How to Repair a Washer Machine Timer

Washer machine timers can become damaged and malfunction when they have been exposed to electrical fusing issues or if they are old, corroded or need replacing. It is essential that washer timers work efficiently because they regulate the machine's cycles. Before repairing a washer machine timer, refer to your specific washer machine's brand and model and contact the manufacturer to find an appropriate timer suited for your machine if it needs to be replaced.

The timer regulates your washing machine's cycles.
  1. Disconnect the washer from its power source. With a screwdriver, remove the screws from the washer's panel located on the top of the unit. Locate the timer to either the right or left of the compartment. Examine and remember how the wiring is set up before you disconnect the timer.

  2. Examine the wiring to see if it has become loosened or disconnected. Only use pliers to gently connect and disconnect the wiring to the timer.

  3. Locate the washer's timer scale Volt-Ohm meter (VOM) and set it to the RX-1 setting. Test to see if the timer works by touching the pliers ends to its probes. Wait to see if the VOMs switch will read "0." If the timer does not move or it does not read "0," your must replace it with a new timer.

  4. Replace the timer by disconnecting all wiring with a set of pliers. Reinsert a timer designated only for your appliance's brand and model. Read the washer machine owner's manual to be familiar with timer replacement instructions for that particular brand and model.

  5. Replace the wire as you noted before disconnection. Set the timer to the RX-1 setting. Replace the timer back into the compartment, making sure all wires are securely in place. Reinstall the washer's panel before reconnecting the washer.


  • Avoid reconnecting and disconnecting the wires by hand.
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