Washing machines and dryers keep our clothes clean and smelling fresh!
So when either of these two essential home appliance breaks down, it doesn’t take long before the dirty laundry starts to pile up, and you run out of clean clothes to wear.
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most common problems we see with Maytag dryers, as well as what you can do to repair them on your own.
Note that you should never attempt to disassemble or repair your dryer on your own unless you’re 100% certain of what you’re doing.
Also, always make sure to unplug or turn the power off before attempting to service or repair your dryer on your own.
The dryer won’t heat up
You’ll know that your dryer isn’t heating up and working properly when a drying cycle finishes and your clothing still comes out damp or wet.
When this happens, it’s usually caused by a faulty heating element, a broken thermal fuse, or a faulty thermostat.
Faulty heating element
While your dryer tumbles your clothing, the heating element produces the heat needed to accelerate your garments’ drying. Therefore, if the element isn’t producing as much or any heat whatsoever, you’ll often end up with clothing that’s still damp after a cycle.
Although diagnosing a faulty heating element is simple, accessing and replacing it will require you to remove your machine’s rear panel.
Therefore, if you’re not sure how to do this, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair service for help.
Some dryer units may also have a built-in thermal fuse, which can occasionally be blown should the unit overheat or undergo a power surge.
When this happens, you can often reset the fuse or replace it with a new one to get your machine up and running again.
However, if the fuse blew because of a wiring issue or a short, you’ll likely continue to have the same issue until the root cause is diagnosed and repaired.
The thermostat reads the temperature inside the dryer and tells the control panel to produce heat and when to stop. Therefore, when this component becomes faulty, you’ll often end up with clothing that doesn’t dry.
Diagnosing and replacing the thermostat and elements tends to be a bit complicated, not to mention that you could cause unnecessary damage to your unit if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact a professional repair service for appliance help near you!
The dryer is noisy while operating
It’s often very disconcerting when your dryer starts making a lot of unusual noises.
In some cases, this will happen if you’re drying heavier, or bulky items such as a pair of shoes or boots. However, unusual noise during operation when you’re not drying such items can also be caused by a faulty bearing or other faulty support components.
Because a dryer rotates, any make or model will have a bearing that helps the drum rotate with very little friction.
Therefore, when this bearing wears out and begins to fail, it may start making a slight squealing or grinding noise while the unit is in operation. At first, the noise may barely be noticeable. But over time, it will get louder until eventually, something breaks.
So if you notice any unusual noise, it’s best to address the issue as soon as possible.
Drum support roller
Aside from the bearing itself, your dryer’s drum will have a support roller to help it spin freely while in use.
When this part wears out, it can also cause a lot of unusual noise.
For help diagnosing a noisy dryer or finding the appropriate replacement parts, don’t hesitate to contact Littleton Appliance Pros today!
Dryer drum won’t spin
When your bearing or support roller gives out completely, rather than making noise, the drum might stop spinning entirely.
Faulty Drive belt
Sometimes, this isn’t caused by a bearing or support roller but a broken drive belt or motor.
If you’re attempting the repairs on your own, you’ll need to remove your unit’s rear access panel, which should give you access to the motor and drive belt.
If you’re dealing with a broken belt, you should be able to see that it’s frayed, worn out, or broken completely. Replacing this part is relatively easy, so long as you find the correct replacement part.
However, it may be best to leave the repair to a qualified technician if you’re dealing with a burnt-out or broken motor.
The dryer won’t start at all
When your dryer fails to start whatsoever, you’re likely dealing with a power issue or an issue with your unit’s main control board.
Therefore, you’ll want to start by ensuring that the unit is properly plugged in and that the outlet does, in fact, have power.
Then, once you’ve ruled out a power issue, you can continue to troubleshoot the control board.
Burnt Main Control Board
As the brains behind the operation, your dryer’s control board can cause many issues if it begins to malfunction. You’ll often be able to tell that you have a faulty control board when your unit has power, but it fails to respond when you try to turn it on.
With that said, diagnosing, repairing, or replacing a control board isn’t a job you should attempt unless you’re certain of what you’re doing.
Failure to this properly may end up causing unnecessary damage or other problems with the unit, which could easily be avoided.
All dryers have a built-in timer, which can be set to determine how long the unit will operate.
When the timer fails to function properly, your unit may continue to run indefinitely, or it may not run at all.
Either way and similar to a faulty control board, diagnosing and repairing a timer issue is a job that’s best left to the professionals.
Therefore, if you’re experiencing any issues with your Maytag dryer or washing machine, don’t hesitate to contact Littleton Appliance Pros today!