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4 Most Common Problems With Maytag Dryers

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4 Most Common Problems With Maytag Dryers

For many decades, Maytag has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality dryers, washers, and other home appliances. 

But no matter how reputable the brand may be, that doesn’t mean that Maytag dryers are invincible or that they’ll continue to function correctly without any maintenance or care. 

Below, we’ll be taking a look at 4 of the most common problems we see when we get repair calls for Maytag dryers that have broken down.

Dryer Drum Spins, But Won’t Heat

Are you getting tired of running your dryer, only to find that your clothing still comes out damp? 

If so, you might have a faulty heating element, preventing your clothes from drying properly. 

If this is the case, your dryer will likely still function correctly, you’ll be able to adjust the settings, and the drum will even spin, but no matter how long you keep your clothes in there, they won’t seem to dry properly.

Problem With The Heating Element

Maytag dryer heating element

When this happens, you’re either dealing with a faulty heating element, or you might have a wiring issue that’s preventing the part from getting the electricity it needs. 

Either way, diagnosing a faulty heating element requires a multimeter tool, which is used to check the component for continuity. 

If there is continuity, it means that electricity is flowing correctly through the component and that the issue is likely somewhere else in your appliance. 

However, if there is no continuity, it means that the part is faulty and will need to be replaced.

Problem With Wiring

Maytag dryer wiring

As mentioned, if you’re not dealing with a faulty heating element, the issue might be with the appliance’s wiring. 

It’s normal for your dryer to vibrate or shake while in use because of its rotating drum. In turn, these small vibrations and movements can sometimes cause wiring connections to come loose. 

The good news is that if you’re dealing with a wiring issue, it can usually be repaired quickly and easily. 

But the bad news is that finding where the wiring problem is and ensuring that it won’t happen again is easier said than done. 

Therefore, if you suspect a faulty heating element or a wiring issue, and you’re not sure how to fix it, don’t hesitate to contact Phoenix Appliance Pros today

Maytag Dryer Shuts Off After Starting

Another common issue with Maytag dryers is that the appliance will start and function properly at first, but it will shut itself off abruptly after a little while. 

When this happens, it’s often caused by a buildup of dirt or debris, either in the lint trap or vent or on the heating element itself. 

That said, before proceeding with your repairs, you’ll want to check that the lint trap and vent are clear and free from any obstructions. Then, if you can’t find anything wrong with your unit’s venting, you can proceed to check the heating element.

Clean The Heating Element

Over time, your dryer’s heating element can get dirty and covered in dust and dirt. 

If it’s allowed to get dirty enough, eventually, this buildup can cause the heating element to overheat and potentially cause a fire. 

Fortunately, when this happens, most dryers have a built-in sensor that will shut the machine off before it gets hot enough. 

Therefore, if you continue to have the same problem with a dryer that shuts itself off mid-cycle, it might be time to give its internal parts a good cleaning.

Maytag dryer heating element 1

Heating Element Replacement

Simultaneously, if the heating element is already on its last legs, it’s possible that it can cause your appliance to shut itself off randomly. 

Because the flow of electricity through the element won’t be consistent and steady, it can cause the unit’s control board or sensor to think something is wrong, in which case, it will only turn itself off.

Unfortunately, diagnosing and repairing electrical issues can be tricky when you don’t have any experience working with these types of appliances. So if you need a hand diagnosing, repairing, or replacing any of your home appliances, don’t hesitate to contact Phoenix Appliance Pros today!

Dryer Vibrates And Makes Unusual Noise

It’s normal for your dryer to shake and vibrate a little bit while it’s in use. 

However, if your dryer is making a lot of unusual noises and it’s vibrating a lot, you’re likely dealing with a faulty bearing.

Worn Out Bearing

Because your dryer rotates, it will have central bearings, which helps it spin freely without any friction. 

However, over time, these bearings can begin to wear out, which will likely make a lot of noise before they finally do let go. 

So if you’re able to hear any squealing, screeching or grinding sounds while your machine is in use, you’ll likely need to replace the bearing to get things working correctly once again. 

The good news is that bearing replacement kits can be purchased. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy enough to install for most savvy handymen or women.

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Dryer Won’t Start At All

When you’ve got a dryer that won’t start whatsoever, you’re likely dealing with either a power supply issue or a faulty door switch.

Power Supply Issues

Circuit breakers

For starters, you’re going to want to make sure that the appliance is properly plugged in and that the outlet does have power. 

You can check the outlet for power by checking your home’s main electrical panel for any breakers that may have been tripped. If so, reset the breaker and then check the appliance to see if you’ve fixed the issue. 

If the breaker continues to trip, you might have a short circuit somewhere in your unit’s wiring. 

Troubleshooting the Door Switch

Maytag dryer door switch

Because it’s unsafe to operate a dryer while the door is open, the door switch communicates with the unit’s main control panel to tell it when the door is closed. 

If the switch is broken or simply not working correctly, you might have trouble getting the unit to start.

Maytag Dryer And Appliance Repair

Although some minor issues, such as a worn-out bearing, can usually be diagnosed and repaired on your own, if you’re dealing with electrical problems or broken components, we typically recommend having a professional appliance technician fix it for you. 

Got a broken or malfunctioning dryer? Don’t hesitate to contact Phoenix Appliance Pros today!

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