Maytag Gas Dryer

Old 12-31-00, 07:21 PM
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The flame cycles on for only 5-6 seconds, causing the dryer to run very long and not dry its load. I cleaned out the venting and lint traps: could this be caused by a high limit sensor or thermostat? How can I check them with a volt-ohm meter?
Old 12-31-00, 08:47 PM
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Check Solenoids


The most likely cause for this problem is defective solenoids. These items are setting directly on the gas valve.

The solenoids look like small spools of wire. They have quick disconnect wires attached to them and are held in place by a bracket on top of them. The forward solenoids wires are on the top position and the rearward solenoids quick disconnect wires are on the bottom.

Check the archives in this forum for more information regarding the inspection, removal, testing, replacing and safety precautions if your going to attempt a doityourself repair.

It's very possible the timer can cause this problem also. <The timer doesn't contain a temperature sensor or thermostat> The timer would have to be tested too. <Timers are non repairable items.>

The thermostat is another part usually located on or near the fan housing. It will have two wires attached to it. This item very rarely becomes defective.

Any of these parts can be accurately tested at the local appliance retail parts stores. I would suggest you have them test any part indoubt.

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