Question about Washing Machines
Our Kenmore washer has had an intermittent problem with the timer dial stopping right before the rinse cycle. I would go to check the laundry and the tub would be full of water and it would essentially be "hung up" right before the drain and rinse. All I had to do to get it to move on was tap on the dial and it would start up again. I told my husband about this and he decided to take apart the timer assembly. Now, he can't seem to get it back together correctly. He thought he had it, but when he put it all back together and we went to run a test load, the washer would start filling, spinning or whatever, without even pulling out the timer knob. It was like the knob was already pulled out to start the load. When you pulled the knob out nothing different occurred. So, he took it apart a second time and now our washer is all CRAZY. Its apparent that the timer is not in sync any longer. The cycles aren't right, the speed (agitate/spin) is always Fast even when selected aas Slow and the temperature will only run Cold water no matter what selection is made. Now my washer is unusable. Also when you are running a cycle now, after a couple of minutes it gets to a point where the washer makes a thumping sound over and over (still agitating). When it made this sound, it made our laundry room lights go bright/dim bright/dim. I freaked out and stopped it. Is there any instruction or documentation you could provide to assist him? He's frustrated, I am frustrated and I need to do laundry... I am prepared to order a new timer assembly. Is there only one way to install the new timer, or will it be out of sync again?
The timer is a electrical mechanical device, the problem you are having is what they do when they fail, replace the timer and all should be well, parts for washing machines are fairly cheap, go to a sears service center (not always at the main store) armed with the model number, it is on a sticker on the back of the washer. Make sure it is unplugged from wall before attempting any repairs.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008
You definitely need to replace the timer assembly. It should fix your problem. I suspect the problems you have had are not your husbands fault, but rather trying to repair a bad timer. If you purchase the new timer, assembly should be pretty straightforward and I feel confident your husband can handle the job.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008
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