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Re: dryer won't run unless we hold the button
The start button starts the motor heater and energizes a relay that latches closed to keep the motor and heater running untill the timer switch or door switch cut the power to the relay and the relay opens.
The latching relay has failed or disconnected
if all the cables are attached to the relay
not an expensive item, good for another 10years
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Make sure the home's gas supply valve is turned on. Check
your Maytag owner's manual to find the location of the dryer's gas
shut-off valve. This is usually behind the dryer's front panel or in the
back of the unit. Open the valve to allow gas to flow into the dryer.
Open the lower front panel of the dryer to access the pilot
light assembly. Press and hold the starter button as you light the pilot
with a handheld lighter. If you have trouble getting it to light,
release the starter button and wait a few minutes before trying it
again. Once the pilot is lit, hold the starter button down for another
minute to make sure it will stay burning.
Close the dryer's front panel and run a test cycle to see if
it is producing heat. Call a repairman to evaluate the problem if
lighting the pilot did not restore the heat.
Open the front panel, remove heat exchanger and clean. also clean out lint tray.
this might help a little. Now lets check if the thermal sensor or heating element needs to be replaced.
Unplug the dryer. remove the panel in the back of the dryer that covers the heating element. ( the inner panel). On top of the heating element you will see a thermal sensor with a small red button on it. Thats the manual reset button. To test if the heating element is working properly you can disconnect the wires from the sensor and clip the connectors together . Plug the dryer back in and start it. pay attention to the heating element. It should begin to glow shortly. if it doesn't then your heating element is bad and needs to be replaced.
Unplug the dryer. Connect the wires back to the thermal sensor. Plug the dryer back in. Before you start the dryer, press the red button on the thermal sensor. Start the dryer. If the heating element doesn't come on and dryer doesn't heat, then you need to replace that sensor.
with this combination of problems it sounds like a power problem on the control board being you have more than one problem,it sounds as though you arn't getting a latch voltage at the relay energizing coils that latch the relays to power the motor and element
No problem at all.The motor has a start and run winding.Your run winding is bad.The reason you have no heat is the run winding has to run to close the contacts on the motor switch.Replace the motor ,both problems solved. Hope this helps Please rate my response :)
Is this an electic dryer? If so, the heating elements run on 220 volts and the dryer motor runs on 110. Check your fuse panel and make sure the fuses have not blown. Then check the outlet at the dryer and make certain you have 220 volts at the receptical.
If that checks out OK, you may have to check the circuit to the heating coils in the back as well as the coils them selves. There are also heat sensors located near the coils that will prevent them from coming on if it get too hot or the sensor is bad.
You can go to the Sears parts web site and get the parts diagram using your dryer diagram. There is an electrical schematic on the back of the dryer that will help you track down the circuit.
Good luck, let me know.
replace the motor, as you are holding in the start button you are making the dryer run in the start winding of the motor, it is designed to only stay in this winding untill the centrifigual switch on the motor automaticaily switches it to the run winding, when the motor switch knows that it is using the run winding it closes the motor switch contact for the heater to come on, replace the motor