ApplianceGeneral Electric Washer
Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
Michael From Snellville, GA
Oct 17, 2009
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Remove the knob. This is the hardest part. To remove the knob, unplug the washer and pull the unit out so you can get to the back. Stand on the right side of the machine and pull the knob out. It is retained by a nylon clip. Take a small flathead screw driver and use it to push the clip up from the open ended side. Not much force is required. It will pop right up. The clip has a hook on one side so if you try to remove it with needle nose pliers (like I did the first time) you will bend the trim on the knob and likely break the clip.
Once the knob is off, remove the dial with the pointer on it and set it aside.
With this done, remove the three hex screws on the back of the control panel. Then lift the plastic control panel up, then forward. This will allow you to lay the control panel on the top of the machine.
Remove the wire harness by lifting up on the retainer and pulling on the harness. Grip the harness not the wires. The harness seats with a good grip so you'll need to work it a little.
Remove the single retaining screw that holds the timer unit to the control panel. Once the screw is removed TWIST the timer unit to remove it. The timer is held in place by two retaining "prongs" that you will break off if you try to pull the timer off the control panel. Once free of the retaining prongs, the timer is off the control panel and you are ready to replace with the new one.
Install is the reverse of what you just did.
When you get to putting the knob back on don't forget to put the dial with the arrow back on first. This only goes on one way but it takes a pretty good push to get it to seat. Next, put the nylon retaining clip on the knob such that it's barely on and slip the knob on the timer post only to the point where you see the slot in the knob and the slot on the post line up. When the two slots are aligned, use the blade of the flathead screw driver to push the nylon clip into place.
Reseat and align the control panel, replace the three screws, plug the unit back in and you can watch the game while the little lady gets back to her washing. :) Just kidding ladies.
This is an easy repair that anyone can do with only a couple hand tools and a little patience. Getting the knob off is the hardest part and a little finesse will work better than brute force.
Have fun, you can do it.
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Part Number: PS1482382