How to Fix a Maytag Dryer Interior Paddle

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The paddle on the inside of your drum helps to dry your clothes. Sometimes loose change and other small items can lodge under the paddle. This not only creates a lot of noise but also can damage the paddle. Fixing the paddle on your Maytag dryer requires opening the dryer top. The paddle secures to the drum with screws on the outside of the drum.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • 2-inch putty knife
  • Unplug the Maytag dryer power cord from the dryer outlet. Pull the dryer 2 feet away from the wall.

  • Open the lint trap door on the top of the dryer, if your lint trap is on top rather than inside the door. Remove the two screws on the front lip of the lint trap opening with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the lint trap out of the lint duct.

  • Place the blade of a putty knife 4 inches from the right corner under the front of the top panel. Slide the blade until you feel the resistance of the spring clip. Press over the clip with the putty knife blade while lifting up on the right corner of the top panel. Continue lifting the top panel to release the left side, and tilt the top panel toward the back of the dryer.

  • Open the dryer door and rotate the drum until the paddle is at the top. Look inside the cabinet at the top of the drum, and locate the two screws that secure the paddle to the drum. Remove the screw closest to the back of the drum with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Reach inside the drum to hold the paddle with one hand. Loosen the front screw with the screwdriver until you can turn it with your fingers. Twist the front screw away from the drum, and pull out the drum paddle.

  • Inspect the paddle for loose change and for bends. Straighten out any bends with a pair of pliers. Most often any damage will be near the side flange ends that rest against the drum wall. Position the paddle inside the drum and line up the front mounting hole. Thread the front retaining screw through the drum and into the paddle with your fingers. Thread the rear screw into the drum and paddle. Tighten both screws with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

  • Flip the top panel back down over the dryer and press on the front edges to engage the spring clips. Slide the dryer back against the wall and plug in the power cord. Insert the lint trap back into the lint duct and secure the lint duct with the two retaining screws. Close the lint trap door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always unplug appliances from their power source before servicing them.

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