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Just had the idler pulley replaced on my Maytag dryer (loud banging noise)but it now has a very high pitched squeal sound (awful)! When I called the repair guy back he implied that the part might need to be used for a while(self lubricating?) but he wasn't sure and then implied if the noise kept up I may need to replace the dryer as it is probably the motor! It is only 1 1/2 years old! Help!

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  • lafh7 May 28, 2008

    Thank you. I will check further although I just got off the phone w/ Maytag and they told me 1 year coverage on labor and parts. A bit disheartening. When he replaced the idler pulley there was soot which concerned me and he couldn't really answer the where and why and that is when he launched in on possibly needing a new motor. He indicated with a nrew motor price and his labor I might as well go buy a new dryer. It is only 18 months old so I am not real happy with that suggestion. It is heating but the squealing/whining sound is quite disturbing.



    Maytag dryer Model # MDGT236 AWW purchased from Lowe's 12/06

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Most Maytag products have a 2 yr. parts warranty from the factory, so if you need a motor replaced, do it before your warranty expires. Check your warranty certificate for your particular units coverage.
I never heard of a self-lubricating idler pulley and this problem should not cause you to have to replace the dryer.
Note:Maytag produces several different designs and purchase prices of dryers with their name on it, so it would be beneficial to have a model number, so that we can provide more accurate information.

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  • David Emmel
    David Emmel May 28, 2008

    After researching the model that you provided, this is a Magic Chef design with Maytag's logo on it, Possibly named Performa. This model is considered a "Heavy Duty" model, whereas, a Maytag design is rated "Commercial Duty", and still contains a Maytag logo.

    Disheartening, yes...In my opinion, this is an unethical practice because of the deception involved. I used to sell both designs, side by side, and at significantly different price ranges, but I always informed my customer of the difference in "Duty" ratings.



    You might try to talk to a different customer service rep. I have found that persistance along with the right attitude can produce positive results. Don't take "No" for an answer! You paid good money for a Maytag brand appliance and deserve a little more consideration for this particular issue.



    Good Luck!

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