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Author Topic: Whirlpool dryer wed4850xq0 how to change timer ? Thank you  (Read 133 times)

Offline cvcman

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Whirlpool dryer wed4850xq0 how to change timer ? Thank you
« on: October 25, 2020, 10:42:20 AM »

Have the above dryer, timer dems messed up, if you turn to times dry it doesn’t heat , if you turn to auto and find just the right spot it will heat and sometimes shut off and other times not.
Timer bad ?
If so how hard or easy to change ?
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Offline Thorning

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Re: Whirlpool dryer wed4850xq0 how to change timer ? Thank you
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 02:11:51 PM »
Not a bad job. Put in the p/n and it will show a video on replacement

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Re: Whirlpool dryer wed4850xq0 how to change timer ? Thank you
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2020, 02:53:01 PM »
Any idea the correct part number ?
Do you agree it sounds like a bad timer ?
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Re: Whirlpool dryer wed4850xq0 how to change timer ? Thank you
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2020, 07:16:55 AM »
Here is Part # for Timer #WPW10185982 - $72. new online

Sounds like you have a bad timer. Look at it like this you have a Dryer that's having issues. You can replace the timer and call it a day or try to fix it yourself.

Put your Engineer Hat on for a minute if you want:
Take a picture or Video with your camera before you disconnect anything so you know where the wire orientation is prior to removing. (Take a picture while disassembling if you wish so you can revert back to the pictures in the event you have any issues).

I'm a engineer/technician not a parts swapper I look for ways to fix issues and how to prevent them. Your timer gears inside the timer are made of plastic (not metal) - over time the contact points - gears and cams wear due to being plastic wearing on plastic - your contact points on the cams where they touch the round gears inside the timer actually put indents on the Cam "ARMS" you will see a slight indent in the plastic cam arms that prevents the Cam Arms from contacting the Copper Contacts that turn the Heating Element/Motor etc. ON and OFF. I usually clean the copper contacts if I can (sometimes you can't they are so Burnt or welded together and melt the plastic inside) some need to be replaced. As far as the Plastic Cam Arms are concerned I often repair the Plastic Cams or replace the Arms from previous Timer parts if I have them. But from an Old Timer Engineer he showed me how to fix them with a Hot Soldering Iron by melting the plastic and literally welding the Plastic Cam Arms. (this Engineer/Old Timer happens to be my 90 year old father) who had this business for over 70 years!

If you want to try and tackle the job give it a shot what do you have to loose? but fix a broken dryer with your time. If you want no parts of it then just replace the timer with a New one. Good luck let me know how you made out! If you fix it -- then it's self gratification you tackled a little CHALLENGE!!