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Maytag Dryer Won't Stop

DG808

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer won't stop 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 stop

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 draws air through the dryer and pushes the air out the vent. 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 ports to allow gas to flow into the burner assembly. If a solenoid fails, the burner may run intermittently. If the burner keeps shutting off, the dryer won’t heat properly and may not stop. 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.

Parts
Gas Valve Solenoid for your MaytagDryer
Gas Valve Solenoid - Part # 2604 Mfg Part # WP305603

Primary coil kit for gas valve, used with holding coil #1213, and booster coil #2232

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Cause 4Gas Valve Solenoid

Gas dryers have two or more gas valve solenoid coils. The gas valve solenoids open the gas valve ports to allow gas to flow into the burner assembly. If a solenoid fails, the burner may run intermittently. If the burner keeps shutting off, the dryer won’t heat properly and may not stop. 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.

Parts
Gas Valve Solenoid for your MaytagDryer
Gas Valve Solenoid - Part # 2780 Mfg Part # 12001348

Dryer gas valve solenoid kitt, 3 coil, old-style. Includes instructions.
Please call us to ensure that this is the correct solenoid kit for your model.

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Cause 5Gas Valve Solenoid

Gas dryers have two or more gas valve solenoid coils. The gas valve solenoids open the gas valve ports to allow gas to flow into the burner assembly. If a solenoid fails, the burner may run intermittently. If the burner keeps shutting off, the dryer won’t heat properly and may not stop. 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.

Parts
Gas Valve Solenoid for your MaytagDryer
Gas Valve Solenoid - Part # 4432684 Mfg Part # WP305604

Holding coil kit for gas valve, used with booster c

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Cause 6Gas Valve Solenoid

Gas dryers have two or more gas valve solenoid coils. The gas valve solenoids open the gas valve ports to allow gas to flow into the burner assembly. If a solenoid fails, the burner may run intermittently. If the burner keeps shutting off, the dryer won’t heat properly and may not stop. 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.

Parts
Gas Valve Solenoid for your MaytagDryer
Gas Valve Solenoid - Part # 4432685 Mfg Part # WP305605

Booster coil kit for gas valve, used with holding c

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Cause 7Lint 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 # 3452 Mfg Part # WP33001003

Dryer slide in lint filter (lint trap). 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 8Moisture Sensor

The moisture sensor monitors the clothing’s moisture level and sends a signal to the control board when the clothes are dry. If the moisture sensor is malfunctioning, it could inaccurately report that the clothing is still moist, causing the dryer to keep running even though the clothes are dry. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the moisture sensor check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, replace the moisture sensor.

Parts
Moisture Sensor for your MaytagDryer
Moisture Sensor - Part # 1806 Mfg Part # 304997

Automatic dry feature sensor assembly with mounting screws

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Cause 9Cycling 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 # 518648 Mfg Part # WP33303391

Dryer cycling thermostat, three terminal, L155-15

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Cause 10Cycling 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 # 1245860 Mfg Part # Y303394

Cycling thermostat, F130-13F

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Cause 11High 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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