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Element comes on when timer is turned with door open not the element.

Element shuts off when timer is in OFF position.. Clothes are getting HOT and wrinkling badly.

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You have a faulty timer and it needs to be replaced. Here is the part to order.

Posted on Dec 03, 2012

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SOURCE: Heating element won't stay hot.

Hello vsjant3,
I assume you cheated out the door interlock switch when running your test. If you did not, then the dryer will shut off when the door is open as part of the safety interlock system. If you did cheat it out and the element shut off after about 20 seconds, then you may have a problem with one of the temp sensors. When an overtemp condition occurrs, it disables power to the heater and it will shut off.. Other considerations are the wiring to the heater.. if you had a poorly tightened heater wire that was ok when first started and cold but when hot and passing current opened, that would also exibit the same symptoms. If I were a betting man, I'd say you probably have a bad temp switch. You can measure them with an ohm meter ( dryer unplugged of course).. or simply jumper the wires together to bypass one to see if it is the fault. Make sure you replace a bad sensor and do not leave it bypassed or you risk fire.
Here is a link to the wiring diaghram of your dryer.. http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/model-display.php

Hope that helps,,
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Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Heating element is getting red hot - like a heater.

No the first thing I would check is the vent going outside may be cloged the air going across the heating element should keep it from glowing real bright

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Heating element only turns red when dryer door is open

You are correct you do have a dead short on the element.You need to replace the element.Hope i fixya :)

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SOURCE: Dryer,timer switch won'tmove & cool air only.

Begin by replacing the times. Then you will most likely find that you are back in business.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Maytag MDE8600AYW takes way too long drying clthes

either your house vent is plugged, or the vent in the dryer by the blower is plugged. when the vent is plugged, even partially, the moisture is not leaving the dryer. It will take a long time to dry, and the top of the dryer will get hot when the vent is plugged. Clean the house vent and check down below the lint trap by the blower, then it will dry fine again.

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

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