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Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« on: November 09, 2009, 06:16:24 PM »
My 10 yr old Maytag Performa Dryer will not get hot. Everything else works fine. I removed the front panel and cleared all the lint out of the blower and cleared all the exhaust avenues. Is my problem the heating element?

Model PYE2300AYW
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2009, 06:22:11 PM »
It could be the element or the 250f limit atop the heater. Must not be the fuse. The thing still runs. This picture shows the location of the heating section. Click on pic to enlarge.
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009, 06:46:59 PM »
Thx for the response. Is this something I can replace myself? Any idea what the cost of the parts are and how I can narrow down which part it is I need?

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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2009, 07:03:46 PM »
Unplug the dryer. Raise the top lid. The heater and thermostat will be in the back left corner.
Use a volt/ohm meter set for ohms. Remove the wires from the heater and thermostat. Place a meter lead on each thermostat terminal. No reading is a bad thermostat. Do the same test on the heater terminals. No reading is a bad heater.
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 10:47:51 AM »
I grabbed a volt meter and I will give this a shot. Any recommendations on where I should purchase the part that needs to be replaced?

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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 12:21:37 PM »
Click on this link for parts.


http://www.appliancepartspros.com/
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 12:56:44 PM »
Hi Hoop,

Could you please post the model number of your dryer for us?

The model number can be found on the model/serial number tag that is on located on the dryer.

Check picture below for possible model number tag locations:



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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 01:14:57 PM »
Will do. I will post it up when I get back to the house. Thanks again for all the assistance.

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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2009, 01:27:38 PM »
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2009, 08:17:56 AM »
Part # on my dryer is PYE2300AYW.
I didnt have a chance to mess around with it last night but before I left for work this a.m. I tried to remove the wires from(what I believe) the heater and the thermostat. I didnt spend a lot of time on it but the wires are stuck on there pretty good. I was afraid of yanking too hard to disconnect them. Any tips on how not to disembowel this thing?

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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2009, 09:39:38 AM »
I updated the topic to include the correct model number information, thanks!
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2009, 09:52:14 AM »
Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the female wire terminal from the spade male terminal. Use a prying motion.
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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2009, 11:03:58 AM »
Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the female wire terminal from the spade male terminal. Use a prying motion.

Gotcha. Thx Trout. Gonna try and knock this out tonight.

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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009, 06:21:42 PM »
Unplug the dryer. Raise the top lid. The heater and thermostat will be in the back left corner.
Use a volt/ohm meter set for ohms. Remove the wires from the heater and thermostat. Place a meter lead on each thermostat terminal. No reading is a bad thermostat. Do the same test on the heater terminals. No reading is a bad heater.

OK I got the wires off and applied the multimeter/voltmeter. I set the meter to ohm(200K) and I got an initial reading of -063 on the heater that flashed to 000 after a second. I applied it to the element and got no action at all. I assume this means the heater element is bad. Is the reading proper on the heater? What am I looking for?

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Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2009, 06:56:37 PM »
Here is the diagram I found of your dryers heating element.



On this model your heater is located at the rear of the dryer near the top center.
You need to lift the top of the dryer to access it.

I often find #5 is bad and have to install have to install this Thermostat Kit Part # LA-1053

To check the #5 thermal fuse use your ohm meter.
A good fuse will check shorted, just as if you shorted your meters together.
A bad fuse will check open, just as if you held your probes apart from each other and got no reading on the meter.

As for your heating element it will check the same way if it's bad, there will be no reading at all on the heating element if the element is burnt open. You can also remove the heating element and simply look at the coil for a broken spot in the wire.

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