Question about Maytag Neptune MDE5500AY Electric Dryer
Replaced terminal block and solved breaker tripping problem but now dryer will only stay on when holdng down start button. Any suggestions?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Motor malfunctions usually call for service by a professional. There are three main causes of motor failure: lack of lubrication, a defective motor switch, or worn or frozen bearings. A humming sound can be related to a burned-out motor or a defective switch. Check these trouble spots before you call a professional service person or take the motor to a repair shop. Here's how to check a dryer motor:
Step 1: Remove the back access panel. Then reach behind the drum, motor pulley, and idler arm pulley. If these areas are clogged with dirt and lint, undue strain on the motor may be causing the humming noise. Worn or broken belts can also cause a humming noise. Check the belts for wear and damage. If the belts look all right, you may be able to stop the noise by spraying them with fan belt dressing, available at automotive and hardware stores and home centers.
Step 2: Turn the dryer on. The noise you hear may be the whirl of the spinning drum, not the motor. Some noise is normal.
Step 3: Force a little 20-weight nondetergent motor oil (not all-purpose oil) around the ends of the motor shaft. This lubrication may stop the humming noise. If this doesn't solve the problem, remove the motor and take it to a professional service person.The centrifugal switch on the dryer motor may be located on top of the motor. Humming, no motor power, and no heat can be caused by a faulty centrifugal switch. If the switch is externally mounted, check the terminals of the switch to make sure they are tight and not burned. If you spot trouble, remove the switch and take it to a professional service person for testing. A faulty switch will probably have to be replaced. Some centrifugal switches are located inside the motor housing; you won't be able to remove the switch in this case. Remove the entire motor and take it to a professional for repairs.
If the motor hums, but won't run the pulley on the end of the motor shaft, try turning the pulley by hand.Caution: Before turning the pulley, make sure the power to the dryer is turned off.
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
sounds like your heating element has opened up it was probably partially shorted to the case and this was causing your breaker arcing condition previously
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
you want to start at high limit thermostat or thermal fuse
its white and has two small wires
it sits on the heat tube
it could be black too
it is shaped like a warped ball
and is rather flat
sears has them in stock
ive included the part number to help
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
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could be a weak breaker,or poor high resistance connection from panel to dryer plug, then have someone check the current draw on the dryer while operating and see if it's within specs of the machine tag, if it's higher than that you may have a defective motor or heating element to case causing a higher than normal current draw
Posted on Nov 09, 2009
SOURCE: Maytag Dryer - Model #
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There are several things that can cause this.
1. The door switch Item 6 of link:
Listen for an audible click as the door is just opened or closed. No click = failed switch. Alternate means of tesing is with a meter. Switch plunger depressed = continuity
2. The thermal fuse Item 10 of link:
This is a non resetable fuse it either reads continuity or open. Open = failed
3. The pust to start switch has failed. Item 12 of link
4. Failed timer Item 7 of link:
Items 1, 2 and 3 above are the most common failures in the order listed.
Wiring data can be found here:
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Posted on Jan 22, 2011
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