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Author Topic: Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031  (Read 952 times)

Offline Thorning

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Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031
« on: June 28, 2020, 09:34:29 AM »

I was given this dryer as a trade for a similar model . The customer said it was noisy when turning the drum. When it was taken apart I found the blower wheel loose on the  shaft which I have seen many times. This is the type that uses a flat on the motor shaft and a corresponding flat on the ID of the blower wheel. In this case I was able to shim the blower wheel ID and reinstall. I have done it many times. The belt on this model runs the flat side of the belt on the drum as compared to other units which run the grooved side on the drum. As an improvement (IMO) I install adhesive traction pads on the drum for the belt to get a better grip when turning a heavy load of wet clothes. 5 of these are spaced at equal dimensions around the drum in the belt path. These are about 1" square cut from a larger piece of stair tread material I buy from Menards. One section will do at least 10 drums. This may be of value to some of you folks repairing these older dryers which are very good for long life. My guess is that this unit is at least 25 years old and runs very well. Comments ?

Offline theoldstoveguy

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Re: Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2020, 09:51:53 PM »
If it ain't broken don't fix it. Did Maytag service for 26+ years and still servicing machines I sold 40 years ago. The best washers and dryers built. It may wear out the belt prematurely as friction on start up instead of slight slip.

Offline Thorning

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Re: Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2020, 09:24:54 AM »
I was given another one of these older dryers  yesterday and even though it did not show signs of belt wear or slippage I put the traction pads on the drum anyhow. These older units sure do last a long time ! Wish the newer ones did  also..

Offline jimd2

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Re: Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 05:54:56 PM »
After reading many of your posts Mr Thorning, you should not modify manufactures designs
You need to take a course in liability training Thats a good thing
I'm not saying you are dumb or stupid you sound very intelligent by suggesting some of the improvements to designs Ive read you posted
but you are foolish for modifying anything for anybody other than yourself
Parts should only be installed by part number for the model you are working on and NO modifications should Ever be performed
If you change a design You become the manufacture
Modify something and your insurance will not cover you
Just a thought, I had many many great years at Sears and hours and hours of fantastic training
Been doing this for 35+ years
Put a whirlpool branded range ignitor in a ge Better list the ge part number on your service order and charge for it HAHA
Good Luck I would hate to be chasing all the new stuff to many changes every year Back in the day a washer was the same for 25years
If only they still sold the Direct Drive
Couplers were a gift from Whirlpool to Service Techs

Offline Thorning

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Re: Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2021, 07:09:39 PM »
Your comments are appreciated about not modifying a design. Until I retired about 20 years ago I worked as a service rep  on off highway  trucks of at least 250 ton capacity for almost 40 years and learned a lot over the years. As a degreed mechanical and electrical engineer I know it is not always a good idea to modify things in the field but I did it occasionally to prevent an accident or a premature failure . I have seen some really poor designs in production and some really good ones also. Most manufacturers build items that they are told will sell and make a profit. Some times safety comes in second best until they are sued. I always look at the work I do as though I was going to use it myself and try to make sure it is safe in spite of poor decisions by other people.

Offline jimd2

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Re: Maytag gas dryer model LDG512 with s/n 44031
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2021, 07:13:13 PM »
Yes and I wish it was the old days when you just fixed something
These days suck
If only they still sold the Direct Drive
Couplers were a gift from Whirlpool to Service Techs