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Maytag dryer heating element won't come on

Checked thermal fuse. good. checked High Limit thermostat. good. replaced heating element. New heating element does not light up. what could cause this.

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  • Dominic Zito Feb 07, 2012

    The element had 126 volts at both connections. Should it be 110 or 220volts?

  • danny Hendrickson Feb 11, 2012

    keep back tracking up past the last component with the purple wire on it,this with the multiple wires on it is the (Cycling Thermostat) just check the 2 large wires as the 2 smaller ones are the sensor wires ,keep back tracking to the timer,the other leg of 126 volts has to be here(try bypassing this cycling T-Stat's larger wires.(leave the one meter lead on the black wire that showed 126volts and back track the other red lead till you find appx. 126volts and then you show a combined nominal 240 volts

  • Dominic Zito Feb 15, 2012

    OK, so I finally looked into the control panel. Problem was obvious, since one of the leads from the temperature control switch was fried off. put on a new connector, hooked it back up and everything works great now. As it turns out the old heating element was actually still good but since I had already paid for and installed the new one, I just left it in. Now I have a spare in case the other element ever goes out. Thanks for all your help and input into helping me fix this problem.



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You should have a nominal 240 volts between the 2 heating element connections

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  • Dominic Zito Feb 08, 2012

    I cant get a reading between the two heating element connections. When I put the positive lead from my meter on either connection and the neg to ground I get 125v. When I put the pos on one side and the neg on the other it doesn't read anything. I did check the outlet and I get 245v when I put the meter on both hot legs. I cannot get the heating element to read 245 though.

  • danny Hendrickson Feb 11, 2012

    remove and isolate the heating element and just check the terminals during operation,also what make/model # is this dryer?,is there possibly a center neutral connection on the element thats burned off also make sure the meter is set to read A.C. voltage not D.C. voltage

  • Dominic Zito Feb 11, 2012

    Maytag MDE 6400WYW Atlantis series. removed the heating element and checked just the leads. The black wire coming from the motor had 126 v. the purple wire had zero volts. the purple wire comes from what I think is the overload protector. It has like 5 or 6 wires leading to it. Definitely have the right setting on the meter, AC volts. I tried putting one lead from the meter to the black wire and the other to the purple wire but got nothing. Black wire to ground gets 125v. Purple wire to ground gets zero volts. Thanks for your help. Hopefully we can figure this out soon. tired of hanging clothes up to dry! LOL

  • Dominic Zito Feb 11, 2012

    * MDE 6044 AYW NOT WYW

  • Dominic Zito Feb 11, 2012

    WOW! sorry. having a tough time typing today. MAYTAG model # MDE6400 AYW



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Are you getting any heat at all? Did you change the thermal cut-off which is mounted near the top of the heater box? This is the only other piece in the heating circuit. If you changed it already you could have problem in the timer or in motor. There is a switch in the motor that controls heat also.

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Yes, I agree it is the high limit thermostat, or the motor is bad!

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SOURCE: Replacing a heating element on Maytag Electric Dryer

if you have all those parts , i would indeed replace them all. it will allow your entire heating circuit to strat fresh
just ensure all your paddle connections are tight
but check your heater for continuity too

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SOURCE: Thermal cut-off blows and high limit thermostat is

in this case we put the lower temp thermostat in the oven at 170 degrees till it was hot and measured with ohm meter and it was open. After it cooled down some it went back to being a short. Now with this part in the dryer and the new high temp thermostat
and it blew shortly after being turned on. A possiblity is that there is a short by passing the 150 degree thermostat and the element keeps being on and causes the 350 degree thermostate to blow.

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