How to Wire a GE Dryer Timer

The timer on a GE dryer controls how long the dryer runs. Wires run from the timer, located on the control panel, to the motor. When the timer is set, it tells the dryer to start the spinning cycle. Once the timer has run the set time, the dryer stops. If the timer is not functioning properly, your dryer will continue spinning indefinitely, or until the motor burns out. Replacing the dryer timer does not require a great deal of new wiring.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Timer motor
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    • 1

      Unplug the dryer from the wall.

    • 2

      Remove the screws from the two sides of the control panel. Slide a putty knife under the edges of the control panel to release the tabs and tilt the control panel back, or remove it from the face of the machine.

    • 3

      Locate the timer motor on the back of the control panel. It is attached to the timer knob on the front of the unit.

    • 4

      Pull the knob off the front of the timer.

    • 5

      Remove the mounting screws from the timer, using a screwdriver, and pull it off the machine, wires still attached.

    • 6

      Set the new timer in place. Pull the wires by the connectors off the old timer and transfer them to the new timer. This way you don't have to remember which wires go where.

    • 7

      Reassemble the control panel, plug in the unit and test.

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