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MDG5500AWW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

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Drum noise

  • Customer: Terry from Indiana PA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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Unplugged dryer first. Took front dryer door off with screw driver and set to the one side. Removed the two screws on each side of the dryer and set the drum holder beside the dryer door. Removed the belt from the drum and pulled the drum out the front of the dryer. Took snap ring plyers and removed the drum support roller and then removed roller shaft with socket. Put back together in reverse order.

tears in lint filter

  • Customer: Alice from Valley Cottage NY
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Just placed new lint filter into the dryer. Very easy.

Horrible Noise, worse with heavy loads

  • Customer: Thomas from Springfield OH
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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So the clothes dryer had been making horrible sounds. We decided to wait until after vacation to look into it. The age was almost over 25 years, rough estimates seemed to indicate a minimum repair bill, if it wasn't a basket case would be over $200 almost half the price of a new one. By now the noises had graduated from annoying to intolerable. All things considered we went shopping, after carefully measuring the door. A 28" door has a 27" opening through the frame. The minimum width of all dryers on sale is 27.5" or larger!!! For a short while I considered replacing the door with a 30" door.

As I have always thought, if it appears a hopeless case, go ahead and take it apart, might be able to fix it, if not you may learn something!!! The manual that was supplied with the unit had only operating instructions, no parts list or the like. We had convinced ourselves that the problem was the belt slipping. An internet search not only found the parts list but a list of symptoms and cures. The articles agreed that loud screeching noises were most likely (96%) caused by a defective drum roller (notice singular). There was even a video on how to do it!

So I started through the procedure of ordering a drum roller kit on their internet site. No matter what I did by the time I got to the point of confirming the order it showed the quantity ordered 2. So we phoned (Friday night) the lady on the phone seemed amazed that I wanted one, the stated that in all the years she had been there no one ever ordered only one, there was only one in the picture, we are talking $12 and no shipping so I said send me two. She said shipping would be 5 to 5 days

The next day, Saturday morning the parts were laying on the porch!! The video said an inexperienced person could perform the repairs in 45 minutes. Yes! two rollers. Fortunately I have a collection of snap rings, there is a snap ring somewhere inside the dryer or in the room I heard it hit (add snap rings to the Kit!! they have a habit of taking off on their own. The hard part was getting the belt back on, all the pictures and the like were a bit different than what I was looking at but two hours and it is running like a top. If it wasn't for the belt puzzle it would have been done in less than an hour.

No heat

  • Customer: Jerry from Williamsburg MI
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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After opening the front panel (remove 2 phillips screws near the bottom), I located the flame tube and removed the flame sensor located on the outside of the tube by unscrewing a hex head sheet metal screw. After carefully disconnecting the two wire leads (mark them for re-installing), I tested the continuity...there was none, indicating a defective sensor. I also removed the ignitor and tested for resistance. It was on the far end of the acceptable range, so I replaced that as well. I thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed the interior after disconnecting the exhaust pipe (single screw on the exterior rear panel...get inside the lint collector area!) Installation and re-assembly was in the reverse order. Dryer started perfectly.

Dryer runs but no heat

  • Customer: Anthony from Friendswood TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Remove the door hinge screws to remove door. Then remove the screws opposite of the door hinge. Remove front dryer panel and locate ignitor (mine had a burnt spot and fell apart in my hands). Unplug electrical connector, only loosen ignitor mounting screw enough to remove ignitor. Install new ignitor. With the front cover removed I relocated my dryer to the front yard to blow excess lint and dust from inside the dryer. A lawn leaf blower works really well for this.

Dryer will not get hot

  • Customer: Robert from Ambler PA
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Replaced the flame sensor since it was believed to be the problem contributing to the lack of flame in this gas dryer. However, this part did not correct the problem.

dryer would not heat up.

  • Customer: Johanna from Mattituck NY
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Well I put the igniter kit in fine no problem with the step by step video instructions on line. But now the dryer won't even turn on....I don't know what else to do.

Dryer would not output any heat

  • Customer: Jason from Pleasant Hill CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Socket set
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Super easy to repair. Pull off the front of the dryer (4 screws). Turned out I didn't need to replace the coils but I figured I was in there anyway, so might as well replace them. The problem I had was with the igniter kit. Finding a socket that would fit in the tight area was the hardest part of replacing all the parts. Super easy as in tools put away and drinking a beer in less than 20 minutes after I started.

burner wouldn't relight after 1st or 2nd heat cycle; in other words heat faded out; solenoids measured correct resistance, but would not open the valves once they heated up

  • Customer: David from Adkins TX
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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removed frt cover & drum, replaced solenoids, cleaned the unit interior

Dryer Not Drying Clothes on first cycle

  • Customer: Thomas from Glenpool OK
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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Took the back off the dryer. Disconnected the old thermostat and installed the new thermostat. Connected the back of dryer. Put in a load of clothes to dry and the clothes were dry on the first try. Works like a new dryer. Saved a lot of money not having to buy a new dryer when all I had to do was replace some old parts.

dryer wouldnt heat up

  • Customer: victor from holabird SD
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
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Unplug the dryer. Remove the front of the dryer,(it comes off very easily, just two screws near the bottom). Unplug the wires from the door switch. Find the igniter, unplug the wires, use a 5/16 inch wrench (or pliers or a socket) to remove the one screw that holds it on, then simply fasten the new igniter in place. Make sure that you DONT TOUCH the flat end of the igniter with your fingers or skin,as it will heat up in that spot and burn out early. Plug everything in, put back together. good to go. EASY!!

Dryer would heat, initially, but would not come back on

  • Customer: Kevin from BRAINTREE MA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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My suggestion is to read all of the items that may result in no heat, or insufficient heat, you will find your problem in one of the reply's and the right part to replace. The repair was made much easier, as I installed a Maintenance kit at the same time. Drum rollers, drive belts and tensioner. With the drum out, the coil retaining clip was a LOT easier to re-instal. If the drum isn't out, you can lift the drum up a little and squeeze a stubby screw driver in to loosen the retaining screws. You have to use the proper size screwdriver so you don't strip the screws, and maybe a pair of gas pliers around the handle of the screwdriver to give it a little torque to help loosen the screws, while keeping downward pressure on the screwdriver.

dryer made noise . baffle broke and was rollin around in dryer tub

  • Customer: jerry from Bath SD
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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removed two screws that hold the door on . set door aside then removed two screws on left side of door opening .this allowed the front of the dryer to be removed and easy access to get at the screws for the baffle

The dryer does not heat

  • Customer: Diana from Nassau Bay TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
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I just knew it had to be the heat sensor unable to activate the actual ignition. I following the directions and video for the installation of the heat sensor #PS344761. It went very smoothly. Upon completion of the installation, the click, then the flame roared to life and I felt like a real do-it-selfer!! This was short lived. The wetness of the clothes had no effect. Something I did not do and I certainly know better was to check and see what was taking place before I replaced the "damaged" sensor. No, I was just so sure there was no need of that. You say, put the old back in and watch what happens....I recycled the old one immediately. Sigh! We have had two weeks of rain and I'm really tired of damp clothes everywhere. I will read other alternatives and report back. DClark, TX

Loud screaching noise from the Dryer.

  • Customer: sanjay from folsom CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
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I found some youtube videos on how to take apart a Maytag dryer. It was possible to do so with the limited tools I had. I tested the possible issue causing parts and found that the idler pulley was the issue. Ordered the part online and it arrived promptly within 3 days. Replacing the part was very easy. Again, I followed a video instruction from youtube. The difficult part of the job is to take the dryer apart and putting it back together. The dryer now runs like a Hybrid car. The new iddler pulley does not look identical ot the replaced one. But it works and that is what matters.
All Instructions for the MDG5500AWW
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