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My matag dryer will not heat

I have the maytgag MEDC200xw1 dryer sometimes the element comes on and then shuts off for no reason. replaced the thermo fuse,high limit thermostat and cut off switch, and it will not heat up. And the heating element is good. what else could it be, the timer?

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Check voltage at the receptacle first. The motor and timer operate on 120VAC. The heating element requires 208/240VAC to operate. Remove power from the unit. You can check the heating element, thermostats and thermal fuses using an ohm meter across each components terminals with one wire removed. The thermal fuses and thermostats should read zero ohms. The heating element will read low ohms (20 to 40). Successful heater operation still depends on the motor centrifugal switch being closed. Depending on the model, you need the heat circuit in the timer or electronic control to be closed.
I hope this helps you.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

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If the cleaning helped before, maybe something is still clogged. Check particularly the area around the lint filter. Take it out and see if you can remove lots of lint, maybe with something like a coat hanger and a bit of skill and care. I have found air passages to lint filters crammed, particularly when people have neglected cleaning the filter.

Sometimes, if the room is dark and you look the right place (like maybe the back panel grill), it is easy to see the light of the coils turning off and on. Sometimes that behavior can provide a clue.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: how do I test my dryers heating element, and High

Both can be checked with a multimeter set to the ohms setting. Disconnect the coil from the dryer and place a test lead to one end og the coil. Place the other test lead on the opposite end of the coil. If the circuit closes, the coil is good. Do the same with the High Limit thermostat. If the thermostat is closed, the thermostat is good. (Note: that is if the thermostat is Normally Closed - opens when the temperature exceeds the temperature). You can find out by contacting the replacement parts center.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

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I would advise to inspect the high limit thermostat. this device may be defective. this will cause the element to continue to operate when the unit is off as well. If the thermostat is operating correctly, replace the timer.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. You should check the dryer vent ducting inside and outside the dryer for restrictions / clogs to include the vent flapper. Poor air flow through the dryer will cause hot spots. If the blower is slipping on the motor shaft this too can cause poor air flow.

When you change the heating element AGAIN... break out the crevice tool and de-lint everything you can access. Also pull out the lint filter and wash it with white vinegar and water then soap and water. Fabric softener sheets material builds up on lint filters. It looks clean but air will not pass through the lint filter.

I think once you get it all ceaned up including all of the ducting to and through the outside wall it will work normally with no problems. I do not think at this time that you have an electrical problem with the outlet supply.

There is one more thing to check and that is the high limit thermostat. It could be STUCK. It will most likely be labeled L180 or L190. That thermostat is suposed to open at either 180 deg or 190 Deg depending on which one is installed. If it does not open then you will keep cooking your elements. We test them with a match and an Ohm Meter. Match under the removed thermostat CLICK. Thermostat opens (no resistance)

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service appliance technician.

There are several reasons your dryer will not start.
1.) Bad door switch?
2.) Plugged up with lint?
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a.) On the back of your dryer is a hot air distribution manifold. It is easily un-bolted to remove. In the bottom of this manifold dryers get plugged up with lint. If you have a air flow problem your unit will shut down.

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