Proper Operation
Learn how your appliance is supposed to operate so you can determine if it is malfunctioning.

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Maytag Washer Timer

Maytag Washer Timer

The most frequent failure mode for a Maytag timer is failure to advance to the next cycle. There is a complicated escapement linkage between the timer motor and the timer cam that likes to mess up. I haven't mastered the art of fixing these timers and just replace them.

The timer is located behind the cycle control knob and contains the programs or function sequences for all the major wash cycles. The program is contained inside the timer in a cam with switch followers riding on it. The switch leafs are brought out to the outside of the timer by terminal lugs. As the timer motor turns the cam, the switches open and close to stop and start the agitate, drain, spin and fill functions. Wires with spade lugs connect to the timer terminal lugs and lead to the active washer components. The following is a picture of a typical Maytag washer timer.

Getting a New Timer

Use your washer model number or the part number printed on the original to order a new timer.

If you don't have access to this part in an appliance store near you, try this company:, Inc.

Procedure for Removing the Timer

  2. Use a small screwdriver or knife to remove the round metal insert in the timer control knob.
  3. Slide the small clip off the timer shaft inside the timer control knob. This releases the timer knob and dial along with a spring behind it. Remove all of these parts and put them in a safe place for reassembly later.
  4. Remove the two screws holding the back cover of the control console with a Philips screwdriver.
  5. Go back to the front of the console and remove the two timer mounting screws that were behind the timer dial. Note how the timer was mounted to the console so that you can mount the new one at the same angle.
  6. Now you have the timer free and we can start transferring wires from the old timer to the new timer. Start at the upper left corner and pull each wire terminal off the lug on the old timer and push it onto the same lug on the new timer, one wire at a time. The wires have the terminal lug markings on them if you get confused.
  7. Now is a good time to make sure you are happy with the way your lid switch is working. If your hear the microswitch click when the front of the washer lid is up about 3 inches, the switch is adjusted properly. Use the adjustment screws below the timer to move the switch forward or backward to achieve proper lid switch operation.
  8. Mount the new timer onto the back of the control console using the two screws.
  9. Replace console back cover and its two screws.
  10. Replace the timer knob and dial, the spring, retainer clip and cover plate. Check for proper operation.