How to Fix a Maytag Dryer That's Not Heating


Two hundred years ago, most people were relegated to drying their clothes the old-fashioned way---by air. The idea of having a machine to dry your clothes in an hour was the equivalent of something seen on "Star Trek" or "The Jetsons." Two hundred years later, most of us can't imagine what we would do without our glorious appliances, so when they are in need of repair we hardly know what to do without them.

If your Maytag dryer has no heat or not enough heat to dry your clothes, you can always call a professional repairman, but there are a few things you can do yourself that might fix the problem before having to make that call.

  • Change the preset dryness level settings. If automatic or sensor drying cycles are not drying your clothes, you may need to manually change the preset dryness levels to increase the level of heat. The settings can be changed to factory preset levels, slightly dryer levels (15 percent higher), or max dry levels (30 percent higher).

  • Turn off the dryer. The levels cannot be changed while the dryer is on. Press and hold the "Dryness" button for 5 seconds.

  • Wait for the dryer to beep. "CF" will be displayed for 1 second, followed by the current level of dryness setting. Press the "Dryness" button again until it changes to the higher setting.

  • Press the "Start" button to save the setting or "Pause/Cancel" to exit and cancel all changes made. Note that this will become your new preset option for all loads.

  • Open the gas shutoff valve in the supply line. If you have a gas dryer, the drum may turn, but the dryer will not heat if the gas shutoff valve is closed. The valve is located parallel to the gas pipe.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you lost or misplaced your manual, you can download a copy of the manual online if you have the model number of your dryer. See Resources for a link to the manual look-up function as well as help on how to find the model number.

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