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Why is my dryer timer going too fast?

If you notice that your dryer timer is moving too quickly, there are a few potential causes to investigate:

Worn Out Timer Motor

The timer motor is what controls the countdown of the timer. Over time, it can wear out and start spinning faster than it should. This is a common cause of fast timers. Replacing the motor or the entire timer assembly should fix the issue.

Faulty Timer Switch

The timer switch connects to the timer motor and sends power to it. If this switch is faulty, it can cause the motor to spin faster. Testing the switch for continuity and replacing it if faulty is the solution here.

Overloaded Dryer

Putting too many clothes or towels into the dryer can place excess strain on the timer motor and cause it to run faster. Try reducing the load size and see if that helps. The normal load capacity will be listed in your dryer’s manual.

Loose Timer Parts

If any of the parts connected to the timer are loose, it can lead to faster spinning. Tightening the timer knob, front panel screws, and anything else attached to the timer can sometimes fix this.

Faulty Cycling Thermostat

The cycling thermostat turns the heat on and off during the drying cycle. If this part malfunctions, it can quicken the timer. Testing this part and replacing it if faulty should resolve that problem.

Incorrect Timer Settings

Make sure you have the timer dial set properly for the type of cycle you want. Setting it to a faster cycle or higher heat can make the timer move more quickly.

Damaged Tumbler

If the tumbler that holds the clothes is damaged, it can place strain on the motor and timer assembly. Replacing a severely damaged tumbler is recommended.


In summary, a dryer timer that moves too fast is often caused by a worn out timer motor, faulty timer switch, overloaded dryer, loose timer parts, defective cycling thermostat, incorrect timer settings, or damaged tumbler. Going through systematic troubleshooting and testing can help pinpoint the exact cause so the proper repair can be made.

Additional Dryer Timer Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some additional things to check when dealing with any dryer timer issue:

Inspect the Timer Dial and Knob

Look for any cracks, broken pieces, or looseness that could contribute to the timer malfunctioning. Replace any damaged parts.

Check all Wiring Connections

Make sure the wiring to the timer and motor is intact and securely connected. Faulty wiring can lead to inconsistent operation.

Test the Motor and Switch

Use a multimeter to test the electrical continuity of the timer motor and switch. Replace if readings are outside of specification.

Examine the Tumbler

Inspect the tumbler for any debris, tears, or obstructions that could be putting undue strain on the timer. Clean or replace the tumbler as needed.

Lubricate Timer Parts

Putting a small amount of appliance oil on the timer gears and shaft can help it run smoothly if sticky or stiff.

Consider Replacing the Entire Assembly

If the timer has failed completely or has other significant damage, replacing the entire timer assembly may be easier and more cost-effective than repairing individual components.

Consult Your Manual and Model Number

Your dryer manual will have specific troubleshooting and repair steps for your make and model. Checking the manual can provide useful service information for diagnosing and fixing your timer issue.

Preventing Dryer Timer Problems

You can help prevent dryer timer troubles by following proper maintenance and usage tips:

  • Do not overload the dryer
  • Clean the lint filter after each cycle
  • Allow for proper airflow by clearing vent ducts
  • Use the cool down cycle to allow the timer to stop slowly
  • Gently turn the timer knob, do not force it
  • Unplug the dryer before servicing
  • Have a technician service the dryer annually

When to Call a Repair Professional

While some timer issues can be DIY repairs, it’s best to call an appliance repair technician if:

  • The timer fails completely
  • Other components like the motor or switch are defective
  • You are uncomfortable performing electrical testing
  • The tumbler or other major parts need replacing
  • You encounter other significant issues beyond just the timer

Professionals have the skills, experience, and tools to accurately diagnose problems and make proper repairs. They can also perform routine dryer maintenance to help prevent future timer troubles.

Cost to Repair a Dryer Timer

The cost to repair a faulty dryer timer will depend on a few factors:

Repair Type Cost
Timer motor $100-$200 for parts + labor
Timer switch $100-$150 for parts + labor
Entire timer assembly $200-$350 for part + labor
Tumbler replacement $150-$500+ depending on model
Professional repair call $70-$150 service fee

As you can see, fixing an individual timer component will cost less than replacing the entire timer assembly. But comprehensive repairs for additional parts can quickly exceed the cost of a new dryer. That is when replacement makes more economic sense for an aging dryer.

When to Replace Your Dryer

Here are some general guidelines on when to replace a dryer instead of investing in repairs:

  • It is over 10 years old
  • Repair costs exceed 50% of a new dryer price
  • It needs major work beyond just the timer (motor, drum, etc)
  • Parts are no longer available for your model
  • It has frequent or recurring failures
  • Newer models have features you want

Purchasing a new energy efficient model can save on utilities too. And advancements in noise reduction make new dryers much quieter. If your current dryer is aging and needing multiple repairs, replacement ultimately becomes the more sensible and cost-effective option.


A dryer timer that moves too quickly is often indicative of a malfunctioning timer motor or related component. With some troubleshooting and testing, many timer problems can be fixed affordably with replacement parts. But for older dryers requiring major repairs, purchasing a new model is the smarter long-term investment for improved performance and reliability.