My Maytag Legacy Series Dryer Has Power but Won't Start

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The Maytag Legacy series of washers and dryers are made of stainless steel to last for many years without rusting. This line of appliances operates quietly and is energy efficient. The Legacy appliances are top-loading for ease of use without extra bending. If the lights illuminate on the control panel signifying power, but the dryer won't start, there are some troubleshooting areas to consider to activate the drying cycle.

Things You'll Need

  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Observe the power cord behind the dryer to make sure it is firmly plugged into the electrical receptacle and is not broken. You may need to pull the dryer out slightly to see the cord behind it. A cord that is partially plugged in can allow the lights on the control panel to work, but will not connect solidly to let the dryer start.

  • Open the door on the electric circuit breaker box. Look at the circuit breaker marked for the dryer. If the breaker is on the left side of the box and the handle points to the left, the breaker has tripped. If a right side breaker handle points to the right, it has turned off. Grasp the breaker handle and push it toward the center of the box to turn it back on in either of these cases.

  • Open the dryer door and check for obstructions of clothes. The tip of a sock or shirt may prevent the door from closing entirely. Remove any obstructions, close the dryer door and press "Start."

  • Open the dryer door and insert a small flat-head screwdriver in the door latch on the top of the dryer frame. This action bypasses the safety door switch. Hold the screwdriver in place and press the "Start" button. If the dryer starts working, the safety switch is faulty and needs replacing.

Tips & Warnings

  • A dryer that is not level may take an extra amount of force to close the door so it will operate.

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