If your clothes washer is stuck on one cycle, replace the timer. It's expensive, but you'll save the cost of a service call or a new washer.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:November 2010
Unplug the washer. Then remove the
screws that hold the control panel in place
and tip the top of the panel forward.
Use a nut driver to remove the screws that hold the
timer to the front panel. Pull the timer back and out.
Press in on the plastic retainer clips on each side of the plug and pull the plug from the timer.
Push the plug into the new timer and put everything back together in the reverse order.
If your washing machine is stuck on
one cycle and doesn’t advance, the
timer is broken. Replacing a timer is
simple, but it’s not cheap. A new one
will run about $120. Still, that’s less
than a new washer.
Photos 1 and 2 show how to remove the
old timer. To start, unplug the machine
and remove the control knob. On this
Maytag washer, you pry off the plastic
disc in the center of the knob to reveal
a clip that holds the knob. Arrange the
parts in order as you take them off so
reassembly will be easier. Photo 3 shows
how to install the new timer. Contact
the manufacturer of your washer or the
local appliance repair parts store to
find a new timer.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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