If your top load washing machine (or some older front load washers) is stuck on one continuous cycle and will not advance and forward to the next wash cycle, then most likely the washer timer is faulty and needs replacement. The timer on your washing machine controls all aspects of the wash, spin, and rinse cycles. When it does not automatically move onto the next cycle, you can assume that the timer is the cause of your problem. You can replace a timer very easily and it should not cost you very much money. No matter what the timer costs, and if you do it yourself, it will save you hundreds of dollars instead of hiring a washing machine repair technician.
What causes a washer timer to go bad?
It could be that the timer motor has shorted out or the contacts in the timer have shorted. When this happens the timer is not usable and a replacement is needed.
What exactly does the washer timer control?
It is the main control of the washing cycles and controls all wash, spin and rinse cycles. (If your washer does not advance to the next cycle, then the timer is the most probable part for replacement.)
NOTE: In a machine with a mechanical timer, the timer only advances when power is being supplied to the timer motor. Make sure to read the wiring diagram. Check: is there power to the timer motor? At that point in the cycle where should the power be coming from? The fill switch? The lid switch? The timer itself? Without knowing why the timer is “stuck” you have not made a diagnoses yet. Diagnoses are made from a series of observations. In an electronic timer machine, various inputs provide information to the computer and the computer decides when to advance the cycle. So be sure that the timer is actually bad before replacing it.
How do I replace the timer on my washing machine?:
It is a matter of removing power from the machine, turning off the water (to be safe), taking off the plastic disc that holds the knob on the timer, remove the knob, remove the screws holding the front panel on, sliding the front panel downward to access the timer, and taking the timer out of the machine by removing a few more screws. The timer will have wires going to it. It should be a wiring harness that can easily be removed from the timer by simply sliding the wiring harness clip off. Find your Replacement Washing Machine Timer online for less.
Make things easy and arrange the parts in order as you take them off so reassembly will be super easy. Make sure to keep the screws and other small parts in a bag so every part you need to reassemble is all in one place and you don’t lose anything.
This washer timer replacement procedure will work with all top load washers and some front loading washers on the brands Bosch, Frigidaire, GE, Sears, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, Roper, KitchenAid, Inglis, Estate, and Kirkland washers.
If you need your washing machine’s service manual to order parts or to see schematics, they can be found here on our Washing Machine Service Manuals page.
A new washer timer for your washing machine will cost you from $50 to $120 dollars. You may also need a new washer knob when replacing the timer. A picture of a washing machine timer is below to help you know what it looks like.
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If you have any experience with replacing the timer on a top loading or front loading washing machine, please leave a comment below and tell us any tips or tricks that may help the other readers having the same issue.