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Do you hear the motor turn on when you start the dryer? If the belt is loose then it could cause it not to turn.
1. If you are able to run it with some of the housing removed, then do that and verify where you are losing your ability to spin. - Make sure the motor is engaging and actually turning the belt. If it is turning and moving the belt, check to make sure the belt is routed correctly and not slipping on any of the pulleys. If it is, then it may just be time to change the belt. - If the motor does not spin, listen to the motor and see if you can hear it kick on when you try to start a cycle. If you don't hear anything, turn the power off (unplug from the wall to be safe) and disconnect the connection to the motor. Use a voltmeter or multimeter and connect the probes to the two pins that provide power to the motor (can't say which ones specifically. There may be a service wiring diagram tucked away inside the dryer houseing somewhere.) Plug the dryer back into the wall try to start a cycle which observing the meter. If you are getting no voltage then the motor is not getting the signal to kick on, which means it is some kind of controller device (timer switch, selector switch or control board depending on your device) or a relay. If you hear the motor kick on but won't spin, there are a couple things you can try (unplug the dryer first for both): 1) Take the belt off the motor pulley and try to move it by hand. If it doesn't move smoothly then it could be seizing internally and needs to be repaired or replaced. 2) Disassemble the exhaust housing and check for any small items that may have snuck in past the lint filter somehow. If a small item made it's way past the filter it could jam itself in the blower assembly (which is most likely driven by the main motor) which would either cause the motor to fail or a belt to fail. Either way, **** out all the lint within the exhaust system while you have it open as it's good practice! :)
- Refering to the service wiring manual (which may be tucked away inside the control panel housing) is key. If the motor is not kicking on then you need it to trace its path for power and the signal to turn on. If it is turning on and moving, it's a matter of finding which physical piece is failing (which can be hard to do online).
- If the drum spins easily by hand then it's most likely in the hardware that transfers the energy from the motor to the drum. If it doesn't spin very easily, you may want take the drum out and check for any objects that may have wedged in between the drum and the housing. Also check the plastic shims and cloth gasket to make sure they have not worn excessively. Lastly, make sure the drum has not warped at all.
Dryers are fairly simple machines. Let me know how it turns out for you.
I really have NO idea what's causing your Maytags to misbehave, BUT I can tell you that the Maytag service centers have always been very accommodating when I've called about problems with dishwashers, dryers, and washing machines.They have explained the construction of the appliance and even told me the type of tools I needed to make repairs! If you still have your owner's manual, the toll free number should be in there. I hope this helps!
That should be just a push to start switch. The start switch is inside the motor. When the motor turns fast enough it trips an internal switch to keep the motor running. It sounds like you have a motor on the way out.