Question about Maytag MDE308DAYW Electric Dryer
My Dryer won't start. The light inside comes on, but when you push the button, it doesn't start.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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If a dryer is not working at all that's not good! But it doesn't mean you need to go appliance shopping just yet. It may be something very simple like a broken door latch, a bad door switch or even a broken door switch actuator, in a kenmore dryer there is a tab thats sticks out of a hole in the wall that allows the dryer to run only if the door is shut, other models may have button that protrudes out of the dryer and when the door is shut, this allows the dryer to run. These switches go out from time to time, also if a dryer is full of lint build-up over time this will cause the dryer high limit or fuse to blow. The fuse is located near where the blower is in most cases. When the air in the dryer gets way too hot the fuse/hi-limit will blow and the house wont burn down.
Posted on Nov 15, 2009
No...the bulb is probably a symptom of the problem and not the cause. You should start by checking the thermal fuse. These are common symptoms of when a thermal fuse blows. If the model number is correct, you can access the fuse by:
1. UNPLUGGING the dryer and turning the entire unit around so you can access the rear panel (you may have to disconnect the exhaust vent hose).
2. Locate and remove the screws around the perimeter of the rear panel. With the screws removed, the panel will come off. Set aside.
The thermal fuse is located on the blower fan housing on the lower left hand side of the dryer (as viewed from the rear. It is a small plastic (usually white in color) component with two wires attached to it.
Disconnect the two wires from the thermal fuse and take a resistance reading. You should read something close to 0 ohms on the resistance scale if the fuse is good. If the the fuse is bad, you cannot reset it and it must be replaced.
Replacement parts (if required) can be purchased at any of the following websites:
Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need. The thermal fuse is listed as item 23 (part number 3392519) under the "Bulkhead" parts illustration.
If the thermal fuse has blown, it usually blows for a reason. The number one cause, is poor exhaust ventilation or dirty dryer interior, causing the unit to overheat.
Another cause of a dryer that fails to start is a bad power cord, bad receptacle, or tripped circuit breaker.
Double check your power source by unplugging the dryer and verifying the voltage at the wall receptacle. You should read 220-240VAC across the two Hot terminals (left and right slots). If the voltage is incorrect, check to make sure you don't have a breaker tripped. Some homes use 2 separate 120VAC breakers to provide power to the receptacle vice using one 240VAC breaker.
If the voltage IS correct, leave the dryer unplugged and remove the cover plate on the terminal block in the back of the dryer (this is where the power cord is installed). Plug the dryer back in and take a voltage reading across the two hot (RED and BLACK) wires at the terminal block. You should read 220-240VAC. If the voltage is good, you have an internal heating problem. If the voltage is bad at the terminal block, but good at the receptacle, you have a bad power cord.
NOTE: If the wires at the terminal block are not color coded, the outer two wires (left and right) are the hot leads. The center conductor is neutral or ground.
Here are some additional links that can give you some advice on how to maintain your dryer and troubleshoot if necessary:
If you have any questions, or if your model number differs from the one you listed the question under, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Mar 21, 2010
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There is a thermocouple on the inside that prevents the dryer from getting too hot. If this burns out this opens the circuit so the dryer will not work but all other functions will work.
Posted on Sep 23, 2010
Do not fear because all may not be lost! Follow these steps to determine why your computer won't turn on.
Difficulty: Average Time Required: Anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours or more depending on why the computer won't turn on Here's How:
I don't usually start a troubleshooting guide with the same advice a therapist might give her client, but when faced with a computer that won't start most people tend to panic, worried that all the data on their PC is gone forever.
It's true that the most common reason a computer won't start is because a piece of hardware has failed or is causing a problem but that hardware isn't usually a hard drive. Your data is probably safe - just not accessible.
Important: You may or may not see a light on the back of your PC depending on the kind of power supply you have and the exact cause of the problem.
Note: Don't worry about the monitor yet. If the computer is not turning on because of a power issue then the monitor certainly can't display anything from the computer. Your monitor light will likely be amber/yellow if your computer has stopped sending information to it.
You'll probably hear the fans inside your computer turn on, see the lights on the front of your computer turn on or flash, and then it will all stop - always before the boot process is complete. You may or may not also hear beeping coming from inside your PC
Posted on Dec 20, 2010
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