1978 Maytag Dryer


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Old 08-03-09, 09:45 AM
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1978 Maytag Dryer

I have a problem with a 1978 Maytag dryer. Drum/tumbler does not rotate after running several loads yesterday. Any idea of the problem? Is it even cost effective to have a repairman take a look? First problem I've ever had.

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First thought would be the belt and yes cost would be a factor here.A belt isn't much anything more and trash time.If you have to call someone to check or do the job ask how much it will cost.
 
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will it run if you let it sit and cool?
 
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Old 08-09-09, 06:53 AM
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drum will not turn.

assuming it is a belt issue and taking into consideration its age, is dryer worth repairing?

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Again this is all about costs.If you have to pay for someone to figure this out find out ahead of time how much that will cost as belt or no belt this expense will be there.

If you feel you can tackle some of this that's different.If you can take the back off and check the belt yourself that might save a lot of money and answer the question.If the belt is loose,worn down or obviously if it;s broken then you know.

My Mother used a Maytag dryer of this vintage for years so it could still be ok but again beyond the belt it's probably time to replace it.
 
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david

thank you for your reply.

not really a do-it-yourselfer.

back panel should be fairly easy to remove and belt/pulley will be readily visible to determine if in fact this is a belt issue?

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belt service is through front on all dryers I know.
 
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The Maytag my Mother had did not have a removeable front.

That said yours may be different.It's been so long I don't have that clear a memory of it but it needed a belt and the guy took the back off.I was 16 I think so.....
 
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Front panel that includes door was removed.

Belt was indeed split and was replaced along with two drum rollers that repair man recommended.

repair price was reasonable. job took about an hour, certainly something I was not equipped to do.

he stated this dryer was a solid Maytag appliance compared to what Maytag and other mfgs offer on today's market.

I am glad that I did not purchase a new dryer and that I waited for this man to come back from vacation.

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The one in my family lasted from the middle 70's until my mother went into assisted living in 2004 and was still working even then....

I believe Maytag is no longer independant but I can't remember who owns them now.
 
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[I believe Maytag is no longer independant but I can't remember who owns them now.[/QUOTE]


Whirlpool owns Maytag.

 
 

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