Anyone here a Maytag man?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mark Hayenga, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. Mark Hayenga

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    Hi guys,
    I'm having a problem with my clothes dryer. I'm not sure of the exact model (it belongs to my older brother).
    It goes like this: Whenever I toss in a load of clothes in to be dried, it only dries properly about 1/2 the time. The other 1/2 of the time the clothes will get hot, but remain very damp, and the timer dial doesn't rotate around towards the 'off' position. Also, I don't see a lot of lint collecting on the little filter thing (my technical knowledge on dryers is unparalleled [​IMG]) The problem seems to have gotten worse over the past month or two (I don't wash a lot of clothes).
    Any ideas as to what the problem might be? Thanks for any help,
    Mark
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    Did you check that the hose isn't kinked, ie. no airflow?
    Is it actually tumbling?
    The timer could be messed up...
    I'm so lonely... [​IMG]
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  3. Scott_G

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    I'd bet on a clogged exhaust. Wet a towel, throw it in the dryer and turn the dryer to it's maximum heat setting and let it run for a few minutes.
    Open the dryer - it should be hot, if not you have a bad heating coil (if electric) or electronic problem.
    If it's hot. Start running it again and check outside or wherever the dryer vents. You should feel a strong flow of warm moist air coming out, if not, you are going to have to take the cover off and find the blockage.
     
  4. Lary Larson

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    I'd go with Scott's diagnosis. I had a problem last year where clothes wouldn't be dry even if I ran the load twice as long as normal. Got a Sears repairman in - within 5 minutes he was pulling out a giant wad of lint from the outside vent. I should have asked here first.
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  5. Scott Dautel

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    I had the exact same problem about 2 years ago ... turned out I had a family of mice build a big nest inside the exhaust duct approx 3 feet in from outlet at the back of the house. I finally caught one of the little bastards scaling my stucco like spidermouse.
    Later, I had another nest inside my gas hot water heater vent (fan forced out the back of the house). That was a really tricky one ... when the exhaust is blocked, a thermocouple connected to a safety switch shuts down the unit. We went thru 2 thermocouple's, a few hundred $ in housecalls and about 5 cold showers, before we found the guilty varmit.
    Remember, mice can squeeze thru a hole the size of a dime! Got homemade wire mesh caps now over all exhaust ducts. No more problems.
    September 'tis the season for rodents setting up house.
    Scott
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    [Edited last by Scott Dautel on September 20, 2001 at 10:58 AM]
     

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