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My Maytag Washer (model LAT5000AAW) as working fine--no problem other than the timer wasn't working right. Replaced timer and now it sparks fire and kicks breaker as soon as plugged in. Have tried in several outlets. The washer is on outlet by itself. Please help.

The old one does it to but it didn't start doing it until after we had hooked up the new timer. I can't take the replacement timer back as they don't do returns. However, when changing out the timers we changed the wires one at a time. That's why I don't understand. How can we tell if a wire is hooked up wrong which I don't think would be the case since we changed them out one by one from old timer. Also, I don't see anything pinched. Frustrating. Could you give me the right wiring diagram for this washer and timer part #207379. Could something be wrong internally? Does anyone know what the inside of this timer is suppose to look like?

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    When something is sparking fire after you repair it, it's a pretty safe bet that it's not a problem with the outlet, and a generally bad idea to keep testing it out in new outlets. You're putting a lot of faith in a $10 circuit breaker to keep your house from burning down. – Johnny Jan 24 '17 at 23:42
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    It sounds like the new timer is defective or wired improperly. Tried taking it back out and examining it for skid marks? – ThreePhaseEel Jan 25 '17 at 1:03
  • The old one does it to but it didn't start doing it until after we had hooked up the new timer. I can't take the replacement timer back as they don't do returns. However, when changing out the timers we changed the wires one at a time. That's why I don't understand. How can we tell if a wire is hooked up wrong which I don't think would be the case since we changed them out one by one from old timer. Also, I don't see anything pinched. Frustrating. Could you give me the right wiring diagram for this washer and timer part #207379. Could something be wrong internally? Does anyone know what the in – Aaron Jan 26 '17 at 3:13
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Sounds like you might have reversed a wire or the timer your replacement is bad. To check, try to put your old one back in. If you get it to work i.e. no sparks, no tripping breakers, then the replacement part is bad. If it still has the issues, then you have a wire incorrectly hooked up, pinch, or damaged, or you have a different issue all together.

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