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Dryer Timer Won't Advance in Auto Mode

Model: Maytag MDE2301AYW

The dryer timer will not advance in AUTO DRY modes. It works fine in timed mode. Dryer appears to heat properly and I have ensured the vent is clean. The vent appears to be installed properly--goes straight out the back of the dryer for about 8 inches, does a 90 degree sweep upwards, and then straight out the top of the roof on a single story home. The temperature coming out the vent exhaust at the back of the dryer cycles between 130 degrees to 160 degrees on a regular basis. I called Maytag and there are two sensors/thermostats. One is the Upper Limit (part number 303396) and the second is a Multi-temp (part number 307249). I suspect it may be one of these sensors not sending a signal to the timer to advance but I'm not sure. Any suggestions?

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  • Huachuca Apr 15, 2009

    Thanks for the quick response. I double checked and there is no metal strips or moisture sensors that I can find.

  • Huachuca Apr 15, 2009

    Also, the posts automatically indicated this was a GE Dryer and it is not. It is Maytag MED2301AYW.

  • Huachuca Apr 16, 2009

    Sorry... I got the model number right in the original post but I mistyped it in my comment. It was Model # MDE2301AYW. I looked at the manual and it doesn't mention anything about moisture sensors. I called Maytag and they confirmed there is no moisture senors in this model. Of course they won't help me troubleshoot... they wanted to send out a tech.

  • Huachuca Apr 16, 2009

    I changed the timer and still have the problem. The clothes dry just as well on Auto Dry as they do timed dry.

  • Huachuca Apr 18, 2009

    Thanks. I'm thinking of trying the multi-temp sensor/thermostat. If the parts store is open tomorrow, I'll purchase, install, and see if that fixes the problem.

    Again thanks for your help.

  • Huachuca May 06, 2009

    I looked at the electrical schematic located inside the dryer's control panel behind the timer. It showed a connection from the multi-temp sensor/thermostat to the timer. I found another posts that suggested the multi-temp sesnor does send a singal to the timer to advance it based upon cycles of the multi-temp sensor. I changed the multi-temp sensor and all is well. Thanks for all your help. Problem Solved. Electrical Schematic attached.



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Inside the dryer there should be two small metal strips (about 6-7 inches long and about 1/4 inch wide). These are the pieces that detect how much moisture is in the clothing. If possible, unscrew the plastic piece that they mount to, and see if the wires are still attached.

Bear in mind that "auto dry" doesn't usually work well unless you have a well filled dryer (one or two items may not come in contact with the sensors enough to tell the machine to continue heating— since it isn't coming in contact with wet clothing, it thinks the load is "dry".

The problem could also come from the circuitry in the control panel, but I would check these first. The fact that the machine works fine in regular timed cycle indicates that the upper limit and multi temp thermostats are working correctly.

As always, unplug the unit before unscrewing anything.

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  • StanStihl Apr 15, 2009

    hmmmm... I couldn't find anything about that model number. Does it have a special name on the control panel?

    Perhaps they have put a moisture sensor in the venting inside the unit... tough to say for sure.

  • StanStihl Apr 16, 2009

    After reading your post again, I'm leaning towards a problem with the timer itself, since as you say it works fine when in timed dry.

    Granted, the timer is a bit pricey, but these guys will let you put it back in the box and return it if it doesn't solve the problem.

    Do the clothes stay wet in auto dry, but dry more quickly in timed dry? Or is the problem just that the timer doesn't advance?

  • StanStihl Apr 16, 2009

    Well, I guess it's time to get those sensors!

    Tell you what though... I've never heard of this exact problem, but then again I haven't been an appliance repairman for /that/ long. I'll call the Maytag tech line tomorrow, and see what they say.

  • george Jun 16, 2013

    yes when i disconect one of the lower works fine

  • george Jun 16, 2013

    but i dont think i have it to replace............what can i do?



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