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Maytag Dryer The timer on my electric dryer does not move when drying and therefore does not shut off after the alloted time. It will continue to run indefinitely. If you set it to time/dry for 20 minutes it will still be running 2 hours later and the timer will be on 20 minutes.The problem is NOT the timer, I put a new one in it and it did the same thing. I thought I got a bad new one so I got another new timer (at $77.00 each) and it still does not work. Nothing is binding around the knob or timer mechanism. I'm stumped Please help! Maytag model # MDE7657BYQ

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Did you replace it properly? The purpose of a dryer timer is to control the unit's cycles by regulating the length of time that power is directed to each component. It is not common for dryer timers to malfunction, and they are often misdiagnosed as having failed when they are actually fully operational.
TIP: If you do have a timer motor that has failed, consider replacing just the motor itself and not the entire assembly. Timer motors can be considerably cheaper than the complete timer assembly.
Before you can replace your dryer's timer assembly, you must first locate the device. Timer assemblies are located behind the control console panel. You may only have to remove the screws securing the front control panel in place, or, depending on your model, you may have to remove the rear panel behind the control panel.
Remove the timer knob from the timer's shaft. Now remove the timer's mounting screws. Discard defective timer and replace with a new one. Secure the new timer in place of the old one. Reassemble your dryer's control panel and restore power to the unit.

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    Before you can begin to test your dryer's timer motor, you must first locate the device. It is a part of the timer assembly. Dryer timer assemblies are located behind the control console panel. You may only have to remove the screws securing the front control panel in place, or, depending on your model, your may have to remove the rear panel behind the control panel.

    Label the wires connecting to your timer motor so that you will be able to correctly reconnect them later. Carefuly remove the wires. Do not pull on the wire itself. Instead, use needle nose pliers to pull gently on the wire connector.

    Set your ohmmeter to the R x 1 setting. Take each probe and touch it to one wire. A normal reading for most dryers is in the 2000 to 3000 ohms range. Try to locate a schematic for your dryer. It should be in one of the service areas of your dryer or in the owner's manual. This schematic should indicate the proper resistance reading for your specific timer motor.

    If the reading you receive from testing your timer's motor differs greatly from the range presented here, then you should replace your timer motor, or the entire timer assembly.

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If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.

Normally, this is what happens during an automatic cycle:

  • The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a pre-set temperature--say 135 degrees.


  • When the dryer reaches the pre-set temperature, the thermostat tells the timer to begin advancing. (If there's a moisture sensor, the timer advances only if the moisture content of the clothing is low enough.)


  • The timer advances until the interior cools, then the thermostat tells the timer to stop advancing, and tells the dryer to start heating again.


This cycle continues until the clothes are dry. But…if the vent is clogged, the dryer may never reach the proper operating temperature, so it doesn't send the signal to the timer and the dryer continues to run indefinitely, even if the clothes are completely dry. To fix the problem, clean the vent and/or internal ductwork.

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HI,

If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.

Normally, this is what happens during an automatic cycle:

  • The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a pre-set temperature--say 135 degrees.


  • When the dryer reaches the pre-set temperature, the thermostat tells the timer to begin advancing. (If there's a moisture sensor, the timer advances only if the moisture content of the clothing is low enough.)


  • The timer advances until the interior cools, then the thermostat tells the timer to stop advancing, and tells the dryer to start heating again.


This cycle continues until the clothes are dry. But…if the vent is clogged, the dryer may never reach the proper operating temperature, so it doesn't send the signal to the timer and the dryer continues to run indefinitely, even if the clothes are completely dry. To fix the problem, clean the vent and/or internal ductwork.

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