I have a 3 year old GE 9 cycles/2 wash top loading washer. The timer switch( 175D4232P017 ) has become loose and I must hold the switch in place in the back of the panel so that I may turn the cyle part of the switch to the cycle I want and then pull the knob to start the wash. Checking the back of the panel there seems to be only 1 screw holding the switch in place and nothing else. I tried to pull the knob off the switch so that I could remove and view the switch to see what I must do to repair it, but the knob will not budge. How can I fix this?
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Re: timer switch on GE washer
You don't state your exact model number, and the number off the timer is not the actual part number (it's some sort of part stamping number). Most likely what has happened is a plastic tab on the timer housing (which normally goes into a slot in the metal, and thus holds the timer at that point) has broken off. The fix is to replace the timer, but instead of buying a new timer, I usually fashion a Z type piece of metal which I can put one screw though into the metal and the other side holding the timer against the metal. Takes a little work, but it's a lot cheaper than a new timer.
If you want to take the timer knob off, you have to pull it out and use a thin tool, like a small screwdriver, to push the plastic clip off the shaft behind the knob, allowing the knob to then come off the shaft. Push the clip back on the knob when off, so that all you have to do to reinstall the knob is push it on and it will lock on the shaft again.
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You need to take the case off the washing machine. You can do this by taking the 2 screws out of the front corners of the control panel (Panel with timer). Then that panel will pull forward and flip back. Next there is 2 brass clips holding case on, you pop those out and then you are good to go. Change the lid switch.
I bought a new GE Washer GTWN5050MWS yesterday. From the first load it squeaked each time the tub moved back and forth (no agitator in the infusion type) It is a quick squeak and kind of resembles a cat getting it's tail under a moving rocking chair. I checked the entire owners manual and it describes several noises and not one of them describes what my new washer is doing. It does not make this sound except for when it is in the wash cycle. Spinning is quiet, and during the agitation of the rinse cycle it is a much more subdued squeak. But during the wash cycle it is not acceptable.
I called GE this morning and they told me it was normal operation for all infuser types of their washer to make this noise. Tomorrow I will be taking it back for a full refund.
We purchased this machine because our 2-year old front loading GE washer broke down (discharge pump I think) and to get it fixed usually takes a couple of weeks. We thought it might be better to have a 2nd washing machine instead of paying the laundry mat. It took a month to get the last one declared unfixable in 2008. Maybe I was wrong. But this is very bad luck to have a brand new washing machine squeak so loud out of the box.