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Maytag Dryer Won't Start

DG808

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 1Door 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 2Drive 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 # 2118676 Mfg Part # W10410999

Dryer drum drive motor. New style motor switch, see included instructions for details. The motor will need re-wiring.
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 3Drive 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 # 1246110 Mfg Part # WPY312959

Dryer drum drive belt, 100 inches long, 3/8" wide,5 ribs 4 grooves. The drive belt wraps all the way around the dryer drum, around a tension pulley, and then around the drive motor pulley. If the drum will not turn when the dryer is turned on the belt is likely broken.

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Cause 4Incoming 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.