Maytag dryer heats only on medium and delicate intermittently. will take 3-5 cycles and still not dry clothes. vent is clean. heating element lights up but doesn't always light off. also, when using the more dry setting, it will run for hours if you let it, overheating the clothes inside.
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Re: not heating properly, many cycles to dry loads
Check the following to address this issue--
Note: Normal drying time for a dryer
is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct,
is not clogged.
Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot
of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying
time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer
cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the
dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance
repairman perform this task.
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one
of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance.
Replace the defective thermostat.
3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case
it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes.
Replace the element if found defective.
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I assume this is an electric dryer. First, make sure you have a clear airflow path. Lint screens are not perfect, and some dryers are very prone to packing stray lint in the ductwork, especially where there are turns or changes in cross-section shape. Be sure to also check the outside vent to make sure it is not clogged.
If you have good airflow and still have problems with slow drying, check for heat. Try running one load on low heat, and another on medium heat. If on one of the cycles, the dryer never gets warm, you have a burned-out heater element. If it never gets warm, you should check for an open thermostat first, then the heaters. (High heat uses both the medium and low heaters, so you don't have to check high heat separately.)
I can't tell you what the capacity of your dryer is without the make and model (you can probably get the specifications from the manufacturer's website or user's manual). Usually, it is one full washing machine load, if the washing machine is loaded properly and the laundry is not packed in.
Your exhaust vent is blocked.
Timed dry is High heat.
Permanent press is a medium heat and intermittent.
The dryer does not get as hot as often in Permanent press mode. Therefore the fuse does not reach critacal and blow.
Remove the vent at the rear of the dryer and run a timed load.
If it dries correctly, repair your vent blockage.
If not, repost and I will lead you to the next step.
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It is as you guessed your sensor. it is usually located in door but some models are in back of machine on inside, go online download document papers go to maytag.com put in model# and then download your model # and it will show you where your sensor is located, it should be simple to replace. I had the same problem with my dryer.
I am glad you said you checked the dryer lines because if these get clogged up they will cause the dryer not to dry the clothes correctley. very smart....if you need me to help let me know.
I am not familiar with this particular dryer but most of the Kenmore family use different thermostats for different temperature. They are usually located in the rear and are clustered on the blower housing. Take the two wires off one thermostat at a time and test. It should be closed when cold if not replace it (Usually around $15 each) You probably have a very dangerous clogged exhaust. This will cause thermostats to fail. and can cause a fire. CLEAN It out and dont use flexible plastic duct pipe. The other cause of thermostat failure is if the washer doesn't spin properly and the clothes are too wet when dried. A properly operating dryer will not take much longer than 45 minutes max to dry a load.
Mj, 90% of the time long dry times are caused by a pinched or clogged vent. Other things that could be causing this are: cycling thermostat trips too soon, if your dryer is a gas model, weak gas valve coils, drive motor centrifugal switch not allowing voltage to the gas valve or heating element. Check the harness to the motor to make sure it is on tight. Catriver...post back.