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Help with washer issue....
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Post# 1054445   12/16/2019 at 10:49 (1,527 days old) by duttyb11 (Mountain City)        

Hello all,

My mom has a older model WP direct drive she's had for years and its washing, spinning fine, but the washer stops and starts several times throughout the cycle. I will stop and pause for many moments and then just start back up again in the rinse and final spin cycles. Is the timer going bad?....seems to happen after the wash cycle is I need to order a new timer and wire harness? Would anyone know if they are hard to install, should I get a professional to do it? Any help would be greatful appriciated. Maybe it isn't a timer issue, it's just a hunch. Thanks you guys. I appricate you all.

Post# 1054449 , Reply# 1   12/16/2019 at 11:50 (1,527 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Pausing WP DD Washer

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It is supposed to stop several times but only for 10-15 seconds, if it is stopping much longer and at random you probably have a bad lid switch or timer.


Dustin there is nothing in your profile so I have no idea as to your ability with working on appliances.


John L.

Post# 1054454 , Reply# 2   12/16/2019 at 12:39 (1,527 days old) by duttyb11 (Mountain City)        
Limited to no ability...

I don't know how to work on things, but the washer will stop rinsing and spinning and start back up several times during the end portion of the cycle. I assume it would not be rocket science to change out the timer, but i'm afraid to try. I know my mom loves this washer and wants to save it, any ideas if I should try on my own or get a professional? Thank you!

Post# 1054487 , Reply# 3   12/16/2019 at 17:46 (1,527 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Is it draining and spinning at all.  Do you know if it fills with water for the rinse?  

Post# 1054532 , Reply# 4   12/17/2019 at 06:27 (1,527 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        
replace timer

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If determined to be the problem, changing timer is easy.  No need to be intimidated.  The hard part is the secret mystery latches holding the case together and our guys here can talk you through that.  Start by unplugging the machine.


Once you have access, just pull one wire at a time off the old timer and put it on exactly the same place on the new one.  I did it when I was 9yo with no instructions or adult supervision.


The hard part then becomes, mom will want you to fix the Betamax and the air on her 85 Buick. wink

Post# 1054562 , Reply# 5   12/17/2019 at 13:17 (1,526 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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First, you need to provide the model number of the machine.

Next, WP DD machines provide very easy access to the timer by removing a couple screws and flipping the entire console upwards and back.  The location of said screws may vary.

Removing the timer knob and skirt may be easy as unscrewing the knob.  Later timer designs have a lock-pin on the back that is released to remove the knob.

Wires typically are banked into plug-in connectors although there may be a single or two.

I have a 2002 DD in my living room, can easily provide how-to pictures based on it.

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