Question about Maytag HYG2460AWW Gas Dryer
For several months it has made a humming sound before starting, and sometimes took a while to kick in and work. Today, it hummed for quite a while when I pushed the button, but then it totally stopped working. The woman at the parts store suggested a start switch, but also suggested it may be the motor. They do not have the switch in stock so I will need to order it. Is there anything else I should try?
Motors of this sort have a "start" winding, to give them an extra boost to get them turning. Once they're turning, the start winding shuts off. Critical to this is the start capacitor which, when shorted, causes the exact symptom you've described. The motor's "regular" winding gets power (and then hums), but it needs that extra boost to actually start turning. Have someone check the capacitor (with an ohmeter) or check to see if the motor's start winding is open (broken).
Posted on Jan 07, 2008
THE DRUM MAKES A SQUEALING NOISE WHEN IT RUNS
Posted on Dec 10, 2008
The likelyhood there is a start cap. is low. if its a high end dryer it may have one but the units I work on do not. My guess is a poor start winding in the motor.
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
Capacitor on the motor is faulty.the humming is the motor trying too start.it will be an inexpensive repair
Posted on Mar 29, 2007
It doesn't looked like a switch problem. My suggestion : - open the drayer and see if the belt wrapped properly arround motor's pulley and drum and not torn. - Check that drive motor (located on the bottom left side) is turn while operating the dryer. In case the motor is not working, test that he get power. If he receive power - It means the motor is defective. In case he doesn't get power - It look like a switch problem. Good luck.
Posted on Apr 11, 2006
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If you hear the motor humming and not starting at all it most likely has a severe friction problem with the drum or motor. It could possibly have some type of garment jamming the blower wheel preventing the motor from starting too.
Open the dryer door and manually rotate the dryer drum counter clockwise (CCW). It should take very little effort to rotate the drum. If it's hard to rotate that could explain why the motor hums instead of starting up. If it turns freely, shut the door and see if will start. If it still hums and not start it may have bad motor or a low voltage supply to the motor.
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