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Dryer will not turn on. checked breakers and fuses

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  • rootboy May 27, 2008

    I've reset the breaker at the panel in the garage, no luck. A few weeks ago the dryer "mysteriously" stopped in the middle of an auto dry cycle and would not turn back on. Later, it turned on OK. This time it stopped in the middle of an auto dry cycle, turned back on fine, but when the next load went in, it would not turn on. This is a Maytag LDE412, still looks like new after nearly 24 yrs.  :-)  Only repairs in that time are one belt and the heating element. Great machine. The accompanying washer has never had *any* repairs.

  • rootboy May 11, 2010

    Thanks for the tip on that. No need to consider the door switch or the startup switch? Or? When I changed the belt a few months ago, I totally vacuumed and blew out every spec of anything in there - I likes me a clean dryer!  ;-)  I found this post, with good troubleshooting tips, about a hard to start LDE412, but unlike the one in this post, pushing the startup button on mine yields no more response than if you had your finger on a brick. http://applianceguru.com/forum2/4390.htm...

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You may want to inspect your motor for lint build up around the windings. Symptoms will be exactly as you described, due to the motor overheating and opening the auotmatically resetting thermal protector built in to the motor. After allowing the motor to cool for a period it should reset and run again. If no harm has been incurred to the motor, a good cleaning may help. After removing the dryer from its power source, you can access the motor through the rear motor access panel which is about 9 inches square and has vent slats cut into it. If this fails to correct the problem, then a new motor is called for.

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Thanks again for the tips. Turns out one side of the twin 30 amp breaker at the panel in the garage was bad - my dryer was fine, just couldn't get good power. Checking voltages at the plug, one leg of 110 (half of the 220) didn't read any voltage. I then -carefully- checked both sides of the breaker at the panel and compared what I saw to other twin breakers. $16 part at Orchard Supply. It had tripped -only once- about a month ago, so that led me to investigate it before taking the dryer apart.
Thanks again!

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