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Saturday, September 06, 2003

Mailbag: Electric Dryer Stops Running

Leslie Van Dyke wrote:
Maytag Dryer, Model MDE9420AYW, SN 10068760YS, Purchased 2001.

Electric dryer stopped running.

I reset the home's circuit breakers.
Pressed the START button again.
Checked the door switch.
Nothing worked.

Next day, I pressed the START button, dryer ran. Did one and one-half loads. Dryer quit running again.

Checked continutiy of thermal fuses, and door switch, good.

Checked venting, clean. Dryer started, quit in minutes.

Next day, dryer won't start at all.

Help? Thanks - Leslie Van Dyke

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maytag dryer motor This sounds like the classic symptoms of a motor overheating and kicking out on thermal overload. You can confirm by measuring the continuity across the motor's run winding next time it quits on you. If it reads open, then you know the motor's internal thermal overload protector is open, which means the motor is overheating...

or just replace the motor.

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Hello Samurai Appliance Repair Man. First, just let me say that your web site is very informative. Thank you for putting your knowledge out there for us mere mortals to sponge. Okay, now the problem.

I've been having a problem similar to this with my Whirlpool dryer, model LER4634JQ0. With the help of a schematic I found in the back of the dryer, I've checked everything that Leslie has with no positive results. I'd like to check what you suggested in your reply, but it's just a bit beyond my technical knowledge. Can you please explain what and where the "motor's run winding" is?

Also, why do dryer motors overheat? And is replacing the motor the only solution if it is overheating?


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