I need to remove the heating element to test it or replace it. How do I get it out of the dryer?
Answer Hello Dave. Use a flat blade to release the clips and raise the top of the unit. Then remove the screws securing the front panel and remove the panel from the unit. Once removed, you will test the heater Y503978 in the unit. It should read closed for continuity. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
I have a maytag dryer and there is a black single wire running from the motor to the heating element box where the thermal fuse and something keeps causing the black wire to melt, I will strip it back and connect it and the for a week the dryer will work again and then it quits and the wire has melted again. What part is needed to be replaced for the problem?
Answer Dee, Melted wires on an electric dryer heater are usually due to a loose connection, causing a higher amperage draw. You want to check and make sure, the line cord connections at the terminal block are proper and tight as possible. Check and insure the connectors at the motor switch(both the blue and black wires) and heater assembly are tight. You may want to remove the heater assembly and check the porcelain insulators for cracks and loose fittings. Also check and clean the exhaust vent pipe, excess heat can also cause the dryer element to cycle off and on excessively. Thanks
Where is the heater and fuses located on this model and how do I reach them?
Answer Hello Ken. The heater Y503978 and fuses 40113801 W10116735 are located under the drum. You will need to use a flat blade and release the clips under the top panel and raise the top of the dryer and remove the screws securing the front panel to the unit. Remove the front panel and you can access the element under the drum on the left. Make sure the unit is disconnected from power before attempting any repair. Hope this helps.
This dryer was purchased in 2007. The dryer seems to be taking longer to dry. We have to run loads longer. I cleaned the dryer duct from begining to end recently.
Answer Hi Dale. If the heating element is partially shorted, it will allow for a low heat issue. You use a volt/ohm meter part and see if the element is between 11-18 ohms, not shorted ans not open. Element part # Y503978. If the cycling thermostat is defective it will open prematurely not allowing a full heat swing. Use a thermometer in the exhaust and see if it opens @ approx. 155° and closes at 130°. Cycling thermostat is part # 37001136. Thank You.
I have purchased the hi limit thermostat....thermal fuse and the element to replace on my dryer. I need installation instructions please. Part numbers are the one above and W10116735 and 40113801. Thank you for your help.
Answer Hello Loraine. If you disconnect the power and release the clips under the front of the dryer top corners, you can raise the top of the dryer. Then remove the screws on the inside securing the front panel to the cabinet. Once the front panel is removed, you can access and replace the heater Y503978 and thermal fuse under the left side of the drum. Hope this helps.
My Maytag dryer is running but not heat drying my laundry. What could the problem be?
Answer Hi Issac. There is a thermostat part # is W10116735. Clean your venting and insure that your vent hood/ cap outside works well also. Thank you.
Does the heating element use 220 Volts? I hear a crackling noise for a short while during a cycle requiring heat, and I wondered if the element is a 110 Volt element, but it could be receiving more that 110 Volts thus causing the unusual noise. The dryer only makes the unusual noises coming from the rear during cycles requiring heat. Running in a no-heat cycle produces no unusual noises.
Answer Hi Mike. Yes your heating element uses 220vac to operate correctly. The crackling might be caused by a restriction in the vent hose or in the vent cap / hood assembly outside. Please make sure your vent system is totally clear and working properly. Make sure all the heat will not be able to back - up into the dryer and cause overheating issues. This will lead to crackling noises, lint backing up and immediate failure issues . If we can assist further , please let us know. Thank - you.