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MDE5500AYW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

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All Instructions for the MDE5500AYW
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The dryer is old, and things just wear out with age. Me for example..

  • Customer: MARK from MT PLEASANT SC
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
MOved all my wifes stuff, disasembled the dryer based one the instructions I found on Google. Located the worn out parts. Reassembled the unit with the new parts, which were an exact match, immagin that. Hooked the power back up. (Note: Safty First allways disconect the power source first. And it is recommended to give the unit and the vent system a through cleaning when you have it disasembled.) Gave trhe unit a quick smoke test. Job complete, wife almost happy,(Question ? if it was that simple to fix the Dryer why did you wait so long. Life is good once again.

Male end of door catch broke

  • Customer: George from Hamden CT
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
First, I replaced the male end which was just two screws and simple replacement of pushing the fastener into the door frame. When finished I noticed the female end was damaged as well. Glad the female part came as well. This required taken off the front trim around the door (four screws - 2 each side) and then the door. The installing of the female end was easy with a little push. The damaged female end was already hanging out so easy to grab and remove. Otherwise I would have had to remove the front panel. Note You need to put the door trim back on before reattaching the door.

Latch was broken so door wouldn't close

  • Customer: Doug from Kearney NE
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
This was real easy just slid the latch in front panel and attached to latch assembly to the door. The repair was about 45 seconds.

Squeaking Tumbler

  • Customer: Christopher from Rindge NH
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
My first thought was to replace the drive belt. I followed the excellent how-to video and, once inside, discovered that the belt was fine and that the right-hand drum roller was worn out and squeaking when I rotated it by hand. I should have listened to the other customers who said I should replace the drum support rollers at the same time as the belt. I did a thorough lint cleaning, put the dryer back together and ordered one roller replacement kit. It arrived in a just few days. I was able to lift the drum off the rollers and replace the bad roller without having to remove the drive belt. It took under 1/2 hour. There was only one omission in the video: I had to remove two metal tabs that hold down the dryer lid. Just one screw on each side. Recommendation: Purchase a pair of snap ring pliers. They make removing and reinstalling the the snap retainer ring a breeze in a tight working space.

the plastic latch broke

  • Customer: greg from phoenix AZ
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
im a car mecanic it was easy

door wouldn"t stay closed

  • Customer: Beverlee from Minneola KS
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
went very well. Only took 10 min.

Front drum Felt and front glide

  • Customer: Danny from Spiro AL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Watch the video

paddle broke

  • Customer: Mamiko from Port Orchard WA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
very easy to install. thanks

Squeeking and rattling when loaded

  • Customer: David from Lena IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Removed 2 front panel screws and pulled out bottom to disengage top clips. Unplugged two light wires. Set front panel aside. Remove 4 screws that support the front drum support. Remove panel in back to reveal motor and belt. NOTE HOW BELT IT THREADED AROUND IDLER AND PULLEY. Remove belt from pulley. Remove front drum support and set aside Pulled out drum and set aside. NOTE ORIENTATION OF RIBS ON BELT. Remove snap ring on roller shaft inside of machine. Pull off roller and two washers. Replace 1 washer, 1 roller ,1 washer in that order. Replace snap ring. Replace glides on drum support while apart. Drill out rivets and remove glide assembly. Replace with new parts and put rivet in hole to align. Rivet into place. Make sure glide assembly is seated by forming it to front drum assembly. Align second hole and rivet together. Reassemble in reverse.

The part delivered did not fit

  • Customer: William from Estes Park CO
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required:
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
It was the wrong size part but we needed to dry a lot of wet clothes expecting it to work, it was too big to fit. Eventually cut off the sides and allowed it to drop in the lint filter slot but with no support on the sides, allowed me to dry the clothes but still must search for the correct part.

the screne in lint filter was tore

  • Customer: Jack from Camden TN
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
put the new filter in Was a Breeze Thanks I got the filter in a feww days Thank again for your fast service

Worn out Lint filter

  • Customer: Josie from Los Altos CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Just replaced the filter in the front door of the dryer. Part Select did an awesome job of getting the part to me in record time. Excellent experience.

Squeeking dryer drum

  • Customer: Robert from Henderson NV
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
The whole job was fairly easy. The on line video helped prepare me for what I would need to do. My best advice is buy snap ring pliers. Without the pliers I tried for over a hour to remove the snap rings for the drum rollers. With the pliers it took 10 minutes to remove and install the new parts. Money well spent. I replaced the drive belt only because it was a relatively cheap part and I knew I was going to have the whole dryer disassembled anyway, so why not.

rollers make squeek sound

  • Customer: william from pulaski NY
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
followed directions i saw on you tube

Screeching noise while running

  • Customer: Thomas from Newark DE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
All of this repair can be done from the front of the dryer. There is no need to move it as long as access to the front is good. Unplug the dryer. Remove the two screws at the bottom of the front panel. Hinge the front panel upwards until the clips on the top disengage. Unplug the door switch (two single wire plugs)and remove the wires from the wiring guide on the front panel. Set the front panel aside. Remove the lint screen. Remove the door switch wires from the wire guide on the front drum support. Remove the four 5/16" headed fasteners connecting the drum support to the main body. Remove the front drum support by lifting it up slightly and pulling it towards you. Set the front drum support aside (now would be a good time to inspect the drum slides, they are little blue plastic rectangles riveted to the bottom of the front drum support where the drum rides, if the plastic is damaged or missing replace the slides as they are part of your noise issue as well). Push the belt tensioner towards the motor until you can slip the belt off one of the pulleys. Remove the drum. Now you can access the drum rollers. There are two and they should be replaced as a set. Remove the snap ring on each roller shaft and slide the roller and washers off. There should be a non-metallic washer on both sides of the roller. If one of them is missing it will cause a metal on metal screeching sound while the unit is running. Clean the shaft with solvent (brake clean, etc) and inspect it for damage. If it is damaged replace it. Apply a little heavy grease to both sides of the washers and the shaft and reinstall the drum rollers. Install the snap ring (I replace the snap rings instead of reusing the old ones to ensure a snug fit). Reinstall the drum. Position the belt on the drum, tensioner, and motor. Reinstall the front drum support, making sure to line up the holes. Place the door switch wires in the wire guide on the front drum support. Place the door switch wires in the wire guide on the front panel and reconnect them to the door switch. Install the front panel and reinstall the front panel screws. Plug in and test run the dryer.
All Instructions for the MDE5500AYW
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