How to Remove the Timer From a Maytag Washer

If you own a Maytag washer and it does not seem to be advancing through the wash cycle, you may have a faulty timer.

Newer Models

The timer on a Maytag washer controls the fill, agitation and spin cycles of the washer. It is necessary to know how to remove the timer from a Maytag washer if your timer is failing. Once you have the timer removed you can take it to an appliance repair store to purchase a replacement.

Unplug the Maytag washer from the wall outlet. Place a sheet over the top of the washer to protect the finish while you are working on the timer.

Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the three screws on the top of the control panel. Flip the front of the control panel forward to access the inside of the control panel.

Locate the black plastic tab that is behind the timer control knob. Pull the plastic tab out with your fingers to release the knob. Pull the knob off the face of the control panel and set it aside.

Remove the two screws that secure the timer to the control panel using a Phillips head screwdriver. Lift the plastic locking tab on the wiring terminal harness. Pull the harness apart to disconnect the wires. Do not pull on the actual wire as this may cause the wires to break.

Locate the plastic tab that is near one of the mounting screw locations. Lift the tab with your fingers and slide the timer away from the control panel.

Older Models

Use a flathead screwdriver to pry the cap off of the timer. Use needle nose pliers to remove the retaining clip from the timer shaft. Pull the timer knob, spring and dial off of the timer shaft.

Remove the two screws that secure the timer to the control console with a Phillips head screwdriver. Make a mental note of which holes the mounting screws are located.

Remove the two screws from the top of the control console with a Phillips head screwdriver. Flip the front of the console onto the top of the washer.

Label the wires that connect to the timer with masking tape. Use the needle nose pliers to pull the wire leads off of the timer terminals. Remove the timer assembly from the control console.

Things You Will Need

  • Sheet
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Masking tape

Warning

  • Always disconnect appliances from their power source before attempting repairs.

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.