How To Reset Dryer Timer?

Many dryers are equipped with a reset button on the control panel.

If the motor won’t run, let the dryer cool for about ten minutes.

Then push the reset button.

If there are no problems with the motor, switches, or electrical system, this should restart the dryer.

How do I fix my dryer timer?


  • Shut off the power. Unplug the dryer.
  • Remove the control knob. Pull the timer control knob off of the timer stem on the front of the control panel.
  • Remove the back panel.
  • Remove the timer.
  • Install the new timer.
  • Reattach the back panel.
  • Reinstall the control knob.
  • Restore power to the dryer.

Can I bypass the timer on my dryer?

If the dryer operates with the timer contacts bypassed you will need to replace the timer. DO NOT leave this bypass in place and use the dryer, this is for testing ONLY.16 May 2011

How do I know if my dryer timer is bad?



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Why won’t my dryer shut off?

If your gas or electric dryer isn’t ending the Auto Dry cycle when the clothes are dry, it may be the fault of a defective cycling thermostat. This part governs the temperature of the dryer as well as the timer motor on Auto Dry models.