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Thread: The Buzzer At The End Of The Dryer Cycle Comes On But Won't Shut Off

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    Default The Buzzer At The End Of The Dryer Cycle Comes On But Won't Shut Off

    Model Number: DE482
    Brand: Maytag
    Age: More than 10 years

    My maytag dryer has operated wonderfully until today. All of a sudden the buzzer that goes on at the end of the drying will go on but will not shut off unless I open the door.

    In addition, after you put another load of clothes in the dryer and turn the timer to the appropriate setting and press the start button, you hear a hum but the motor and drum doesn't start turning. I seem to have gotten around it accidently by turning the drum by hand slightly to make sure it would turn and as soon as closed the dryer door and pressed the start button the motor and drum started turning just like normal.

    Any idea what's wrong?

    Are the two things related?

    Would appreciate some direction on where to look and what to do.

    Thank you.

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    You have a bad push-to-start switch for the buzzer issue, and it may have caused this issue with the motor not starting as well. If not, you may have a bad motor as well.

    To test it: by-pass the push-to-start switch and see if when you turn the timer on and close the door, the motor comes on by-itself.

    Unplug your dryer first before you by-pass it.

    Here's the push-to-start switch for your model:
    Manufacturer part number 306533 is RepairClinic item number 483841



    Here's the motor for your model:
    Manufacturer part#Y303358 is RepairClinic item#1245851
    Y303358

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    Thanks Jake.

    Just one question, what's the easiest way to get to the push button switch wiring on my DE482?

    I'll report back once I try what you suggest.

    Dom

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    The control panel on top should have 2 screws, once removed the control panel should release and tilt forward.

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    Its the 2 inner screws you remove on the top of the console, not the 2 outer screws.

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    Jake, I was able to easily remove the top of the console once I removed the two inner screws but then it occurred to me I wasn't sure what you meant by "by-pass?"

    Did you mean to pull the red and yellow wires off the back of the push-to-start switch and connect them together then see if the motor starts when the timer is on when I close the door?

    Or just pull the wires off the switch (making sure they don't touch anything or one another) then see if the motor starts when the timer is on when I close the door?

    Sorry for not knowing.

    Dom

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    Did you mean to pull the red and yellow wires off the back of the push-to-start switch and connect them together then see if the motor starts when the timer is on when I close the door?
    Yes Dom, thats exactly what to do.

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    Hi Jake,

    I did the by-pass test as you described and the motor started each time I closed the door. The way I did the test was to first by-pass the push button switch then put the timer in each cycle and then closed the door. The motor started fine without hesitation each time.

    I'm going to order a switch because its inexpensive but I am concerned the motor is a problem also.

    If the motor was bad, would it start and run quietly? Is the dryer motor anything like a automobile starter and can develop flat spots so depending on where the motor stops between dryer cycles it might start or just hum when the push to start button is pressed?

    Thanks

    Dom

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    If the motor was bad, would it start and run quietly? Is the dryer motor anything like a automobile starter and can develop flat spots so depending on where the motor stops between dryer cycles it might start or just hum when the push to start button is pressed?
    No to both questions Dom, the new start switch will fix it.

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    Thanks Jake, I just ordered the switch from RepairClinic.

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