I just turned the knob on my GE dryer and the timer knob is just spinning and not turning. I pulled the plastic knob off and the piece that the timer shaft goes through is broken. How do i go about with a replacement? I have a bunch of wet clothes in the dryer that need to be dried ASAP. I need advice on fixing this! In the meantime, is there a way to make the dryer work just to dry the clothes that are wet right now?
Replacing your dryer knob is super easy. We will tell you how to go about ordering a new one below. But first, to get the dryer to work for now to dry those clothes, get a pair of pliers and grab the shaft of the timer. Slightly turn the pliers in the direction you usually turn to set the timer to the appropriate heating cycle. This should make it so it is possible to dry the clothing that you have that is wet.
To attempt to fix the cracked or broken plastic knob yourself, you can use epoxy glue. Apply the epoxy to the cracked area of the knob and hold it together while drying with a pair of needle nose pliers. Hold the plastic together for the amount of time the epoxy instructions advise you. Once the glue is dry, slide the dryer knob back onto the timer shaft. Test the knob by turning it to a dryer heating cycle. Whether this has worked or not, it is best to purchase a new one for your dryer as the repair you just made will not usually hold for long.
Probably the easiest and cheapest way to buy a new dryer knob for your GE, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Hotpoint, or Maytag is through Amazon. The dryer knobs available are inexpensive and usually aftermarket but look the same and function the same as the original. The prices are relatively cheap ranging from $5 to $12 dollars depending on your brand of dryer. Click here to see the page where all of the dryer timer knobs are listed and available for your dryer.
Dryer Knob Replacement
Replacing the dryer knob should take merely seconds. The new one you purchase will slide onto the timer shaft with ease and your dryer should be as good as new. You can then begin using your dryer immediately. If your dryer timer is the issue, see below.
If the dryer knob is NOT cracked but the shaft on the timer has broken or will not turn, you will need to buy a new dryer timer switch. Replacing the dryer timer is not as easy as replacing the knob but by following the instructions it can be done by almost anyone.
The easy way to buy a new dryer timer is through Amazon within the category of “Dryer Parts & Accessories”. Have a look here to find the dryer timer that will fit your model dryer. Most dryer timers will cost between $40 and $100 dollars depending on your brand. This may seem expensive but consider calling a repairman that will charge $100 just to show up! Doing this job yourself will save you money and get you more comfortable with doing home repairs.
Replacing The Timer On Your Dryer
Remember that replacing parts on appliances can have multiple steps where not all machines are the same. Please use caution and common sense when performing these repairs yourself.