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Maytag Dryer died
« on: February 05, 2009, 09:47:34 AM »

Hello, again! This board has been a great salvation for me in the past, so I look to you again for guidance (even more important now that I got laid off last week!).

Maytag Electric Dryer (old) just quit working, no warning. Dried a load just fine last time, wife goes to use it today, and nothing- just silence, no buzz, no hum, nothing. Checked for power at the receptacle, and have power there. Can hear the safety door switch clicking when pressed. Beyond that, not sure where to start?
Can it be the timer? or should I start somewhere else?

Thanks!

Model LDE8704ACE

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009, 10:13:09 AM »
This is a fairly simple dryer to fix. Look for the duct fuse mounted on the heater. Take the screws at the bottom front off and you can easily access this beauty. It is worth fixing by the way even if the motor blew up. You won't find anything better out there. Lets hope it is just a blown duct fuse(1st pic). Check your vent.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009, 10:15:23 AM »
Quote
even more important now that I got laid off last week!

Sorry to hear that.
Hope you find work soon.


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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009, 10:17:33 AM »
Awesome! Headed downstairs now to check.

 ;DBy the way, let me add my 2 cents to the post "What I like about Appliance Junk posting. This has been a great site, with excellent advice given to me on multiple occasions.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2009, 11:01:00 AM »
OK, thermal switch on heater is OK on continuity. Also checked push-button 'on' switch. Also OK on continuity when pressed. Door switch OK on continuity when pressed.

Looked at the Maytag Dryer service manual posted on AJ, and on page 3-21 it talks about a 160 degree thermostat. I removed the thermostat cover on the front of the dryer, and heve checked continuity across the black and purple wires (I assume that's what BK and PU are?), and on my digital meter I am not getting total continuity. It reads 10.7, not the typical .001 or .002. I am thinking that's telling me I have an issue? The manual says, "no continuity, replace"

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2009, 11:45:37 AM »
You have to remove one of the wires to get a true reading on the thermostat.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2009, 11:47:54 AM »
Aha! Let me try that- Thanks!

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009, 11:52:21 AM »
OK, so when I remove the wires and check across black and purple, no continuity. That's tells me that is the issue, I believe?

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2009, 12:01:07 PM »
You have to remove one of the wires to get a true reading on the thermostat.

If it doesn't have continuity with the wires connected, it won't have continuity by itself...
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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2009, 12:08:32 PM »
don't check the wires check the part
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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2009, 12:14:53 PM »
don't check the wires check the part
If it doesn't have continuity with the wires connected, it won't have continuity by itself...
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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2009, 12:51:35 PM »
He got a reading with the wires connected. But JW's right test the part with at least one wire off not the wires.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2009, 01:32:15 PM »
... I am not getting total continuity. It reads 10.7, not the typical .001 or .002. I am thinking that's telling me I have an issue?

He got a reading with the wires connected. But JW's right test the part with at least one wire off not the wires.

He got a reading of "10". It's bad
If you're only testing to see if a switch or fuse has continuity,
If it doesn't have continuity with the wires connected,
it won't have continuity by itself...
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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2009, 02:00:51 PM »
 :(
So, went to the local parts store, and they tell me it can't be the 160 degree thermostat if the dryer won't start at all. It could only be that if the dryer wasn't getting hot. Wanted to sell me the thermal fuse that JW suggested early this morning, but that part is OK. So, I am back to square one. If the thermal fuse has continuity, what's next? Dryer is dead -

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2009, 02:27:16 PM »
Hi limit thermostat shuts everything down try that.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2009, 02:47:45 PM »
Is that the one on the right side of the heating coil? If so, it has continuity, and there appears to be another thermal switch on the side of the heating coil (just like the one on the front of the blower cover) , and continuity on it is OK, too.


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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2009, 02:51:11 PM »

He got a reading of "10". It's bad

10 what ohms, kilo-ohms? Big difference, electronics 101 says to test the resistance of a component it must be out of circuit.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2009, 02:57:05 PM »
Maybe the timer or a bad wire in the circuit.

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2009, 03:01:15 PM »
I started thinking timer, too. Any way to check anything on it?

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Re: Maytag Dryer died
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2009, 03:04:21 PM »
I started thinking timer, too. Any way to check anything on it?

But the dryer isn't working on ANY cycle, regular or permanent press or anything. Would the timer cause that? When the washing machine timer went bad, it would work on some cycles, but not others.