Maytag dryer starts fine runs a few minutes then stops it is 1 to 1.5 years old model number MDE4658AYW
Hi, thanks for using JustAnswer.com. Does the dryer shut off after a few minutes on ALL cycles, including the timed cycle, or just on the auto cycles?
It shuts off on all cycles. It doesn't get that deep into the cycle before shutting off. It shuts off after a few minutes
Will it restart immediatelt after shutting off or does it take a little while before it will start?
It will restart immediatly
And it shuts off even in the timed cycle, eh? That indeed is a strange problem. Could the door be somewhat out of whack causing the door switch to open and shut the machine off? If it were the motor, it would not restart right away, usually. If it were just in the auto cycles, I would say clean the sensor strips. Fabric softener will build up on them and cause premature cycle end. In timed cycle, the timer runs for a predetermined amount of time, then shuts off. Not much to go wrong there. I would check door switch and door closure and let me know what you find.
The door is firmly locked in place with it shut. I have checked behind the dryer at the exhaust where the pipe runs to the wall it is clear , it is also clear at the top of the exhaust pipe in the attic. I cannot understand it, it has got me baffled.
How long does it run...are we talking like 10 minutes or less ,like 2-3?
Less than 10, more like 1-2
Is there any chance that the cord may be loose or the wall plug so that it breaks contact momentarily shutting the motor side down? There will be a draw of about 20-25 amps on that circuit and is susceptible to poor connections, especially at that amperage.
I would check the cord connection and make sure all terminals are tight and in good condition, no burning at terminals, etc.
I have checked the connection at the wall, unplugged, and plugged back in.
Are you able to remove the cover over where the cord hooks onto the dryer? Look for any discoloration or burned wires at the terminals where the cord is fastened to the terminal block.
I removed the cover over the cord where the cord hooks onto the dryer. There is no discoloration or burned wires everthing looks good. Everyting is tight .
This is kind of a strange problem. The tricky part is going to be finding if the power to the motor is getting interrupted or the motor itself is faulty. Do you have access to a meter to check voltage and a clamp meter to check for amperage?
No I do not have access to a volt meter. You have been extremely helpful. I hate that we could not figure it out. I guess I am going to have to call a tech or replace it. I can assure you one thing it will not be MAYTAG. Any suggestions on the brand. Reply back to me and I will accept.
If it were me, I would buy Whirlpool. However, it would probably be worth having a tech atleast diagnose it. You could pay for the diagnosis then buy the part and install yourself if you wanted to save a little money. I am sorry we couldn't nail it down, but without a meter to check some voltages/amperages, we are kind of stuck. And you would probably spend the same buying a meter as paying for a diagnosis...
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