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Whirlpool Dryer Timer Not Working/Troubleshooting

The timer on a Whirlpool dryer is the item that keeps energy use under control, owners informed when it comes to the cycle’s time left, and engages the dryer to start the cycle. If your Whirlpool dryer time isn’t working, what are some troubleshooting methods to help resolve this issue?

If your Whirlpool dryer timer isn’t working, troubleshooting methods include checking that the timer knob and shaft are engaged, replacing the timer knob if the timer is not counting down, and testing the timer for continuity by using a multimeter tool.

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The timer on a Whirlpool dryer is the hub in which owners are able to start their drying cycle, set how long they want their items to dry, and check to see how much longer is left on the cycle before being able to pull those items, among other functions. If your Whirlpool dryer timer isn’t working, continue reading below to see what you can do to restore the function of this feature by finding the right troubleshooting method for your problem.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Not Working/Troubleshooting

When the dryer timer goes out on a Whirlpool dryer, not only are owners no longer able to control the timing of their drying cycles, but they are prevented from being able to start the cycle altogether, as this piece is what is used to insight the cycle. If you have a Whirlpool dryer and the timer is not working, take a look below to see what troubleshooting methods can be implemented to resolve this issue.

If your Whirlpool dryer timer isn’t working, troubleshooting methods include checking that the timer knob and shaft are engaged, replacing the timer knob if the timer is not counting down, and testing the timer for continuity by using a multimeter tool.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Keeps Ticking/Not Shutting Off

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When you have the timer on during a cycle on your Whirlpool dryer, you can either allow the time to continue until it has finished, or you can interrupt the cycle and stop the timer by either pressing the timer off or opening the dryer door. If you are trying to stop the cycle and the timer keeps ticking and the dryer will not shut off, what might be the cause of this problem?

If your Whirlpool dryer timer keeps ticking and is not shutting off, it is likely that the knob has become disengaged. Take the knob off of and be sure the flat on it has not been rubbed into a curved shape. Once confirmed, match the flat on the knob to the flat on the shaft and engage the two.

Causes 

If your Whirlpool dryer won’t stop, several issues could be causing it. The most common one is the ventilation. Always check that the ventilation is working properly. Check the air conducts, the vent, and the thermal fuse. 

If you have checked everything and cannot find a problem, then the only thing to do is check the timer. 

You can follow the steps in the previous section to check if your timer is working properly. 

When a timer is not working, there are few things to do. But if you do not want to replace it, then what you can do is to check the contacts inside the timer’s motor. If the contacts are corroded, you will only need to clean them and see if the problem is fixed. 

For this, you will need an emery board to polish the contacts and remove the corrosion. We recommend the Revlon Compact Emery Board

How to Fix

If you want to polish the contacts, you can follow these steps: 

  1. Disconnect the dryer.
  2. Remove the timer by following the steps in the previous section.
  3. Take the timer and open it to see the motor. For this, you only need to take off the screws and open it. 
  4. Once you have opened the timer, you will be able to see the contacts (they are made of copper).
  5. Polish the contacts using the emery board. This process can take up to 30 minutes.
  6. Once done, place the timer back on the dryer.
  7. Make sure you have put everything back to where it belongs.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Not Counting Down

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Once you set the time on your Whirlpool dryer, as the minutes pass, the knob will gradually make its way back to 0, which will result in the buzzer sounding and the cycle completing for the set time. However, if you set the timer and you notice that the knob is not counting down, but is remaining stagnant with no movement whatsoever, this can be a bit of a problem for both you and your dryer.

If your Whirlpool dryer is not counting down, it is likely that the timer needs to be replaced. This can be done by simply removing the back panel of the dryer to the console and taking the wire from the old timer, then installing the new timer.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Not Advancing

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The dryer timer always works in a way that measures time from greatest to least, which means that a count down should start once the action has been made. This is still considered an advancement of the timer itself, as the progression is working to slowly dwindle until no time remains. If you have a Whirlpool dryer and the timer is not advancing, read on to see what can be done to get this piece operating as it should again.

If your Whirlpool dryer timer is not advancing, it could be that the timer needs to be replaced. However, test the timer to see if continuity is present by removing the back panel of the console and testing the probes with a multimeter for a reading that is infinity.

More Details

The timer is the device that tells your dryer when to stop working or even when to start. So, if your timer is not working properly, you might experience a dryer that won’t start or advance.

To properly check if the timer of your Whirlpool dryer is not working, you can follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect your dryer from the power source.
  2. Remove the control console. 
  3. Remove the timer. 
  4. Use your multimeter on the terminals of the timer. You should have continuity between 2000 and 3000 ohms. 
  5. If it is outside of this range, then you need to replace your timer. 

Note: Timers are usually long-lasting devices, and they do not malfunction often. So, before removing your timer, check that it is broken first. 

How to Fix

Once you have purchased a new timer for your Whirlpool dryer, you will need to replace the previous one. This can be done in a couple of steps, and it is usually an easy task. Here is what you should do: 

  1. Once again, always disconnect the electronics before performing any task on it.
  2. Locate the broken timer (usually at the back of the control console panel).
  3. Remove the timer’s knob from the timer’s shaft. 
  4. Remove the screws. 
  5. Replace the broken timer with the new one and secure it tightly. 
  6. Reassemble your dryer and plug it. 

Tip: If you need to replace a timer, then we suggest you only replace the motor itself and not the entire timer. Motors are a lot cheaper, and they are usually the source of the problem

Whirlpool Dryer Knob Not Working/Moving

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When using the dryer knob on a Whirlpool dryer, not only are you selecting the time and drying cycle you wish to start, but you are also enabling that start by engaging the motor and the heating element. If the dryer knob is not working as it should and will not move, this can be an incredibly delaying problem.

If your Whirlpool dryer knob isn’t working or moving, it could either be that the knob is not engaged with the shaft, that the timer needs to be replaced, or that the knob needs to be replaced to engage properly with the shaft due to wear of the previous knob.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Bypass

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If you know that the dryer timer on your Whirlpool either needs to be replaced or needs to be messed with a bit more, you may be wondering if you can bypass the dryer timer and get the dryer working without the need of this function. A bypass is possible, but this should only be used for testing purposes and the dryer should never be used continually with this method.

To bypass a Whirlpool dryer timer, remove the back panel and disconnect the wire harness from the switch. With a jumper wire, place both ends between the two blue wires on the disconnect terminal.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Clicks but Won’t Start

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When you hear the timer of your Whirlpool dryer clicking, this is an indication that the shaft is moving with the turning of the knob, which means that different selections can be made to move forward with drying cycles. If you hear this clicking sound and then go to start the dryer, but the dryer will not start, what could be the problem?

If the dryer timer clicks on a Whirlpool dryer but it will not start, this could be an indication that the start switch is faulty. To see if this is where the issue lies, test the switch with a multimeter to see if continuity is present.

Whirlpool Dryer Timer Not Clicking

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As previously noted, the clicking sound that comes from the dryer timer when making a selection is what indicates that the shaft and the knob are moving together to change and start the cycle when prompted. However, if you are moving the knob of your Whirlpool dryer timer and it is not clicking, what can you do?

If your Whirlpool dryer timer isn’t clicking, it is likely that the knob is not engaged with the shaft. Pull the knob off and check that the flat on the knob is not rounded. You will then align the flat on the knob as well as the shaft and put the knob back on to reengage it.

If your Whirlpool dryer timer isn’t working, troubleshooting methods include checking for continuity within the timer, replacing the timer if continuity is not present, confirming that the knob is engaged with the shaft and secure with electrical tape. From here, you can cycle the dryer.

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