Question about Maytag Dryers
I have a Maytag Dryer model HYE3658AYW. Recently it just quit altogether, would not function, no light, nothing. After troubleshooting I determined it was the thermal fuse (I disconnected the leads and shorted them with an alligator clip lead and the dryer started right up). So I replaced that and the hi-limit thermostat. It started right up but within 10 seconds or so the heating element melted right where the wires come out of the ceramic block - the dryer kept running but obviously no heat. So... is it possible I put the wires back on the fuse or thermostat wrong ? Does the fact it kept running after the element melted indicate I did put the wires back on correctly ? Or was I possibly not gentle enough with the heating element and it gave up the ghost (back to the parts house) ? Not sure which way to go here - I fear if something is wired wrong I may just melt a new heating element. Please advise.
Did the element actually melt i.e. molten metal? it sounds like it had a "hot-Spot" in that area, also you could have had a high resistance connection there and that could be your source of "melt down", there is NO way you could wire it wrong it either will work or it won't, when you put in your new element make sure if its a "Re-String" element that you wire the nichrome coils in that you DO NOT get any SHARP bends anywhere especially at your connections at the ceramic posts because this can result in a "Hot-Spot" connection, and also make sure your neutral connection is very solid and secure that breaks and it wont heat correctly or at all, there should be a wiring diagram somewhere on the machine anyway.
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
The heating element may have been "plugged" to ground. That will meen that heating element staid always on because of a contact to ground, either on element contacts, or at a different point in wiring harness.
This caused the thermal fuse to blow.
The dryer kept working with element blown because the contact was keeping the circuit close.
Replace element, and if needed also element wiring harness. Inspect wiring harness from element to temp sensor, and to timer control.
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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