July 1, 2013

How to replace the timer in a direct-drive top-load washer

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace the timer in a direct-drive top-load washer

This DIY washer repair guide explains how to replace a mechanical timer on a top-load washer without keypad controls. The timer controls functions such as filling, draining and spinning and the length of each cycle. A motor inside the timer advances the internal cams inside the timer that open and close electrical contacts, starting and stopping the water inlet valve, pump and motor. If the timer doesn't operate correctly, replace it with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

You can use this repair procedure to replace the timer in Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Estate, Crosley and Roper direct-drive, top-load washers.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Replacing a timer in a direct-drive top-load washer

This video explains how to replace the timer in a direct-drive top-load washer.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off the electricity

    Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

    Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

  2. 02.

    Remove the timer knob and dial

    With the timer knob pushed in unscrew the timer knob and remove it.

    Pull the timer dial up and off the timer stem.

    Remove the timer knob from the timer stem.

    Remove the timer knob from the timer stem.

  3. 03.

    Open the control console

    Pull the plastic end caps off the sides of the control console.

    Remove the screws at the base of the control console.

    Pull the control console slightly forward and then swing it up and back over the top of the back panel.

    Tip: Some models have the screws on the back of the end caps instead of on the front of the control console. Other models have spring clips under the end caps instead of screws. Remove the rear screws or use a putty knife to release the spring clips.
    Remove the control panel endcaps.

    Remove the control panel endcaps.

    Remove the screws at the base of the control panel.

    Remove the screws at the base of the control panel.

    Open the control panel by pulling it slightly forward and then swinging it up and back.

    Open the control panel by pulling it slightly forward and then swinging it up and back.

  4. 04.

    Remove the timer

    Unplug the timer wire harness.

    Remove the timer mounting screws.

    Pull the timer out of the control console.

    Unplug the timer wire harness.

    Unplug the timer wire harness.

    Remove the timer mounting screws.

    Remove the timer mounting screws.

    Remove the timer from the control panel.

    Remove the timer from the control panel.

  5. 05.

    Install the new timer

    Position the new timer in the console and line up the mounting holes.

    Reinstall the mounting screws in the timer.

    Plug the timer wire harness back in.

    Install the new timer.

    Install the new timer.

    Plug the wire harness into the new timer.

    Plug the wire harness into the new timer.

  6. 06.

    Reinstall the control console

    Flip the control console down and position it properly on the top panel of the washer.

    Reinstall the mounting screws at the base of the control console.

    Snap the plastic end caps onto the sides of the control console.

    Flip the control panel down and close the console.

    Flip the control panel down and close the console.

    Reinstall the control console mounting screws.

    Reinstall the control console mounting screws.

    Reinstall the control panel endcaps.

    Reinstall the control panel endcaps.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the timer knob and dial

    Line up the dial pointer with the wide slot in the dial stem and push the timer dial onto the stem.

    Screw the timer knob onto the timer stem.

    Reinstall the timer knob.

    Reinstall the timer knob.

  8. 08.

    Restore the power

    Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.

Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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