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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Timer

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

Replacing the Timer in a Direct-Drive Washer

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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 Whirlpool 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. For those models, remove the rear screws or use a putty knife to release the spring clips.

Step 4: Remove the timer

Unplug the timer wire harness.

Remove the timer mounting screws.

Pull the timer out of the control console.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: 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.

Step 7: 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.

Step 8: Restore the power

Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.