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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
If the problem you are having is
that your Maytag gas dryer is not starting, these
are the parts you will need to check until you find
and correct the problem.
You need to make sure that the wall outlet has 120
volts presents in it, in order for the dryer to be
able to start. Connect a good working hair dryer in
the wall outlet, if the hair dryer works, then you
know that the wall outlet is not the problem.
Most gas dryers have one thermal fuse and some have
two thermal fuses wired in series with the motor. If
any of the thermal fuses are blown that could be one
of the reasons of your dryer not starting.
The timer is the distribution center in the dryer,
the timer will send the right voltage to each of the
individual parts in the dryer. Most common problem
with the timer, is burnt contacts.
The motor is in charge of turning the tumbler,
turning the blower to circulate hot air inside of
the dryer and making sure that the heating element
won't come on when the dryer motor is not running. A
bad or weak motor could be the reason for your
Maytag gas dryer not starting.
The door switch is a safety device use to prevent
the dryer motor from starting or running when the
door in the dryer is open. Burnt contacts or a
broken actuator on the switch could be the reason
that the dryer is not starting.
The push to start switch is single pole single throw
switch that is use to start the motor. Once the
motor starts running the switch is no longer in the
motor circuit. A bad push to start switch could be
the cause of your dryer not starting.
Burnt terminals or wires on the cord could be the
reason for your dryer not starting.
As you can see, if any one of these parts fails the
dryer will not start. please comment on these post by staying how helpful.
most dryers have a thermal switch or breaker in the cavity somewhere, they can become worn over time and will stop heating, the item probably looks like a copper arm that touches a contact similar to a old morse code key by looks
So,. basically your drum doesnt turn. SO your getting heat still even though the drum isnt turning. Is this right? Sounds strange??? Do you hear any humming noise when you push the start button? I need to know a little more about the problem because im kinda confused as how you decribed the problem. Iv never seen a dryer heat but the drum not spinning. especially your model dryer. Its electric heat right? because if the drum doesnt spin, maybe your motor is bad. and if your motor is bad, then your heating element wont heat up because the centrifical switch in the motor is not switching to complete the circuit to the heating element. So this is why im confused when you said" Dryer heats when knob turned but when "push button" pressed, drum doesnt run." Because your belt wraps around the motor pully and the motor is what makes the drum turn. Like i said, i never seen this model dryer heat with out the motor operating. So if you can give me some more info, ill do my best to help you out....Thanks!!!!
Compare the wiring connections on both motors. They may be marked. They may be different. Careful examination will determine the start and run wires. Other wires turn on the heat once the motor reaches running speed. The thermal fuse for the motor is internal and unservicable. The hi limit sensor will control the heat, but will not necessarily turn off the motor.
If it is a gas dryer. Sounds like thermal fuse. It costs about $12.95. Most appliance part stores carry it all the time. Very easy to replace. Also can be ignition switch (also cheap). If you know someone who is mechancally inclined, after removing fuse,they can run an electrical jumper cord to the two open ends. If the dryer begins drying, then it is definitely the fuse.
Go to Whirpool site and get part number and diagram to fix. Maytag repair can help at a costly figure after they order part since Whirpool bought Maytag.
do u mean that the drum wont go round if so then it could be your mains filter which is faulty this is situated next to your motor either a plastic/metal cyclinder with wording on it will only be about 4in in length