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Maytag Performa Pye2000ayw won't turn on-tried taping wires

My Maytag Performa Pye2000ayw won't turn on suddenly. I unclogged the vent (yes, it appeared clogged). Taped the 2 wires to the thermal switch together (above the element), and plugged it back in. Still doesn't work. Checked online for more help, but not sure what's next. If the thermal fuse is blown, will taping the two wires together really turn it on? The wires are pinched together with a flat ending so they don't really interconnect--just taped them flat together. The dryer has not been performing well for over a year--dry cycle is about 1 hour. Never overheated. My husband said the last time he dried clothes it took even longer to dry. I don't know if the heat was on or not. Will the element stop the dryer from turning on, too?

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  • Shinecatcher Jan 05, 2009

    I taped together two red wires for the blue top what I think is the thermal switch. Another comment said if you do this to the thermal switch you can see if the dryer will start again and if it does, then you replace the switch and fuse. Maybe I should tape together the two white wires that go to the fuse instead. I'm a bit confused.

  • Shinecatcher Jan 05, 2009

    Thank you. I tied the wrong wires together. Tied the fuse wires together and it works, except the heater element was really hot. I did blow a lot of dust around though. Will my element go out if I use the dryer like this until I can replace the fuse?



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If your dyrer has a thermal fuse, it will be on the blower housing (front), not on the heat element. It will be either white plastic os a button about half the size of other thermos. The fuse on the heat element will shut down the haet only. Hope this helps!

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    Jim Balcum Jan 05, 2009

    All I can tell you is that the thermal fuse is on the exit chute, and yes, if bypassed the dryer may run, proving it is bad.

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    Jim Balcum Jan 05, 2009

    Probably if is too hot. That means you thermostat need replacement as well. Maytag makes a kit for this, part # LA1053, available for $14.99 at . Hope this helps!


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Thank you! It worked. Purchased the thermal limiter switch/thermostat kit locally super cheap--the appliance company delivered it to my doorstep and I'm installing it! Wow! You were great!

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