Question about Maytag MDE2400AYW Neptune Electric Dryer
How can I tell when and if the thermostats need replacing? I have ruled out the heating elements being the cause of the dryer not heating b/c a) I measured the resistance across the coils and it was not infinite, and b) I actually witnessed the coils heat up and glow albeit a very brief time. This leads me to believe the thermostats might be faulty, but how can I know for sure that these are the problems? Can I direct wire around the thermostats to see if the heating elements remain on? Is there normally a delay from when you start the dryer cycle from when the heating elements are activated?
I am sending you all the possibilities for your problem, check either of these causes ----and than let me know if it is solved----
Power from the house
Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.
Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.
On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)
A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.
Posted on Dec 26, 2008
Usually its not the heating element. Although its fairly obvious if the element is bad. As mentioned a ohm meter will let you know. In my experience its usually the internal circuit breaker. If you remove the heating element (top right facing the rear) you will see two round discs that transfer current. One of those will have a small orange or red reset button on the back side. Remove the top cover (two screws on rear) and ensure that the button is fully depressed. If you hear an audible click then it needed to be reset. Re-assamble.
Posted on Mar 30, 2012
Part number is: 34001073 and it's called Maytag Dryer Heater.
You disconnect it simply by removing the panel around the exhaust pipe (3 screws). Looking at the pipe, connector is just above it on the left side.
Wiring is connected to the dryer walls with series of twist ties so you should free the cable so you can pull it out a bit for easier access.
Now pull really hard and that's it :-)
Posted on Jul 29, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Investigate these five areas if your dryer is not heating up:
If your dryer won't heat up, it's possible that it is
not being supplied with the proper voltage. Here are three ways to make
sure power is getting to your dryer: First, make sure your dryer is
plugged in. Next, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the
circuit breakers are in the correct positions. Finally, check to make
sure no fuses in your fuse panel are blown. Any of these could explain
why power is not getting to your dryer.
It is possible that your dryer isn't heating because
its heating element is defective. Heating elements are irrepairable. If
yours has ceased to function properly, you will have to replace it. Open
your dryer's cabinet and locate the heating element so that you can
Another possible cause for a dryer not heating up
could be attributed to a faulty thermal fuse. Once a dryer's thermal
fuse has blown, it is no longer of any use. If your dryer's fuse is
blown, you will have to replace it. Open up your dryer's cabinet and
locate its thermal fuse so that you can test it.
If any of your dryer's thermostats have become
defective, they could be the reason that your dryer is not heating. Open
up your dryer's cabinet and test each of your dryer's thermostats. If
any are faulty, replace them.
A defective timer motor could also cause your dryer
to not heat up. Test your dryer's timer motor. If it is no longer
functioning as it should, replace either the entire motor assembly, or
just its motor.
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