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Hi Benimur. I managed to pull the Maytag dryer out where I could remove the back panels and take a look. Externally, everything appeared in good shape. The belts were in good condition and I could manually rotate the drum by turning the idler pulley. Viewed from the back of the dryer, it was easier to rotate the drum in a counter-clockwise direction than in a clock-wise direction. It took quite some effort to rotate the drum either way however. I would assume this is normal because I didn't see anything abnormal. I vacuumed and cleaned all contacts. I checked for loose connections and broken wires but found none. I saw nothing that I would claim as suspicious. After that, I re-connected the power and tried starting on each cycle from Regular to Air Dry. No change in my problem at all. Same warning buzz as if the motor was frozen and refusing to rotate. The motor shaft rotates with the belt however. I took two digital (*.jpg) photos. A wiring diagram posted on the back of the dryer and an overall shot of the inside layout of the dryer. If you have email capability, I could send them to you. Your call.
I don't want to start taking individual units apart at this point lacking the certainty of finding the culprit. Since the pressure is building up to have a working dryer in my condo to handle my accumulating laundry. (Condo rules do not allow outdoor clothes drying.) I have no recourse but to call in a repair person at this point. I'm reasonably certain it's going to involve a unit replacement - or a new dryer depending on the repair estimate.
Any thoughts to add?

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  • thomashduffy May 28, 2008

    I checked with local repair service and they are booked until next Monday. With the potential of a $70 house call charge plus added parts and labor I decided to invest that money into a new dryer. Thanks for your troubleshooting help Benimur. At least I know more about the gizzards of Maytag dryers now so all was not lost in the attempt to repair my present dryer. Obviously the experience made my decision easier.

    My best to you.




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Hi again Tom,

You can post the images here by clicking on the middle icon (before You Tube) top left. The only limitation is that the picture file be 150kb or smaller.

Sorry about the email, prudence dictates that all communications related to your post be out for all to see.


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