My Maytag Performa Dryer model PYE2300AYW will not heat. It will turn on, but no heat is coming out. We cleaned out the vent and took the front off and cleaned out the lint from the front panel. How do we get to the heating element and thermal fuse to test it?
BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WORKING ON ANYTHING WITH AC POWER CONNECTED !!
There is at least one thermal cut off switch. It is a two terminal device usually mounted near the heating element or in/near where the hot air exhaust leaves the dryer.
should be closed (shorted) all of the time. It should ONLY open when
dryer overheats. Check it with an ohm meter with AC power disconnected.
It should be a short. If open replace it.
You can also check it with power connected but you must be VERY VERY CAREFUL !! Connect an AC voltmeter set to read 250 VAC across the switch. Run the the dryer. It should measure zero VAC. If the switch opens it will measure about 220 VAC. If it opens when it has not overheated, replace the switch.
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We had this same problem recently. Don't know if your problem is the same, but I am sure it could be.
While we did have hot air coming from the outside vent, it was still a restricted vent duct that was our problem. I went to Lowes and bought a dryer vent cleaning kit for about $40 (I figured I needed to do this anyway, as I'd been hearing about how many housefires are caused by the heat buildup from poorly breathing vent tubes/ducts), and cleaned the whole length of the duct (and replaced the plastic flexi-tube inside with a metal one).
I had thought I had good air-flow before doing this, but oh my gosh, what a difference this made! And I couldn't believe the pile of nasty, damp lint that came out!!
Anyway, our dryer immediately went from requiring 2-3 cycles to dry a load of clothes, to doing a great job the first time through! Perhaps the same solution would help you. I hope so!
doesn't matter,it's either good or bad,when you touch the meter to it if it reads 1 and doen't move it's bad if you get any reading it's good,if the dryer is loaded with lint in the duct that the lint filter slides into and the vent line is blocked it will keep popping on you, clean out the dryer,number one cause for popping the thermal fuse
You have a thermal overload switch that may be bad. It is located under the top of the dryer. Check first the breakers. Turn them off and then back on, then check the wiring in the back of the dryer and then the element itself. It may take 30 minutes to do all of this, but it will save you a lot in the long run.
A couple of suggestions. STOP, be sure the gas it turned off before disconnecting the line. Move it to an open area and check all venting. A good cleaning makes a huge difference. I believe your problem to be the heating coil is on it's way out, "works sometime". Write down the Make, Model, Seriel Number & Year of MFG...someone may ask for it..Check Your local appliance store for price & availablity Easy to replace on most model dryers.
When reattaching the gas line, be safe not to overtighten the coupler. A safe test for leaks is NOT a match... a drop or two of dishsoap around the fittings will bubble if it is not sealed. Good Luck
Do not buy or use a maytag performa dryer model number pye2300ay at all. I fyou have one unplug it and take to the landfill or scrap yard. They are complete junk and nothing but a hassle. One problem after the other on this model no matter what you do. they are complete trash and a waste of your money.