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When energized, the heating elements glow for only about 5 seconds. A click is heard and the elements stop glowing. After about 3 minutes, a click is heard, and the elements glow again, only for a couple of seconds, they don't even get to full glow, a click is heard, then the elements shut off again. I thought it was the Control Thermostat and replaced that, but it made no difference. Thoughts? Thank you!

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  • FWE002 Feb 03, 2008

    Hello Jimster!

    Thanks for your reply! Ooops, yes I had the door open. I popped the top and ran it (door closed now) and the coils heat for about 30 seconds, then off for 15 seconds, on for 30, etc... The coils are all lit. So, it does seem to be working correctly. There is no lint built up anywhere in the system. The hose vents to the outside of the house about 3' off the ground. The loovers are wide open, air is blowing outside like crazy.

    Here's the problem. Dryer is 7 years old. I use it once a week for two loads. It used to take one cycle, about 45 minutes, to dry the clothes on either low or regular heat settings. Then it started taking longer, up to two cycles, 90 minutes. The last couple of weeks some of the clothes are still a little damp after the two cycles. I replaced the Control Thermostat; did a load today. One cycle - clothes still very damp. Two cycles - clothes dry. Hmmm.. a few less items in this load, though.

    Another thought... is the spin cycle in the washer not getting enough water out? So, I'll do a load in the wash and let it go through 2 spin cycles and see what happens in the dryer.

    I'll welcome any further thoughts you have!

    Thanks again!

  • FWE002 Feb 03, 2008


    I put the load through two spin cycles, but frankly, they did not seem dryer after the second cycle as compared to the first.

    This time I dried the load on the timed cycle instead of on the auto dry cycle (using the moisture sensor). The clothes were dry in about 45 minutes! How it should be!

    So, can you explain to me how the moisture sensor and auto dry cycle works? Does the sensor just sense wet and dry, so that when it senses the clothes are dry, it shuts it off? Or, does it sense DEGREE of wetness/dryness so, that as the clothes dry, perhaps the heat coils don't come on as often or do not stay on (duration) as long? If it is the second, then I could see how a faulty moisture sensor would cause the clothes not to dry in one cycle. The sensor thinks the clothes are drying, so advances the timer, then shuts off; yet the clothes are still wet.


  • FWE002 Feb 04, 2008

    ARGHH! Apparently I don't have moisture sensors! I replaced the Control Thermostat, so now what?

  • FWE002 Feb 07, 2008

    I replaced the Control Thermostat, which is in the front on the blower. I did not inspect the wires closely, but did not see anything wrong when removing them from the original thermostat and replacing them in the new one. But I can take a closer look.

    The auto cycle (the cycle I'm having a problem with) runs the normal length of time, which is around 45 minutes. It's just that the 45 minutes USED to dry the clothes. Now the 45 minutes leaves them pretty damp still.

  • leondia Mar 16, 2008

    Same problem with clothes not drying completely, but I also hear a "noise" associated with this. Thought maybe too many items were in dryer, but same problem when no clothes inside. What is the first thing I should start replacing?



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Mine did the same thing. Pull the plastic shroud off the inside of the front panel, where the lint trap is. I did this and mine was nearly completely plugged. No way to see it or know it if you don't remove it from the front panel (you have to remove the front panel, two screws top left and top right. Make a mental note to do this at least once a year. Every six months would be even better.

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  • Mike Teter Feb 11, 2012

    Mine did the same thing. Pull the plastic shroud off the inside of the front panel, where the lint trap is. I did this and mine was nearly completely plugged. No way to see it or know it if you don't remove it from the front panel (you have to remove the front panel, two screws top left and top right. Make a mental note to do this at least once a year. Every six months would be even better.


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First off, how are you looking to check this situation. Either way, it would be normal for this to happen. When you are looking at the elements heating, you more than likely have the door open to see them. The heater will do what they call "short cycling" because the airflow has outside source air getting into the heat stream. The door and lid almost always has to be shut for this system to work correctly. You can sometimes crack the top just enough to see the element heat. Usually, if the element is coming on at all, then the system should be fine. If you have a dryer thats not drying your clothes completely, its more than likely you have a ventilation issue (i.e vent tube restriction, grass growing in the end of the vent, etc). Also remember these Maytags have two thermostats on them most of the time. One directly over the top of the element, and one in the fan housing at the front of the unit. Try those, if there isnt a change, write me back and will look from there. Good Luck!!!!

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    James Greene Feb 03, 2008

    I would guess maybe tha you might feel the clothes being to wet coming out of the washer, but it is a possibility for sure. You would happen to know if that dryer has an automatic setting on it do you? Didnt know if you were using that cycle, or timed dry cycle. If using timed dry cycle, try using the automatic heavy or regular cycle to see if that helps. If you are using the automatic cycle, you may have a problem with the sensor (which in this case is the thermostat in the front). Let me know.

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    James Greene Feb 06, 2008

    Ok, let me ask you this. You said you replaced the control thermostat is that correct? Was this the thermostat up on top by the element, or the thermostat down front bottom by the fan unit. If you replaced the one up top, that is a high limit thermostat. The actual control thermostat is down by the fan unit itself. You will have a (I believe) orande wire that runs from that thermostat up to the timer. That wire is actually the wire that transfers the signal from the thermostat to the timer for the operation of the moisture sensor. Check that wire to be sure it isnt broken or loose. If that wasnt the thermostat you replaced, that may be the problem. If you did replace that one, that wire may be bad, or you could have a timer problem. Let me know, and will go from there. Talk to you soon..



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