This DIY dryer repair guide has step-by-step instructions about how to replace a mechanical timer on a dryer without keypad controls. A small motor on the back of the timer advances the timer and dial during the cycle, controlling the drying time. If the timer won't advance through the cycle, or if it doesn't start or shut off the motor or heating element, replace the timer with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

These basic repair steps work for replacing the timer in many Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Frigidaire, Amana and GE dryers.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Dryer timer

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

This video shows a gas dryer. If you have an electric dryer, skip the step for turning off the gas supply.

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the dryer. If it's a gas dryer, shut off the gas.

Step 2: Remove the control knob

Pull the timer control knob off of the timer stem on the front of the control panel.

Step 3: Remove the back panel

Move the dryer forward and use a 1/4" nut driver to remove the screws from the back panel. Remove the back panel from the dryer and set it aside.

Step 4: Remove the timer

Note the location of wires attached to the back of the timer before removing them. Label the wires or take a digital picture so you know how to reconnect them later. Remove the wires from the back of the timer. Remove the mounting screws and then remove the timer. 

Step 5: Install the new timer

Insert the new timer in the control panel and secure it with the mounting screws. Attach the wires to the new timer, following the labels or digital photograph. 

 Warning: For safety and to avoid damage to the new timer, the wires must be properly connected. If you are unsure how to connect the wires, have a service technician complete this repair.

Step 6: Reattach the back panel

Position the panel on the back of the console. Line up the mounting screw holes, insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.

Step 7: Reinstall the control knob

Push the control knob onto the stem of the new timer.

Step 8: Restore power to the dryer

Plug the dryer into the wall outlet. If it's a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply to the dryer.