It's not unusual for heavier items like jeans or towels to have a few damp patches when the drying cycle ends, especially in a mixed load of light and heavy fabrics. But if the whole load is still soaked, you need to figure out why. Try this simple fix first: Clean lint and debris from the vent tube and exhaust duct using a lint brush; lint decreases airflow through the dryer, lowers dryer performance and creating a fire hazard.
If your clothes are still coming out wet, check the heating system—laundry won't dry without heat. In an electric dryer, check the heating element and replace it if it's broken.
Follow the tips in our troubleshooting video to determine why your electric dryer won't heat. A broken heater relay, failed timer, faulty operating thermostat, bad thermistor, blown thermal cut-off fuse or failed electronic control board can prevent an electric or gas dryer from heating.
In a gas dryer, a blown thermal fuse, failed gas valve coils, a bad flame sensor or broken igniter may prevent the dryer from heating.
Follow the steps in our troubleshooting video to figure out why a gas dryer isn't heating. Preventive maintenance for a dryer includes cleaning lint from the vent tube that runs from the dryer to the outdoors. Trapped lint can clog the vent, which creates a fire hazard and can increase drying times. A clogged vent tube also can cause the dryer to overheat and trip the thermal fuse, causing the dryer to stop. Check the power cord for damage and replace the cord if you see any break in the wiring insulation.
Clean the outside cabinet and the inside of the drum using a soapy washcloth. Wipe down the surfaces with plain water to remove soap residue.
Wash the lint screen with water and a soft-bristle brush to remove fabric softener residue that can build up on the lint screen, lead to longer drying times and even cause the dryer to overheat. Allow the lint screen to dry completely and then reinstall the screen in the dryer.
The gas burner assembly uses solenoid coils in a circuit with the flame sensor to safely ignite the burner. When the dryer starts a heated cycle, the circuit through those components is energized. The igniter glows until it reaches the proper temperature to ignite the gas, at which point the flame sensor trips open and the current flowing through that circuit is diverted to the gas valve coils so the gas valves open, and the burner lights and continues to burn.
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If the solenoid coils on the gas valves fail, the gas valves won't open for ignition. If the gas valve coils are weak, the burner lights during the initial ignition sequence from a cold start but it fails to light the burner on subsequent ignition attempts. In this situation, replace the valve coils. When a gas dryer starts to heat and then stops, the gas valve coils might be the problem.
This repair guide and video show how to replace the dryer gas valve coils. The heating element generates the heat needed to dry garments. If the dryer is not heating, check the element for visible damage and replace the heating element if it's broken. Almost all electric heating elements require volts to function correctly; if the heating element won't heat even though it's getting the volt power, replace it even if it doesn't look broken.
An electric dryer that won't heat might have a broken heating element. This repair guide and video show how to replace the dryer heating element in less than 30 minutes. The electronic control board governs the timing and execution of dryer functions.
The wiring connections on the control board can be repaired, but the control board itself cannot. Replace the electronic control board if it's receiving voltage but isn't transmitting it to the dryer components, causing the dryer to not work.
The dryer may start but then stop in the middle of the cycle if internal control board components don't detect sensor signals accurately. It can be difficult to determine if the electronic control board is the problem unless you see burn marks on it and it's an expensive part that can't be returned once installed; for that reason, have a trained service technician perform advanced diagnostics on control board before you replace it.
A dryer's electronic control board manages the dryer's operations, including drying time and temperature. If you or a service technician determine that the electronic control board has failed, follow the steps in this repair guide and video to replace it. The thermal cut-off fuse is a safety device that shuts down the burner if the dryer severely overheats. The dryer severely overheats if the high-limit thermostat didn't shut off the dryer when the heating element began overheating.There may be several reasons why your dryer will not start or operate.
Depending on your model, try the following suggestions:. Just tapping the button may not allow enough time to engage the motor. The control panel features a sensitive surface that responds to a light touch of your finger. To ensure your selections are registered, touch the control panel with your finger tip, not your fingernail.
When selecting a setting or option, simply touch its name. If there is moisture present on the control panel or your hands, it is possible the controls will not respond. Dry your hands and clear the control panel of moisture with a clean, dry cloth. Electric dryers use 2 household fuses or circuit breakers. You can test the breaker by turning the breaker off and then back on. Replace the fuse s or reset the circuit breaker s.
If the problem continues, call an electrician. Gas dryers only use 1 fuse or circuit breaker, but the same information applies. Your dryer door may not be fully closed. It may look shut, but may not be latched. Push on the door to engage the latch or latches. Both latches must be secure for the dryer to run. Also check that all clothing is inside the dryer.
Clothing can get caught by the door or the latch, which may block the door from closing completely. If the Controls Locked status light is on, press and hold the Cycle Signal button for three seconds. Check your Owner's Manual for the controls on your model. If you would like to download or view product literature for your appliance, please visit our Manuals and Literature page. Continue Shopping. Session Timed Out Your session has expired. Other Products. Info Hub.
Explore Washers. Shop Top Load. Shop Front Load. Shop All Washers.The dryer started to screech. That horrible metal-on-metal scraping sound that indicated something was definitely wrong! If you are having this issue, read this picture guide showing the problem and solution for a relatively inexpensive repair! Hello everyone, welcome back! The Maytag Bravos clothes dryer started screeching the other day.
The smoking gun was when we found a long bit of the felt drum-seal wound tightly around some clothes that had been drying! The felt seal was failing.
Here is the process I used to replace the felt seal. I hope you find it helpful! Note: If your dryer is squealing instead of screeching subtle sound difference, I know! Here is the front panel of the dryer. This dryer has a inch drum outer diameter. The diameter at the place where you put the felt seal is inches. This is the felt drum seal that failed picture below. These are supposed to be connected… The inner one shown below is the piece that was wound around some clothes!
The model number of the felt seal is W Here is a link to the kit I bought off of Amazon:. Then, press the metal tabs to release the top of the dryer and tip it upwards.
Use something like a metal paint scraper to press the tabs, one on each side of the front-loading door. Here is a shot of the tab released. It is the green metal piece. This is what is being pressed inward with the paint scraper to release the top. Tip the top back and rest it against the wall, or use a bit of string to hold it from flopping backward.
Next, release the connector. It has small tabs top and bottom that need to be forced outward. Use something like a small flat screwdriver to pry them outward while pulling the connector apart. After the electrical connector is free, remove 2 screws from the inside of the front panel of the dryer. I used a ratchet. Once those are loose, lift the front panel upward, out of its support tabs at the bottom of the dryer, and set the front panel aside. This is what you are left with.
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Now the front retaining section will lift up and away. Note that there are some wheel attached to this that roll along the drum as it spins, so you may need to lift up on the drum a little to get the front panel free. Also the drum will want to sag down, so put something under it about 6 inches high or so to support it a bottle of detergent on its side works nicely.
In the image below you can see where the metal-on-metal screeching was occurring. The felt seal had failed. You can see what remains of it below.A washer series by Maytag with a low rate of customer satisfaction and a high rate of failure. The dryer runs and sounds normal, but the clothes are still wet after running "heavy duty" mode for an hour.
This just started happening. I don't think the air in the dryer is warming up. I have had the same problem for past couple of years. My husband cleaned vents checked temp, etc. Still has to run for hours to get clothes dry. Not very energy efficient if you have to use it for so long. Me too. I suspect the water hose for the steam setting is wetting the clothes. I had water in the vent and the floor beneath the machine was damp as well.
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Clare, first you have to make sure that your air vents are all clean and not obstructed. Then check your fuses. There should be two fuses for the dryer in your fuse panel if you are in north America and running on V. If those are okay it can get a bit tricky.
This dryer model has a blower assembly that is belt driven. Check this video to show you how to replace that. Part number 29 in the diagram, and it is available at places like this. If the belt should be good, or a new belt does not fix it, you may have issues with the heating coil as well as problems with the thermostat and cut-off temp sensor. Let us know how well you are with a multimeter when you get there.
Hope this helps, good luck. Thank you!!!!!!! This was exactly the info we needed. Cleaned it all out and my husband found a random belt laying in the bottom. From your post I knew exactly what it was! I have a Maytag bravos quiet series dryer It is giving me trouble! I only put 2 or 3 small items of my grandsons in To dryer I have to put it on max heat when it stops the little items are still damp so I have to run the dryer 5 or 6 times to get them almost dry - Not- Totally - Have To hang Them Up With celling fan on!
I have always cleaned the lint catcher after each load! I have taken the hoses off the back replaced it cleaned out where it was connected to the dryer and cleaned out the hole through the wall To outside! July 20 by Billie Hall. Angela Medina. Here is the quick checks you can do to troubleshoot almost any dryer unit but more specifically for the Maytag bravos.To purchase a water filter subscription, you must create an account or sign in to your existing account.
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Continue Shopping. Session Timed Out Your session has expired. Other Products. Info Hub. Explore Washers. Shop Top Load. Shop Front Load. Shop All Washers. Explore Dryers. Shop Gas Dryers. Shop Electric Dryers. Shop All Dryers.A thermal fuse is a small device - just an inch or two long - that plays a critical role in preventing fires.
Federal law mandates the inclusion of a thermal fuse on all dryers manufactured since the s. A thermal fuse operates if dryer exhaust temperatures climb too high.
The fuse shuts off the dryer or its components if this happens. A thermal fuse only works one time. If it triggers during a high-exhaust temperature event, the fuse must be replaced.
Many dryers simply will not run once a thermal fuse triggers. On other models, the drum continues to turn and the dryer operates, but the heating element does not. Clothes come out of the dryer wet once the appliance completes its drying cycle. Manufacturers are not consistent from model to model, even within the same brand.
Typically, you must remove the back panel of a dryer to access the fuse. Ensure to shut off electrical power to the dryer before attempting to locate and troubleshoot the fuse. Most dryers plug into a volt wall outlet, so you can unplug the unit to cut off power. Thermal fuse shapes and sizes vary. Some are made from plastic; others are metal.
Look for a small device about the size of a quarter to about 2 inches long, mounted directly on top of the exhaust duct. A thermal fuse has two wires connected to it. A reliable method for testing whether a thermal fuse has burned out is to temporarily bypass the device. However, it is tempting to operate the dryer this way, or forget to replace the fuse once the dryer is running. Bypassing the fuse is only a quick means of detecting whether the fuse is bad. It is not a permanent fix. Disconnect the two wires from the fuse and tie them together with a jumper wire, then turn on the dryer.
If it runs and heats, the thermal fuse burned out and must be replaced. A better, faster means of testing requires an electrical multitester set at its lowest RX setting. Remove the two wire leads from the thermal fuse and touch a multitester probe to each wire terminal on the fuse. If you get a reading of infinity, the fuse is fine. Any reading less than infinity indicates a triggered thermal fuse you will need to replace. Replace the fuse with an exact match for your dryer make and model.
Then check the dryer for a reason why the fuse burned out. Sometimes, age wears out a fuse, but other times something else failed and caused exhaust temperatures to rise. Ensure the power is still off before troubleshooting, then examine the exhaust duct for obstructions that limited air flow. You may also want to replace the dryer cycling thermostat along with the thermal fuse.
If this thermostat fails, it will likely trigger the thermal fuse. Robert Korpella has been writing professionally since He is a certified Master Naturalist, regularly monitors stream water quality and is the editor of freshare.As of the time of publication, Maytag manufactures 30 different models of dryers, ranging from the upscale, high-efficiency Maxima line to affordable, stacked electric washer-dryer pairs.
Each of these models differs, but they share some common operational issues. When these problems arise, turn to Maytag-recommended troubleshooting techniques before calling a repairman. You'll find these in your Maytag's user manual or at Maytag's online site. If your Maytag dryer doesn't turn on at all, it could be a matter of power. Before blaming the machine, check your household fuse box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
Maytag's electric dryers require two fuses or circuit breakers -- one for mechanical operation and one for heat -- so you may need to reset the breaker or replace both fuses.
Ensure that your dryer is plugged in to an outlet capable of providing adequate power; Maytag's units typically require volts of power. Most Maytag dryers have a safety feature that prevents them from starting if the door is not completely closed, so make sure the door is shut securely before you panic. If you have a gas dryer that isn't heating your clothes, make sure the gas supply line valve is in the open position. Sometimes, your dryer cylinder turns and produces heat, but the clothes still feel damp after a complete cycle.
To address this problem, always clean your Maytag dryer's lint screen thoroughly before use. In some cases, a load may simply be too big to dry properly; separate the load into portions for faster, more effective drying.
Exhaust issues sometimes prevent proper drying. In this case, remove any lint or debris from the exterior vent and ensure that the vent run is free of kinks. Cold weather can also affect drying results in unheated rooms; Maytag notes that proper dryer operation requires temperatures of above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If your Maytag dryer works, but it vibrates or produces lots of noise, make sure it's on a completely level surface and has its four included legs installed -- this also ensures proper operation of your dryer's sensor.
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Likewise, tightly bunched wet clothes lead to noise, so keep your loads loosely packed. In some cases, a faulty exhaust vent makes for inadequate drying power.
During installation, use a metal exhaust vent with 4-inch vent material for optimal operation.
If you encounter this or any other problem that exceeds the scope of simple troubleshooting, schedule a service appointment through Maytag's official website. Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer sincewith work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.
By Dan Ketchum. Power Problems If your Maytag dryer doesn't turn on at all, it could be a matter of power. The Simple Stuff Most Maytag dryers have a safety feature that prevents them from starting if the door is not completely closed, so make sure the door is shut securely before you panic. Damp Loads Sometimes, your dryer cylinder turns and produces heat, but the clothes still feel damp after a complete cycle.