Question about Maytag Neptune MDG5500AW Gas Dryer
I removed the front face and held the door button and tryed to start the dryer and the flame does not come on nor does the ignitor. The drum turns and the exhaust is feeding out of the vent with no problems but no flame. I recently (1 month ago) changed the ignitor, high temp cut off, ignitor sensor and thermal on the exhaust side so alot of sensors are changed.
First, unplug the dryer. Then you need to lift the top of the
dryer. Two spring clips between the top and the front panel hold
it; push them back with a putty knife or similar tool to "pop" the top
and let it hinge back. The heating element, thermostat and thermal
fuse will be visible to the rear of the drum. The thermostat is
attached with a single 1/4" screw, and getting it out of the way will
let you remove the screw that holds the heating element in (you did
unplug the dryer, didn't you?). Very gently manipulate it till it's
out and out of the way. The panel that holds the thermal fuse is in
the right side of the box for the element. It comes out by lifting it
up and out. The repair parts come as a kit containing a thermal fuse
for an electric dryer, one for a gas dryer, and a thermostat that works
for either. If you don't have a local source, this site can sell you
the parts kit very reasonably. I paid more because I needed the dryer
fixed that day! Replace both the thermal fuse (the one with the pink
dot) and the (bigger) thermostat. Reverse the above directions and put
it all back together. That should have done the the trick.
Also, as several contributors and my parts store counterman so correctly advised me, be sure to clean out your exhaust ductwork. Your fuse probably blew because the air wasn't being exhausted properly, allowing the dryer to overheat. Mine wasn't blocked up this time, but it was blocked up last year and I suspect I weakened my fuse then.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
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