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Old 04-15-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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Any appliance techs out there? I have a Whirlpool dryer about 10yrs old. Still works fine, but the timer started running backwards. What ever cycle you set it on, it runs backwards. Called a couple appliance repair shops and no one has heard of this before. Was just wondering if it could be something else, before I spend $70 on a new timer.

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I have a Whirlpool dryer about 10yrs old.
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but the timer started running backwards. What ever cycle you set it on, it runs backwards. Called a couple appliance repair shops and no one has heard of this before.
Haven't seen one myself, but have heard of a few doing that. Something breaks in the timer motor and it starts up in the wrong direction = new timer time.

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Thanks jeff1 for your reply.

Model # LER6848AWO

Figured it was new timer time, just didn't want to spend $70 on a 10yr old unit and have it be something else. Can the timer be tested in any way. I can repair or replace just about anything, but I am seriously lacking in electrical diagnosis.

Thanks again for your input.
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LER6848AWO
That will be LER6848AW0

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Can the timer be tested in any way
You have pretty much already done that, in timed dry the timer motor will receive 120 volts AC. Since the timer moves/advances ok the timer motor is getting power but the problem is more of an mechanical failure in the timer motor.

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Timer assembly - LER6848AW0

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Thanks, I really appreciate the info.
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I was gonna suggest setting it to a certain time, hopping inside, and seeing if it turned into a time machine!

All kidding aside, I'd look at fixing the timer and/or replacing the timer.
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sO YOU PUT IN DRY CLOTHES AND THEY COME OUT WET? lol lol
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Heck I didn't know a timer could run backwards! And I have fooled with a few. Hehhe, I would have to try and take the timer motor off and see which way it is turning. Then take timer apart to see what piece of plastic is broken to allow this to happen. Just the way I am. A curious mind kinda thing with me. Good to "see" you Jeff.

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Heck I didn't know a timer could run backwards! And I have fooled with a few. Hehhe, I would have to try and take the timer motor off and see which way it is turning. Then take timer apart to see what piece of plastic is broken to allow this to happen. Just the way I am. A curious mind kinda thing with me. Good to "see" you Jeff.

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This is a new comment for a rather old topic. First of all thanks for the comments that helped me find the solution for this problem. I found the problem to be in the motor assembly and not the timer itself. The issue is actually in the gear box in between the motor and the timer box. I fixed the problem with a $10 motor from a scrap yard. After changing the motor assembly (motor and gear box, couldn't buy just the gear box) my dryer is back to life. What was actually killing me is the timer was only running backwards in the auto mode area in the timer. More likely you will not need to buy a $120 timer.
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I think you have a motor issue. Single phase motors will run in either direction as determined by the polarity of the start winding in relation to the run winding. A pretty good explanation video here.
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Ten years, huh?

Might be time for a new one with all the bells and whistles.

But then your wife will want a matching washer!
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Ten years, huh?

Might be time for a new one with all the bells and whistles.

But then your wife will want a matching washer!
Na, almost white looks OK next to white, twice. If ours was about 4-5 years older it could have been coppertone or green next to white, twice.
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Hey there Jeff.

Long time, no see.

Hope everything is going well with you.
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I think you have a motor issue. Single phase motors will run in either direction as determined by the polarity of the start winding in relation to the run winding. A pretty good explanation video here.
What you're saying is true for INDUCTION motors like capacitor start and split phase motors. If you reverse the leads between the start winding and the common terminal, the motor will turn backward. If you do the same between the run winding and the common terminal, that'll make it run backward too.

But, this is the timer motor, which is probably just a shaded pole motor. It shouldn't be turning backward.

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