clearInterval on 'mouseleave'

I’m creating a visual counter in my html using Javascript. At first the counter is ‘0’. On mouseenter it starts counting till 10 (adding +1 every second), and on moueseleave it should reset to 0 again and stop counting, however, when I move the cursor away it only shortly resets to 0, and then keeps counting up to 10 again, starting from the number it stopped at during the mouseleave.

My code looks like this:

let timer = ''

box[4]?.addEventListener('mouseenter', () => {
    let sec = 0
    let timer = setInterval(() => {
        box[4].innerHTML = String(1 + sec)
        sec++
        if(sec === 10){
            clearInterval(timer);
        }       
    }, 1000)   
})  

box[4]?.addEventListener('mouseleave', () => {
    clearInterval(timer)
    box[4].innerHTML = String(0) 
})  

How can I improve it so that on mouseleave the counter becomes 0 again and stops any counting?

>Solution :

You need to remove the let on let timer inside the mouseenter callback:

let timer = ''

box[4]?.addEventListener('mouseenter', () => {
    let sec = 0
    timer = setInterval(() => {
        box[4].innerHTML = String(1 + sec)
        sec++
        if(sec === 10){
            clearInterval(timer);
        }       
    }, 1000)   
})  

box[4]?.addEventListener('mouseleave', () => {
    clearInterval(timer)
    box[4].innerHTML = String(0) 
})  

The reason is that when you do let timer you are actually populating a new local var called timer and the other var at the top of the code will not be populated. That means your clearInterval inside of the mouseleave handler was not actually canceling anything.

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