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MAYTAG Heat Element Shield?

Until a week ago, I had never worked on or even seen the inside of a dryer before. The tumbler stopped working on my Maytag Performa PYET244AYW, but I still had heat blowing. I figured it was a broken belt.

I attempted to find my way into the dryer, starting in the back undoing screws. I also tilted the dryer forward to look for screws on the bottom, heard a clanging sound from a piece of metal falling inside the dryer, then put it back on it's feet.

Getting nowhere fast, I got on the internet and found out how to really get into the dryer from the front. I lifted the top and removed the front after disconnecting the switch. The belt was broken.

Ever since I've owned the dryer, over 4 years now, it has made a loud rumbling noise while running, but I never investigated. I pulled out the tumbler drum and now know where the noise came from. One of the rear drum rollers had the rubber tread worn completely off. I also realized that I had unscrewed the back panel earlier, so I screwed it back in. I also found the piece of metal that fell. It's 8" long x 2.5" wide, bent sort of like an "M", and has 2 screw holes.

I ordered up the replacement parts, installed them, vacuumed the inside, and put the dryer back together. I didn't know what the piece of metal was, so I guessed it was a heat element shield, so that the high limit thermostat wouldn't be exposed to the coils and that's where I put it, over the coils.

I fired up the dryer and the tumbler drum was turning again, quietly, but then I think I heard some crackling and saw a couple of blue flashes of light. The heat stopped working. I opened the top back up again, looked around, removed the metal plate, and noticed the heat element broke completely off, about an inch away from the contact clips.

I bought a new heat element today, installed it, and tested it without putting the metal plate back on top and it works fine. My questions are: What is the metal plate for and did I short out the heat element with it? If it's not a heat shield, should the heat element coils just be exposed like that? Is it safe for me to use my dryer again?


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  • RobDude Feb 01, 2008

    I disagree as the metal plate actually shorted the heat element out. There's 2 notches burnt into the plate from the heat element. And only a one sentence reply after all the typing I did? Please try again.



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Not really put the plate back on it helps force the air across and keeps lint out

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

  • robert samples Feb 01, 2008

    sorry guy the question didn't require gone with the wind the shield didn't short the element the element broke and touched the shield you can believe one thing if the shield didn't need to be there the appliance company's wouldn't put it there they count screws to see where they can skip one lol



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