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Maytag Dryer Repair

Appliance:
Maytag Dryer

Problem:
Dryer making scratching noise when running; owner found a little piece of black piping about three inches long among the clothes and doesn’t know where it came from

Solution:
It sounds like the only thing that would match that description would be the axle that the rear drum support would ride on. Normally, if that is missing, you're going to have a lot of banging and thumping and probably the drum will not even turn on at all.

In the back wall of the unit, there's the rear panel with the drum up against it and normally a seal too.

If there is a high pitched noise, this would indicate a drum support wheel or possibly the tension pulley if the belt is worn out.

It is also possible that something is caught in the rear felt seal so, as it goes around, it is dragging on the rear panel. Things such as paper clips, coins, and even the underwire of certain garments can get caught and cause this condition. You may want to take a flashlight and see if there is something stuck in the seal.

If something is stuck in the back of the unit and has worked its way through, you will have to disassemble the dryer and pull the drum out to make a physical inspection for this Maytag dryer repair. Clean it out and remove any debris you find.



Appliance:
Maytag Gas Dryer, Model DG606

Problem:
Not getting enough heat in the drum. Dryer gets a flame, it kicks on and off, but it doesn't seem to stay on long enough.

Solution:
First of all, a plugged vent (part #4396010RP) will cause a lot of issues. So, inspect the vent going outside to make sure it's clear of lint and debris. Also, the venting should be as short as possible. Make sure the blower housing (part # Y302815) is also clear of lint.

If the dryer has been cleared of lint and debris and it still won't work properly then it may be due to a deteriorated felt seal (part #33313541) around the front of the dryer drum. Unfortunately, the only way to inspect the felt seal, is to pop the top off, which is two screws in the back of the dryer that allows you to push the top forward a little bit and then you can at least look in there and see if those felt seals are gone or really loose. If it is, it will need to be replaced.



Appliance:
1990 Maytag Dryer Model LDG312

Problem:
Clothes getting stuck in front of drum

Solution:
There is a set of two felt pads with plastic runners (part #306508) that the drum rides on. These nylon or plastic runners will wear down and cause the drum to drag. You probably have a metal-to-metal condition and can hear it scraping. After you unplug the dryer, take the two screws off the bottom of the front panel and take the front panel off, and you'll get a good look at the glides.



Appliance:
1996 Maytag Dryer, Model DE7400

Problem:
Making loud noise on startup

Solution:
There are a couple of components that can cause this condition. There is a set of wheels or rollers (part # 12001541) that the rear drum rides on. It could be that one or both of the rollers are worn or has a flat spot on it. There's also an idler pulley (part # Y303705) that the belt (part # Y312959) rides through to put tension on the belt. That could be worn out. 

The other part that you want to inspect is the blower wheel (part # Y303836), the thing that rotates on the motor shaft and moves air around. If the blower wheel is worn it may spin freely. On startup it will slap around for a while, and then as it runs it will kind of work itself on the motor shaft.

This repair is fairly inexpensive. You may want to consider replacing all of these parts once you are in there so that you know they will be good for a long while.