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    Default I get a shock when I reach in my dryer

    I have a Maytag SDG305DAWW dryer. It is 2 years 1 month old I have never had a problem with it before and it seems to do a good job of drying my clothes. Tonight it started making a squeaking noise while drying a load of clothes. I opened the door, reached in and moved the wet clothes around (thinking maybe the drum was out of balance), and received a mild shock. As far as I know it is properly wired (as I have never been shocked before), and the only time I receive a shock is when I reach in and touch the wet clothes in there. (Not that I have tested this extensively...). Before I call for repairs, is there anything I should try?

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    Its very rare to get shocked from appliances, but its best to have a appliance repair company come out and look at it, unless your mechanically inclined and want to unplug your dryer and start doing ohm meter tests and searching for shorted wiring issues that would cause a shock.

    Let us know what the repair company finds.

    Jake
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    The repair technician came out yesterday and opened up the dryer. Since it is a gas dryer, he was very curious as to why the dryer would be causing this. What he found was a wire (I'm not sure what the wire was connected to as I wasn't here when he was, my wife talked to him) had gotten wedged up against the drum. As the drum spun, it wore away the insulation on the wire until the wire itself was touching the drum. When the dryer was on and a charge was running through the wire, the drum was "hot" and provided a shock when wet clothes were in it. The repair tech said that he would talk to the people at Maytag to see if he could get this covered through some part of their warranty even though our warranty expired last year. It was a quick fix, and a fairly simple problem. I'd be interested to know if this has happened to anyone else.

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    Glad he found out what was going on.

    Jake
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