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Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:12:55 AM »
Hi,

I have to repair a Maytag Dryer (MDE model). When I select the time and press Start button, not always the machine starts to run. I can hear the motor trying to spin, but it doesnŽt start.

If i keep the start button pressed more than 2 seconds, the machine stops and it looks like it goes into a protection state. I have to wait some minutes until I can try again. I suppose it is an thermal fuse to protect machine.

But sometimes, the machine starts to work fine ( a few times in a day ).

I think, I will give more details in a few hours. Anyone can help me?

Model MDE16MNAGW

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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 10:44:53 AM »
Reach inside the drum and turn it. If it seems hard to turn then maybe you have rollers going bad.
The blower wheel will give problems.
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 11:37:15 AM »
Dhul, you will need a new motor. We would appreciate a complete model, not just MDE
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 05:22:32 PM »
Hi,

The exact model IŽll give you in some hours, I have to see it. I remember it is a Maytag MDE14xxxx. It uses 220v,50Hz. I suppose the motor uses a capacitor to start to run. Is it possible the capacitor is not well at all? Why does the machine works sometimes?

In a few hours I can give you the exact model number. Thanks

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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008, 06:22:10 PM »
It does this because the motor is overheating. Bad motor bearings will cause this, and there is NO capacitor. The motor only uses 120 volts, the 240 is for the heater.

Be sure there is no foil duct on this machine. A bad venting installation will kill this machine over time.
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2008, 08:26:12 PM »
It uses 220v,50Hz. The motor in that dryer is probably 220 volt repair man.we use 60 hz if that dude is a 50 hz then it probably hails from Europe and therefore takes a 220 volt motor.Non of these motors have a capacitor. They have a cent switch . The motor uses all of the copper to get going and then when the centrifugal switch's counter weights fly out they shut down the power to half the copper and allow the motor to run at half the amps as was nessesary to propell the motor forward in the initial effort.
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2008, 06:40:10 AM »
JW, I did notice he said 50 hertz. It's the standard current in Eur. Thanks for your input and lesson on how a centrifugal switch works (in your own mind). Without a proper model number, you don't know that the motor is 220 volts for sure.

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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008, 07:14:05 AM »
Hi again,

As JW says, the machine is in Spain, it uses 220v - 50Hz to work. I have the electrical schematic and i see the cent switch. Now I know what is it for.

Now I suppose I have to check the motor and the cent switch. The machine is some Km far and I have to see the exact model type to tell to you.

Thanks again.

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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2008, 07:36:39 AM »
Take a new motor with you so you don't have to make 3 trips, if it is so far away.

If you have the technology to send a copy of this wiring diagram, we would like to see it.
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2008, 06:05:29 PM »
Hi,

I was wrong with the model of the dryer. The model is MDE16MNAGW. The electrical schematic and the electrical wiring diagram are in this pdf file.


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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2008, 06:23:00 PM »
Edited model number in first post.
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2008, 06:23:08 PM »
Funny, I can pull up this model, but it shows an electric dryer, not a gas one as you showed us. I guess trying to cross-reference some of these machines is going to prove interesting.

I still maintain that the motor is bad.
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008, 10:46:15 AM »
I canŽt see a service manual for MDE16MNAGW in the Downloads section. Where can I find a service manual for this machine?

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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2008, 02:11:57 PM »
There's no manual in our arsenal to cover 50 hertz equipment. If it's any consolation, I found out that the motor on this model has a separate centrifugal switch, part #33002451. I would opt for this before I replaced the whole motor.


Although this manual is for our models, the structure of the dryer is the same, minus the transformers, etc.
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Re: Maytag Dryer works fine sometimes
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2008, 03:45:44 PM »
Check it out : the door switch may be intermittant. I have seen this switch act up on these dryers: http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=517075&PPStack=1 Notice the big old MEXICO written on the bottom? That should splain it.:D
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