Jan 132011


Only attempt a appliance repair with the basic electrical, and appliance repair background experience. Unplug or disconnect unit before servicing.

Maytag Neptune style dryer over time will often start to make what sounds like something hitting the side of the dryer every rotation of the drum.

When or If this is the case and you hear a thumping or ticking type noise, the dryer tumbler screw may have come loose.

The tumbler inside the dryer is made of plastic and has a metal screw that hold it tight to the drum. Over time the plastic will bow out and the screw will walk backwards. When this happens the screw will scrape the metal frame every rotation of the drum.

Often times the tumbler itself will need to be replaced in order to repair this condition. If you have a larger screw, screwing it into the tumbler may work for a short time.

Removing the front and lifting the top is necessary in order to access the screw inside. Once inside you will need to rotate the drum around if you do not see the screw at first. Rotating the drum slowly with your hand until you see the loose screw.

The screws around the door come out, when all out the door will lift up and off, the front panel will fall forward. With the front panel of the Neptune off, the hidden screws that hold the top down will be visible.

Jan 122011

If you found your Maytag not starting after the last cycle you may have a faulty thermal fuse. This fuse will fail if the dryer overheats for any reason. Here are several possibilities that the fuse could have failed.

-Grounded heater element
-Clogged dryer vent
-Vent hose kinked
-Lint filter clogged

After narrowing down which issue caused the fuse to trip you will need to fix the issue before the fuse is replaced, the fuse will trip again if original condition is still present. On Maytag units the lower half of the front panel will come off and slide down and out of the way. There are screws that line the bottom section of the panel, once off remove the lint filter and lint filter housing, the screws around the blower wheel hold the housing together.  Once removed the lint filter housing will move out of the way to access the fuse.

The one screw will need to be removed to access the thermal fuse. With your volt meter you can confirm that the fuse is bad by testing the resistance or continuity. The fuse should read resistance or continuity.

Once you have fixed the issue that caused this thermal fuse to trip replace and reassembly the dryer for test cycle.  Taking extra precaution with the dryer vent hose when pushing the unit back slide back into position and remove your floor protection.

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Jan 122011

Your dryer has a door switch, located on the inner part of the door frame. The door switch will make contact when the dryer door is shut, thus letting power flow down the series of circuits. Trying to start your dryer with the door open and its not going to start.

The door switch often fails for no other reason than use. Most times the actuator will break off, when this happens the door never activates the switch. I have only heard of several instances where an article of clothing has caught the actuator and broke it off. The door switch in normally tucked tightly in the corner of the inner door out of the way.

If the actuator is in place and you want to verify proper functions of the door switch, you will need a multimeter also known as a volt meter.  Also you will need to have access to the switch, if you have not already done so access the door switch and remove from the unit. With voltmeter in hand test the door switch for resistance or continuity, in the closed position the door switch should have continuity.

Accessing the door switch varies on different model/serial breaks. On the majority of dryers the door switch is accessed through the top of the unit, the switch could be pressed into the sheet metal or screwed. On front load style dryers the switch will have two tabs depress and push the switch out through the front. On conventional dryers the door switch will be screwed in with two smaller Philips screws.