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Maytag Dryer Won't Start

MDG5500AWW

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer won't start are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer won't start

Cause 1Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device designed to protect the dryer from overheating. The fuse is located on the blower housing or at the dryer’s heat source such as the heating element on electric dryers or at the burner on gas models. The fuse should be closed for continuity meaning it has a continuous electrical path through it when good. If overheated the fuse will have no continuity meaning the electrical path is broken and the fuse has blown. A multimeter can be used to test it for continuity. Be aware that a blown thermal fuse is an indication of a restricted exhaust vent from the dryer to the outside. Always check the dryer venting when replacing a blown thermal fuse.

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Thermal Fuse for your MaytagDryer
Thermal Fuse - Part # 516650 Mfg Part # WP33001762

Dryer thermal fuse. Located on the blower housing. If the dryer overheats, this high-limit thermostat will cut off the power to the heating element. If the high-limit thermostat has blown, the dryer will not heat.

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Cause 2Door Switch

The door switch activates when the dryer door is closed. On most dryers, the door switch makes an audible clicking sound when it activates. To determine if the door switch is working, try starting your dryer and then listen for the “click.” If the door switch makes a clicking sound, it is probably not defective. If you don’t hear a click, use a multimeter to use the door switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.

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Parts
Door Switch for your MaytagDryer
Door Switch - Part # 1378530 Mfg Part # W10169313

Three terminal door switch kit. Be aware that this switch replaces older 2 terminal switches.

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Cause 3Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch. If all of these parts are working properly, but the motor is making a humming noise, remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for obstructions. If the blower wheel is clear of obstructions, the dryer motor might be at fault. If you suspect the motor is defective, replace it.

Parts
Drive Motor for your MaytagDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 1002859 Mfg Part # WP33002795

Dryer drum drive motor with belt pulley, 60 Hz. The drive motor is frequently misdiagnosed. Check more commonly defective parts before replacing the drive motor.

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Cause 4Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch. If all of these parts are working properly, but the motor is making a humming noise, remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for obstructions. If the blower wheel is clear of obstructions, the dryer motor might be at fault. If you suspect the motor is defective, replace it.

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Drive Motor for your MaytagDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 2118675 Mfg Part # W10410997

Dryer drum drive motor. Includes pulley for dryer drum drive belt. Other shaft is D shaped with two slots for blower wheel snap rings. Common symptoms of a bad drive motor are:
-Dryer stops turning during cycle
-Dryer won't start
-Dryer won't turn at all

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Cause 5Drive Belt

On most dryers, when the dryer belt breaks, the motor will still run, but the drum will not turn. However, some dryers have a switch that shuts off power to the dryer if the drive belt is broken. Check the dryer belt to determine if it is broken. If the belt is broken, replace it.

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Drive Belt for your MaytagDryer
Drive Belt - Part # 791135 Mfg Part # WP33002535

Dryer drive belt. The belt has a length of 91 5/8” and width 5/16”. The belt has 5 ridges. If the dryer drum won’t rotate, but the motor is running then the belt has likely broken.

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Cause 6Incoming Power Problem

If you have a gas dryer, unplug the dryer from the wall and plug something else into the outlet to determine if the outlet is working. If you have an electric dryer, check the home circuit breaker or fuses. If the circuit breaker or fuses are working, use a multimeter to test the outlet.

Cause 7Main Control Board

The main control board might be defective. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the main control board, check all of the more commonly defective parts.If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, replace the main control board. (The control board cannot be easily tested, but you can try to inspect it for signs of burning or a shorted-out component.)

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Main Control Board for your MaytagDryer