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Old 02-13-2009, 12:06 PM
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Default Too Hot not shutting off heat
Model Number: MDE9557AYW   Brand: Maytag   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My dryer was not dring clothes very quickly and I put off cleaning the vent. One day it got so hot that it almost burned the clothes and then quit. It wouldn't run at all. I used to own a heating shop so I figured that the dryer probably worked something like a furnace w/ high limits and a fusible link. Once I figured out how to get accsess and found a schematic (Maytag's site was so un helpful that they actually told me that they didn't have a model w/ my number???!!!!) I found the the thermal fuse and it didn't have continuity. I cleaned out the vent and found that it was stuffed almost solid. So I surmised that the clogged vent had caused the thermal fuse to melt down. I replaced it and the dryer worked....except that it was still getting really HOT. So I replaced the thermostat/High Limit. It still seemed too hot and seemed like it continued to power the element even w/ the door open if there was still "time" on the Control knob. It didn't shut off unless I turned the knob physically to "off". Now it has quit working at all again, except that when I set it to run and push the start button...I can hear a slight hummm but nothing else sems to be happening.?????Any thoughts???


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Last edited by toddholmes : 02-13-2009 at 03:39 PM. Reason: I don't even have to push the start button...as soon as I rotate the timer control to any cycle the element is on.
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