How To Fix A Dryer Timer That Won't Advance

A dryer that's timer will not advance properly can be frustrating and repairing it through a serviceman can be expensive. Even for someone who may not consider themselves handy, repairing a dryer is not a difficult process. Below we've provided you with a list of the most common parts that fix a dryer that's timer won't advance. Use this information to help troubleshoot which part is broken, and then enter your model number in the search box to find the right part for you, along with tons of helpful information like our step by step installation videos and instructions.

Timer Motor

  • - Customers rate this repair as Easy
  • - Takes 15 - 30 minutes
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  • - We have 1 step-by-step video

Located in the control console of the dryer the timer consists of a small motor connected to a series of gears that rotate cams, which turn electric contacts off and on inside the timer. The timer contacts control the dryer motor as well as the heat circuit and the timer motor itself. A defective timer motor or a defect in the timer’s electrical contacts can cause the timer motor to fail and the timer will need to be replaced. The contacts can be checked for continuity with a multi-meter. This test should only be made with the power removed from the dryer.

Cycling Thermostat

  • - Customers rate this repair as Easy
  • - Takes 30 - 60 minutes
  • - We have 835 installation instructions
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On gas and electric dryers that have an “Auto Dry” cycle, the cycling thermostat is often used to advance the timer as well regulate the drum temperature. Essentially, the thermostat will alternately turn on the heat source or the timer motor when the temperature has been satisfied. To check this thermostat, you will have to check for power to the timer motor with a multi-meter, during a cycle. This is a live voltage test and caution should be used.

More Repair Parts

    We've identified the most common parts that can cause a dryer timer to not advance properly, but there are other parts that could be at fault. If you are unable to fix your dryer with the information above, enter your model number into the search box for additional repair help. Searching with your model number will give you access to all parts and schematics, symptoms for your specific dryer as well as all installation instructions and videos.