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Maytag Dryer Takes Too Long

LDG7304AAE

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer takes too long 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 takes too long

Cause 1Air Flow Problem

If the vent is clogged or partially clogged, it will restrict the airflow through the dryer, substantially increasing the drying time. To ensure proper dryer performance, you should clean your dryer’s venting system at least once per year.

Cause 2Blower Wheel

The blower wheel works with the drive motor to draw air into the dryer drum. Clumps of lint, socks, and small articles of clothing can escape the lint filter and get caught in the blower wheel. In addition, the blower wheel sleeve can wear out, allowing the blower wheel to wobble on the motor shaft. If the blower wheel is obstructed or defective, it may take too long to dry clothes. To determine if the blower wheel is working properly, remove the dryer vent and assess the strength of the air flow. If the air flow is weak, check the blower wheel for obstructions. If no obstructions are present, try rotating the blower wheel by hand. If the blower wheel wobbles as it turns, replace it.

Parts
Blower Wheel for your MaytagDryer
Blower Wheel - Part # 1245880 Mfg Part # Y303836

Dryer blower wheel for exhaust with clamp. If the dryer does not heat properly then this wheel may be stripped causing an air flow problem.

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Cause 3Gas Valve Solenoid

Gas dryers have two or more gas valve solenoid coils. The gas valve solenoids open the gas valve to allow gas to flow into the burner assembly. Sometimes, a solenoid can fail several minutes into the drying cycle, causing the dryer to take a long time to dry the clothes. To determine if one or more of the gas valve solenoids has failed, check the igniter. If the igniter glows and goes out but does not ignite the gas, the gas valve solenoid is defective. If one or more of the gas valve coils are defective, we recommend that you replace them as a set.

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Parts
Gas Valve Solenoid for your MaytagDryer
Gas Valve Solenoid - Part # 3479 Mfg Part # 279834

Dryer gas burner valve solenoid set. If the dryer does not heat or heats intermittently the coils could be defective. To test, watch the burner and if the igniter glows for a while and then shuts off without the gas igniting, it usually means one of these coils is bad.

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Cause 4Lint Filter

The lint filter might be clogged. Dryer sheets and fabric softener can leave a residue on the lint filter, reducing the air flow. If the lint filter is clogged, clean it.

Parts
Lint Filter for your MaytagDryer
Lint Filter - Part # 1067810 Mfg Part # WP33002970

Dryer lint filter (trap) assembly. Proper air flow is critical to dryer operation so the filter should be cleaned before every load. Replace the filter if it has any tears or rips in it.

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Cause 5High Limit Thermostat

The high-limit thermostat monitors the dryer temperature and shuts off the burner if the dryer overheats. If the high-limit thermostat is malfunctioning, it may shut off the burner even if the dryer is not overheating. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the high limit thermostat check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, test the thermostat by using a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the thermostat does not have continuity, replace it.

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Parts
High Limit Thermostat for your MaytagDryer
High Limit Thermostat - Part # 481329 Mfg Part # WP303395

Dryer high-limit thermostat, L220-40F. 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 won't heat.

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Cause 6Cycling Thermostat

The cycling thermostat cycles the heat on and off to regulate the air temperature. If the cycling thermostat is defective, the dryer will not heat. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the cycling thermostat check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, test the thermostat by using a multimeter to test for continuity. If the thermostat does not have continuity, replace it.

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Parts
Cycling Thermostat for your MaytagDryer
Cycling Thermostat - Part # 484291 Mfg Part # WP307250

Cycling thermostat with internal bias heater, L150-25, 5 terminal

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