Dryer would not run

ApplianceMaytag Dryer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers
Socket set

Mark From Pleasant Valley, NY

Dec 01, 2009

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The repair is easier than I report and can be done in much less time. The problem I encountered was with a 'blown' thermal fuse. I determined this using a VOM and by checking the continuity of the thermal fuse and the thermostat. The thermostat is in series with the heating elements and controls the amount of current going through the heating elements. If there is too much current then the thermal fuse will "blow" and cut the current off to the heater and the rest of the machine.. It's IMPORTANT that if the thermal fuse has blown then both the thermal fuse AND the thermostat should be replaced. Maytag dryers are very simple.
The top of the dryer is held down by 2 pins in the front and two hinges in the rear. I used a large screwdriver to gently coax the pins from their rests in the dryer body. The heating elements are visible at the rear of the drum. There is a thermostat mounted on a plate above the heating elements and a thermal fuse mounted on the right side of the heating elements box (2 white wires). Remove the wires from the heating element and the thermostat. Remove the plate holding the thermostat. There is a hex nut on the right side of the heating element. Remove this to release the heating elements and the thermal fuse below it. You will need to move the heating elements aside to the left to reach the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is held in place with a clip. Pry the top of the clip with a screwdriver in an outward and upward motion to remove the thermal fuse.

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