Washing Machine Repair: Stuck on One Cycle?

Fix the washer yourself and avoid an expensive service call

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

Fix a washer stuck on one cycle

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.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Nut driver

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • New timer

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