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I have a maytag mdg5500aw dryer that stopped heating up. I took the front panel off and started the dryer, the igniter glowed and the gas ignited but shut off later. What do I need to check and where do I find it. Thanks.

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  • mulloyc Jun 30, 2009

    Thanks for the diagram, I will take a look when I get home from work.

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You have to use a multimeter to find which component has failed. Could be the flame sensor.

The following link shows a diagram of the parts and where they are.

http://www.apwagner.com/index.php?main_page=model_lookup&model_num=MDG5500AWQ&model_id=49862&diagram_id=322552

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