Spin cycle not working

ApplianceGeneral Electric Washer


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers

Harry From Casper, WY

Oct 18, 2008

4 out of 4 people found this instruction helpful

The original problem was thought to be the timer as the washer would never start the spin cycle. After ordering the timer, I discovered that the problem was actually caused by the fact that I forgot to turn the cold tap water back on after I cleaned the cold water filter screen. The spin cycle does not start until after the tub fills with cold water and rinses the clothes! DUH!

However, while waiting for the new part to come in, I decided to open the old timer and inspect it. I noted that the switch contacts were pretty worn out and decided it would be best to replace the timer because of the age of the washer.

This is what I did:

1. Unplugged power from outlet.

2. Removed four torx head crews from across the top back side of control panel.

3. Tilt panel forward.

4. Note that the timer knob is held to the timer shaft with a plastic clip. You need long thin needle nose pliers to remove this clip. It pulls out and away from the shaft. Once that is done, you can pull the knob off in two pieces.

5. After the knob is off, you can disconnect the timer assembly using a nut driver. Remove the ground wire, disconnect the cable harness connector by squeezing in the locking tabs.

6. Install the new timer with single sheet metal screw, and reconnect cable connector.

7. Attach the ground wire.

8. Replace control knob and retaining clip.

9. Tilt back the control panel and replace the four torx head screws.

10. Plug washer back in.


12. Test washer. DONE.

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Part Number: PS269941

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