Our estate dryer wont stop. when we turn the knob to a setting it doesnt click like it used to, then when you turn it on the knob never advances. does the timer need to be replaced or could it be something else?
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If you are setting the knob to begin a cycle AND the drum turns when you start it AND the timer knob does not advance, the timer is likely defective.
Some dryers with truly automatic cycles (using moisture or temperature sensors) will not advance the timer if there is a no-heat condition due to a bad thermostat or heating element. This would show as the dryer tumbling a load forever and the clothes are cold and wet when checked.
If the dryer will not do anything at all AND the timer knob does not advance, check the power (circuit breaker/fuse), then the dryer door switch. When the door switch is defective or the door isn't fully closing, it stops everything, period. There is a thermal fuse on some machines that will also cause this problem.
Good luck from Detroit, MI.
The switch probably just needs to be adjusted. There are contacts inside the switch, and over time they can shift position. You can either repair the switch yourself, replace it, or have a professional replace it.
If you attempt to repair the switch, unplug the dryer first and then remove the rear panel to get at the switch. Disconnect it and then test it with a multimeter, then take it apart, adjust the contacts, and test it again until you get it to change state when you activate it.
Sounds like a timer has went bad. Especially if it wont move in any cycle. The timers are pretty easy to replace, and on this model, not that expensive. The timer number is : 8299778 and runs around $60.00. To remove the timer, just take the back panel (of the console) off, then slip the knob off by pulling gently, then remove the hold down screws and pull off. I believe this particuliar timer has one wire bundle, but if not, be sure to make your wires to know where they go back. Good luck, and let me know if you need any further information.
jefo, it sounds to me like your timer is not advancing. Does it move at all or stay in place? In what you are saying it will stop when you turn it to off, I would think it could be the timer that is the problem. Part # 53-1810.