Question about Maytag Atlantis MDE7400AY Electric Dryer
Can't you just jump across the thermal unit and expect the coil to heat up?
No. And even if you could it would not be safe.
Today's dryers are full of safety devices and interlocks that insure that someone cannot just jumper the unit. Also, if you were to do this you might cause another component in the system to fail. Most of the units today use low current, low voltage devices that are microprocessor driven. A short across the thermal unit might not cause a problem but more than likely the microprocessor will shut it down because it doesn't expect a short other than as a failure mode.
There is possibly something else wrong with your dryer if the coil is not firing. It might be a burnt out coil. The best test is by removing the wires from the heating coil and using an ohm meter (ohms scale on an inexpensive multi-meter) to see if it is "open" (burnt out). If it is then replace it. I've done it a couple of times but would rather pay someone else to do it now.
Posted on Jun 22, 2008
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