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MDG5500AWW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

All installation instructions for MDG5500AWW parts

These instructions have been submitted by other PartSelect customers and can help guide you through the dryer repair with useful information like difficulty of repair, length of repair, tools needed, and more.

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Dryer would not heat up

  • Customer: Bruce from Feeding Hills, MA
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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Unplugged the dryer from the wall. Removed the front lower cover. Removed the two screws for the bracket that holds down the coils. Unplugged the coils and swapped them out. Reassembled everything in reverse order. Plugged the dryer back in and started it. It's as good as new.

loud squeak while dryer was operating

  • Customer: Chris from St. Peters, MO
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Wrench (Adjustable)
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Removed dryer panels and then diisassembled per instructions in your website.

Drum Belt Broke

  • Customer: DON from AUBURN, NE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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The drive belt broke at midnight on Wednesday. With 3 teenagers and a mountain of laundry and my wife expecting action, I placed my parts order immediately with overnight shipping.


Since I was already ordering , The door switch had been acting up for some time so it was a good time to replace it. The front glide strips have worn out before and I assumed they contributed to the belt failure.


Your package was at my door when I returned from work at noon on Friday - perfect.

The dryer disassembled with a #2 Phillips and a nut driver in 15-20 minutes.

The door switch was easy to replace once I broke the clips off the old one.

The glide kits required a drill to remove the old pop rivets. To install the new ones it's important that the end of the plastic strip lays flat and the hole aligns exactly with the rivet hole in the front tumbler. Hold the rivet gun against the part tightly so there is no gap between it and the tumbler. This kept the rivet head flat to the plastic glide strip. Last time I had the rivet head pull out of the plastic because I didn't keep the two parts together tight enough when fastening.

When replacing the belt, with the new belt hanging from the drum, I tried to connect it to the motor and belt tensioner as I assembled the drum and front tumbler. After several tries, I realized there was probably a better way. I ended up reaching under the drum from the front of the machine and attaching the belt to the motor/tensioner by feel. With that done, reassembly of the dryer was as easy as disassembly.

We plugged the dryer in, pushed the start button and the mountain of laundry was conquered.

Noisy Squeaking Dryer

  • Customer: Marc from Worthington, OH
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
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We were just about to buy a new dryer because the noise coming from ours was almost deafening. I figured I had nothing to lose so I took it apart per the video I found on PartSelect's website. It was very easy. I found the squeaky roller, bought the new one and installed. The video was very helpful. The only tricky part was getting the belt back on right, but the dryer is now as good as new. This saved me several hundred dollars!

lint filter developed large hole over time

  • Customer: shirley from houston, TX
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Just pulled out damaged filter and replaced with new. Quite easy! Thanks! Awesome customer service!

Short baffle was broken

  • Customer: John from Los Alamos, NM
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
I read the instructions that came with the part. Everything went as planned. Instructions very clear and very helpful. See even a rocket scientist can prepare a dryer.

alarming rattling/rumbling noise

  • Customer: Ismael from New Rochelle, NY
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
looking and listening more closely . i determined that the noise was coming from the idle wheel pulie bearings

Dryer made loud squealing noise while in operation

  • Customer: Ronald from Swoyersville, PA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
1. Removed front cover 2. Removed drum support. 3. moved drum toward me off rollere being careful not to damage belt. 4.Removed snap rings from roller shafts.5.Removed and replaced rollers reinstalled snap rings reassembled. Works great. I bought the Maytag Bravos washer for 250.00 from someone wanting to get rid of it.The dryer was free because it made alot of noise.I took it apart cleaned it replaced rollers works like new!

no heat

  • Customer: Dan from Thomasboro, IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
ordered wrong limit switch had to reorder right switch and decided to replace the heater element as well. works fine now

Very loud sqeeling noise

  • Customer: MICHELLE from MEAD, CO
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
My husband and I followed the advise on the website and replaced the drum support wheels (Very helpful video). That wasn't the problem, still squeeking. Before we started buying more parts we took the drum back off and lubricated everthing that moved. Not a peep. Runs very quite now.

Cloths would not dry but machine runs

  • Customer: Michael from Neptune, NJ
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
The gas would go on for a couple of minutes then of and not reignite. The gas valve was defective. Remove the front panel and door of the dryer then remove the screws holding the valve down after loosening the gas coupling. careful not to break or touch the igniter as you remove it. Reconnect and you're done.

The burner fires up the first time but then never fires again causing no heat

  • Customer: Jerold from Schaumburg, IL
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
The hardest part is figuring out how to get the unit open. You have to take out the brackets that appear to hold on the timer section and you have to remove the screws under the lint filter. Once you have the top off then you remove the screws that hold the front panel on from the inside. I decided not to remove the drum it seemed like a lot of hassle, instead I went down and got a right angle screwdriver, the terminal valves are in the front of the unit and you only have to remove 2 screws to remove the retainer which holds them both in place. The drum is in the way so you can't use a regular screwdriver and the right angle is a bit slow going but I think it is actually faster than removing and replacing the drum for a novice like myself. Replacing the coils took about 2 minutes and then reassembly another half hour. But the Dryer works great again and for $70 it was well worth it.

Drum noise

  • Customer: Terry from Indiana, PA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
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
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
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.
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