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DE 412 Overheats

Our 20 year old Maytag DE 412 occasionally overheats, even with a minimal load - a few towels and a set of sheets.

This only happens occasionally and I have checked to ensure that the filter screen is clean and free of lint and that there is no blockage in the external exhaust vent piping. We shut off the dryer for 10 minutes to cool down after running for about 20 minutes and we would never leave this running while we are away from our residence.

Any ideas? All suggestions are appreciated.



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  • bobsheelah Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem with a 25-yearold DE410, even on air fluff the clothes are burning my hands!

  • bobsheelah Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem with a 25-year-old DE410, even on air fluff the clothes burn my hands!

  • rjhooper Nov 23, 2008


    I think I will start with the replacement of the cycling thermostat, a relatively inexpensive part ans something I can easily change myself. I don't think that the cycling thermostat is cutting off when it should and it causes the element to overheat.

    I'll let you know the outcome once I have located the replacement part and installed. It may take a few days only because of some out of town work commitments this week.



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In most cases, the heating element is provided power via a relay and that relay is controlled by the electronics. On older dryers, you probably have a small motor driven dial that rotates and is basically a timer. If that motor fails to rotate or is slower than it should be ( due to age or worn gears) you may experience over-temp conditions. You should still have over-temp 'snap switches' that sense the over-temp condition and 'should' de-energize the relay that provides power to your heater element. If that relay is sticking in the "ON: postion, then regardless of what the controller says, the heater will remain powered up.. So in essence you have a few components that are suspect.. IT may or may not be worthwhile removing and replacing them in a 'shotgun' manner to determine the the root cause but if you do... be sure to disable power from the system BEFORE any service takes place.
Also: the temp control may bve dictated by power resistors that are switched in series with the heating element itself to limit current through that element ( and reduce the overall drying temp). If any of those power resistors have changed value over time or are not switched into the circuit via the controlsm the symptoms will be similar. AS painful as this may sound, 20 - 25 years of service from any appliance is considered above and beyond the normal life span so consider yourselves lucky that you got that kind of mileage out of them. The cost to diagnose and repair may make it impractical at this point and you may be better off just replacing with newer more energy efficient models. Your call.. Hope this helps..

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