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Not drying Maytag dryer less than 1 year old not drying. Lint catch and venting is completely clear. No kinks in vent line. Dryer element is working as fabrics are hot. Towels and sheets take a tremendous amount of time to dry. Using normal Auto-dry cycle.

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  • Bret Ladewig Sep 28, 2009

    Venting is where I first looked to as the problem. But, I can't find anything wrong with the venting. Drum is turning clothes and venting is not blocked in any way. Dryer element is working. Makes me wonder about the incoming air. Not had my unit completely open. Are there fan(s) that push air into the tumbler? Seems like there is air flow when I run with the door open.

  • Bret Ladewig Oct 03, 2009

    Impeller had a bit of lint build up, but nothing impeding. Air flow from exhaust vent strong. However, doesn't feel like air is being pulled from tumbler. Can feel heat coming in, but think the pull through tumbler should be stronger.


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Hi, the cycling thermostat has failed in your unit. This will cause the normal drying cycles to be affected, in return, producing a under drying affect. Your unit is equipped with two Thermostats(High limit Thermostat,cycle Thermostat). There is also a thermal fuse as well. The High limit thermostat and thermal fuse work together to insure that the element is regulated. If the element is experiencing any difficulties in shutting down, or overheating, the thermostat(limit) will kill the thermal fuse, and this will sever the connection, in return, causing the unit to shut down completely. In your case, the Cycling thermostat is the culprit, and should be replaced asap. The actual affected Thermostat is located inside the unit, mounted on the blower housing cover.

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Is the impellar on the fan working .,poor air flow,slipping something stuck in it,high limit on element may be weak makeing it cycle off too often

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Since the heating element is working as the fabrics gets hot but it's not drying cloths in right time, then it has something to do with the vents. The hot air is not circulating properly. You need to double-check the vent but if same problem occurs, then contact the manufacturer to see if the heating element is working properly.

If the dryer is under the warranty, then take advantage of it so that you could have it repaired for free.

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