My wife completed drying some towels and tried starting the dryer again and it wouldn't start. I changed the thermal fuse and it still does not start. Power is getting to the receptacle. And lint trap is clean. Any suggestion? Please Help.....Thank you Brad
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your Maytag dryer has mysteriously stopped producing heat, a blown
thermal fuse may be the cause of your problem. In Whirlpool
dryers,thermal fuses are safety switches that are designed to disrupt
the flow of electricity to your dryer's heating mechanisms once the
dryer reaches a predetermined maximum temperature, usually somewhere
around 180 degrees F.
Thankfully, troubleshooting the thermal fuse in a
Maytag dryer is easier than it sounds.
Instructions And Things You'll Needed.
Screwdriver,Towel,Electrical tape,Replacement thermal fuse, if necessary.
Clean out thelint screen in your Maytag clothes dryer. Lint buildup can
cause your dryerto overheat, triggering the thermal fuse to disrupt
power to your dryer'sheating mechanisms. Take the lint screen out of
your Whirlpool dryer and washit in warm water. Dry the screen
thoroughly before replacing it.
2 Look behindthe dryer to check its flexible exhaust hose for
kinks or obstructions.Disconnect the exhaust hose from the back of your
dryer and clean out any lintthat has built up.
3 Go outside andcheck your Maytag dryer's exhaust vent for
obstructions. Lint buildup, birdnests or other obstructions in the
outside exhaust vent can trigger yourdryer's thermal fuse.
4 Disconnectyour dryer from its power source before attempting to access its thermal fuse.
5 Access the thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer byremoving the back
panel. Remove the screws that hold the back panel in placeand it should
easily come free.
6 Look betweenthe dryer's blower housing and exhaust to locate its
thermal fuse. The thermalfuse in a Whirlpool dryer looks like a white
plastic strip that has two wiresconnected to it.
7 Bypass the thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer whileyou perform a
quick diagnostic test. Use electrical tape to tape together thetwo
wires connected to the thermal fuse. Reassemble your dryer and plug it
backin. Set the dryer to a timed heated drying cycle and press
"Start."If the dryer produces heat with its thermal fuse bypassed, it
means the thermalfuse needs to be replaced.
8 Replace a blown thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer.Disconnect the
power and remove the back panel. Remove the electrical tape thatyou
used to perform the diagnostic test and disconnect the wires from
thethermal fuse. Remove the screws that secure the thermal fuse to the
dryer anddiscard the blown fuse. Attach the replacement thermal fuse by
replacing andtightening the screws. Attach the wires to the new thermal
the thermal fuse is on the back of the dryer and has two wires connected to it, easiest way to tell is to disconnect fuse tape wires together and start dryer, if it works then the fuse is the problem. You will need to disconnect the wires as it is a safety feature and if ran with it bypassed it will start a fire. Remember SAFETY First unplug dryer before working on it, Good Luck Tim:
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thermal fused are one time fuses / maytag want's you to correct the problem that causes this . so dryer is safe. hi heat caused it to fail . so either the fan is not going or there is a restriction causing no air flow . try running the dryer off the vent if it works ok then clean the vent ,, hope this helped . pls leav feed back mm
On the side of the heater box is a small black thermal fuse with 2 white wires going to it. If this is open the dryer will not run.Replace it. Your fuse kit comes with 2 of these fuses and the hi limit.
IF THERE IS A RESTRICTION IN THE EXHAUST(LINT BUILDUP OR FOLDED FLEX ATTACHED TO THE DRYER AND PUSHED UP AGAINST THE WALL) THE DRYER WILL NOT DRY PROPERLY. IF THE PROBLEM IS NOT FIXED, A THERMAL FUSE WILL OPEN SHUTTING DOWN THE CIRCUIT TO THE MAIN MOTOR. THE THERMAL FUSE IS A SMALL WHITE OBJECT LOCATED BEHIND THE BACK PANEL DOWN BY THE EXHAUST OUTLET. THERE ARE TWO WIRES ATTACHED TO IT. IF IT IS BAD, REPLACE IT AND CHECK THE DUCT WORK FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS.