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Maytag Bravos dryer Model MEDB850YW
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:47:10 AM »
My dryer isn't heating up, I have checked everything except the heating coils and everything is good. The biggest issue I have is accessing where the heating coils are. All the videos I have seen show the heating coils and thermal fuse easy to get to on the back, this is not the case on my dryer. These items are inside on the right middle, you have to reach for them from the back left making it almost impossible to get to. I would assume that the front cover lifts, but it won't seem to give and I don't really want to break it. So two questions how do you get the top to release, I have push against these for all I am worth with a putty knife, do I pry it and push on the clip at the same time? Second can the heating element be access through the front, it would make it possible to check this part and remove it with much less issue if I could remove the front, but I guess I am worried about damaging the dryer. I have included a diagram of this dryer. I can try to get a photo of what it looks like under there if anyone one thinks that will help.

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Re: Maytag Bravos dryer Model MEDB850YW
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013, 09:54:12 AM »
There's a video on YouTube that should be able to help you.



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Re: Maytag Bravos dryer Model MEDB850YW
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 07:40:27 PM »
Thanks for the video, just a follow up for anyone else out there. You do need a putty knife I bought a 1 1/2" flex and it worked like a champ. Accessing the heater terminals is fairly easy from the front, but removing the front duct work like in the video make it much easier to get to the terminals, the heater has an open, so I ordered a new heating element and for thanksgiving week I get to replace the element. That should be a treat, although the heater is accessible from the front it looks like I will have to remove the box that it is in, which looks like I will have to come in from the front and back. I will keep you all informed of how this turns out. I will say for anyone who is trying to do this same thing for this model you don't have to remove the door when taking off the front panel, just take care because if the door is on the front panel is very top heavy.

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Re: Maytag Bravos dryer Model MEDB850YW
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013, 08:11:10 PM »
Your dryer uses heating element, 8544771.
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-element-8544771-ap3866035.html

The heating element will slide out the front of the metal canister it is in without having to remove the canister from the dryer.
You also do not need to access the rear of the dryer to replace this element.
Hope you find our site helpful.

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Re: Maytag Bravos dryer Model MEDB850YW
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 12:27:37 AM »
I had thought the 5/16 screw at the bottom of the can ( on the underside) might allow this to happen, it is good to know that I don't have to go through the back. I had already ordered the part, but thanks for including the link, I hope this thread helps someone else. These dryers are more trouble than they are worth, my last dryer lasted 18 years it took 10 years for me to have to replace the heating element and the replacement element was a refurbished and that lasted 8 years. 18 years one service call I wish they still built them like that.

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Re: Maytag Bravos dryer Model MEDB850YW
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 10:40:58 AM »
The manufacturers can't make money if they make stuff that lasts 20 years...

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