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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All those parts are in the bottom front. TURN off the power! then open the front door and remove the 4 screw's, 2 on the hindges and 2 on the other side. Then you can close the door, and pull from the top edges of the front panel(sometimes you need a thin screw driver to free the front) the front panel will tilt forward and then you can lift it off. You will need a Ohm meter to check those parts for continuity. Make sure you remove the wires from the part you are testing.
Here is a link to maytag dryer repairs http://apcoappliancerepair.wordpress.com/?s=maytag+dryer . The most common problem is the thermal fuse. My question is. Does the heating element start to light. If not...... and you have changed the ignitor and thermal fuse. Then check the flame sensor to see if there is continuity threw it. Power to the gas coils and ignitor runs threw the flame sensor. CLICK HERE to see a flame sensor on a GE dryer. They are the same on most units but Maytag will be on the opposite side of burner chamber.
On a gas dryer the exhaust duct fuse mounted right next to the control T-stat kills the power to the gas assembly if the blower is restricted or worn out. A common problem with these dryers. If power is indeed getting to the gas assembly I would first check for continuity of the flame sensor switch mounted on the side of the burner area. It's job is to allow the ignitor to fire up when power is delivered to the gas assembly from the control t-stat on that blower housing. The flame sensor has to open when the ignitor reaches 1800f. At that point in time the ignitor becomes a thermocouple even with no power going to it it allows continuity through the coils so that they will get energy enough to yank open the gas valve. While the ignitor is glowing it is hogging all that power and the coils simply cannot pull the valve open. Sometimes a gas dryer will work a little then quit. that would be thos coils on the gas valve are weak. They get hot and fail. To get into the dryer you must first remove the door so that you can next get the front panel off. That will revieal the top holdown clips you remove. Then you can get the shroud off and remove the drum. I bet you would like a service manual for this beast: Slope front Dryer Service Manual
1.Unplug the Maytag dryer from the dryer electrical outlet and pull the dryer away from the back wall.Use a putty knife to press in the locking clip between the front and top panels.While pressing the clip in with the putty knife,lift the top panel up to unlock it from the clip.Raise the top panel into the service position allowing it to rest on the back hinges. 2.Locate the door switch connection on the inside front right corner of the Maytag dryer.Press the locking tabs in with your fingers and pull the wiring harness away from the door switch.With a Phillips-head screwdriver,remove the screw on both inside corners that secure the front panel to the sides. Lift the front panel up and away from the dryer. 3.Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the four retaining screws that secure the drum bulkhead to the front of the side panels. Remove the bulkhead from the dryer.Reach under the drum and pull the idler pulley to the left to release the belt tension.Remove the belt from the motor and idler pulley. Lift the drum up and out of the dryer unit bringing the belt with it. 4.Remove the two screws that secure the heating element to the rear bulkhead with a Phillips-head screwdriver.Disconnect the heating element terminal wires by grabbing them with needle-nose pliers at the wire leads and pulling them off of the terminals. 5.Place the new Maytag dryer heating element into the dryer and slip the wire leads over the terminals.Secure the heating element to the rear bulkhead with the retaining screws.Lift the drum and belt and place the drum back inside the dryer cabinet.Route the belt around the motor and idler pulley.Shift the idler pulley back to the right to apply belt tension. 6.Reattach the front bulkhead to the dryer using the four retaining screws.Position the front panel into place and secure it to the sides with the retaining screws. 7.Bring the top panel back down and push the front corners in to engage the locking clips.Push the Maytag dryer back into its working position and plug the power cord back into the dryer electrical outlet.
Access is thru the front. Remove the door hinges and the screws on opposite side. Use your thumbs to gently twist frame towards you and remove. The top panel is held on with clips and screws that are noticeable. From there you should be able to locate metal dust where the root of the problem is. Eric
You should get a diagram of your dryer *(look on the exterior back panel and under the top lid to see if they put a sticker diagram there.
Your heating element can be shorted open so no heat can be made.
You can easily check the element with continuity meter to see if it's broken. Then, check the part number from the Maytag website and price up a replacement. I would also check Ebay if the unti is older and you want to save some money on the part.
Good luck and be careful...always do your continuity checks with unit unplugged.
hi. thanks for the question. to replace belt . lift up top, remove
front panel, slip belt over drum. reinstall front and top, and clean
all lint . pull dryer from wall ,remove back panel . motor on right,
idler pulley on left, pull belt through idler and to your motor.