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Old 12-01-2008, 11:27 AM
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Default Wire burning/melting connected to heating element
Model Number: SDE515DAYW   Brand: Maytag   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Hi-

The wire that is connected to the stud on the heating element will burn/melt and eventually break off from the stud, which causes the dryer not to have any heat.

I cut back the burnt wire, put a new slip-connector on, ensured it was a tight fit on the stuf, and the same problem happened after about a month or so. I know there are many wires that connect to various parts on the heating element, but this is the black wire that terminates on a stud that is connected directly to the heating coils. The two gray wires connected to the thermal fuse and the purple wire connected to the thermostat is fine.

I did not check continuity of the heating element parts at this time because the heating element works fine when the wire is connected. Problem is that the wire gets too hot and eventually burns to a charcoal, and this is not good for many reasons, most importantly being a fire hazard.

What could be causing the wire to get too hot now after three years of use without this issue? Do I need to replace the heating element? Any other troubleshooting tips and/or past experience with a similar issue would be much appreciated. I need to isolate the bad component/s and get this dryer working again!

Thanks in advance for your help.

/Todd


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Old 12-02-2008, 03:56 AM
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Did you clean the heater's stud before putting on the new connection? Sometimes they can get pitted or develop a coating usually light gray or tan.

Also was the slip connector you used rated for high temp?

My guess would be that the heater coil itself has a poor connection to the plug. This resistance is acting like heater, the stud gets hot and burns back you insulation.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:35 PM
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I just read your thread and was wondering if you ever resolved your problem. I have the exact same problem with my Maytag electric dryer. I have changed the Hi-temp thermostat and was thinking of changing all of them even the thermo fuse. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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