This post will cover the older style Maytag dryer shown in the video below, however the tips in the post can also help you troubleshoot other styles of Maytag dryers.
Vented dryers all function just about the same way. All vented dryers operate on 3 factors:
- air flow
- drum rotation
The most common cause of a non heating Maytag dryer or any other dryer is lack of air flow. Clogged venting, whether inside or outside of the dryer, can cause long dry times, parts to fail, and in a worst case scenario a dryer fire. Be sure to clean out your dryer vent once a year and thoroughly clean out the inside of your dryer once every two years. It would be wise to clean out the inside of your dryer and the dryer venting during your repair.
How to Disassemble Maytag Dryer
Maytag Gas Dryer Not Heating
There are several parts that commonly fail on Maytag gas dryers. These parts need to be tested and replaced if found faulty. To troubleshoot a non heating Maytag gas dryer, you first want to determine if there is any heat at all coming out of the dryer. To do this, we will need to remove the vent from the back of the dryer.
Now we will put the dryer in a heat setting (don’t select fluff) and start it. Wait a few seconds and you should hear a click. This is your igniter clicking on. Place your hand behind your dryer so you can feel for heat. If it heats up, you likely have either clogged venting inside or outside your dryer and/or you valve coils need to be replaced.
Most Common Maytag Gas Dryer Parts That Fail
The following parts should be checked for continuity. If any of the following parts don’t have continuity, they need to be replaced. Click the links below to learn how to test each part.
If you test the above parts and they check out fine, you will want to check out the following parts next:
Here are a list of parts that could be causing your dryer not to heat:
- Temperature switch
- Timer or control board
Identifying Maytag Dryer Parts
Maytag Electric Dryer Not Heating
Just like Maytag gas dryers, there are several parts that commonly fail on electric dryers. These parts need to be tested and replaced if found faulty. To troubleshoot a non heating Maytag gas dryer, you first want to determine if there is any heat at all coming out of the dryer. To do this, we will need to remove the vent from the back of the dryer.
Now we will put the dryer in a heat setting (don’t select fluff) and start it. Wait a few seconds and Place your hand behind your dryer so you can feel for heat. If it heats up, you likely have either clogged venting inside or outside your dryer.
If your dryer never heats up, check the parts below for continuity. If any of the parts below fail to have continuity, replace the part.
The heating element/heating assembly is a common part that will fail from time to time. The heating element is housed in the heater assembly. If you are getting no heat at all from your dryer, this would be one of the parts that you would want to test. To learn how to test the heating assembly click here or to replace the heating assembly insert your dryer’s model number below.
Another failed part that would cause your Maytag electric dryer to not heat would be the thermal cut off. If the thermal cut off is blown, be sure to clean the venting both inside and outside your dryer. In order to prevent a dryer fire, the thermal cut off, shorts out when the temperature gets too hot inside the dryer. This is normally caused by blockage in the air flow, but can also sometimes be caused by a failed thermostat.
Another part that can go bad causing your dryer not to heat is the thermal fuse(s). Some Maytag dryers have two thermal fuses, one will shut down the entire machine not allowing it to work, while the other will prevent the heating element from heating up.
Heating Assembly Newer (element) 307178
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