The timer on our Maytag dryer seems to have died/stopped working and I would like to replace it myself:

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What I mean by "died/stopped working" is that the timer no longer decrements and mechanically moves itself down to "Off". It just stays in whatever place you set it to and so the dryer will continue running until you manually stop it by moving the timer to "Off" or by opening the door. This is obviously a hazard and I'd like to get it fixed!

Any ideas as to how I can take the timer off the dryer, or dismantle it, then figure out what piece is busted and replace it?


If you search the web for "repair manual" plus the model of your drier, you may be able to find a copy of that, or a site which will sell you a PDF if it for a few bucks. That will give instructions on how to disassemble and reassemble the drier. To access the timer, that's usually a matter of pulling the knobs off and loosening some screws on the back so you can remove the faceplate -- but it's a lot more comfortable when you're sure which screws to loosen.

Actually diagnosing it and fixing it is probably best done by unplugging and dismounting the timer from the drier and working with it on a bench, if you're comfortable dealing with house current and figuring out which leads power the timer unit and which ones get switched on and off by it. There are websites which discuss that too. You're lucky that this appears to still be a mechanical timer; if it had electronic controls they generally are pulled and replaced as a unit rather than trying to diagnose them.

If you're lucky, it might just be that the timing motor has failed. If so, that's usually a standardized part and may be attached with screws and thus be replaceable. The hard part would be determining what speed and direction and output gear is needed; the manual may have that info. I'd start by seeing whether the motor turns at all; if not I'd dismount it, apply power to it, and see if it now turns; that will tell you whether the problem is a failure in the motor or the gear train.

The manual may, or may not, tell you enough to test this properly. Sometimes there are interactions where other connections have to be powered or not powered, eg if the drier has a moisture-sensing cycle. (There's usually a straight timed cycle; that will be simplest to check out.)

Basically: If it's already dead, there's no reason not to play Dr. Frankenstein and try to bring it back to life... but ONLY if you're sure you can do so safely. If in doubt, finding the right replacement timer and swapping it in, as @Mazura suggested, is comparatively straightforward and might still save you the labor costs.


Spent hours on internet. Hours and hours. Looked at all the manuals, etc. The washer has two clips, easy to get to. But the dryer? How? Where? First, on the back, remove two small screws at the top of the console. Then see the pic. Just shove a paint scraper in about an inch or so -- it will compress the clip, which will allow you to lift up the corner half-an-inch. Repeat on the other side. The whole console can then be jiggled up an inch and then tilted forward. You now have access to all the innards. The knob just pulls straight off, if you're replacing the timer. enter image description here


I doubt you can repair the timer. You need that whole assembly, like this one for about $100. I go to the local parts shop though. Nice having someone to blame if it's the wrong part and somewhere to take it back. Find the model number and get a part (timer) ordered. In the meantime, YouTube for perhaps even your specific model for dismantling instructions.


For us this meant "after a separate unrelated repair, we had wired it back up wrong" (one of the the wires was connected to the wrong place). Looked up a diagram, fixed wiring to match, timer started going down again. FWIW.

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