How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Clothes Dryer

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There are few things worse than when an appliance isn't working. Clothes dryers remove moisture from clothing with a combination of heat, air and motion. If one of the components isn't working it may take longer than normal to dry clothing or your machine may not work at all. Save some money and troubleshoot your Maytag clothes dryer yourself with a few steps before calling that repair person.

No Power

  • Check the circuit breaker to make sure it wasn't flipped off.

  • Ensure that the machine is completely plugged into the wall.

  • Look for anything around the door that might prohibit it from closing. The dryer won't turn on if the door isn't completely closed.

  • Check the "Start/pause" and the "Delay" button to make sure that they weren't accidentally touched.

Excessive Drying Time

  • Check that you've selected the correct drying setting.

  • Double check your washer to make sure that it's properly spinning clothes to remove excess water.

  • Remove debris from the lint filter and check for buildup in the hoses, carefully vacuum excess lint that has collected in the bottom of the dryer.

  • Check the level of items in the dryer; never overload the dryer with too many items.

Makes Noise

  • Check the drum for items that might be tumbling inside the dryer,

  • Separate laundry or linens to make sure nothing is balled up and restart the dryer.

  • Ensure that the dryer is level on the floor.

  • Gas dryers frequently make a "clicking" sound during normal operation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always unplug the dryer from the wall before working on it and removing any doors or panels.
  • Clean the lint trap after each use.
  • If all of the indicator lamps are lit, you'll need to call a repair person for a service call, according to the Maytag operation manual.

References

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