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Old 03-19-2012, 09:29 AM
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Model Number: MEDC200XW   Brand: Maytag   Age: Less than 1 year   

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We got a Maytag Centennial Dryer last week. Actually we got 2 - the first wouldn't heat up and now the second takes several cycles to dry even lightweight clothes. Are these models lemons? Does anyone have this dryer that it actually does work on the Automatic setting and gets clothes dry in 1 cycle? (For the record we have tried Automatic Low, Automatic High, and Timed Dry - all with the same results.) I'm just wondering if I should go to another model or brand completely.


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Old 03-19-2012, 10:30 AM
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As far as I know they are an OK dryer but others may have a different opinion.

I did find some info on this unit at the Maytag site.
It seems to indicate that it is a 240 volt electrical unit, so I am assuming that it is.

First I would eliminate the vent system as the cause of the problem.
Unplug the unit and disconnect it from the vent system.
Now try a run.
If it now dries OK odds are the vent system needs checking/cleaning.
Be sure to check that the louvers on the outside of the house open correctly.

If you do not want any lint in the house.
Take a pair of pantyhose.
Put one leg into the other and then attach this to the dryer's vent.
Leave enough room so the pantyhose can balloon out like a windsock.

Both the above will let you check the temperature and the air flow.
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Thanks! My husband had cleaned the vent out recently so we didn't think that was the issue. Unfortunately we have one of those that goes all the way to the roof. But I pulled it out and removed the vent and it worked perfectly. So I know what he will be doing this weekend.
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