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MDE5500AYW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

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Dryer noisy, burning rubber smell.

  • Customer: Daniel from Fairview NC
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Never repaired a dryer before. Looked at video clips on YouTube - invaluable. Highly recommend others do the same when figuring how to disassemble and reassemble.

making squeaking noise

  • Customer: Richard from Winona MN
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
The vidio was very helpful,it showed exactly how to do the work

Worn felt drum seals

  • Customer: Chris from Glen Cove NY
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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I highly recommend inspection/repair of the felt drum seals when performing the belt replacement or any other repair. The felt is not glued into place. You need to gently lift each individual metal tang on the felt supports to remove the old felt. Gently prying the tang from the felt side with a screwdriver works well. (don't bent the tang too far, just enough to remove the old felt. Once the old felt has been removed, install the new felt by placing the felt in position under the tang, and press the tang back into position. The rear felt should be started clockwise, and the front felt started counterclockwise. This is to insure the overlap of the beginning and end of the felts are correct (the drum rotates clockwise). The felts need to be flared out (flexed over the metal tangs) to allow the drum to be re-installed. You will have to kind of fight the drum back into position, as the new felts are not worn in. (Don't forget to put the drive belt around the drum before installing the drum and the front ring!) Reassembly of the drum and front ring will be somewhat difficult. The felt will be pushing against the drum. Once the drum and front ring are re-installed in the cabinet, make sure the drum seals are properly set by pushing the felt outward along the drum's outside edge from inside the dryer. The side of the felt should rub against the drum. You should not see the top edge of the felt.

Dryer was making a screeching sound

  • Customer: Cheryl from Bensenville IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
After watching the on-line video associated with the idler pulley wheel and bearing, we took the dryer apart, removed the idler pulley wheel and bearing (both - although only one was bad), replaced it by just slipping it on and replacing the locking washer (that part took some time because we didn't have the proper tool). The drum support roller didn't even seem to be bad, but we replaced that also - just slipped the old one off and slipped the new one on. The belt was a little more difficult - to make sure it was all in the correct space (we made sure we marked the front of the drum when taking it out so we put it back the same way). We did not even have to disconnect any of the electrical connections - just layed the front panel to the side. I probably spend an equal amount of time vacuuming the accumulated lint inside the machine as the actual part replacement took. The dryer works beautifully - I think I have already done about 8 loads of laundry since the repair and it isn't making a sound.

broken pulley & belt

  • Customer: Allen from osceola WI
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Watched the video and it was a breeze.

Terrible noise, Neighbors thought was my pet Lion.

  • Customer: Norman from Cocoa FL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Video Was necessary. Rem 4 screws inside Door Rim, 2 holding Frnt Panel,2 holding Top Clips. Lay screws in a pattern for the re-installation. Lift top for no good reason. Left arm & hand- LEARN BELT THREADING. Move belt over back structure. Rmv Drum, Chge 2 back rollers & 4 Washers, back w/drum, RE-THREAD BELT CORRECTLY, Rotate Drum CW till belt tracks old worn path. Re-inst Top clips, Front Panel, have a beer, Re-instl Door. Rotate Drum freely, Start up. 2nd beer if Belt Thread OK. 1/2" of Rear of Right back roller was worn away due to Lion screaming.

Dryer was squealing!Very horrible and high pitched as if "on its last leg"!

  • Customer: Jason from Spring TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Took it apart and drum rollers were almost completely gone!As a matter of fact rollers had separated from bearings.Very easy job,but took me longer than usual due to me not being properly prepared for job!I did not have a set of ring pliers,so I used needle nose and a screwdriver!Let me stress......make sure you have ring pliers and this job takes 30 minutes tops!!!!!!

Baffle came loose from sccrews,holding baffle

  • Customer: Robert from Los Angeles CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Followed instructions give in video.

Dryer door was not totally sealing causing dryer to run for hours before clothes were dry

  • Customer: Faye from Franklin TN
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
I removed the dryer door to make the job easier on a tabletop. Removed the old seal which just popped out. I made sure to place the old seal down next to me exactly how I took it out in the event something went wrong, I could see which way it was facing. I pushed the ridged part of the new seal in the existing slot starting at the bottom....the trick was, I pulled and stretched the new seal ever so slightly as I pushed it into the slot and it went in beautifully! I am a 54 year old capable woman and was at first intimidated...but it was fine. I had to cut the seal a little at the end as it was a bit long.

Dryer would not come on

  • Customer: Newt from Daphne AL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required:
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When the dryer stopped working, I checked the two switches to see if they were good. The start button checked out OK but the switch on the door read bad. Ordered the part with the part number and put on when it arrived. Just a matter of disconnecting and reconnecting three wires. Very simple

Constant squealing during drum rotation

  • Customer: Brady from Belle Chasse LA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Disassembled front of dryer, exposed drum and rollers, removed drum and replaced rollers. Reassembled dryer in reverse order of disassembly. Dryer functions quietly and properly as new.

loud noise

  • Customer: Patricia from Shirley AR
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
we opened the front panel, removed the tumbler and replaced the rollers. put it back together and started up the dryer.Noise continued.again opened the front panel and discovered a warned-out blower wheel. Replaced wheel. Runs good now

The dryer would rumble after startup.

  • Customer: Lonnie from Carlton OR
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
We started by unplugging the unit thenremoving the door tand front panel.By removing the belt from the tensioner and lifting out the drum.the drum rollers were replaced first and rumble was still there when operated.Checking the blower wheel revealed a crack the width of the blower.After new blower was installed the dryer operated almost as quietly as new.

The dryer was overheating & making a loud noice

  • Customer: Lynne from Rockvale TN
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Socket set, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Took the entire dryer apart after watching a video online. Replaced the rollers & the belt & put dryer back together. Since I am a machine builder by trade I knew how to do some of this after watching the video, but not sure how easy this would be for someone untrained.

loud squeaking noise with dryer running

  • Customer: Gary from Rancho Palos Verdes CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required:
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watched the video.unpluged the power to the dryer disasembled the front of the cabinet removed the belt from the idler pulley and then removed the drum cleaned up the dust and lint in base of the cabinet and then removed the e-clip from the shaft on the idler arm removed the outer washer then worked off the pulley with pressure from a small flat blade screw driver removed the inside washer. cleaned the shaft and greased it with white lithum grease installed the first washer then the pulley then the out side washer then the e-clip but found that the pulley had a little side to side play removed pulley and installed one of the old washers on the inside along with the new one reasembled the pulley washer and e-clip the play was gone and the e-clip fit in the grove ok reasembled the cabinet and the noise was gone you could see the old bearing in the pulley was rusted
All Instructions for the MDE5500AYW
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