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Maytag dryer (Model# MED5700TQ0) will not start. Light inside works, but the tumbler won't turn. the door is completely shut.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly

Open the door and grab one of the baffles. Check to see if there is major resistance when you try to rotate the drum. No major resistance = a broken drive belt

A broken drive belt will also trip the belt safety switch by the motor and will not allow the motor to start.

The drive belt is item 26 here:

http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5161471

Please check the door switch for a click when you just open or close the door. Within about 1 inch of closed usually you will hear an audible click. You said the light works so I doubt the door switch is the problem... (it still can be the problem though) 1/2 of the switch is for light control the other half for drying control.

The other suspects can be
1. The start switch
2. Timer control
3. Motor control switch

ONE more thing to check is go to the main circuit breaker panel and physically push the dryer CB to OFF then back on. After doing this try to start the dryer. Sometimes ONE of the 2 CB's trips for unknown reasons.

Finally if the dryer vent system was restricted and the the dryer got very hot (309 Deg) the thermal fuse on the side of the internal rear duct housing will also shut off the dryer and it will not start.

Item 9 this link:

http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5161471&diagram_id=907130#d907130


http://www.appliancepartspros.com/part_details.aspx?part_id=3094244

Before you return the dryer to service... vacuum everything including all ducting internal and external to the dryer. Do not forget the thru the wall vent flapper where it exits the outside wall.

Thanks for using FixYa

Kelly

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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    Kelly Mar 01, 2011

    I have only been doing this for 40 years. I can help you but rating the post with no communication does nothing to get your dryer fixed. My only goal here is to help you get your dryer fixed. It is NOT about money or me getting a big head. ""What have you done to troubleshoot so far?"" Lets open a working dialogue and see if we can not get your dryer going again.
    Kelly

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