I have a Maytag LA608. At the start of a cycle, it fills with water and starts agitation. It seems like the dial turns however it never stops agitation. I can move the dial (by pulling & pushing in the knob) to the appropriate next step (drain, refill, rinse/agitate, spin dry) and they all work. Does this sound like a timer?
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It's the timer, if your washing machine fills with water and begins agitating, but the timer never advances--or if the washer is in a spin cycle and the timer won't advance. Then you need to replace the timer.
It may be a cold-water supply problem, if the washing machine fills with water, agitates, drains, and spins, but then doesn't fill with rinse water. See There's no cold water.
First you need to list the model number in order for me to figure out what type of washer it is then i can help you. The reason I ask is some Maytag Ensignia's come with electronic timers and some models have old style timers...
Its sounds like you have a siphon going on, this happens when the drain hose it too low during fill and as the water enters the unit it exits through the drain hose. To stop this the drain hose needs to be higher than the tub itself, meaning: raise the drain hose behind the washer to about control panel area. This will or should stop the siphon effect and allow the water to remain in the tub. If the drain hose is low this siphon will start again.
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