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Dryer won't start on Maytag LSE7806ACE

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#1 hhamilto

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:51 PM

My dryer won't start- no noise, nothing.
So this unit has performed well for about 6 years...
I have checked two thermal units and the thermostat with a multimeter and they appear to be functioning well with no resistance.
It was working fine on previous load, but did have some smell to it when my daughter informed me it wasn't starting. It did have a fair amount of lint in it ( I already mentioned my teenage daughter, right)
Anyway, I've worked my way back to dryer motor. Belt seems to be in good shape and I can turn motor by hand and make dryer tumble.
So, can I benchtest the motor? Should I just install a new motor?
The door switch seemed to working fine.
I don't know what else it could be????

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:04 PM

I didn't notice anywhere you mentioning that you have tested the voltage to the unit...check at the terminal block, where the cord connects...should have 220vac across the outer posts...
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:05 PM

There are three Switches in there that control the heat circuit. Sounds like you may have only checked two: the cycling thermostat and the hi limit. The third one is the thermal fuse. Follow the power wires for the heater, you'll find it.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:08 PM

May be smelling the motor over heating...let it cool for a while and and try again...if it grinds/ buzzes when you try to start it or labors for awhile before it does start...bad motor
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:20 PM

I checked three items with the multimeter- I think two of them were thermal units (they were identical but placed at different locations) and then I also tested the thermostat. All were working fine according to the meter. Doesn't that cover it?
As for checking the outer posts, don't I have to plug it back in and put everything back together before trying that? I am also a big scaredy cat when it comes to checking 220 power...any suggestions or advice? Would it have power at the post where the cord connects if nothing is turned on/everything is disassembled?

It never threw the breaker btw.

And also, my problem is not a lack of heat- it's not doing anything- turning, grinding, humming, etc.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:38 PM

I understand your problem...
don't be afraid ...just cautious.
No need to reassemble...make sure all loose wires are clear and check with yer meter...

We'd all feel silly if this is the problem...need to rule it out...
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