This DIY repair guide explains how to replace a dishwasher timer. The timer is behind the cycle control knob in the control panel. A small electric motor inside the timer advances the control knob and rotates cams inside the timer. The cams turn on and off the electro-mechanical components in the dishwasher such as the wash pump, drain pump, water inlet valve and heating element. Replace the timer with the manufacturer-approved replacement part if it won’t advance or if the cams fail to properly turn on and off components in the dishwasher.
This guide is for GE and Kenmore 363-series dishwashers. You also can use the same basic process to replace the timer in Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Maytag and Amana dishwashers.
Shut off electrical power
Flip the house circuit breaker switch to the Off position to completely disconnect electrical power to the dishwasher (instead of a breaker, some older homes have a fuse that you remove from the fuse box). To verify that power is disconnected, make sure the display on the control panel can't be activated.
Remove the timer knob
Pull the timer knob straight off of the front of the control panel.
Pull off the timer knob.
Remove the door latch handle knob
Remove the Phillips screw located under the latch handle knob. Slide the handle knob off the end of the handle.
Remove the dishwasher door latch handle knob.
Separate the outer door panel from the inner door panel
Open the door and remove every screw on the inner door panel.
Shut the entire dishwasher door and latch it.
Grasp the sides of the outer door panel and pull the outer door panel down to separate the door panels and access the timer that is attached to the outer door panel. The inner door panel will remain closed.
Remove the inner door panel screws.
Separate the dishwasher door panels.
Remove the timer
Disconnect the wire harness connector from the timer.
Remove the timer mounting screws and remove the timer.
Unplug the wire harness.
Remove the mounting screws.
Attach wires to the new timer
Attach the wires to the new timer the same way they were connected to the original timer.
Reinstall the timer mounting screws.
Reattach the outer door panel to the inner door panel
Close the outer door so that it mates up with the inner door panel.
Grasp the inner and outer door panels and open the door. Keep the inner door panel postioned against the outer door panel.
Line up the mounting screw holes and reinstall the screws that hold the inner door panel and outer door panel together.Tip: The mounting screws that fit in the bottom corners of the door are machine threaded screws. These machine threaded screws must go back into the bottom corners of the inner door panel to properly secure the inner door panel to the door frame.
Reinstall the door latch handle knob.
Slide the latch handle knob back onto the door latch handle and reinstall the screw.
Restore electrical power
Flip the house circuit breaker switch to the On position. The dishwasher display should light up after you restore electricity. Test that the dishwasher control buttons work.
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