This washer has Normal, Permanent Press, and Heavy wash cycles. We always use Permanent Press. Lately its symptoms include:
-There is a long pause between filling and starting to agitate; it used to start agitating as soon as it was finished filling.
-There are other pauses between various cycles that did not previously occur.
-When the whole cycle is over, the clothes are still wet and there is sometimes a little water visible in the bottom of the tub, requiring a second final spin to be done.
-When I turn the timer to do a final spin (just a few degrees before the end of the cycle indicator), often it does not start the spin when I pull out the timer knob. It will start after a long pause, or sometimes if I pull strongly on the knob (after it is already pulled out to start), it will start the spin.
-A cycle takes about 10 minutes longer than normal, I assume because of all the pauses.
I just did a load on "Normal" and it did everything normally without any of the above symptoms. I wonder if some of the mechanics (gears, detents, or whatever) in the Permanent Press part of the timer have gotten worn out and I need to replace the timer? Or is something else indicated? The washer is about 26 years old. TIA