Do you have a Maytag dryer that isn’t spinning? If so, this blog post will walk you through the steps to fix your Maytag dryer. There are many different reasons why your Maytag dryer not spinning. We’ll explore some of these reasons and provide possible solutions for each one.
Tumble dryers have been a staple of the home for decades, but it’s not uncommon to find that they’re letting us down and filling up with wet clothes.
The reasons behind them breaking are often varied, so we’ll take you through some common symptoms as well as what can be done at home before calling in an expert.
How To Fix Maytag Dryer Not Spinning Problem
The first step in fixing your Maytag dryer is making sure it’s plugged in correctly and turned on at the wall outlet. This can be done by looking at the plug or cord coming out of the back of the machine or unplugging it from its power source then checking to make sure that there is electricity going into it (e.g., flipping a light switch on the wall or touching it to a metal object).
If the dryer is plugged in correctly, then we need to check other functions or parts of the dryer. Let’s check them one by one.
Is the Door Firmly Closed/Latched?
The next thing to try is to make sure the door of your Maytag is firmly closed and latched. If it’s not, this can cause a problem with the airflow, resulting in an underpowered drum that spins slower than normal or, in some cases, doesn’t spin at all.
The less you slam your dryer door, the better off it and its contents will be. Slamming can cause a myriad of problems, from preventing hinges to breaking down during use. When shutting -rather than slamming- the doors, make sure that they close fully before pressing start on a Maytag Dryer!
Make sure that your Maytag Dryer’s latched properly, or if you have a newer model, make sure that its plastic lid isn’t sticking out too far. So when closing, it doesn’t push against any sensor on top of the machine’s control panel, which might prevent proper connection with internal pieces and lead to an underpowered drum!
Also, check the door switch as it may not be able to sense the door is closed and latch. If this happens, the drum won’t spin. If there is visible damage to the door switch, replace it.
The Child Lock Is On
Maytag dryers come with a safety measure called Child Lock, which blocks children from playing around the machine and getting hurt. It can be locked, unlocked, or turned off by pressing buttons on the back of your front-loading door panel.
If the child lock is on, you won’t be able to press start! To reset it, simply turn off your dryer and wait for three seconds before turning it back on.
To turn off the child lock permanently, hold down the cancel button for five seconds.
Broken Dryer Belt
A broken drive belt will cause your Maytag dryer not to spin. It might also be the reason for other problems like excessive vibration, loud noise, or a burned smell coming from the machine.
Like a car’s engine, the dryer belt can wear out and break over time. If it does happen to snap or become damaged in any way, your clothes won’t get dried anymore!
The drive belt is an important part of the machine that helps keep everything moving smoothly, so you don’t have to worry about anything slowing down during use.
If you hear anything that sounds abnormal while operating your washer, stop and immediately check the following:
- Drive belts are tight.
- The dryer drum is turning freely around its axel.
- No visible damage in the back of the door panel where electrical connections are located.
- The drum does not feel hot on the outside when running (could indicate motor overload).
To take care of the broken belt problem yourself, simply remove the back cover by loosening screws with a screwdriver, inspecting the drive belt, and replacing it if it is broken or worn out.
You can also find the Belt replacement instructions in your owner’s manual.
Faulty Drum Roller
Quite often, the problem is not with your dryer at all, but rather the drum roller. This part sits on a bearing that can become worn or cracked over time and will cause poor contact between the belt and drum.
Over time, the drum rollers on your dryer might wear out. Most machines have two rear-facing drums, and some use four front-facing drums that need to spin freely in order for everything to work properly. If these don’t turn as they should, you’ll overload the motor, which will cause it to stop working altogether!
If you hear a clicking noise coming from your dryer, it may be time to replace the drum rollers. To test if they’re worn out, remove the belt and turn it by hand. If not rotating freely, check for wear on one or more of its support roller shafts, also known as bearings, which can often be reused. They are in good condition after cleaning them thoroughly before installation is complete – so save money!
Worn Out Drum Bearing
The Maytag dryer can be the most convenient appliance to have in your home, but it’s made up of many parts that must work together and function flawlessly for this to happen. One part, in particular, is a drum bearing which can wear out over time and cause damage to other components.
The drum bearing in a dryer is what supports the rear of the machine. After a time, this bearing wears out and should be replaced if worn. If your bearings are bad, then it will put too much strain on the motor causing it to stop mid-cycle while drying clothes.
To determine whether or not you need new drums parts: remove the belt from both ends of the dryer; turn the old belt around so that one end feeds up into an opening at the top center, which allows for turning the drum by hand without using electric power (if possible).
Turn slowly with hands until any noise can be heard – listen closely as you do this because some squeaking noises might sound like grinding when turned fast enough! Once we hear anything strange such as squealing sounds coming from the bearings, then it’s time to replace the drum parts.
Malfunctioning Drive Motor
When your dryer starts and stops regularly, it may be because the motor is overheating. If you notice this problem starting to happen more often than usual, try running the dryer with lighter-weight clothes in order to cool off the housing unit before turning it back on again.
The first step in fixing a dryer that won’t spin is to check the belt. Please remove it from the motor and ensure nothing is blocking its blower wheel. Next, try rotating your drum by hand – if it doesn’t turn freely or binds up entirely, you might have uncovered your problem!
If things are running smoothly with just one possibility, the remaining-your drive motor could be defective. For this last resort repair procedure, replace as soon as possible because replacing parts will only cause more problems down the line when they stop working again due to improper installation!
Faulty Idler Pulley
The tension roller or idler pulley is a necessary component of drum-style belt drives. Without it, the belt can slip off and cause damage to both mechanical components and people nearby.
Can you hear that sound? It’s the squeak of a pulley grinding against metal. That noise is getting louder and coming from your idler arm! Without lubrication, it will start to grind until eventually there won’t be any movement at all. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Replace the pully fast.
If you are experiencing strange noises coming from your dryer that seem to have stopped spinning, it is likely because the pulley has broken and needs replacing.
It is important to be able to diagnose the problem with a Maytag dryer before you call for service. You can do this by checking if any of these items are not working properly. If they all seem fine, it may just need an adjustment and some time to break in so that everything runs smoothly again.
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Hi there! I’m Sam Hendricks, and I’m a repair technician and expert. I created this website to help people like you save money and time by fixing your own appliances.
Over the years, I’ve seen people spend a lot of money on unnecessary repairs or replacements. That’s why I decided to share my expertise and create easy-to-follow guides for fixing appliances on your own.