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I believe the timer on Whirlpool washer is bad. How do I test this using a voltmeter?

I believe the timer on our Whirlpool LSQ9544KQ0 washing machine is bad. How do I test this by using a voltmeter?

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A timer consists of vertical cams (disks with pieces missing that sit on a horizontal shaft, the shaft is powered by a very slow geared down AC electric motor as the motor turns; lever switches above and, below the cams ride upon the cams opening and closing to program the machine to fill, agitate etc. the length of the cutout in the irregular disk (cam) is the lengh of time a certain procedure or,device i.e. a spin cycle, or, solenoid takes or, is activated and, it's corresponding switch is closed. All machines come with a small packet usually mounted inside the control center that has a frequency and, duration chart for the timer. this will show you the conectors on the timer that should be closed at a certain time in the cycle you can then manually turn the timer to the spot wher the meter should read continuity The most offen encountered problems with timers are burned switch contacts and, dead timer motors.

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I use RepairClinic.com
http://www.repairclinic.com/Whirlpool-Washing-Machine-Parts

Get model and serial number off nameplate, usually located on back at top of washing machine.
A lot of folks think timer is bad, when problem is another part.
Timers usually last longer than most other parts.
Call their live chat: 1-800-269-2609

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If your timer is the one with a knob that un-screws, use a thin needle nosed pliers to hold the shaft going thru the timer while you un-screw the knob.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

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Hi, There are several causes for this problem. Check these.


  • No spin at all: the lid switch is fried. You test it with your meter.                                  There will be a motor which spins the washing machine's drum.                                              If you don't hear the motor running, then its the lid switch which would have been broken and needs replacing. A bad lid switch wil interrupt the spin cycle.

  • In the Whirlpool washers, a common problem is that the lid plunger stops making contact with the lid switch. Use a pen to manually press the lid switch actuator (with the lid up, duh). If the washer spins...well, you know the rest.

  • Older (belt-drive) Whirlpool: the spin solenoid is burned out or has cut wires. Ohm out that solenoid (20-30 ohms) and test with a test cord. Make sure the wires are intact by giving them a little tug. If this is OK, you may need to adjust/replace the basket drive.



  • Timer is fried. On older timers, it's sometimes possible to run an external jumper to replace the bad internal contacts. Usually, however, the entire timer must be replaced. The only way to confirm is to use your meter and wiring diagram.

These are the causes that have to be inspected. You can also visit this site www.whirlpool.com/custserv/index.jsp


Hope my info solves your problem, Thanx for using fixya, Good luck.

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It is either a timer issue or a motor issue. I know, that you knew. But if you have a motor with like circuitry and size, you can try that or to put it into the spin cycle and see if it is a mechanical obstruction or with a voltmeter see if the timer is working.

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