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 Posted: Mon Oct 18th, 2010 07:51 pm
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I have a ten year-old Kenmore dryer, model 417.80042990. I have always used the automatic dry timer, setting it to "regular" and letting it do its thing. Lately, at the end of the cycle, the clothes are damp. Today, I went to get clothes out at the end of the dry cycle, found them damp again, set the timer back to "regular" and stood and watched. Miraculously, instead of advancing, the timer dial moved in reverse. So instead of going Forward through an entire dry cycle, it's going from "regular" to "towels" to "off".  Meaning the dial is going in the wrong direction, counter-clockwise.

I switched it to timed dry and that seems to work properly, but now I am a little freaked out am pretty sure the dryer will inevitably burn my house down.

Why is the dryer operating in reverse? And can we fix it or is it now a lawn ornament?

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its pretty much impossible for the timer to operate backwards especially if the timed dry is going in the right direction. are you sure you have just never payed attention how the auto cycle advances?

If you insist that its going backwards the you will need a new timer.

The problem with the clothes still being damp would be a different issue. Most likely you have a vent restriction of some type...need to check from the dryers lint filter housing all the way to the exhaust hood outside of your home for lint build up. If you have flexible venting behind the unit ensure that it's not crimped as well.


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I spoke too soon-the timed dry isn't working right either. Which at least makes sense.

The timer dial is definitely moving backwards, as impossible as it may be. There are only 2 "off" positions, one at 12:00 and one at 6:00. Auto dry starts at 7:00 and turns off at 12:00, but lately, at the end of its cycle, it's pointed at the 6:00 off. I assumed my kids were messing with it until I saw with my very own eyes that the dial was moving backwards. If something impossible is going to happen to me, why can't I win the Powerball instead?


Thank you for your help! I'll order up the new timer and check out the venting.

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check your polarity... i wonder if the line and neutral got reversed, that it would cause your timer motor to operate in reverse... first i have heard of this issue but give it a shot. on your outlet, you should see 3 holes. 1 large slot, 1 smaller slot and 1 rounded hole.

this is what your meter should read:
smaller slot to rounded hole = 120v
smaller slot to larger slot = 120v
larger slot to rounded hole = 0



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timer Motor .. single winding AC Motor ...  polarity won't matter ..

bad Timer

 


 




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Thank you so much! We're ordering up a switch.

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please post your resolution when you replace the timer .we have another post with the same issue (first i have heard of this in 16+ years as a tech)

http://www.applianceguru.com/forum2/28064.html



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please refer the post link in the previous post...this person fixed his backward running timer by disconnecting the auto dry board; may be the deal with yours also...



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rhymenoceros wrote:  There are only 2 "off" positions, one at 12:00 and one at 6:00. Auto dry starts at 7:00 and turns off at 12:00, but lately, at the end of its cycle, it's pointed at the 6:00 off.
 

So, have you actually seen the knob moving in the backwards direction, or is it possible that the knob just continues around past 12:00 and continues to 6:00 in a clockwise direction and then shuts off



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I stood and watched the dial move in reverse. Stranger than fiction.

Thanks for pointing me to the other guy and his auto-dry board solution. We'll see if that works and will post back either Thursday or Friday.

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rhymenoceros wrote:  will post back either Thursday or Friday.
Of which week ?



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