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Washer runs but timer will not advance


The most common parts and conditions which contribute to the symptom "Washer runs but timer will not advance" are listed below. Check or test these items and use the available how-to links to learn more.


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Timer/ Timer Motor

If all functions of the washing machine work properly but the timer will not advance, the timer motor is most likely the problem. On most models the timer motor is not available as a separate item. 









Water Level Control/Pressure Switch

The water level (pressure) switch is normally located behind the control panel and it detects the height of the water in the wash tub by the pressure it creates. Much like your ears feel greater pressure when you dive into the deep end of the swimming pool, this switch senses the increase in pressure from water added to the tub. The size of the load you select determines how much pressure is required before the switch tells the water inlet valve to close. If this switch is faulty, it may not supply power to the water inlet valve.





Timer Knob

Make sure the timer knob on the control panel is not cracked or broken. If it is defective, it may be difficult to turn the timer to the desired cycle and the knob may not turn the timer shaft as the cycle advances.









Drain Pump

The drain pump removes water from washer tub at the end of cycles. If it fails, the washer may not advance into the next cycle. You can confirm that the drain pump is the problem if your washer stalls at the end of the wash or rinse cycles.








Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve supplies water to the washer. If the washer doesn’t advance through cycles or stalls at wash or rinse times in the cycle, the water inlet valve may be faulty. Check hoses that connect to water inlet valve for kinks and make sure inlet screens are clean. Then, you can check the continuity of the solenoids in the water inlet valve to see if they are defective.







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