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Maytag MLE2000AYW Stack W/D, Dryer Won't Start

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The title pretty much says it.  I can hear the timer clicking away, but the dryer won't start, washer is fine.  This unit is 12 years old.  We hang a lot of laundry to dry, but put it in the dryer for a few minutes first to get the wrinkles out.  Then we hang a couple items at time, turning the dryer back on each time to keep the clothes spinning and un-wrinkled, so the dryer has been re-started thousands of times.  I'm not sure if it could be the button itself or whatever electronic device actually starts the dryer.  Any diagnostic suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Please include a little instruction with suggested diags, as I ain't no appliance guru.  Thanks very much, in advance,

 

-J

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A little added info: I can sometimes get it to start by opening the dryer door, holding down the start button and closing the door with the button still depressed.  I don't know whether that makes any difference in diagnosis, but wanted to include it.  Thanks.

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sounds like it could be the door switch.  Take the top loose and check the door switch for continuity.  Unplug the unit first and if necessary take out the switch to check it.  It usually has just two screws holding it in.  That could be the suspect.  If that checks ok the go to the start switch and check it.  Same deal, the switch should be open until you push it or turn it, it then makes contact to start the motor.  Either one of these could be the problem.

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OK.  Is the door switch the one that controls the internal light?  If so, the light is turning on and off with operation of the switch.  Is that any indicator as to the health of the switch, or should it still be metered?  Thanks for the help,

 

-J

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It's a two way switch.  when you open the door the light goes on and the dryer won't run.  when you close the door the light goes off and the switch makes contact to run the dryer.  It is possible the switch works the light and is making good contact for the motor to run.  I'd check it and the on switch.  When you said you sometimes get it to run when you slam the door shut makes me think something is loose and by jolting the dryer it makes the connection needed to run. The jolting however could be other things.  A bad contact in the timer for instance.   Maybe a stuck motor switch (unlikely) but just saying.  It's not easy to get to the things to check them on these stack jobs.  I really don't like working on them. 

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Thanks, Doc.  OK, I'll have my Dad test the switches (retired electrician).  When I get the dryer to run by closing the door with the start switch depressed, I don't have to slam it.  It might be complete coincidence, because my daughter just put a load in the dryer and it started normally.  Hmmm.  I hear ya on the stack being a pain, but it fit our situation - we have the world's smallest laundry room.  Thanks again,

 

-J

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good luck, sounds like a switch or a loose or maybe corroded connection.  Be persistent, you will figure it out!

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Well, Ikko-ikki and Doc were right, the door switch ("Normally Closed" leg, I think) was bad.  Switch replaced, dryer operating normally.  Thanks to all for the help.  Talk to ya next emergency.

 

-J

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