How to Diagnose Timer Problems

    Listed below are some of the most common timer and programme faults, an explanation of what might be causing the problem and how to fix it.

    For information on how to tackle and resolve faults and problems on a wide range of appliances see our other articles »

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    No Timer Display, Faint or Partial Display, or Sticking Buttons:

    Switch the power completely off, wait a few seconds then turn it back on. If the problem persists it may be a faulty timer module.

    Programme Not Completing:

    This fault can arise from many things, but can be traced by identifying where it sticks.

    If the machine continues to wash longer than it should, this is usually due to it not heating the water, and the fault may lie with the heater, element, thermostat or control board. If the machine will not drain the problem could be with the pump, so check this and also the filter.

    If the machine is emptying slowly there may be a blocked filter, a small object in the sump hose or a faulty pump. If the machine completes the wash cycle but keeps tumbling and will not go to spin, this may be due to an out of balance wash load.

    Tripping Electrics:

    This can be very difficult without the correct equipment to trace unless a short circuit can be found.

    Many modern appliances have control panels that require programming by either a laptop or external programmer. Therefore, it may not be possible for the general public to replace this part.

    If on inspection, the cause of the fault is not immediately apparent most people will require the assistance of a trained professional.

     Washing Machine Spares and Accessories

    Modern machines timers work with "fuzzy logic" allowing programme times to change acording to the load and other factors.

    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.