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Jim O'Sullivan

Member Since 11 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Jun 08 2013 09:48 PM

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Maytag Neptune Dryer Cracked Element

08 June 2013 - 02:26 PM

I have an electric Maytag dryer (Mod# MDE9700AYW) that has gone through 2 thermal fuses (part #35001193) in the last year. I just replaced with the second one and it dried one load and, Kaput! No continuity. All the other related components (thermostat and element) have continuity, however, I was reading that if the element warps and arcs, it can cause the fuse to fail. So, I removed the entire heating box with the coil inside and took it apart to inspect. At this point I should mention that last year this problem was caused by a fire inside the dryer which, thankfully, remained within the dryer (new house to us, old house overall, roof-venting hadn't been cleaned in years, no doubt.) I am older and wiser for this now and clean the vent and the dryer out once a year. ANYWAYS, I noticed that the metal board upon which the coils are mounted inside the heater duct is cracked in 3 places. Will this cause the element to arc and fry my fuses repeatedly, or am I more likely looking at a new part that was a lemon? Like I said, the element itself has continuity, reading at 10.7 when set at 200 ohms, which, I'll admit I have no idea if this is normal, high, low, etc.; I know just enough to be dangerous but not lethal! Would it be safe/appropriate to repair the cracks with JB Weld? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.




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