How Do I Know When I Need A New Washing Machine Timer?

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Having an issue with your washing machine timer can be frustrating since it is how you control the way your machine functions. There are a couple of signs that would indicate whether or not you have a malfunctioning washing machine timer, and if so, how you can replace it.

One of these signs would be that the timer does not accurately display the corresponding cycle that the washing machine is preforming at that time.  This could be due to many different reasons, including a defective timer motor or simply that the contacts are stuck in an open position.

Another sign that your timer may have to be replaced would be that if the timer preforms in some cycles, but not in others. This problem could be due to a defective timer, but would need to be checked by looking to see if the contacts in the meter are assembled correctly.

If you’re finding that a particular cycle setting that you apply is not actually being performed by the washing machine, this could also be the result of a faulty timer.  Be sure to check out where to find the right timer for your washing machine.

If you find that any of the above problems apply to issues you’ve been having with your washing machine, we can help you safely and effectively replace your defective timer with a new one by following the steps below.

*You will need a screwdriver for some of the steps.

First, whenever you are working on any sort of electronic appliance, you should always check to make sure that the power has been turned completely off.  You can do this by turning off the circuit breaker or by unplugging the machine itself.

To begin replacing defective timer, simply pull with little force to remove the timer off of the machine.  You will find that it is easily able to be removed.

From there you will see the screws on the control panel that you will need to unscrew so that the face of the control panel can be removed.  You will then be able to see the wires and switches and the internal control panel. (Make sure the face of the panel is facing forward).

You should now see another set of screws that are holding the timer in place.  These need to be unscrewed to retrieve the defective timer.

In addition, there should be a set of wires visible to you with a harness on them.  You will need to disconnect the harness by first, pressing the tab on the harness and then simply pulling it out.

At this point you will now be able to remove the defective timer by pressing on the mounting tab below the timer.  You can now replace the defective timer with the new one and pushing the mounting tab back into its default position.

After the new timer is installed, reconnect the harness which should snap back into its default position.  Proceed to screw in the mounting screws to reconnect all pieces previously removed.  Do not forget to place the knob back on to the outer most part.

Once everything is closed and screwed back together with no wiring sticking out or any loose screws, it is now safe to turn the electricity back on. At this point, you should troubleshoot your washing machine system to make sure that you have successfully replaced the timer so that your washing machine is running as well as it should.

Remember: If you do not feel safe or that you can adequately preform any of the above steps, feel free to contact your local appliance repair man to switch out your defective timer for you.


Warning: When repairing a washing machine issue, disconnect power and turn off the water supply for safety precautions.

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One thought on “How Do I Know When I Need A New Washing Machine Timer?

  1. Becca Holton

    The signs to look out for were really helpful. It sounds like I might have a defective timer since mine doesn’t perform in all its cycles. Hopefully, I can get my appliance repaired soon.

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