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Title: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: JWWebster 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.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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?
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: jumptrout51 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.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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?
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: jumptrout51 on November 10, 2009, 12:21:37 PM
Click on this link for parts.


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Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Al Capone 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:

(http://www.appliancepartspros.com/img/mod_dryers.gif)

Thanks for posting your questions.  O0

Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Al Capone on November 10, 2009, 01:27:38 PM
 O0
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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?
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Al Capone on November 11, 2009, 09:39:38 AM
I updated the topic to include the correct model number information, thanks!
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: jumptrout51 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.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop 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?
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: whirlpooltech on November 11, 2009, 06:56:37 PM
Here is the diagram I found of your dryers heating element.

(http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/M0512354-00005.png)

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.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 11, 2009, 07:12:09 PM
The terminals I tested were the side two on Part #1 and the top terminals on part #3. Im still not clear on what type of reading I am looking for to determine good or bad.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: whirlpooltech on November 11, 2009, 07:39:13 PM
The heater is part number one.
To test the heater you would unplug the dryer.
Then unplug the two wires going to the element.
Take the probes from your ohm meter and put them on the heating element terminals were you just unplugged the two wires.

If you get no reading at all on your meter the element is bad.
If your heating element checks bad you can confirm this by removing the heating element and visually inspecting the coils of the heating element for a broken spot.

If you don't under stand how to use the meter you may want to study this guide.

How to use Test Equipment (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;id=64)
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 11, 2009, 07:53:10 PM
Looks like it must be the element. No reading at all on it. Gonna remove and visually inspect.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: whirlpooltech on November 11, 2009, 07:56:49 PM
Look close and wiggle the element wires a bit with your finger. Sometimes the brake in the wire is hard to see.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: whirlpooltech on November 11, 2009, 07:59:00 PM
I looked up the heating element using the model number of your dryer and it takes part number: LA-1044
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 18, 2009, 12:24:13 PM
Okay. I ordered and installed the element and thermostat (LA-1044 (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=omv7WULuxaw&subid=0&offerid=225193.1&type=10&tmpid=2111&RD_PARM0=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.appliancepartspros.com%252FAppliance-Parts%252Fwhirlpool-dryer-heating-element-kit-item-number-ap4242494.aspx%253Fpn_%253DLA-1044&RD_PARM1=http&RD_PARM2=%253A%252F%252Fwww.appliancepartspros&RD_PARM3=.com%252FAppliance-Parts%252Fwhirlpool-dryer-heating-element-kit-item-number-ap4242494.aspx%253Fpn_%253DLA-1044)), wired everything back up and plugged the dryer in to give it a whirl. When I turned the dial to set the dryer up to operate there was a spark and puff of smoke from under the lid about where the new element is. I checked the element and the top coils where no longer straight and look burned. I closed it back up and ran the dryer for about five minutes and it worked and actually heated up but it shut down on its own and now it is dead in the water. No worky at all. Did I just kill this thing?



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Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: JWWebster on November 18, 2009, 12:44:06 PM
I was working on one that did the same thing. A cust of mine used a limit on top of the heater that was not exactly like the original. Sometimes getting the exact replacement is the better way. The terminals of the generic rubbed up against the frame and shorted out. Also the clip that holds the small limit to the side of the heater housing can get shorted quick if you didn't look real close at that long screw as it was going into place. In that case it would be dead as a doornail. I know from experience.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 18, 2009, 03:01:54 PM
So is it salvageable or would it make more sense to buy another? If I sink too much more $$ I could be half way to a new dryer.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: JWWebster on November 18, 2009, 03:15:54 PM
The newer dryers are pretty crappy with their new fangled expensive asiatic mexitronic boards made from recycled JB Hunt tail lamps stolen from trailers parked too close to the border. This one is worth fixing.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 18, 2009, 03:44:16 PM
So how should I back track and troubleshoot this issue?
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: JWWebster on November 18, 2009, 03:53:55 PM
Only thing you can do is unplug the machine and pop the top. Look for burnt wires and such. I would think it is a blown thermal limit If you click the pic it will get bigger. Is this your configuration? The lookup did not specify.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 18, 2009, 04:50:23 PM
The element is the part that looks burnt.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: whirlpooltech on November 18, 2009, 04:53:50 PM
The element is the part that looks burnt.

Test it just like you did the original element that was bad.
If the new element is bad there is no repair to it. The only thing you can do with a bad element is to replace it.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 18, 2009, 05:15:25 PM
So it looks like the short definitely occured on the element. What might have caused it. Touching the sides of the frame or the screw that secures it?
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: Hoop on November 18, 2009, 05:33:39 PM
And like I said earlier. The dryer actually ran and heated up after the initial spark and smoke. But it shut down after about 10 minutes.
Title: Re: Maytag Performa Dryer won't heat up
Post by: JWWebster on November 18, 2009, 05:49:36 PM
You need to check everything for continuity.