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My Maytag electric dryer #PYE3300AYW, will not start and the light does not come on. I can hear the timer going, but nothing else will work. I have checked the continuity of the door switch and the hi-limit thermostat. What should I do next? Thanks. John

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  • itsgood483 Sep 30, 2010

    The door switch and the hi-limit thermo both have continuity. How do I check if the thermo fuse is good or blown?



    Thanks, John

  • itsgood483 Sep 30, 2010

    Did you get my question about how to test the continuity on the thermal fuse? I have not heard back.



    Thanks, John

  • itsgood483 Oct 01, 2010

    Maytag electric dryer #pye3300ayw will not turn on and the light will not light. I have continuity to the door switch and the hi-temp thermo. How do I get to the thermal fuse? I am not sure where it is and so far have not been able to remove the heat shield in the dryer tub. There is no access door in the back of the dryer that I can find. Please advise. Thanks, John

  • itsgood483 Oct 01, 2010

    Jahn27,



    Thanks for the info. I agree that it is the thermal, but cannot find it. The hi-limit thermo is on top of the heater coil and is easy to reach. There is very little access to the back of the dryer. Please tell me how to access it.



    Thanks, John

  • itsgood483 Oct 02, 2010

    Hit the nail on the head! Followed the instructions and everything works. Thanks,

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The problem is definitely the thermal being blown open. The neutral line for the motor is routed to the thermal fuse before the door switch. The motor cannot therefore run and the heater will not turn on if the thermal fuse is blown. The thermal fuse is located on the heater housing. Test the continuity in the same way the door switch and the thermostat are tested. You can also bypass it by taping the wires together and insulating them properly. It is indeed blown open if the dryer works fine. It must be replaced together with the thermostat w ith it on the heater housing. Do not use the dryer with the thermal fuse bypassed due to fire hazards. Bypassing it is for troubleshooting purposes only.

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    Jahn27 Oct 01, 2010

    The thermal fuse is located on the right hand side of the heater housing and is mounted on a bracket. There is a 1/4" hex-head screw that holds both the heating element bracket and the thermal fuse bracket. Remove the said screw and the thermal fuse bracket can be lifted off.



    Figure 1: Removing the screw.



    Figure 2: The screw and the thermal fuse.



    Figure 3: The screw removed. The thermal fuse bracket has locating tabs at the bottom and at the middle, lift the bracket to clear the tabs and remove it.

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Hello John, If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing.

If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.)
Wiring Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. In this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.

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