When I moved into my house the previous owner left a second dryer
behind- with a note saying dryer is good, but timer doesn't work. Both
dryers were quite old- so I decided to keep the second one around in
case the first dryer broke down.
Well yesterday the first dryer failed. I got the bright idea of
comparing the timers on each and found the little tear drop shaped
motors to somewhat match. I went ahead and swapped-out the motor
portion for the second dryer. Now the timer works, however, it rotates
in the wrong direction. The motor looks really simple- is it possible
to reverse the polarity (switch the wires around) without wrecking the
little timer motor. I guess I can still use it in reverse(for timed
dry purposes). I would just have to re-label the dial for the wife.
In alt.home.repair on 30 Jul 2003 05:40:13 -0700 email@example.com
How long did it last?
This is no problem. Just turn the dryer upside down.
That wouldn't work in a washer, that has all sorts of levers. It might
not work for a dryer either. If you can't manually turn the knob
counterclockwise (and I can't on mine I think), the motor probably
won't be able to do so either. Unless the reason I can't do so is
that there is no clutch going backwards and it is the motor itself
that resists this. But I don't think so. Put a little drop of red
paint or nail polish on the gear coming out of the motor, and the gear
it goes into. Then let it run for a couple minutes and see if the red
marks have moved. I'll bet they don't.
Or, take that gear the motor gear meshes with and see if you can turn
it with a screwdriver in one directions as easily as the other. It
may go only in the direction that the old motor went in.
Since you know it only needs the motor, I don't think they are that
**Meant only as levity, not as trolling. Really.
If emailing, please let me know whether
or not you are posting the same letter.
Change domain to erols.com, if necessary.
nothing... you might try to open up the motor and removing the armature
or stator and see if that will change the direction of the motor??/
make a zip cord out of an old lamp cord with aligator clips on the end
to connect to the motor(but be careful as you can electrocute yourself
as the wires will be hot...juice).. and save time before you put it back
in to see if it works correctly.....
if not then hunt around the junk places or the trash piles, they always
throw out old wash. mach. dryers on the streets.....
firstname.lastname@example.org (CDW) wrote in message
Won't work :(
The timer can be removed and sent away ( see local repair shop or
parts depot ) to be rebuilt/repaired for usually a fraction of the
cost of a new timer. Usually takes 7-10 days for the timer to come
back from the rebuilding company.
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