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FIXED MEDC400VW0 Maytag Electric Dryer, motor won't run, heating element on

Ruimte Pous

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Location
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Model Number
MEDC400VW0
Brand
Maytag
Age
More than 10 years
Maytag MEDC400VW0 Dryer won't run. Motor does not spin, but belt is on and the drum moves well by hand. The heat element comes on when the timer is on a cycle, whether start button has been pressed or not. Heat goes off if you turn the dial back to an OFF position. Heat does not go off when you open the door. I saw in a similar thread where someone replaced the motor and the timer unit but it didn't help.

Is it maybe the motor heat switch?

Thank you
 

Shawnryan111

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More than likely your heating element is grounded out which caused the thermal fuse to trip and the hi probably is also triped. I think you will need to replace the heating element, thermal fuse, and hi limit.
 

Shawnryan111

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These are the 3 parts I believe you need. Understand i am guessing but I have seen this many times. If you want i can try to walk you through what to check if you have an multimeter.
 

Shawnryan111

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Remove the back of the dryer.

First thing to address is the reason for it heating when it is not running. Find the heating element and remove both the wires. Check for ohms between the heater terminals and ground (the metal case of the heater). If you get a reading to ground the heater needs replacing.

Next Check ohms on the hi limits and the thermal fuse. If the thermal fuse and/or the hi limit are open replace them. Note be sure to check both hi limits and if one is bad allways replace both.

What I think happened based off your original post was the heater is running when its not supposed to which caused the hi limit and the thermal fuse to blow. If this is not the case we can start over.

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Ruimte Pous

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Sorry for the delay. I moved recently and I had to unpack 200 boxes before I found my multimeter. <sigh> I ordered the heater and three fuses/limits for Can$200. I carefully replaced the heater and two fuses. The two fuses were blown. I had a third component, but it wasn't exactly the same so I didn't change it.
I tried the dryer and it works! Yay!
I've run it for a few hours now and all seems well. Thank you so much Shawnryan111 for your help!
 
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