes properly as suds prevent clothes from scrubbing against each other.

This process can increase the wash cycle time. Check your machine drum for excessive suds so you can clear them. Use the simple steps below to remove the suds.

  • Switch off your machine and unplug the cord from the socket.
  • Open the lid and remove all the clothes
  • Drain the water manually with a bowl or ladle
  • Start a wash or rinse cycle without adding detergent to clear all residue suds.
  • Put the clothes back and restart the cycle.

If the above tips don’t solve the problem, you’ll do more in-depth tests as explained below.

5. Check the Washer’s Timer

Your washing machine has a timer that controls all its operations, including wash, rinse and spin cycles. If your machine takes a long time to wash, it could be that the timer is defective and sends a signal late to the machine to change the cycle. You should check the timer for damages so you can replace it as follows.

  • Turn off your washer and disconnect the power cord.
  • Disconnect the plastic disc that holds the knob on the timer.
  • Remove the knob and the screws holding the front panel and the timer.
  • Unscrew other nuts and eject the timer.
  • Use a multimeter to check for continuity. If the timer or wiring harness is damaged, you’ll need to replace the part accordingly.

6. Check the Washer’s Agitator

An inefficient agitator will make the machine take a longer time to wash clothes. The water might be sitting on the top of the clothes for a more extended period without washing or just washing slowly.  You should inspect the washer agitator for damages as it can hinder the smooth washing of the laundry. In most cases, you’ll need the help of a technician to replace it.

7. Check the Water Level Switch

You should check the water level switch for faults or damages. The switch sends power from the timer control to the temperature switch and water inlet valve when more water is needed during a cycle. When the switch is faulty, your machine might take longer to wash because it won’t have adequate information about the amount of water remaining in the drum so that it will keep washing.

Contact Samsung’s Support

If you try all the troubleshooting methods we provided in this article, and the problem persists, you should contact your manufacturer’s support for more help. They’ll be in the best position to solve the problem for you.


  • Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.