If your KitchenAid washing machine’s timer won’t advance, it can be an annoying and lengthy issue to fix. There are several steps you can follow to fix the issue. We’ll discuss the most common causes the KitchenAid washers won’t begin and offer step-by-step solutions. If you’re an experienced DIYer or just starting out with DIY home repairs, this article will help you get your KitchenAid washing machine up and running again in no time.
The lid switch is a security feature in top-loading KitchenAid washing machines. The lid switch is usually found beneath the top of the. It is projected onto or connected to the lid. It will turn on the switch when it is shut. The lid switch supplies power to the timer and motor circuits. Test the lid switch inside aKitchenAid washing machine with a multi-meter
- Remove the plug from your KitchenAid washing machine.
- Take the cabinet off or the top panel to find the switch on the lid.
- After finding the switch you must begin by verifying that the levers or actuators are damaged or stuck and that the switch has been engaged mechanically whenever the lid is closed.
- If there is nothing wrong with the above checks then you can take off from the switch, and then adjust the Rx1 setting on your multimeter. Press and hold the switch button. The probes should be placed on the terminals of the switch. The probes should return an unambiguous reading.
- If you see a different result, you’ll require a replacement lid switch.
Timer and Timer Motor
The timer manages the features of the KitchenAid washer. A series of electrical contacts can be seen on the timer. These contacts are controlled by a cam that is moved by a timer motor. The motor for the timer is controlled by certain of these contacts. If the timer on your washer will not advance then the timer motor may be at fault. How to test the motor and timer in the KitchenAid washer with a multimeter:
- Remove your KitchenAid washing machine from power sources.
- Locate and take out the timer. You will need to remove the control panel as well as the back panel in order to access it.
- Set your multimeter’s Rx1 setting to place the probes on the motor’s end (refer to your wiring schematic). The test for continuity will provide you with a reading from zero to close to zero.
- You will need the new timing timer if your test gives the results that are different.
Control of water level
The water level control function on KitchenAid washing machines allows users to switch on or off the water valve at certain levels and to also supply power to the timer motor to regulate the water level. You may have a problem with the water level switch if your washer fills but doesn’t advance. How to check the water level control on aKitchenAid washing machine:
- Before beginning, unplug the washing machine since you’ll be working with electrical components.
- If you suspect that the switch is not working Remove the air dome tube. To find and eliminate the air dome hose, pull the cabinet from the wall. Place the hose in water and seal the ends.
- Then , blow air into each end in order to search for bubbles. Also, you should inspect the hose for wear, cracks or other obstructions.
- If no issues are found above, you might need a replacement water level switch.
Timer Knob and Dial & Skirt
The timer knob or dial is attached to the shaft that controls the timer, and will rotate when the timer progresses through a cycle. You can also pull the knob to activate a switch within the timer. The timer knob is usually constructed of plastic and is reinforced with a keyed insert. The knob is susceptible to cracking or wear over time and stop turning with the shaft. This will make it difficult to rotate the timer according to the desired speed and result in the timer dial to stop turning in conjunction with the shaft of the timer as the cycle advances. How to check the timer knob on the KitchenAid washing machine:
- Unplug the KitchenAid washer’s power source.
- To locate the knob for the timer, you’ll need to take off the cabinet, or rear panel in order to reach the back.
- To ensure the timer engages, inspect the knob by pulling it out and pushing in.
- If it isn’t engaging it, you’ll need new knobs.
The drain pump is used to remove water from the KitchenAid washer tub at the end of the wash and rinse parts of the cycle. The washer from KitchenAid may not be able recognize that the tub is empty when the drain pump fails. You should inspect your washer’s drain pump if it stalls in the wash or rinse sections. Certain models that are electronically controlled may show a fault signal when this happens. To find out the cause behind your KitchenAid washing machine flashing fault codes, we suggest you refer to our list. How do you examine the drain pump on the drain of a KitchenAid washer?
- Unplug your KitchenAid washer.
- Locate your drain pump. You’ll need to remove the cabinet or front panel of the appliance in order to reach the pump.
- After you’ve located the pump, inspect all the hoses and connections coming from the pump for signs of damages or leaks.
- You’ll require an pump replacement when the leak is in the pump.
Water Inlet Valve
The valve for water inlet supplies hot and cold water to KitchenAid washers in fill sections. Two solenoids at least will be able to open the valve. The water inlet valve may be the cause if your washer stops working during the cycle, and then stops at the rinse fill or wash phase. You should first verify that the inlet hoses don’t contain any kinks or restrictions and that the inlet screens are clean. If they are then you should test the continuous operation of the solenoids using the help of a multi-meter. How to check the water inlet valve in theKitchenAid washing machine using the aid of a multi-meter
- Verify that you have unplugged the KitchenAid washing machine prior starting.
- Find the valve for water inlet and take it out. You will find it directly behind the hose connectors. To get it open you must eliminate all or part of the cabinet.
- Inspect the screens inside the valve for any buildups or debris Be careful as the screens cannot be replaced , and if they are damaged you will need to replace the valve.
- Visually inspect your pump for any indications of damage or wear. if none are found then set your multi-meter at Rx1 and connect your probes on the terminals. Consult the manual of your owner to see what reading the test will give, as it varies between models.
- You’ll require a replacement water valve when your readings are not within the range of recommended.