How To Fix GE Washing Machine Timer Wont Advance

How To Fix GE Washing Machine Timer Wont Advance

If you’re GE washing machine’s timer isn’t able to advance, it could be an aggravating and time-consuming issue to resolve. There are a variety of steps you can undertake to address the issue. In this article, we will examine the most common causes for the timer on your GE washer that doesn’t advance and provide step-by step instructions on how to fix the issue.

This guide is designed for novices and experienced DIYers in home repairs. It will show you how to get your GE washing machines working again in no time.


Lid Switch

The lid switch is a security feature present on the majority of top loading GE washing machines. The lid switch will typically be located below the main top and is equipped with the lid projected or a pin that is attached to the lid which triggers the switch when the lid is closed. The motor circuits and timer are powered by the lid switch. Test the lid switch aGE washing machine using a multi-meter

  1. Unplug the power source to your GE washing machine.
  2. Take the cabinet off or the top panel and locate the lid switch. After finding the switch, check that all levers and actuators are free of sticking.
  3. If there are no issues after performing the tests above, remove the switch and set your multimeter to the Rx1 setting. Press and hold the switch’s button, position the probes at the switch’s terminals, you should get a reading of zero.
  4. If you receive a different reading the switch will need a new switch lid.


Timer and Motor

The timer manages the functions of the GE washer. The timer is comprised of several electrical contacts, which are operated by a cam assembly which is controlled by a timer motor. A few of the contacts within the timer are used to control the timer motor. The timer motor or timer could be damaged if washer’s timer doesn’t move. How to test the timer and timer motor in a GE washing machine using a multi-meter

  1. Unplug the GE washing machines from the power source.
  2. Find and then remove the timer. You will need to remove both the control panel and back panel in order to access it.
  3. Use your multimeter to touch the probes at the motor terminals (refer to the wiring diagram). The test for continuity will provide you with a reading of zero to nearly zero.
  4. You’ll require a replacement timing timer if your test gives you different results.


Water Level Control

:The water level control on GE washing appliances is used to switch the water valve off and on according to the level you have selected in addition to provide energy to the timer motor when the right level of water is reached. You may have a problem with the water level switch if your washer fills up but does not move. How do you check the control of water levels on the GE washing machines:

  1. Before starting, unplug the machine to which you’ll be working with electrical components.
  2. Before you suspect the switch before identifying the switch, you must eliminate the air dome hose that is the cause of the problem. Take the cabinet off and remove the air dome pipe. The hose should be placed in water and seal the ends. Then , blow air into the ends to look for bubbles. You should also inspect the tube for wear, cracks, or obstructions.
  3. If no issues are found in the above list, you may require the new water level switch.


Timer Knob & Dial and Skirt:

The timer dial or knob is attached to the timer shaft , and will rotate as the timer advances through a sequence. You may also pull out the knob to activate a switch within the timer. The timer’s knob is generally constructed of plastic and is reinforced by a keyed insert. In normal use, it can result in the knob to break or wear out, making it impossible to rotate with the shaft of the timer.

This can make it difficult to turn the timer to the desired speed and also cause the dial to stop turning along with the shaft when the cycle is progressing. How can you check the timer knob on a GE washer?

  1. Unplug the GE washer’s electrical supply.
  2. Locate the knob that controls the timer You will have to lift the rear panel or cabinet to access the front of the timer.
  3. Inspect the knob to ensure that the timer engages when the knob is pulled out , then pushed into.
  4. If it doesn’t engage, you’ll need replacement knobs.


Drain Pump:

A drain pump is a device that removes water from the GE washing machines tub after the wash and rinse portions. If the drain pump fails, then the washer from GE will not recognize that the tub is empty, and will not move on to the next phase of the cycle. You should inspect your washer’s drain pump when it stops during the rinse or wash parts. Some electronically controlled models might display a fault code in the event of this. To identify the reason for your GE washing machine flashing a fault message, it is recommended to refer to our list. How do you inspect the drain pump inside a GE washer?

  1. Unplug your GE washer
  2. . Locate your drain pump. To access the pump you’ll need to lift off the front panel of the appliance.
  3. After you’ve located your pump, make sure you check all connections and hoses ensure there aren’t any leaks or damage.
  4. If the leak is coming through the pump, you’ll require a new pump.


Water Inlet Vave:

The valve for the water inlet supply hot and cold water to GE washers during filling sections. At minimum, two solenoids will be able to open the valve. If your washer does not move through the cycle, or stalls at a wash or rinse fill portion then the water inlet valve could be the cause. Check first that there aren’t any kinks in the hoses for the inlet and they’re not restricted. If they are, then you can check the quality of the solenoids’ operation using the help of a multi-meter. How to check the water inlet valve on the GE washing machine with an instrument like a multimeter.

  1. Before you begin the GE washer, check that it’s not connected.
  2. Locate the water inlet valve and take it off. It is likely to be located right behind the hose connectors and you’ll need remove the entire or a part of the cabinet to get to it.
  3. Inspect the screens inside the valve for debris or buildups Be careful since the screens are not able to be replaced and if they are damaged you will need an entirely new valve. 
  4. If you see any damages or wear to the pump, turn on your multimeter and then connect the probes to appropriate terminals. Check the owner’s manual to determine what results this test will produce, as it varies from model to model.
  5. You’ll require a water valve replacement in the event that your readings are out of the normal range.