How to Replace a Dryer Timer

How to Replace a Dryer Timer. The dryer timer cycles the heating components of your dryer on and off through the drying cycle. When the timer is faulty, it will not advance through the cycles. Homeowners should learn how to replace a dryer timer when this happens. A dryer that does not advance will overheat and burn out the heating element prematurely. Get the brand name and model number of your dryer, and purchase a new timer from your local appliance repair facility.

Things Needed

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Replacement dryer timer

Step 1

Unplug your dryer from the dryer outlet. Pull the dryer away from the wall enough that the control console can rest in a service position.

Step 2

Disconnect the control console from the top of the dryer. Some models have a single screw at each end so that the console can be removed with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Other models require the blade of a putty knife to be inserted between the control console and the top of the dryer to disengage retaining clips.

Step 3

Remove the timer control knob from the timer shaft by pulling it off the face of the control console. Some models may require that you squeeze the shaft from inside the console to release the control knob.

Step 4

Raise the control console, and let it rest on its hinges. Locate the dryer timer, and disconnect the wires from the timer terminals. Use the needle-nose pliers to grab the wires by the leads and pull them off the terminals.

Step 5

Use the Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the timer to the control console. Lift the timer out of the control console.

Step 6

Insert the shaft of the new timer through the control console, and secure the timer using the two retaining screws. Slip the wire leads over the new dryer timer terminals.

Step 7

Set the control console back into its working position on top of the dryer. Push the timer control knob over the timer shaft. Secure the front of the control console to the top of the dryer using the retaining screws. If your model uses retaining clips, push the control console down until the clips engage.

Step 8

Plug the dryer back into the dryer outlet. Push the dryer back into its original position.


  • Always disconnect power to appliances before attempting repairs.


  • Dryer Service Manual
  • Dryer Timer Installation