Maytag dryers are exceptional when it comes to being durable and reliable. But even the most reliable of appliances can falter under the right conditions.
If your broken Maytag dryer is out of Maytag’s limited 10-year warranty, we can help. To learn more about some of the common Maytag dryer repairs that we diagnose and fix, see our repair suggestions below.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Broken Maytag Dryer?
The answer to this question depends on these key factors:
- The age of your dryer.
- The part(s) that needs to be replaced.
- How often repairs are needed.
If your dryer has been in service for 10 or more years and needs repair to a part that is vital to the function of the machine, it may be best to replace the entire appliance. However, less expensive issues like defective drive belts and clogged vents may be worth fixing.
Common Maytag Dryer Problems
While Maytag dryers are reliable, they can still have problems that leave you unable to dry your clothes efficiently. Our service professionals have encountered a few issues when servicing Maytag appliances. While you may be able to remedy some of these issues on your own, others will require Maytag dryer repair service from an experienced local appliance professional.
Dryer Won’t Heat
Depending on how often and how much you use your dryer, your dryer vent must be cleaned periodically to remove the debris and lint produced when you dry clothes. When it’s blocked, the dryer will overheat, which may cause the thermal fuse to blow. The term “dryer vent” is often thought to have the same meaning as “lint trap,” but the two parts are very different.
Your dryer’s lint trap catches most of the lint from your clothes but not all of it. The excess lint accumulates in the dryer vent behind your dryer. Even if you diligently clean your lint trap after every load, your dryer vent could still be racking up a dangerous amount of lint. It’s best to have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year by our dryer repair professionals to prevent drying issues and even fire hazards.
Check your power supply if your dryer doesn’t heat even after the dryer vent has been cleaned. Verify that the dryer is plugged in and that you don’t have a tripped breaker.
Other more labor-intensive solutions require an appliance professional to replace or repair the thermal fuse, heating element, thermostat, or control board.
Turns Off Shortly After Starting
You put your clothes in the dryer, leave, and come back, only to discover that the dryer cut off prematurely while you were gone. If you’re experiencing this issue, it’s best to contact your local appliance professional for immediate assistance.
Your motion sensor may be falsely telling your dryer that your clothes are dry, prompting it to turn off. Your thermal fuse, thermostat, and control board, however, have more to do with dictating the actual temperature of your dryer.
Aside from having your dryer vent cleaned — and keeping it that way — there is little else to do besides having a professional diagnose whether this is a problem with your thermal fuse, thermostat, control board, or motion sensor.
Lid Doesn’t Stay Locked
Modern appliances have safeguards to protect users, like automatically locking the door during operation. To avoid having issues with your dryer starting, you’ll definitely want to make sure that your lid stays locked. This problem is most likely due to a malfunction in one of your dryer’s external parts. Your door latch, door hinges, or door seal may simply be worn and need replacement.
In some instances, the control board becomes faulty and lacks the power to initiate the locking mechanism.
In both situations, it’s best to schedule service with a skilled appliance professional in case you need some part(s) replaced.
Makes Odd Noises
While there are a ton of fables about scary things that go bump in the night — your dryer shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re hearing weird noises from your dryer, make sure that the vent isn’t clogged, something didn’t come loose from your laundry, and that your load isn’t unbalanced. Any one of these issues can cause odd thumping noises in your dryer.
If the noises persist, it could result from a worn drum roller, belt, bearings, and/or control board. If any of these are the cause, an experienced appliance pro will need to fix the problem.
If your dryer doesn’t start at all, first make sure that it has power. Check to make sure your appliance is plugged in and that a breaker isn’t tripped.
If your power supply is not the issue, a malfunctioning part is responsible. Possible causes include a defective door switch, control board, start switch, thermal fuse, or drive belt.
Contact one of our appliance professionals to schedule an appointment and get your dryer running again.
Doesn’t Dry Clothes Completely
You may be hard-pressed to find someone who loves to dry multiple loads of clothes in their spare time. For this reason, it’s possible to overload your dryer with clothes, hoping that piling in a bigger load will save you time. But this could be having the opposite effect. With too many clothes in your dryer, air can’t circulate efficiently enough to dry all your clothes.
A dryer vent full of debris is also an issue that prevents your dryer from drying your clothes completely. Make sure that you have your vents cleaned regularly.
More complex issues that may need to be checked by an appliance professional include limited airflow, control board malfunctions, and a faulty moisture sensor.
Dryer Timer is Faulty
When your dryer’s timer isn’t functioning optimally, consider the age of your appliance. If your dryer is newer, under five years old, you may face electrical issues or problems with the control board.
However, if your dryer is older, it may just be that the timer has worn out due to frequent use.
Drum Won’t Spin
If you choose to call an appliance professional for your dryer drum that won’t spin, the first thing they will likely check is your drive belt. If this is damaged in any way, it will need to be replaced, as it’s responsible for spinning the drum.
The motor and idler pulley also play a major role in helping your drum spin.
For part repair and replacement guaranteed to help your drum spin again, contact your local Mr. Appliance professional.
Types of Maytag Dryers We Can Fix
Maytag Dryer Series We Can Service
- Maytag Bravo
- Maytag Neptune
- Maytag Commercial Technology
- Maytag MEDC465HW
- Maytag Centennial
- Maytag Maxima
- Maytag Performa
- Maytag Smart
Find a Maytag Dryer Repair Professional Near You
Your dryer, like the other major appliances in your home, makes life easier by helping you get things done quicker and more efficiently. When it stops working or isn’t working as well, it can put a damper on more than just your clothes. If your out-of-warranty Maytag dryer isn’t working as it should, your local Mr. Appliance professional can help. Call us or schedule an appointment online to get your dryer fixed promptly and efficiently.