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Ladymech

08:03AM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 09/27/03
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Dial(timer:35-3840) on my Admiral (Magic Chef) washer (013-87682-01) started acting up a few weeks ago and now it will wash but it acts like there is a short somewhere (and lights flicker in house) when we try to get it to work on a spin cycle (and as of today on the wash cycles too). It spins (and washes) just fine when it does "catch" but this is getting annoying. Could it be the lid switch?...and should I try to disconnect the switch first before I send for a new timer? Thanks for the help.
Cathy

DanO

11:13AM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** Admiral (Magic Chef) washer (013-87682-01) **

I don't know what that number is but it doesn't look like the model number which is the key reference to which washer you have. You can find tips for locating the model number on your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my site linked below.

** lights flicker in house ... Could it be the lid switch? **

A faulty lid switch should not cause lights to flicker in the house. If it happens on one particular cycle, it could be that the motor is under particular strain at that time or the washer has a poor power supply like could be caused by running it on an extension cord, not on a 'dedicated' outlet like it should or just poor voltage in your home.

** should I try to disconnect the switch first before I send for a new timer? **

A fault in the timer should also not cause house lights to flicker although if the timer's internal contacts show signs of arching or discoloration, it may need to be replaced, possibly due to another cause like too much strain on the motor.

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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Ladymech

11:53AM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 09/27/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Dan

I understand what you are saying about the model number. This machine came from a Mongomery Ward, New about 9 years ago and I removed the timer and matched it on parts finder.com today before I posted. The washer is an Admiral but the timer itself is a "Magic Chef" and the number of the timer is 35-3840. They keep it in stock for $76 but before I ordered it I wanted to do the troubleshooting to be sure it was not something elso or my outlet. I do not believe that the machine would run at all if the outlet was bad but I do live in a very old house and have had to replace some of the outlets for intermittant cycles.
I don't know anything about the keys in the timer and have not taken the timer apart I have just removed it to get the number off of it.
I guess I just need to know if it is worth replacing at this point or should I just replace the whole machine? I will be in this house another year.

Thanks
Cathy

DanO

05:05PM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** This machine came from a Mongomery Ward **

That would make it a "Wards" washer which could have been made by Admiral whom is now owned by Maytag (as is Magic Chef)

** I don't know anything about the keys in the timer and have not taken the timer apart **

There is a cover on that timer which should be easily removable to reveal the timer's contacts. You can see the timer you posted the part number to at the following link:

LINK > 35-3840 Maycor Washer Timer

But as I said previously, I doubt a defective timer would cause the house lights to flicker although they could have been damaged as a result of whatever is responsible for the lights. Just replacing the timer without finding the underlying cause could result in the new timer being damaged as well.

Before *I* would spend the money on a new timer, I would call a service technician to check the washer out if you can't determine the actual cause yourself.

JMO

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited September 29, 2003).]

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