No Heat On Maytag Dryer: How To Fix It?

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Maytag is one of the most widely recognizable manufacturers of large appliances in the world.

They have a really good reputation for making high-quality products, however, like any mechanical device, there will come a time when it breaks.

One of the most common complaints is no heat on Maytag Clothes Dryer. Below are the four most common causes for this to occur and the simple repair.

4 Most Common Causes For No Heat In A Maytag Clothes Dryer

Dryer Thermal Cut-Off is blown (heater assembly)

One of the more common causes of the clothes dryer, not heating is that the Thermal Cut-off is faulty.

Fortunately, this is something that a homeowner can replace with some basic tools.

The repairs should be fairly simple for someone with some DIY skills and the right tools for the job.

To make this repair you want to first purchase the Thermal Cut-off kit for your dryer.

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The kit comes with all of the parts that you need to complete the repair including the Thermal Cutoff and a new thermostat (it is recommended that you replace both at the same time).

The only tools you will need are a ¼” nut driver and a flat tip screwdriver.

The first thing is to is pull out the dryer so that you can get at the back of it. Unplug it from the outlet and remove the exhaust hose.

Using the nut driver to remove all of the screws on the back access cover.

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The Thermal Cutoff is located at the top end of the heat shut and the thermostat is located at the bottom end.

Using a flat tip screwdriver pop off the two wires that are connected to the old Thermo Cut-off and remove the screw holding it in place.

Install the new cut-off and put the screw back in and connect the wires onto the new one.

Follow the same procedure to remove the old thermostat and then put the cover back on.

Plugin the power cord and hook up the exhaust hose and test the dryer.

Dryer Thermal Fuse is blown (blower wheel)

Your Maytag Clothes Dryer comes with a couple of safety features that are designed to prevent possible damage to the machine or even prevent a house fire.

One of those safety devices can easily be a cause for the dryer to be running but not getting hot.

It is called a Dryer Thermal Fuse and it is designed to shut down the heater circuit in case of an overheating condition is detected.

So, if at some point you find that the dryer timer went off and your clothes are not dry or suspect that it never heated up in the first place.

It is possible that the Dryer Thermal Fuse is likely faulty or blown completely.

In this case, the repair is fairly easy and you can order a new Thermal Fuse from Maytag and replace it yourself.

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Once you have the new fuse to replace the old one with you will only need a couple of tools; ¼” nut driver and a flat tip screwdriver.

Once you have the replacement Thermal fuse in hand you can start the repair.

The first thing you need to do is pull the dryer away from the wall and be sure that it is unplugged and the exhaust hose is disconnected.

Once you have easy access to the back of the dryer use the ¼” nut driver to remove all of the screws from the back cover. Set it aside and locate the old Thermal fuse.

It should be located at the lower part of the dryer blower wheel. Using a flat tip screwdriver to pop off the two wires that are connected to the terminals of the old fuse.

Then using the ¼” nut driver remove the single screw that is holding it in place. Remove the old Thermal Fuse and install the new one and put the screw back in place and tighten it.

Attach the two wires on the terminals of the new fuse (it does not matter which wire you attach to which terminal).

Put the access cover back on and tighten all of the screws. Plugin the power cord to the outlet and hook up the exhaust hose and reposition the dryer. Turn it on to test and check to see if it heats up.

Dryer Heating Element is burnt

When it comes to your Maytag Clothes Dryer there are several things that can directly cause it to not heat up even if the dryer itself starts the drying cycle.

Another one of the most common reasons for the dryer not to heat up and dry the clothes in the drum is that the heating element is faulty or completely bad.

If you suspect that the heating element itself is partially or completely blown you use a multimeter and test the terminal lead for an indication of an open or shorted coils.

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If you determine that the heating element is indeed bad and needs to be replaced you can contact Maytag and request a replacement heating element.

The repair is quite simple and you can do it yourself with just a couple of tools.

Once you have received the replacement heating element the repair shouldn’t take but just a little while to accomplish.

First, be sure that the machine is unplugged from the outlet and the exhaust hose is disconnected.

Pull the unit out so that you have plenty to room to get at the back access panel.

Using the ¼” nut driver to remove all of the screws that are holding the large and small access covers and set them aside.

Locate the heating element unit at the bottom of the dryer. Disconnect the wires using the flat tip screwdriver and then remove the two screws that are holding the heating element in place.

With the screws removed pull down on the heating element unit and completely remove it from the dryer.

You will need to remove the thermostat from the old heating element and install it on the new one.

To do this remove the single screw that is holding the thermostat in place and remove it.

Place the thermostat in the same location on the new one and tighten the screw back in.

Reconnect all of the wires that you disconnected on the new heating element.

Put the two access covers back on and tighten all of the screws that are used to hold the covers in place.

Be sure to plug the power cord back into the outlet and reattach the exhaust hose to the outside vent. Test the dryer to be sure that it starts heating up like it is supposed to do.

Hi-Limit Thermostat failed

The last of the common causes is that the Hi-Limit Thermostat is not working anymore.

If the Hi-Limit Thermostat fails it will not allow the heating element to turn on and there will be no heat to force into the dryer to dry your clothes.

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To determine if the Hi-Limit Thermostat you can test it with a multimeter to check for an open condition. If you need to replace the thermostat you can contact Maytag.

Once you have the new Hi-Limit Thermostat in hand the replacement is really easy to accomplish.

You will only need a couple of tools; ¼” nut driver and a flat tip screwdriver. 

The first thing you want to do is unplug the power cord from the outlet and disconnect the exhaust hose.

Pull the dryer away from the wall so that you have free access to the back access panel.

You will need to use the ¼” nut driver to remove all of the screws that are holding the two access covers that you will need to remove.

Once you have the covers off you will need to locate the old Hi-Limit Thermostat which is mounted on the heating element unit at the bottom of the dryer.

You will need to disconnect the two wires that are connected to the thermostat using the flat tip screwdriver.

Then, using the ¼” nut driver remove the screw holding the thermostat in place.

Remove the old thermostat and set it aside and install the new one. After tightening the mounting screw on the thermostat you need to hook the two wires back onto the thermostat.

The last thing you need to do is to put the access covers on and tighten all of the screws. Plug the cord into the outlet and hook up the exhaust hose and put the dryer back into its normal place and test.

Reader Comments (30)

  1. I have a maytag maxima commercial tech ecoconserve model number med6000XR1. It was working fine till a few days ago. It doesnt turn at all . I mean it has power and everything lights up and it flashes the “sensing” light but the dryer never turns the drum or heats up. I have tried on any cycle and tempsetting still same outcome. I have tried to reset the breaker also same deal. Any help will be appreciated.

      • The belt is fine. we had a repair guy come out and saw the belt looked good. no cracks. they replaced a switch of some sort but still didn’t fix the problem. Still says its sensing. We have been with out a dryer for a month now. The repair guys said next thing to repair is the computer but they haven’t even tried to contact us. I wouldn’t mind if my husband and I repair it ourselves if we knew where to get the computer from. Should we contact Maytag to find the correct chip?

  2. Maytag 3000 Dryer, replaced element, fuse, thermostat new from kit. Still does not heat. Flipped breaker, nothing. No issues for 10yrs, now will not heat.

  3. Maytag medb765fc0 Dryer pools water within the dryer vent duct at rear of dryer. Had vent line professionally cleaned out 8 months ago and had dryer serviced…this problem began occurring almost immediately thereafter (leaks water onto floor & pools in duct/vent). Takes 3 cycles to dry. What’s the problem???

  4. Maytag Centennial commercial Technology, was not heating and cloth not dry,
    it some times heat some times not, order a complete kit, replaced all and still
    same issue, some times it heat , wait little bit and start again and start heating
    can’t find the issue. thanks

    • Did you check a heating element? Is it burnt? If not, why did you replace it? Seems like the vent line is restricted somewhere

      • heating element burn red for a moment then go off, I test with continuity and it looks ok, vent is blow perfect, this really drive me nut, I don’t know what else to do,I test everything and looks ok, I don’t replaced the heating element since it show continuity, any clue really appreciate can’t expend in a new one

      • I replace everything, element heat to red then go off and then never heat again, switch thermostat then start heat again, then go off again, put back the other thermostat and start heating again and go off, very weird situation,

  5. I’m ready to throw this drier off a cliff. When looking through the peep hole, I can see the ignitor start, flame kicks on, and 10seconds later it turns off. I’ve replaced the thermal fuse, high limit thermostat, valve coils, gas valve, flame sensor, thermistor, and ignitor. The only part left is the control board. Should I go for it or throw it in the bin?

  6. My Maytag dryer turns off and reads E1 after 1 – 1.5 minutes. I changed the thermistor and it still does the same thing. Help!

  7. My 8 month old Maytag dryer won’t heat up. I had a Maytag repair guy come out and said everything is fine and it was the outlet, so I had a electrician come out and he also said everything was fine. It still doesn’t heat up. What could be wrong?? Please help! Thank you!

  8. Heater not getting hot just replaced the element still nothing I did notice before and after I changed the element dryer will not turn on in wrinkle control at any settings what would be the cause of this?

  9. My dryer runs but doesn’t seem to heat up at all. I go outside and check the vent and the airflow is good but its cold air coming out.

  10. I have a Maytag Centennial Commercial Technology dryer. Dried a load on timed dry. Found it running 8 hours later. Now, it might heat when turned on, it might not. Could it be the timer? Or one of the thermal fuses/shut offs? First time having issues with it after 8 years.

  11. I have a Maytag dryer. It runs fine just doesn’t heat up at all? What could be the issue?

    • Hi. Just replaced element and top thermostat. Dryer was warm than wife said it wasn’t. Pulled cover back off to make sure wires were all on. Plugged it in and checked element. Saw it glow. Replaced cover than wife came out after an hour and said cloths weren’t dry. Pulled it out. Checked and element won’t glow after checking wires again

  12. My main fuse box fuse blown two times ,dryer heat not working,drum turning,does it mean the heater element shorted, burnt.?

  13. My dryer gets hot but doesn’t dry the clothes have to run through 3 long cycles They’re hot but not dry.

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